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Frommer's Seoul Day by Day Paperback – Aug 9 2011

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Frommers; 1 edition (Aug. 9 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470931442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470931448
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.4 x 18.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #375,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

17 Self-guided Tours. 40 Maps. One Great Trip.

At last, a travel guide that tells you how to see the best of everything—in the smartest, most time-efficient way.

  • The best of Seoul in one, two, or three days

  • Thematic tours for every interest, schedule, and taste

  • Walking tours of the city's best-loved neighborhoods

  • Hundreds of evocative color photos

  • Bulleted maps that show you how to get from place to place

  • Hotels, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife for all budgets

  • A tear-resistant foldout map—enclosed in a handy plastic wallet you can also use for tickets and souvenirs

Find news, deals, apps, and expert advice,plus connect with other travelers at Frommers.com

About the Author

Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee was born in Seoul and is the author of several popular books on Korea, including Quick & Easy Korean Cooking and Eating Korean: From Barbeque to Kimchi Recipes from My Home. She is the author of Frommer’s South Korea. She is also a conceptual and installation artist, a designer, an illustrator, and a photographer. Her first and third language is Korean.

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When I'm travelling on business, I normally pick up a small, pocket-able book to help me see the cities I visit. Since my usual go-to series, Lonely Planet Encounter, did not have a book on Seoul, I decided to give this Frommer's book a try.

Though it's not a bad book, for me Seoul Day to Day was not what I was looking for. There is a lot of information inside, but the organization and presentation make it very difficult to use when you're on the ground.

First, the book is organized by category - all of the shopping in Seoul, all of the sightseeing, all of the dining, etc. Unless you're following one of their provided day trips, it makes it very difficult to come up with your own schedule - you can't just pick a location and see what is nearby. So a morning spent visiting a palace and then eating lunch at a recommended restaurant is not accomplished without much flipping back and forth between maps and trying to line up locations. Even then, there is not much spontaneity - if it was organized by where I was, I might go see something I normally wouldn't if it was right by me; here, unless I look at every section, there's a good chance I'll miss it.

Second, locations in the book only have English names and addresses. This made it very difficult to take a taxi - the drivers simply don't read English. So getting the driver to understand where you want to go is quite the exercise - and in huge contrast to the Lonely Planet Encounter books, which use both English and native scripts; there, you simply point.

I did like the fold-out subway map at the front of the book; it came in handy to have it all in one place rather than having to juggle a separate map.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
light travel book that fits in your pocket Nov. 21 2011
By eric h - Published on Amazon.com
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I like the day-by-day books from Frommer. I have now 3 of them. It is a great book to use when you are spending only a few days in a location. It is not meant as a complete travel book to tell you all the history of each place, but a quick summary for each place.
pro: light, fits in your pocket, useful basic information, nice pictures.
cons:the map included in the plastic pocket in the back is not really useful. I ditched it for a tourist map found at the airport.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Poor organization, poor maps Jan. 16 2012
By J. Wang - Published on Amazon.com
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I really had high hopes for this guide. It is indeed easily pocketed and contains many good suggestions. However, if you venture beyond the six suggested itineraries, the guide becomes very frustrating:

1. Outside of the suggested itineraries, the maps are inaccurate and useless. At one point in my trip I was looking for a restaurant mentioned in the guide and was shocked to see it listed on two separate maps in two different places! The street maps only have the names of the largest streets. They also arbitrarily include some small streets but not others, and as a result you cannot orient yourself. Because of the terrible maps I was often left to travel to the vicinity of an attraction and wander around aimlessly searching all the streets until I found the suggested restaurant or shop.

2. Not only are the maps poor and inaccurate, the addresses of attractions are wrong! The poor quality of the maps might be somewhat ameliorated by at least accurate addresses so you could go to the right street and look for the right street number, but this is sadly not the case. The street name and number given did not match the signs on the ground, so I was left to look at stores' signs and try to match the Hanggul to that given in the book.

3. Yet this was difficult too, as the Hanggul names of the attractions are only included on the map page (which taunts you with its uselessness and doesn't even include all the attractions) and not the page describing the attraction. Compare to the Lonely Planet city guides which have the native language and the romanization printed next to the description. This is a much better arrangement if you are stuck wandering around looking for the attraction because you are lost.

4. Instead of being organized by neighborhood or location, the guide is organized by type of attraction and by suggested itinerary. This is nice if you are following the suggested itinerary, but let's say you're on the suggested walk in Itaewon and want to check out a store mentioned in another part of the guide. Too bad, you have to flip over to another section to look at the "shopping" map. Get hungry? Too bad, you need to flip over to another section to look at the "dining" map.

I give the book two stars instead of one because the suggested itineraries are good and the recommendations were also quite good, if you could find them.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book was awesome for my trip! July 26 2013
By Tiffany J Mayfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I carried this book in my purse every day I was in Seoul. The subway map was priceless for me. All of the sights that we wanted to see had exactly where we wanted to go and always got us there. I had a different book for when we went to Tokyo and it was terrible in comparison to this book. I would highly suggest this book for traveling!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
nice recap of seoul June 24 2013
By PM - Published on Amazon.com
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it was my first time visiting seoul this year and i bought this book at my main resource since i was only going to be there for 4 days and had limited time to do too much. i read this whole book before i went and mapped out what i was going to do on each day based on the books suggestion's, maps etc. i really like the way they broke the chapters down to how much time you can spend there and the things you should see. though we didn't follow it completely, it gave us a lot of great little nuggets of information. as with any travel book, the findings are subjective and recommendations are personal but overall, the author put together some good info. i will use again in the future when i visit seoul again.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very helpful Guide since not much English on signs in Seoul Dec 30 2012
By Wise Owl - Published on Amazon.com
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Only wish there would have been more Korea characters beside the English equivalent on the maps. I supplemented this book with local maps. English alphabet eqivalent is not on many signs in Seoul, so one really needs guidebook like this one.

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