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S Korean Insurance?

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We or perhaps I since the wingman is an unknown quantity as yet, will be going to Vladivostok, there is a Dong Chun Ferry down to S Korea whereby you can ship it out home or beyond much easier than you can in Russia, with dead end cul de sac in Magadan and unknown quantity in Vladivostok..

However S Korea is a modern country and requires things such as motor insurance, how would I go about this to make my trip from Sochiko to Masan or Seoul?


Anybody got any ideas?

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Buy it in Sokchi harbour.

AFAIR, the ferry company actually organized insurance for us when we entered S. Korea in 2005.

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What Lars said...the Dong Chung ferry people will help you sort this out. If you ship onwards with Wendy Choi...she can also help you out.
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Contact Wendy, she's very helpful, and she'll get back to you within a couple of days. I got a mail from her only this morning, her address is

aerokorea (at) unitel (dot) co (dot) kr

Mind you, I'd read on here that the only roads out of the ferry terminal are freeways (not highways as I'd previously written), and that motorcycles are forbidden on freeways, so if you're looking at riding in Korea a bit, then you'd have to find a way round that (there must be one).

If on the other hand you're just needing to transport from where you come in on the ferry to where the bikes will be going out, then she can arrange all that, and your own transport too if you need it.

EDIT: My bad, apparently it's perfectly possible, see Garry's post below.
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You can ride around local roads in South Korea...on a motorcycle...its not that big of a country, if you have the time.
Make sure you get Wedny to show you where the real Korean restaurants are..as she's not a very good cook.
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Is there a way out of the ferry port that doesn't need a highway then? How did you get to a local road?

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I can't even begin to explain to you how to exit Sochko onto local roads, other than to ask locals which way is Seoul/Incheon...you'll get there...its part of the fun
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Ah so it pretty much identical to the Russian system then thats one thing off my check list.


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Mind you, I'd read on here that the only roads out of the ferry terminal are highways, and that motorcycles are forbidden on such roads, so if you're looking at riding in Korea a bit, then you'd have to find a way round that (there must be one).
That is not correct Alex. The road out of the ferry terminal leads straight into the main street of Sokcho. After around 200 metres you are smack back in the middle of town and riding along a narrow street that is 2 lanes wide.

You ARE most certainly allowed to ride on highways, but you are NOT allowed to ride on freeways - please note the distinction.

In any case you need to travel 1-2km out of Sokcho before you hit a highway, and you can travel anywhere throughout South Korea without needing to travel on a freeway. I rode on the freeway from Busan to Daigu (because it was the easiest way to find my way out of town - there is good signposting to find your way onto them) without realising that bikes were not allowed on. I travelled 100km or so before stopping at the local services for a drink, and it was only at the services that the traffic police discovered my presence and promptly marched me off the freeway.

As for insurance, yes it is available at all international ferry terminals and reasonably priced.

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Garry that's excellent to know, like I said I'd picked up from another thread on here, so I'll now see if I can find if and quote your post in there too so that others don't make the same mistake I did.

The Highways/Freeways thing is all a bit confusing anyway as I'm a Brit, living in France and we don't have either of those having instead a collection of the following: roads, main roads, trunk roads, motorways, routes departmentales, routes nationales, autoroutes.

So I'm never certain which is which anyway.

Again thanks for the correction, I'm tempted to go back and just delete my original post, would that be better?
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Garry that's excellent to know, like I said I'd picked up from another thread on here, so I'll now see if I can find if and quote your post in there too so that others don't make the same mistake I did.

The Highways/Freeways thing is all a bit confusing anyway as I'm a Brit, living in France and we don't have either of those having instead a collection of the following: roads, main roads, trunk roads, motorways, routes departmentales, routes nationales, autoroutes.

So I'm never certain which is which anyway.

Again thanks for the correction, I'm tempted to go back and just delete my original post, would that be better?
Hi Alex, no need to change your original post. I know how hard it was for me to get accurate data beforehand on the places I travelled to, so I am simply wanting to make it easier for those who will be going the same way in future.

In terms of comparison I think the best way to describe freeways and highways would be as follows: Freeway = motorway (e.g. M1), highway = any other major intercity route (e.g. A or B road), and which has intersections or traffic lights.

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