Anyeonghaseyeo everyone! I hope you all had a very productive week. As you can tell from the title of this blogpost, yes – I just got back from my quick vacation in the land of Oppas and Noonas – South Korea!My love for K-dramas pushed me to book this trip with my boyfriend, my cousin, and some of her friends who were also K-drama fanatics like myself. 😘Without further a due, I would like to take you to some of the famous places we went to while we were there:
1. Hanbok Village – Gyeongbokgung Palace (March 28, 2019)
Hanbokvillage is a tiny area in Seoul with a lot of dress shops where you can rent a hanbok, or their traditional costume for at most 90 minutes. By wearing one your entrance to all of the major palaces in the area is automatically free! Hanboknam is one of the more popular stores where you can rent a hanbok and it’s just a few meters away from Gyeongbokgung Palace!
2. Bukchon Hanok Village (March 28,2019)
Bukchon Village is a traditional village with lots of alleys and is preserved to show a 600- year old urban environment. It has some of the most gorgeous dress shops I’ve ever seen. I feel so bad not being able to buy their beautiful dresses. It has long, winding roads so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Don’t be like me who had to suffer a great ordeal by wearing boots while walking almost 10,000 steps in the area.
3. Garden of Morning Calm ( March 29, 2019)
This place would’ve been more striking if cherry blossoms were already in full bloom. Nevertheless, it is still a must-see if ever you’re in Seoul. It is an hour or so’s bus ride from the city (we booked via Klook for the tour. You can get it here). The Garden’s landscapes are really beautiful and did you know that it’s also a film location for the famous K-drama Love in the Moonlight? ( Trivia right there!)
4. Nami Island (March 29, 2019)
This small, independent island has its own immigration port office, by the way. We booked the same tour as with the Garden of Morning Calm since it was a package, so we went straight to it next. The island is famously known for being a film location for the famous drama series Endless Love: Winter Sonata. The tour gave us a map of the island so we can easily navigate to the places we wanted to visit.
5. Petite France (March 29, 2019)
Yet another film location for another famous K-drama, My Love from another Star, Petite France helps you relive all your childhood memories of the famous Little Prince book by Antoine de Sainte Exupery. They have a gallery of some of the famous lines from the book as well.
Image by Will Fly for Food
6. Everland (March 30, 2019)
Last but definitely not the least is Seoul’s very own Disneyland – Everland! My boyfriend and I also booked a tour from Klook with a round trip shuttle bus that picked us up to and from Myeongdong station. You can get the tour here. It was a freezing 7 degrees when we got there, and it also snowed! It was my first time experiencing it and I was like an ignorant kid haha.
Our last day in Seoul (March 31, 2019) was spent buying souvenirs around Myeongdong area only. Overall,my K-drama experience was a happy and memorable one, since my boyfriend also proposed to me there in Petite France. ❤️ Though I wish I could’ve extended my stay. Anyway, all the more reason to come back! I hope I’ve given you an idea on your future Korea trip and remember to always bring a good pair of sneakers. You’re gonna need it. Trust me.
That’s it for now. Toodles!