Seoul: Wandering Around the City

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Seoul is not a small city but through riding subways, wandering around the city becomes more convenient. They say that train is your best friend when you get in Seoul and it was undeniably true. There are several train lines and channels that journeys around the metropolis and nearby cities that seeing the train map at first feels overwhelming but when you study it systematically, you’ll find it easy in the end. Just decide where to stay and which landmarks to visit; then riding and transferring through the subway lines will be easy eventually. Purchase a T-Money Card in any convenience store, load it up then you’re equipped to go and explore the city.

Another good way to travel around the city without spending too much is by walking. I enjoy walking! Through this mode, I can see things and discover places that can’t be read in any travel guides. Walking is fun and for me it’s the best way to see one’s place.

Seeing North Korea through DMZ Tour

Friday, July 25, 2014

DMZ tour is one of the most interesting tours in Korea. It is dubbed as the world’s most heavily armed border. It is often tagged as one of the most dangerous places on Earth; but despite of it, DMZ is still one of the most visited sites in the country. It gives guests an understanding of the history between North and South Korea.

DMZ, which stands for Demilitarized Zone is a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula that works as a buffer zone between North and South Korea. It is said to be a de-facto border barricade, which runs along the 38th parallel north. The DMZ was established in 1953 through the Armistice Agreement, signed at the border village of Panmunjeom, otherwise known as a Joint Security Area.

A Full Day Palace Tour in Seoul

Friday, July 18, 2014

If there’s a landmark that can easily identify what South Korea is, then for me it’s the palaces. These structures are prominent in the country where five of which are situated in the city of Seoul. It is very impressive that despite of modernization in the city the palaces are remarkably preserved and still look majestic as they were. Although there were no longer living royalties in the country, a visit to the palaces is one grand experience. It shows a sense of undying beauty and culture of the ancient Korea.

A day is enough to see the palaces. However, seeing all of them might be overwhelming so amongst the five grand palaces I had decided to visit only two.

Hi Guest House, Staying Solo in Seoul

Saturday, July 12, 2014

“Hello, Korea!” That’s what I had posted in my Facebook after disembarking from our plane. My emotions were mixed with excitement, marvel and nervousness. It was my first time to visit a foreign country alone and I wondered how this trip will turn out without any companions. But I was in glee! I couldn’t believe that finally I had able to get into a solo trip abroad that I had wanted to do since then.

Since it was my first time to go on a solo trip out of the country, a place to stay is the most important factor for me. It doesn’t necessarily to be a hotel. Well, I couldn’t afford one, as I was just alone. The place that I’ll be staying should be affordable, safe, decent, comfortable and convenient. The friendliness and good ambiance are added factors. Luckily, I was able to find one bearing all these features. Say hi to Hi Guest House!