The official address of the Korean Embassy in the Philippines is:
McKinley Town Center, 122 Upper McKinley Rd, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila
So, there are tons of ways to get there, if you’re around Manila: the easiest one among them of course is to hail a cab.
However, for those who freak out during a solo cab ride (like me) there are other ways to get there via public transport. There are also a few instructional materials online that tell you how to get there. I did my research first of course, but I wasn’t able to come across a detailed one especially for those who are not familiar with the area.
Skip the next paragraph if you want to read the instructions now.
I’ve been to the Korean Embassy in Taguig exactly four times. The first one was in 2013 when we lodged our application. There were three of us then and we hailed a cab for convenience. This was also the fastest if you’re in the middle of Paseo de Roxas in Makati City. The second time I went there was in August 2015, when I lodged our application alone. My workplace was in Alabang, so that was my starting point. The third time I went there was the same day. I actually returned because I lacked one document and had it printed out from Market! Market! So that was my other starting point. The fourth time would be when I picked up our passports; again, my starting point was Alabang.
So how do you actually reach the place? This process will include 1 bus ride, a little bit of walking, and 1 jeepney ride to get there.
The route I used is from Guadalupe MRT station in EDSA.
From Alabang, you can get there via skyway through a variety of buses. These buses are found in StarMall terminal area. Just look for the buses that have CUBAO as their destination VIA SKYWAY. If unsure, check with the driver if it will pass by Guadalupe.
Stops of these Buses are:
- Pioneer/Boni and so on
Some conductors do not call out the stops so make sure to tell them where to drop you off.
The thing is these buses do not stop exactly at Guadalupe MRT Station. They will either drop you off ahead of the station or further beyond. Either way, you’d have to walk. Below would be the step by step process:
- At drop off, locate Jollibee and McDo. They are adjacent to each other, the street between them being P. Burgos.
- Go down that street. It’s a market place so be careful of your belongings.
- The jeepney you have to look for should have C-5 TENEMENT signage. These jeepneys have their own terminal. The terminal is located on your right if you are coming from Jollibee. Below is a map that shows the area. It’s downhill so it’s pretty easy.
- Once you’ve located the terminal, check with the barker if this will pass by McKinley Hill or the Korean Embassy. Fare as of this writing is Php10.
- Travel time in the morning (I was there around 8:45) is 15 minutes. Popular stops are Market! Market! Then SM Aura.
- The Korean Embassy is on the right side and it doesn’t have a huge Korean Embassy written out front. There’s a small plaque, however, the size of a picture frame in a house.
- After SM Aura, you will pass by a Petron gas station, Jollibee, then the big MCKINLEY HILL sign. Tell the driver to drop you off at the embassy.
- You need to cross a highway street. Be careful because cars are zooming fast here. There’s a pedestrian crossing so make sure to use that.
- You’ll arrive at the gates of the Korean Embassy from there. Surrender your ID and you’re in.
Going back is exactly the same. Except you have to cross one mini highway with the pedestrian, and two huge highways (4 lanes each) without pedestrian crossing. You need to cross to the other side, avoid the zooming cars, ride the same jeepney, tell the driver to drop you off at Guadalupe. You will end up in the intersection of P. Burgos St. and San Jose Street. Walk uphill and back to EDSA. Locate the footbridge to cross to the other side. There’s a bus stop at the foot of the bridge. Just wait for the buses that have ALABANG via SKYWAY as signage.
EDIT! – 03/16/16
Traffic lights have been installed in the avenue going into McKinley Hill. It’s now easier to cross the street, but there’s also traffic build up because it’s kinda new.
And that’s it!
Questions? Drop them on the comments below.