The summer months in South Korea can be unbearable, with very high temperatures, lots of humidity and bouts of rain, so it's a good idea to avoid taking a holiday in Seoul, or any other parts of the country during this time. When it comes to eating out, it's worth bearing in mind a few things to avoid embarrassment or offending the locals – never leave your chopsticks sticking upright in your dish and don't lift plates or bowls off the table as it's seen as very rude! You don't have to worry about tipping, as it's generally not expected.
Saving Money in South Korea
If you intend to spend most of your holiday in South Korea in Seoul, bear in mind that hotel prices tend to be almost double that of anywhere else in the country, so look out for motels or yeogwans which are among the cheapest types of accommodation. Bargaining in markets is expected, so brush up on your haggling skills if you don't want to pay over the odds for goods. Although pretty pricey compared to other Asian countries, you don't have to spend a fortune to eat and drink well, just so long as you avoid the high-end, obviously touristy bars and restaurants. When it comes to flights to South Korea, be sure to book well in advance to get the best rates, as last minute flights can be very expensive.