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South Korea

What I love: from a traveling perspective: its beautiful during spring (cherry blossoms) and fall (changing of the leaves); lots of mountains to climb, explore and photograph; about 3000 islands to sight-see (crazy, right!); traditional markets, visiting Buddhist Temples and doing a Temple Stay; Korean traditional dress – Hanbok; small towns and villages have real charm; great public transportation; cheap public transportation (ride a bus for as long as you want for $1); very yummy and healthy food (lots of vegetables side dishes); cheap sauna/accommodation called Jim Jil Bang; inexpensive life style overall.

What I don’t: summer is too humid; winter is ugly; personal space invasion by some people (especially on the elevator and exiting the subway); there is trash everywhere; many Koreans shy away from helping foreigners due to their language inability.

Quick travel tips: Come in the spring or fall only, otherwise you won’t get the essence of Korean 4 seasons; experience Korean culture via a Tea Ceremony, a changing of the guards at Gyeongbukgong Palace in Seoul, visit Andong Mask Festival or dress up in Hanbok and have a photo session; visit Jim Jil Bang – it’s just awesome!; get some plastic surgery or a medical procedure while you’re here (they say its very cheap!); buy a puppy (also cheaper than anywhere else); visit Busan’s Gwangan Bridge at night; buys some ginseng for your health and don’t forget to see the largest Department Store in Asia – Shinsegae in Busan.

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