Busan D1 (BGSDNMK) – SK Trip 2014 # South Korea

We took airport shuttle to KLIA2 at 06:00. A lot of people go there too. The hotel provided 2 MVP car.

Once arrive at KLIA2, we drop our baggage at U-V Counter. Only one destination in this counter, Busan (South Korea), and because this is extra large plane, which there’s 3-3-3 seat, so a lot of people queue to check-in/drop baggage.

After drop our baggage, we entering the imigration and have a chance to walk around boarding gate. Then we wait for boarding at waiting room.

At 08:00, we boarding and depart at 08:30.

The air conditionair inside the plane is really cold. But fortunately, I have prepared the thick jacket because it’s autumn in South Korea, and it will a little bit chill.

The journey take approximately 6 hours 15 minutes and South Korea time is 1 hour later than Kuala Lumpur. So we arrive at Gimhae International Airport Busan at 15:45. The airport not too big.

Our friend pick us at Airport. Once we arrive at Busan, we directly go to the hotel for check-in because we bought a very heavy luggage. There’s some way to go to the hotel, by using Airport Limousine Bus or Subway. I choose subway because it’s cheaper (But I regret it later, because it’s not convenient if you bring a heavy luggage. And I suggest you using airport limousine bus also known as express bus which a little more expensive but convenient).

From Gimhae International Airport, go outside to the metro station, Gimhae International Airport (line Gimhae Light Rail Transit/Purple), then buy ticket to Sasang Station (line 2/green). Because it’s different line (airport line and metro line), so we have to stop at Sasang Station first. From Sasang Station, we go to Nampo Station (line 1/orange) by transit at Seomyeon Station (transfer station between line 1/orange & line2/green).

Don’t forget to buy T-Money card at convenient store (7-11/c&u/GS25). It cost W2500 for the card, and just top up whatever you want (from W1000 to W100.000).

Our first destination after drop our luggage is Jagalchi Market 자갈치시장. Jagalchi Culture Tourism Festival coincidentally being held in there, so there’s so many people.

Jagalchi Market is Korea’s largest seafood market. This market represents Busan and is famous throughout the country.

The gate to Jagalchi Market

You can see a lot of people sell seafood in there. You can buy raw seafood then ask ahjuma to cook it.

inside Jagalchi Market 1st Floor

2nd floor of Jagalchi Market is restaurant. Many people eat in there. But I heard that it’s quiet expensive. I didn’t have a chance to eat here.

We also go to the back side of Jagalchi Market, which we can see the sea and night view of Busan

View from Jagalchi Market back side
Lotte Mall at Gwangbok, Nampo

Some of the people in there, could speak Chinese. And it’s better than English. My friend has a chance to ask for fish meat, and it’s quiet expensive.

Then We go back to the shopping street at Nampo. On the way there, we passed BIFF Square. Before back to hotel to resting, we decided to come by Yongdusan Park 용두산 공원. It’s beautiful even at night. From Nampo-Dong District, you can ride elevator (it’s really long and high) to reach this place.

There’s Busan Tower, the Statue of the Great Admiral Yi Sun-shin, the Bell of the Citizens, a flower clock, the Museum of Musical Instruments of the World, and a bust of the Busan-based independent activist, Baeksan An Hee-je.

Busan Tower 부산타워 is a symbol of Busan that stands proudly 69m above sea level at a height of 120m. The top of the tower is modeled after the baldaquin of Dabotap Pagoda in Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju.

the statue of the Great Admiral Yi Sun-Shin
Busan Tower Entrance

The view from Yongdusan Park is beautiful. The Busan Light is really glamorous.

South Korea is famous as love country. And it’s famous with the love locks.

It’s 22:00 already, and we didn’t get enough sleep yesterday. So we decided to back to hotel for rest. Good Night, see you tomorrow..

The Journey Begin D1 (BGSDNMK) – 2014 SK Trip

Today is it. My journey to South Korea for 13th days. Ticket: Check, Hotel Voucher: Check, so time to start our journey.

At 13:15, we depart from Magelang. My friend’s parents take us to Adisucipto International Airport Yogyakarta. We eat lunch at Blabak Ayam Goreng Special.

At 14:45 we arrive at Adisucipto International Airport. Luckily, the baggage drop counter didn’t have any people, so we can directly put drop our luggage and document checked.

Then we decided to killing-time at Cafe. The restaurant and cafe’s price at Airport is really expensive.

At 16:00 we enter imigration and wait for boarding at Waiting Room.
At 16:55 boarding and at 17:20 we depart.

The flight from Yogyakarta to Kuala Lumpur, take 2 hours and 35 minutes. But because the difference time between Yogyakarta and Kuala Lumpur which Kuala Lumpur 1 hours later than Yogyakarta, so we arrive at Kuala Lumpur at 20:40. We got sunset in the plane.

Airasia terminal at Kuala Lumpur move from LCCT (Low Cost Carrier Terminal) to KLIA2, which more large and comfortable. You can spend time by shopping. So many shop in there.

From arrival gate to imigration, it took almost 20-30 minutes walking. It’s so big airport. Even the baggage, need some time to arrive at the baggage claimed. We almost spend 1.5 hours to get out from the arrival. By the time we come out, it’s already 21:45 local time. I bought ramen at Ramen Ten restaurant for supper at Hotel. Then we wait for the hotel airport pick-up at 22:00 in frong of Old Town White Coffe (just right outside of the arrival gate).

Tonight, we stay at YouniQ Hotel Sepang.

South Korean Visa Applications has been approved (2014)

This afternoon, there’s a SMS from Nusantara Travel. They told me that me and my friend’s visa has been approved.

We are really happy and feel relieved. Finally, we can start to preparing for the trip.

South Korea, here we come… ^____^

First time Apply South Korea Tourists Single Entry Visa (2014)

Today, I went to Nusantara Tour Yogyakarta to apply South Korean Tourist Visa. If you live in Jakarta, you can apply the visa directly to the embassy. But because I live far away from Jakarta, so I and also some of my friends decided to apply the visa by travel agent.

To apply visit South Korean visa, you need C-3-2 visa. First, you needed some document (This information for Indonesian Residents, you can see it in here).
PS: I will write it in Indonesian.

  • Paspor asli (masa berlaku lebih dari 6 bulan sebelum tanggal habis berlaku)
  • Fotokopi paspor (halaman identitas depan-belakang beserta visa/cap negara-negara yang telah dikunjungi)
  • Formulir Aplikasi Visa (download disini)
  • Foto 3×4 berlatarbelakang putih sebanyak 2 lembar
  • Kartu Keluarga
  • Surat Keterangan Kerja / Surat Sponsor (dibubuhkan stempel perusahaan/toko) dan fotokopi SIUP dari tempat bekerja
  • Surat Keterangan Mahasiswa / Pelajar bagi yang masih bersekolah
  • Surat Referensi dari Bank (asli)
  • Fotokopi Bukti Keuangan Bank 3 bulan terakhir (legalisir bank)
  • Fotokopi NPWP
  • Fotokopi SPT Tahunan 
  • Tiket Pesawat PP yang sudah konfirm
  • Konfirmasi pemesanan hotel
  • Itinery perjalanan selama di Korea Selatan

English Version:

  • Passport (more than 6 months before expired date) and copy passport (copy the identity front page and last page, and also the page which consist of visa/stemple of country that you have visited)
  • Visa Application Form, you can download it in here
  • Photo 3×4 with background white, 2pcs
  • Copy of Kartu Keluarga
  • Sponsorship Letter from company where you work (with stemple), and copy of SIUP
  • Student Letter for those who still study
  • Reference letter from bank company (original from bank)
  • Copy of proof financial from bank account for the last 3 months (autorized by bank)
  • Copy of NPWP
  • Copy of SPT
  • Confirmation of flight round trip
  • Confirmation of Hotel Booking
  • Trip itinery in South Korea

NB: Different country has different requirement. So, it’s better if you contact South Korean Embassy in your country for more details.

Because I’m applying at travel agent, so I need to pay more than the original cost. But it’s okay because the flight cost to Jakarta is more expensive than apply visa at travel agent cost.

It take 7-10 days (workday) to proccess. And if the embassy ask for additional document, they will notify you.

So I have approximately 2 weeks to waiting and pray, hope I got the visa.

> For copy of proof financial, there’s no minimum requirement for it. As long as the cost enough to cover your journey in South Korea (just count 1 days = 100 USD), and 3 months before you apply, make sure your account has an active transaction (credit and debit).

Beautiful Jiuzhaigou, you have to visit this place at least 1 time in your life # Sichuan – China

Finally, we will visit the famous 九寨沟 Jiuzhaigou today. The guide and driver pick us at the hotel, then we go to 九寨沟 Jiuzhaigou National Park.

Wo go around using Jiuzhaigou Shuttle Bus and the guide will always follow us. At first, we go to the farthest. From the entrance to the farthest, we saw many beautiful lake.

Actually, I didn’t pay attention to the name of each lake and attraction place. But every lake and stop point is very beautiful. It’s just, we go there when Wuyi Holiday so there’s so many people. But Jiuzhaigou is very beautiful, so it’s worth to visit.

I went there in spring (early May). I heard that in autumn, the scenery is very beautiful. I hope next time I could go there again in Autumn.