Welcome to the South Korea Travel Planning fortnightly newsletter for 17 June 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 coming along. So far we have booked our flights from Sydney, which include a short 3 night stopover in Hong Kong on the way to Seoul. We are travelling with Qantas for Sydney to Hong Kong and return, and then Cathay Pacific for Hong Kong to Seoul and return.
We have been debating over whether we should stay at the Hong Kong Disneyland resort or whether to stay elsewhere for a much cheaper price – at this stage I think the resort option is winning as our children are at a great age to have this experience. One of our challenges is that we are a family of 2 adults and 5 children and when you look online you can only book a room with a maximum of 4 people – but we have reached out to the resort and have been pleasantly surprised that for an extra fee we can have an extra person in our room if we pre-book… So that is one of the next jobs, to lodge the booking form.
With regards to our itinerary for our 9 nights in South Korea, so far the plan is as follows:
3 nights in Seoul – DMZ tour, Changdeokgung Palace, Namdaemun Market (for food!), N Seoul Tower
2 nights in Busan – Jagalchi Fish Market, Beomeosa Temple
1 night Gyeongju – Tumuli Park burial site, Bulguksa Temple, Seokguram Grotto
I then want to go to Sokcho (2 nights?) to visit Seoraksan National Park, and I think it is then a good route to visit Nami Island and the Gapyeong Rail Park on the way back to Seoul for our departure flight
Our main issue is the transportation options. Looking at the buses and trains I think it would be good to hire a car to drive ourselves over the Busan to Sokcho to Seoul section, however there is also a bus you can catch direct from Gyeongju to Sokcho, but it is 5-6 hours straight. Also the buses to travel from Sokcho to Seoul are a bit challenging to easily get to Nami Island and the rail cars, whereas a car looks like it would be the more convenient option. But my husband is nervous about driving in other countries which would mean that I would probably have to do all or most of the driving…
So further discussion to come to finalise our plans and start locking in our accommodation etc!
Featured South Korea Tours and Tickets
Discover Seoul Pass
As part of planning our trip I have been looking at options to get around Seoul and see the attractions, and I was pleasantly surprised to find the Discover Seoul Pass which you can pre-order through the Klook website
You can purchase either a 24, 48 or 72 hour pass which includes:
- Free access to a selection of 35 tourist attractions
- Be equipped with T-Money which can be topped up and refunded for any remaining balance – note that a T-Money card is the local public transport card which can be used for public transport all across South Korea – you have to top up the card with credit after purchase and you can then top up as you need it.
Top Articles This Week From the Facebook Group
21 Quintessential Experiences to have in South Korea by Wee Gypsy Girl
It’s no secret that South Korea’s not exactly a tourist destination people are flocking to get to. For most people, dreams of coming to Asia consist of seeking out undiscovered beaches in Thailand or visiting bucketlist places like the Great Wall of China and Angkor Watt. While Korea might not have any iconic sights that scream “once in a lifetime experience”, it does have plenty to keep tourists entertained.
If you’re coming to Korea but aren’t sure what the country has to offer you, here are 21 quintessential experiences not to miss out on! Click on this link to check out the article.
A local tells you what to do in Seoul? Do it. by Wanderlust Duo
Seoul is my favourite city. But of course, this is a biased statement considering it was my home for 4 years. It’s really not easy to describe the awesomeness of Korea’s capital city, but I’ll give it a try…
So what does Seoul have to offer besides its historic palaces, traditional foods, and modern technology? While living like a local during my time as an English teacher in Korea, I definitely discovered what to do in Seoul. Click on this link to check out the article.
The 10 Things You Want to Know Before Traveling South Korea by Linda Goes East
Are you thinking about traveling South Korea but aren’t quite sure what to expect? If so, continue reading this post where I am answering all those questions you might have before your first trip to South Korea. Click on this link to check out the article.
NEW POST! Best Online Pocket Wifi Rental In South Korea For Tourists In 2018 by Pretraveller
When you visit South Korea, pocket wifi rental is a great option for staying in touch with family and friends. It gives you easy and convenient access to the internet without the need to find free wifi. As in other countries, there are also potential security concerns with free wifi, and logging in to each wifi hotspot can be painful.
Your accommodation will often offer you guest wifi, but when you walk out the door you will lose access to it – and you really need it for many reasons including accessing public transport timetables and for using apps like Google Maps to help you get around. Click on this link to check out the article.
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