Japan and South Korea 2017: Seoul

Haejin and I decided to meet up in Seoul to hang out for a week before heading to Japan.  Continue reading


The Premium Experience: Last Day in Seoul

After an awesome 2 weeks in Japan and S.Korea, it was the day to return home to reality. We checked out of the hotel around 10am and we agreed to meet back at the hotel around 1pm so we could collect our luggages and head to the airport express station. I went back to Myeongdong to grab Gong Cha one last time and decided to try Din Tai Fung. I wanted to see if it was different than the Din Tai Fung in Taiwan and Los Angeles.

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The Premium Experience: Seoul Day 2

After getting a good night sleep, we headed out to the photo studio to take pictures in hanboks. The studio was a little difficult to find, but a really nice halmoni (grandma type) literally took us under her wings and led us to the studio. She was by far the nicest person we have met in S.Korea. We headed upstairs just in time for our appointment. After a whirlwind 2 hours or so, we left the studio for lunch. At this point, I was borderline starving. We initially wanted to eat the ginseng chicken but had a difficult finding a restaurant so we settled for this random restaurant near the studio.

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The Premium Experience: Jeju Island Day 3

It was our last morning/dawn in Jeju before we flew back to Seoul that mid-morning. Prior to our trip to Jeju, we discussed that we wanted to see the sunrise at Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise Peak). The previous night, we had asked our hostel host to call a taxi and negotiated the rate for us. Our negotiated rate was ₩60,000 (about $57USD) for the 2 hour round trip. I will be brutally honest, I don’t remember exactly when the taxi arrived to pick us up. I think we got picked up around 4 AM. The drive was an hour long and it was a bit difficult seeing the scenery this early. We arrived around 5 AM and hiked up to the peak. Quick tip, wear comfortable shoes! The hike wasn’t too bad but it was dark and the lights weren’t on yet so we had to rely on my trusty cellphone flashlight.

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The Premium Experience: Jeju Island Day 2

After a good night sleep, we decided to get a head start with our day since we will be checking out of our current hostel and into a new one later on the day. We checked out and left our luggage at our hostel while we went out to explore. Once again we decided to split up because I wanted to go to the Teddy Bear Museum and Kathy wanted to visit the Green Tea Museum ( I believe it was the O’sulloc Museum). We both decided to share a cab to our destinations. Since we didn’t get sim cards for Jeju, we had agreed to meet up at 11:45 AM in front of the Teddy Bear Museum so we could go back to our hostel. This is extremely tricky because I did not have any forms of contacting Kathy should anything happen.

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The Premium Experience: Jeju Island Day 1

We arrived at Jeju International Airport about 10 minutes ahead of schedule and my luggage was among one of the first at the carousel. After exiting the baggage area, I immediately went to purchase a bus ticket to my hostel, located in Seogwipo The airport limousine bus cost ₩5500 (about $ 5.10USD). The bus was super crowded as it made stops at major hotels. I normally don’t get motion sickness but I seriously got motion sickness from riding the bus. In the end, the staff at the airport gave me incorrect information to where the hostel was and it was actually 3 stops from where I got off, so I hailed a taxi to take me to the hostel. The ride took about 10 minutes and cost ₩4000.

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