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  • Paperback: 460 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 5th Revised edition edition (May 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0864426976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0864426970
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,316,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Korean folklore fixes the date of the na 's birth to a semi-deity named Tan'gun at around 2333 BC. Read the first page
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By TC on March 20 2004
Format: Paperback
I just come back from Korea for 2-3 days.
This LP book is really disappointed me.
It lack of information, inaccurate data and undetailed map.
Ok I know that i published about 2-3 years ago, the data
might inaccurate but it almost inaccurate, also the bus route???
If you follow the book guide on the way to Tongdosa you will probably get lost! Thats unacceptable.
It is nothing more than a good introduction to Korea to read at home.
Try Moon Guide or something else
here is my tips
1 Need map? just go to Korea, find Tourism Information kiosk
and you will find everything you want, good illustrate map
valueable advise and everything you want to know about Korea!
2 Use International cashcard (PLUS CIRCUS) will save you from deadly banknote exchange rate, but dont expect an international ATM in country side. (you can find a lot of them in subway Seoul) keep money, not credit!
3 Dont use a network ATM (like Han-net, Easy-money) It will charge you! Use bank ATM (CHB KB)
4 Dont bring this LP with you, burden!
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By Jared M on June 7 2003
Format: Paperback
I was lucky enough to live in Korea for a year teaching English and while I was there, the LP Korea was pretty much my travelling "Bible". While other people may not consider it indepth in locations to visit, it still has more than sufficient details for your average visitor who is going to travel around for a month or two. I was working so my travelling time was limited to weekends, so as it was, the LP Korea was perfectly adequate for my needs. There was always plenty to see and do. I wanted to see the most important and interesting stuff, which typifies what Korea is all about. If you are going to be visiting Korea for an extended period of time, or living there, then maybe after a while the guide book may appear to be superficial. However, all the major regions are covered, including Jejudo Island (and North Korea gets its own section at the back). All the usual hotels, resturants and transport details are there, as well as the bog standard travel advice. So if you are a short term visitor, then the LP Korea will, in my opinion, be more than sufficient.
Besides, if LP does not meet your needs, the KNTO is reasonably well developed, with tourist maps and info of most destinations at railway stations, bus stations, and airports. At major tourist points, guides will speak english, and advise you of other interesting features of the area you are in. University students wanting practice their english are also good travel guides. I had my first introduction to Daegu in this manner.
I disagree with some of the opinions expressed by other reviewers of this book. To be realistic, the minute this title came off the printing press it was out of date. For example, one cannot expect all the eateries listed to still be there by the time an individual gets to Korea.
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If you are a first time visitor to Korea, this book provides an excellent overview of sights to see, places to stay, and restaurants to eat. It is great for planning your trip to Korea. When you do get to Korea, there are plenty of places to get more detailed information. That is especially true in big cities and tourist attractions. Korea is incredibly resourceful in that area.
If you are going to remote area of Korea, then this may not be the book for you; then again there probably aren't any tourist books that are detailed about all of Korea. Transportation information especially local bus routes can change quite frequently. You need to find out detail information after you get to Korea. Korean people are usually very friendly to foreigners.
One thing I do find lacking with this tour book is that it lists all tourist attractions in seemingly random order. Some that are not really worth a visit are covered in details yet some considered not to be missed by local koreans are covered in very little detail. This can be frustrating to short term visitors. But again, do go to a tourist center once you arrive in Korea. I also feel the nightlife section should be expanded. A visit to Korea without experiencing the nightlife is only 50% complete.
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I have been living in South Korea for almost four years now. I am constantly amazed about how different things really are then how they are presented in LP. Outdated maps, faulty cultural notes, and a genuine lack of details. I feel the authors reviewed Korea from an airplane. Well I've been down on the streets and can attest that the best parts in Korea are not even mentioned in the LP.
Don't waste your cash on this book. If your looking for maps wait till you get to Korea. Every Tourist Info' Booth (and they are everywhere) gives great maps away for free. The Korean Government operates several tourist related webpages with great links. They also offer guides to the korean language.
The LP phrase book? Forget it. Every provence in korea has it's own distinct dialect, vocabulary, etc. What works in Seoul may not work at all in Suncheon or Kyung-Ju.
If your going to be staying in the top-end hotels and such then this book may be alright for that. But for those of us who like to be on the street. Just jump in and discover korea for yourself.
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