South Korea

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To get the most of your visit to Korea, try to learn the basics of reading and writing Hangeul

On a roving ice cream and juice bar store:

1. If you’re wearing pink, you get 100 won discount
2. If you don’t have a smartphone, you get 100 won discount
3. If you’re male and you’re wearing leggings, you get 500 won discount
4. For Tiffany, Goohara, Yui and Seo Inyoung, you get 50% discount
5. For IU and Hyeon-a, everything’s free… ’cause you’re my religion.

Some Tips on Visiting South Korea:

  • For Philippine passport holders, please do not forget to apply for your visa! The process is pretty straightforward and it takes a maximum of 7 working days before release. For more info on the application process, please check this previous post.
  • Winter in South Korea can be particularly harsh. It’s a good time to visit for the experience, but be sure not to underestimate the numbers. It may show up as -5% on your weather charts, but the feel can go to as low as -25%! I swear by the Weather Underground site (and app) for it also gives me information on the “feel.”
  • It’s best to stay at the Hongdae area (Hongik University) for it gives you lots of food, accommodation and sightseeing options across a wide range of budgets. Its location is central to almost everything you want to see in Seoul. My favorite place is 88 Hostel for its location, cleanliness, amenities, and friendly vibe. You can directly contact Minji or Violet at <88hostelseoul@gmail.com> for your reservations. Please let them know I’ve referred you so you get a discount 🙂
  • Buses, subways and trains are very convenient to use. No need to book for taxis. You can purchase the T-Money card at any convenience store which saves you up the hassle of having to buy tickets for every leg of the journey. Apart from the card’s convenience, every trip also ends up being cheaper.
  • If you’ve got time, I highly recommend a visit to Tongyeong, a southern province just 30 minutes away from Busan. I come here not really for Tongyeong, but for Slobbie Guesthouse — my favorite getaway in the world! I love every pixel of this place and I always feel like I never want to leave every time I visit.
  • Hiking is the unofficial national hobby here. Landmarks such as museums and halls are usually connected to hiking trails. Trails are usually paved and very safe to use. I highly recommend that you try it!
  • As with any country in the world: eat (then walk), pray and love!

Get lost and find yourself. Happy travels! 🙂

P.S. The keys to sustainable travels are universal: take public transportation | stay in accommodations where cooking is allowed (private or shared, it doesn’t matter) | walk as much as you can | wake up early | stay away from guidebooks | immerse yourself in local language, culture and history | visit local cafés | know that the possibilities are endless | listen to your gut ❤

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