South Korea Trip 2016 (Part 1)

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Gyeongbokgung Palace

It has been a great 8-Day trip. The best I have ever been to in my whole life!

As I mentioned in my previous post, it was my most anticipated trip for this year. And I am really glad we got to travel as a family, since we were most of the time never complete at home.

I will share with you all the places we went to, food we tried and all the great experiences as brief as I can. You know me, my mind thinks so fast, I don’t realize I have been typing so much. Haha.

Day 1.

Our flight was supposed to take off at 2:50PM, but Air Asia rescheduled it 2hours later. We touched down at Incheon Airport at about 10PM. When we left Manila, I was wearing this cute Banana Republic dress and boots. I have also brought my jacket with me as we were expecting a near 0 degrees at Incheon when we land. And boy oh boy, wrong day to not have decided to wear leggings. It was freezing cold!!! It was fun as well because we can see our breath fog up, and that never happens in here Manila (ofcourse). We went straight and hired a Jumbo Taxi to our AirBnb Accommodation. We met our host Charlie at the T-Mark Bus Stop and it was really nice of him to meet us at 12MN. After settling down, we went to sleep, tired from all the travelling. We want to be ready for our adventure the next day.

Day 2.

So we woke up late, and since we only have one bathroom, it took us quite a long time to get ready. We had lunch first at around 1PM at this really nice traditional Korean Restaurant, just one block away from the house. It was quite difficult to order (and basically ask your way around) because only a few people could understand English.

After our late lunch, we went straight to Myeongdong Cathedral to catch the Good Friday Mass scheduled at 3PM.

To our surprise, it was a Korean Mass! Luckily, mom brought her English Station of the Cross guide. And we got to follow the mass even when everyone was speaking in Korean.

After mass, we then explored the shopping heaven in Central Seoul, Myeongdong.

You can find the best korean cosmetics here, almost every corner has a Tony Moly, Nature Republic, Missha, Etude House and Banila Co. And they are sold there on cheaper prices than here in Manila. You can imagine that I went on a shopping spree. Hehe. :)

We then had dinner at a Korean BBQ restaurant. Tip for travelers though, they often try to sell you the highest priced in the menu. Do not fall for that! Haha. And if you want to catch the waiter’s attention, just say “jeogiyo” with conviction! ;)

Day 3.

Day 3 is Nami Island Day! Nami Island was the shooting location of Endless Love: Winter Sonata, which was a well known K-Drama in the Philippines about 8-10 years ago. Of course it did not disappoint, the place was very dreamy and scenic. Though the travel was kinda long. Watch out, lots of photos ahead. ;)

It was a tiring day and we went straight home after the walkathon adventure. Tired but fulfilled. <3

Day 4.

Since it was Easter Sunday, we attended the Easter Sunday mass early morning, at Myeongdong Cathedral. Look at the cute giveaways below!!!

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For this day, we scheduled a bus tour around the City. Some of it we have decided not to get off the bus and check out, because there are more places we want to visit and stay longer.

Our first stop was the US War Memorial. There we saw memorabilia from the Korean War. A lot of countries have participated including the Philippines. There were about more than 100 Filipinos that fought alongside Korea.

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The place was also scenic and has a history museum inside. From the ancient residents of Korea to the more present ones.

After the US Memorial was Namsangol Hanok Village. Basically these are traditional Korean houses that are kept as tourist spots. Here, you can dress up with traditional Korean clothing, which I think is really cool and fun!

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Dad, Alvin and Rainier was not down for a dress up sesh. Should’ve been a cool family photo! Sayang!

Next stop was N Seoul Tower. This is like the Burj Khalifa of Seoul, but shorter. We got to the observatory deck. It was so jampacked that we did not really stop by for too long.

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View from the top. Hi Seoul!!

Downstairs, they also had this love lock thingies like those in Paris. Its’ actually pretty cool!

 

*Please see continuation on my next post. :)

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