Today’s blog challenge is about where I traveled. I haven’t been outside Korea for 4 years and I’m just been traveling around Korea from the past years. Sad for me but I know, others will say they envy me because I’m living here and can travel anywhere here. But…
When it comes to traveling I envy my friends who’s been to other countries. Honestly, I have never been anywhere outside the country when I was in the Philippines and going to Korea was the first one. So this article will only about the places I’ve traveled around in this country. Though I live here, I have never been to many places like other tourists do. Being an immigrant, we set priorities and aside from that my husband is always away because of work. So we are always left alone at home.
I wish to travel more and I don’t know when will that happen. I’m waiting for my son to grow a little bit more so we can travel together. My husband hates traveling due to a long drive, it’s tiring. If we will take a KTX it will cost us a lot. But it’s part of traveling isn’t it? The experience and memories we got from traveling are the best things we can keep and share with our kids and family even though we spent a little bit and felt tired.
So here’s the list where did I traveled from the past years here in Korea. It’s not a long list since we just travel once in a while when the head of the family is not busy.
We went to Gangwondo many times, not just during summer but every first day of the year to watch the first sunrise. But the first time we went here was last 2016, my first summer in Korea. It was about 4 to 5 hours drive, I can say that it’s a bit tiring but when we arrived the only thing I’ve said was “Wow”. The place is far different from Seoul. A long road with a sea on the side and an uphill road surrounded by mountains. It was very relaxing, peaceful and so natural.
We’ve been to Sokcho and Yangyang, it’s one of the tourist spots in Gangwondo and the gateway to Seoraksan National park. It is widely known for its beautiful beach, fishery products and natural hot springs. It has its own airport linking the city to Seoul but currently, Yangyang International Airport is the one serving the city. The Yangyang International Airport was used during the 2018 Winter Olympics and it’s been a gate for the Filipinos to experience the visa-free as long as they will land at the said airport.
Aside from the beaches, there are different valleys here too and some visitors used to do camping here. Putting up a tent, making a barbeque while they eat and talk to each other. Though we went here like half-day, we didn’t bring a tent instead we brought a mat and some food to eat. When you say valley, it’s a low area between hills and often with a river running through it. The running water through the river is cold and that’s why a lot of people come to visit here during summer, like we did. My son was afraid at first since the water was cold but he enjoyed it after.
2. Jeju Island
I can say that our trip to Jeju Island last year 2019 was one of the best trips I had. We took a plane from Gimpo to Jeju Airport and traveled for about 1 hour. We stayed about 4 days and 3 nights there, so basically we went to different places including:
We saw a lot of dinosaurs on display outdoors. They also have a museum where fossils and special rocks are displayed. They have also a mini zoo where you can feed the animals (ponies and gerbils.) There are also different kinds of parrots at the Toy Land. This place is a very enjoyable and pleasant place to visit if you like dinosaurs and animals.
On our second day in Jeju, we went to Cheonjiyeon Falls and when I saw it reminds of the Pagsanjan Falls of the Philippines. A lot of tourists visit here with their family, friends, students too to take a photo and enjoy the view of the falls.
Jeju Eco Land
Jeju Ecoland is a forest theme park in Jeju where you can experience the natural beauty of Gotjawal primeval forest. We took a Baldwin train to roam around the theme park. We enjoyed the different themes of the park including Eco Bridge, Eco Windmill, Picnic Garden, Kid’s Town, Eco Road, Bare Foot on Scoria, Floating Café, and Rose garden.
Jeju Aerospace Museum
Flight and Space Jeju Aerospace Museum was one of the museums in Jeju were you able to learn about the airplanes and jets used and developed in South Korea.
At the Chocolate Museum we found the top 10 best chocolate museums in the world including Germany, France, Belgium, Spain, Canada, Czeh Republic, Mexico and of course Jeju, South Korea. Here you can see the different chocolate posters in the world and how they produce the cacaos into chocolates.
Jeju Folk Village
Jeju Folk Village is the home of the famous Korean Drama Dae Jang Geum starred by Lee Young-ae and one of the main tourist attractions in Jeju Island. It was our last day in Jeju when we went and I didn’t enjoy our visit here because it was raining. The folk village has over 100 houses and facilities and been used as ancestral homes in the past.
Jeju Alive Museum
“I don’t care with the shark and big octopus mom, food is lifer”.
Alive Museum in Jeju is the largest optical art illusion theme park. It’s a magical place where you can take exceptional pictures.
So it’s been a year and I haven’t able been to write about our trip to Jeju. I hope I can finish it before this pandemic ends.
Another thing I love in Jeju is the food, all fresh, natural and it was my first time to saw a huge burger. Jeju burger’s are made from their own ingredients freshly pick in their gardens. Amazing right?
On our first day, we had our dinner at 바다 풍경 which serves Japanese and Korean cuisine. It’s in front of the bay so it’s really something different and relaxing. Sushi is a bit pricey so prepare your wallet if you want to experience this place. We are allowed to have a barbeque party at the cabin’s garden so we just had samgyupsal, galbi and others for dinner.
I wish I can go back to Jeju because there are some famous places here that I’ve never been too.
Incheon is just one hour drive from Seoul so it’s not too hard for us to have a one day trip here. Last year summer, we went to visit China Town, Wolmido Island and a few weeks ago we went to Incheon Yeonan Pier.
Chinatown has the best Jjajangmyeon. In addition, you can find the Jjajangmyeon Museum here which been a filming location of Hwayugi.
Wolmido Island is the best place to travel if you want to enjoy various things such as a cruise ship, music fountains, and performances. And if you are looking for a different experience, try to visit Play Hill. A theme park with thrilling rides like the Apollo Disco and Viking. This time they open the Wolmi Sea Train and I would love to go back and try it.
We went to Yeonan Pier because my husband wants to eat 회무침 (Hoemuchim). It’s a spicy raw fish salad in English. You need to mix the salad to your rice like bibimbap and you can also wrap it with lettuce and perilla leaves like a samgyupsal. I tried eating it even though it’s spicy and I don’t like spicy food.
The Yeonan Pier is the cheapest place to go to enjoy raw fish and it’s the starting point for all coastal passenger ships going to numerous islands in the Western sea. It’s also 17 kilometers away from Palmido Island which is an uninhabited Island. We wanted to visit the Island but it’s going to rain that day so we decided not to go.
It was spring season when we went to Everland with my sister in law’s family. It was 4 years ago when I arrived here in Korea with my son. We got to experience the 40th Anniversary of Everland and the night parade. Everland is the largest amusement park in South Korea.
I’ve been to Nami Island many times but it doesn’t stop me from going back again and again. Though I still failed to have the four seasonal photos of Nami Island. I was aiming to get the spring, summer, autumn and winter photos of the island but my husband doesn’t understand what I want to do. So I’m just waiting till the perfect time that I can go there and have that photoshoot that I love to do.
Nami Island is one of the top travel destinations in South Korea. It’s the home of the Korean drama “Winter Sonata”. The statue and memorabilia of the drama are still there so people are very eager to visit the place.
If you want to travel to France but you are in a low budget you can try Petite France. It’s like a small village that features Europian antiques, paintings of le coq gaulois, sculptures and many more. Featured in different Korean drama’s like Secret Garden, My Love from the Star, Beethoven Virus and Running Man. There’s an admission fee of 10,000 won for adults, 8,000 won for teenagers and seniors, and 6,000 won for children. Free admission for infants less than 3 years old when accompanied by a family member.
We had a quick visit to Misari Regatta because that day was so windy. We let our son to practicing biking for a few minutes since he haven’t been out of the house due to the corona outbreak. This place is a boat racing track and park located in Misa-dong in Hanam City, a city of Gyeonggi province.
Aside from the relaxing view of the mountain and the river, it’s a great place for biking, walking, kite flying, picnic and others with friends and family.
Pocheon Art Valley
Last year’s Chuseok we went here at Pocheon Art Valley. Before this place was a granite quarry and then transformed into a culture and arts space. It became famous because of the Korean dramas Hwayugi of Lee Seung-gi and Lee Min-ho’s The Legend of the Blue Sea.
Gamaksan Suspension Bridge
If you are into an acid refluxing activity, going to Gamaksan Suspension Bridge because the stairs going to the suspension bridge is very steep and high. I have acrophobia while my son enjoyed climbing the stairs and crossed the bridge without telling me he is afraid nor tired. He’s just 4 years old actually. The bridge is actually 220 meters and 10 meters high. Imagine that?
I live in Seoul but there are still many places that I’ve never been too. Why? Because being a wife and a mom, I have other priorities and responsibilities. It’s hard for me to travel and roam around with a kid because he has this Korean style 빨리빨리 (ppalli-ppalli). It means we need to do something fast every time. I can only bring him to places like the Seoul Animation Center, War Memorial of Korea and parks, where he can have a nonstop walk. He loves to run around here and there so I always bring him into wide-open parks. There’s a forest park nearby so we go there once a week to let him play.
When I do cafe hopping, I don’t bring him because some of the cafes here in Korea doesn’t allow kids like in Seoulism. He is not with me too whenever I do filming locations tour since it requires a long walk. Here are some of the filming locations that I visited from the past years.
- Kingdom Filming Locations
- Crash Landing On You – I only visited one location here since the rest are a bit far and I can’t go there alone.
- Sanmotoonge Cafe: Coffee Prince Filming Location
- Love Alarm Filming Locations
- Korean Drama Goblin Filming Locations
- Korean Drama’s Filmed at Ikseon-dong
- Filming Locations of the Kdrama Hotel Del Luna
- Ihwa Mural Village: K-drama Filming Locations in One Place
- Her Private Life Filming Locations in Seoul
I wish to add more when this corona outbreak ends like the filming locations of Itaewon Class. Aside from filming locations I also went to visit the Hanuel Park last autumn, attended some festivals like 2019 Seoul Lantern Festival: Your Seoul, Light your Dream and visiting the 5 palaces in Seoul including Gyeongbukgung, Changdeokgung, Changgyeonggung, Deoksugung and Gyeonghuigung.
I also joined some museum tours organized by Museum City, Seoul including One Day Seoul History Tour with Seoul Museum of History, A Tour at the Seoul Urban Life Museum, Discovering the Seoul Museum of Korean Folk Music, and Seoul Museum of History: Traces of the City.
Visiting libraries in Seoul is also one of the things I do when I travel too so I went to see the Starfield Library or Byeolmadang Library, which is known for its gigantic book-shelves and open space library. While Seoul Book Bogo is known for its second-hand books. Though it’s not a library but a bookstore which has a very unique interior.
To make it short, I made a list of the ‘The Top 20 Best Travel Destinations in Korea‘ which you can visit later on. So where is the first place you’ll travel to after the coronavirus?
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