Hash :: Candi Umbul, Magelang # Central Java – Indonesia

Candi Umbul or Umbul Temple is a Mataram-era Hindu Temple in Kartoharjo, Grabak, Magelang,Central Java. It consists of numerous stones around two bathing pools which derive their water from a spring. It is open for tourists including  bathers and pilgrims.

Today’s hash is located in here.

Pastamania KLIA2 # Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia

When we are at KLIA2, and check-in counter hasn’t opened yet, we decided to kill time in KLIA2 Gateaway and eating lunch at Pastamania.

Nasi Lemak # Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia

There’s a local restaurant near MRT Constructions. The restaurant staff is Indonesian People, from Kendal, and she is so kind and give us recommendation about what to eat.

After dinner, we walk around Bukit Bintang area. And then back to hotel to rest.

Sungei Wang Hotel # Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia

Because the flight to go to Indonesia from South Korea by Airasia, transit in Kuala Lumpur and we have to stay 1 night in Kuala Lumpur, so we decided to explore Kuala Lumpur for 1 night. Arrive at KLIA2, we go to Sungei Wang Hotel by Taxi.

This is my 2nd time stay in here.

The hotel located in the middle of Bukit Bintang Road so it’s easy to eat and walk around because there’s so many restaurant and mall nearby

The hotel is budget hotel, and clean. Even the room is small, but it’s enough just for sleep.

Seoul D6 and back to Indonesia (BGSDNMK) – SK Trip # South Korea

Wake up at 4 o’clock then ride taxi to bus station at 5 o’clock because the airport bus schedule is on 05.50. We decided to ride taxi because our luggage. And it only took 5 minutes. The bus has already in there and it cost W10.000/pax to Incheon International Airport.

The road take 1 hours. After we arrive in there, we proceed to tax refund counter. It’s easy. Just go to the counter to check your shopping that wants to refund, don’t forget, don’t put your buying staff inside the luggage first. So after you got a stemple, then you proceed to the refund self-counter. Scan your passport, and your receipt, then the computer will tell you how much will you got.

If you didn’t understand how to do this, ask the staff. They will help you.

Prepare much time before boarding.

After that, we put our buying things to our luggage, and proceed to check-in.

After that we go to subway station to refun our card which happened that we could refund at convenient store. And that’s our mistake. The subway station is so far away from international departure and we waste time in there.

After that we eat breakfast on the 2nd floor of International Departure.

We passed Everysing SMent Shop.

Then there’s a lot of restaurant and food court. We eat the food court. You can order on the cashier, then you will got a number. Just wait until they call your number and you can take your order.

This is also one of our mistake. It tooks time, and we didn’t realize what time is it now. So we just eat and enjoy our waiting. We thought that it’s still a long wait.

Then we proceed to imigrations, and take our money on refund counter. After that, we need to ride the monorail to our waiting room.

Out from monorail, when we ride the escalator, we heard a calling, Airasia to Kuala Lumpur. That’s when we realize, it’s only 5 minutes before departure time. OMG~~~ 5 minutes before departure time and not boarding time. I make a quick react to scream “It’s us…” Then they ask us to run. Fortunately, we have prepared our boarding pass so we directly boarding.

We sit in the back, and so many people saw us haha.. It’s embarrased.

Next time, If we wants to roaming around the airport, we have to come earlier. It’s our mistake because we didn’t predict the time too.
I never experienced this things, and this is my first time and hopefully my last time. I didn’t want to risk to missed the flight.

Then we said goodbye to Korea. See you next time…

Visit my friend in Incheon and Seoul D5 (BGSDNMK) – SK Trip 2014 # South Korea

After put our luggage at the new hotel, then I’m going to visit my Korean’s friend, Nana. We met when study Chinese at Beijing. She made Tteokbokki, from then, I like Tteokbokki.

Her house is located at Songdo International Business District. And it’s far-far away from the city. We ride subway about 2 hours to Campus Town Subway Station.

Songdo International Business District (Songdo IBD) is a new smart city or “ubiquitous city” built from scratch on 600 hectares (1,500 acres) of reclaimed land along Incheon’s waterfront, 65 kilometres (40 mi) southwest of Seoul, South Korea and connected to Incheon International Airport by a 12.3-kilometre (7.6 mi) reinforced concrete highway bridge, called Incheon Bridge. Along with Yeongjong and Cheongna, it is part of the Incheon Free Economic Zone.[2]

The Songdo International Business District will feature the Northeast Asia Trade Tower and the Incheon Tower. Schools, hospitals, apartments, office buildings and cultural amenities are to be built in the district. Replicas of architectural hallmarks, including New York City’s Central Park and Venice’s waterways, will also be incorporated. This 10-year development project is estimated to cost in excess of $40 billion, making it one of the most expensive development projects ever undertaken.

Credit: Wikipedia

The first impression for this city is, Wow… It would be nice to live here.

My friend pick us at the station, and then we ride car to her apartment. This time also, her husband cook Tteokbokki for us, and it’s delicious. Too bad, I don’t know why, but this time I travelling to South Korea, I didn’t feel hungry at all. Even I still wants to eat, but I’m already full.

The apartment is nice and comfy. I would like to have one if I have a chance. haha…

After eat lunch, they take us to eat dessert in NC Cube Canal Walk Shopping Street. I saw this area once, on Running Man. So I know what is it.

You can shopping in here. And also a lot of restaurant and cafe in here. The shopping mall is unique, there’s a canal in the middle of the building, with fountain and many decorations.

After walking around, it’s already 3 o’clock in the afternoon. So we go back to Seoul. My friend’s husband has something to do in Seoul, so they take us to Yongsan E-Market to shopping. While her husband go to Dongdaemun.

On the way to Yongsan E-Mart, we passed Indonesian Embassy at Seoul.

E-Mart is the biggest and discount store in Korea. It’s very famous. The E-Mart at Yongsan is the 70th E-Mart in Korea. Located on the first and second underground floors of I’Park Mall (A Giant Shopping Mall connected to Yongsan Station).

Credit: Visitkorea

It’s nice in here. For a special product, you can try it first then decided to buy it or not. We bought so many snack. Famous snack recommended by my Korean Friend.

I don’t know how to put it into my luggage haha…

From Yongsan, we ride subway to Dongdaemun and walk around there. We also eat dinner in Doota.

Cheonggyecheon Stream also can be reached from Dongdaemun. It’s more beautiful in night.

After that, we go back to hotel to rest and packing. Today is our last day in Seoul.

Blessing In Seoul Hotel near Dongdaemun # South Korea

We move to other hotel today. The hotel name is Blessing in Seoul. It’s budget hotel and nice, but unfortunately, the location is a little far away from subway station. From Phil House, we ride taxi.

Blessing in Seoul
2-7 Cheongnyang-ni-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, Korea

The hotel is nice, it’s a budget hotel. And the receptionist when we arrive is so kind. He really help us. We still can’t check-in that time, so he said that he will help us to put our luggage on our room once the check-in time allowed.

Unfortunately, the hotel locations is far away from subway. Walk took 20 minutes to Hoegi Station, and this is the closest station to Kyunghee University and University of Seoul.

So there’s so many students in there and also shopping street, restaurant and cafe.

Seoul D4 (BGSDNMK) – SK Trip 2014 # South Korea

Today we visit some place in Seoul. First destination is Gwanghwamun Square. Ride subway to Gwanghwamun Station then exit 2. The MRT Station interior is unique.

At Gwanghwamun Square, there’s the biggest book store in Seoul, Kyubo Book Store. You can enter the shop from MRT exit or from outside.

There’s Admiral Yi Sunsin statue and also famous King Sejong statue in here.

Under the square, there’s a exhibition about King Sejong and Admiral Yi Sunsin.

After see the exhibitions, we decided to eat lunch first. We found some restaurant in the small road near the Gwanghwamun Square. Then we go to Gwanghwamun Gate which is the main and largest gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace.

Just like other palace, in Gyeongbokgung Palace, we can see the royal culture and kingdom in here.

Geunjongmun Gate (The Third Inner Gate)
The outside wall of Gyeongbokgung palace

When we arrive at Gwanghwamun Station, my friends said that she wants to looking for some book. So while she is looking for her books, I decided to back to Euljiro 3(sam)-ga station, to visit Jeonggwanjang Hongsam 정관장 홍삼 Store. Once you go out from the station, then you will see the store in the right side.

Jeonggwanjang Hongsam exclusively deals with products by the Korea Ginseng Corporation. Jeonggwanjang, with over 100 years of history, is a Goryeo hongsam brand that only uses high quality six-year-old ginseng roots through rigorous testing.

Credit: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=988479

They offer the product: ginseng roots, condensed products, liquid products, extracts, hongsam tea, hongsam jelly, hongsam candies, and hongsam chocolate.

I also have a discount coupon from Visit Korea site. But unfortunately, the ginseng roots that I’m looking for, only there’s the big package ones and there’s no smaller one. I didn’t bring much money, and my uncle, who wants the Ginseng, said that he only wants a little. So I didn’t buy it.

After that, I’m going back to Gwanghwamun Station to meet up with my friend.

Then we go to Ewha Women’s University shopping area.

Stop by Ewha Women’s University / 이대 station then exit 2 / 3 and walk for 5 minutes then you will see a lot of store.

I didn’t buy anything in here, just walk around, until I found the entrance of Ewha Women’s University. Because it’s university area, so there’s so many students in here.

There’s so many street food and cafe too.

From Ewha, I plan to join my other friends, who are at Odbo Cosmetic Store in Seoul which there’s only 1 outlet. I go to Mapo-Gu Office Subway Station.

Credit: https://seoulinspiration.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/odbo-outlet-in-seoul/

I found this website before and try to follow it’s instructions. Exit Mapo-Gu Office Subway Station exit 3, the area is different with others subway station. It’s quiet, only traffic.

I just drop by and then back to continue my journey. I didn’t found my friends there because they are already done.

Let’s take it as walking around Seoul.. Haha..

Next I went to Yeouido Park. Yes, it’s only me, because my friend is sick and she said she go back to guesthouse first to take a rest.

Yeouido Park is a large recreational area located on Yeouido Island in the central part of Seoul. It was once originally covered with black asphalt, and people frequented the place for bicycling and roller-skating. The construction began in 1997, and opened officially in February 1999. It is now the place where many people in the city come to rest and enjoy strolling around, play sports, and cultural events. 

The park is divided into theme-based sections: the Traditional Korean Forest, Grass Square, Culture Square, and Nature’s Ecosystem Forest. In the Traditional Korean Forest, only traditional Korean trees are planted, and it has a pond and an octagonal pavilion, with a trail walk that completes the feel of an elegant Korean garden. Grass Square has a low hill, with grass field and various trails, and nearby there are evergreens and deciduous trees to reflect the changing of the seasons. Many performances and events are held at the Cultural Square, and because there are many zelkova trees lined up nearby, it is a great place to rest. One particular part of the park that is most enjoyed is the Nature’s Ecosystem Forest – it is where you can observe nature and learn from an ecologically sensitive pond and forest, right in the middle of the city. Composed of a swamp area, waterline area, grassland area, and a forest, you can observe various kinds of life forms living in these areas. 

One of the must-see areas is the Yunjunro Street, behind the National Assembly Building. This place is famous for having the loveliest cherry blossom street in Seoul. Cherry blossom trees, 30 to 40 years old, line up for about 6km, and is very popular in the spring.

Credit: Visikorea

Once out from the station, we can see the 63 building

It’s a nice evening to enjoy the park. Maybe next time, I could come here with someone, and enjoy more of it’s facility.

Yeouido Subway Station

From Yeouido, I decided to walk at Cheonggyecheon Stream. There’s so many subway that could lead to the stream, so I choose Euljiro 3(san)-ga to Euljiro 4(sa)-ga. 

Credit: Visit Korea

Until it was restored in 2005, Cheonggyecheon Stream existed only as a neglected waterway hidden by an overpass. Today, it has been transformed into a haven of natural beauty amidst the bustle of city life. 

Narae Bridge, representing a butterfly in flight, and Gwanggyo Bridge, symbolizing the harmony of the past and future, are just two of the more than twenty beautiful bridges that cross the stream. The Rhythmic Wall Stream, lined with fine marble, sculptures, and Korea’s 8th stone building, Palseokdam, adorn the Cheonggyecheon Stream. 

Cheonggyecheon Stream passes close to Deoksugung Palace, Seoul Plaza, the Sejong Center, Insa-dong Street, Changdeokgung Palace, and Changgyeonggung Palace, allowing visitors to easily visit major tourist sites after a leisurely stroll along the stream. 

It’s unique. Pity I didn’t have a change to explore more. Maybe next time. 🙂

It’s already evening, and I promise my friends to meet them at guesthouse at 17:00. So I decided to go back to the guesthouse. While on the way back, I drop by Wangsimi Subway Station, to go to E-Mart. I bought some snack, and also bread for my dinner.

Today is my friend’s last day in Seoul, tomorrow they will go back to Indonesia. So tonight we plan to watch Rainbow Fountain at Banpo Bridge.

Only 4 of us go there, the others feel tired already.

After rest for a while, then we go there. We stop by Gangnam Subway station and walk along their underground mall first. It’s cheap and many things sell in there. If you would like to shopping, this place is one of the suggestion.

The rainbow fountain show is 20:00 o’clock. At 19:30, we walk to Banpo Bridge directions. A lot of people go back after watched the 19:30 performance.

We passed by underground tunnel.

Banpodaegyo (Bridge) is a two-tiered bridge over the Hangang (River). Its lower level, called Jamsugyo (Submergence Bridge), is designed to be below water during the rainy season. In 2009, Seoul Metropolitan Government added the Moonlight Rainbow Fountain to the Banpodaegyo, creating the world’s longest bridge fountain (as recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records) with 380 water jets and a dazzling array of multi-colored lights.

Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain is the world’s longest bridge fountain. The fountain is programmed to play different shows during the day and night. During the day, the fountain shows a hundred different configurations meant to evoke waving willow branches and willow leaves. When the sun goes down, 200 lights illuminate the fountain as it sends up dancing, rainbow-colored jets of water in the air in synchronization with music.

The Moonlight Rainbow Fountain’s water jets are dynamic and can move in time to music creating spectacular ever-changing displays. Add to that the hundreds of rainbow-colored lighting combinations when night falls, and it is easy to see why Banpodaegyo is a magnet for tourists year-round.

The park also has outdoor stage, eco-observatory and picnic spots.

Credit: Visit KoreaVisit Seoul

My friends said, that if you visit on weekend, there are a stall that sell Seoul Fried Chicken, which very famous. Too bad, I visit when it’s weekdays, so no one sell food in there.

The rainbow fountain is beautiful. I’m not regret come here during night, in the middle of autumn cold.

Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain Time:
> April-June, September- October (Duration: 20 min)
     Weekdays: 12:00, 20:00, 20:30, 21:00
     Weekends: 12:00, 19:30, 20:00, 20:30, 21:00
> July-August (Duration: 20 min)
     Weekdays: 12:00, 19:30, 20:00, 20:30, 21:00
     Weekends: 12:00, 19:30, 20:00, 20:30, 21:00, 21:30

Then we go back to guesthouse for rest.. Tomorrow is my last day, and tomorrow I’m gonna meet my Korean friends.

Bimbimbap at Sokcho # Gangwon-do – South Korea

Near the intercity bus terminal, there’s a Bimbimbap Restaurant which quiet famous because it’s location. We ask the information centre in front of the bus terminal, and the staff told us to go here for lunch.

Once again, I’m not suitable with Korean Food. But I still can eat it.

As usual, we have to order at least 2 portion, and this is 2 portion of Bimbimbap.

Seoraksan National Park (BGSDNMK) – SK Trip 2014 # Gangwon-do – South Korea

Today, our destination is Mt Seorak. It’s located at Sokcho. So we have to ride bus to Sokcho. We go to Dong Seoul Terminal at exit 4 Gangbyeon Station.

We come to the bus station at 07:30, and the next bus is 08:59, and the ride took approximately 2 hours. The bus ticket cost 17.300 Won. This time, we go to Sokcho Intercity Bus Station.

Arrive at Sokcho, we ride bus to Seoraksan National Park, Here’s the bus schedule.

It tooks approximately 1 hours to go to the National Park.

Seoraksan Bus Station is the last station. So you won’t missed it. It’s so crowded with tourists. The bus station and the entrance is quiet far. So you have to walk 10-15 minutes to the entrance. Just follow the others, because most of them is go to Seoraksan National Park.

The entrance ticket cost KRW 3.500/pax. Once we entered, we could see the beautiful autumn.

Seoraksan, also referred to as Seolsan and Seolbongsan, the mountain was named Seorak (‘Seol’ meaning ‘snow’ and ‘Ak’ meaning ‘big mountain’) because the snow would not melt for a long time keeping the rocks in a permanent state of white. In November 1965, the Seorak Mountain district was designated as a Natural Monument preservation area. Afterwards in December 1973, it was designated as a park preservation area, and in August 1982, as a Biosphere Preservation District by UNESCO. 

The park is spread across 4 cities and counties: Sokcho, Inje, Goseong and Yangyang. The highest peak is Daecheongbong; to the east is OeSeorak and to the west is NaeSeorak, which is divided again into North NaeSeorak and South NaeSeorak. North NaeSeorak is composed of Bukcheon, which flows to Ingyecheon and Baekdamcheon streams. There are numerous valleys in NaeSeorak. Follow the Baekdamcheon valley where all the streams meet and you will reach Baekdamsa Temple, which is known for its beautiful scenery. Upstream there is Gayadong valley and Suryeomdong valley, and past Yeongsiam and Mangyeongdae there is Madeungryeong ridge (1,327m) that leads to Seorakdong. 

Follow Suryeomdong valley and you will reach Waryong and Ssangpok waterfalls. Further up is Bongjeongam (1,224m sea level). Once you arrive at Daecheong peak you can view the magnificent mountain range. The sunrise viewed from here is spectacular and should not be missed. South NaeSeorak directs the valley from Oknyeotang area to Hangyeryeong. Daeseung Waterfall north of Jangsudae is the most beautiful site of NaeSeorak, which is 88m high. South of Yongdaeri valley is the twelve fairy bathing spring, Oktang Falls, and Yongtang Falls, along with several other traditional relics.

Credit: VisitKorea

We bought the cable car ticket first. And we have to queue. There’s the time schedule in there, which show what time the next cable car.

I got 15:45 cable car.

The cable car cost KRW 9.000/pax. We wait for approximately 2 hours. While waiting, we walk around the cable car area. In the behind cable car’s building, there’s a river with amazing scene. There’s also a bridge to some attraction place (I didn’t remember).

If you want to explore more, stay for 1 / 2 nights in here. I see that there’s a cabin inside the Seoraksan National Park. You can try to sleep in there, so if you want to watch sunrise, you could ride the cable car early.

We still have time, so I decided to separate from my friend. She said that she wants to sit beside the river and enjoy the scene. So I decided to walk in the front of Cable Car’s building. There’s direction to where is it go.

I decided to visit the Temple because it’s the nearest.

The gate to the Temple

It’s a big Budha statue. Many people come here to pray.

After taking photos, I decided to go back to Cable Car’s Building, and while waiting for the time, I bought hot chocolate. I’ts already cold in autumn even the sun shine brightly.

At 15:30, I go to level 2 and wait my boarding in there. At 15:45, we boarding.

Arrive in there, we still need to walk around 15-20 minutes. While walking, we can enjoy the beautiful autumn scene.

Finally, we arrive at the peak. It’s beautiful, especially the sun is gonna set. There’s so many people in there. Most of them is Hiking People.

After stay for almost 1 hour, we decided to go back home, because the sun almost set and we don’t want to miss the bus.

It’s beautiful on the way down. Especially with the blue sky and the sunset.

We go back to the bus station and luckily there’s a bus 7-1 in there. It took 1 hour to go back to the bus station. On the way, you will found another bus station, don’t stop there but stop at the after one. So don’t forget to remember how the bus station looks like.

bus local schedule from Seoraksan to Bus Station

We wants to ride the 19:00 o’clock bus. But it’s full already, and we don’t have any choice to ride 20:00 bus. And we decided to eat Instant noodle at 7-11 in front of the bus station while waiting for the ride.

We arrive at hotel at 23:00. And so tired.