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    1 week in Korea, help plan!

    My son is stationed at Osan AB, I am heading over for 1 week to visit and sight see. I have no idea where I am staying, or what we are going to do. So, help me plan!

    I want to take a trip to see the DMZ, I will spend a little time in Seoul. I am traveling light, backpack, with easy clean travel clothes. Where should we plan to go?

    I have the lonely planet travel guide, am doing a crash course. Other than giving my son a hug when I see him, I have no plans.

    go!

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    Have your son book you a room at the Dragon Hill Lodge https://www.dragonhilllodge.com/
    You'll be in the center of Seoul with plenty of things to do (many are just walking distance away) and can even arrange tours while at the Dragon Hill Lodge.

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    Doubt you'll be in Busan, but if so you have got to see the retail fish market there.
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    I will have him check it out. He will be with me for the week, we will tour together. Anything outside Seoul we should hit? I am traveling light, so not opposed to getting out and around. I know, 1 week is short, but I have to make do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by troutmd View Post
    Doubt you'll be in Busan, but if so you have got to see the retail fish market there.
    I heard you can take a bullet train down there. Not sure if it is a day trip or overnight. He was talking about a Busan trip.

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    about 3 hours by express train. Easy day trip.

    One thing, you should get a body scrub and massage there. If you are okay with being naked in front of other guys the spas have guys that will scrub your old flakey skin off with salt rubs.They don't scrub your junk so it's not that uncomfortable.BUT you will be lying naked face up on a table for a few minutes while your thighs and torso get scrubbed, most of the time you will be face down. The sensation when they sluice down your newly exposed skin with hot water hits the spot every time. . Follow that up with an all over body massage and you'll sleep like a baby and wake up feeling like a new man. I get mine at the The Westin Chosun Seoul. Well worth the money IMHO. Even if you just stay for one night, I promise you the experience is sooo goood.

    I go to Korea for the food mostly. I love spicy food and if you do to, try everything on the menus. You are there for a week so you'll have plenty of opportunities to try new stuff. A quick way to appreciate a new culture is through the senses and taste is a strong one. Of course you can always get "safe" western food to give your stomach a rest if it starts pushing things thru a bit too quickly. The local beer is also really good with spicy food but rather insipid just on it's own. Matched with a bit of heat the tastes are really good.

    The Paradise Walker Hill Casino is small and can get crowded. Getting a guided tour of the city is a quick and easy way to get most of the main sightseeing spots ticked off. You can even rent bikes and see some spots that way.

    Learn this word, it's the one word that will help you get the best service from people.
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    I envy your lack of plans and length of stay, mine are usually 4 days at the most.
    good luck
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    Kamsa hamnida. I'm practicing this one because I live in a Korean neighborhood. My old 'hood was predominantly Greek and saying "efcharistó" was helpful!

    Get some bibimbap, gorge on kimchi, learn more phrases............that's all I got. Oh yeah, take lots of pictures for us moreons.

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    kamsa hamnida, got that one down! Also handing over and receiving items with 2 hands seems like something I need to be aware of.

    Our plans are coming together. We will probably take the bullet to Busan. Max has not bee there yet. We are working on booking Dragon Hill, the only issue is that we are going over a holiday, so my access to the base might be an issue, as I have to get my papers during certain times the office is open. Working over e-mail with Koreans and understanding this is slightly confusing for a non-DoD person.

    Getting excited, the trip is 3 weeks away.

    Definitely looking forward to the spicy food!

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    Anyong-haseyo (hello)! I'm glad your plans are getting firmed up. I just realized that Busan is the city that used to be Pusan. My first duty assignment was at Kunsan AB (Gunsan) back in the mid-80s. Went temporary duty (TDY) in Korea several times years after as a result of a job I had in Combat Communications.

    Korea has advanced so much compared to the days I was first stationed there. Many argue they should no longer consider it a remote (1-year) assignment. I hope your son gets his follow-on assignment of choice after his tour in Korea. A large portion of my single Airmen (when I was at Okinawa) came from Korea assignments and chose Kadena AB, Okinawa as their follow-on assignment.

    Dragon Hill will be the perfect base-camp for you during your stay especially for the convenience. You can go on tours to the DMZ and many other places right from there or just walk out the gates and venture out on your own. I'm certain you'll have a great and memorable experience.

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    Misawa airbase is the model place to go. Kadena send there people up here to see what makes the base so special. If he likes winter sports we have mountains with over 7m of power just 4o minutes away! Ice Hockey is big up here as well. The cycling is also great, Okinawa is a great place for a holiday but TBH, too many Americans.
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    I agree with you but we are talking about young single guys who mainly think about drinking and partying and use those factors when choosing an assignment.

    Funny story, a friend of mine who was stationed at Misawa made the mistake of agreeing to pay his 2 young boys (to shovel) $5 each for every inch of snowfall during their first year there. Well it snowed 130 inches that year and cost him $1300!

    Okinawa was one of my assignments (which I enjoyed) but like you mentioned, there really wasn't a place where you can totally get away from Americans. Great thing was I cycled all year round and rode all over that island.

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    That picture is epic - I lived in Alaska and still have never seen anything quite like that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JStrube View Post
    We will probably take the bullet to Busan.
    You may want to watch this movie as a primer...

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    I have never been to Korea. The only planning I can think of is be sure to plan to leave before the whole place goes Ka-Boom!

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    My son has his follow on selected as Germany. He said he will be part of a Combat Communications Unit there. Of course, anything can change, but he is excited. He will be glad to move on, as a 19 yr old, he can't go out with the over 21 crowd, which keeps him out of trouble! I will definitely try some Soju.

    So far, I think I am going to spend the first night in Yongsan, right outside the base, he comes off exercise the next morning (night shift so we will both be off schedule), I can see the local area and base on Friday, then Sat Sun night, train to Busan, then back to Seoul, Dragon Hill. The tough part about Dragon Hill, and I need to call the desk myself, is as a non-DoD person, sign in might only happen during certain hours, so being a holiday, I might have difficulties getting on the base. Trying to work it out. Paperwork...

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    Te latest request is for a burrito or tamales from home... Not sure how to get those over there...

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    With the recent 'war of words' between our illustrious president and Kim Jong Un, I would assume that the DMZ is the LAST place you should visit (if it's even allowed at the moment).

    BTW, if war breaks out while you are there, please, send us updates....
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    Quote Originally Posted by No Time Toulouse View Post
    With the recent 'war of words' between our illustrious president and Kim Jong Un, I would assume that the DMZ is the LAST place you should visit (if it's even allowed at the moment).

    BTW, if war breaks out while you are there, please, send us updates....

    In the North, they are all getting ready to farm and pull crops, in the South, they are going about their business, seems we have a war of words, no massing of troops.

    Don't worry, if the SHTF, I'll take photos!

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    Plans for Korea? I think you are supposed to take iodine supplement in case of nukelar attack; it prevents thyroid cancer from acute radiation exposure.

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    I can't give you any current advice since it's been 12 years since my trip to Seoul to visit a college buddy who was stationed there with the Army, but I will say it was a trip I absolutely loved and still think about. I loved the food (except the dried squid). Every day we made sure to hit a historic site, then a good restaurant, then some night life action (we were in our late 20's after-all).

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    Quote Originally Posted by JStrube View Post
    Te latest request is for a burrito or tamales from home... Not sure how to get those over there...
    frozen packed in a suitcase so he can microwave them over there. Fresh would fall apart in transit,
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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwisimon View Post
    frozen packed in a suitcase so he can microwave them over there. Fresh would fall apart in transit,
    HAHA, Those are made a bit down the road from me...

    I'm going to get him 5 fresh California Burritos from a place in town, freeze them, then pack in dry ice... If he has to eat with a fork, so be it. If they taste like crap, oh well... I know they usually taste great the day after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JStrube View Post
    HAHA, Those are made a bit down the road from me...

    I'm going to get him 5 fresh California Burritos from a place in town, freeze them, then pack in dry ice... If he has to eat with a fork, so be it. If they taste like crap, oh well... I know they usually taste great the day after.
    or you could just take him to a popular Mex place there.
    http://gustotaco.com/

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    Suwon Fortress, short trip north from Osan

    Yuldong Park is cool to check out

    The military museum in Seoul

    rent a bike on Osan and ride Barakason, its the local MTB trails close to base.

    Take the train to Peongtek station, ( one station south ) and check out the local area .

    Make sure you eat a Miss Kim Burger, hit Star Kabob , have a beer at the Green Man ( Pilsong ) eat at Saku Saku , and if you bring a bike, ride with the Han River Riders.


    eat at Heavenly Bread Co. get the Caprese Salad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terrasmak View Post
    Suwon Fortress, short trip north from Osan

    Yuldong Park is cool to check out

    The military museum in Seoul

    rent a bike on Osan and ride Barakason, its the local MTB trails close to base.

    Take the train to Peongtek station, ( one station south ) and check out the local area .

    Make sure you eat a Miss Kim Burger, hit Star Kabob , have a beer at the Green Man ( Pilsong ) eat at Saku Saku , and if you bring a bike, ride with the Han River Riders.


    eat at Heavenly Bread Co. get the Caprese Salad.
    Thank you! Lots of great suggestions.

    I have seen you can rent a bike and ride next to the Han river. Star Kabob, I think is my son's favorite place...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JStrube View Post
    Thank you! Lots of great suggestions.

    I have seen you can rent a bike and ride next to the Han river. Star Kabob, I think is my son's favorite place...
    https://instagram.com/p/BInV_4NDnnH/ the salad. The place is right in the district off base. I would go back tomorrow, pack my bikes, bowling ball and gone. Still have a ton of friends out there

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