Saturday, December 31, 2016

Itinerary Korea Autumn 11D/10N (Seoul, Gyeonggido, Sokcho, Jeju Island, Busan)

"Time flies too fast, it's 2017 already, hope the very best for all of you, stay healthy, happy and keep traveling!"

Hello everyone! In this blog post I want to share my itinerary for my recent Korea Trip in Autumn (11D/10N) at 20 – 31 October 2016, stayed one night in KLIA 2 so it’s not counted for 12D/11N for me :D

I always enjoyed my trip and little tips for those of you who might go to Korea for the first time, you can consider changing my 2nd day in my itinerary since in this trip I went to visit my friends so I didn’t go to many places on that day, My suggestion is Explore Seoul, you might want to check Bukcheon Hanok Village, Insadong, Gyeongbokgung Palace, King Sejong Statue, Gwanghwamun Area, Cheonggyecheon Stream, Myeongdong Cathedral, Namsan Seoul Tower and back to explore Myeongdong at night :). You might want to check my experience here even though on my first visit, I missed Insadong and Myeongdong Cathedral because I have another agenda.

Korea 11/11 : Busan and Kuala Lumpur, First Experience trying Capsule Hotel at KLIA2

"Everything in life is temporary. So if things are going good, enjoy it because it won't last forever. And if things are going bad, don't worry. It can't last forever either"

Day 11 – Sunday, 30 October 2016
Early check out in the morning and heading to airport by subway, it’s not that far since it only took less than 30 minutes to Gimhae International Airport (KRW 1,700). My flight back to Jakarta was at 10.35 AM and transit in Kuala Lumpur. I had around 6 hours flight back to Kuala Lumpur at arrived there at 4 PM. Since my flight back to Jakarta is on the next day which is tomorrow at 8.25 AM so I had loooong time to wander around KLIA2.

Korea 10/11 - Busan : Beomeosa Temple, Gamcheon Culture Village, Jagalchi Fish Market, Haeundae Beach

"Train your mind to see the good in every situation"

Day 10 – Saturday, 29 October 2016
Arrived at Busan in early morning at Busan Central Bus Terminal then we walked to Nopo Station. We bought Metro Busan Subway Day Pass which valid for one day and is a good way to save your transportation cost, bought at Ticket Vending Machine, KRW 4,500/person.

From Nopo Station we went to Boemnageol Station and so glad we don’t need to transfer since we got many stuff to bring at that time, especially our shopping haul kkk xDD. We stayed at Kimchee Busan Guesthouse and since it’s still early morning and we couldn’t check in, since no one there in receptionist. So we just left a note and put our bags there near receptionist after took a shower and get ready to explore Busan on that day. And also we glad since our guest house is really close with subway station :)

Korea 9/11 : Seoraksan National Park, Sinsa, Express Bus Terminal

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” 
– Neale Donald Walsch

Day 9 – Friday, 28 October 2016
We checked out in early morning and planning to Seoraksan for day trip only, so we went to Express Bus Terminal Station and we bought the Express Bus ticket there in the locket, we bought the ticket for Seoul – Sokcho (KRW 18,100) for 7 AM and we also bought Bus ticket Seoul – Busan (KRW 37,600) leaving at 1.30 AM

Friday, December 30, 2016

Korea 8/11 : Ihwa Mural Village, Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, Korean Folk Village, Dongdaemun

“Not all those who wander are lost” 
– J.R.R. Tolkien

Day 8 – Thursday, 27 Oct 2016
I was planning to take taxi to airport but I found there is a Bus No. 500 which will stop in the airport from in front of hotel, so why not take the bus, haha KRW 1,200 paid with T-money. I also met Korean at guest house and planning to go to the airport too with the bus but he will heading to China from Jeju. It’s really close to airport, less than 10 minutes I am arrived already at Jeju International Airport.

My flight at 8 AM and I will meet my friend at Kimchee Shinchon Guesthouse, Hongdae. Arrived at Gimpo Airport after an hour flight I rushed to Hongdae, we promised to meet at 9.30 AM.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Korea 7/11 - Jeju Island : Udo Island, Seongsan Ilchulbong, Manjanggul Cave, Black Pork Street

“Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.” 
– Roy M. Goodman

Day 7 – Wednesday, 26 Oct 2016
Made a deal with the driver to pick us up at 8 AM in this morning, so we were ready before 8 AM and having our breakfast. The guest house provides bread, jam, cheese, egg, juice, tea or coffee. You can use the kitchen and don’t forget to wash it after you use it. We had a good breakfast in the morning, they also provide free Jeju oranges and of course the orange is so tasty.

We stayed for one night only because my friends will go back to Seoul at that night while I am still staying in Jeju for another night with different guesthouse. We checked out in that morning and I had a postcard sent from that guesthouse to a friend. That was my first time sending a postcard which I found that kind of simple thing but memorable, it’s also cheap (KRW 1,500) for card and stamp. Today's schedule? Explore East Jeju Island :)

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Korea 6/11 - Jeju Island : Teddy Bear Museum, Jeongbang Falls, Hwanguji Coast, Sangumburi Crater

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do."
- Mark Twain

Disneyland Bears *happy* :)
Day 6 – Tuesday, 25 Oct 2016
We were ready at 8 AM and the driver also ready to pick us up at Bus Stop right in front of Lotte Sauna. My friend already booked the driver through reference and she contacted to deal with him, we rented a taxi including driver who can speaks English. The Rent Taxi cost KRW150,000/day for 10 hours, including fuel, driver, and driver’s meals. His name is Mr. Kim Dong Cheol, got his business card and you may find on my pictures below.

Our first day in Jeju Island officially begin! :) we gave him our designated place for our 2 days there and based on his recommend, he told us to exchange tomorrow schedule for today, we said it’s okay, so today’s schedule is Exploring South Jeju Island. The service was awesome, he gave us each mineral water, provide Free WIFI inside the taxi and Jeju English Map.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Korea 5/11 - Nami Island, Petite France, The Garden of Morning Calm

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing” 
– Helen Keller

Day 5 - Monday, 24 Oct 2016
As usual we started our day in early morning, at night I will leave for Jeju Island so I left some of my stuff with my friend since she will stay in Seoul while I am in Jeju. Heading to Gapyeong Station Exit 1, almost the same route like yesterday with different stop. We are going to take Gapyeong Shuttle Bus in front of Gapyeong Station, I suggest you queue directly when you arrive at the station because there will so many people going to Nami Island. We heading directly the shuttle bus stop and wait there. The bus will come and leave as per schedule 09.10, click here to see timetable of the bus and how to go to Nami Island in details. Gapyeong Shuttle Bus ticket is KRW 6,000/day, so keep your ticket safe.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Korea 4/11 - A Beautiful Edelweiss Swiss Theme Park and Jade Garden

“You don’t have to be rich to travel well” 
– Eugene Fodor

Day 4 - Sunday, 23 Oct 2016

This early morning we got ready already to Cheongpyeong Station by subway from Hongdae Station, you will transfer to ITX line at Sangbong Station, left from guesthouse around 6.30 AM. It's a bit cold in the morning like that haha, since we might not get used to it. Today's trip gotta be 3 of us, another one is an old friend that I met in Jakarta 3 years ago, she is Korean, we will meet at Cheongpyeong Station at 09.10 AM. So happy that we will see each other again also we will travel together today :) We arrived too early on that morning, around 8.30 AM, waited for a while, and when we get off from ITX we already could feel the cold weather. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Korea 3/11 - Dalkomm Coffee, SM Town Coex Artium and Nightlife at Hongdae

“The man who goes alone can start today, but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.” 
– Henry David Thoreau

Still on Day 3 - Saturday, 22 Oct 2016 (see part 1 here)

I'm starving already so time to hop on the next place that I missed yesterday and get my lunch there, SM Town COEX Artium, found this place by reading some references and planning to visit this place suddenly, at first I didn't plan to. From Anguk Station heading to Samseong Station (Samsung) Exit 5 or 6, and having late lunch at McDonald haha..general junkfood restaurant that you may find mostly wherever you are and became my saviour. 

Korea 2/11 - Visiting Beautiful Haneul Park (Sky Park) in Autumn

"Traveling - it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a Storyteller" 
- Ibn Battuta

Day 3 - Saturday, 22 Oct 2016

Starting my morning with today first destination, Haneul Park or Haneul Gongwon, Haneul means sky and Gongwon means park in Korean, not really far from my guesthouse, it took about 15 minutes to the nearest subway of the park, World Cup Stadium Station Exit 1. Got time to fuel my stomach by Odeng KRW 1,000 nearby World Cup Stadium, quite pricey since I knew usually Odeng is KRW 500. Walking about 1km to the park following the map, hmm what an exercise in the morning, especially when I found out that I need to climb up the stairs, 300 stairs to climb up, whuatt?!? no one tell me that >< but well been a while since I exercised so 300 stairs here I come!! (since I don't have any choice) up up up up...whooossaahhh..

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Korea 1/11 - It's Very Nice to See You Again, Annyeong Korea!

I guess this would be my last visit to Korea since I am planning to finish my bucket list during this trip but turned out I am guessing wrong :)

Day 1 - Thursday, 20 Oct 2016

This is the longest trip so far for me and I am fully excited to go on this trip, from chillax plan becoming tense plan lol xDD I feel like I want to finish everything that I haven't done yet back time on my first visit

Took the night flight around 8:30 PM from CGK - KUL, went directly from office straight away to airport. Bit sucks since it's kinda delayed for more than 30 minutes and I only have 1,5 hours if on time to my connecting flight, so when it's landed at KUL, I feel like dying since I gotta rushed to my next flight since it's not 1,5 hours anymore but less than 30 minutes and it's boarding already. Run run run at KLIA 2 to my gate and crap the gate is really far away, feels like I landed at Gate A and my next flight is Gate Z, do you understand my feeling and I keep swearing along the way lol xDD I sweat too much and exhausted.
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