The Best of Seoul: 4 Days Travel Itinerary

Four days may just be enough to glance off an amazing city. But in order to maximize your short trip, it should be well planned. Though it may be too impossible to see everything with little time, sorting it out by only visiting the “must-see” makes you get the most of your trip. Prep yourself by reading travel guides online specially if it is your first time. Don’t fret! Travel less like a tourist and more like a local even on your first visit. Why not!

Annyeong!20161122_100855-01[1]Touchdown Incheon International Airport. Seoul nice to see you. lol!

After getting off the plane, I had to take about 2 -3 walkalators then descend four escalators, take a train to another building, then go up several more escalators just to get to the immigration area. Phew! I’m not exaggerating but that’s how big Incheon International Airport is, I should have known. lol! 20161122_105842(0)-02[1]There are several different ways to travel from Incheon International Airport to downtown Seoul. The most popular ways include taking the Airport Railroad Express (AREX), Seoul Metropolitan Subway, Airport limousine buses, and taxis. Among these, the Airport Railroad has the benefit of avoiding traffic on the roads and it runs directly from Incheon International Airport to Seoul Station, with no stops along the way. Taxi would be the most expensive transport while Airport limousine bus is the most convenient, hassle-free! And for that long hour flight to Seoul, spacious seats of the airport limousines are well sought after.

20161122_105610-01[1]And here’s me waiting for the Airport Limo. lol!

We arrived past 9 in the morning at Incheon Intern’l Airport. It took us nearly 2 hours to settle everything at the Airport. From Immigration, taking our luggage out from the baggage carousel, buy T-money card for our Seoul transpo. Then finally! Aboard about 10.55 in our Limo Coach and reached 12nn at Gangdamgo Bus Stop where we were fetched by our Cool Host, Jin Ho by Comestay Airbnb. Click link to read my Superb Airbnb experience in Seoul.

Late lunch around 1 and here’s our 1st authentic Korean meal! Tadaah! 20161122_143521-01[1]20161122_143528-01[1]20161122_143531-01[1]20161122_143533-01[1]

Here’s my itinerary:

Even if you have a list of places to visit, you need to be flexible. Don’t be too stiff on your itinerary. So in our case, since we had some delays on our arrival, we chose to visit the place nearest our accommodation and just took the cab from there and because honestly we’re too hungry to take the train too. haha! Don’t worry, taxis are way way cheaper in Seoul than Singapore.

1st stop: Changdeokgung Palace, it’s just a walking distance from where we ate so it was indeed a good exercise after pigging! 20161122_152432-011Changdeokgung Palace is recognized as a World Cultural Heritage site by the UNESCO. It’s definitely worth a visit. Wrote more about the Palace on a separate post. Click the link.

Everywhere is Instagrammable! So don’t miss to take bunch of snaps along the way. 20161122_150514-01[1]20161122_150545-01[1]Even street-sides are just too pretty not to strike some pose. Yay or Nay? 🙂

20161122_150628-01[1]20161122_150611-01[1]20161122_150709-01[1]Next stop: Bukchon Hanok Village.

A good 20-30 mins walk from Changdeokgung Palace to the village, including some delays because you know, pictorial is life. lol!20161122_155852-01[1]20161122_155909-01[1]

20161122_171157-011Road junction heading towards the Hanok Village.

If you like to have a look at how a hanok house looks like, Bukchon Hanok Village is the place to go. Home to hundreds of traditional houses, called hanok, that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. It’s an Interesting place to visit and definitely will give you a different view of Seoul. 20161122_165134-01120161122_170322-01[1]Seeing those homes – and people who still live in them today is amazing. Very quaint and worth the walk down the neighborhood. Click to read more about my awesome experience at Bukchon Hanok Village.20161122_164025-011It was more memorable and extra fun as I get to wear Hanbok while roaming around the Village. Yaaay! I thought I was filming K-dramas. HAHA! Yes, if you watch Korean dramas often, you’ll recognize that they use those houses and streets a lot as the setting for their dramas.20161122_164931-01120161122_163751-011Left the area past 6pm and headed to the Magical Place of Seoul, N Seoul Tower.20161122_181947-011 20161122_181401-01[1]Some scene of my recently favorite Korean drama Legend of the Blue Sea was filmed there. Click the Link to read more about the Romantic highest point in Seoul.20161122_175357-01120161122_175406-011On foot or by cable car you can get to the Namsan Tower. But on our visit, it was too cold (I guess no one would even dare to walk all the way up) And of course the view will be even more awesome if you take the Cable Car. Tip: make sure you stand on the sides to see the view while heading up the tower. 20161122_180852_001-021
We spent roughly 2 hours there. Aside from the wonderful view at the tower, they have restos/cafes and shops too. And of-course! For couples, this would be the sweetest part of your Seoul trip. Don’t forget to lock your love at the “padlock of love” railings and dream that your love will last forever. Ayee!

Nearly 8pm and you probably know what’s next, Seoul’s Street Food/Night Market. Yaay! Time for food, finally! haha20161122_215407-01[1]20161122_215359-01[1]Visited 2 Places After Namsan Tower. Myeongdong shopping district, where aside from shopping, you can indulge yourself to their very own delish street-foods.20161122_215325-01[1]I would advise to go straight to Myeongdong from Namsam Tower as it is near from there specially when you take a cab. Your Seoul trip will not be complete if you miss to visit Myeongdong district as it is widely known by locals and even more for tourists. On my separate post, read more about my Myeongdong night stroll. Seoul’s beauty haven has got to be Myeongdong. You definitely will gravitate the place every night for make up hoarding. So, go get yourself an extra suitcase if you have such vanity for Korean cosmetics.

Around 11pm, Last stop: Dongdaemun Design Plaza.20161122_192004-01[1]Such a unique Architecture. A great place to walk around specially at night because of the many good LED deco in the plaza. The led lighted flowers are too beautiful to behold. And on our visit, though it was not winter but the weather was dropping to -3.. Phew! It was a challenging walk anyway. Here’s a link more about DDP.20161122_192734-01[1]20161122_192447-01[1]At the street side in front of DDP has Night Market which will come alive at 10pm. Though some will set up early, it would be best to come late if you intend to shop there, and it’s open until 5 am! Some shops are even 24 hours open. haha! You definitely will have all your time. For us, we ended around past 1 am. Day 1 might seem to look jam-packed but for a night person like me, I still can stay there until 3am. Can you? lol!

Day 2 Itinerary:

Rise and Shine. Welcome Day 2!
For the entire Seoul trip, a combination of Free & Easy and an Arranged Tour was the best way to get the most of our trip. Every single day was indeed maximized. And yes, it was worth doing! So, for the 2nd day of our Seoul escapade, the best decision was getting an arranged tour to visit Nami Island, Gangchon Rail Park and Petite France. No hassle. Just convenience. 20161123_113913-01-01120161123_105713-011First stop of the arranged tour, Nami Island. Indeed I left my heart there. More about Namiseom in my previous post. Click the link. We left there around 1pm to catch our 2pm slot for the Rail Biking at Gangchon Rail Park.20161123_133520-01120161123_151324-011 A pleasurable experience awaits you at the old railroad tracks. 20161123_141148-011Such a unique and fun way of enjoying Korea’s scenic views. More about the amusing vibe while cycling around one of the oldest rail road tracks on this link, Gangchon Rail Park.20161123_155400-01120161123_161343-01120161123_160738-01-011Save the best for last, Welcome to Petite France. Korea’s little Europe town. Nestled in the mountains overlooking Cheongpyeong Lake is a French cultural village. Link to read more about The Petite France.20161123_161509-01-011Reached Seoul proper nearly 8pm. Expect some traffic jam when you’re nearing Seoul but at least you get to rest and sleep inside the private van rather than commuting which is more exhausting, definitely will consume much of your time and you only end up with visiting Nami Island or maybe Petite France too if you’re lucky. 20161122_192106-01-01-01[1]20161122_191821-01[1]The drop off point back in Seoul was at DDP. We had dinner at some random cafes there and since street=foods are everywhere, non-stop food trippin’ indeed!

Day 3 Itinerary:

Hongdae:20161124_114400-02[1]Started our day with a food hunt. We randomly chose a restaurant for our brunch around 10am at Hongdae area. Most favorite district of Seoul has got to be Hongdae, only because of the gazillion cafes there. It is young, vibrant and filled with interesting shops and turns into a festive outdoor area at night. But sadly, we went on a day time so we really haven’t experienced its night scene. However, true enough that the highest concentration of clothing stalls and vintage shops are found along its main passageway. There’s got to be non-stop shopping when you visit Seoul.

Our sumptuous authentic Korean meal, which I realized was good for 4-5 and we’re only 2. lol!

After the Heavy Meal and a good walk around Hongdae, we took a cab to visit Gyeongbokgung Palace since it’s pretty near from Hongdae.

Gyeongbokgung Palace20161124_140134-01120161124_140208-01120161124_134135-011One of the most iconic sights in all of Korea. Gyeongbokgung, which means “palace greatly blessed by Heaven,” was built in the heart of Seoul surrounded by Mount Bugaksan and Mount Namsan. 20161124_135307-01120161124_135658-01120161124_135632-011When in Korea, one of the “must do” things is to visit a palace. However, there are 5 palaces within the city which offer a taste of Korean history. And Gyeongbokgung Palace is definitely one not to miss. It is arguably the most beautiful and remains the grandest of all five palaces. Click to read more of it here –> Five Must-see on your first Seoul trip.

After exploring the huge grounds of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take a leisurely stroll to the magnificent square, Gwanghwamun Square, just a few distance away facing the gate of the palace.20161124_134355-01[1].jpeg20161124_140339-011A public area located in the heart of central Seoul that features museums, statues, restaurants, and beautiful surrounding views. The view of the Mountain behind the Gyeongbokgung Palace from the square is certainly magnificent.20161124_141011-01120161124_140753-011The golden statue of King Sejong the Great is the focal point of Gwanghwamun Square in downtown Seoul.

20161124_141156-01-02[1]20161124_141156-01-01[1]There’s too much to see, let me rest first. haha!

We’re a bit late for autumn but visiting the famous Women’s University in Korea made me feel that we’re ain’t late yet. You see! 20161124_152423-01120161124_152741-01120161124_152714-011 Ewha Woman’s University and its Fashion Street. Has got to be one of my fave! 20161124_151821-011Just outside the University is the Fashion street. 20161124_153229-01120161124_153923-011My GAAAd! I literally drool which shop to see first. lol! Everywhere is damn cheap! I did regret for not coming here on our first day, I could have saved a lot of won. haha! Prices are really cheap. If you want to shop a lot, head straight to Ewha Woman’s University Fashion Street. Click the link  to read more.20161124_181431-011Sadly, needed to leave the area around 7 pm for a gathering hosted by Jin, our Airbnb host. He arranged a simple dinner for all his guests to meet and know each other. How does it sound? Isn’t it Cool? Link to read about Why our Seoul trip was even more memorable. 20161124_195151-01-011


Another lovely day indeed! I just Seoul love you! :p

4th DAY ITINERARY:

Our dinner ended up with Soju and Wines and slept nearly 3 am. Wheow! It was indeed a fun night but a torture for the day ahead? haha! Of-course, you have the choice not to wake up too early the next day if you happen to party the night before but because, Skiing is definitely more fun than sleeping. Needed to wake up a bit early to avail for the free coach departing at 7.30 am for VIVALDI PARK SKI WORLD, but luckily the BUS STOP where they pick-up tourists is just 5 mins taxi away from our place. So we still had a good 4 hours sleep anyway. Yaaay!

Skiiing! Why not? 20161125_103151-01-01-01120161125_103151-01-01-021Read more about VIVALDI PARK SKI WORLD on my previous blog. 20161125_1121530-01-01120161125_1121530-01-021The experience was priceless. Spent half day at Vivaldi, left there about 12nn and reached Seoul past 1pm. Ski Resorts will usually open around December during winter. We were just lucky, so lucky that they opened early even if it was still around November, maybe because of the winter-like weather? Of-course no need to think twice. It’s a must on your itinerary when you visit Seoul, dive in while Ski Resorts are open.20161125_105651-021Back at 1pm, it was intended for roaming around the streets of Gangnam.img-20170107-wa0005-011

Read about my awesome walk around the streets of Gangnam where I met and befriend with a local. How lovely it is to meet and make friends with locals when you travel. Truly an extraordinary trip. Kamsahamnida Seoul! I will definitely be back.20161125_154935-01-01-011While it is too impossible to see everything with limited time, do a lot of reading before your trip, and aside from visiting the best sights as there are a lot, do consider if it suits your interest. If not, you can opt not to include it in your itinerary. That’s how you maximize every single day of your trip.

Saranghe! I Seoul See you again!20161125_121019-01120161125_121116-011

Love,

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Vivaldi Park Ski World: My Failed Ski Experience

Vivaldi Park Ski World has been noted for being the most visited Ski resort in Korea. The closest ski resort from Seoul which takes about an hour and the largest Ski area in Seoul Metropolitan Region. It has its state-of-the art facilities and slopes suitable for all levels. The World-class Ski Resort can accommodate 20,000 visitors daily, covers combined slope area of 1,322,021 m2, total slope length of 6,784 m. Among a total of 10 lifts VIVALDI PARK SKI WORLD operates, there is Asia’s first 8-seater express chairlift and 8-seater gondola. Definitely will give you a remarkable ski experience and will be a perfect get away from your busy life.20161125_103528-02-02120161125_103528-02-01-011myxj_20170211225905_save-011Okaaay, nuff said! Time for some Skiiing!20161125_103151-01-01-01120161125_103151-01-01-02120161125_103059-02-01-011I look so pro, isn’t it? But don’t be deceived. haha!

20161125_113341-011Trained about an hour at the bottom area and with confidence I decided to take the express chairlift in order to ski down the beginner’s slope.

Woohoo!20161125_104351-01-01-02120161125_104351-01-01-011But don’t dare follow what I did or else you’ll end up with something you might not like. lol! Body aches all over because of a few times or shall I say many times I rolled over and I guess it was a bad fall. haha! But just laugh it out and get straight back up. Remember that some even take courses if it’s their first-time hence 1 hour is definitely not enough specially for beginners but I don’t know why the hell I’m so eager to ski down a slope. Although I have ice-skated before, I realized that skiing is completely different. 20161125_104340-01-01-01120161125_104340-01-01-021Getting off the express chairlift is actually not easy, well I’m speaking in behalf of those beginners/first timers like me though. The express chairlift runs continuously and once it reaches the platform where you need to get off, you have to quickly ski down or else the chairlift will wallop your back. (You must get ready when it’s your turn) And sadly, I never knew that, ergo I was unprepared. (Feel free to imagine what happened next) lol!20161125_105713-01-011Booom! I literally rolled over. HAHA! That was my first and scariest fall. I never could have imagine it to happen. Horrible and Painful. It’s difficult to stop once you’re down the slope. My stick became useless at that point because I was panicking and I just can’t control it, and my feet can’t form an inverted “V” position which is suppose the way to make you stop.

WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? 

The crew helped me after seeing the roll-over-scene. (Shame!) haha! Mind you, it’s difficult to stand up too. Struggle is damn real! 😀 Lesson learned, don’t be overconfident if you are a first-timer. I’m one good example. lol!20161125_111409-021After getting up from that embarrassing fall, my knees were shaking. The view from the top all the way down is totally a different view when I was just at the bottom area (maybe that’s why I was too confident at first) haha! Reality? It’s quite steep plus I’m still not good at controlling how to stop which is actually the fundamental. Getting off the express chairlift was a failure what more if I take the entire ski slope with not knowing much of the basic? Uh-oh! I better not ski down first. (Let me practice more) lol!20161125_104913-011The crews were helpful and nice but sadly they can’t speak English. Nevertheless, I was taught how to ski down despite the language barrier. Yes, no choice. So just imagine how did the body-sign language went at that point. haha!20161125_1121530-01-01120161125_1121530-01-021After many attempts of learning to ski down, I did fell each time. (I just can’t make it stop) haha! By the way, give consideration to others plus for your safety, do practice at the side (rope side) if you already have gotten up the beginner’s slope but suddenly got scared of skiing down like my case. haha! Okaaay, sorry but I needed to give up rather than risking to ski all the way down. If we only had a longer time then I could have practiced it more. Too bad! Even so, it was such an exhilarating experience.

And then there goes the most embarrassing moment. Any guesses?20161125_112135-011 The crew saw me when I was trying to take out the Ski Board. I guess he knew that I am giving up. lol! Too nice of him though to bring the Ski board down so that I can just walk without carrying it. Ayeee! Kamsamnida! (It’s heavy by the way).20161125_112151-01-011Tadaaah! Went to walk down the slope instead of skiing. HAHAHA!

myxj_20170211225412_save-01-011Ooops! Let me have a selfie with nothing but natural filter, the sunny day with a lovely sky matching my blue ski coat. 🙂

The fall might be traumatic for some but its fun. Take it like the famous Japanese Proverb “Fall down seven times, get up eight”. No matter how many times you get knocked down, you get up again. Just laugh it out when you fall. haha!20161125_105651-021If you have the chance to stay overnight at the resort or even just whole day, please do so. We only spent a few hours though since we are catching a flight on that same day. We left around 1 and was back in Seoul past 2 pm.20161125_102332-01-01120161125_102411-031Overall, my first ski trip was awesome despite the pain from rolling over. HAHA! Indeed it was a fun struggle, ohh yeah… it was! 😀myxj_20170211225806_save-011Kamsamnida Vivaldi Park Ski World! (click to connect to their website)
Thumbs up for a commendable service!

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5 Must-see on Your First Seoul Trip

Seoul, the capital of Korea is undeniably one of the most lively, cultural and magnificent cities in Asia. Packed with numerous sights to see and places to visit, such as ancient palaces, traditional markets, and shopping districts. Arguably the most popular tourist destination in all of Korea. But with so much to offer, you might not know where to start. And with a little time, you surely won’t see all those on the list. 20161124_140254-011Here’s my top 5 places you shouldn’t miss on your itinerary excluding shopping districts on the list since there are a lot in Seoul. I’ll be talking more about it separately. 🙂


1.) Gyeongbokgung Palace20161124_140134-01120161124_1402170-01120161124_134135-01120161124_134545-02120161124_134545-011
Also called “Northern Palace” and translates in English as “Palace of Shining Happiness” perhaps the most beautiful and remains the grandest of all five palaces in Seoul. You don’t have to visit all the palaces on your visit, 1 or 2 will be enough to give you a taste of their rich culture and history. 20161124_132207-01120161124_133017-01120161124_131146-01120161124_132628-011What a glorious palace with a beautiful scenery inside. 20161124_132840-01120161124_133122-01120161124_132255-01120161124_133200-011Wander around the huge grounds. Yes, pretty huge that we didn’t even covered everything. 20161124_133045-01120161124_132651-011 Look out for the guard-changing ceremony. It would be a waste not to witness it on your visit so plan your timing accordingly. Do take note that the Palace is CLOSED ON TUESDAYS.20161124_131217-01120161124_135933-01120161124_135937-011

 

Performance Times:
Sumunjang (Royal Guard) Changing Ceremony
10:00, 14:00 / 20 minutes per ceremony
Gwanghwamun Gate Guard-on-Duty Performance
11:00, 13:00 / 10 minutes per ceremony
Sumungun (Gatekeeper) Military Training (outside Hyeopsaengmun Gate)
09:30, 13:30 / 15 minutes per ceremony

20161124_135658-01120161124_135632-01120161124_135623-011Get your camera ready to take lots of photos as The Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony is a great opportunity to experience a rare traditional scene in Korea. The guards’ splendid costumes, with their brilliant primary colors, are undeniably a real pleasure to see. 20161124_131030-01120161124_135307-011

***How to get there:
Exit 5 – Gyeongbokgung Station Line 3 and walk for about 5-10mins and you’ll find the palace or Get off at Gwanghwamun station (line 5), exit 2 – Walk straight for about 5 mins., the palace will be at the end of the road.20161124_140226-011

2.) Gwanghwamun Square20161124_141011-01120161124_140753-011A public area located in the heart of central Seoul and it stretches all the way down from the gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace. At the center stands a golden statue of King Sejong the Great, the fourth and most respected king of the Joseon Dynasty and creator of Hangeul, Korea’s alphabet and Admiral Yi Sunshin, naval commander noted for his victories against the Japanese navy during the Japanese invasions of Korea (1592-1598), a hero among Koreans.20161124_141334-01120161124_141351-011The view of the Mountain behind the Gyeongbokgung Palace from the square is magnificent.20161124_140709-011Originally the area was a 16-lane roadway but in 2009, Seoul Metropolitan Government decided to create a landmark national square by transforming 10 lanes of the roadway into a public space where Seoulites could rest and socialize.20161124_140320-01120161124_140339-011

***How to get there:
Just walk your way down south from the gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace.
or Get off at Anguk station (line 3).
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3. Bukchon Hanok Village20161122_165442-01120161122_164334-011
Meet an Old Seoul. Visit Bukchon hanok Village. Situated between by two palaces, Gyeongbokgung to the west and Changdeokgung to the east, home to hundreds of traditional houses called hanoks that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. This village has the largest cluster of privately owned traditional Korean wooden homes.20161122_164025-01120161122_163751-01120161122_164931-011Once a community for noble families and high-ranking officials, it still functions as a residential neighborhood today, though many of the hanoks now operate as cultural centers, guesthouses, restaurants, and tea houses.20161122_164309-01120161122_164746-011Considering how neoteric Seoul can be, it was really nice to visit such a place. It felt like you were back in the old times. Quiet and more deliberate in pace. Visiting the Bukchon area will definitely give you a glimpse of what Seoul used to be 600 years ago. 20161122_164159-01120161122_164607-011 My experience was more fun and memorable as I get to wear Hanbok while roaming around the Village. Yaaay! I thought I was filming K-drama. HAHA! Yes, if you watch Korean dramas often, you’ll recognize that they use those houses and streets a lot as the setting of their scenes. 20161122_165804-011For a more surreal vibe, do get yourself a beautiful hanbok while you wander around the village.20161122_162412-01120161122_165749-011

***How to get there:
Get off at Anguk station (line 3), exit 2. Walk straight for about 500m to arrive at Bukchon Hanok Village. Bukchon is a residential neighborhood so there’s no main gate or demarcation lines. Feel free to turn into any alley soon as you start seeing the hanoks.20161122_171157-011

4.) Changdeokgung Palace20161122_155118-01120161122_152146-01120161122_151917-011The Palace is recognized as a World Cultural Heritage site by the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Committee. 20161122_152920-01120161122_152950-011It was the second Royal Villa built following the construction of Gyeongbukgung Palace in 1405 and was the principal palace for many Kings of the Joseon Dynasty which is most well-preserved among the five remaining Royal Joseon Palaces.20161122_152605-01120161122_151842-01120161122_152653-01120161122_152801-011As I’ve previously mentioned, you don’t actually need to visit so many palaces in Korea. 2 will be enough, Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung Palace will be a must.20161122_152432-01120161122_154052-01120161122_154202-01120161122_153654-011

***How to get there:
Exit 3 – Anguk Station Line 3. Walk straight until you see the palace on your left.20161122_150329-01[1].jpeg

5.) N Seoul Tower20161122_175556-01120161122_1813470-011Located on Mt. Namsan offers great panoramic views of the city, and has been a symbol of Seoul since it first opened to the public in 1980. Commonly known as the Namsan Tower or Seoul Tower. 20161122_175406-011At 236m, it marks the highest point in Seoul where you can have a wonderful 360° view of the City. 20161122_175951-01120161122_180108-01-011Not only the tower had recently undergone a major remodeling, but also a new name following a complete makeover. It is now a true cultural space with various performances, movies, exhibitions as well as upscale restaurants and snack bars.20161122_180527-021Thousands of locks, gleaming into the night. Reminds me of those romantic hearts.20161122_180852_001-02120161122_181503-01120161122_181113-01-01120161122_180933-011

***How to get there: By Subway & Cable Car
Exit 3 – Myeongdong Station Line 4. Take the wide road next to 7 Eleven convenience store, then walk straight to the left of Pacific Hotel & keep walking up in the direction of Mt. Namsan where the cable car platform is situated.20161122_175357-011Fare: Round-trip – 6,300 won / One-way – 4,800 won
Cable Car Opening Hours: 10:00~22:30
On foot or by cable car you can get to the tower.

Love,

Stylishwanderer.com
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Airbnb Review: An Awesome STAY at COMESTAY (Seoul)

It’s always good to save a lot of money when you are traveling. Do you get happier when you spend much on your trip? Of-course you aren’t! We even become the happiest if we’re able to catch a good deal. Isn’t it? But being able to create a one of a kind and memorable travel experience at the same time saving a lot of money, well, it doesn’t get much better than that. Booking hotels ahead of my travel is actually my top priority. I make sure I have an awesome room view, comfy bed, spacious room and obviously those with commendable service. Well, who wouldn’t want? However, each of those means money and it’s a fact. Yet if you are lucky enough, you might can get some great deals and promotions (which most of the time, I do get) Yeeey! lol

But this time round is different! 20161125_155018-01-02120161125_155018-01-011Voila! Enter Airbnb. I pretty guess, everyone knows about it. Who doesn’t?

I was introduced to this get-home-sharing app sometime in 2014. It’s actually a peer-to=peer online marketplace of a home away from home. My first Airbnb experience was in Japan last Spring. Too bad I was not able to blog about my reviews yet and even my whole Japan trip. My bad! I know it’s already a looong overdue post by the time I can publish it but surely I still will do (just hang in there) lol.20161125_152356-01-011So for my recent trip to Seoul, let me share my first ever blog review of my Airbnb experience.

Meet Jinho Kim of Comestay.20161125_172018-01[1].jpeg
It was a pleasure meeting him and his wife. And it is certainly a pleasure to say how wonderful our trip in Seoul while staying in their humble place. It turned out to be exactly as what others say on their reviews.

The living room and dining room were spotlessly clean and comfortable, well-equipped kitchen, too spacious bedroom, 3 toilets, and a roof top to chill. Indeed a well-maintained house. And not to miss the admirable host, Jinho. The kind of host most guest do wish to have. Big thanks Jin! I must compliment on the assistance Jin gave us especially in booking a last minute tour package and shuttle service to visit Vivaldi Ski Resort. Oh my! I guess our itinerary won’t be all possible without his help.20161124_193658-01120161124_193416-01120161125_152009-01120161125_151856-01-01120161125_151856-01-02120161124_193426-01220161125_151810-01-01120161125_151452-01120161125_151730-011My favorite part of our stay was when we had dinner & drinking sesh with the other guests. Jin organized a simple dinner for his guests. He cooked and prepared authentic Korean food for everyone, not to mention their very own KIMCHI which is always present in every meal. (expect it!) lol. 20161124_193412-01120161124_195151-01-01120161124_1953010-011Oops.. It doesn’t just end there, hollah! cheers everyone! Wine, soju, korean beer.. hmm, What else did I missed? haha! If i remember it right, we ended almost 2am. Now spell FUN!

Indeed a one of a kind and memorable trip to Seoul. Choosing Airbnb is definitely a fun way of meeting and knowing locals and other travelers.

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Stylishwanderer.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Petite France: Korea’s attempt at copying European Town.

20161123_161718-01-01120161123_161857-01-011If you want to indulge into some European vibe while in Korea, then head on to visit Petite France. Nestled in the mountains overlooking Cheongpyeong Lake is a French cultural village.20161123_161013-01-01120161123_161503-01-02220161123_161503-01-01120161123_161509-01-011The bright-colored, small cluster French style houses give you a great photo op whilst enjoying the view of the opposite mountains.20161123_161145-01-01120161123_161145-01-021Everywhere is beautifully colored mimicking European architecture, however, most of the buildings are locked, empty/unused but certainly the view is amazing.20161123_162413-01-01120161123_162413-01-021

Le Petite France is based off the novel, The Little Prince. 20161123_155400-011Who can remember this poetic tale? (never-mind my not-so-dramatic pose) lol!

20161123_164252-01-011Its concept encapsulates ‘flowers, stars, and the Little Prince. The village contains a memorial hall dedicated to Saint-Exupery, the author of the celebrated French novel, Le Petit Prince (1943) and as such it is called the Little Prince theme park. It also has a gallery displaying sculptures and paintings, a souvenir shop, restaurant and cafe giving you a french vibe.20161123_160350-01120161123_164439-01-01120161123_160521-011Though the area is quite small but the sparkling brightness of those colorful houses are definitely appealing to the eye.20161123_162002-01-01120161123_162118-01-01120161123_162118-01-021 20161123_162101-01-02120161123_162101-01-01120161123_162116-01-011It will only take you an hour and half to see the complete grounds but if you are rushing and just really want to see the place without much photo snapping, then 40 minutes may be enough. Yes, that’s how small it is. 20161123_160843-01-011But it’s too impossible not to take great snaps here. (Isn’t it obvious in this post? lol. 20161123_161416-01-02120161123_161416-01-01120161123_161652-012Ooops! Even this Eiffel tower is petite. lol!20161123_160703-01-01120161123_160703-01-021It even became a famous tourist attraction when It was featured on many K-dramas and variety shows, such as Beethoven Virus, Secret Garden, Running Man and most recently, You who came from the Stars. 20161123_162707-01-01120161123_162434-01-011Ola! K-drama addicts, I know you guys are familiar with…myxj_20161126185905_save-01-011myxj_20161126185905_save-01-021Oh yeah, I just can’t stop taking photos from every corner. (forgive me)haha!20161123_162216-01-02120161123_162216-01-011And here’s more of my take! (like moooore) haha!20161123_160504-01120161123_160733-01120161123_164603-01-01120161123_164641-01-02120161123_164641-01-011

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Operating Hours 09:00-18:00 (Last admission: 1 hour before closing.) * Late night opening hour has been extended.

20161123_160013-011How to get there?
The subway journey from Seoul is 1 hour. From Cheongpyeong subway Station take the Gapyeong Tour Bus, you pay for a ticket and it works like a hop on, hop off bus at the destinations you want to go to. (including Nami Island, Le Petit France and Garden of the Morning Calm). But the shuttle bus has its own scheduled time. You might end up rushing in each of the place you visit though. Just a tip, better book a Tour Package (click link for more options), those include transport and entrance fees. It definitely will give you peace of mind. Trust me! Such a convenient way of exploring many places in 1 day. 20161123_165005-011And on your way out, just across the street is this cuteee coffee shop and CU (convenience store) 20161123_165040-01120161123_165110-011Been addicted to this drink though. Whenever there is CU, I always look for this. lol20161123_165609-011

Love,

Stylishwanderer.com