South Korea Travel Planning – Newsletter 1 July 2018

South Korea Travel Planning

Welcome to the South Korea Travel Planning fortnightly newsletter for 1 July 2018, which includes information to help you plan your trip to South Korea, top travel deals and articles about South Korea.

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Our South Korea Trip Plans

Our personal travel plans to visit South Korea in October this year are making further progress.  We have now made a decision about our Hong Kong accommodation, and rather than staying at the HK Disneyland for all three nights we have decided to stay in central Hong Kong for the first 2 nights and at the resort on our final night before we fly to Seoul.  That way we get to have a more genuine Hong Kong experience while also having a taste of resort life, and also reducing our travel time to get to the airport when we depart.

I thought we were making progress on our South Korea itinerary – but my husband has thrown another pop up idea which has caused me to revise our itinerary yet again – I think we are now up to our 8th version…  he discovered the longest zipline in South Korea…  After some research I have discovered that it is located in yet another area which we had not planned to visit, and is also off the beaten track.  He was also interested in riding on the S Train from Busan…

So the latest version of our itinerary goes like this:

  • 3 nights in Seoul – DMZ tour, Changdeokgung Palace, Namdaemun Market (for food!), N Seoul Tower
  • 1 night in Jeongseon (Arii Hills Resort) to ride the zipline and they also have a rail bike
  • 1 night Gyeongju – Tumuli Park burial site, Bulguksa Temple, Seokguram Grotto
  • 2 nights in Busan – Jagalchi Fish Market, Beomeosa Temple
  • Catch S-Train to Suncheon, then 1 night in Jinju for the Lantern Festival
  • Catch fast train via Seoul to Incheon for our departure flight

I am still tossing up which transportation options will make sense – and for Jeongseon and Gyeongju it may still make sense to hire a vehicle for a few days, and then use trains and buses for the rest of the trip.

So further discussion to come to finalise our itinerary and start locking in our accommodation etc!

Featured South Korea Tours and Tickets

Getting Around Seoul and South Korea

In the last newsletter I told you about the Discover Seoul Pass, however since then (thanks to the Facebook Group) I have discovered another option called an M Pass which looks like it will be a great option to get around on public transport around Seoul for a few days.  you can purchase both passes to enable you to get around and to visit the major attractions, and both cards then turn into T Money cards which you can load up with credit to get around on public transport all across South Korea.

Top Articles This Week From the Facebook Group

Fun Facts and Observations about Seoul and (a little bit) Korea by Bkpk.me

Every now and then we crave traveling to a place that feels completely different than where we happen to be. After spending a solid amount of time in Europe, we decided to take advantage of the specific visa rules that apply to Indian passport holders “transiting” via Korea to the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or Europe. We were in New Delhi and planning to go to Portugal, so this visa scheme worked wonderfully for us. We looked for the cheapest flights from New Delhi to Seoul and, next thing we knew, we were in the Gangnam District, eating Kimbap in the middle of the night. Those were the days!

Korea indeed felt different from Delhi or Lisbon. Koreans seems to be quite… Korean! What I mean to say is, that there are some places in the world that feel more unique than others. They’re not better or worse as destinations or even as places to live in. But from a visitor’s point of view, they seem appealing as they have a lot of unique peculiarities.  Click on this link to check out the article…

5 things that gave me Korean culture shock in Seoul by The Travel Leaf

Seoul, the capital of South Korea is known for being an exciting, advanced and futuristic destination. It’s also home of the Winter Olympic Games just nearby. This makes me even more proud for finally visiting South Korea for the first time.

That’s also my first Asian destination outside South East Asia’s paradise islands and sunny Vietnam. I had been talking to friends with a Korea travel experience and everyone said it has become their favourite place ever. How could I not be excited?  Click on this link to check out the article…

[Seoul] Top 6 Shopping Districts for Shopaholics by For Two, Please

As a trend-setting metropolitan city in Asia, Seoul has become a vibrant fashion hub and popular tourist destination. Hundreds of thousands of boys and girls visit every year to uncover the latest trends and look for the hottest fashion items. Below I have listed 6 most popular shopping districts in Seoul, where you would be dazzled by the latest cosmetics products, clothing and accessories!  Click on this link to check out the article…

9 Easy Money Saving Tips in South Korea by Two Wandering Soles

Okay, so now you know just how much money you can earn teaching English in South Korea. Is your head spinning?! Don’t worry… we are about to share with you some of the tips and tricks that helped us save more than $22,000 in one year. You can adapt them to work for you, and start watching your savings accrue.

But before we start talking budgets, I want to emphasize that saving money should never mean sacrificing your happiness. Being away from family and friends can take a toll, and it’s important to focus on the things that bring you joy.

Don’t feel guilty for little splurges here and there – we certainly had our fair share. Furthermore, be sure to experience life abroad to its fullest. Don’t let your budget hold you back when it comes to trying new things.  Click on this link to check out the article…

Please leave a comment to let me know any suggestions for improvement!

Thanks Anne.

PS. If you have any questions you are welcome to ask questions in the South Korea Travel Planning Facebook Group.

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