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Korea (Lonely Planet Country Guide)

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  182 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Densely forested mountains, colourful Buddhist temples and sleek modern cities. Discover all this and much more with this bestselling guidebook. Korea's welcoming people, unique culture and incomparable cuisine make it one of the great destinations of Northeast Asia. Whatever your pleasure, we cover it all: North, South, eats, the works! We've reinvented this guidebook wit ...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Lonely Planet (first published April 1995)
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May 18, 2010 Velvetink rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel, z-1980-s, korea
I have a 1980 edition
Aug 31, 2010 Adam rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Korean Travelers, English Teachers looking for adventure in the Hermit Kingdom
Shelves: travel, korea, guidebook
Unfortunately I didn't get to use this book nearly as much as I had hoped while living in Korea! I expected to spend all my free time traveling around the country. While I did get a bit of travel in, the majority of it was with a soccer team and thus sightseeing wasn't high up on our priority list!

Even so, I was able to use the book for a few out of Seoul adventures, most notably a week on the enigmatic island of Jeju!

The Jeju part of the book was incredibly useful as much of the local literatur
Jan 24, 2009 Travis rated it liked it
Yeah, well I liked this one for the history and context it gave me in understanding and touring around Korea. I really love this country. This particular book has earned a revered place as a bathroom book for a many months. So if you ever see it on my shelf, don't touch it. I'm just kind of "moseying" through it randomly.
Mar 08, 2011 Crystal rated it liked it
I am preparing for my third trip to Korea as a chaperone. Reading the guidebook after having been there actually helped me understand a lot of what I had seen, and the listing of most sites in hangul as well as English helped me learn to at least sound out hangul words.
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Dec 24, 2009 Matt Athanasiou rated it really liked it
Gave me a good overview of Korea's history and understanding traditions. A bit more subjective than necessary, which has its pros and cons, but overall an informative read. Make sure you will be visiting one of the cities the book considers before you purchase.

Jan 03, 2011 Frank rated it did not like it
I suppose this is better than nothing, but it's not updated well, and there's not that much in Korea anyway. The internet would be just or more useful.

I've used Lonely Planet guides plenty of times, but this one is dissapointing.
Aug 09, 2008 Patricia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel, korea
A solid guide, but Seoul based. Lonely planet skims the surface of Korean culture, but if you want off-the-beaten-track experiences, purchase the Moon Guidebook instead.
Nov 24, 2008 hana rated it it was amazing
Just getting ready for my trip to Korea in 2 weeks! So far this book is really good. I can't stop reading and looking for things to do and food to eat.
Apr 26, 2009 K rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
Really just read the Seoul chapter, which wasn't that helpful because this was published five years ago, and also due to snarkiness of the writing.
May 11, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
[2008.10] This book was invaluable in planning the Korea portion of our Fall 2008 Korea-Japan trip.
Sep 27, 2008 Natalie rated it liked it
For this genre of book, I like the format and the writing.
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Jan 19, 2013 Nicole Burr rated it it was amazing
Very useful and informative! Highly recommended.
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Aug 06, 2011 Ash Mishra rated it liked it
Meh. Not extraordinary
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