Korean Film Locations

Annyeonghaseyo! Hello everyone! 🙂

I prepared an easy challenge to all Korean series fanatics out there. 😀 I took all of these shots when I was in South Korea. Some of which didn’t match the place perfectly but at least I tried y’know. HAHAHA So for every picture below, tell me the title of the film (1 point), the name of the character/s on the photo (2 points each) and a short description of the scene (5 points). GAME? 😀 Write down your answers and we’ll check it at the end of this post. HAHAHA

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that winter the wind blows
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My love from the star
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Have you answered all the questions already? 😀

 

Great! 🙂 Here are the answers……….. Good luck! 😀

 

1. HEARTSTRINGS (You’ve fallen for me). Park Shin Hye (Lee Gyu Won or Nicole) and Jung Yong-hwa (Lee Shin or Kevin). This was when Gyu Won left the house for the camping trip and bumped into Shin outside their house. (Episode 9). This took place in Bukchon Hanok Village, for the complete direction to this place, check my other post here.

2. BOYS OVER FLOWERS. Lee Min Ho (Gu Jun Pyo). Jun Pyo asked Geum Jan Di to meet her at Namsan Tower. It was freezing cold that time but Jun Pyo still waited for Jan Di to arrive. This is one of my favorite scenes because they were locked inside the deck and they slept together inside the cable car HAHAHA (Episode 4). For direction to Namsan Tower, click here.

3 and 4. THE HEIRS (The Inheritors). Lee Min Ho (Kim Tan) and Park Shin Hye (Cha Eun Sang). Cha Eun Sang was absent from school to avoid Kim Tan. She spent the day wandering the city streets until Kim Tan found her inside the cinema. He followed her out while keeping his distance until she stopped in front of a store while staring at the dreamcatcher (Episode 9). This is actually an egg tart cafe named Pastel de Nata, just click here for the direction.

5. THAT WINTER THE WIND BLOWS (Wind blows in the winter). Jo In Sung (Oh Soo or Xander) and Song Hye Kyo (Oh Young or Yonna). Young claimed that Soo only went there for the money. Soo followed her outside to explain but when he tried to grab her arm and called her “the sister that I love”, she whipped around with her cane which gave him a minor cut on the cheek (Episode 2). This was filmed at Jade Garden, to know how to get to this place, just click this.

6. MY LOVE FROM THE STAR (You from another star). Kim Soo Hyun (Do Min Joon or Matteo Do) and Jun Ji Hyun (Cheon Song Yi or Steffi Cheon). Cheon Song Yi fell asleep until midnight while waiting to film her scene. She was all alone in the place but when she almost fell to the ground, Do Min Joon was able to save her. She got mad at him for playing with her feelings. She turned around but Do Min Joon suddenly did some magic, he switched on all the lights and Cheon Song Yi floated on air towards him. “What are you doing?”, she asked. He answered, “The most selfish thing I can” —- then HE KISSED HER!!! (Episode 15). This took place at Petite France, just click here for the direction.

7. PRINCESS HOURS. Yoon Eun Hye (Chae Kyung Shin or Princess Janelle) and Ju Ji Hoon (Crown Prince Lee Shin or Prince Gian). Chae Kyung Shin wanted to show Prince Lee Shin the world she used to live in. She took him for an ordinary date in one of the busiest streets in South Korea – Myeongdong. They ended their date with a kiss at the center of the crowd, sweetest thing ever! (Episode 23). For direction to Myeongdong Shopping Street, just click this.

8. ENDLESS LOVE – WINTER SONATA. Bae Yong Joon (Kang Joon Sang/ Lee Min Hyeong or Jun Kang) and Choi Ji Woo (Jeong Yoo Jin or Janice Jung). I honestly can’t remember the exact scene for this photo. hahaha. I guess this was just a promotional poster for the film. 😀 This was filmed at Namiseon Island which got very famous because of this film. They built a life-size statue for the main characters located at the spot where they first kissed. Click my previous post here for direction.
There you go folks, did you get a perfect score? HAHAHA What’s the best film for you according to the list above? 🙂 I hope you enjoyed answering and reminiscing at the same time those funny, sweet and happy moments of these different films. I actually wanted to prepare more of these but I didn’t have enough time. I still hope though that you enjoyed reading this post. Kamsahamnida! 🙂

Xoxo,

Kulit.

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DAY 5 in South Korea: Nandaemun Market and Incheon Airport

Finally, here’s the last day of our 5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS in South Korea. huhuhu

Since it was the last day, it was time for SOUVENIR SHOPPING!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

If your hotel is just within Myeongdong, there is a souvenir shop near Myeongdong Station Exit 6. It’s located at the back of the big Uniqlo shop. The name of the shop is Myoung Dong LOVE.

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They sell souvenir items such as ref magnets, pens, nailcutters, keychains, bags, wallets and the like. However, I only bought few items on this shop (see photos below) because based on some blogs or reviews, they are a lot cheaper when bought in Nandaemun Market.

I only recommend Myoung Dong Love if you’re in a hurry or if you lack time for souvenir shopping. But if you’re really looking for cheap ones so you can buy more items because you have soooo many friends like us HAHAHA then Nandaemun Market is the place to be. Chos! 😀

Nandaemun Market is the largest traditional market in Korea with over 10,000 shops. It is located at 21 Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul. The closest station to this market is Hoehyeon which is just actually the next station to Myeongdong (Line 4) then just take Exit 5. However, we took a cab going there because it was raining that time. Fare was 3,000KRW.

Nandaemun Market has so many inexpensive things to offer from souvenir items, shirts, jewelries, fabrics, housewares, toys, appliances and food stalls. After comparing some souvenir shops, this one below is the cheapest.

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I cannot give the exact direction but I took some photos near the shop. 😀

If you’re looking for shirts, we found a shop which offers the cheapest price but with a good quality. That was why I bought a dozen. 😀 It’s located in front of the Cafe Wave & Deli.

The candies and chocolates were just bought at a convenience store. They are very affordable but since they’re from Korea, they look “Wow!” already hahaha. The rest were from Myeongdong and Nandaemun Market. I bought card wallets (for myself and mom), soju glass or shot glass (for my alcoholic friend haha), pens (for my officemates), nail-cutters (for friends and siblings), ref magnets (for random “Saan pasalubong ko?” friends haha), souvenir plate (for my living room) and shirts (for my family).  I apologize if I cannot give the exact prices for each item but my estimate for all these items is around 70,000KRW. 

By the way, we already checked out from the guesthouse before we went Souvenir Shopping and we just left our baggage at the ground floor.

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And here’s our photo with the nice manager or owner. I highly recommend Namsan Garden Guesthouse!  Thumbs up! 🙂

We went to the airport by a private car. Car rental fee was 8,000KRW, it’s better if you’re traveling in a group, max of 8 people. Check my post about DAY 1 for more info about this service. Travel time to airport from Myeongdong is an hour and a half. We took a light dinner at Chicken & Beer. Price for Crispy Fried Chicken with Hot Sauce was 6,500KRW (4 pcs).

That’s all for DAY 5 folks. 😉

Please do check my Travel Guide to South Korea , DAY 1, DAY 2, DAY 3 and DAY 4 if you want. 😀

Thank you and see you again very soon, South Korea! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Xoxo,

Kulit.

 

 

DAY 4 in South Korea: Everland Theme Park and Noraebang Experience (KTV)

I apologize for the very late update regarding my South Korea travel, I’ve been very busy with my work. 😦 Well, here it is guys, DAY 4 in South Korea! 🙂

Just click the following for…

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

If you’ve already read our DAY 3, we ended that day on DAY 4 hahaha because we slept at Dragon Hill Spa until six o’clock in the morning. LOL.

Alright, DAY 4.

We started this day with a brunch at MCDO, Myeongdong.

Deluxe Shrimp Burger Meal – 4,500KRW  (not that tasty, lacks some spices)

Caramel Macchiato – 3,000KRW (so yummy haha)

Churros – 1,500KRW (tastes okay, no dips)

We were supposed to leave the guesthouse at 8am but since we were more than 3 hours late, we left Myeongdong around 12 noon and arrived at Everland at 2pm. huhuhu

Everland is a theme park at the Everland Resort in Yongin, a city in Gyeonggi-do province. It is the largest theme park in South Korea. You can reach Everland through a cab, a private car or a bus. The bus terminal to Everland that I know is in Gangnam. I think there are other bus terminals so just google it up and find the one which is nearer to your hotel. 🙂 From Myeongdong Station to Gangnam, fare was 1,350KRW.

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Unexpectedly, we found a good secondhand shop or flea market at Sadang station. There are a lot of super affordable but nice winter coats, blazers, shirts, jeans and authentic fur coats which they say are from Japan. I actually bought one for myself. hihi. I will surely go back there next time to buy a dozen! hahaha

When you arrive at Gangnam station, take Exit 10 and walk straight until you reach Who.A.U “Who Are You” clothing shop, in front of this is where the Bus Stop is located. Wait for Bus 5002. Fare was 2,100KRW for one way only with 45mins to 1 hour travel time.


When you reach Everland bus terminal, walk to your left or just follow the crowd to board the shuttle going to Everland Theme Park for free.

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Entrance fee is 48,000KRW but when we were about to pay, the teller said “You have 10,000KRW discount so just pay 38,000KRW” Yey! hahaha I think the foreign tourists’ rate is 38,000KRW. Another thing I like about South Korea is that they give discounts to foreigners and not to their locals. LOL.

WELCOME TO EVERLAND!!!

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We took a map and highlighted all the rides that we wanted to try. Like we all have the time. HAHAHAHA For Everland’s Guide map, just click this.

Refer to the photos below for the list of exciting attractions. 🙂

We left some of our things in the locker.

Rental fee: 1,000KRW

First thing we tried was Skyway, it’s one of their amenities that would transport you from European Adventure to American Adventure (4-seater)

Then we went to T-Express. T-Express is the world’s steepest wooden roller coaster and the first roller coaster to utilize three trains. It is the best and most unforgettable ride I have ever tried so far!!! It runs a speed of 104 km/hour and it is the second tallest wooden roller coaster in the world. OHEMGEE!!!!!!!! The 3-minute ride felt like the longest one I have ever had! hahahaha I died a lot of times during the entire ride. LOL. Btw, I forgot to mention… we queued for more than 2 hours just to experience this ride but it was really worth it! 🙂

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Cameras were no longer allowed during the ride (maybe because it was already dark that time LOL) but I found some clips on Youtube and they’re very hilarious hahaha I’m very sure we had the same funny faces and reactions during the ride. hahahaha If you’re interested about those vids, just click the links below.

Video 1: Two kids

Video 2: T-Express POV

Video 3: Infinite Challenge

During the first 30 seconds of the ride or when it was still going up, you get to appreciate the top view of the entire theme park especially at night because there are a lot of colorful lights everywhere. After which, you then get to appreciate the importance of your life ’cause you’d surely feel you’re gonna die anytime!!! HAHAHAHA I heard many screams at the beginning but when the speed started to increase, everyone was already silent and died in their own seats. LOL I am NOT exaggerating! I swear it’s the most unforgettable ride evurrrr!!!! Please try it so we can exchange funny reactions and stories soon! 😀

Our next stop was supposed to be Zootopia but it was already closed 😦 So Nimfa and I tried the Space Tour (Rio 4D Experience) instead. It’s for the kids, I know right hahaha but at least we have experienced watching a movie in Korean language in the big screen. LOL.

We wanted to try Rolling X-Train but it was also closed already. 😦 Haaaay. One day is really not enough to try all the rides.

HUNGRY. 

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Chicken with Fish Chips. Price: 6,000KRW

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My favorite candy store, Weeny Beeny! 🙂

It was a blessing in disguise that we arrived late in Everland because we were able to witness the Moonlight Magic parade. I had no idea about it that was why in our original itinerary, we were supposed to leave the park at 4 o’clock in the afternoon. hahaha

 

Sorry but our pictures don’t do justice to how amazing the parade was from the colorful costumes, perfect combination of lights to the synchronized dance steps of the participants. So please don’t forget to wait and watch for it when you’re in Everland. 🙂 The parade starts at 7 o’clock in the evening, btw.

After the parade, we wanted to ride the Skyway again going up but we were not able to catch the last ride. We were even begging to the in-charge ‘coz we were just seconds late (imagine?!) but he looked kinda strict so we easily gave up. Boo. haha But wait, another blessing in disguise, yey! hahaha We didn’t know that 20 minutes after the parade, there’s a Christmas Fireworks display. We got really excited when it was announced while we were holding our knees while hiking. LOL (It’s the largest theme park indeed, with walkalators! whew!) So we hurriedly went to Four Seasons Garden and looked for the best spot before the final event starts. We took a video of the fireworks display but the quality wasn’t that good but I found a video in Youtube uploaded by Luke Hebburn here.

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We arrived at Gangnam around 9 o’clock in the evening. I was trying to find the Mango Six Cafe, it’s where Cha Eun Sang was working in the Korean film series – The Heirs. We were almost there but a cute Korean guy, whom I just suddenly asked in the street, directed us to the wrong branch of Mango Six Cafe and ’twas already closed. HUHUHU Pahamak talaga mga cute guys sa mundo! HAHAHAHA I will surely find it next time. LOL.
Moving on. We then went to Nandaemun Market, some blogs said that it’s open at night from 11pm to 5am, but when we arrived there, all stores were already closed. Haynakerrr!!! Moving on again. hahaha We looked for a Noraebang nearby. Noraebang means “song”, it’s how Koreans call a Karaoke or Videoke bar. Fortunately, we found one and it’s just actually in the ground floor of a hotel named Hotel Rex but it’s still a li’l “Korean” kind of KTV with tambourine and disco lights. hahaha  The rate was 15,000KRW per hour.

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HUNGRY AGAIN. 

Few steps from Hotel Rex, we found a 24/7 restaurant named Pomato. 

Ramen Noodles: 3,500 KRW, Bulgogi Kimbap: 3,000KRW

They’re both very delicious!!! 🙂

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Last night at South Korea 😦 😦 😦

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Time to go back to the guesthouse. HUHUHU

Kamsahamnida for reading, folks! 🙂 Mwaah! :*

Xoxo,

Kulit.

Music Video in South Korea

 

DAY 3 in South Korea: Palace, Traditional Costume Experience and N Tower

Travel guide to South Korea, click here.

DAY 1: Airport, Guesthouse and Myeongdong, click here.

DAY 2: Nami Island, Jade Garden and Petite France, click here.

Gapyeong Tour was supposed to be done on our third day but since Gyeongbokgung Palace is closed on Tuesdays, we had to interchange our Day 2 with Day 3. So that’s one thing you should know or ask Google about – operation days or hours of the tourist spots.

DAY 3

We left the guesthouse around 9:30 in the morning, bought love locks at GS25 convenience store for 5,000KRW then went to Myeongdong Station. We took the subway from Myeongdong to Anguk Station.

stationTotal fare was 1,250KRW. We took Exit 3 in Anguk station and walked straight for about 10 minutes then tadaaaaa!!!!! Changdeokgung Palace, beybehhh! hahaha

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Changdeokgung Palace was constructed in 1405 as a secondary palace of the Joseon Dynasty. Entrance fee for the Palace is 3,000KRW while Palace + Secret Garden is 8,000KRW. Closed on Mondays.

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Injeongjeon: Throne Hall

Injeongjeon Hall was used for holding formal state events, coronation ceremonies and receptions of foreign envoys.

I guess ’twas also a better decision to visit Nami Island first before the palace because there are so many Maple trees in Nami so we didn’t have to take a lot of photos again with the trees inside the palace. LOL. We just focused on the traditional houses, architectural structures and unadorned buildings instead. 🙂

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After visiting this palace, I believe it would be more exciting if we would dress ourselves as queens or princesses. Whatcha think?! Yes??! Weeeehhhh!!! hahahaha 😀

It was already part of our plan to wear a traditional costume or “Hanbok” but we don’t know where, haha kaloka! But fortunately, we found Hanbokyoon while exploring the streets going to Bukchon Hanok Village. Can you imagine, we were just eating this certain food (see image below) while observing the houses and the locals when suddenly my companion, Naima saw a very eye-opening signage! HAHA “Korean Traditional Hanbok & Hanok Experience”

I got super duper excited that I forgot to chew my food and just swallowed it whole right away. HAHA. OA! Hanbokyoon is one of the famous shops for traditional costume and colorful textile in Seoul.

Below is my very simple sketch map of the palace and Hanbokyoon. Please refer to the pictures (labeled with letters) below the map. I hope you understand my illustration. I did my best, y’know. huhu

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Of if you wanna go directly to Hanbokyoon from Anguk station, refer to the map below which I got from their website.

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Take Exit 3 from Anguk station (orange)

Picture D might look familiar to those who have watched Heartstrings or Personal Taste. 🙂

Going back to Hanbokyoon.. now that you already know “Where?” the more important question is “How much?” haha Just check the price list below.

For my chosen costume and accessories, I paid a total of 31,000KRW. Additional 3,000KRW for a printed photo. We spent almost two hours in this place not because of the changing of clothes  but because of the million shots from our cameras. haha

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Jongno-gu Gyedong-gil 70-24, Seoul

Visit the palace, check!

Wear traditional costume, check!

Million selfies, check na check! 😀

Now it’s time to try their traditional dining! 🙂

We ate at Gohya restaurant. Gohya means “home” so we experienced the traditional way of how Koreans eat at their homes –  to sit on the floor and eat from a low table. We paid a total of 21,000KRW for these two sets of meal.

For direction, kindly scroll up to the map above. From picture B, just walk straight until you reach Anguk-dong street. Turn left then you will see the Constitutional Court of Korea. Facing this court, Gohya resto is located on the first street on the left side.

133 Anguk-dong Jongno-gu, Seoul

BURRRRPPP!!! Let’s now continue the journey! 😀

I didn’t know the exact address of Pastel de Nata but I know it’s just within the area, well, I was right. It’s located just at the back of the court! Just few steps away from Gohya resto. Yeeeezzz!!!!

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Doesn’t this place look familiar? Have you watched The Heirs? If yes, yah yah yaaahhh!!!! That’s the exact place! 🙂 OHEMGEEE!!! I’m such a fan of the series so I really made sure we’d be able to visit this place and luckily, we did! 🙂 Pastel de Nata is actually an egg tart cafe. It’s a famous cafe in Seoul because of its authentic and delicious Portuguese egg tarts. We bought one so that it won’t be shameful to take a lot of photos at the cafe. HAHA

Our next stop is Gyeongbokgung Palace, however, ’twas already closed when we arrived. 😦 We saved another 8,000KRW though. LOL It’s a bit far from Anguk station and we didn’t even know the exact direction. Now you understand why. haha. It’s a huge palace anyway so you can see its roof even if you’re hundred of meters away. We just took few photos outside the palace.

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Next spot was N Tower (Namsan Tower). We  took a cab from Gyeongbokgung Palace and the fare was 3,000KRW. We tried to catch the sunset but we failed that’s why we were not able to take photos inside the cable car. 😦 We only took one way for 6,000KRW per person.

When we reached the other side, we were welcomed by hundreds of love locks! Wait, thousands rather. haha Many people are indeed in love. Hello single ladies! 😀

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That’s my “pabebe” love lock. haha

N Tower got more famous because of the series “You who came from the stars” and “Boys over flower”.

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This is our signatue N Tower pose! 😀 N for Nymfa, Naima and Noraisah! ❤ It’s actually OUR tower! hahaha

We bought tickets for Observation Deck only. They also have Alive Museum and fine dining resto packages but we’re not yet rich as of now so maybe next time. haha

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N Tower elevator

This elevator is the most amazing one, so far. Its ceiling shows a quick animation as if we’re exploring the galaxy and in just 30 seconds, this express elevator ascends 135 meters to the Observation Deck. Verrry fast, woooh!

Another thing I love in this tower is the Weeny Beeny shop!!! Over 250 candies, chocolates, gummies and all those sweets! I felt like a toddler being surprised with her favorite lollipop. haha

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We bought our N Tower photo for 10,000KRW.

We decided to take the stairs going down instead of the cable car so we can experience both ways. But but but… we didn’t realize it was almost a thousand steps! Huhuhu And whenever we came across a person or a couple going up, I would loudly count “1,300.. 1,301..1,302..”  Then they would look at me with a very tired and shocked face. Hahaha

Day 3 was the most tiring day of our trip (prolly the longest blog also haha) we’ve taken almost 100,000 steps. Poor legs and feet. tsk! So we wanted NEEDED to go to Dragon Hill Spa, it’s a “Jjimjilbang” which means Korean sauna or public bath. From N tower, cab fare was 10,000KRW. Dragon Hill Spa is very famous in Seoul. Other Asian and Hollywood stars have visited this place also. It is open 24/7 and package rates for massage are very expensive. So we only paid for the admission fee of 14,000KRW on which you can already make use of their sauna, shower, skin therapy bath, special bath, medicinal bath, swimming pool, sleeping hall, arcade rooms and other facilities. You may check their website for more pictures and information. 🙂

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We tried almost all of the free facilities for almost 2 hours then we went inside the sleeping hall around 12 midnight and planned to sleep there for an hour but oh my gosh, we woke up around 6 o’clock in the morning!!! hahaha That’s how relaxing the place is. 🙂

This experience is truly an unforgettable and embarrassing (?) one. haha It’s for you to figure out why so kindly include Dragon Hill Spa in your itinerary! 😀

That’s all for our Day 3. Hope you enjoyed reading  ladies and gents! 🙂

For DAY 4 : Everland Theme Park and Noraebang (KTV) experience click here. 

Xoxo,

Kulit.

Music Video in South Korea

 

 

DAY 2 in South Korea : Nami Island, Jade Garden and Petite France

In case you haven’t read yet my Travel Guide to South Korea, click here.

For DAY 1 of 5 days 4 nights in South Korea, please click here. 🙂

DAY 2

We started our DAY 2 with a free breakfast by the guesthouse. It’s on a self-service basis from toasting the bread, preparing the coffee to washing your own dishes. 🙂 You can also use their electric stove and cook whatever you like. I love their cereals with the sweetened milk, toasted bread with butter or strawberry jam and their real orange juice (2 glasses everyday hahaha) Yum! Breakfast all you can, btw! 😀 Their breakfast is available until 11 am only.

We left the guesthouse around 10 o’clock. There are different options for transportation from Myeongdong to Gapyeong-gun. Gapyeong-gun is where Nami Island, Jade Garden and Petite France are located. You can take the bus (check this link), private car (visit this site), cab (good luck for the price! haha) or take the subway (like what we did). Shortest travel would be through the subway – 1 and a half hour and the longest is through the bus – 2 to 3 hours.

Using the Seoul Subway app, below is the fastest route that was suggested. Total fare: 2,250KRW.

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We arrived at Gapyeong station at 11:45am. The waiting area for the tourist bus is just outside the station. There are many tourist spots in Gapyeong-gun province so if you’re planning to visit all of those (wow richness! haha), riding the Gapyeong tourist bus is recommended because you can just hop on and off in every place, however, there is a scheduled time for it. See image below. Gapyeong Terminal – Gapyeong Station – Jaraseom – Rail Bike – Nami Island – Petite France –  Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal – Cheongpyeong Station – Morning Calm Garden.

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From Gapyeong station, we took a local bus going to the ferry wharf to Nami Island. The fare was not more than 1,000KRW with around 5 minutes travel time. The entrance fee for Nami Island is 8,000KRW for foreigners so bring your passport for proper identification.

There are many flags in the ferry so I was excited to look for the most beautiful one, tadaaaa! haha 🙂

Nami Island is very near from the wharf, we immediately got there after 5 minutes.

WELCOME TO NAMISEOM ISLAND!!! 🙂

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I brought a marker so “write-all-you-can” mode hahaha Picture here and there and everywhere LOL

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There are many restaurants in Nami but we chose to eat in Seomhyanggi because of RICE! hahaha

Budget: 10,000KRW per person.

For lovers out there, you can have your prenup shoot here or stay overnight in these beautiful mini houses by the lake. Awwww, how romantic! ❤

This island got famous because of the series Winter Sonata so I guess it’s a must to take pictures with these life-size sculptures of Bae Yong Jun and Choi Ji Woo.

For more details about Namiseom Island, visit this page.

Bye NAMI! 😦

NEXT: JADE GARDEN

From Nami to Jade Garden, taxi fare was 8,400KRW (10 minutes travel time). Unfortunately, it was already closed when we arrived. 😦 So we only have few pictures.  Haaay. FYI, entrance fee is 8,000KRW.

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If you have watched That winter, the wind blows, this place would really look familiar to you. 🙂

Jade Garden is quite far from the highway so have a prior arrangement with the taxi driver or ask the reception to call for a cab (which we weren’t able to do because like I said, they were already closed) So, we needed to walk for like 20 minutes to the highway! huhuhu

For more information about Jade Garden, click this.

LAST STOP: PETITE FRANCE

It was almost dark when we left Jade Garden so we were kinda hesitant to proceed to Petite France but duhhhh, take the risk! hahaha We waited for more than 15 minutes for a cab and we were feeling almost hopeless until a cab suddenly stopped in front of us with an old couple in the front seats. Yey!

PROBLEM: They don’t speak English

SOLUTION: English-Korean translation apps (told yah, they were helpful!:D )

Petite France was a bit far, our taxi fare reached 14,000KRW. Gosh! The couple was kind enough to ask about our hotel since it was already dark and there are only few houses nearby. We were very lucky because they were also headed to Myeongdong, so they offered to wait for us and gave us an estimate of 50,000KRW for the taxi meter to Myeongdong, so pricey but at least, safe and comfy! 🙂

I was really excited about this place because of the series, You who came from the stars. 🙂 You can’t really appreciate the place through my pictures, sorry. But check this page for more I-wanna-go-there photos or this page for more information. 😀 Entrance fee: 8,000KRW.

Bye Gapyeong-gun Province! 😦

We arrived at Myeongdong around 9:30pm with noisy tummies so we decided to eat at Yoogane. Budget: 10,000KRW per person.

BURRRRPPP!!!! Time to go home! 🙂 Thank you for reading ladies and gents! 😉

 

DAY 3: Palace, Traditional costume experience and N Tower, click here.

Xoxo,

Kulit.

 

DAY 1 of 5 Days 4 Nights in South Korea: Incheon Airport, Myeongdong Shopping Street

Hello there! 🙂 If you haven’t read my post yet about Travel Guide to South Korea, you can check it out first before  reading my DAY 1 itinerary because some things were already mentioned there. Thank you! :*

DAY 1.

We arrived at NAIA Terminal 3 around 3 o’clock in the morning because our departure time to South Korea via AirAsia was at 7:00 am. We looked for the entrance gate assigned to AirAsia. The gate doesn’t really matter actually. You can choose any  gate with shorter queues. Ssshh! 😀 We paid for our travel tax which was P1, 650. Facing the airport, it’s located on the left side near the exit area in the third floor. There are different rates for travel tax, see table below. travel tax

Next, we checked-in our baggage, we’ve had 20kg baggage allowance because of too many coats, hello winter! 😀 Since our ticket  was booked after February 2015, we didn’t have to pay for the terminal fee of P550 because it was already included in our plane ticket.

Before lining up for immigration, we completely filled up a departure card (this should be given by the airline staff upon checking-in). Since South Korea is a visa-required country for Filipinos, there were no so many questions being asked by the officer unless you’re holding a different visa other than the tourist one or you have worked in South Korea before. So for legit tourists, just prepare your return ticket, hotel booking and travel authority (for Government employees) or DSWD clearance (for minors not traveling with his parent/s).

We were very early so we still had time for brekky! Yey! We took our breakfast at Tapa King for around P150 per person.

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FLY FLY FLY!!!!

Annyeonghaseyo!!! :)))))

We arrived at Incheon Airport around 12nn (SoKor time). South Korea is 1 hour ahead of the Philippines. Their airport is very big that we needed to ride an airport train from the building of arrival gates to the passenger terminal (immigration, custom, baggage claim and exit). It took us one and a half hour for immigration clearance because there were many tourists. Make sure to get your arrival card and passport ready for immigration and custom’s declaration form for yeah, custom. 🙂

Allowed and cleared. Yey!

We initially planned to rent a pocket wifi for our entire stay in SoKor. The price per day was reasonable (5,000 KRW or P210) but the rental fee for the gadget wasn’t. LOL. It was around 200,000 KRW (P8500) . OHEMGEE!!! so we decided not to rent anymore. haha. And glad we were right because wifi in South Korea is almost everywhere. Yezzz!!!

Next, we exchanged our US dollars to Korean Won at Shinhan bank because they offer discount of 1,100 KRW (P45) for AREX (Train from Incheon to Seoul) Tip: Buy Korean won in the Philippines. No need to exchange from Php to USD then to KRW in Korea, value decreases 😦 We bought some of our KRW at NAIA terminal 2 arrival area Money Exchange and some at Incheon airport.

We took a lot of flyers at the Tourist booth. hahaha

Then we headed to KFC. I bought the largest meal for 7,700 KRW (P325)  because I was so hungry and there were no any rice meals in the menu. 😦

After eating, we then looked for a convenience store and bought our T-Money cards for 2,500 KRW (P105)  each.

There are many options for transportation from Incheon Airport to Seoul.

BUS: The ticket booths for the Airport Bus are located near Gates 4 and 9 inside the arrival area and near Gates 4, 6, 7,  8, 11, 13 and 9C outside the airport. Deluxe bus costs around 14,000 to 15,000 KRW (P635) while the standard bus costs 9,000 to 10,000 KRW (P420). 1 1/2 to 2 hours travel time. There are different buses for some station or destination in Seoul, if you’re bound to Myeongdong Station, you can take BUS 6001 or BUS 6015. For more options, check this link.

TRAIN: AREX 8,000 KRW (P340) each, 45 minutes travel time

PRIVATE CAR: 80,000 KRW (P3,400) fixed rate for the whole group, max of 8. 1 to 1/2 hour travel time. They can drop you straight to your hotel. For reservation/booking, email Mr. Jacob Jung at reservation@kimsshuttle.com. They also offer daily tours within Seoul or to Gapyeong (Nami Island) or to Everland. I recommend this for group tours, for more details check their page here.

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We took the AREX train because there were only 3 of us. Cheaper! 😀

but kinda hassle because we needed to transfer station from Seoul to Myeongdong while carrying our heavy luggages. huhuhu Fare:1,250 KRW (P50) We arrived at 24 Namsan Garden Guesthouse around 5 o’clock in the afternoon. For detailed instruction from the airport to the guesthouse, check this link.

We unpacked our things, changed to thicker clothes then yey! Foodtrip begins! hahaha

Myeongdong Shopping street is the make-up capital of Seoul. There are more than a hundred local and foreign cosmetics  store!!! To the left, to the right, turn-around, everywhere! hahaha

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But we were not after that, we were more excited with the different food stalls at the center of the road which are only there at night, fyi. LOL. Their street food are expensive. We bought only one for each kind then divided it into three. #tipidmoves haha (Click to enlarge image :D)

After reaching the end of the street with a heavy tummy, we then decided to try a cafe within the area. There are many cat and dog cafes in Myeongdong but we wanted to visit Hello Kitty cafe. 🙂 We tried their hot chocolate which costs 4,500 KRW (P190) . I took a video inside the cafe which will be included in my South Korea video (to be uploaded soon :D) So sorry if I only have few photos here. LOL

We really enjoyed our stay in this cafe, in fact, we stayed until the owner asked us to leave the place because they were closing already! hahaha Time to go home! 🙂

Thank you for reading folks! 🙂 Click here for DAY 2 and here for DAY 3. 😀

Xoxo,

Kulit.

Travel Video in South Korea

South Korea Travel Guide

If you’re an avid fan of Korean films or series, going to South Korea is surely a part of your bucket list. When I was 18 years old (Boys over flower fever), I told myself that I should visit South Korea before reaching 25. 20, I told my bunny, Nymfa that we should go there together. 22, all expenses should be from my pocket. 23, 24 and tadaaaa!!! Finally!! :)) Annyeonghaseyo South Korea! 😀

I initially wanted to write a blog first about my previous travels to other places but since South Korea is verrrry special to me, I’m making it on top of this page. 🙂

AIRLINE. We chose AirAsia because it has the best time of departure to and from South Korea. Our departure time to SoKor is 7 o’clock in the morning while our departure time from there to Manila is 9 o’clock in the evening. So the first and last days of our trip were maximized. Ohryt! 😀 For airline-booking tips, check my previous post here.

VISA. This is the list of countries which are visa-free to South Korea as of April 2015:

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For more information, visit the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here.

There are different requirements for each type of traveler, for Filipinos, kindly check this page.  Processing time is 3 to 5 days. In the Philippines, the Korean Embassy is located at 122 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig city 1634, Philippines with contact number at (63-2) 856-9210  visa local no. 270, 500. It is located somewhere near at the back of SM Aura.

ACCOMMODATION. We stayed for 5 days and 4 nights (November 9 to 13, 2015) at 24 Guesthouse Namsan Garden, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea. This place has the perfect location since it’s just few steps away from Myeongdong subway station, Myeongdong shopping street “Make-up capital of Seoul” and a hundred of restaurants and streetfood stalls at night. In addition, it’s also near to other tourist spots such as the palaces and Bukchon Hanok Village which are just few stations away but if you’re taking a cab, the fare will not be more than 5,000KRW (P210). Their rooms are clean and spacious, their staff is very friendly and accommodating and the house itself has a very relaxing ambiance. That’s why I highly recommend this place! 🙂 Go check their website here. 🙂 12189719_1168301513184557_8759087564022597311_n

TIME. UTC/GMT +9 hours. Seoul, South Korea is 1 hour ahead of Manila, Philippines.

SEASONS. Spring: March to May; Summer: June to August; Autumn: September to November; Winter: December to February.

TRANSPORTATION. South Korea has so many subway stations. They have a total of eleven lines which have a lot of transfer stations so the subway map would really look so complicated at first glance, second glance and even at third glance. hahaha So to lessen your wrinkles, download the Seoul Metro Subway Map app in your gadgets (yellow and green logo). It would show you the fastest route for your chosen origin and destination stations and the number of transfer stations or changes. This was our most used app during our trip. haha I also recommend the Subway Korea app (blue logo) because it shows the real-time arrival of the trains, first and last train per journey and the estimated fare but it’s not so user-friendly. Btw, most of the stations have paid lockers just in case you’re bringing a lot of shopping bags already. LOL. Small lockers: 1,000 (P45)   to 2,000 KRW (P90) ; Medium: 1,500 (P65)  to 3,000 KRW (P130) ; Large: 2,000 (P90) to 4,000 KRW (P180) good for 2 to 4 hours. Myeongdong station has underground shopping center while Sadang station has the best thrift shops “Ukay-ukay” with perfect coats and tops from Japan. On the other hand, all of their cabs have GPS so just give them the address and you’ll never get lost.

T-MONEY. This is an all-in-one card. You can use it almost anywhere – train, bus, taxi and even in convenience stores. Amazing! LOL You can buy a T-Money card for 2,500 KRW (P105) in any convenience store or subway station. We bought our cards at 7 Eleven in the arrival areal of Incheon airport. The card has zero balance upon purchase so you need to load it up right away in any train station. 12227160_1168303099851065_3111412238234434223_n

LANGUAGE. Only few Koreans understand and speak English so Korean translation and dictionary apps are helpful especially when buying something or ordering food from the restos. We used Korean English Dictionary and Learn Korean apps.

PENTEL PEN or MARKER. Their tourist spots usually have freedom walls, freedom chairs and everything. haha I was happy I brought a marker so please find my name on those walls. LOL

KOREAN WON. We’re very rich because we spent half a million there. hahaha Kidding! I mean, half a million korean won only. huhu LOL I made a conversion table of Philippine Peso – Korean Won and saved it in our phones so we don’t need to calculate or convert everytime we purchase something. 😀 #KuripotMoves hahaha The following tables are based on the conversion rate as of November 8, 2015.

ELECTRICAL PLUGS OR SOCKETS. They are using type C, a two-wire plug that has two round pins. You can borrow or rent an adaptor from your hotel’s front desk. I suggest you buy ahead of time a universal adaptor like this one below which I bought from Ace Hardware for P199. This adaptor is compatible anywhere in the world. haha 12282858_1174123879268987_48750589_n

PAIN RELIEVERS. Since our itinerary includes a lot of walking with a very cold weather, I made sure that all of us brought pain relievers and Salonpas. 😀 It was such a nightly struggle for us to look for an open spa because they close as early as 11 pm! WHAAAAT??! We only found one spa which is open 24/7 but has a very expensive rate of 50,000KRW (P2100) per hour!!! Seriously?!! T__T And also, don’t forget to ask ahead if the one who will perform a massage is a masseur or a masseuse. We waited for half an hour and we were shocked to know that they were all guys! OMG! So yah, we went home instead with a painful back but a happy pocket (Saved 50K won!) hahaha

WIFI. Wifi is almost everywhere. YEHEY!!! hahaha We usually got strong connections near the exits of subway stations. Wifi in hotels are very fast too.

FREEBIES. There are a lot of Buy 1 take 1 in convenience stores and a lot of make-up freebies in any make-up stores especially in Myeongdong.

RESTAURANTS. Most of their restos are on a self-service basis. You cook your own food on the table and the utensils are usually on the sides of the table.

TOURIST GUIDES or MAPS. South Korea is very generous with tourist magazines, guides, maps, discount coupons and information walls. And most of them are in different languages. No wonder many tourists from all over the world feel so safe anywhere in SoKor. 😀 I actually have my collections below hahaha 12272932_1174125189268856_490193166_n (1)

That’s all for now sweeties! 🙂  I will just update this if ever I forgot something to be included here. 😀 I will share my 5 Days 4 Nights Itinerary in South Korea on my next posts! 🙂 Kamsahamnida! 😉

Xoxo,

Kulit.

Travel Video in South Korea

DAY 1 of 5 Days 4 Nights in South Korea