South Korea is in East Asia on the southern half of the Korean Peninsula, Yellow Sea and East Sea between, with only one land border with North Korea . Geographically situated between China and Japan, its culture has long been in communication with the two neighboring countries.
Getting There by Aircraft
Flights from Europe arrive at Incheon International Airport (ICN) to. The old international Gimpo Airport is used mainly for domestic flights and for flights to neighboring Asia. The flight time from Frankfurt to Incheon is around 10:30 hours, returned a good hour longer. There’s flights from Frankfurt with Lufthansa, Korean Air and Asiana. Lower prices usually with Airfrance via Paris (CDG) or with KLM via Amsterdam (AMS). Emirates to offer good prices though, but all the flight time is four hours more, plus an additional stay for a connecting flight in Dubai.
The airport is very modern and you’ll find easy to navigate. Duty free shopping on the return flight is interesting only for cigarettes, everything’s cheaper in Seoul. Entry: The entry form and gives the customs declaration’s already on the plane. After getting off you go first to the immigration counter, then down one floor to the baggage claim (fruit, meat products, etc. you should have thrown away really before, because is a cute little dogs sniffed for it), then all will go through customs (Zollerklärung!), with Europeans not usually be controlled – mainly Koreans who come back from the €-shopping.
Departure: The hand baggage must not exceed. 8 kg in weight, laptop (s) can be removed before weighing. After the security check to go to the exit switch (this one should take into account total in rush hour 30 minutes). Lounges are located, with the exception of Diners Club lounge (with Hyundai Lounge) and a few lounges Korean companies, behind the security check.
In the City: The most comfortable with KAL limousine bus (about 13,000 KRW, tickets at the arrival hall or directly to the bus stop), several lines to the major hotels and the bus terminal. Travel time between 1h and 1h30. Taxi is very expensive because of the long haul, subway is the easiest. Buses are easier, it also, but no more so.
English comes through with you. That does not mean that everyone speaks English well or understand. Particularly in areas away from the big cities and major tourist centers, it is highly advisable to speak a few words of Korean. Anyone who speaks Japanese, is also able to quickly learn a few words of Korean, and Chinese loanwords since grammar are very similar. The Korean writing is easy to learn.
Korean cuisine is rich in seafood, vegetable dishes (Banchan) like kimchi and is characterized by an abundant use of dried, spicy chili powder, garlic, Jjeotgal from (a kind of fish sauce) and soy sauce, vinegar and salt. The rice are sometimes added to other cereals and legumes.
Well-known dishes are bulgogi (= “fire meat”; on a special tabletop grill cooked beef or pork), Kimbab (dried seaweed rolled with rice and vegetables, sometimes with kimchi and beef), mandu (dumplings with vegetables and meat) and naengmyeon ( cold noodle soup, often for refreshment on hot days). Eating out is relatively cheap and restaurants in Korea have often focused on a few dishes, which they then prepare accordingly also good and fresh. Directly on the beach or in the great fish markets can Hwae eat (raw seafood), which is offered in contrast to the Japanese version (sashimi) with spicy and sharp dips. Very tasty! The unfiltered rice wines like Makkolli dongdongju and are often served in traditional restaurants or small stalls in the mountains. The most popular Korean liquor soju heard of. Originally a bamboo liquor, but now usually made from sweet potato. It is especially suited to fleischlastigem and spicy food.