Welcome to the South Korea Travel Planning fortnightly newsletter for 21 October 2018, which includes information to help you plan your trip to South Korea, top travel deals and articles about South Korea.
Our South Korea and Hong Kong Trip in October 2018
We had a lovely trip to Hong Kong and South Korea during October, and would highly rate both as great destinations to visit. If you love Japan then you will also have a great time in South Korea – many similarities but also many differences. We loved the street food and other market options in Seoul and the history of the country is fascinating.
We are in the process of creating a detailed trip report which should be published over the next couple of weeks, so we look forward to sharing that report with you in the next newsletter 🙂
Here are a couple of highlights! We really enjoyed going on our first ever zipline experience at Nami Island to the east of Seoul (there is nothing like starting with a massive zipline!) – there are quite a few ziplines in South Korea where there are no major ones that we are aware of in Japan. Check out our short video below to see what the experience is like…
Another popular option in South Korea are rail bikes – we had a lot of fun with our first experience (and were relieved to find that they have a system in place to give you a boost up the hills…). below is a very short video to get a taste of the rail bike experience.
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South Korea Events
Autumn Foliage Planning
For those of you planning to visit South Korea from now to mid December you are almost definitely planning to try to see some of the glorious autumn foliage colours throughout South Korea.
I have found a very comprehensive guide on the Trazy website which includes detailed information about the fall colour dates and locations across all of South Korea from north to south. Click here to check it out and to incorporate into your itinerary planning.
Halloween in South Korea
With Halloween month currently in progress, Trazy has created a great selection of Halloween themed events! Having ourselves just visited both Everland and Lotte World theme parks in the past couple of weeks we can confirm that their Halloween theming and parades are awesome – check out the ‘princess castle’ photo below from Lotte World – lets just say that Disney is never going to do that to their castle… 🙂
27 October 2018 – Zombie Run 2018 Halloween Festival is fun 3km survival run where you run and try to avoid getting taken out by the zombies! You start with three life flags – you must make it to the finish line with at least one life flag remaining, otherwise you will become one of the walking dead. You must be at least 14 years old to enter.
South Korea Upcoming Events
The major upcoming events are below including how to book tickets for each event:
20-28 October 2018 – Busan One Asia Festival (BOF) is a mega festival for K-Pop and includes fan meetings and cultural experiences. You can easily purchase tickets for the Opening & Closing Awards Concert through Trazy, which includes a range of transportation options.Click here to book your BOF Opening and Closing Concert tickets through Trazy
27 October 2018 – Busan Fireworks Festival is one of the top fireworks festivals in South Korea, held looking over Gwangalli Beach. You can easily book either a seat only or seat and table ticket through Trazy.Click here to book your Busan Fireworks ticket through Trazy
27 October 2018 – Seoul Fashion Festival 2018 Halloween Red Moon is a Halloween themed fashion show and live concert with circus performance, designer pop up stores and party! You can easily book your ticket through Trazy.Click here to book your Seoul Fashion Festival 2018 Halloween Red Moon ticket through Trazy
28 November 2018 – Asia Artist Awards are being held to recognise K-Pop icons and stars of TV and movies! Trazy has a package which includes tickets and round trip bus transfer from Seoul. Click here to book your tickets through Trazy
25 December 2018 – the SBS Music Awards are being held to celebrate K-Pop accomplishments throughout the year! Trazy has a package which includes tickets and a single trip transfer back to Seoul after the concert. Click here to book your tickets through Trazy.
Winter Events in South Korea
10 December 2018, 17 December 2018, 13 January 2019, 27 January 2019 – the VIVA Ski Festival is agreat option to combine skiing with a cultural experience in South Korea. Klook has on offer a great range of 3 day, 2 night packages from Seoul which includes round trip transfers, accommodation, equipment hire, admission, most meals and many more inclusions. Click here to check out the details through Klook.
2-24 January 2019 – 2D1N Ski Tour: Alpensia Ski Resort + Trout Ice Fishing Festival is a great option to visit the Alpensia Ski Resort and experience skiing, sledding and to visit the Pyeongchang Trout Festival to go ice fishing. You can easily book a two day package through Trazy which includes:
- accommodation for up to 4 people
- round trip transportation from Seoul
- ski/snowboard equipment and clothes rental
- snow sled hire
- Pyeongchang Trout Festival Entry
- English speaking tour staff
5-27 January 2019 – Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival is another great opportunity to go ice fishing within access from Seoul. Klook has a great one day package which includes admission and round trip transfers. Click here to book your tickets through Trazy
Top South Korea Travel Deals This Week
Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals for South Korea
Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales are coming on 29 November and 2 December 2019! You can expect there to be a great range of deals available for travellers to South Korea – which is likely to include significant discounts on:
- package tours,
- day tours,
- guide books, and
- travel products
We are planning to create a dedicated article which includes all of the available deals. Keep an eye out and be ready to book quickly when the deals are released!
Tours 4 Fun – Get up to 20% off Multi Day and One Day Tours!
Tours 4 Fun also have on offer a great range of multi day package tours and one day tours during October! You have to scroll down quite a way on the page to see the Asian options, click on ‘South Korea’ to see the options on offer.
Featured South Korea Tours and Tickets – Snow Tours – Early Bird Specials
The first winter snows have fallen in the northern part of South Korea, so people start to turn their attention to planning their skiing and snow boarding trips for the winter season. Trazy has a great range of early bird deals available as either day trips or overnight trips from Seoul to a wide range of ski resorts. You can access these early bird deals by making your booking before 31 October 2018.
Klook also has a great range of day and multi day ski and snowboard tour packages. Check out the packages on offer through Klook at this link.
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Top Articles This Week From the Facebook Group
NEW POST! Review: KT Prepaid Sim Card For Korea
On our recent trip to South Korea we decided to purchase a KT Olleh Sim Card to use while travelling. We wanted to provide a short review of this KT Sim Card option, and also provide further information on how to order your sim card for South Korea. Click here to read more…
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 here to read more…
10 Quirky Things to do in Seoul by There She Goes Again
If you’re looking for some of the more quirky things to do in Seoul, then this list is for you!
Did you know Seoul was one of the must-visit cities in 2017? Both NatGeo and Lonely Planet named it in their 2017 lists.
Seoul’s a vibrant city with a little bit of something for everyone. History and architecture lovers would enjoy strolling the massive palace grounds. It’s a mecca for any fashion or beauty lovers. Even outdoor enthusiasts will be surprised by the hiking trails all around the city. And, of course, for those who are looking for quirky things to do in Seoul, there’s plenty.
This is the city that brought you “Gangnam Style,” and then created a giant purple and yellow photo prop to celebrate its global popularity.
While the possibilities really are limitless, I picked out a few experiences not to miss while you’re visiting. Some of these I’ve been able to do, and some I had on my list but never got a chance to personally experience! However, those I didn’t, I have had plenty of friends vouch for them. Click here to read more…
Thanks Anne and Tony.
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