Saturday, August 09, 2014

Low-Cost South Korea

South Korea is a relatively well-developed country economically, but it can still be a bargain for visitors. So says an article at

The country has plenty of hostels where a bed will cost between $15 and $25 a night. In the capital Seoul, stick to the Hongdae district for the best bargains, since it is where students hang out. A Metro ride anywhere in the city costs just $1.30, and inter-city express buses cost only about half what train travel does. They are slower, however.

Traditional Korean food is both tasty and inexpensive. In a Korean restaurant the sizzling barbequed meat served with unlimited soup and side dishes costs only about $10, or if you prefer vegetarian fare a dish called bibimbap with rice, vegetables and spicy sauce goes for $3 or so. Seoul is a very large, lively city with lots to do at any time of day, and according to the story the people are very friendly.

By coincidence I had seen a show about South Korea the day before reading this story on the TV program Ports d'Attache (,) and it did indeed look interesting. Haven't been there yet, but it's on my list.


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