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View Poll Results: Which city do you prefer?
Tokyo 68 66.67%
Seoul 34 33.33%
Voters: 102. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-29-2010, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Seoul, South Korea FTW! That place is amazing!!
Damn wtf?
You've been everywhere
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Old 12-17-2010, 04:23 AM
 
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Korea is hugely underrated as a tourist destination and Seoul is a cool city. However, in overall terms of culture, history, architecture, food, excitement.... Tokyo is slightly ahead in every category. It is hellishly expensive, though; a capsule hotel (cupboard) and one drink in Tokyo will cost the same as a pleasant budget hotel and 5 pints in Seoul.

One thing I noticed about Tokyo is that they have a much stronger grasp of the English language: you can expect shopkeepers to break out in fluent English, often in an English accent. In fact I was impressed by how generally aware of British music and fashion they are. You'll see union jack handbags everywhere and plenty of Irish/English/Scottish themed pubs (sorry Wales) serving real ale. I live in Seoul and they're hardly aware a place called London exists!

I reiterate though: the superiority of Tokyo is levelled-out by the costs.
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Old 12-17-2010, 08:59 AM
 
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Tokyo for me, but I am biased. Seoul is no joke though.
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Old 12-18-2010, 10:18 AM
 
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I haven't been to either
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Old 12-18-2010, 10:33 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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You haven't karaoke'd until you've karaoke'd in Japan. They know how it's done!

I've never been to Seoul but I loved Tokyo. Between the off the wall kids in Harajuku and the endless sea of people walking to work, it's a culture shock but it's amazing.

乾杯!!
Believe me, in the world of Karaoke, Seoul holds its' own. My DH goes to meet clients there, and when you go out, it is considered unacceptable not to participate. His last foray into Karaoke was I Will Survive; his business partner called and let me listen while he was singing it, and it was beyond terrible.
I heard they were getting rid of those adorable uniformed girls that direct traffic out of Incheon Airport...I hate that. They were so wonderfully choreographed, and I think they were one of my favorite things about the city.
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Old 12-18-2010, 10:36 AM
 
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WTF ?? This thread should be moved
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Old 12-19-2010, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Fairfax
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You can feel like Seoul is your oyster without breaking the bank. Seoul is almost as large and trendy but I'd probably have the lifestyle of a broke college student if I lived in Tokyo. Plus, cabs are affordable especially if you have a couple more people with you.

Just wanted to add that Tokyo probably ranks higher than Seoul in many areas. I'd put it on the level of NYC and London. But, in this stage of my life I prefer Seoul and I chose to live here over Tokyo.

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Old 12-19-2010, 10:44 AM
 
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Both too crowded, so neither.
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Old 12-19-2010, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Fairfax
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Korea is hugely underrated as a tourist destination and Seoul is a cool city. However, in overall terms of culture, history, architecture, food, excitement.... Tokyo is slightly ahead in every category. It is hellishly expensive, though; a capsule hotel (cupboard) and one drink in Tokyo will cost the same as a pleasant budget hotel and 5 pints in Seoul.

One thing I noticed about Tokyo is that they have a much stronger grasp of the English language: you can expect shopkeepers to break out in fluent English, often in an English accent. In fact I was impressed by how generally aware of British music and fashion they are. You'll see union jack handbags everywhere and plenty of Irish/English/Scottish themed pubs (sorry Wales) serving real ale. I live in Seoul and they're hardly aware a place called London exists!

I reiterate though: the superiority of Tokyo is levelled-out by the costs.
I agree that Seoul and Korea as a whole just isn't on the radar in the West compared to Japan/China. I also agree that Tokyo probably is a tad more exciting and perhaps Japanese culture/history is a tad more interesting to the average Westerner. I feel bad sometimes when my students ask me what the most famous part of Korean culture is back home...

But really, I'm surprised you think the English level of Seoulites is low. From what I've heard anecdotally, it's higher than in Tokyo and the Korean frenzy for English education supports this. Then again, the last Asian city I lived in was Shanghai so Seoul feels vastly more English-literate. Hmmm...except for when you go into a Family Mart in Hongdae asking for directions

On a side note: you can find real ale in Tokyo?! By any chance, have you found anywhere in Seoul that has this? I've been craving it for some time and Google's not helping me at all.
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Old 12-19-2010, 01:19 PM
 
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I agree that Seoul and Korea as a whole just isn't on the radar in the West compared to Japan/China. I also agree that Tokyo probably is a tad more exciting and perhaps Japanese culture/history is a tad more interesting to the average Westerner. I feel bad sometimes when my students ask me what the most famous part of Korean culture is back home...

But really, I'm surprised you think the English level of Seoulites is low. From what I've heard anecdotally, it's higher than in Tokyo and the Korean frenzy for English education supports this. Then again, the last Asian city I lived in was Shanghai so Seoul feels vastly more English-literate. Hmmm...except for when you go into a Family Mart in Hongdae asking for directions

On a side note: you can find real ale in Tokyo?! By any chance, have you found anywhere in Seoul that has this? I've been craving it for some time and Google's not helping me at all.
Japanese culture is simply sexier than Korean culture. Karaoke, sushi, anime, samurai, Japanese cinema...all of these things resonate with Westerners. I don't think most Americans even associate anything in particular with Korea.

I'm sure Korea has awesome things (and I'm sure Seoul is fantastic), but I think you are right that Japan is just more familiar to the West in general.
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