No More Sticker Visa for South Korea Visa

Starting July 01, 2020, South Korea Visa will stop using sticker visa. According KVAC (Korea Visa Application Center) in Jakarta, Indonesia, they will change sticker visa to visa grant notice which can be downloaded on Visa portal website and print it.

For more information, please visit KVAC website

Picture Source: KVAC_ID instagram

To see the grant notice, use the same method when you check the application status.

The requirement document is the same as before. You can start to apply for single-entry visa 3 months before departure date. But my suggestions is, apply 1.5-2 months before is better. Usually, some people need longer time to approve (usual time is 5 business day).

After you got the notice, print and bring the notice together with your passport. When you arrive at South Korea, the immigration will check both of them.

Usually, people like to collect visa or stamp of other countries. And the more you have them in your passport, the more you like it. But it’s getting lesser and lesser, South Korea without sticker visa and no stamp when you travel in there.

South Korea Multiple Visa

South Korea Visa?When people hearing about applying for South Korea Visa, a lot of people has already feel it’s complicated, because too many documents that needed for apply a visa. But here’s it is, this month I try to apply for South Korea Multiple Visa.

One of condition to apply Multiple Visa is, you had went to South Korea at least 1 times. And I have already been there 2 times before, so I decided to apply Multiple Visa.

At first, I plan to apply at the embassy directly. But after ask around, many multiple visa that applied via travel agent also has been approved easily. I live in Magelang, located at Central Java. So the fee to go to Jakarta is too expensive. So, I decided to apply via Travel Agent.

The other requirements is as same as when you are applying for Single Visa. I just modify my Sponsor Letter for multiple visa and give statement to why I want to apply for Multiple Visa. Everything is just addition, if you didn’t want to add them, it’s okay.


Multiple Visa Requirements:
1. Passport that still be used at least 8 months before expired and also old passport that have Korean Visa inside.
2. Copy of all pasport name, visa and stamp.
3. Copy of identity ID
4. Copy of Birth Certificate
5. Copy of Family Card
6. Sponsor Letter

example

7. Copy of Bank Reference
You can ask from the bank, usually they already have a format for it. Just make sure it is in English, and to Embassy of South Korea.

8. Copy of bank account transaction the last 3 months
If possible, please don’t add any significant amount between 3 months, if you wants to borrow some money from your parents, you can add it before 3 months. Or, you can borrow little amount by amount and don’t forget, make it beautiful (income, and outcome). There’s no rule how much do you need for the amount, just make it as you have job and live.

9. Copy of SPT Tahunan (annual tax yearly)
Some people said, if you didn’t have this, you can still apply by make statement if you didn’t have SPT PPT21 / annual tax letter, especially when you apply directly to embassy. But, if you apply from travel agent, they will ask you to provide it at least, maybe from your parents, brothers, or sisters. But if you really don’t have it, they are willing to proceed it, with applicant consent (approve or not is all by embassy, or if embassy ask for it, you have to be able to provide it later).

Statement letter didn’t have SPT PPH 21 / NPWP — example

10. Multiple Visa Statement Letter
I decided to make statement letter, with materai 6000 and my sign. So the embassy will be more trust me that I will always back to Indonesia before the maximum of stay. This letter is not mandatory.

example

11. 2pcs of Pas Foto 4x6cm / 3.5×4.5cm with background white.
My travel agent ask for 4x6cm Pas foto, but in application form it said 3.5×4..5cm. So you better ask your travel agent for it. In embassy, it also required 4x6cm.

12. Copy of deposit billing, credit card billing, five stars member, etc.
This is just additional, you don’t have to include it.

13. Copy of Flight Ticketing

14. Copy of Voucher Hotel

15. Copy of ItineryFor number 13-15, for travel agent, they wants this to be included, but in embassy, this is not mandatory.

If you want to try to apply directly in embassy, you don’t need the flight ticketing, voucher hotel and itinery. But remember, for SINGLE ENTRY, once the visa granted, it will expired after 3 months from the date it granted — for example, the single visa granted at 10 January 2017, so before 10 April 2017, you have to enter Korea —

Usually, the flight ticket has already very expensive. Many people buy the promo ticket which more than 6 months before departure. And the risk is, the visa is not granted. 

Because I plan to go on November 2018, and I have already had Flight Ticketing, and Voucher Hotel, so I send all of them. I still plan to go to South Korea on April 2019 for Cherry Blossom Festival, but I haven’t had ticket yet, so I didn’t mention about this in my letter.


That’s the requirements for applying Multiple Visa, which is the same when you apply for Single Visa.

For information,
Single Entry Visa: IDR 576.000 in Embassy
     via travel agent that I use to apply: IDR 850.000
Multiple Entry Visa: IDR 1.296.000 in Embassy
     via travel agent that I use to apply: IDR 1.600.000

Multiple entry visa proceed only 1 day once our documents enter the embassy. But if you apply via travel agent, spare about 1-1.5 weeks processing time because they need to send it first to Jakarta and send back.

You can check the application via Korean Application Visa Web.

The embassy received our application
application date: 12 September 2018, I check it on 13 September 2018 afternoon, and the status is APPROVED.

Multiple entry visa will get 5 years of South Korea Visa, with maximum of stays 30 days everytime you enter Korea.

It’s easy, as long as you provide all documents. So, Let’s go to Korea again and again for the next 5 years.

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.

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.

Seoul 서울 D3 (BGSDNMK) – SK Trip 2014 # South Korea

Today, we visit Apgujeong and Cheongdam Street at Gangnam. 

Before start our journey, I bought Banana Milk for my breakfast.

Apgujeong and Cheongdam are located right at the entry of Gangnam (literally meaning, “South of Hangang River”). Gangnam is known for advanced industries, venture capitals, global business centers, expensive apartment complexes, and high-end villas. If one lives in Gangnam, he or she is regarded as having “new money”. This is also area of K-Pop Entertainment. Many entertainment company, located in here like SM Entertainment, JYP Entertainment, Cube Entertainment and F&C Entertainment.

We decided to stop at Apgujeong Rodeo Street Station. At the station, we can found 2PM 2D stand-picture.

Apgujeong and Cheongdam-dong are the main shopping districts for the rich in Gangnam. Many young people interested in fashion and hair crowd the district. Considered to be ‘hot’ places, Apgujeong and Cheongdam-dong typically lead in new fashion styles and social trends in Korea.

Connecting Apgujeong and Cheongdam-dong, Apgujeong-ro (ro meaning ‘boulevard’) is the center of luxury fashion and is full of a chic department stores and luxury brands. Korean and international designer shops, galleries, and multi-shops (designer goods in smaller boutiques), and entertainment venues can easily overwhelm casual visitors. Designated as the ‘Special Fashion District’, Apgujeong-ro attracts leaders in the fashion industry and fashion enthusiasts and holds various fashion festivals and events every year.

Aside from fashion, Apgujeong and Cheongdam-dong are renowned for offering high-end total beauty care from nail art to hairdos, skin care, and plastic surgery. Top-notch beauty shops provide comprehensive luxurious services to international tourists.

Apgujeong and Cheongdam-dong embody the modern wealthy lifestyle in Korea, evidenced by the young professionals that flock to the area’s chic cafés, bars, and restaurants.

Credit: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SH/whereToShop/whereToShop.jsp?action=about&cid=995827

The street from the Cheongdam Station intersection to Galleria Department Store is lined with luxury brand stores and designated as the special fashion zone “Cheongdam-dong Fashion Geori (Street). Often frequented by celebrities, the area became a popular tourist destination for Hallyu fans.

Credit: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1389275

Some of my friends, are Kpop fans. And this is why this trip is made. I’m not a big fans, but I know some of idols. And I’m curious, about the entertainment in Korea.

From Apgujeong Rodeo Street exit 2, make a u-turn, you will greet by Apgujeong Street which is very big. Just like Orchard Road in Singapore, but bigger and not too crowded like Orchard Road. You can see clearly the shop in the road side. And all is branded.

1st destination is SM Entertainment. Actually, there’s an office in the road which we passed, but it has been renovated. So we keep move on. We plan to visit the other office. I remember my friends said, keep walk until you found Citibank. Then turn left. So, we keep walk to Cheongdam Station direction. We passed Galeria Department Store, and many fashion boutique. The weather is nice, so it’s really comfortable to walk.

After the main road turn to right, we found the citibank, then we turn left, to a small alley. Just walk straight until almost the end of road and you arrive at F&C Entertainment. If you know CNBLue, AOA, FTIsland then this is their company.

Walk again to the end of the road then turn right. Then you will arrive at SM Entertainment new office. Super Junior, TVXQ, Girls Generations, F(x), EXO, this is their company. My friends is fans of Suju, and we took some picture in here. In front of SM Entertainment, is Han River. But you can’t see it from here because there’s a small hill.

Then we walk straight, and turn right. We found JYP Entertainment in there, right in front of Dunkin Donuts. This is the company for 2PM, Miss A, GOT7, etc.

There’s 2 alley in there, and we go to the left, and found CUBE Entertainment, the company of Beast, 4Minutes, BToB, etc.

After that, we arrive again at the big street cheongdam but different alley. Actually, from here you can turn left and walk to Cheongdam Station. But, because we still need to visit a cafe at Apgujeong, then we turn left. Stop by KFC first to eat because it’s already lunch time. Then we decided to ride bus to back to Apgujeong Rodeo Street Station. Fortunately, some of us know how to read Hangeul. So I know how to read bus line. (But I forgot the bus number).

From Apgujeong, we ride subway to Chungmuro Station go out from exit 4. Once out from subway, you could see a lot of people in there. Yes, many people go to Namsangol Hanok Village. It’s Korean Traditional Village. You may consider it interesting to find this area standing between the tall buildings. This village has five restored traditional Korean houses and a pavilion, a pond and a time capsule, which make it a perfect spot to take a walk. 

When you enter the front gate, you will see the vast valley and the Chunugak building to the left of the pond. Along with the pond, it is a splendid place where performances are held.

cute kids, with hanbok

I saw an Ahjussi making Sandals. It’s interesting.

On the side you will see five traditional houses. These houses were rebuilt after the traditional houses of Joseon Dynasty and belong to those of various social classes, ranking from peasants to the king. The furniture in the house is situated to help guests understand the daily life of the past, and the clean, traditional houses and their antique items provide a great photo op.

If you would like to check out some souvenirs, stop by the traditional craftwork exhibit where you can buy small dishes and other items. You can also have traditional tea and refreshments.

On the grounds, there are traditional games you may try such as ‘neolttwigi’ (sea-saw jumping), ‘tuho'(arrow throwing) and ‘yunnori’ (traditional game of throwing wooden yut sticks).

Don’t forget to go see the traditional marriage ceremony! During the weekends, traditional marriages are shown at Bak Yeong Hyo’s Residence. The traditional marriage ceremony is an interesting event for both Koreans and foreigners and many gather to watch. During the winter season (November to February), there are not as many wedding ceremonies as held in the spring and fall. Weddings are typically held around noon or 1 p.m. and visitors can take pictures with the husband and wife wearing traditional wedding costumes. There is also a time capsule commemorating Seoul’s 600 Year Anniversary that was buried in 1994 and is scheduled to be reopened four hundred years later in 2394. Credit: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264116

We can see Namsan Tower from here.

From Namsangol Hanok Village,  we go to Namsan Tower / N Seoul Tower. We will ride the cable car. So we go to Myeongdong Station exit 4, then until you see Pasific Hotel then took the right side and walk up to Namsan Cable Car.

Cable car return-trip fee cost W8.500/pax.

Once we arrive, we still have to climb for a while.

If you didn’t want to ride cable car, you can walk this road

Then we arrive at a big park, which sometimes there’s a performance in here.

Before we go to Observatory, we walk around the park. There’s a cafe and souvenir shop. There’s an upstair deck, this place is where you could put love lock.

You can buy the observatory entrance ticket in here. It cost W9.000/pax.

The observatory entrance located in the middle of the park, not the same as where you buy the ticket.

Once you are at observatory, you can see a very beautiful view of Seoul City.

There’s a cafe inside, and also candy shop and souvenir shop. You also can send a postcard from Namsan post. I try to send one, but because I wrote it using wrong ink pen, when I want to put it inside the red post office, the ink was spread. So I think it won’t arrive at home.

From observatory, we walk around the park in front of Namsan Tower. You can see the beautiful scene of Seoul city too in here.

It’s beautiful. We enjoy the view for a while. Then we go back to cable car. On the way back, we drop by a little food court and buy Twist Potato. It’s delicious. Too bad, the weather is more and more cold. When we eat the potato twist, firstly it’s hot. But in the end, the potato twist turn cold.

Then we go back to Myeongdong Station using cable car.

Link:
– N Seoul Tower Visitkorea
– Namsan Tower Cable Car
– Wikipedia

After finish visiting Namsan Tower, we go to Hongdae 홍대. Hongdae is the area in front of Hongik University. Also a neighborhood known for its youthful and romantic ambience, underground cultures, and freedom of self-expression. Unique cafes, cozy galleries, accessory stores, fashion shops, live cafés and clubs, art markets, and gourmet eateries make this a popular hang-out for locals in their 20s and 30s and a fascinating place to walk around. 

Also in this same area is the ‘A ballerina who loves b-boy’ theater and other theaters dedicated to the art of b-boy dance. Another big draw of Hongdae is the weekend ‘Free market,’ (1pm to 6m) where artists gather each week to display and sell their handmade crafts and accessories. During the market time there are usually a variety of open-air concerts and events as well. 

These unique place plus the cultural events, street performances, and festivals held here make Hongdae-ap an area that is always packed with people and excitement. Special streets such as ateliers’ street (with full of private institutions for art students preparing for university entrance exams), Picasso’s Street, and Club Street are also must-go places if you’re hoping to fully experience the Hongdae area.

Address: 
Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul-si 
서울 마포구 서교동 일대

Credit: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1326972

Hongdae is a famous area for young. Because it’s in front of university, and there’s a lot of cafe and club in there. It is more lifely at night.

My friends wants to try Korean hairstyle, so she entering one of the haircut salon. It’s located at 3rd floor of a cafe. They can’t speak english, so my friends only choose the picture, and they do the job.

After finish, we walk around for a while then back to hotel. Next time, I came here, I will spend 1 day in here for culinary and walk around the universi

Seoul 서울 D2 (BGSDNMK) – SK Trip 2014 # South Korea

Back to Seoul, it’s still evening. So we decided to walk around Insa-dong.

Address:
130-4, Insa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul-si 
서울 종로구 인사동 130-4 일대

Directions:
Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6.
Go 100m straight, then turn left.

Insa-dong (인사동), located in the heart of the city, is an important place where old but precious and traditional goods are on display. There is one main road in Insa-dong with alleys on each side. Within these alleys are galleries, traditional restaurants, traditional teahouses, and cafes. 

The galleries are the heartbeat of Insa-dong. There are about 100 galleries in the area and you can see every example of traditional Korean fine art from paintings to sculptures. The most famous galleries are Hakgojae Gallery, which functions as the center of folk art, Gana Art Gallery, which promotes many promising artists, and Gana Art Center. 

The teahouses and restaurants are the perfect complement to the galleries. At first they might be hard to find, but if you take the time to stroll around the twisting alleyways, the window shopping in itself can be very entertaining. The shops in Insa-dong are very popular among all age groups, because each one is unique. 

Every Saturday from 14:00 – 22:00 and Sunday from 10:00 – 22:00, some streets are blocked off from traffic and it becomes a cultural space. Stores set up booths outside and others set up shops (Korean candy merchants and fortune tellers.) There are traditional performances and exhibits as well. Insa-dong is especially popular with foreign tourists. This is where they can experience and see traditional Korean culture firsthand, and also purchase pieces of fine art. On the street you can eat Korean taffy and traditional pajeon (Korean pancake), and see many foreigners lost in all the joyous festivities of the street.

Credit: Visit Korea Insa-dong

This place is nice, the Korean Culture could be seen here even some store sell nowadays things. You can buy souvenir in here, even the price is not too cheap.

Not many people in here, maybe because of weekdays. The shopping street is nice, and comfortable to walk. After walk around, we back to hotel and rest.

Nami Island 남이섬 and Petite France 쁘띠프랑스 (BGSDNMK) – SK Trip 2014 # Gyeonggi-do – South Korea

Today, our destination is Namiseom / Nami Island. Located near Gapyeong City, Gyeonggi-do. We rode Kyungchun Line subway from Seoul to Gapyeong.

From Achasan Subway to Gunja Subway, transfer to line 7, then go to Sangbong Subway transfer to Kyungchun Line to Gapyeong.

It took almost 2 hours, so don’t forget to calculate your time. It’s better if you start earlier.

Along the journey, we can see mountain with their beautiful autumn.

Arrive at Gapyeong, we have to wait for bus shuttle. It only cost 5000 won for 1 day trip. You can hop-off whenever you want to go to some interesting place in there.

Our fisst destination is Nami Island. While waiting for the bust, we take photos around the station. There’s a small garden in front of the station.

Actually, we can ride public bus. But we don’t know the route. We can also ride taxi. But, the shuttle bus cost 5000 won for 1 day. If you still want to go to petite france and other place, I suggest you rode the shuttle bus. But if you only go to Namiseom, you can ride taxi.

Here if you want to wait for public bus or taxi.

A lot of people go to Nami Island. You have to queue to ride the bus. First come first ride. The shuttle bus stop is in front of Tourism Information Centre right in front of the station. Make sure you queue in the front, because you can get a seat inside the bus. It’s hard to stand while ride bus, especially the road to Nami Island full of turn. You can either bus-sick or feel awful looking how the bus driver drove the bus.

It took 15 minutes.

We arrive at Namiseom Shuttle Bus Stop then walk to the Namiseom Parking Lot. Buy the entrance ticket in there. The ticket also used as visa. It cost 10.000 won, but for foreigner, there’s a discount so we only paid for 8.000 won.

Website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264244

After bought the ticket, we queue to ride a ferry to Nami Island. We passed Imigration. 

Then we ride a ferry. The scene is beautiful. It’s so many people because Nami Island is one of top tourism in Korea. Just make sure you got a place in the side of the ferry boat. So you can enjoy the scene.

Address:
1024, Bukhangangbyeon-ro, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do (Naminara Republic Immigration Control Office)
경기도 가평군 가평읍 북한강변로 1024 (출입국관리사무소)

Namiseom Island was formed as a result of the construction of the Cheongpyeong Dam. It is a half moon shaped (462,809㎡) isle, and on it is the grave of General Nami, who led a great victory against the rebels in the 13th year of the 7th king of the Joseon Dynasty, King Sejo (reign 1455 ~ 1468). 

Namiseom Island is 63 km away from Seoul in the direction of Chuncheon, and is famous for its beautiful tree lined roads. The island is 30 minutes away from Chuncheon and an hour away from suburbs of Seoul. Since it is not far from Seoul, many couples and families come to visit. 

A special feature of Namiseom Island is that there are no telephone poles. This is because all electric wires were built underground to keep the natural feeling of the landscape. The complex is 553,560 square yards with chestnut trees and poplar trees around the isle. 

In the middle of the isle, there is a grass field about 316,320 square yards. It is composed of education and training facilities, camping sites, swimming pools and water-sports facilities for motorboats and water skiing. There is also a theme park with merry-go-rounds, a shooting range, roller skating rink, and there are lodging facilities such as resort villas and bungalows.

Nami Island is the filming site of Winter Sonata, and it’s very famous. I went there on autumn, and the autumn scene is very beautiful. And I regret to just spend time only a while. I thought it’s better to stay here if you want to enjoy the island.

From Nami Island, we rode shuttle bus to Petite France.

Address: 
1063, Hoban-ro, Cheongpyeong-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do 
경기도 가평군 청평면 호반로 1063

view near Petite France

After travelling 10 km along the lakeside road from Cheongpyeong Dam, in the direction of Namiseom Island, you will come across a cluster of white, exotic buildings on the left-hand hillside. From its outward appearance, it would appear to be a village that belongs on the Mediterranean coast or in a pastoral area of the Piedmont Alps. This is Petite France, a French cultural village set in the Korean countryside! Petite France serves as both a French cultural village and a youth training facility (Goseong Youth Training Center), and consists of 16 French-style buildings where visitors can lodge and experience French food, clothing, and household culture. 

The concept of Petite France encapsulates ‘flowers, stars, and the Little Prince.’ The village contains a memorial hall dedicated to Saint-Exupery, the author of the celebrated French novel, Le Petit Prince (1943) and as such it is called the Little Prince theme park. It also has a gallery displaying sculptures and paintings of le coq gaulois (the Gallic rooster), the national symbol of France; Orgel House where a 200-year-old music box plays a sweet melody; a shop that sells herbal and aromatic products; a souvenir shop; and many other locales where you can experience French culture. The village can accommodate up to 200 visitors with 34 guest rooms that hold four to ten people each. 
Enjoy the marionette experience and hear percussion instruments from around the world, and also enjoy soap bubble experience.

Credit: Petite France Visit Korea

Admission Fee: 8.000 won for adults

Activity Information:
1. Saint-Exupery Memorial Hall: Displays the life of Saint-Exupery, who was a noted author in France, and the writing process of The Little Prince novel.
2. Orgel House: View the orgels (musicbox) collected from all over European countries and enjoy the sound.
3. France Traditional House Exhibition Hall: Experience the 19 century’s French culture inside France Traditional House.
4. Antique Exhibit Hall: Enjoy and purchase antique items, puppets and porcelain from Europe, including France.
5. Marionette Dance Performance: Shows the dance show of marionette of the Czech Republic.
6. Puppet play: A European play for children, comprised of a Guignol and marionette, French and Czech traditional puppets respectively.
7. Appreciating an orgel: Offer an explanation regarding the history of orgels.
8. Plaster art exhibition: Visitors can create plaster arts, painted by themselves with shapes such as the Little Prince or the Eiffel Tower.

I thought that the place is large, but it’s only a small. Not until 1 hour, you have already walk around it. Except if you visit every house. But not all the house is open. And there’s a guesthouse in there, if you want to stay here. If you love France Classics things, then you will love this place.

After walk around, we back to the subway by shuttle bus. This time, we go to Cheongpyeong Station because it’s the nearest from Petite France. We didn’t get a seat, so we standing, and it’s a wrong choice. There’s so many turn on the way, and it’s hard to keep steady inside the bus. One of my friend got sick.

Then we go back to Seoul by Subway.

Seoul 서울 D1 (BGSDNMK) – SK Trip 2014 # South Korea

After we go back to Seoul from Daegwallyeong Samyang Ranch, we are drenched by the rain. So we go back first to the hotel to take a bath because we are afraid if we get cold.

After cleaned up ourselves at guesthouse, we decided to walk around Myeongdong. Go to Myeongdong Station (line 4, blue) exit 5, 6, 7 or 8 or Euljiro Il-Ga Station (line 3, orange) exit 5. Once you get out from subway station, you will see a bright street with many store in there. That’s Myeongdong Shopping Street.

Address: 
30, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul-si 
서울특별시 중구 을지로 30 (남대문로2가)

Myeong-dong (명동) is one of the primary shopping districts in Seoul. The two main drags meet in the center of the block with one beginning from Myeong-dong Subway Station (Seoul Subway Line No. 4) and the other from Lotte Department Store at Euljiro. Many brand name shops and department stores line the streets and alleys. Common products for sale include clothes, shoes, and accessories. Many designer brands are sold in Myeong-dong. In addition, several major department stores include Lotte Department Store, Shinsegae Department Store, Myeong-dong Migliore, Noon Square and M Plaza. The department stores carry many premium labels and other fashionable goods at reasonable prices.

Myeong-dong also has family restaurants, fast food, plus Korean, Western and Japanese dining options. Many restaurants in Myeong-dong specialize in pork cutlet (donkas) and kalguksu (thick noodles). Other businesses include hair salons, banks and theaters. Myeongdong Catholic Church is also a well-known tourist attraction. It is pillar of the Catholic church in Korea and was built in the Gothic style. Behind the church is a quiet space for relaxation.

Link:
– http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264312
– http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SH/whereToShop/whereToShop.jsp?action=about&cid=995821
– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myeong-dong

Don’t forget to go to M Plaza 5th floor at Seoul Global Culture and Tourism Centre. You can try Hanbok for free. But you have to queue. So when you have a chance to go here, registered first then you will got a number and time. Then walk around the area while spending the time. Then at the time, go back to the M Plaza 5th floor to take your turn. (Queue time is about 1 hour).

We spend time to buy cosmetics. The korean brand like Face Shop, Etude, Nature Republic, is much cheaper than in my country. So we spend time to buy it. Don’t forge to ask for tax refund form if you bought in there.

At night, there’s so many street foods in there. You can try it while walking around.

Daegwallyeong Samyang Ranch 대관령 삼양목장 / Eco Green Campus 에코그린 캠퍼스, Pyeongchang (BGSDNMK) – SK Trip 2014 # Gangwon-do – South Korea

Woke up early today to take bus to Hoenggye at 08:05 o’clock. Today’s destination is Daegwallyeong Samyang Ranch 대관령 삼양목장, Eco Green Campus 에코그린 캠퍼스 at Pyeongchang County.

After breakfast, we go to Dong Seoul Bus Terminal 동서울종합터미널. Buses (both intercity and express running to every corner of Korea including Gyeonggi, Gangwon, Gyeongsang, Chungcheong and Jeolla depart from this bus station). Bus reservations may be made through the following reservations agencies, but tickets can also be purchased at the ticket window upon arrival at the bus station. 

The Dong Seoul Bus Terminal is located at Gangbyeon Station, Seoul Subway Station Line 2, Exit 4.

Credit: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1113555

Bus to Hoenggye is an Intercity Bus which cost 14.500 won and it took 2 hours and 45 minutes. Hoenggye is the 3rd stop. 1st stop is 장평 Jangpyeong Bus Terminal. 2nd stop is 진부공용버스정류장 Jinbu Bus Terminal. And finally, at 3rd stop, we arrive at Hoenggye Bus Terminal.

Pyeongchang is a county in Gangwon province, South Korea located in the Taebaek Mountains region. It is also home to several Buddhist temples, including Woljeongsa. It is located approximately 180 km east of Seoul. Pyeongchang will host the 2018 Winter Olympics and the 2018 Winter Paralympics.

The altitude of Pyeongchang is wide-ranging, with 84% of its territory comprising mountains with average elevations of 750m (2,460ft). Its best-known place, the township of Daegwallyeong-myeon, averages between 700 to 800m (2,300 to 2,600ft) above sea level, with some areas over 1,000m (3,300ft) high. Daegwallyeong-myeon has a monsoon humid continental climate with warm, humid summers and long, cold and dry winters.

The area is popular with mountain hikers, especially at the southern part of Mount Seoraksan. 
Alpensia ski resort is a tourist attraction and has 6 slopes for skiing and snowboarding, with runs up to 1.4km long, for beginners and advanced skiers, and an area reserved for snowboarders. The resort is open year-round. Alpensia will be the focus of the 2018 Cultural Olympiad, with a new, purpose-built concert hall within the resort. A 250km per hour KTX line will be built between Wonju and Gangneung via Pyeongchang for the 2018 Winter Olympics and will put Pyeongchang within 50 minutes of travel time from Seoul.

Buddhist temple Woljeongsa of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism is located on the eastern slopes of Odaesan. The Lee Seung-bok Memorial Center is located in Nodong-ri, Yongpyeong-myeon.

Samyang Ranch is the largest highlands farm in Asia located on the hills of Daegwallyeong 850 to 1,470meters above sea level. It was operated as a petting zoo and enjoy tha pastoral landscape. It is film locations of the drama ‘Autumn in my Heart’ and the movie ‘Lover’s Concerto.’

Address: Hoenggye-ri, Daegwalnyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Kangwon, South Korea
Phone: +8233-335-5044 ext. 5

Credit: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264459

Arrive at Hoenggye at 10:50, it’s raining really hard. I have already espect the rain, because the weather forecast. But I didn’t know that it will be this hard.

We rode taxi to Daegwallyeong Samyang Ranch. There’s a taxi base camp in front of the bus station. Don’t forget, if you can’t speak Korean, write the destination, and show it to taxi driver. Then the driver tell us how much. I pay for 13.000 won one way for 20-30 minutes ride. And he gave me his name card, and ask me to call him again when we want to back to bus station. He is very kind, he even let us borrow his umbrella. Actually, I don’t know how to call him back, because my country phone number didn’t have signal at all. Just think about it later.

The ticket entrance to Daegwallyeong Samyang Ranch is 8.000 won, include the shuttle bus to go around the ranch. The shuttle buses travel non-stop for 20 min from the Welcome Square to the Dong Hae Observatory. On your way down, there are five bus stops where you can get off the shuttle to view the area at your leisure, then hop back on whenever you like. (Bus service runs from May through to November).

At winter season, shuttle bus is not available, instead you can enjoy the farm with your own car or by foot.

Daegwallyeong Samyang Ranch is Asia’s largest green pasture on a plateau. This ancient and vast meadow is where milking cows feed. The view from the plateau is remarkable as well. If you go up to Daegwallyeong Observatory early in the morning, you can witness the spectacular sunrise from the East Sea beyond the peaks of Mt. Odaesan. The lake where cows drink water is called Samjeongho Lake.

It’s a bad weather when I came there. Hard rain, thick mist, and we can’t enjoy the scene much. But because we have already arrive in here, so we have to visit the place.

1st stop, Dong Hae Observatory (1140m above sea level)
It should be a fantastic view of Gangneug CityJumunjin City and Dong Hae (East Sea). But because of bad weather, we can’t see anything. Only a thick mist around there. The bus drive give us 10 minutes to stop here.
If the weather is nice, you can tracking in here. The first walking tracks is Breezy Hills (550m) which is location of filming “Taegeukgi: Brotherhood of War” and “Welcome to Dongmakgol“. 

The second walking tracks is Leisure Forest (930m) where you can see 400Jeong, a location to view an extensive 400ha of our land. That’s why it is named 400Jeong (1 Jeong is almost 1 ha).

In here, you also can see Wind Powered Generator Complex with 53 wind powered generators which in operation and provide electricity to 50.000 households which are 60% of Gangneung population.

2nd stop, Tree of Lover’s Concerto, 2002 (1.080m above sea level)
Not only famous due to the popular movie “Lover’s Concerto” in 2002, the tree’s surroundings are stunnings.
From 1st bus stop to 2nd bus stop, also known as Eunseo and Junseo’s Autumn in My Heart TV Series bike path.

We decided to stop in here, and try to walk to 3rd stop.

The 3rd walking track is Memories of Love, located between 2nd bus stop and 3rd bus stop and it took 650m. But we didn’t pass the tracking because it’s slippery. We walk around the main road. There’s nothing can be seen, we can’t see the sheep paddock. But we saw a group of sheep, and take picture with them.

3rd Stop, Office of Gangwon Wind Poweres Generator Complex
I don’t know what can be seen in this area. We stop at the bus stop and wait for the bus. It’s really cold and I thought I need to drink hot chocolate right at that time, haha.. 😀

The 4th walking track is Meadow Stroll with distance 1.470m from the middle of 2nd bus stop to 4th bus stop. We will pass cattle paddock, ostrich paddock and sheepdog herding field.

4st Stop, Wish and Wind Post-Box
There’s a “Wish and Wind Post-Box” to share your emotional experience at our beautiful farm with your postcard and put it inside the post-box, chich are provided at Cheong Yeon Botanical Garden and the Ostrich Pavilion. Postcards will be delivered full of happiness.
We also would pass Eunseo & Junseo’s Tree in the TV Series “Autumn in My Heart”.
The 5th walking track is Peace of Mind, which located from 4th bus stop to 5th  bus stop. The distance is 900m.

5th Stop, Welcome Square
Finally, we arrive at the main point. We bought instant noodle at the ranch mart. You can also buy souvenir from Samyang Ranch.

The 3rd walking track is Memories of Love, located between 2nd bus stop and 3rd bus stop and it took 650m. But we didn’t pass the tracking because it’s slippery. We walk around the main road. There’s nothing can be seen, we can’t see the sheep paddock. But we saw a group of sheep, and take picture with them.

3rd Stop, Office of Gangwon Wind Poweres Generator Complex
I don’t know what can be seen in this area. We stop at the bus stop and wait for the bus. It’s really cold and I thought I need to drink hot chocolate right at that time, haha.. 😀

The 4th walking track is Meadow Stroll with distance 1.470m from the middle of 2nd bus stop to 4th bus stop. We will pass cattle paddock, ostrich paddock and sheepdog herding field.

Behind the Welcome Square, there’s a building of Eunseo & Junseo’s House in the TV Series “Autumn in My Heart”.

Source: Eco green Campus Manual Brochure which you can get it on the ticket entrance locket when you bought the ticket.

It’s worthed to come here. And I want to come here again when the weather is nice. Maybe I could spend 1 night stay at Hoenggye.

We ask the staff at the restaurant to help us to call the taxi driver to pick us. It also cost 13.000 won to go back to the bus station.

Then we bought the ticket to back to Seoul.

At 17:15 we arrive at Dong Seoul Bus Terminal and back to guest house.

Phil House Guesthouse # Seoul – South Korea

From Busan by KTX, and at 16:02, we arrive at Seoul KTX Station. Then we go to our guest house first to put our luggage.

We stay at Phil House Guesthouse for 6 night, until the end of trip. The guesthouse located near Achasan Subway Station, so from Seoul Station, we take line 4 (aqua) to Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Subway Station then transfer to line 5 (purple) to Achasan.

Seoul Subway

From Achasan Subway, go to exit 3 and the guesthouse only 1 minutes walk. If you take luggage, ignore the stairs and go to car park besides C&U convenient store. There’s a lift in there.

I choose Phil House, because guest review. And I went there with my other 6 girl friends, so we take 8 dorm female (7 people pay for 8). It’s cheap, only cost 12000 won/people/night.

The guesthouse is nice, just like home. There’s a community room in there if you want to relaxing and get to know other’s people. You can eat breakfast too in the community room.

Phil House Community Room

Phil House Website: http://www.philhouse.co.kr/index.html
Phil House Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Phil-house/263822597008820

You can make reservation at website. The Phil House staff will confirm your booking by email, then tell you how much you have to pay. Then pay the DP via paypal, and pay the rest when you are check-in. It’s simple.

They will also tell you how to go there from Incheon International Airport. So don’t worry.

There’s a free guide tour for 1 day if you stay in there, just book first before you use the service. And also every 2nd and 4th Thursday Night, there’s BBQ party in the community room.

They also open homestay in Dongdaemun, Myeongdong and Ewha. You can check it here.
Philstay : http://www.philstay.co.kr/

I recommend this guesthouse if you want to looking for budget stay. You can choose the room type and location based on your need. Don’t hesitate to contact the staff for further information.

If you travelling less than 8 people, then just take common room like twin / triple / 4 people-room. The price is a little expensive but cheaper then others and also it’s more comfortable because you don’t need to share with others trippers.

8 dorm room