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Korean Grand Prix


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How to get there

Korean Air have direct flights to Seoul, but other carriers will need a connection. BA and Cathay Pacific go via a short stop-over in Hong Kong. Depending on your schedule, you can then fly to Gwanju or Muan regional airports, or take the train. The Korean rail network is recently rebuilt using French high-speed TGV trains, is cheap and takes about three hours from Seoul to Gwangju. Having been at Suzuka in Japan, we took the ferry from Hakata to Busan and the train from there.

Where to stay

The circuit is in the relatively undeveloped south of the country, so spend some time in Seoul before or after heading to the port of Mokpo or the larger Gwangju to be closer to the circuit itself. Be aware that these towns do not have a lot of tourist hotels and so they do get booked up early.

What else to do

Seoul is a big city, with lots of history as well as retail opportunities. Closer to the circuit, the towns are less well developed for the tourist, which makes for a more local feel. Gwangju has a large, pedestrianised shopping area with plenty of bars and restaurants for the evening. In addition to local food, there are western style fast food outlets and bars.

Transport to the circuit

Mokpo is some 30km from the Yeongam circuit and Gwangju is about 50km. Buses run from both towns although it can get somewhat chaotic around the circuit itself.

Which grandstand

Crowds have generally be small, so the only place to get any atmosphere is around the main pitlane grandstand.

Circuit facilities

Food and drink is plentiful behind the main grandstand, alongside the usual merchandising opportunities.