How to go to Nami Island, Petite France and Garden of the Morning Calm

There are a lot of options to go to Nami Island, Petite France and Garden of the Morning Calm.  From Seoul, you can rent a car or avail of the tourist bus which are two of the most convenient ways to get there but can also be costly. You can also commute via ITX or metro subway.  I usually use the metro subway which only cost ₩4,500 round trip from Myeongdong (where I usually stay) to Gapyeong Station. From Gapyeong Station, you can either hire a taxi to take you there or avail of the Gapyeong City Tour bus for ₩6,000).  Continue reading “How to go to Nami Island, Petite France and Garden of the Morning Calm”

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Autumn in Nami Island

Visiting Nami Island in each different season has been one of my goals when I travel to Korea. The first time I went here was last spring in April 2015. I was alone and it was quite late when I arrived but I was still able to appreciate the beauty of this island and I gained two beautiful friends on my way back to Seoul. This time along with my friends from college, I was able to witness her beauty during autumn. Nami Island is indeed lovelier during this season with yellow, orange and red hues dominating what was once a lush green flora.  For details about other facilities featured in this half moon-shaped island, I will refer you to my first post about Nami IslandContinue reading “Autumn in Nami Island”

Namsan Park and N Seoul Tower

I stayed in Myeongdong area for the whole duration of my trip but I only decided to visit Namsan Park and N Seoul Tower on my last day.  Instead of trying to fit in my itinerary other tourist spots in Seoul that I have not visited yet, I opted to explore these famous landmarks. I followed the detailed directions posted on the wall near the stairs on our hostel. Though the road was steep and it did made me a little breathless, the view was worth it. It was so close to our hostel, I regret not having my early morning walk here. Continue reading “Namsan Park and N Seoul Tower”

Nami Island

There is something about going out of the city that is refreshing. I somehow enjoyed the long subway ride from Seoul to Gapyeong as I observed how my surroundings changed from buildings to landscape. I saw colorful flowers starting to cover the mountainside and I got excited about how Nami Island, one of the many famous tourist spots in South Korea, would look like during early spring.  Continue reading “Nami Island”

Petite France

I originally wanted to go to Gapyeong to visit Petite France, Nami Island and Garden of the Morning Calm but scratched it off from my itinerary since it is far so I can just concentrate on exploring Seoul, but then I changed my mind AGAIN and went on with my previous plan. Ohhh the perks of travelling alone, you are your own boss and no one will scowl if you kept on revising and just do what you feel like doing.

It was a spur-off-the-moment decision so I arrived at Gapyeong station quite late. I went straight to their tourist information office, grabbed pamphlets of the bus schedule, Petite France and Nami Island. I had to give up Garden of the Morning Calm because I do not have enough time.  I made a separate blog post with detailed instructions on how to commute from Myeongdong to Petite FranceContinue reading “Petite France”

Bukchon Traditional Culture Center and Hanok Village

My interest about Korean drama has piqued my curiosity about Korean culture and history which in turn have a major influence in their architecture too. They featured their grand palaces and traditional villages in their historical dramas and even in modern-day TV drama, they continue to feature Hanok which are Korean traditional style houses. Continue reading “Bukchon Traditional Culture Center and Hanok Village”

Gyeongbokgung Palace

A trip to Seoul will not be complete without visiting Gyeongbokgung Palace, the first royal palace built by the Joseon Dynasty which is the most beautiful and grandest among the five royal palaces (the others being Changdeokgung PalaceDeoksugung PalaceUnhyeongung Palace and Changgyeonggung Palace. Gwanghwamun Gate is the main gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace. On both sides of the gate, there are mythical statues called Haetae which is said to protect the palace from fire. On the entrance of the gate, there are royal guards whose expressionless features and gallant stance portray the importance of their role in protecting the palace. Continue reading “Gyeongbokgung Palace”

Myeong-dong Cathedral

This is my first time to travel to South Korea, The Land of the Morning Calm. Three days before my flight, the Philippines had been threatened by Typhoon Chedeng. It made me restless as it may affect my travel plans. My prayers had been answered and I had been blessed with a good weather on the day that I was leaving for Incheon. Since I am staying in Myeong-dong and it was Easter Sunday, my goal on my first day was to visit Myeong-dong Cathedral to thank God for giving me another opportunity to travel. Continue reading “Myeong-dong Cathedral”