• Seoul,  Seoulful Encounters 2017,  Travel

    Seoulful Encounters [Busan/Seoul 2017] – Seomyeon Underground Shopping on a Rainy Day in Busan

    Even before I flew to South Korea, I was already monitoring the weather in Busan via the Weather Underground app which, by the way, is the most awesome weather app in my opinion. I kinda expected that my first day will be rainy but I was still hoping that I’ll be able to explore a couple of places despite the rain. I planned to visit Shinsegae Centum City which was registered at the Guiness Book of World Records as the largest shopping complex in the world. It’s just about a 30-minute subway ride from Seomyeon; both are in Line 2 so no transfers were needed. However, because of lack of…

  • 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,  Travel

    Seoulful Encounters [Busan/Seoul 2017] – 10 Days in Busan and Seoul Spring Itinerary

    About a year or two ago, when we were talking about how we wanted to celebrate our respective 40th birthdays, my husband asked if I wanted to do a Europe tour, or visit the US again, or maybe throw a party. I said I just wanted a low-key celebration and a solo trip to Seoul to spend at least 2 weeks there and enjoy the place at my own sweet pace. Now, I finally just concluded my 10-day trip to Busan and Seoul. It’s the first time I traveled without my husband and son and while I frequently found myself being homesick and missing them during the first 6 days,…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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

    Heart and Seoul 2014 – Palm Sunday at the Myeongdong Cathedral

    If you’re a Catholic and you’re in Seoul, you may want to know that there’s an English Mass celebrated at the Myeongdong Cathedral every Sunday at 9AM. The Myeongdong Catholic Cathedral is a beautiful structure made with bricks of different colors and shapes, and because it is a symbol for Myeongdong, is frequently visited by tourists. We attended the Palm Sunday celebration at the Myeongdong Cathedral and we fell in love with their culture, their discipline, and how they celebrate Mass in general.

  • Heart and Seoul 2014,  Seoul,  Travel

    Heart and Seoul 2014 – Myeongdong v.2, The Street Food Post

    This is part of a series of posts under the category Heart and Seoul 2014. When I think of shopping in Seoul, Myeongdong is one of those places that will always come to mind. Back in 2012, I purposely went to Myeongdong to buy hoard cosmetics. Last April, I visited Myeongdong not so much to buy anything but mostly because I wanted to look at the various street food… again! Aside from cosmetics and clothes, one of the things you’ll enjoy in Myeongdong is the food scene. There are so may restaurants, cafes, fast food, and street food stalls. You definitely would not go hungry! So come, scroll down, and…

  • Heart and Seoul 2014,  Seoul,  Travel

    Heart and Seoul 2014 – Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Folk Museum of Korea v.2

    This is part of a series of posts under the category Heart and Seoul 2014. This will just be a photo-heavy post because I have written about Gyeongbokgung or Gyeongbok Palace in a previous post. For me, nothing much has changed since I visited in 2012 except that the free hanbok booth is now located near the Gwanghwamun Gate just opposite the ticket counter. Same as in 2012, we witnessed the changing of the guards, we wore hanboks, and explored the palace. We also dropped by the National Folk Museum of Korea which is connected to the palace grounds. Since the palace was just a walking distance from 126 Mansion…

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