I'm planning to backpack to Korea & Japan next summer

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I'm planning to backpack to Korea & Japan next summer

Post by LetsMeetUpInParadise240 » Thu Jul 12, 2007 7:11 pm

Five days in Japan and five days in Korea.

I know this seems like a long shot, money wise. But I'm currently saving up, trying to raise up to about $5000 - taking flight costs, lodging in hostels, and food into consideration. I honestly don't know if I'll reach that much, but I guess we'll see.

Whoever's gone either of these countries, can you think of any nice spots to visit? As far as Japan goes, I'll check out Tokyo but I'm thinking more of the rural areas, possibly Honshu. Anyone know of any good places for hiking or sightseeing....maybe a theatre house where I can catch a Noh drama? :P

I was in Korea a while back, but I don't remember too much about where we were going, except Seoraksan mountain(I was a kid back then, so details are hazy). Japan, I know what I have in mind, but Korea I want to visit on my own to get to know my home country a bit more. Sadly, though I dont know where to start really. All I know is, there has to be more to the country than just Seoul, BoA, Korean War history, and Oldboy. Can anyone point out any interesting places to check out?
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Post by Joseph Park » Thu Jul 12, 2007 11:43 pm

Places to visit in Seoul....

The Joseon Dynasty built "Five Grand Palaces" in Seoul:

Changdeokgung (창덕궁)
Changgyeonggung (창경궁)
Deoksugung (덕수궁)
Gyeongbokgung (경복궁)
Gyeonghuigung (경희궁)
Unhyeongung (운현궁)

Museums:

National Museum of Korea(국립중앙박물관)
National Folk Museum(국립민속박물관)
War Memorial(전쟁기념관)

Amusment Parks:

Lotte World {롯데월드) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotte_World

Other places...

63 Building (63 빌딩) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/63_Building
Seoul Tower http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seoul_Tower
Udasan Observatory... you can see the North from this observatory, and learn more about their culture.

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Post by LetsMeetUpInParadise240 » Fri Jul 13, 2007 6:49 am

Thanks! I appreciate it! The Udasan Observatory and Lotte World look interesting.
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Post by aimee » Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:36 am

I know you said you're backpacking...

but in Japan, if you can make it to an onsen, one with a waterfall, or a great view, please try to. the onsen I went to was one of the most fabulous things I've ever done. I stayed overnight with two of my girlfriends and it was one of the most relaxing things ever. great food too.

and hot spring pools + waterfalls = heaven

I also really liked seeing the temples in Kyoto. Tokyo is great, but mostly for shopping (imho).
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Post by LetsMeetUpInParadise240 » Wed Jul 18, 2007 4:05 pm

That does sound good. :) I would love to visit the hot springs if I go.

Question though, were there any worries about infection from bacteria in the water?

This is why I ask...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onsen
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Post by Og » Wed Jul 18, 2007 4:40 pm

Don't know about backpacking, but if you find yourself in range of the bullet train, I highly recommend Kyoto in Japan. Hundreds, if not thousands, of temples and zen gardens.

I went in 1999, and I still can't stop thinking about it. Pretty inspirational for an artist (well, for anyone... don't mean to be artist-centric, but...)
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Post by LetsMeetUpInParadise240 » Wed Jul 18, 2007 4:43 pm

Well, I consider budget traveling backpacking. But thats me. :D

Yes, Kyoto is definitely one of the places I'll be heading.
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Post by otisframpton » Thu Jul 19, 2007 1:22 am

The Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Japan. It's amazing.

My wife and I were married in Tokyo last December. I can't wait to go back.

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Post by Ashwara » Fri Jul 20, 2007 6:53 pm

Awesome! I'm planning to do a lot of backpacking and such in the future, and I was definitely considering these two places. It would be good to hear about your trip

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Post by LetsMeetUpInParadise240 » Fri Jul 20, 2007 8:45 pm

Ditto! Who knows, maybe our paths will cross. I'd love to meet other travelers on the way.

Call me silly, but my enthusiasm for traveling came from my recent interest in Zen Buddhism as well as reading Craig Thompson's Carnet Du Voyage.

I hope to have a bookful of sketches once I come back to the states. :)
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Post by Ashwara » Sat Jul 21, 2007 8:23 am

Ha ha, well it probably wont be for four years as I'll be busy in college, but you never know! I do plan on studying abroad.

Ha ha, that's not a silly reason for wanting to travel. I first started thinking about it when I saw Kino's Journey and read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maitenence. And also I started getting interested in anthropology.

Seeing all sorts of new places I'm sure would be a great inspiration for artwork, too.

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