: Korea

Seoul Korea Travel Guide: 5-Day Itinerary

As promised in my last post, I’m sharing my Korea itinerary. This is a 5-day itinerary, which includes arrival and departure. You can actually squeeze everything in to 4 days if you are quick and pretty much strict with the schedule. In our case, I made it a “chill” and relaxing trip with a lot of rests in between. We only had to wake up really early for the DMZ tour since it was scheduled beforehand. You can also opt to start the day early for day 2 since Nami Island is quite far and you have to visit...

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Korea: Seoul City Tour + What To Do

I previously shared some of the places I visited during my last trip to Korea and here is the continuation. I will link all my other Korea posts at the end of this article. So, what else can you do in the city of Seoul? Here are some suggestions! Seoul Tower First stop is the famous Seoul landmark, the Namsan Seoul Tower. It’s not just a plain viewing deck. Some attractions include multi-colored digital art projected onto the tower at night, a digital observatory, a roof terrace, and restaurants. Since Namsan Seoul Tower is on top of Namsan mountain,...

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Korea: DMZ North Korea Border

I just realized I haven’t finished my Korea posts… Sorry about that! I can be very forgetful at times (or make that, most of the time)! Anyway, I’ll try to make it up to you guys by sharing my most interesting experience in Korea — a visit to DMZ, the North Korea border. The Korean peninsula is home to a single nation of people with the same language and ethnicity, divided in two. The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is a buffer zone, which was established on July 27, 1953 when the Armistice Agreement was signed during the Korean War. The DMZ vividly captures the scars and wounds of the Korean War as well as the wishes and hopes for the future. South and North Koreas drew a truce line across the Korean Peninsula, from the mouth of the Imjingang River in the east, to the town of Goseong in the west. On either side of the truce line is a 2km-wide stretch of land where military activity is forbidden. The zone has been protected from human disturbance for about 6 decades and has become a haven for wildlife. The destinations in this ecological area have been regaining popularity among eco-driven tourists. – http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_ENG_2_2.jsp I read in several blogs that DMZ tour can get full so early booking is a must. I booked our DMZ tour via Viator’s website weeks before our...

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Korea: Gyeongbokgung Palace

A visit to Korea will not be complete without seeing at least one palace. The most famous is Gyeongbokgung Palace. I can still remember the first time I went here and as far as I can remember, it’s pretty much the same from years ago and still as beautiful!  If you have limited time in Seoul, I would highly recommend visiting at least Gyeongbokgung Palace and allot about 2 hours to stroll around the spacious grounds, pavilions and halls. Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is also commonly referred to as the Northern Palace because its location is furthest north when compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeonghuigung (Western Palace) Palace. Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful, and remains the largest of all five palaces. The premises were once destroyed by fire during the Imjin War (Japanese Invasions, 1592-1598). However, all of the palace buildings were later restored under the leadership of Heungseondaewongun during the reign of King Gojong (1852-1919). Remarkably, the most representative edifices of the Joseon Dynasty, Gyeonghoeru Pavilion and Hyangwonjeong Pond have remained relatively intact. Woldae and the sculptures of Geunjeongjeon (The Royal Audience Chamber) represent past sculptures of contemporary art. The National Palace Museum of Korea is located south of Heungnyemun Gate, and the National Folk Museum is located on the eastern side within Hyangwonjeong. Adults (ages 19-64): 3,000 won / Groups (10...

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Korea: Gangnam + Bukchon Hanok Village

Back to my Korea travel post! So aside from Nami Island and Petite France, as I shared HERE and HERE, I was able to go back to Gangnam and Bukchon Hanok Village. Prior to this trip, I can barely remember what these places looked like. Forgive the #TitaMoment as my last visit was 10 years ago! Haha! Gangnam Anyway, the moment I exited the train station (exit 11), I immediately saw the Gangnam style stage. Of course, I had to “dance”. LOL! Gangnam literally means “south of the river” and is located south of Han River, South Korea’s largest body of water. It is known to be the richest district in Korea. A lot of huge shopping malls can be found here, not to mention, designer brands too! Of course, when in Korea, eat their bbq! Oh, and if you’re brave enough, how about some soju bomb?  more photos around Gangnam Bukchon Hanok Village Aside from the modern buildings around Seoul, traditional houses are also a must-see! Surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine, Bukchon Hanok Village is home to hundreds of traditional houses, called hanok, that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. The name Bukchon, which literally translates to “northern village,” came about as the neighborhood lies north of two significant Seoul landmarks, Cheonggyecheon Stream and Jongno. Today, many of these hanoks operate as cultural centers, guesthouses,...

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