If you're a member of a tourist group, you will have no problem because as soon as you come out of the airport terminal you will have a chartered bus waiting for you outside. But if you are on your own and visiting Korea for the first time, you will no doubt be perplexed.
It's a strange country, you can't communicate with the people freely, and you are not familiar with the nation. Everything is uncomfortable and uneasy in a different nation. You may have received a brochure and a map of the city at the information desk, but since it's your first day in Korea, you will probably decide to use a taxi. The next thing question is, 'will I be able to communicate with the driver?'
The first person a foreign tourist most probably gets in touch with in Korea is a taxi driver. It's true foreigners haven't had good impressions of Korean taxi drivers. Some drivers refuse to drive you to your destination saying the traffic is bad there and some even charge higher fares. Many of the foreign visitors to Korea have pointed to taxis as the most inconvenient part of their tour.
You may have made a good start with a taxi. But at the old royal palace of the Choson dynasty, which you chose as your first itinerary on your tour of Seoul, you may be disappointed. You understand Seoul, the capital of Korea, is an old city with more than a six hundred year history, but you find many parts of the palace compound under repair work. Also, there are English versions of the information boards which explain what each of the relics are about, but you find them hard to understand. Mr. Kang Im-sang, the director of a civic organization called 'The palace keepers' a group to help foreigners tour palaces, point out various problems.
Tourists are attracted to the beautiful natural sceneries and the rich cultural traditions of Korea, but they also want to go out into the streets to experience the everyday lives of Koreans. Many find it especially attractive to eat various foods at conventional market places, to buy things in the Hwang-hak-dong antique and general stores, or to eat raw fish prepared just in front of them in the Noryangjin Fisheries Market. But for them to reach and experience the lives of Koreans instead of famous tourist spots, they overcome various difficulties.
You know what? Koreans tend to avoid foreigners because they find it embarrassing when they can't communicate with the foreigners in English. They just say nothing and walk away. It's not because they are unkind or rude. What I would like to tell Koreans is that they don't need to be embarrassed about not being able to speak English. If they can't communicate with the foreigners, they can use body language or can at least take the foreigners to someone who speaks the language. I think it's important they maintain active and positive attitudes in helping foreign tourists.
Koreans have pointed to the infrastructure as a problem in tourism in Korea. Much of the infrastructure of tourism needs to be improved like public transportation which foreigners can conveniently make use of, faithful guide information and system, clean lodging facilities; from high-class hotels to reasonably priced inns equipped with clean toilets, shower facilities and laundered cotton sheets. But more important than those is the warmness of the people. Even without excellent natural sceneries, and without enough tourism infrastructure, a nation can lure many tourists from the world over, if all the people receive the tourists warmly, and provide a comfortable and pleasant atmosphere.
Well, hotels in Seoul will be 100,000 or more. Casaville Residence Samsung, Central Hotel, Centro Hotel, City Palace Hotel, Coatel Chereville, Crown Itaewon Hotel, Dong Seoul Hotel, Dormy Inn Serviced Residence, Doulos Hotel, Ellui Hotel Seoul, Fraser Place Central, Fraser Suites Insadong, Grand Hilton Hotel, Hamilton Hotel Seoul, Hotel Biz Myeong-Dong, and many other cheap hotels in Seoul are popular among backpackers and budget travelers from around the world. There are various discount hotels in Seoul namely Seoul Palace Hotel, Somerset Palace Hotel, Stay Seven Premier Hotel, Vabien2 Hotel, Best Western Niagara Hotel, Best Western Premier, Capital Hotel, Centro Hotel, Dormy Inn Serviced Residence, and many others offer heavy discounts on room booking. In order to enjoy traveling to South Korean city, travelers stay in budget hotels in Seoul which are affordable and have some luxurious feelings.
Seoul hotels provide facilities such as round the clock room service, airport pick & drop, parking, swimming pool, bar, restaurant, gym, spa, billiards pool, conferencing facilities, secretarial services, translators, and many others. Accommodation in Seoul is not an issue among travelers. Moreover, thousands of hotels in Seoul with thousands of rooms provide better accommodation facilities. Traveling to South Korean capital Seoul shows bright features of South Korean cultures.
If you are looking for halal food, you may go to Itewon to find one. Just go to the first masjid built in Korea, then you may find many halal restaurants around it.
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