For my birthday, my sister and I planned to go to Seoul, South Korea. It was just the two of us first, initially, but then we blew up to a group of six. Which is good in a way, because we had a good time doing activities as a group.
Now much has been blogged about Seoul, so I will just offer travel hacks in this post and just share what we did in our 8 days in Korea.
Travel dates: November 21 – 28, 2017
Season: Fall to Winter.
Day 1 – Travel day. Our flight was booked at a later time due to ASEAN event in the Philippines that happened few weeks before this flight. We arrived at Incheon International Airport at past 12 midnight and arrived in our guesthouse at 2:30 in the morning.
We stayed at 24 Guesthouse Myeongdong Avenue owned by this very accommodating man named Mr. Kim. I will do a separate blog post about this one. We were initially booked at somewhere in Myeongdong, but cancelled it a few days later because according to my mom who’s been to Seoul just a few months before our flight, it is better to be near the shopping district/main city so it’s easier to go back and forth with the places to see.
Day 2 – First whole day in Korea. This day was intended for The Garden of the Mornng Calm, Nami Island, and Le Petite France. Because we wanted to hit all three tourist sites in Gapyeong, we decided to just book the tour via Klook app. Which turned out to be a good thing because we were all so tired from the flight the night before and we had the chance to rest while riding the bus.
Day 4 – Hangang River, Ehwa Women’s University, Hongdae. We just went to Hangang River just so we can bike around the I SEOUL U sign (see photo above). But it was cold because that’s the place where we found snow. We immediately went to Ehwa Women’s University where we found some trees still in “Autumn mode”. After some sight seeing, we went to Hongdae and went to Love Museum, had dinner and watched the Cooking Nanta Musical.
Day 5 – Gangnam and Dongdaemun Plaza. It was raining from time to time but it all fell into place as most of our activities were indoor shopping.
Day 6 – FREE DAY. We went to hear mass at the Myeongdong Cathedral before we went on our separate ways. In our case, my sister and my friend, Kat, decided to spend the Sunday with Jean and Franco, our couple friend based in Korea. We went to their place in Jamsil which is right in front of this HUGE Lotte World.
Day 7 – Myeongdong. Our flight home is a red eye flight so we just checked out early, left our luggage at the guesthouse and shopped for the rest of the day. It’s a good thing we are staying near Myeongdong so it’s just walking distance to the shopping street.
- Book your activities according to geography so you don’t have to keep on coming back and forth.
- We borrowed T-Money cards from friends who’s been to Korea (if they still have it) so we just reloaded it once we were there. For our trip, an initial TMoney load of KW20,000.00 was sufficient for us.
- We booked some of our activities through Klook App and even tied up with a credit card promotion. The following activities were booked via Klook: Gapyeong tour (The Garden of the Morning Calm, Nami Island, Le Petite France), NSeoul Tower ticket, Poop Museum, Love Museum, Cooking Nanta Musical.) It was very convenient.
- If you’re on a budget, the average decent meal costs KW10,000.00. They provide spoons with chopsticks but you have to request for a fork.
- The lowest price for Honey Butternut is in Namdaemun and it’s KW5,000.00. We got ours for KW 4,800.00 since we bought in bulk.
- For strategies in Make up shopping in Korea, refer to this post.
- If you’re travelling in the same season as ours, prepare for the really cold weather. Bring coats, heat thermal wear, socks. Always check the weather. Bring a portable umbrella. My wise sister did and it saved us money from buying an umbrella when it suddenly rained.
- Pack heat packs to keep your hands and body warm. We got our heat packs at Decathlon sold for Php150 per pack of 10 (I think).
I will write separate entries about the places we visited. Or you can check our my #SEOULdout posts. Stay tuned!