Friday, September 29, 2006
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Kises Travel Office
YMCA building, Suite 505
Chongno 2-KA Seoul
(02) 733 9813
I will be traveling for 14 to 15 days. So 10 days is not enough. I have decided to travel counter-clockwise around the country. This means that I will be able to use the rail network for the first 10 days. At the end I will be in the north-east at the National Park. There is no rail network up there, so not having a pass is not a bad thing. I will decide when I get there if I should drive or use the express busses.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
left - 黃蓉 - 郭芙 - right
Monday, September 25, 2006
- Tel (02) 9252-4147 / 9251-1717 / 1800-211-717
- Fax (02) 9251-2104
- Use the endless free access points or
- Use a Korea Telecom 3,000 won per hour pre paid card that you can only purchase at Seoul airport, but the login software does not work on my computer, or
- Use a Internet Bung (cafe).
Most public buildings and the airports I passed through had at least one free wi-fi service, and while one hotel charged for wired access from my room, it did provide free wi-fi in the lobby. At another extreme was a hotel that provided free wired LAN to the room and wi-fi access in the lobby. For the most part I could find free and pay wi-fi everywhere and often - they often coexisted in the same locations!
It sounds like the best plan is to see what free access there is and if there is none use a Bung.
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Friday, September 22, 2006
- Seoul - maybe a whole week.
- Jin Ju - down south, 2 hours by bus from Busan.
- Seorak-san National Park
- Gangneung, also in the north east.
- City of caves - Samcheok, Jeongseon, Donghae, Taebaek, again in the north east.
- DMZ tour, from Seoul or from the north east.
- Bulguksa Temple - Gyeongju - North Gyeongsang
- Museum at Cheonan, 1 to 2 hours or so from Seoul.
- Seoul: 02-3218-6550
- Incheon: 032-888-2611
- Dalian: 0411-270-5082
Plan B: DAN DONG FERRY
A traveler's description of the Dan Dong Ferry: The ferry was small and there was no place to go except on deck or our smacubiclecal style beds. We stayed on deck until the sunset and we were too cold, then retired to our beds to read. Dan Dong is 6 hours by slow bus, north of Dalian, but it is on the North Korea border and you can see into North Korea. (http://www.serasphere.net/dalianletters/2005-05/korea.htm)
Plan C: Fly to DiLian.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Places for dinner as recommeded by a Buddhist friend here in Sydney who is from 上海 for good vegetarian food: 1) "Chenghuang Temple"; and 2) "Yufoshi"-"Jade Buddha Temple"
And - chinesepod.com
And a photo from the first time I visited 上海.
On the opposite page to the Chinese visa, is my Mongolian Visa. I had not allowed enough time to get the Visa in Sydney, because it took so long to get the Russian and Chinese Visas that I actually obtained the visa while in Bei Jing. I think the Mongolians get the prize for the most serious border control. Our train carriage, on leaving the country was filled with about 30 machine gun toting guards for the short journey from the customs post to the border.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
- Visit the doctor, is my medication allowed in these countries?
- Get an international drivers license.
- Book a rental car.
- Get the geocaching sites for china and Korea into the GPS and ipod.
- Book the ferry from Inchon to DaiLan.
- Work out if it is easy to get from DaiLan to the world heritage site in china near the Korean border.
- Get a new pair of hiking boots.
- Get the old camera lens serviced.
Monday, September 18, 2006
The fellow on the left is one of the hero characters, the one on the right is his new teacher.
This morning I visited the Chinese consulate to collect my visa. This is an experimental blog by email from my mobile phone.
Edit: Last week I visited to apply for the visa. The image below was sent with the email, but was not loaded into the post.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Friday, September 15, 2006
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
The application went very smoothly. There were no queues as there were at least 5 booths open, even though I was there first thing in the morning. Hand over the passport, bit of paper that is a visa application form and a photo, get back a bit of paper so that I can collect the passport in 4 days. $30 seems reasonable for a country that still requires and charges for a visa. I will take the opportunity to point out that South Korea does not require a visa at all.
*wanders off to add the consulate to the map*
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Monday, September 11, 2006
남한 - Namhan - being nam for south, not that different from Nan in Chinese and han being for the han people. Now this is a bit confusing, as the Chinese call themselves the han people as in hanyu. It turns out the Koreans still use some Chinese and call it hanja.
中国 - jung guo (first and second tones, I think) - is Chinese for middle country. A bit pompous really. But it is their view of the world. The guo is in simplified form. This has become so pervasive that even the Japanese use it. BTW, they call Chinese Hanji and their variant Kanji. So I just need to swap a few vowels and remember which country I am in.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Why am I going? Because Ewen Bell, is running a photography tour through China. Having decided to to this, I then thought, last time I was up in that part of Asia, I missed South Korea, so now I plan to rectify that situation.
What have I done so far:
Booked and payed for the tour, payed for the flights, developed a rough itinerary. I will make the latter available on the side bar.
get a chinese visa.
decide if driving is the better way to travel around Korea.