Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunday, June 26, 2016

South Korea Day 2: Lotte World (롯데월드)

After we went to Gwanghwamun Square, Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village, we opt to go to Lotte World. My sister chose this itinerary because she wanted to go there. We chose Lotte World instead of Everland. I heard others prefer the latter one. 


Lotte World was very accessible! We just rode a subway from Anguk Station (Bukchon Hanok Village) going to Jamsil Station. The theme park is just a 5 minute walk from that station.

Lotte World is the one of the largest indoor theme parks in Seoul and was opened since 1989. The park features indoor (Adventure Park) and outdoor (Magical Land) sections.





We availed the after 4 pm rate for a discounted price: KRW 38,000 instead of paying KRW 52,000 for a one-day admission ticket.



I was very grateful that we were able to maximize our itinerary: 4 places in one day! :)





The view from the outside park (Magical World) is like a Disneyland park. :)





Hoping to go back again here soon. :)


 



Details


  • Address: 138-220 240, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
  • Operation Hours: Mon-Fri 9:30 am - 10:00 pm; Sat-Sun 9:30 am - 11:00 pm

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

South Korea Day 2: Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을)

March 2, our second day in South Korea. Continuation of South Korea Day 2: Gwanghwamun Square and South Korea Day 2: Gyeongbokgung Palace.

After visiting the palace, we opt to go to Bukchon Hanok Village. We asked the tourist information desk beside the admission center of Gyeongbokgung Palace on how to get there. Luckily, the locals were helpful and provided as a guided map for easy navigation.

Bukchon Hanok Village is the home of hundreds of traditional houses, called "hanok" during Joseon Dynasty. It is located between Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. 

Note: Bukchon Hanok Village was not built to be a tourist attraction. The area now is a residential neighborhood so be mindful with some etiquettes when visiting the place. Be quiet and do not litter.

We didn't manage to tour every sides of the village to respect the locals living there. Our intention was to visit the Hanbok Costume Rental. We really want to experience wearing Hanbok. The rental costs KRW 7,000 and there's no time limit. Please use your own camera.


After paying the rental fee, we were assisted by the local inside the traditional house. I really thought that we have to remove all of our clothes in a closed area like comfort rooms, etc. Good thing it never happened! We just removed our jackets. The local assisted us and put the traditional dress on top of our clothes. We didn't manage to put makeup and started to take photos. :)



What I love about renting here -> The traditional "hanok" house was our backdrop. :)




Here's the complete address and contact number(s) of the Hanbok rental place.



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Sunday, June 26, 2016

South Korea Day 2: PyeongChang 2018 Miniature at Korean Telecom Building

March 2, 2017 - After visiting the Gwanghwamun Square, we crossed the street and walked going to Gyeongbokgung Palace. We passed by Korean Telecom Building and saw a miniature of Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. 


We were actually heading to PyeongChang province on our 3rd day and we were excited to go there. I will post our experience on my next post.


We did some photo-ops on this place. According to some news, KT, South Korea's largest telecom provider will set to provide 5G network services for the upcoming PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. This technology will allow users to access up to 20Gbps or can accommodate up to 250,000 users simultaneously. Moreover, the viewers can also access high-definition "360° VR" to see the games.



We are looking forward for the upcoming winter olympics and also for the new 5G technology that will be launching soon.



For the reference on how to get here, just look on this building when you passed by the road going to Gyeongbokgung Palace from Gwanghwamun Square. Enjoy!



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Sunday, June 26, 2016

South Korea Day 2: Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁)

March 2, our second day in South Korea. Continuation of South Korea Day 2: Gwanghwamun Square.

As I said on my previous post, our theme for this day was to go to "historical places". Gyeongbokgung Place was one of them. 




Gyeongbokgung Palace was considered by Time Magazine as Top 1 on Seoul: 10 Things to Do.

It was the first royal built by the Joseon Dynasty in 1395. It is also considered as the largest palace of all the five palaces in South Korea. 






We failed to witness the changing of royal guards but we had a chance to have photos with them. This ceremony takes place twice a day in front of Gwanghwamun Gate at 10 am and 2 pm.



From the Gwanghwamun Square, we crossed the street and walked to the direction of Gwanghwamun Gate (main gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace). Please refer to the Google Map below.

Screenshot from Google Maps

Note: The palace is closed every Tuesdays. We went there on a Wednesday.



Address: 03045 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 

Admission Fee for Foreigners: KRW 3,000 (ages 19-64) / KRW 1,500 (ages 7-18)

Website: http://www.royalpalace.go.kr/ Available in KR and EN



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Sunday, June 26, 2016

South Korea Day 2: Gwanghwamun Square (광화문광장)

March 2, 2016, our second day in South Korea. I planned our itinerary for this day. Our theme for today was to go to "historical places".

After having a breakfast at our hotel, we travelled from Myeong-dong Station to Gwanghwamun Station. It took us 13 mins to get there.

From Myeong-dong Station, take Line 4 going to Dongdaemun Station and then exit at 9th car and transfer to Line 5. From Dongdaemun Station, it takes 3 stations to go to Gwanghwamun Station, and then exit at the leftside (Exit 3). 




The area of Gwanghwamun Square has a long history. It was open to the public since August 1, 2009. The square is divided into 6 sections: 

  • Recovering the History of Gwanghwamun Gate Plaza
  • Reenacting Yukjo Street Plaza
  • Korea Main Plaza
  • Civil Participation Urban Culture Plaza
  • Downtown Plaza
  • Chenggyecheon Stream Connector

We weren't able to complete the 6 sections because we're running out of time. We have 3 more attractions lined up on our list for that day. Yes, we squeezed our itinerary to fit for one day.


The only section we've been to was "Korea Main Plaza", where the Statue of King Sejong the Great is located.



After having photo-ops, we crossed the street and headed to the historical "Gyeongbokgung Palace". I will share it on my next post. :)

Tip: If you plan to go to Gyeongbokgung Palace, go here first. The entrance of the palace is walking distance from this place.

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

South Korea Day 1: Wangbijib (왕비집) Traditional Korean Restaurant Experience


Wangbijib (왕비집), which means Queen’s House is one of the famous Korean BBQ Restaurant in Myeong-dong. Every tourists must try this and you will finally love Korean cuisine. 

I read on some blogs that they waited for almost 30 minutes or more on queue before getting the table. When we arrived, there are few people but we didn’t wait that too long. The table was already set when we got there. 





I googled the location and the restaurant details so you won’t be lost when you get there. The restaurant is just located next to Hazzys Building and is located at the 2nd floor of Beautiplex store.


We will definitely go back there soon!


How about you? Have you been to Wangbijib Restaurant? If yes, what's your experience? If not, may you recommend some restaurant? Share your thoughts.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Bonding with My Family at Molito Lifestyle Mall, Alabang

Sundays are the best when you are with your family, right? We make it a habit to go out every Sunday. 

For today, we opt to hangout at Molito Lifestyle Mall located in Alabang. It is just across Alabang Town Center. This lifestyle area was built in 2012. It has a park, dining and entertainment setting. There are variety of restaurants here, such as Japanese, Thai, Italian, Chinese, etc.


Molito is a great place to hangout with families because of it's ambiance and elegance.


Note: It is not a sponsored post. I usually passed by on this area everyday (Mondays to Fridays). It is just a walking distance from my work.

How about you? Have you been to this place? Where do you usually hangout with your family?