Maps in Korea come in many languages but unfortunately they aren't usually bilingual. In countries that use the Roman alphabet this isn't usually a huge problem but with Korean (and other languages that use a different alphabet) this can cause some problems because the romanised Korean on most maps is frankly appalling and taxi drivers and the like will very often not understand you. Getting two maps, one in English and one in Korean however means you can navigate the English map and just point to the corresponding place on the Korean map, hopefully reducing the number of times you end up in the wrong place (although hopefully not completely eliminating this rite of passage for travellers.)
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Bistro Franc, as the name alludes, is a French bistro located in Church House, Hanover street, right next to the new John Lewis. Their 'Lunch Rapide' for 7.95 is a real bargain and a great way to stay on budget if you have one. The dining room is very quaint and while it is usually very busy at lunch times this only adds to the atmosphere. The portions are generous and the food delicious.
Learning to read Korean can be accomplished in an astonishingly short time. It might look impenetrable but the written language is made up of jamo, the building blocks of the written language. There are 51 in total, 24 of these are the equivalent to letters of the Latin alphabet. 14 of these are consonants and 10 are vowels. The others are clusters of these. Sounds complicated but it really isn't. Once you get a handle on the basic sounds you can start to sound out words and you will be astonished to find out just how much English is disguised in Korean. Couple that with some simple vocabulary and your trip can be made a whole lot easier. It is said that a diligent student can learn to read Korean in 24 hours.
Google it and choose the best site for you but for some basic background on the written language check Wikipedia.
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