Saturday, 11 June 2011

If I can go to Korea..

Annyeong-hasaeyo peeps! So, my cousin Fifiey dropped a message on my blog asking for tips since she’s going to Korea on this coming September.
She actually asked to list out the stuffs that she should bring for a week trip, and things that she should bring back to Malaysia. I say 2PM ;p
Since I don’t even know when can I get a chance to visit Korea, unless my sponsor says yes coughAbangNancough I did some research on what place to visit, how to get there, since I planned to visit Seoul last year, but canceled it at the very last minute, burned my deposit money. Well, well, well, since Korea is quite my specialty, I’ve decided to share my trip plan I did last year.
This is all originally hand-written in my plan book, I make some effort and re-type it here to share it with you guys. I also provide those places with link for you to click and read through, get the map and further information. Happy reading, and dreaming! ;)

Capital : Seoul
Time Difference : 1 hour ahead of Malaysia
Currency : 1 Malaysian Ringgit = 359 Korean Won (as of 11 June 2011)
Weather : There is a wet monsoon season in the middle of the year and a dry, cold winter from November to March. During the winter, the average temperature is around -2C, and begins to warm up in March. The coldest month is January.
Weather from September to November is beautiful and sunny, with mild temperatures and little rain. The spring season, during April and May is also very pleasant, but more prone to rain than autumn. Temperatures will fall between 15-27C and 10-15C at night.
Summer is particularly hot, muggy and prone to typhoons. The warmest month of the year is August. Average temperature range is 25-28C.

Checklist of things to do and bring to Korea!
1. Check out the weather, in case warmer clothes are needed.
2. Check out the time difference to prevent major jet-lag.
3. Check out the travel distance from KL to Seoul. It's about 6 hours.
4. Check out if VISA is needed. VISA is only needed in Korea if you visit more than 3 months.
5. Money of course. Bring extra money in USD in case you need to use more. At some places, RM is not accepted.
6. Passport passport passport!
7. Minimal size of liquid bottle in hand luggage. Make sure less than 100mL.
8. Perfect itinerary of places that you want to visit.
9. Camera! and handphone!
10. Ipod, Iphone, Ipad, any gadget to entertain you on plane.
11. Laptop, Iphone or anything which can be used to access internet if you need to check hotel, weather or place to visit.
12. Charger of all the gadgets!
13. Get the public transportation info in case you're planning not to waste money on paying taxi fees.
14. Notebook and pen. in case you meet artists. hehee kidding. you sure will need it, trust me.

Public Transportation Info
SUBWAY. The subway is the most efficient and convenient way for foreign travelers to get around in Seoul. Station names, ticket counters and transfer signs are clearly marked in English as well as in Korean. The different subways lines are colour-coded and all trains have announcements in English and Korean.
BUS. Three types of buses cover routes connecting every corner of the city: the Ilban bus, Jwaseok bus and Maeul bus.
Operating hour: 4.30 a.m.-1 a.m., buses arrive at stops in 5-15 minute intervals

What To Buy In Korea?
Cloth and Clothing. It's a must buy if you visit Korea. There are a lot of fancy and nice clothes sell as you seen in Korean dramas. If you're a fan of cotton clothes, you can actually get it there!
Cosmetics. Etude House is a popular Korean brand and must have. BB Cream especially being used by artists to get flawless skins. Thats why they are all look pretty!
Handicrafts and Traditional Goods. Yes yes and yes!
Kpop Goods. You can actually buy it in bundle, and sell it in Malaysia! Malaysians kpop fans sure willing to pay at any cost.

Useful Halal Restaurant Information for Muslims
India Gate, Durga, Namaste, Pooja, Usmania, Taj Mahal etc. You can check more of the restaurants here.

Shopping and Entertainment
Myeong-dong is Korea’s trendiest shopping area selling clothes, shoes, handbags, accessories and cosmetics. Day or night, young people always crowd into the numerous restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, and night clubs in the area. Nice goods sell at lowest price, a must visit place!
To those who know, Insa-dong is between the modern architecture and the historic culture, on can find endless supplies of local food and traditional tea. Visitors to Korea always include Insa-dong in the shortest of itineraries. If you wanna visit ‘living museum of folk history’, this is the place.
Dongdaemun Market.
Some of the greatest bargains can be found in Dongdaemun Market, a large area packed with small shops and big malls. Popular items are fabrics, clothing, leather goods, women and children’s costumes, bedding, house ware, footwear and sporting goods.
Namdaemun Market.
The nation’s wholesale center and virtually anything you want can be found here: clothing, house ware, food, flowers, tools, wigs, glasses and accessories of every kind.
Apgujeong-dong Rodeo Street.
This area is often referred to as Korea’s Rodeo Street, with glittering businesses ranging from expensive designer stores to unique vintage clothing shops. The young and fashionable gather here, and you can enjoy the simple pleasure of people-watching. Korean celebrities are seen frequently in Apgujeong-dong as well. A great spot for Kpop fans! Who knows you might spot 2PM members walking around.. yikes!
Coex Mall.
Coex Mall caters to overseas visitors and Korean nationals who seek a little of everything. The aquarium, the Kimchi Museum, the convention halls, the exhibitions, the shopping mall, the food court and the largest Megabox theather in Asia make the center a hotspot for general entertainment.

Lotte World.
Lotte World consists of a large indoor theme park, an outdoor amusement park, an island linked by monorail, shopping malls, a hotel, a Korean folk museum, sports facilities and movie theatres in one area. The Lotte World indoor theme part is one of the largest indoor amusement parks in the world. If you watch Stairway to Heaven, you will simply recognize this place.
Han River Cruise.
Originating on two mountains, one in South Korea and the other in the North, the Hangang. Best scenery during night!
Gyeongbokgung Palace.
Originally constructed in1395 under the reign of King Taejo, Gyeongbokgung offers a different experience for different people. Also called Northern Palace because of its location.
Changdeokgung Palace.
Changdeokgung is one of the “Five Grand Palaces” built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty, also referred to as the East Palace.
N Seoul Tower.
Also known as Namsan Tower or Seoul Tower, is a communication and observation tower located in Namsan Mountain. Built in 1969, the tower has been a symbol of Seoul. And yes, come with your beloved one and lock your love here!

Coffee Prince Café *additional*
If you are a fan of Korean drama series The First Shop of Coffee Prince, this café is a must visit! It brings back memories of each scenery from the drama. I would love to visit here one day if I have that chance. If you’re planning to make me full of jealousy, this is the place y’all! How to get here? Here's the map.1. Take subway Line 2 to Hongik University station. It's marked in green on the map. 2. Go out through Exit 4. 3. Turn right at Seven Springs corner. Walk for around two blocks. 4. When you reach the end of the road, turn left. 5. Turn right on the first right turn you see. (Once you turn you will see a Family Mart to your left.) 6. Walk straight for about 500 meters, the street will go uphill midway. At the end of the road you will find the coffee shop on the right side. Keep your eyes peeled because the shop is surrounded by trees. Tips taken from here.
And for better tips, visit blogger Dieya. She went there. Envy her! hehee
To visit all these places, I think I might need more than 2 weeks to visit, plus Nami Island, an attraction from Korean drama Winter Sonata, and Jeju Island which I always love in Spring Waltz!

Useful Korean Phrases
These are simple greetings that you might need during your visit.
1.Good morning/ afternoon/ evening: Annyeong-haseyo
2. How do you do?: Cheo-eum boepgetseoyo
3. Nice to meet you: Mannaseo bangawoyo
4.Yes, there is: Yae, isseoyo
5.No, there isn’t: Aniyo, eopseoyo
6. Thank you: Kamsa-hamnida
7.You're welcome: Cheonmanaeyo
8.Excuse me: Sillyae-hamnida
9. I’m sorry: Mian-hamnida
10. Please help me: Dowa-jusaeyo
11.Goodbye: Annyeonghi-gasaeyo
Other basic things: uncle (ajusshi), aunty (ajuhmma) if you want to bargain with sellers.

Ok.. Fifiey, I want a hanbok if I win! Hehee ok kidding. That is way too expensive, but if you can buy it for me, that would be lovely! And yea, I really want you to bring back 2PM for me.. pleaseeeeeeee.
These are souvenirs from Korea that I want if I win this!
Korean Hanbok bookmark xdapat hanbok betul, bookmark bentuk hanbok pun ok.
Hand mirror!
And lastly, we want 1 fridge magnet to put it on our peti sejuk buruk ni. Tak malu request sendiri Hehee
So to my cousin Fifiey, have a nice trip in Korea! For all of us, lets save up a lot of money to make our dream comes true, yeayy!

With love,


fiey said...

thnx yan! byk giler info..insyallah akn beli sesuatu untuk awak :)

AYApunyaCINTA said...

ehehehehehe np! yeayyyyy

masshie mastura said...

yangg, org korea xbrpe baek la bnrnye. dorg xmesra alam. means dorg a little bit rude to foreigners.

AYApunyaCINTA said...

masshie, yea..I noticed that.
some of them are. they don't really speak english so they will try to avoid communicate with foreigners.

but if u try to speak and ask them in right way, i think thats not gonna be a problem ;)

Anonymous said...

tq 4 ur tips visit to korea...maybe end of august i will going to korea...yeeeeaaaa.......more info please info 4 me ......tq

AYApunyaCINTA said...

you're most welcome, dear.

Hopefully this info's gonna be a useful guide during your visit. Enjoy your holiday! ;)

Anonymous said...

how much budget means poket money if i visit to korea arr ?tqqqqq

AYApunyaCINTA said...

yes, of course money ;)

i recommend u to check the price for any entrance ticket such as lotte world, transportation, etc. so it would be easier for u to make comparison and make budget.

i wonder if u r the same person of the previous one :)

Anonymous said...

yaaaaa........actly im going with travel agent..about of pakej travel agent already manage our i budget how much i can bring poket money 4 shoping2 there?RM 2K ??

AYApunyaCINTA said...

since all the accommodations are provided..thats good then! trip for 7 days aite?well i think rm2k is enough. bring rm2.5k just in case if u suddenly want to buy more kpop goods or nice clothes perhaps, since everything can be so tempting! ;)

Anonymous said...

trip for 5 nite 6 days..we fly from kkia direct to incheon ..wah that good ur idea..i'm a verry2 xcited think about fly to korea bcoz 1 of my plan going to winter sonata shooting place..n of course buy cloth korean style n etc..1 of my fav..btw thank you 4 ur tips...i m appreciate it..hopefully my holiday its verry2 wonderful there..nice to meet u here..what a wonderful blog u have..god bless u always..see u again :)

AYApunyaCINTA said...

u r going to visit nami island?? lucky u! i really wanna go there one day.. yes2 u should buy their nice clothes. i heard its very cheap and of course very korean style. u know what i mean, right? ;)

and thank u for reading my entry. i hope this is helping and enjoy your trip to korea!

P.s. i hope buying hanbok is not in ur plan. bring rm3k if u want to buy it. hehee

DJ Swagger said...


I just came to your site randomly.

Great job! You have done a lot of good work collecting and ordering the information regarding Korea here! I really enjoyed reading your posts. Thanks!

But, I'll quickly help you with some corrections. First, Insa Dong is NOT known as Mary's alley. It's known as Insa Dong. There is no other name.

Next, your ideas about why the drama stars have such great skin are way off! It has nothing to do with the skin care shops that you have mentioned. NOTHING! Although, lots of students and early 20s might believe it (especially tourists). Rather, it has much more to do with Rodeo Street in Apgujeong. All stars have had major plastic surgury and spend big money every month maintaining their skin through proper masks, rubs etc that routinely cost hundreds or thousands of dollars a month. Take a look at Rodeo Street again. How many Plastic Surgury clinics and skin care shops do you see? LOTS!

AYApunyaCINTA said...

Hi DJ Swagger.

Thank you for your compliment and corrections. I take note of that and will correct it a.s.a.p. I gathered some of the information from internet, but seems like I can't put my trust based on internet 100%. thank you again :)

Regarding the skin care shop I've mentioned in my post, I just gave an example of famous Korean skincare brand in Malaysia, which I think they would love to buy when they visit Korea esp Malaysian girls, rather than go there and get plastic surgery.

I think most of us noticed about the plastic surgery thingy. I don't think I should comment more about that since I wrote this post by considering sensitivities and feelings. But yes, I read somewhere that no one is better at cosmetic surgery than those Korean doctors. You know what I mean, right?

Anyway, thank you for dropping by. Have a nice day ;)