SK Tourist VISA Tips Plus First-Time Flyer Tips

I am writing this post as supplement to my original post on Applying for South Korea Tourist Visa.

I helped another friend get hers but the most important thing here really is submitting the complete requirements. When you have the complete requirements on hand, you don’t really have a lot to worry about. My write-up will be more about what you have to prepare before flying out.

Another reason I am writing this supplement is because my sister also applied for her visa for the first time.

She graduated from university last May, literally marched her graduation in June. She got her first job in June as well.

Since she is already employed by the time she made her application (October 2017), her profile and requirements must be that of an employee.

You can check the complete list of requirements on the Korean Embassy in the Philippines website (site is dead at the moment, will edit once they go live again).

Also, this is a long-ass post without pictures. This had been sitting in my drafts for who knows how long, I had to publish it to get this blog moving again. Also yey for my first post for 2018!

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SOUTH KOREA 2016: Insadong

This is not part of my Seoul Travel Tips series, but I wanted to write it anyway. 🙂


When I went to Seoul solo last year, I made sure I have at least one new tourist place I visit that’s convenient and memorable.

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SOUTH KOREA 2016: Shopping in HongDae, MyeongDong and Ehwa

This will be a rather short post compared to the others.

Comparing the shopping experience in HongDae, MyeongDong, and Ehwa is hard, if not impossible. The three places cater to different markets, but are all popular shopping destinations. That said, this will be just a general overview of what to expect from the three – in case you’re pressed for time and just have one place to visit.

MyeongDong Shopping Street

MyeongDong Shopping Street

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SOUTH KOREA 2016: Credit Card or Philippine Peso

February 2017

This post has been edited for accuracy. Added a sample computation at the bottom!

Since I am from the Philippines, I will be writing this topic with perspective of the Philippine Peso (referred to as PHP later in this article).

During my first trip to Seoul in April 2013, I had a hard time exchanging my then US dollars (USD) to Korean won (KRW). My province does not have many KRW users, apparently. I didn’t want to go to Manila just to exchange my money so I settled with what small conversion I got, and just brought a few hundred USDs to exchange in Seoul.

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SOUTH KOREA 2016: Jihachul, Guide to using the trains in Seoul

As part of my South Korea 2016 travel tips, this time, let’s talk about the transportation in Korea, particularly in Seoul.

I have been to Seoul 3 times, and the trains and subways are my best friends. To be honest, I haven’t mastered the art of riding the trains, nor do I know the difference between subway and train (I know in Japan there’s a difference, like on land or underneath it, or that in London they’re called Tube or Train, not subway because that’s a restaurant HAHA). In Manila, we only have Rail that goes on and under land. Anyway, Seoul pretty much have the best transportation system among the countries I’ve been at. Not that there are many, but a lot of people who have been to Seoul would probably say the same. Every nook and cranny of the city is accessible by train, if not, then by bus.

Warning: Huge picture size ahead.

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