But don't you worry! We won't fly you somewhere 15 time zones away just to watch you sweat. Instead you'll have the chance to see what this fascinating country, South Korea, is really like.
And it really is a fascinating place, full of contradictions. On the one hand every subway station downtown has what looks like a gigantic ipad with a touchscreen map of the city. In the streets, however, you'll find markets like colorful beehives with locals and tourists picking the choicest piece of fish, kim-chi, octopus, butterfly larva or just about anything else you can imagine.
Seoul, South Korea's capital, with a population of about 10.5 million, has a virtually endless amount of things to see and do. Seoul is a city that has managed to become a modern megapolis while maintaining its cultural heritage. You'll find palaces of Korean emperors, museums with ancient artifacts and people doing traditional dances in the streets. Once you get your fill of the old culture, however, you can head to one of numerous popular downtown spots, where you'll find restaurants to suit all tastes – beef, pork, chicken or intestine barbecue, raw fish, shark (very expensive), sweet potato pizza and much more. In between the restaurants you'll find bars and clubs and places to listen to live music, most of them places with unfettered character and open people.
This New York Times article addresses Korean food. Don't underestimate it. Some people would say that going just for the food might not be totally unreasonable.
Next, check out Time's list of things to see and do in Seoul. Starting with Korea's most famous palace, passing through mountains just north of Seoul and ending with a Korean Feast, you'd be good to go just by following this list.
...and, of course... don't... forget... the... INFO SESSION TOMORROW, FEBRUARY 14 AT 4PM IN TUCKER FORUM (Bring a date, if you want to.)
by Fedor Zarkhin