Tag Archives: 2015

[SEOUL] Bukchon Hanok Village

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Seoul, despite being a modern city, has maintained some of the landmarks that is close to their history. One of the most visited tourist site in Korea, is Bukchon Hanok Village.

The village is lined with hanok house which are traditional houses in this area. Would you believe that the area is actually a residential village? With its charm no wonder it has increased famed to be one of the visited sites in Seoul.

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[GYEONGGI-DO] Petite France

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On the way going to Nami Island, you can visit Petite France as well, which ever do you prefer to visit first via HopOn-HopOff (Gapyeong Tourist Bus)

If your a die hard fanatic of K-dramas, you’ll know where this place has been featured. Petite France serves as French cultural village. It also features flowers, star and Little Prince.

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[SEOUL] Trick Eye Museum

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If you happen to be around Hongdae, you may want to drop by Trick Eye Museum. The Trick Eye Museum is an art gallery with paintings that are painted in 2D but gives an illusion of a 3D. Visitors are able to interact with the different painting giving them the feel they are part of the painting. (so don’t be shy to act your part.) We arrived at the Trick Eye Museum around 7pm, good thing that the museum is open until 9pm. We snap, act and do our part as if we are one with the paintings. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

The museum is divided to three course, the Trickeye Museum – Ice Museum – Carnival Street.

~ The iCe Museum ~

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[GYEONGGI-DO] Nami Island

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Nami Island is also one of the most famous tourist spot in Korea, it’s where the famous Korean Drama of Winter Sonata is located. If you watched it, you know what I mean. Nami Island is located in Gyeonggido. We took the Hop On – Hop Off bus from Petite France, until we reach Nami docking port.

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Review: Purple Fountain Courtyard Inn Puerto Princesa Palawan

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It’s my first time to travel to Palawan and to travel solo. I don’t know what to expect but I must admit its a good feeling to have finally travel solo. Since it’s my first solo trip, of course I have to make sure of my safety hihiihih… I may have over budget for my accommodation but its worth it! I booked a standard room with FREE breakfast and complimentary pick-up from the airport.Β  When I arrived I was greeted by one of their staff and we headed back to the hotel.

One minor issue with them is during my booking, they have provided me with a different computation for my room reservation. I have deposited 50% for the reservation of the room and availed of their Underground River Tour. This was easily settled and corrected by the person who is in charge.

When I got to the hotel, friendly staff greeted me with a big smile. After explaining the policy I was sent to my room for the next 3 days.

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[SEOUL] Review: Kpopstay Guesthouse Seoul Korea

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For our second guesthouse, we stayed at Kpopstay Guesthouse near Hongdae and just walking distance from Hongik University. You might be wondering why transfer from one place to another. I would like to think it’s strategic since our planned itinerary is also in those areas, and we can explore the place whenever we want andΒ  just a walking distance to Hongdae, where night life is just around the corner. Kpopstay is located to a more quiet area in Hongdae, so you don’t have to worry about the noise around the area.

I have been wanting to stay in one of their dorm rooms since I have learned about their guesthouse. I contacted them directly and booked, mixed dorm rooms which cost around 25,000won/per night/ per head which is also a good deal because it also include FREE breakfast. Once I have confirmed our booking, no need to pay immediately, you can pay once you have checked-in with the guesthouse on the day you of your arrival.

We had a struggle finding the place when we get off the subway station (Hongik Station, Exit 9) and imagine we’re dragging our heavy luggage on steep slopes.Β  But with a little help from our Korean chingus, we easily found the place, even some of them struggle to speak English, they still try their best to help tourist find their way. ^_____^v Kamsamnida!

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Estimated Travel Expense for an 8-Days trip in Seoul

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I’ll share my travel expense during my 8-days trip to South Korea. Food and transportation can be expensive, but if you can find a way to lessen your expense, that would be great. There are pros and cons when it comes to your expenses in traveling to Seoul in particular, like for food, I find their food quite expensive, for a street foods you have to at least shell out 2,000 to 5,000 (80 to 100 pesos) and for a regular meal, it would cost you around 8,000 to 10,000 won per head that’s like 300 – 400 pesos in Philippine money. But in terms of tourist spots and shopping there are a lot of discount coupon that you can use, you just have to check for promos in KTO and VKTO site, that’s where I got my discount coupon for the theme park and other tourist spots.

I also got to save 1 night stay at Gstay Residence, when I joined one of their sponsored contest for Facebook (lucky me!). hehehe! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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