The QiRanger Adventures

Getting Around Seoul

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The Other Mighty Reds

I’ve commented several times about how great Seoul is as a city to explore. There is so much to see, that one can literally spend and entire year in Korea, just exploring Seoul. It’s that big and diverse. One of the challenges or getting around Seoul, is that many of the guide books are old and don’t have up-to-date information, or their maps are so poorly constructed, you can find where you need to go.

Last year, the Seoul Tourism Association started a new program to help Foreigners explore Seoul’s hotspots. These tour guides augment the organization’s Information Booths by actually walking around six key districts: Itaewon, Myeongdong, Namdaemun, Dongdaemun, Sinchon, and Insadong.

All guides speak English, but there’s also services in Japanese and Chinese. the guides patrol the districts every day of the week (times vary based on location) and actively seek out those that might need assistance. While out on patrol, if the guide doesn’t know the answer, they call back to the office and get some Internet assistance.

The red shirts are easy to identify when walking, so if you have a question, please ask them. That’s what they’re there for and they love speaking with new people! I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Kim and the Itaewon staff Wednesday and we walked around for a while. they genuinely love what they do and all had the same response when asked this question, “What do you like best about your job?”

“I love meeting new people and helping them enjoy their time in Korea.”

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Written by Steve Miller

June 24, 2010 at 4:44 am

Posted in Korea, Seoul, Travel

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  1. That superior customer service only found in Asia!

    JYankee

    June 24, 2010 at 5:41 am

  2. Excellent way to promote great city break destination!

    Traveler

    June 24, 2010 at 6:22 am

    • They really have a great service and idea to help People!!!

      Steve

      June 24, 2010 at 8:40 am

  3. That is the coolest tourist-helping idea, ever!

    Paula

    June 24, 2010 at 8:43 am

  4. I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for them next time I’m in Seoul.

    Steve

    June 25, 2010 at 6:24 pm


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