This brand new first edition of Frommer's South Korea features in-depth coverage of this increasingly popular destination, from the cities of Seoul and Busan to the DMZ border area to Jeju Island, the "Island of the Gods." Our author Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee is a first-generation Korean American who passes along insider's tips and insights into Korean culture, plus a Korean recipe or two (Lee is also a respected cook and cookbook author). She'll steer you away from the touristy and the inauthentic and show you the real heart of South Korea. Eat a Hanjeongsik (full-course meal) in a neighborhood cafe in Seoul, attend the Pusan Film Festival, shop for the country's best fabrics (ramie fabrics) at the markets in Hansan, and hike Seoraksan (or just buy the area's famous mushrooms and honey)--plus seek out tea houses, limestone caves, Buddhist temples, hot springs, battlegrounds, and parks throughout the region.
You'll travel South Korea like a pro with our candid advice and handy Korean-language glossary. Also included are accurate regional and town maps, up-to-date advice on finding the best package deals, a glossary of Korean cuisine, and an online directory that makes trip-planning a snap!
Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee
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Where do I even begin. I had to buy this book because it was the only one available at the time in ebook format. It is by far the biggest waste of money I have ever spent. I'm not sure who "world traveler" is but I doubt they read the book or needed it to get where they were going. The author allows her personal bias to color everything and tries to force the reader into her mind set and views. I typically like Fodor's because it explains what each place is good at and what its bad at and gives me an idea of what the attraction is trying to convey, not tell me how I'm suppose to think and feel. This book is just an editorial from the author's point of view. If I wanted that, I could have just asked Joe Shmoe for his opinion.
First of all, she doesn't give you enough detail about the different sites and places in order for you to even visit them. Ironically most of the places she is talking about have great websites with address, schedules and information and she doesn't...
This book was apparently issued at the beginning of summer and I bought it to used during a recently completed trip to Korea. It had some good information but I found it maddeningly sloppy in execution and extremely frustrating to use. Maps were inaccurate--for example the map of downtown Seoul shows the magnificent National Museum of Korea near the city center, but in fact it is close to the river several miles away--having been moved from the place shown on the map in 2005. (The text does describe its new location and how to get there, but the map will confuse many readers who might be interested in the museum.) Was the map simply carried over from an earlier edition without any updating? A section on a region in central Korea describes a museum (the Independence museum) in the "second largest city" in the region but the regional map doesn't show the city. (It is, however, shown on the map of all of Korea at the beginning of the book.) Areas of Seoul are described but for many...
Like all the Frommer's books, this one is jam packed with useful information. It even tells you how to travel to sites via public transportation (Seoul has a very good and extensive train/subway system and the KTX is an efficent high-speed train).
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