• Seoulful Encounters 2017,  South Korea,  Travel

    Seoulful Encounters [Busan/Seoul 2017] – Gamcheon Culture Village (부산 감천문화마을)

    One of the top 10 things to do in Busan as per Tripadvisor is to visit Gamcheon Culture Village. Said to be the Machu Picchu of Busan, Gamcheon Culture Village is composed of colorful houses built on the foothills of a coastal mountain. The many alleys that cut through this community are vibrantly decorated with murals and sculptures created by the residents themselves. I visited Gamcheon Cultural Village in late April and the weather was perfect because even if it was cold, the sun was out and it made the weather really comfortable for sightseeing. In case you’re wondering about what you should wear in April in Busan or in…

  • Seoulful Encounters 2017,  South Korea,  Travel

    Seoulful Encounters [Busan/Seoul 2017] – Nampodong, Gwangbokro, Yongdusan Park, Busan Tower, and BIFF Square

    Last April, I spent 4 days in Busan and as I said in my previous post, I stayed in the area of Seomyeon. It’s a strategic area to stay at for sightseeing because the subway station there is an interchange for Lines 1 and 2 which are mostly used to reach common tourist attractions in Busan. After visiting Nampodong though, I figured it’s also a great neighborhood to stay at when in Busan and even if it doesn’t have a subway interchange, it’s not too inconvenient at all because Nampo Station (Line 1) is just a few stops away from Seomyeon. Nampodong is a central commercial and shopping area and…

  • Seoulful Encounters 2017,  South Korea,  Travel

    Seoulful Encounters [Busan/Seoul 2017] – Arrival in Seoul and KTX to Busan

    In 2014, KORAIL began to offer KTX high-speed train connections from Incheon International Airport to Seoul, Daegu, Busan and other cities in Korea. However, the Incheon Airport KTX service has been suspended as of the end of March 2018. The main reason was that the demand was too low and ridership stayed far below necessary numbers.  This blog post was written when the KTX Incheon-Busan service was still available. Note that KTX Seoul-Busan is still open and very much available. I arrived in Seoul around 5 in the morning of April 17. It was still cold outside but the temperature inside Incheon International Airport was just right. I got a…

  • Seoul,  Seoulful Encounters 2017,  South Korea,  Travel

    Seoulful Encounters [Busan/Seoul 2017] – Family Fun Day at Everland thru Trazy.com

    Last April 24, my husband, 4 year old son, mom, dad, and I were able to visit Everland through the blogger sponsorship program of Trazy.com. It was such a great privilege to be sponsored to enjoy the world’s 4th biggest theme park – something that I have always wanted to experience along with my family. Trazy.com, a play with the words “travel” and “crazy”, is a one-stop travel booking site where you can easily find the latest, trendiest, and newest things to do in Korea at the best price – from travel activities, tours, performance and concert tickets, and even passes to beauty make-up experiences. Everything you need to know…

  • Seoul,  Seoulful Encounters 2017,  South Korea,  Travel

    Seoulful Encounters [SEOUL 2017] – From Incheon Airport to Seoul / Myeongdong

    Most foreign tourists enter South Korea through Incheon International Airport. While there’s another international airport in South Korea, the Gimpo International Airport, it only serves visitors from Shanghai, China, and Tokyo, Japan. Gimpo Airport is more popular for local or domestic flights like those going to Jeju or Busan. For purposes of this post, I will only tackle the modes of transferring from Incheon Airport to Seoul, more specifically to Myeongdong which will be my base in Seoul for the second leg of my trip. I will come up with another article about transferring to Busan from Incheon Airport which will include the subsequent transfer to Seoul from Busan. In…

  • Seoul,  Seoulful Encounters 2017,  South Korea,  Travel

    Seoulful Encounters [Busan/Seoul 2017] – SIM CARD, POCKET WIFI, PREPAID WIFI, OR FREE WIFI IN SOUTH KOREA

    Nowadays, it has become almost an indispensable part of any travel to stay connected. This is not just to remain reachable by people back home but also to be able to be contacted by your tour-mates especially when traveling in a group. It appears that renting a pocket WiFi is the most economical and convenient option  when traveling in a group because it can be used by up to 5 people sometimes and then you get to share the cost. But what if your group splits up because you have different areas to visit? In my case, I will be going ahead and then my family will just follow. Then,…

  • Seoul,  Seoulful Encounters 2017,  South Korea,  Travel

    Seoulful Encounters [Busan/Seoul Trip 2017] – WILL MY PHONE WORK IN KOREA?

    I remember that way back in 2012, I could not get my phone to work in Seoul. Similarly in 2014, I could not activate my roaming nor get a SIM card to work but WiFi worked just fine. For this trip, I am faced with the dilemma of choosing between buying a SIM card with unlimited data or renting a WiFi egg. I have to be reachable at all times by my husband and preschooler who will follow me in Seoul during my last 4 days there. To help me choose which one to get, I should first ascertain whether our phones will work in Korea. My husband is currently…

  • Heart and Seoul 2014,  Seoul,  South Korea

    Heart and Seoul 2014 – Bukchon, Insadong, Gwanghwamun, Cheonggyecheon, Hongdae and Hello Kitty Cafe

    *This is part of a series of posts under the category Heart and Seoul 2014. We visited several areas of interest in the Gwanghwamun area on our last day in Seoul and every place was just within walking distance from each other. We started walking from 126 Mansion to Bukchon Hanok Village. We followed the “Bukchon 8 Views” map and were lucky to take photos in 6/8 of those views. Not bad, eh? 🙂 From Bukchon, we walked all the way to Insadong with a few stopovers like at the O’Sulloc Tea House and Ssamzie-gil. Then we walked through the end of Insadong street towards Cheonggye Plaza, the start of…

  • Seoul,  South Korea,  Travel

    New Korean Visa Requirements for Filipinos

      I have updated my Getting a Korean Visa blog post to include the new Korean Visa requirements for Filipinos which took effect last March 1, 2015. The requirements are not exactly new but more like a clarification and/or an expansion of existing requirements. For those of you who are traveling to Seoul, please take note of these requirements and hop on to my blog post and comments section thereof to know more.

  • Heart and Seoul 2014,  Seoul,  South Korea,  Travel

    Heart and Seoul 2014 – N Seoul Tower via the Namsan Cable Car

    There are different ways to reach N Seoul Tower. Back in 2012 during my first time in Seoul, I went to N Seoul Tower via a regular taxi. We were dropped off at something that looked like a huge bus stop. From there, we painstakingly hiked up to the foot of the tower. Hiking for couch potatoes like me is a real struggle. I remember running out of breath by the time I had a view of the ticketing office. And even for those with regular exercise, hiking will still be a bit of an effort because the road is too steep. Imagine how amazed we were to see Korean…

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