This is the first article in a 3-part series. You can read part 2 (the trip report) and part 3 (the comparison and decision).

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1. Why compare Japan and South Korea to each other?

If you’re wanting to visit the Far East, South Korea and Japan are options that are right at the top of the list. If you don’t have time to visit both and can only pick one, it can be a hard decision to make.

I decided to make a comparison between the two countries to make your thoughts about this more clear. Now, if you look at my other posts, you’ll see that I have a lot of experience traveling in Japan and can make enough judgements about it. However, I’ve never been to South Korea before!

2. How and why to compare the two countries

At first I was going to reach out to other bloggers to get them to write about their experience in South Korea. I’d write about Japan in return, and we’d compare one another’s words about each country.

But then I thought of something else. It may not be the better idea financially, but it’s certainly the more fun idea: I’ll just visit South Korea and do the comparison myself. It’ll be as fresh and as first-hand as can be. I’m going to be visiting South Korea for one week and will be traveling to the two major South Korean cities: Seoul and Busan. They’re the two cities that are typically found on a traveler’s itinerary to South Korea.

To follow the trip and updates in real-time, follow Doot on Instagram. It’ll be focused on showing contrasts and similarities, as well as the coolest things to do or see.

I’ll compare Japan and South Korea on a handful of criteria.

  1. Cost of travel.
  2. Ease of travel.
  3. Comfort levels.
  4. Food culture.
  5. Historical background.
  6. Things to do (volume and quantity).
  7. Social atmospheres.

Anything else you can think of that’s worth adding to the comparison? Somthing you want to hear about that would make a decision like this easier? Let us know in the comments so I can bear it in mind while I’m over that side!

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