Originally Posted by 350Z
Hi Sujith. Thanks for sharing those breathtaking images. I have a few questions:
How’s normally the weather in Korea?
What food options are available for pure vegetarians?
Which international SIM from India you think will be suitable?
How difficult is it to communicate with localites? Do they understand English?
Plus, any other miscellaneous traveler tips related to South Korea are welcome.
Korea is generally a cold country. Northern parts including Seoul and Incheon are colder compared to southern parts like Busan.
During my visit in April, temperature was ranging from 1 to 4 ºC in Seoul to 6 to 12 ºC in Daegu.
Options for pure vegetarians is very limited in Korea.
While sticky rice and tomato sauce and fruits could be an option for lunch or dinner.
Breads will be available in Western style hotels for break fast.
Lunch and Dinner would be again an issue unless there is somebody who can can guide us.
Sight of raw fish and sea creatures and other non vegetarian stuff arranged in the Buffet will not be a welcome scene for pure vegetarians.
Indian restaurants are available in big cities. However menu in these restaurants are dominated by Non vegetarian options. Any way some paratta or roti with vegetable curry and dal will be available. (Most of these Indian restaurants are owned by Pakistanis or Bangladesis or owned by Koreans and operated by people of Nepali origin.)
You can see my experiance in some of the previous posts.
Now a days any international sim should work fine. Anyway can get you specific information if required.
Communiaction is another issue in Korea. Mostly they don't understand English. Even during business meetings, language is a big issue. Leave alone street experience.
During your stay in Korea, always get the basic info (like place to reach/hotel name/basic requirements etc like finding a hotel) written in Korean by the hotel front office staff. Once you are on the street, try to communicate in English but should speak slowly and use sign language.
Should take care to avoid Indian English and Indian slang because that make it more difficult for them to understand.
For instance, don't ask "Is it veg or non veg ?" First of all they don't use the shortage veg-non veg like us. Second it is not their way to catagorise everything as veg or non veg.
For them it is vegetarian (can understand somewhat)
and then meat, seafood, fish, egg etc.
So if you want pure vegetarian, then specifically mention No meat, No Seafood, No egg and so on and then finally no Fish sauce.
Other tips - do not smoke in public places and hotels. Heavy fine impossed . Koreans respect road rules and are disciplined. Do not cross the road just because it is empty. Wait for the signals. Public transport like buses and trains are efficient.