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Hi there,

I am going to Seoul and would like to now where to stay and what to do.

Are there any hot springs in or around Seoul that I can go to?

Where can I eat reasonably?

What are the definite must-dos in Seoul?

Are the museums worth going to?

Thank you.

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    Dear Shakila,

    I was at the Fodor's website and saw your posting on Korea. I used to live in Seoul so here are some pointers. When in Seoul, be sure to make a day trip to Folk's Village, about 1 hour outside of Seoul. It is a village with old houses and folksy crafts and village markets, etc., where you can see traditional wedding processions and try traditional foods. A must-see. Your hotel should be able to help you as to how to get there. In Seoul, there are several old palaces with beautiful gardens on the grounds right in downtown area. Some of them have museums attached to them. There is one museum on Korean Folk Life (Min Sok Museum) that is interesting - shows you how people used to live before modernization. It is not as well known as the National Museum, but perhaps as interesting. If you want to pick up some traditional things (pottery, fans, tea, etc), go to Insadong, where there are may quaint shops that sell them. I like this area - there are some old tea houses there, but it's impossible to describe the directions to them. You can try to go to Tong-In store, which is a 4-story store that sells traditional Korean things in Insadong, and perhaps they may be able to help you find them. Insadong is different from Itaewon, where a lot of Americans go to get knock-off handbags and leather jackets; if you know where to look you can get good deals, but a bit touristy. Anyway, hope this is not too late - have fun!

    Kay

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