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.

subway guide

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! 😉

Xoxo,

Kulit.

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

For a hassle-free South Korea travel, you may avail ticket or tour packages for different travel essentials or activities by clicking the links below:

Nami Island and Petite France in 1 Day

Nami Island + Petite France + Garden of Morning Calm Day Tour

Seoul City Tour Bus Ticket

Incheon/Gimpo Airport ↔ Seoul Transfer – Airport Taxi (24/7)

Korea Portable Wifi (T Mifi) Rental (Pick up from Seoul & Busan)

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 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 back 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:

visa free sokor

For more information, visit the official website of South Korea’s 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. However, starting July 1, 2018, visa application for South Korea will be processed through designated travel agencies only. You may check the list of agencies in their official website or just click this link. 

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 area 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 goodies in convenience stores and a lot of make-up freebies in any make-up stores especially in Myeongdong. So don’t flatter yourself too much if a friend, who just went to South Korea, gives you tons of facial masks. HAHA

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

For a hassle-free South Korea travel, click the links below to avail ticket or tour packages for different travel essentials or activities:

Korea Portable Wifi (T Mifi) Rental (Pick up from Seoul & Busan)

Incheon/Gimpo Airport ↔ Seoul Transfer – Airport Taxi (24/7)

Seoul City Tour Bus Ticket