Travel advice – South Korea

Task 1

Choose a place where people go on holiday (either in Korea or abroad) and give advice for people going there. Someone else in your group should then give advice for the same place, and then the other person or people will choose the best recommendation. 

Useful language:

Asking for advice

“Can you give me some advice?”

“Do you think I should..?”

“What do you think I should do…?”

“What would you do?”

“..and I’m not sure what to do.”

“Can you advise me?”

Giving advice

“You really must see…”

“I would recommend…”

“The most famous site is…”

“Be careful not to…”

“You mustn’t miss…”

“The highlight (for me) is…”

“If I were you, I’d…”

“My advice is to…”

“I’d advise you to…”

“Why don’t you…”

“You could try….”


Task 2- Typical Korean mistakes

What are the mistakes in the sentences below?

“You’d better visit the Louvre when you are in Paris” x

“How about we eat at that restaurant?” x

Task 3- Speaking about Korea

What places would you recommend your teacher to see in Korea and why?

Are there any things they need to be careful about while they are travelling?

Read the advice below for travellers in Korea and decide if you agree with each sentence


“With little English language on the signs or vehicles, Korea’s city bus networks can be more than a little confusing for the first-time visitor” The Rough Guide to Korea (2008) pg 36


“Trains are the best option for long-distance travel, although buying a ticket in advance is a good idea, especially at the weekends” Lonely Planet Korea (2007) pg 403


“Cycling around Korea is not recommended due to the local driving habits, but hiring a bike for short trips in areas with bike paths or little traffic is a good idea” Lonely Planet Korea (2007) pg 400


“Driving in Korea is not recommended for first-time visitors” Lonely Planet Korea (2007) pg 402


“Tipping is not a local custom and is not expected or necessary” ibid.

“Since very few taxi drivers speak any English, plan beforehand how to communicate your destination to the driver. Ask to be dropped off at a nearby landmark if the driver doesn’t understand what you are saying or doesn’t know where it is. It can be useful to write down your destination or a nearby landmark in Hangul letters on a piece of paper” Lonely Planet Korea (2007) pg 403

Chong-al (bullet) taxis

“Rides in such vehicles are not recommended for people of a nervous disposition, while others might find it quite a thrill” The Rough Guide to Korea (2008) pg 37


“accepting lifts with strangers isn’t devoid of risk anywhere on earth, but if you are ever determined to give it a try, there can be few easier or safer places to do it than in the Korean countryside” The Rough Guide to Korea (2008) pg 38

Finding your way

The local tourist office may be able to contact hotels and get them to fax you through a map, or you could take your chances in a taxi” The Rough Guide to Korea (2008) pg 38

Places to stay

“Most tourist hotels were built as Korea was getting rich in the 1980s, and now offer questionable value; stained carpets, tiny bathrooms and curious smells have become the norm, and few have staff with English language skills. Indeed, some of the more recently built motels offer better rooms, and at much lower prices” The Rough Guide to Korea (2008) pg 40

“Saunas are Korea’s cheapest places to sleep under a roof, and can make for a memorable travel experience” The Rough Guide to Korea (2008) pg 41


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