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I'm really happy that you are coming to Korea.
I was curious what you have in mind when you are here.
Just a quick advise. Since everything is located in Seoul, it would be much easier for your to room around if you are in Seoul.
Walkerhill hotel maybe a great hotel, but personally do not consider this place to be a great "location"
If you are planning to do some late night shopping - It might be good to look up the neighborhoods in 동대문(dongdaemoon) or if you like the historical parts then 종로(jong-ro) would be a good choice.
If you like what we call "new culture" then going to 신사(shin-sa) would be a great choice.
For me, 신사 is a great place to be, because there are many coffee shops, street shops, and good places to eat as well.
Bus stops/metro station is about 10-15min walk from 신사.
동대문(dongdaemoon) can be crowded and loud, as well as 종로(jong-ro)
people also like to be in 강남(kangnam) as well, but 강남(kangnam)is also 15mins away by bus, so it's not too bad.
Anyways, I hope you enjoy your travel in Korea and have fun!:)
- Gyeongbokgung Palace1 Sejongro, Seoul, 11, South Korearecommended Gyeongbokgung PalaceWalking through Gyeongbok Palace is something of a dream. We came here early in the morning, the South Korean chill sneaking into our layers of winter wear. Everything seemed to have a crystalline ... read morequality, from the calm lake to the barely moving trees. The historic temples, so large they could be described as imposing, were impressive sites to walk through. And when the morning sun finally popped up from the clouds, streaming across the rooftops and gliding through delicate treefingers, it was like history coming to life.Keane
This is an easy visit with kids. There's lots of nature and wide spaces, clean restaurants, and plenty of places to sit.
recommended South KoreaThough this tiny peninsular nation (effectively an island cut off from the mainland by a hostile N. Korea) constitutes the 11th-largest economy in the world, and produces more electronic high ... read moretechnology than countries a hundred times its size, South Korea is a place largely off the tourist map, and shockingly little-known. It might be that Korea is a classic "insider's" country, a place where the rituals, customs, and pleasures of the culture are largely hidden from those who do not know its ways by heart. Still, with a little local help, Korea can be one of the most fascinating places in East Asia, with gorgeous mountains (and a crazy hiking culture), lovely temples, teeming megacities filled with neon pleasure zones, and some of the tastiest (and occasionally weirdest) cuisine around. A visit to the jjimjilbang -- a Korean public bath -- is a must do, as is a trip to one of the country's countless traditional markets. Go to Seoul and party with the kids in glittering pleasure zones like Gangnam and Hongdae, then head into the mountains at Seoraksan for a look at South Korean nature at its finest. Few people make it beyond the concrete jungle of central Seoul, but with a local guide and some good advice, you'll find there's plenty to discover. Korea's greatest treasure is its people -- warm, forthright, and quick to show a visitor the best of their country. Make a friend or two here and you'll be glad you did.Matthew Crompton
Generally speaking, I'd expect travelling with an infant in Korea to be relatively problem-free. Korea is overwhelmingly safe, clean, and polite on a whole, and I've found people to be very child-friendly. Transport is great, so you shouldn't have trouble getting around to major spots, though if you go anywhere less trodden, language may be an issue.
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For me, most of the issues were around the flights. Here are some comments based on my experience travelling with my daughter to Japan and Thailand when she was an infant.
Some airlines reserve the front row bulkhead seats for families with infants and feature bassinets for the baby to sleep. It is worth checking into and learning the airlines policy on how to request these seats.
Consider the carseat requirements for your automotive transportation both in Korea as well as your return trip home. For example, in the US you cannot leave the airport in a taxi or car without an approved infant carseat.
There are varying security rules over milk/formula and other baby supplies you may carry onboard the flight. I recommend taking as much as you can as you never know if your flight will be delayed or rerouted. Most flight attendants love babies and will help you when you need a short break. As the dad, it has been my job to spend much of the flight carrying my daughter up and down the aisle trying to keep her happy.
Have a nice trip.
recommended SeoulSeoul is a city that rewards digging. On the surface, it's an ugly mass of squat concrete blocks sprawling over an area of more than 600 square kilometers, an urban jungle spawned from the ashes of ... read morethe city's near-total destruction during the Korean War. The city plan may be relentlessly utilitarian, and hopelessly low on green space (with the exception of the rounded mountains sprouting from its midst), but the more time you spend in Seoul the more likely it is that this rough, vivacious city will win you over. The Korean capital is the true 24-hour city that other places bill themselves as, a place where you can go shopping for luxury fashions at 3am, or chow down streetside on rice liquor and blood-sausage at 7am right after the clubs let out. Indeed, many of the best experiences here involve food and drink, and tableside is one of the finest places to appreciate true Korean culture -- garrulous, warm, and typically involving a prodigious quantity of alcohol. You won't find the soul of, well, Seoul in a guidebook, so make a local friend or two and dive in! You'll be surprised where you might end up.Matthew Crompton
Hi Elleroi! Haven't stayed at Walkerhill, but for me the choice between staying in Seoul or Incheon is an easy one: Seoul all the way! Unless you need to be near the airport, Seoul offers vastly more options for things to do and see, and is better connected. Check out my 36 hours in Seoul guide for some ideas. Good luck! http://www.gogobot.com/blog/2012/03/20/36-hours-in-seoul-south-korea/