Wednesday, 9 May 2018

A Truly Memorable Spring Trip to Korea

Finally, I could revisit Korea after waiting forever... Yes, 28 months since my previous trip in 2015. The most taxing was the planning of the itinerary because there were so many places I wanted to go but the 10 days trip was too short. The main reason we decided to travel in April because we want to catch the charming cherry blossoms and admire the beautiful spring flowers~!^^

Finally my aching body is getting much better after resting for about 5 days even though I still need to do laundry, cooking, cleaning and other chores but it's not as bad as carrying luggage and bags up and down the stairs in Seoul and Shanghai (Yes, we transit to Shanghai for 4 days before we flew back to Singapore by China Eastern Airlines).

Ok, I'll try to blog my 6th visit to my second hometown the as soon as possible. I wanted to print-screen my itinerary. However, it was very messy because I kept changing the destinations due to transportation problems (city tours which mostly don't operate on Monday).

Nonetheless, this trip would not have been the same without my Korean friends and new friends' warmth, kindness, assistance of that we made during the trip. I feel like they're our old friends, we chatted literally everything.

So, before I start to blog about my trip, I really want to express my gratitude to all of them (though I don't even know some of their names...). It's still cold in April, but you all welcomed and jacketed us in warm Jeong (정)... 감사합니다~!

The admin of Blue City Geoje's Facebook page provided useful information and answered my queries,  and went the extra mile assisting us to book the city tour. Thanks for making our trip to beautiful Blue City Geoje possible and we totally loved it~!^^

 Changwon Tourist Information Centre
(Kim Min Jung Eonni, Kim, Yoon Jeong Ok Eonni and Kim Mi Ran Eonni).

We were supposed to visit Gwangyang Maehwa Village for plum blossoms after collecting the Changwon City Tour ticket (complimentary tour because my name is engraved at Sang Sang Gil) for the next day. Unfortunately, Changwon City Tour was not operating until 14 Apr and Min Jung Eonni checked that the Plum blossoms were over too.

So instead of going to Hadong, two of them personally showed us around Changwon before we went to Jinhae to join the city tour there as suggested by them. Thank you Eonni... I'm missing you all~! 

 이정제 기사님 (HP: 01093074545).

Sadly, we missed Tongyeong City Tour because I was waiting at the bus terminal instead of ferry terminal. When I realised wrong meeting place, we took taxi there but it left before we reached ferry terminal.

Luckily, Mr Lee offered us a 3 hours taxi tour. Although there was a bit of communication barrier, but it didn't stop us from talking. He's very kind as he didn't even charge an extra even though the trip took longer than expected as he said it's 'service' for us.

 Fun night with Hul Hul Guesthouse's owners and mates.

My gal asked me if I somehow found my long lost relatives in Korea because we looked happy gathering in the house when she saw the photos above. Well, they're our new found friends, but they felt like close relatives! We had so much fun partying and gulped about 2 bottles of soju per person! Cheers and all the best to you all~!^^

 Mr Kim Deok Man, City Tour Manager who guided and introduced us to
the hidden spots in Goeje including to the beach that I stated on
my itinerary but was not in Geoje City Tour... 2 thumbs up!

  Our trip to Pocheon Art Valley and Herb Island might not be possible without 
assistance received from Mr Anthony Yang (, 
Mr Heon Lee (Gyeonggi-do (경기도청)), Owner of Sunflower Cafe and a stranger.

A kind samaritan saw us waving at the bus, but it didn't stop. He approached us and told us the bus not stop at that time,  and that the next bus will be coming about 1.5 hours later. When he heard me telling my hubby to take a taxi to Herb Island, he quickly suggested us to follow him and take bus number 62 to a nearer bus stop. He even use Naver to translate it to Chinese language in case that we didn't understand Korean and his simple English.

According to him the taxi fare from the bus stop we waited will be around KRW 30,000, but from another bus stop will only cost KRW 10,000. He even called a taxi for us, then told the taxi driver that we're a foreigner and requested the driver to drive us safely to the destination. We didn't know his name, but we managed to capture photo of him from the moving taxi. Your kind help was much appreciated and may God bless you always~!

 Ms Jo Chang Gyeong (Staff from Jjajangmyeon Museum).

Ms Jo not only guided and explained to us about the history of Jjajangmyeon, she also introduced us to a nice Korean Chinese Restaurant and cordially strolled with us to enjoy beautiful evening in Incheon city after work. You wouldn't be able to tell that she's only learned the Chinese language for one year, because of her fluency, she even understood some of the words that I seldom used or didn't know! You're the best~!^^

Yes, we truly thank them that we'd so much memorable and unforgettable moments. This trip was also  more adventurous and challenging compared to our previous trips. Here is a preview of the places we visited in Korea.

Day 1 (Seoul): Yeouido Park & Seokchon Lake.

 Day 2 (Changwon): SangSangGil, Tourist Information Centre,
Odong-Dong Cultural Street and Gagopa Koburang-gil.

Day 2 (Jinhae): Jinhae City Tour, Gyeonghwa Station, Moving Boat.

Day 3 (Jinhae): Jinhae City Tour, Jinhaeru Pavilion, 
Jehwangsan Park, Navel Academy, Yeojwacheon Stream.

Day 4 (Tongyeong): Yi Sun Sin Park, Nammangsan International Sculpture Park,
Dongpirang Mural Village, Gangguan Port Geobukseon Ship, ES Resort,
Jangsado Island, Tongyeong.

Day 5 (Goeje): Haegeumgang, Oedo Botania, Hongpo Observatory,
Windy Hill, Sinseondae Cliff, Hakdong Mongol Beach.

Day 6 (Suncheon): Suncheon Open Film Set & Suncheon Bay National Garden.

Day 7 (Pocheon): Pocheon Art Valley & Pocheon Herb Island.

Day 8 (Incheon): Jjajangmyeon Museum, Daebul Hotel Museum, Open Port
Museum, Korean Chinese Cultural Centre, Art Platform, Samgukji Mural Street.
(Songdo): Central Park, Tri-Bowl, G-Tower, Gyeongwonjae, NC Cube Canal Walk.

Day 9 (Seoul): Seoullo 7017 Walking Tour, Jeongdong Observatory,
Seoul City Hall, Gyeongbokgung & Gyeonghoeru Pavilion.

On the last day, we just headed to Incheon Airport from hotel because our flight to Shanghai was at 11:55am. This literally summarizes our 10 days in Korea. I'll post more details about each spot as soon as possible. Please stay tuned~!^^