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Moving to S.Korea

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Hey all, I'm moving to Seoul in S.Korea in a couple months, and as I've been geocaching here in the UK for a couple months now, I was looking for advice on continuing in Seoul and the outlying areas.

 

I'm not much of a fan of Urban caching, too busy, too noisy for the most part, but the national parks and countryside appeal to me, and I've been looking at what's available for finding.

 

Really, I'm mostly wondering if there's any laws or societal mores I might come upon or accidentally infringe on while I'm out and about (and dragging a friend of mine around with me, who I will make into a geocaching enthusiast if it's the last thing I do) because I'd really rather not get into trouble or offend someone or anything.

 

I'm going to have a look and see if there are any clubs, as well.

 

~Mooglets

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Welcome!

 

I am a US expat teaching English in Korea (there are a lot of us) and active in geocaching. (Currently visiting family in the US, but will be back in a couple of weeks).

 

Geocaching is still relatively unknown here although we have a group of dedicated geocachers, and expats who come an go. There is a "meet and greet" the last week of each month in Seoul. I'm a bit south of there, so don't get up every month, but it is a good way to meet a few of the Seoul-area group.

 

You might also want to visit the web site maintained by one of the Koreans: geocachingkorea.com

 

I would say that 85-90% of the caches in Korea are micro caches, although I've tried to put out mostly good small box caches. Of course there are concentration of urban caches, but there are also plenty of good hiking caches. The concentration of caches is not high, but many are in great places to visit. DNF's are also more likely here. It is difficult to find muggle-free locations (and some are just poorly placed) and even a well-placed cache may go missing due to the high rate of change and construction going on here. I think the concept of cache maintenance may not have caught one here. And, because of the relatively low number of geocachers, finds are usually many months apart. I've found some that haven't been logged in two years!

 

I'm in the city of Cheonan, about 40-50 km south of Seoul. That's 2 hrs. by bus, or 35 min. on the high-speed KTX train which tops out at 300kph. I'd be happy to meet you. Drop me a note anytime. Larry (silverquill)

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The great thing about Seoul is that it is surrounded by mountains. From the center of Seoul, you can take the subway or city bus and in minutes, be at a hiking trail - nothing urban about the caches hidden there. Koreans are big on hiking, so as silverquill mentions, there will generally be people around, but that just makes the find, sign, and replace more challenging.

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If you are on Facebook you can find them there as well.

 

Make sure you tell NewYorker I said hello. He's real active in the community.

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I am currently in Korea, stationed at Camp Casey. I am looking for fellow geocachers to go out with on the weekends. Anyone interested?

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Are you still in Korea? Realizing that for many it's a one year tour, and it's been over a year since your last post! 1/2 of our caching family is stationed at Osan, I'm sure he'd love to have someone who shares the obsession to meet up with to get some :)

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Are you still in Korea? Realizing that for many it's a one year tour, and it's been over a year since your last post! 1/2 of our caching family is stationed at Osan, I'm sure he'd love to have someone who shares the obsession to meet up with to get some :)

I'm not sure if the OB is still in S.K but I am about 2.5 hours south of Seoul but I'm willing to travel on the weekends to meetup with others and do some caching :smile:

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Hello

 

i´m going to seoul tomorrow. I´m going to study there until december. I would like to do some geocaching there.

Are there still monthly meetings?

The homepage silverquill has postet is all in korean and i can´t read anything.

Would be nice to meet some other geocacher and maybe go together for hunting. :)

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Hello

 

i´m going to seoul tomorrow. I´m going to study there until december. I would like to do some geocaching there.

Are there still monthly meetings?

The homepage silverquill has postet is all in korean and i can´t read anything.

Would be nice to meet some other geocacher and maybe go together for hunting. :)

 

Yes there still are monthly events held in Seoul. All of August they had an event each day for the souvenir challenge. There is an event in a few days. http://coord.info/GC4M8V1 .

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I'm interested in finding out who's still in Korea. Wouldn't mind going hiking with some people and looking for some caches.

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The Korean cache map looks pretty sparse since Jiho Kim archived his 4000-odd caches.

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