SGD1600 for 12 Days in Korea

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1st Jul 2014
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Please note that the 1.6k is inclusive of accommodation, flights, transports, food, activities and shopping aka everything. 
So yes, I traveled Korea in this January because I just want to see snow. I know it is quite funny la but yes I have never seen snow before so it is sort of one of my to-dos in my bucket list. As for why korea? We actually wanted to go Harbin because of the magnificent snow festival and also, I had traveled Korea once back in 2012 but Korea came into the picture because Nic randomly suggested it and I thought why not go Korea again because I went there in Spring last time. Honestly, I don’t think January is the best time to go Korea because IT IS DAMN FREAKING COLD. It’s always below 4-5 degrees and highest temperature in the day can be only -7 degree. SO FORGET ABOUT DRESSING TO KILL BUT DRESSING TO SAVE YOUR ASS. I worn 2 layers of long john, hoodies and on top of it, I worn another layer of pullovers and windbreaker.  It was so cold that I refused to take photos with my iPhone because I need to remove my gloves and I actually bought more heat pads on top of what I brought from Singapore. And the sun sets pretty early (around 4-5pm). But I guess it was all worthy for the beautiful snow and skiing adventure. 

1) Get the right ticket: Right meaning that it must be affordable and reaching the destination at the right time. You don’t wanna land in a country at night and waste one day flying. ALWAYS USE SKYSCANNER FIRST TO CHECK OUT THE RATE. So you scan and choose properly.  Next, GO DIRECTLY TO THE FLIGHT WEB TO BOOK YOUR TICKETS. DON’T RISK BOOKING VIA AGENTS/MIDDLE MAN BECAUSE YOU DON’T WANT TO RUIN YOUR TRIP JUST IN CASE ANY PROBLEMS POPPED OUTIt will definitely be slightly cheaper but my advise will be DON’T RISK IT. So I manage to get a return air ticket from CHINA EASTERN AIRLINE for only SGD 559.5. I know alot of you will be asking why not Scoots, Airasia?Because not all budget airlines are cheap and commercial airline can be cheaper than budget airline. So we decided to go with China Eastern Airline which is only 559.5SGD, transiting at Shanghai and reaching Incheon in the morning, SO MUCH MORE comfortable than budget airline because there is meals provided (included in the 599.5 we paid), in-flight entertainments like movies and also pillows and blankets given for the 7 hours flight. 


2) Get a shelter: I don’t know about you guys but I personally think that you don’t have to spend alot on accommodation because it’s just a place for you to house your luggage, bathe and sleep. As long as it’s clean, affordable and convenient, I am pretty cool with it. So I choose Duri House and I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I REALLY REALLY REALLY ENJOY MY STAY HERE. 
Affordable: One night costs 45000krw(50SGD) for 2 persons so it will only be around 25 dollars per person. Convenient: It’s just a few step away from the subway station, Gyeongbukgung. (Line 2, orange line) And there is also airport express #6011(cost 10000KRW) that alights right in front of the street. Even though it is a guesthouse, every room has its own bathroom aka DONT NEED SHARE TOILET! Super well-facilitated! There’s water heater!! SUPER ESSENTIAL DURING WINTER!! Hair dryer, towel, toothpaste, shampoo, body soap all provided. Wifi provided too! Hanok-styled guesthouse (traditional Korean house) so we get to experience charcoal heater on the floor in winter, sleeping on the traditional korean mattress and sitting on the floor at home. FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD EVERYWHERE! BBQ, SEAFOOD STEW, BEERS, FAMILY MART, Paris BAGUETTE etc. You named it, you have it.

3)Getting around: Seoul is generally easy to explore around. The whole city is linked via subways which make it very very very easy to go around. In every exit of subway stations, they will have this direction sign to various attractions, indicated by respective exits. So just follow the sign and you are good to go. Just buy T- money card from any convenience store. It works as Ez-link card or transport pass and it costs only 2500KRW if my memory doesn’t fail me. 

What to EAT!  
One does not visit any countries if they don’t eat local cuisines and street food. Street food is a must must must especially in Korea!  Tips: Try not to go those really tourish place to dine in(places like Myeongdong, Itaewon, Insadong, Namdaemun), street food is fine but try not to go their restaurant because they are very commercial, very expensive and usually not-so-nice compared to ones that are located further away(the more authentic one). BBQ – YOU AIN’T VISITING KOREA IF YOU NEVER TRY BBQ IN KOREA. BBQ are very different from SG. Seafood stew– IT IS A MUST TO TRY KOREAN SEAFOOD STEW. Usually the authentic Korean shop(one that is really run by ahjumas) will not compromise the quality of the seafood because it plays a viral role in making awesome soup base and they are very generous one!! Costs around 40000krw, one of the more pricey food I eat but it is too good to be missed and worth any penny. 
Stir-fry chicken pan aka Dakgalbi – Basically it’s just marinated boneless chicken with spicy Korean chilli paste but there’s other food in the pan too (Toppoki, cabbage, pasta, sausage, cheese, ham, rice, ramen). Ginseng Chinese – What is Korea without Ginseng?! It is the most authentic place to eat Ginseng Chicken and please don’t compare all these with the one in SG. INCOMPARABLE! The place to eat is Tosokchon Samgaetang. Spicy stew with cheese- Budaejjigae which literally means leftover army soup;There’s luncheon meat, ham, bacon, macaroni,prok, beef, toppoki, cabbages, dumpling, ramen and CHEESE and chilli paste!! Taste damn good when the soup boils and become really saturated with the essences of all the ingredients. Street food – Die-for! All finger food can be found! Toppoki, egg cake, kimbap, oden, fried sausage etc etc (CANNOT NAME FINISH). In winter, vendors will offer you a cup of hot soup to keep warm! And some vendors have stools around so you can sit and eat at your own comfort. 

Don’t tell people you visit Korea w/o visiting its palaces. There are admission fees but you can just walk in without paying because there’s simply too much people for the ushers to manage. Just stick behind a tour group and listen to the guide to know more about the palace.
Photo of Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul, South Korea by Mandy Cheong
Nice place to take ootd/can see Namsan tower from here/one of the oldest streets in Seoul with beautiful tradional hanok houses (Anguk Station, exit 2 and go straight 300m)
Photo of Bukchonmaru Hanok Guesthouse, Seoul, South Korea by Mandy Cheong
aka N-Seoul Tower- Seoul’s Eiffel tower, can see the whole Seoul from the observatory/Admission fee of 10,000KRW up to the observatory/Favourite place for Korean couples to ‘lock’ up their love/Bring your own lock or unwanted handphone cover there to save money cos one lock can cost up to 15000krw (need to take a bus from Heoyeon Station, cost around 850KRW)
Photo of Namsan Tower, Yongsan-gu, South Korea by Mandy Cheong
Hangang Park- open all year round/different activities for different season/snow sledding and skating in winter, swimming pool, wingsurfing in summer/There are also booths for educational purposes eg booth that has traditional korean games etc quite cool to see little kids playing/can stroll along Hangang river(super different from strolling along Singapore River as Hangang is ALOT ALOT ALOT WIDER)/admission fee of 6000KRW for snow sledding (Ttukseom-Resort Station, exit 2 or 3)
Photo of Ttukseom-ro, Seoul, South Korea by Mandy Cheong
Wholesale seafood market with many many different seafood(some you will never see in sg)/buy fresh seafood especially sashimi and bring it to a restaurant to be cooked/remember to bargain(be firm)/remember to check the price with the restaurant before giving them your seafood (Noryangjin Station, exit 1)
Photo of Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market, Seoul, South Korea by Mandy Cheong
Hiking has always been in the blood of Koreans and is done every season. Nothing beats being on top of the mountain watching the sun sets. Very beautiful historic temples and fortress along the trail. Be careful as rocks can be slippery in winter. I personally hike Bukhansan in winter and I feel that as long as you are careful enough, everything will be fine even without hiking equipments. There are several trails catered to different level of fitness so don’t worry. (Gupabal Station, exit 1, take bus 704 and get down at Bukhansan Fortress)
Photo of Bukhansan National Park, Seoul, South Korea by Mandy Cheong
Winter Sonata’s filming site/outskirt of Seoul/Seoul’s Palau Ubin (need to take ferry there) just that it’s alot prettier/During autumn, you can see rolls of maple tree down the stretch of pathway(I have inserted some photos from spring)/admission fee 0f 8000krw for foreigners.
Photo of Nami Island by Mandy Cheong
Petite France– filming site of drama You Who Came from the Star, Running Man ep 40(the one with Nickhun and Taecyeon)/French cultural village/very vintage architecture/something like a theme park just that there’s not rides/30 mins away from the dock(Namiseom dock) that goes to Nami Island/Recommend to go Nami Island and Petite France on the same day. Just go to Gapyeong Station, walk out (there’s only one exit) and you see an information booth. The staffs there can speak really good english, ask them for help and they will give you a brochure that states the various timing for the tour bus that tours around the region(bring you to Namiseom dock and Petite Island). It is only 5000krw and you can hop on again after getting down.
Photo of Namisum, Chuncheon-si, South Korea by Mandy Cheong
Skiing at Jisan Forest Ski Resort– There are many skiing resorts in Seoul but they are all located outskirt of Seoul. There are several pickup points and one of it is right in front of Gwangdaemun which is just one bus stop away from where we stayed. Skiing is really one hell adventure because it can be really tough to master at the first try. However as we choose the half-day skiing package with lift included(trust me, half a day is enough) and gotten discounts, we only spent 640000KRW so we have more money the last few day to spent eating!
Photo of Jisan-dong, Pyeongtaek-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea by Mandy Cheong
Clubbing in Seoul– It is really interesting to look at different countries’ nightlife. There are two different kind of clubs in Seoul, those really posh one (the one you see in drama) and those that youngsters/hipsters will visit(can wear sneakers one). The posh one are often located around Gangnam, Apujeong where all the rich people stayed. If you don’t know, ‘Gangnam Style’ is actually a sarcasm toward the rich people living along Gangnam. Ok back, so we decided to visit Club Octagon. The crowd is generally older/mature but the club plays awesome music and have the best sound system in town. Drinks are reasonably priced too, around 10000KRW.
Photo of Itaewon-dong, Seoul, South Korea by Mandy Cheong
Shopping at Dongdaemun, Ehwa, Hongdae, Myeongdong, Namdaemun, Itaewon, Insadong- one simply does not visit korea if he or she did not visit these places. Dongdaemun district has many wholesale fashion markets opening up to 6am in the morning and there is a club at the basement in HelloapM. Ehwa and Hongdae are where the Koreans youngsters usually hang around. There’s many buskers/artists around the area where they express their themselves. Myeongdong is a cosmetics heaven, you can find alot of big brands there. Namdaemun, Itaewon and Insadong are more of the traditional markets. And there’s alot of street food along the street! TRY ALL THEM!
Photo of Dongdaemun, Seoul, South Korea by Mandy Cheong
Traveling out of Seoul to take V-train- We took a 5 hours train ride(0-train)out from Seoul that loops around the inland running through Gangwon-do, Gyeongsangbuk-do and Chungcheongbuk-do (10 hours to and fro Seoul) just to see the interior of the Korean Peninsula. It will then stop at Buncheon Station and then we had to alight and get to the V-train. (Seoul > Buncheon Station >V-train(Buncheon>Yangwon>Seungbu>Cheoram>Bucheon)>Bucheon Station>Seoul). It is really damn pretty with valleys covered with snow and river frozen. I think it will be even prettier if it’s autumn! Really amazed by these breathtaking views of natural rocks and cliffs along the steep valleys and mountains. Remember to bring passport along and book in advance because there is limited seats on the train.
Photo of Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea by Mandy Cheong
This place is a genius for all foodie! YOU CAN FIND ALL SORT OF FOOD THERE. Shopping at Lotte Mart(The one at Seoul Station)- The biggest department store in Seoul/grab all your ramen, kimchi, peppero, banana milk/cute korean wok(the one you see in drama) back home. Remember to bring your own shopping bag because they don’t offer plastic bag.
Photo of Gwangjang-dong, Seoul, South Korea by Mandy Cheong
I personally prefer Everland to Lotteworld because the rides in Everland are alot more exciting and exotic! There’s discounts for students if I am not wrong and there is a shuttle bus(5002) from Gangnam Station.
Photo of Everland, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea by Mandy Cheong
Trick Eye museum at Hongdae- It is an arts gallery with 3D painting. Visitors can ‘intereact’ with the painting so remember to bring your camera in! Not free, admission fee of 15oookrw
Photo of Hongdae, Seoul, South Korea by Mandy Cheong
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Lee Shuen Hwa Elva
im peggy ,i will at seoul on 21/10/15 - 29/10/15 (9 day 8 night). bcz in budget and we dont understand korean speak and listen . then do you have tour guide can you recommend me/
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Lee Shuen Hwa Elva
im peggy ,i will at seoul on 21/10/15 - 29/10/15 (9 day 8 night). bcz in budget and we dont understand korean speak and listen . then do you have tour guide can you recommend me/
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