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Trip Report Two weeks in South Korea

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After reading the excellent trip reports by kja and Thursdaysd we were inspired to include a couple of weeks in the country during our year long trip through Asia. For anyone that is interested I have just started posting on our blog with some greater detail and photos of our time there but here is a brief rundown.

Neither of us were in great shape for our time in Korea as we both picked up some sort of virus during our last few days in Thailand and arrived in Korea coughing and sneezing. A month later and I am sure they would have quarantined us as MERS suspects!

Due to the aforesaid bug we didn't do as much as we originally planned but still had a great time in this fascinating country and left wanting more which is always a good sign.

Our first few days were spent in Seoul, a great, if somewhat strange city. A little daunting at first but we soon got the hang of the transport system. Some amazing palaces, markets and we were blown away by the food ( even if we didn't know what we were getting half the time!)

One of our days was spent on a tour to the Demilitarised Zone. A fascinating if somewhat worrying place to visit when one considers the reality of what could happen there.

After Seoul we took the train all the way down to Busan - what a great way to get around the country! Quick ( up to 300km per hour), comfortable and cheap. Far better than flying. We liked Busan a lot, even if the weather was awful. Must be wonderful in the summer!

We checked in to our accommodation near the station. Our first experience of a "love motel". It wasn't the most salubrious area of the city so we did wonder what we were getting into when they handed us a pack of condoms along with our room key!! Turned out ok though, although it was a little weird sleeping in a bedroom that was decorated floor to ceiling with voluptuous female cartoon characters!

The rest of our time we spent in Gyeongju, a really lovely city with lots to see and do but probably best known for its Silla dynasty tombs/ burial mounds and Bulguksa Temple. Well worth a few days.

We left Gyeongju on the fantastic KTX train and three hours later we were at Incheon Airport for our flight out. We left Korea wishing we had allocated more time. A fascinating country with great food and really friendly people.

There is some more info and photos on our blog @ http://accidentalnomads.com

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