Things To Know Before Visiting Korea

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Hey there! Ever wondered what Korea has in store for you? Well, get ready for a fantastic journey through the land of flavors, traditions, and relaxation!

Chapter 1: “Yummy Times in Korea”

A young woman making Korean food.

Imagine wandering the lively streets of Myeongdong, surrounded by delicious smells. We tried out awesome stuff like sizzling Korean BBQ and tasty street snacks. And guess what?

Just saying “It’s delicious” in Korean, which is “Mat-iss-eo-yo,” made our food adventures even more fun!

Chapter 2: “Friendship and Greetings”

As we strolled through the historic Gyeongbokgung, we found Korea’s cool mix of old and new. People rocked traditional Hanbok clothes, and we got to be part of a traditional tea ceremony.

Learning to say “Hello” in Korean, which is “Annyeonghaseyo,” helped us make friends and feel like locals.

Chapter 3: “Awesome Places to Visit”

A Temple by the sea in Busan.

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple and Haeundae Sea in Busan, South Korea.

Our travels took us everywhere, from busy Seoul to the beautiful Jeju Island. We explored cool spots like Bukchon Hanok Village and Gangnam.

Simple Phrases like “It’s pretty” (“Ippeuda”) let us chat with locals and discover hidden gems.

Chapter 4: “Fun Adventures Everywhere”

Korea had surprises beyond just sightseeing. We danced to K-pop beats, tried writing cool calligraphy, and even stayed in a peaceful temple.

Saying “Thank you” in Korean (“Gamsahamnida”) made these adventures even more special.

Chapter 5: “Relaxing Getaways”

Dongjak Bridge and Seoul tower over Han river in Seoul, South Korea.

View of downtown cityscape at Dongjak Bridge and Seoul tower over Han river in Seoul, South Korea.

After exciting days, Korea had peaceful spots for us to chill. We hung out in cozy jjimjilbangs, took walks by the Han River, and relaxed at Namsan Seoul Tower.

Simple questions like “What do you do here?” (“Yeogi mwo haeyo?”) added a personal touch to our chats.

Here are some simple and basic Korean phrases that can be very useful for you :

1. **Hello / Hi** – 안녕하세요 (Annyeonghaseyo)

2. **Thank you** – 감사합니다 (Gamsahamnida)

3. **Yes** – 네 (Ne)

4. **No** – 아니요 (Aniyo)

5. **Excuse me / I’m sorry** – 실례합니다 (Shillehhamnida)

6. **Please** – 제발 (Jebal)

7. **Goodbye** – 안녕히 계세요 (Annyeonghi gyeseyo) – (When someone is staying)

**Goodbye** – 안녕히 가세요 (Annyeonghi gaseyo) – (When someone is leaving)

8. **Help / Assistance** – 도와주세요 (Dowajuseyo)

9. **How much is this?** – 이거 얼마에요? (Igeo eolmaeyo?)

10. **Where is the restroom?** – 화장실 어디에요? (Hwajangsil eodieyo?)

11. **I don’t understand** – 이해하지 못해요 (Ihaehaji mothaeyo)

12. **Can you speak English?** – 영어 할 수 있어요? (Yeongeo hal su isseoyo?)

13. **My name is…** – 제 이름은… (Je ireumeun…)

14. **I’m lost** – 길을 잃었어요 (Gireul ilheosseoyo)

15. **Where is [place]?** – [장소] 어디에요? ([Jangso] eodieyo?)

16. **I need help** – 도와주세요 (Dowajuseyo)

17. **I don’t know** – 모르겠어요 (Moreugesseoyo)

18. **What is this?** – 이게 뭐에요? (Ige mwoeyo?)

19. **Where can I find a taxi?** – 택시 어디에요? (Taeksi eodieyo?)

20. **I want to go to [place]** – [장소]에 가고 싶어요 ([Jangso]e gago sipoyo)

21. **How do I get to [place]?** – [장소] 어떻게 가요? ([Jangso] eotteoke gayo?)

22. **What time is it?** – 지금 몇 시에요? (Jigeum myeot shieyo?)

23. **Can I have the check, please?** – 계산서 주세요 (Gyesanseo juseyo)

24. **Where can I buy a ticket?** – 표 어디에 살 수 있어요? (Pyo eodie sal su isseoyo?)

25. **Do you have Wi-Fi?** – 와이파이 있어요? (Waipai isseoyo?)

26. **I’m allergic to [ingredient].** – [재료]에 알레르기 있어요. ([Jaeryo]e allereugi isseoyo.)

27. **Can you recommend a good restaurant?** – 좋은 식당 추천해주세요 (Joeun sikdang chucheonhaejuseyo)

28. **Where is the nearest subway station?** – 가장 가까운 지하철 역은 어디에요? (Gajang gakkawoon jihacheol yeogeun eodieyo?)

29. **Is there an ATM nearby?** – 근처에 ATM 있어요? (Geuncheoe ATM isseoyo?)

30. **Can you take a photo for me, please?** – 제 사진 찍어 주세요 (Je sajin jjigeo juseyo)

These phrases cover various situations you might encounter while traveling in Korea, from transportation to dining and general communication. Happy travels!

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