Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Holiday in Seoul, Republic of Korea, Feb 2012

Hey everybody,

This post has been due for a month. I don't know what happened to me...I just couldn't find the time to write an entry. Is this a sign for me wanting to stop blogging? Ermmm perhaps....

Anyway, my family and I went for a holiday in Seoul, Republic of Korea last month. It was extremely cold and the weather was -14 degree Celsius! I was freezing and didn't feel like going anywhere, but eventually of course we did.

We stayed at Golden Pond Guest House. We took a bus (No. 6011) from Incheon Airport and got down at Sunkyunkwan University. From there it was only a 2-minute walk. The guest house is 5 minutes away from Hyehwa Station (subway). Price was about 20,000 won per night (it would be cheaper if you are sharing). There are also a lot of shops near the guest house, hence, you  may shop in between your trips. Surf www.goldenpond.co.kr for more information.

Places that we went:
Tourist Information Centre
Lotte World : Indoor Theme Park (30 minutes by subway from the guest house. Get off at Jamsil Station). Entrance ticket is KRW25,000 for adult.
Lotte World Duty Free Shop
Namiseom Island : It was a bit further from the city. We took the subway and a train and from the station we took a taxi to the ferry port. Entrance ticket is KRW10,000.

How to get there:

Take a train to Gapyeong Station and take a taxi to Namiseom parking lot. (Travel time: 10-15min). Then, take the ferry from Namiseom Dock to Namiseom Island. (Travel time: 5-6 min)

OR

Shuttle Bus (From Seoul to Namiseom Island)
* Bus Stop
1) Insa-dong (Jonggak Station, Subway Line 1, Exit 3): Next to Tapgol Park
2) Jamsil Station (Subway Line 2, Exit 4): In front of Lotte Mart

Gyeongbokgung Palace : 15 minutes by subway (Get off at Gyeongbokgung Palace Station or Gwanghamun Station.) Entrance ticket is KRW10,000.
Seoul N Tower : 10 minutes by subway. To reach the cable car boarding place, walk for about 10~15 minutes following the street of the right side of the Pacific Hotel, after coming out of the exit 3 of Myeong-dong Station. 
Teddy Bear Museum @ Seoul N Tower. Entrance ticket is KRW8,000.

On the 3rd day...it snowed!

Of course we also did some shopping at a few places such as Dongdaemun (1 stop), Myeongdong (8 min) and Namdaemun (15 min) market. All made in Korea. Prices are quite reasonable and cheaper compared to Tokyo.

Please don't forget to try the Korean cuisines such as fried potato, tteobokki and also what's Korea without kimchi. You can find a lot of halal restaurants at Itaewon (25 min by subway).

For more info, please log on to http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/1001_About%20Korea.jsp.

p/s: More photos in my FB. We didn't get to go to Everland as it was freezing.

XOXO :P

3 comments:

  1. korea!! so fun!

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  2. ms lein..can u give me some advice..ape tips untuk ke korea because may nih akan ke sana,,so totally noob..main redah aje..please

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  3. hey, thankz for reading my blog. The most important thing to know before u go to Korea is to study the subway map. It's important so that you would know where to get off (just search on the internet, you'll be surprised how helpful it is). Now, the places I would recommend you to go is all the places I've listed above and if you like theme park please go to Everland as I didn't get to go there as it was freezing.

    For easy traveling, you may stay at the guesthouse I stayed. It's so near to the town and it's the cheapest as well.

    For more info you can refer to my entry and also here http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/1001_About%20Korea.jsp.

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