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Old 11-20-2009, 02:48 AM
 
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But it is totally correct that Korea does indeed have scorching summer heat and freezing winters.

korea has distinct true seasons besides just summer and winter (which is what true weather should be). watching "mash" isn't going to make any difference or give any relevant info.

nyc winters are rough as well and so are parts of canada. if you've lived in alaska, it's cold. south florida is scorching hot. places like new hampshire has true spring and washington has true fall weather. korea isn't antartica or the surface of the sun.
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Old 11-20-2009, 03:20 AM
 
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Do not listen too much to anyone who was in Korea a long time ago, because Korea has changed A LOT recently. When I hear people describe the Korea of decades ago, it sounds like a completely different place.

Episodes of MASH??? That is soooooo far from what Korea actually is these days. That's like watching a wild west movie, then moving to California and expecting it to be like that.

Korea used to be more of a poor country, like Vietnam perhaps. And it used to be much more isolated to the outside world. Just 10 years ago finding American food and products was difficult and there were much, much less foreigners in the country.

But these days, Korea is becoming more similar to Japan. It's a rich, fun, high-tech, interesting place with lots of international areas and a booming economy. And if you are all about getting drunk and partying you will like it. It is more gritty than Japan for sure and it can be sort of hardcore.

Some people do not like Korea for various reasons. In fact a lot of people find that it's not their cup of tea and they go running back home. There are some definite drawbacks to it. But I think it's a fine place.

As for the weather, who cares about weather? Maybe it's just me, but the weather of a place is not really too high on my priority list, especially if i'm only going to be there for a year or two. If it's hard or cold, just deal with it. Most people compare the weather to NYC though, I guess it's similar.

If you're thinking about going, go for it.
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:56 AM
 
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If you're thinking about going, go for it.
Yes i agree about that, its quite remarkable how few non asian tourists you find in Korea!

As for the weather, Its all relative i suppose, It does have scorching hot summers and freezing cold winters compared to what in use to in Queensland.

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Old 11-20-2009, 12:58 PM
 
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korea is the kind of place where the first time you are there (have to live there for at least a year), you may not like it and a lot of things seem irritating or too different because of adjustment and your metaphorical 'palette' is on a different frequency . but it's when you leave and then after awhile it hits you and you realize like an aftershock what you like about it. it can almost be nostalgic. then when you go back, you know what is korea or to be 'korean' so to speak and like it.

still, just using common sense, there are some fundamental rules of travel. If you don't like exotic foods, korea should definitely be out of your list of places to travel. if you don't like congestion or throngs of people, you should cross korea off. if you don't like or have a problem with the fast pace, gritty city life, cross korea off. if you are going to stay in the countryside, possibly enjoyable.

that is the number one thing about travel. if you are not an anthony bourdain type, traveling to asia is not a good idea because food is really the heart of one's culture and if you love the food of a place, you will probably understand or like the place as well. if you don't, it's a misfit.

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Old 11-20-2009, 01:35 PM
 
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It is more gritty than Japan for sure and it can be sort of hardcore.
How so?
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Old 11-20-2009, 01:53 PM
 
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How so?
it just feels a bit more gritty than japan, it doesn't mean there aren't nongritty places. japan is more elegant or softer. also, japan is more expensive than korea. also, perception will play a part. i find a lot of areas in america (and places in other countries) gritty and it's not just ghetto areas, some mostly white areas can be gritty, even rural areas. i would say most american cities are gritty.

but korea has a more raw energy which is also enjoyable in it's own way.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6oR1...eature=related


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiK5n...eature=related

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Old 11-20-2009, 02:22 PM
 
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0T-P...eature=related

subways in korea are the cleanest in the world, japan also.


some silly stuff

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAhKI...eature=related


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_zupZezgKg&NR=1


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1jxW...eature=related

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Old 11-21-2009, 03:24 PM
 
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korean studios are so cute.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiivY_y4VSQ


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMpLD...eature=related
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Old 11-21-2009, 03:39 PM
 
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I suggest you get in contact with the americans/westerners who have or are currently teaching in south korea. My friend is currently over there and is teaching english to a bunch of little kids.

I have come across some youtube channels/users who are currently teaching in south korea and make videos for fun on youtube.

Here is one of the users personal website: The Life in Korea Blog of Simon and Martina Stawski in Bucheon, Korea
Here is their youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/simonandmartina

They even have a few videos (classroom footage) on how to use games to help the kids learn english. I find their other videos of korean culture very interesting.
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Old 11-21-2009, 06:18 PM
 
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0W595...eature=related


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gb3vS...eature=related

i like these type of menus and setup. i like the self-serve especially cold water you can serve yourself while you are dining instead of waiting for a waitress in traditional establishments.
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