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.
Now we have an extremely short title.
Tired from the previous day, we left the guest house late. HAHA. Which was really a bad decision since we will be going out of Seoul for the day to Nami Island, and supposedly to Petite France.
Where it all happened.. ^_^
This post – and the next series of articles – will be about our recent trip to Korea.
Our itinerary was generally very loose. We had six days and five nights spent in Seoul and its outskirts. It was pretty tiring but it was all worth it!
The highlights of our trip are the following:
- Day 1: Seoul Touchdown, MyeongDong, and N Seoul Tower
- Day 2: TS Entertainment, Aiin’s World, Express Bus Terminal Shopping Center, Banpo Bridge
- Day 3: Big Hit, SM Entertainment, FNC Entertainment, JYP Ent, Cube Ent, Cube Café, TS Entertainment, Hongdae
- Day 4: MyeongDong Cathedral, Gyeongbukgeong, Gwanghamun Square, Cheonggyecheon, Bukchon Hanok Village, Samcheondong, Dongdaemun Design Plaza
- Day 5: Nami Island
- Day 6: M Plaza, Ehwa Women’s University, Café J Holic
The theme of the trip, if you would notice, is K-Pop. So for the benefit of the people who want to visit those agencies, I will share what we did and the alternative routes we took.
Disclaimer: We didn’t stalk, okay? We just went to the agencies, took pictures of the facade because we generally like them (the artists), waited a bit for action, and then left. It was just nice seeing some of them close – or far – enough to confirm it was actually them.
Since I got my second South Korean Tourist Visa, I will share with you guys my tips and experiences in applying, including the details of what we submitted.
The first time I applied was only for myself – hence, I only needed to prepare my documents.
The second time I applied, I’m applying for myself and my sister. Why for my sister? I will be the one to support her; hence I needed to prepare documents beyond what were required of me.
Since the instructions for submitting documents for an employee are already enumerated here, and countless pages have shared as well (my favourite being this site – not just for the dense information, but for the writing style as well), I will just share the requirements I submitted as an employee supporting a student, and share as well the documents my sister submitted. This will be for application done on August 13, 2015
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.
Just a quick summary of day 2: Myeongdong Cathedral, Paris Baguette, Myeongdong Shopping, N Soul Tower, Teddy Bear Museum, Lotteria, SPAO
I officially admire the weather forecast in Seoul. They said it was going to rain on April 6 and it actually rained! The whole day we were there, it was raining non-stop. Imagine the cold wind and freezing rain water.
With this arrangement, we decided to venture around one place with roofs to protect us from the cold rain.
At around 9am, we set out for Myeongdong Cathedral. Our original schedule was to attend Mass here on Sunday, but my relative invited us to attend one with Filipinos at Hyehwa.
MyeongDong Cathedral: taken from its patio
A little over a year ago, I went to South Korea for 4 days and 4 nights (we arrived at night). It was an amazing trip, and it was one to cross out from my bucket list. I would love to go back, though, and vist the Boseong Tea Garden – yes I still want to visit that spot I swore I would visit but didn’t really have the chance to. In a longer vacation, maybe. But for now, on with the commentary!
On our arrival, it was surprisingly cold. From the airport, we went directly to our guesthouse which was located in Jongno-5. We took the Bus from the airport and alighted a good 3 minutes from the guesthouse. It’s called KimChee Dongdaemun Guesthouse and you can check more about them on this site. Note, however, that the area is filled with red-light bars. Although we didn’t witness anyone actually “selling” doors and windows were filled with erotic posters of women.
We had dinner (midnight snack) at the closest 24-hour restaurant, one that we did not bother returning to. HAHA. There were drunk men on the streets, but I guess the good thing about it is that they were just minding their own business. You know just… drunk-talking?