Haeundae Guesthouse in Busan, South Korea

I always wanted my trips to be organized but sometimes I have to let nature take its course and just enjoy the moment and veer away from the norm. This is my second time to go on a trip without making any prior reservation for accommodation. Our Busan trip was a spur-of-the moment decision so it was a good thing that I have read about Haeundae Guesthouse while preparing for our trip last year. Continue reading “Haeundae Guesthouse in Busan, South Korea”

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How to Travel from Seoul to Busan by Bus

There are other options to travel from Seoul to Busan. While KTX remains the first option that I have often read in other blogs, traveling by bus is cheaper and convenient as well. Continue reading “How to Travel from Seoul to Busan by Bus”

Mr. Dakgalbi Korean Restaurant

While I was planning our autumn trip to Korea last year, I asked some of my friends who usually visit Korea for their recommended Korean dish because I mostly ate street food during my spring trip since I was traveling alone and was always on the go. This time since I am touring friends who have never been to Korea, I want us to experience and try as much authentic Korean food as we can.  One particular friend highly recommended that we try dak galbi when we go to Nami Island, so that’s what we did before we headed to Nami Island Ticket Office.

Dak galbi is a Korean dish which is a combination of stir-fried marinated chicken as well as sliced cabbage, sweet potato, scallions, onions and rice cake on a hot plate.  It is known to have originated in Chuncheon County in Gangwon Province, South Korea. Continue reading “Mr. Dakgalbi Korean Restaurant”

Myeongdong Global Hostel in Seoul

For my first trip in Korea last April 2015, I originally booked for one bed in a dormitory room at Zaza Backpackers Hostel one month before my trip through their website and I received a confirmation the following day. To secure my reservation, I was asked to email them twice, 15 days before and 5 days before my check-in date. Upon my arrival, I was informed that I will be staying at Myeongdong Global Hostel which is just one corner apart from Zaza Backpackers. Continue reading “Myeongdong Global Hostel in Seoul”

Goodbye 2015…Hello 2016!

Every year I feel both sadness and excitement as I let go of the past year and welcome the new year. Very thankful for all the blessings from the past year and feeling hopeful that a better year will come.

Happy 2016 everyone! Last year had been great for me and I want to share my 2015 highlights with you! :-) Continue reading “Goodbye 2015…Hello 2016!”

CNBLUE Jong Hyun’s Sulbing Korean Dessert Cafe

Part of my one-day K-Pop tour is to visit celebrity-owned restaurants. Since CNBLUE is one of my favorite K-pop band, Hwang’s Eel Restaurant which is owned by Min Hyuk’s father and Jong Hyun’s Sulbing Korean Dessert Cafe are on top of my priority list. After I went to K-Star Road and Korean Entertainment agencies (Cube, JYP, FNC and SM) in Apgujeong and Cheongdamdong in Gangnam, I went to Jong Hyun’s Sulbing Korean Dessert Cafe to celebrate my successful K-Pop tour and to have my very first bingsu as well! Continue reading “CNBLUE Jong Hyun’s Sulbing Korean Dessert Cafe”

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”

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”