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Friday, June 7, 2019

SOUTH KOREA : 2 WEEKS ITINERARY

Hi everyone!
It's been awhile since I last updated my blog. I kinda feel bad about the lack of update but since I moved back to Indonesia, I finally have time to sit down and get things done (such as writing a blog post like this).

I understand this may have been a long overdue blogpost, looking back to my South Korea trip, it's been exactly 8 months since I went to South Korea. It's weird because I would often wrote about my trip 8 months after I came back (literally every trip, I guess I need to be better at this).

Okay, cut to the chase.

Planning a 2-weeks trip to South Korea.

First of all, when my friend and I was planning a trip to South Korea, we tried our best to stick to the itinerary but we slacked off and skip many places or found new places on our adventure. That's the point of traveling, isn't it?

Here's a brief 2 weeks itinerary to South Korea :

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30/9/18 Leave Sydney for Seoul Incheon Intl Airport (via Taiwan) with China Airlines
1/10/18 Arrived at Incheon International Airport
Took airport limousine from Incheon to Gimpo airport 
Arrived at Gimpo International Airport
Checked in for a flight to Jeju Island via T'way airlines 
Arrived at Jeju International Airport (around 5PM)
Took Airport Limousine from Jeju Airport to Seogwipo 
Checked in at HOTEL EINS, Seogwipo
Dinner at the closest Korean BBQ Restaurant near our hotel
2/10/18 (First official day)
Cheonjiyeon Waterfall 
Osulloc Tea Museum (which is also home to Innisfree Jeju House)
Jeju Shinhwa World (also home to Gdragon "Untitled" Café)
Cheonjeyeon Waterfall
Jusangjeolli Cliff
Dinner at  다부 (re : Dabu) located at 아랑조을 맛거리 (Arang Jeoul Food Street, Seogwipo
3/10/18 Seongsan Ilchulbong (성산 일출봉) aka Sunrise Peak
Seopjikoji (섭지코지)
Jeju Folk Village 
Seogwipo Daily Market
Seogwipo City center
4/10/18 Check out from HOTEL EINS
Leave Jeju Island for Busan with Asiana Airlines
Arrived in Busan Airport
Checked in at HOTEL 25h No 2 Branch (near Beomnaegol Station)
Gamcheon Cultural Village 
Haeundae Beach
Dinner at Norang Tongdak Chicken (노랑통답) Haeundae Brancg for some chimaek
5/10/18 Went looking for Gukbap (Pork soup with Rice) at Gukbap Alley and found Songeong Samdae Gukbap 
Shinsigae Busan 
Busan Cinema Center
Semyeon City Center
6/10/18 Leave Busan for Jeonju via Intercity Bus 
Arrived in Joenju, checked in at Yeoji Guesthouse
Jeonju P&B Choco Pie
Jeonju Hanok Village
Jeonju Nambu Market 
7/10/18 Bibimbap at native restaurant HanGUKGwan (한국관)
Visited Joenju University
Leave Joenju for Seoul via Intercity Bus
Arrived in Seoul, checked in at AMASS HOTEL, Insadong
Checked out Insadong
Dinner on streetfood stall at the end of Insadong Street and had jajangmyeon
8/10/18 Nami Island
Dakgalbi for Lunch (at Mr. Dakgalbi)
Hongdae at night
9/10/18 Hanbok rental and stall around Changdoekgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village
Headed to Myeongdong
Lunch at Myeondong Kyoza (1 michellin star restaurant)
Style nanda pink pool café in Myeondong
(then lost in shopping in Myeongdong)
10/10/18 Ewha Womens University
Tartine Coffee Bar at Ryse Autograph Hotel, Hongdae
Carin Hongdae Lounge
Style Nanda Pink Pool Café in Hongdae
(lost in shopping in Gangnam)
11/10/18 Headed to Apgujeong and Sinsadong
morning coffee at Yeonlib Coffee (randomly found)
Gentle Monster Garosu-gil
Café Mula, Garosu-gil
Starfield COEX Mall 
SM TOWN (COEX)
Seoul Central District Court (I'll explain more about this in a separate cities blog :p)
Experienced Korean Full Course meal (Haejjangsik)
Lotte World
12/10/18 Explore Ikseon-dong
Back to Hongdae to visit Line Friends store in Hongdae 
YG Entertainment Building
KBS Building
Dongdaemun Design Plaza
Dongdaemun Late night Wholesale fashion shopping mall
13/10/18 Last day in Seoul
Explore Bukchon/Insadong for the last time
Leave Seoul for Sydney (via taiwan) with China Airlines
14/10/18 Arrived in Sydney

Of course, this itinerary wasn't entirely look like what we have perfectly planned. As you can see, we missed quite a few of famous tourist spots such as Namsan Tower, Itaewon, Hangang river, Gyongbokgung Palace, etc. 

During the trip, we tried our best to fit it all, but it was full on and my friend and I agreed we should take it slow and take it all in. I was lucky to have an understanding travel partner and we both decide things together so none of us felt left out. At the last minute, we decide to leave some touristy spots out and take it easy. We were lost in shopping too much, but we ain't sorry for it.

This itinerary might look messy, but it was what I did in South Korea :) 

More details about each destination blog post is coming! Hopefully won't be too long 




Cheers



Lenny

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