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Seoul City Guide

Central Seoul

Seoul in a word: Surprising.
C.O.H: 2 / 5  (for locals)
Q.O.G: 2.5 / 5
S.T.L: 2 / 5
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Costs €$£

Beer:Around  €2
Bed: €12 dorm, €15-20 for private
Bud: Bad. €30+ per gram :/
Board: €7 for a good Sunday dinner.
Budget other: Taxis at night ramp up costs.

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Seoul is surprising. It’s way ahead of the west in terms of technology and the lifestyle fro English-teachers over there is sweet. Unlike many of the other Asian super cities, Seoul has a nice low key appeal. The culture takes awhile to get your head around but you can fun here.

The Girls

Honey Lee: the exception!

When you actually go to Korea, the women can be quite underwhelming from what you might expect. Some may feel I’ve rated Korean girls unfairly but this is relative and I will explain why. The women have a nice light skin tone, slim bodies and great legs but their faces are normally bland and there are very few ‘beautiful’ girls. Individuality is frowned upon; it’s rare you see a girl worth turning your head for and even if you do, 80% of the time they turn out to be Japanese tourists. Places like Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo and cities in South East Asia have far more beautiful women than Seoul. Girls in Seoul are interested in foreign men, but also take a bit of work as many expect you to be their boyfriend before sex. Nearly all girls live with their parents before marriage. That said, one night stands happen. Look for a girl who smokes – the social rebel. Alternatively, other ethnic groups are far more promiscuous! It’s actually easy to get laid here – the place is awash with horny English teachers who aren’t accountable to anyone. They all have their own apartment and the short-term traveller is perfect for a good fuck.

Nightlife Recommendations


Oi bar

The best place for meeting locals, but it’s a place for the weekend. It’s beside a university and many of the venues here are very unique and memorable. Check out Oi bar for the craic to begin with. No shoes allowed in this underground cave bar! Order a hookah pipe and some beers to get in the mood. Not a great place for girls though, a good pre-bar.  For girls and general good fun, a great place to go is a 3 story venue called Go Gos . The last Friday of each month in Hongdae is “Club Day”, a wristband-powered event which allows entry to more than a dozen clubs for the price of one.


Nightlife district has lots of options. Did someone say PUB CRAWL! Itaewon has something for everyone. There’s a lot of white chicks and some Korean girls looking for an English-speaking boyfriend. Itaewon is the best place to get laid. Parts of Itaewon are a little seedy, a welcome undercurrent.

Getting High (courtesy of

Nomad’s input = find the nearest Canadian!

Legislation: Any marijuana related activities are strictly illegal. If u get caught, u are lucky to be banished. You get locked up in the jail or if you are lucky enough to be rich, u can get out of it paying the very expensive fine.

Law Enforcement: The Popos are strict about marijuana. Most Korean think marijuana is a hardcore drug. There are a lot of PoPo’s snitches, So watch out.
The PoPos have all the right to search you anytime they want and have your urine tested whenever they want. They even make a deal with you. They ask you to tell 5 pot heads you know or 1 dealer, or you get locked up in the jail or get banished if you are lucky enough.(US Citizens tend to be banished more than other countries’ citizens. Remember, they can have your urine tested anytime they want and if your urine is positive for marijuana or any kinds of drug, you are doomed.

It can go either way. Most people wouldn’t know what it smells or looks like but if you get in any kind of trouble with the law you may have to take a test. Showing a positive is about the same as if they saw you smoking.

Where to buy marijuana in Seoul: In Apgujeong, there is a recently opened hookah cafe. Look for the foreigners hanging around there, just be wary of the coppers. Itaewon and Hong Dae are always good places to check out as well. a lot of young canadians come to South Korea to teach English and they all hang out in major two spots. Hong-Dea club street, and
Iteawon (there is an American army base in Iteawon, the whole place
is filled with Americans (and others – Europeans etc.)
right by the Iteawon subway station, there is a club called “Lime Light”
friday, saturday nights are packed (cover 20$), you could probably find some products there if you ask the right people at Hong-dea club street, it will be much easier to find the product. if you look closely, you could probably find bunch of guys in parking lots, corners, etc. just ask them.

Marijuana Prices in Seoul : Varies, I had a dealer who got his shipped in from America, he went for a solid 30000 won (around 30 bucks, US) a gram, he was nice as well so every time I bought, he lit up a few, free blunts with me. I’ll have to say 30,000 won-50,000 per gram.

prices are different every time, I would say around $35~50 per gram.
cheaper if they are friendly..

My Seoul Experience

I went to visit my cousin teaching English in Korea. I was there for 4 nights. He showed me all the best spots but bear in mind his priority was beer, not girls. That said, two of the nights we went out I was taken home to be used like a piece of meat. Once by a Canadian and once by an American. I had a great time here.  For those considering going over to teach English, the lifestyle over there is  better than the likes of Ireland or the U.K. Most teachers I talked to end up staying far longer than intended.

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    If Seoul cops are harder on Americans it’s likely because there are so many young Americans in the city with the military. At night, typically around 1am, you can find the local police with the American MPs pulling any stragglers out of clubs.

    Itaewon is for getting laid. You can meet all kinds of women here, but if they are in this neighborhood, unless they are in a group of four or so, they are looking for a good time. They may be working, but, you can easily find a working one on any of the shops that have a someone greet you as you walk by on the street with the Taco Bell. A boom-boom in a shop here will cost you about US$200-250 all-in after drinks and flirting.

    Hongdae is good for looking at pretty Korean girls, but honestly, you will need major game to get anything done. There is a seriousness about the culture here, even in this fun district, that few people look happy. Hongdae is great though. Just show up into any place, and the people guys or girls will treat you well. If you want to practice DJ-ing, they’ll let you. I’ve some great nights here, and I’m a middle aged dude–none that ended in sex though.

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