2011 Korean Grand Prix discussion

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This area is for people who are attending or planning to attend the 2011 Korean Grand Prix at Jeonnam.

Use the comments below to share your thoughts on the race, where on the track you intend to watch from, how you’ll get to the track and more.

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  1. I’m guessing the upper section of the main grand stand will be better than the lower??

    1. Is the upper section the boxes at the top of the grandstand???

      1. I don’t think so, the stand looked two tiered to me, so it’s just the upper tier (that’s where my ticket is for anyway).

  2. Wonder why the Korean F1 website doesn’t work? they changed the web address! Pretty brilliant thing to do right before a race. the ONLY reason I found out was I decided to allow pop-ups on the Old site to see if that might help me find out information on camping…

    The new website is;


    Boneheads. That’s all I have to say (except disable your pop-up blocker)

    1. As I dig further, it’s blatantly obvious they didn’t use an English-speaking proofreader when making the site…

      This is getting (more) embarrasing by the minute.

      1. I saw on the guide when I was buying ticket originally, they had driver comments so obviously Vettel, Alonso, Hamilton and ‘Jackson Burton’…. wait who?

        1. Noticed it’s different on the English site now, still can’t spell Jenson though, Jensen Button… Closer at least.

    2. Ahhh, phone number(s).

      (061) 288-4201
      (061) 288-4202
      (061) 288-4203
      (061) 288-4204
      (061) 288-4205
      (061) 288-4206

      No, they don’t have rotary phone systems here…

      from international;

    3. I think maybe the site was down temporarily as http://www.koreangp.kr/html/main.jsp still works for me (which is the main url I had for it anyway).

    4. Both sites now work for me. I still however can not see anything about camping on either of them!

      1. The info for camping is on the right-hand side, in the vertical menu under the checkered flag. It’s the first choice at the top. Disable your popup blocker first, though. It comes up in a new window.

  3. I presume Gootickets are fine? Can’t get the tickets I want on Interpark. …Leaving it all a bit last minute! lol

  4. 10 days to go until the 2011 race, and the media silence is deafening… and telling.

  5. Hey guys, I’m going to the F1. But I also had a big problem finding a place to stay. Can someone help me out too? I really don’t want to do ktx every day of the event.

    Thanks – email me at lets_Ride@hotmail.com, I will be in grandstand J… since i heard is a “good one” to stay at.

  6. Arrived in Seoul this afternoon, does seem to be some buzz for the race so that’s good. First time Seoul (heading down to the south coast on Friday), can anyone recommend a good place for a westerner to eat? :)

    1. Glad to hear that there’s ‘buzz’ about the race there. I haven’t seen any where I live.

      Where are you staying in Seoul? There are so many different areas of Seoul, and many different Western-style restaurants if you don’t want Korean food.

      TGI Fridays, Bennigans, Outback Steakhouse, Domino’s pizza, Papa John’s pizza (the best pizza in Korea and California) are just a few.

      Any Korean place that has English on the menu would be ok. Use your credit card-it’s easier as most restaurants don’t take foreign currency.

      If you don’t like spicy, “Mepp-ddah?”, asked like a question is how to ask if it’s spicy. “Nay”, or “yeah” means yes, “Ahn knee yo” or “Ahn-knee” means no.

      Rule of thumb-if it’s red, it’s spicy. “Chun-yang-go-chew” are green peppers that will make your tongue blister. They’ll be cut up in soups, etc. I love ’em. However, they sometimes serve whole mild green peppers as a side dish with mixed red pepper paste in a little bowl to dip them in. Those peppers are (almost always) not that spicy.

      Non-spicy suggestions:
      “Dole-soat-bee-bim-bap” (rice with meat, veggies, and egg in a VERY HOT bowl),
      “cal-gook-soo” (flour noodle soup-you have to add salt and pepper to taste),
      “bull-go-gee” (thinly sliced beef cooked in a stew-like fashion),
      “maan-doo-gook” (meat wonton soup),
      “duck-maan-doo-gook” (meat wonton soup with rice cakes),
      “Kal-bee-taang” (beef rib soup-add salt and peeper to taste),
      “wong-kal-bee” (pork you cook at your own table with lots of side dishes),
      and “doan-kass” (fried pork cutlet with brown sauce) are not spicy.

      It is common to cook your meat at your table. The “ahh-joo-ma” (waitresses) usually will help foreigners A LOT. :^)

      “kim-pop” is the Korean equivalent of a sandwich. I love the spicy tuna “Chaam-chee-kim-pop” the best. The are kim-pop places everywhere, and they usually serve most of the foods listed above and are inexpensive.

      The street vendors are usually very good, too. If you see a lot of people buying stuff, they’re ok. Bad food vendors don’t last long here.
      The bread that is shaped like a fish has mildly-sweet red bean paste inside. If you find ones that sell the bread that looks like a really thick, small pancake, they’re great! It has melted brown sugar inside. Yummmm…

      Don’t be fooled by Soju, the national drink. It’s only 20% alcohol, but it’s very, very sneaky!!!! ;^)

      Have fun!!!

    2. Hi Alan,

      In Seoul, I recommend to take subway line No.2 (Green line) to visit usual Korean young people having night life. Some places recommeded in travel-guides are too much focused on foreign travelers.

      If you are staying in city-hall area, ‘Sinchon’ or ‘Hongik Univ.’ stations are good.
      If you are in south-eastern area, ‘Gangnam’ station is most crowded one.
      And ‘Samseong (or Samsung)’ station is near to trade-center, then it’s convienient for foriegners.

      As Chris recommended, you could go well known western restaurant brand to easy select. Or you could try Korean restaurant if they show pictures with English menu.

      Anyway, I think I could see you on the race-day in Yeongam.
      because my Sunday ticket is showing grandstand ‘R’.upper.block 12.row 6.seat 6.

    3. Thanks for the info guys, I ended up going to a BBQ chicken & beer place Daehangno on last night, was very filling since I hadn’t had anything since a small crappy breakfast on the flight! Loving CASS too. I brought quite a bit of Won with me so only had to use the credit card with shopping and cash in restaurants and 7-elevens. Street food vendors look very tempting for a lunchtime bite, they smell SO good.

      I noticed they were showing a repeat of the Japanese GP today and MBC had an F1 countdown on the screen occasionally so it does seem they know what F1 is at least.

      Chris I’m staying in Jongno, next to Insa-dong (nice area, I like the cafes there)

      Looks like you’re in the same section as me Peter, I’ll be probably the only Williams fan in stand so probably easy to spot xD

  7. Hi fellas,

    I will be staying at Gwangju and will transit to the track on Friday via KTX and on Sat/Sun with waegooktravel.

    Any idea if 1.5 hours by KTX, followed by transit to KIC shuttle bus is sufficient? What is the pick up timings at the Mokpo KTX station?

    1. Hi Lioneldude,

      I guess you already checked following link for shuttle bus.


      Followings are organizer’s plan written in Korean Q&A board.
      Calculate by yourself – how often they are departing.

      Shuttle bus plan : Mokpo Station KIC Parking Lot P1
      – Operation days : 2011.Oct.14th(Friday) ~ Oct.16th(Sunday)
      – Number of buses : (Friday 10, Saturday 20 , Sunday 30)
      – Number of departures : 5 times per day for each bus
      – Distance : 17 Kilometers (35 minutes, might be delayed by traffic)
      – Operation hours
      – Morning : 09:00 ~ 13:30
      – Afternoon : when race finishes ~ 19:30

      I will arrive in Mokpo station at Sunday 11:30, and will take above shuttle bus.

  8. Hello everyone.

    Thanks for joining in here to share your experiences of the Korean Grand Prix.

    Please be aware that this discussion page will be closed after the forthcoming race.

    This is because a new group has been set up with a dedicated forum for the Korean Grand Prix. I hope you will find this a useful step forward over the current system of just having a single page.

    You can already join in and add comments to the new group here:

    Going to the Korean Grand Prix at Korea International Circuit

  9. Hi everyone,

    I am sorted for entrance to the track on Saturday and Sunday but I don’t have a Friday ticket. Does anyone know if it is free entry or anything like they do in Malaysia? The only tickets available seem to be 3 day or Saturday or Sunday only, no Friday only tickets. If I do need a ticket will it be possible to just buy one at the entrance when I arrive?

    1. I’m not sure. I’d just show up and I’d bet they’ll let you in. It’s not going to be crowded, that’s for sure.

      1. is it just fp2 left today? I couldnt translate the schedule on the website. I might not bother heading there until tomorrow as would probably only arrive halfway through fp2

      2. I showed up for fp2 and they didn’t sell one day tickets, and wouldn’t let me in, so I listened to the cars and watched Practice on my fanvision from the carpark. Really stupid to not sell one day tickets when there’s a) people wanting them and b) 10x as many staff as spectators

        1. I agree Amy, so silly. You didnt miss much at least.

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