Jump to content
  TPR Home | Parks | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram 

Japan versus South Korea (culture, travel, parks, etc)

Recommended Posts

I visited Japan a few years ago so I am familiar with what a foreign traveler experiences in that country. I knew some key Japanese phrases, figured out that most foreign friendly restaurants had picture menus or plastic food on display and I learned how much English was spoken by the locals.


I want to ask those who have been to South Korea, in general, how did the country compare to Japan for foreign travelers? Was it more difficult to find English signs or find people who spoke a little English? Was ordering food about the same? Were trains and buses as efficient and one time as they are in Japan? I'd be interested in any observations, including differences at the parks.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 2
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Korea was VERY different.


Nowhere near as polite, effiicient, clean, nice, etc. It reminded me of being back in SoCal! We saw kids spitting, we were linejumped, there was graffiti all over the parks, and more.


That being said, they really love westerners and they seemed to speak more English than the Japanese do. We were on a Charter bus so I can't speak too much about public transportation. Traffic in and around Seoul was worse than LA. The rest of the country was fine.


No 'displays of food' as you're used to in Japan and very little in English outside of the parks. At the parks you could always find pictures or English descriptions. No McDonalds on every corner, but lots of Dunkin Donuts.


Also at the parks they didn't seem to care about opening on time, having rides ready, dispatching in less than 15 minutes, stuff like that.


Don't want to discourage anyone, but it's NOTHING like Japan...much more like the US.

Link to post
Share on other sites

^I agree!


Korea is totally different from Japan.

JUST..You'll find easily English signs or people who spoke English. Buses and trains in Seoul are more efficient and cheaper, BUT they're unreliable. They don't appear to run to any timetables.


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Create New...

Important Information

Terms of Use https://themeparkreview.com/forum/topic/116-terms-of-service-please-read/