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Lonely Planet and Korea

According to Travel Backboard:

Lonely Planet’s newly released ‘Best in Travel 2013’ names Korea as number three of the top ten destinations in the world to visit in 2013.  South Korea’s growing popularity with visitors to the country has seen a big rise in interest from foreign visitors in recent years.

With over ten million foreign visitors expected to visit Korea by the end of this year the word is out about Korea as a popular travel destination.  No doubt the popularity of PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style’ has added to this interest in Korea from around the world with over half a billion hits now on Youtube.

Lonely Planet’s endorsement of Korea as a great place to visit will no doubt encourage a lot more visitors from around the world to plan a visit to the country.  Lonely Planet mentions Korea’s great outdoors and recreational activities like mountain climbing, fishing, golfing and skiing as becoming more popular with foreign visitors as they get to know the country better.

Not so sure about this last part:

Korea is a country of inspiration, where you become one of the locals and truly experience life as it is for Koreans today.

  • Yu Bum Suk

    That last part couldn’t be further from the truth in some respects. Korea is a great place to visit if you know someone on the inside – a Korean or long-term resident who knows what the visitor likes. For those without such a guide it’s a lot of over-priced (by Korean standards) hype.

  • jkitchstk

    “Lonely Planet’s newly released ‘Best in Travel 2013’ names Korea as number three of the top ten destinations in the world to visit in 2013. ‘

    Based on Jeju being one of the 7 wonders of nature because a Korean phone company counted the votes?

    “Lonely Planet mentions Korea’s great outdoors and recreational activities like mountain climbing, fishing, golfing and skiing…”

    Does the LP mean mountain “hiking”? Tourists first need all the gear to fit it during their walk up the mountain. “Fishing,” sure hope the LP listed all the places to do that and where to stay at the end of the day? “Golfing,” bring your life savings and wake up at 4 am to go get in line. “Skiing,” average sized mountains with too many people, it’s like driving in Seoul and if you get in a crash be ready to pay mountain blood money.

  • http://koreanlanguagenotes.blogspot.com/ gbevers

    Korea is a country of inspiration, where you become one of the locals and truly experience life as it is for Koreans today.

    That part is absolutely true. Koreans are eager to introduce foreigners to Korean culture and really do appreciate it when foreigners try to learn the language and participate in Korean customs. That is one of the appealing things about Korea for me and many people.

    However, you can enjoy Korea without going overboard. You might make more friends by eating dogmeat or exchange spit with soju drunks, but I think it is all right to set some boundaries.

  • Creo69

    ” However, you can enjoy Korea without going overboard. You might make more friends by eating dogmeat or exchange spit with soju drunks, but I think it is all right to set some boundaries.”

    As I started to read your post I was becoming quickly concerned that your brain tumor had ruptured, now I realize it was just a lead up to the punch line. Good to see you trying a new style.

  • http://koreanlanguagenotes.blogspot.com/ gbevers

    Creo69 wrote (#4):

    Good to see you trying a new style.

    It’s the same style I’ve always had, goofball.

  • enomoseki

    Go back to your stormfront forum, troll.

  • Q

    Gerry, this guy is stealing your paycheck:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r84gyKSaRK4

    Both of you live in Texas. So have business meeting there?

  • hamel

    Q, I want you to go to Texas with a video camera, and record the secret meetings of Texas Daddy I and II.