Travel Fast and Easy with the Seoul Metropolitan Subway

Fast and easy way around Korea.

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Commuter train platform in Seoul

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For tourists and Seoulites alike, the Seoul Metropolitan Subway is without a doubt the fastest and most convenient way to travel around the city. Clean, affordable and always on time, it is no wonder Seoul’s subway system is considered one of the best in the world.

A big advantage of the Seoul Metropolitan Subway is its sheer extension, its lines stretching out a total of 327 km (203.2 miles) and reaching all of Seoul’s main tourist attractions as well as major transportation such as bus terminals, train stations and both Gimpo International Airport and Incheon International Airport.

The 17 lines and over 400 stations of Seoul’s subway system may look daunting to a first-timer, but all station exits and transfer points are clearly signaled in English, and ticket machines…

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Global Seoul Mate 2014 – MY First Mission

Time to cut the slack, pack my lazy bones and shove it out the windows. Seoul Metropolitan Government has finally disclosed the long awaited mission for 2014 Global Seoul Mates just a few days ago. Certainly feeling anxious yet excited at the same time, this will be my very first mission from the day I had been given the honor to be a part of Seoul Mate community. Continue reading

Save money while travelling in Seoul

You had finally booked your first flight to Seoul and searching for more information about places to visit while you are there. Probably you might be also thinking “if only there’s a way to cut some budget”.

I had traveled to Seoul twice and with some understanding of the Korean cultures and time spent researching about Korea, so I thought of making a list that could be of some help about ways to keep your money to your own pocket. Continue reading

5 Places to eat in Seoul

Here are some great delicacies that you must try while in Seoul!

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There are a lot of good food that you can find in Seoul. Here I list the best five restaurants/ fast food shops that I found earlier in July. [Sorted: price – low to high]

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1. Isaac food shop (chain store) –
make to order sandwiches are the best, SUPER tasty and filling! Everyone will get the fillings they want fo sho; range from cheese, ham, bacon, egg, sweet stuff and more.

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2. Chir Chir / Fusion Chicken Factory (chain store) –
If you are craving for food at night, the best thing to do is to grab a few friends and go have fried chickens, drink some beer too. This restaurant opens till 3am. Staff are friendly and with a comfortable environment, you can fully enjoy you calm night here. A bonus point is that their fried chicken are freshly fried, so you will need to wait awhile. By the…

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The Ice Cream Bouquet

It’s summer in Seoul and the heat has been really great during this season.. How about chilling the heat with some lovely ice cream?

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It is getting warm in Seoul and during the day it constantly has 30-33°C and about 25°C at night. This wouldn’t be that bad if the humidity wasn’t that high, too. Still, it is not as worse as it can be for example in Thailand or Singapore. Yet, I am always happy for getting a possibility to cool down a little and still be out and about exploring.

So my friend decided to go to a special ice cream shop called Gemello near 정자역 (Jeong-Ja-Station). Now, ice cream parlors are not that unusual to Germans as we have them everywhere and it is unimaginable to spend a summer whithout sitting in one and enjoying ice cream. However, in big meteroplitan (Asian?) cities like Seoul, Bangkok, Hong-Kong or Tokyo it is more difficult to find these kind of shops.

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South Korea Itinerary | UNESCO World Heritage and Cultural Tour in Seoul

UNESCO world heritage site and not too touristy places to visit in Korea.

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This is my second time in Seoul and I am visiting the city just to do a UNESCO World Heritage tour and a side-trip to some of its cultural heritage sites. I know I can not cover all UNESCO sites in South Korea in this trip but I am checking out those in Seoul and nearby areas.

I have to admit that Seoul remains my favorite city. The contrast between the old and the new, the balance between those you have more and those who have few, the dynamics between those who believe in God and those who do not, the unity between the West and the East and the variance of technology and of human warmth makes Seoul a perfect place to live, to explore and to enjoy. More so, South Koreans are one of the nicest people on earth. I also love their sense of fashion…

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Breathtaking view at the Sunrise Peak.

Volcanoes plays a big part in Jeju Island, as the island is dominated by Hallasan at it’s center, an extinct volcano 1,950 meters high and the highest mountain in South Korea. The remainder of the island is formed by about 360 smaller “Oreum” cones surrounding the Hallasan volcano.

The basalt-and-lava island was formed entirely from volcanic eruptions many many centuries ago with only minor volcanic activity since. Jeju-do’s location in the ocean, south of the mainland of Korea gives is a subtropical climate, warmer than the rest of Korea, with an annual mean temperature of about 16°C, and four distinct seasons. Continue reading

A Gift from 2,867 miles away

It’s just another normal Saturday, I was looking at blogs and editing my posts, suddenly a postmen appeared in front of my door while shouting “Poslaju…” (Poslaju is a National Post in Malaysia if you are wondering). I thought it was a parcel for my family, but I’m shocked to find that it was for me. I wasn’t really expecting anything so, I’m truly excited! Continue reading

Seoul Day 6: Grocery, Ehwa Women’s University, Hongdae, Karaoke

Have you wondered what to do in Hongdae? Other than the Free Market, there are many more ways to spend your time in this awesome place!

More Fun with Ems

IMG_3090I just condensed the things we did on the 6th day. Seoul has a lot of adorable socks. The one pictured above is at Ehwa Women’s University area. We bought a lot of cute socks. Haha. 

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An honor from the blogger, Liebster Award

Recently, I have been nominated for the Liebster Award which is pass down from blogger to blogger, originated from Germany with the meaning of “dearest”, “kindest”. A sincere big thanks to the one who have given me this honor, costaricatravelblog.com! I had noticed the Liebster logo in some blogs though I have no idea what that award is about. After some research online, I came to know that it was actually a nomination for newer blogs which is worth noticing and reading with followers lower than 200. Continue reading

Street Food in Seoul

Street foods are always the best, isn’t it? Have a look at these delicious snack that you can find while walking along the streets of Seoul!

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Some of the street food I tried in Seoul, there is so much more to eat!

#1. Dalganjeong – sweet and savory chicken with rice cakes and potatoes! My only regret is buying the smallest cup which costs 1,000 krw. Saw lots of people taking away the 5,000 krw pack which was the size of the usual styrofoam box when we take away food in Singapore. This store is just outside Ehwa University station exit towards the university.

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Hongdae Free Market or Flea Market?

Free Market or Flea Market?

This struck my mind when I was searching for more info about Hongdae for the first time. So, the fact is, it’s actually called “Hongdae Free Market” and not Flea Market. The booths selling handmade products by mostly university students, are arranged in a way like those in a flea market and held during every Saturday throughout March ~ November ever since year 2002. Continue reading

Pray for MH17

It was just 40 minutes ago since I close my Facebook and the next minute I turn it on, I came across the tragic news about MH17 piling up my news feed which is carrying 259 passengers including 15 crews, had been shot down in the Ukraine airspace.

I send my sincere prayers out to the families of those on board MH17…

Photographing Our Travels: Tips from Infinite Satori

Follow these tips, maybe you could photograph something which non others had photographed before….

The Daily Post

When we travel, we’re reminded that everything is connected by a beautifully intricate, invisible thread. We are filled with wanderlust — exploring a foreign country or city, an exotic island, or mountains in the mist. Wherever we are, we indulge in the novelty of each moment.

Each place has its own charm, energy, and ambience that will leave its trace in your soul. A travel photographer’s job is to capture this while it’s still there, available to all of your senses.

Stephanie Dandan is a photographer, travel writer, and founder of Infinite SatoriFor her project called The Wanderers, she’s exploring Asia, photographing travelers and nomads for a book and online community.

When you return home or move to a different country, time passes, and those photographs from your wanderings have the power to mentally teleport you to another time. Photography has the power to make people feel like they are right there with…

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