- Taschenbuch: 448 Seiten
- Verlag: John Wiley & Sons; Auflage: 2. Auflage (21. Mai 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0470591544
- ISBN-13: 978-0470591543
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 2,5 x 20,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.665.258 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Frommer's South Korea (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 21. Mai 2010
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This brand new first edition of "Frommer's South Korea" features in-depth coverage of this increasingly popular destination, from the cities of Seoul and Busar to the DMZ border area to Jeju Island, the 'Island of the Gods'. Our author Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee is a first-generation Korean American who passes along insider's tips and insights into Korean culture, plus a Korean recipe or two (Hae-Jin Lee is also a respected cook and cookbook author). She'll steer you away from the touristy and the inauthentic and show you the real heart of South Korea.Eat a Hanjeongsik (full-course meal) in a neighborhood cafe in Seoul, attend the Busar Film Festival, shop for the country's best fabrics (ramie fabrics) at the markets in Hansan, and hike the Seoraksan Mountains (or just buy the area's famous mushrooms and honey) - plus seek out tea houses, limestone caves, Buddhist temples, hot springs, battlegrounds, and parks throughout the region. You'll travel South Korea like a pro with our candid advice and handy Korean-language glossary.Also included are accurate regional and town maps, up-to-date advice on finding the best package deals, a glossary of Korean cuisine, and an online directory that makes trip-planning a snap!
Explore the detailed quarters of Changdeokgung, South Korea's historic royal palace. See chapter 5.
* Detailed maps throughout
* Exact prices, directions, opening hours,and other practical information
* Candid reviews of hotels and restaurants,plus sights, shopping, and nightlife
* Itineraries, walking tours, and trip-planning ideas
* Insider tips from local expert authors
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First of all, she doesn't give you enough detail about the different sites and places in order for you to even visit them. Ironically most of the places she is talking about have great websites with address, schedules and information and she doesn't list a single one of the web pages. The author spends an enormous amount of time talking about the Korean Folk Village in Andong - si. There are a couple closer to our location, but she goes on about how commercial and worthless they are and how the village in Andong was the one everyone needed to see. My family - 19 month infant included, drove 3 hours to see Hahoe village. We even took one of our Korean friends with us - what a huge disappointment. Yes the village is old but every house is protected by 5 foot high walls so all you see are the streets and the tops of the buildings. The buildings are individual homes and you can't look inside. People actually live in these homes, so 1/2 of the homes had satellite dishes - how authentic is that? My Korean friend thought she got more out of text book than she did out of actually visiting the site. She also discusses the Mask Dance Festival and how it is held at HaHoe Village. A very small portion is held there, the actual Festival itself is held in Andong-si, in the city at a huge complex. No mention of that in her book.
We next tried to use the book to visit Mt Seoraksan, Korea's largest National park. Again she tells you the general vicinity, how you should visit and that's about it. She also disparages the Kensington Stars hotel, which is actually the nicest hotel up there. There is no usable information on the trails, the hikes and the fact that Koreans look at parks completely different from other nationalities - there are shops, restaurants and about anything else you can want before the park, in the park and along the trails - basically every km you run into a convenience store and restaurant. She does tell you to go in the Fall because the leaves are so nice, but forgets to mention that the majority of Koreans go in the fall as well, making it almost a ridiculous event and hard to enjoy with that many people around you. By this time, we had gotten the Moon's guide to Korea which actually had great information about the individual hikes and Seoraksan in general.
The last time we tried to use this book was to visit the Folk Village near Suwon. The book implies that it is close to the Fortress and Palace in Suwon. My family spent an hour lost in traffic in Suwon before we were finally able to speak to the English speaking tourist specialist and she explained that we weren't even in the right city. I don't know if the author excluded this particular Folk Village because she doesn't want you to go or because she doesn't know a thing about it. The author completely leaves out any mention of the fact that the Folk Village near Suwon has actual buildings that you can visit and go through, people dressed in period clothing, performances, artisans and craftsmen making wares and even a Korean wedding processional. But according to the author, its cheesy and not worth seeing. Seriously? The people buying this guide book are people who don't know a lot about the culture or the country. We didn't study it in school and know very little about it. This is at least a way of being able to comprehend and understand - a sort of living museum. If you're Korean or an expert on Korean History than this may seem cheesy, if you're an American living in a Foreign Country and trying to learn something about it, this would be considered educational. For whatever reason, this author doesn't want people to visit this Village.
My last mention will be the shopping and the author's very strong bias against the military. I have a really hard time believing that prostitution only exists in Korea because the US has a military presence. Which is what the author implies. I'm sure the military presence doesn't help but the last time I heard, prostitution existed in some form or the other all throughout the world, long before the Korean war. To blame the military for prostitutions existence in Korea is a bit of an exaggeration. She also discourages and denounces the shopping outside of Osan Air Base. I can't think that she's ever visited the area. 98% of the business are owned by Koreans and they sell to Koreans, Americans and Europeans. This is how these businesses and companies make their living. The business owners there seem very happy to take my money and the prices there are much more reasonable than Seoul. You can pay 1/2 the price for the same services and goods in Osan than you would in Seoul. It seems unfair to discourage people from going to this area just because America has a military presence there. Who is she really hurting, the visitors or the shop owners in the area?
Overall this book is beyond useless. Get the Moon's book or someone else's, anything you get is better than the junk is this book. Moon's does a good job but its a shame that Fodor's doesn't offer a decent book on Korea. It is such a great country to visit and worth exploring, just don't use Frommer's book to get around.