[Travel] Trend Korea by Explore Seoul, Gangwon, Gyeonggi & Jeju Island on November 2017 (Day 1)

by - Sunday, December 17, 2017

I think you know this post about what's since I already mentioned in the title. Yes, I just back from South Korea. This is my sixth time I have been traveling to South Korea. This country is almost like my second hometown, especially when I walking around Seoul. I feel wonderful and happy when I getting chance to traveling again to South Korea. This holiday was taken almost 2 weeks with my mom and sister by Malaysia Airlines. This trip is as free and easy around Seoul, Gangwon, and Gyeonggi; but just around the Jeju Island, we're decide to take a private tour. 

Sometimes, I feel like I do unpaid jobs as Tour Leader and also Tour Guide for my mom and sister. After 2 years, I still remember the way around Seoul very well. I thought I will always getting lost but I can manage it well. I love these unpaid jobs. They admit that I'm good to make this tour; especially I can manage the Halal meals on this trip. Maybe I can open some tour around South Korea and Japan after this. Who knows, right? *Just joking* but I will think about that.

The plane's journey by Malaysia Airlines is almost same like before this. But on this trip, its have a flight delay from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) to Incheon International Airport (ICN) on 16 Nov 2017. Its take almost 3 hours delay. Of course, Malaysia Airlines staff's have been informing us about this flight delay news by email, SMS, and also call me. It's because we've arrived early at KLIA so we're straight to check-in our luggage at the Malaysia Airline's counters and I was surprised when we're entitled to receive the meal voucher from Malaysia Airlines. We're enjoying our dinner at the Secret Recipe Restaurant KLIA by using the meal vouchers.

Thanks, Malaysia Airlines for the meal voucher.

We've safely arrived at Incheon International Airport on 17 Nov 2017, 09:15 am. I already manage the airport pick-up service too, so it's easy for my mom and sister. The driver already waiting for us at the arrive gate, and then we're straight to go to our guesthouse that located at Hongdae area. We're staying at Neo Seoul Guesthouse for 10 nights. On that moment, I was booking a Triple Room and I also request the lower floor since my mom and sister can't climb stairs to higher floors. Lucky, we're can check-in our room of a triple room on the first floor, after we're making a payment. This guesthouse doesn't have a lift so we have to use the stairs.

Actually, the triple room is quite small for 3 persons and it's also difficult to unpacking since we're having quite a lot luggage. So the Neo Seoul Guesthouse staff's feels concerns about that, then she asks me to look another room on the second floor and the room is quite big. I don't know what the room name is but the room has one double bed and one double-decker beds. I think this room is for 4 persons. She says to me, that I can move in on that room if I like it and the price is same. What do can I say? Of course, I want too. I'm so lucky. Then, we're deciding to move into the big room on the second floor.  My mom and sister were feeling happy about that.

Mostly, my experience stays at Neo Seoul Guesthouse is wonderful. The room is nice, comfortable, modern, and minimal. The staffs are also nice and easy to communicate by using English. They also provide the free breakfast (simple breakfast – bread, coffee, milk, and juice) at 08:00 am until 10:30 am. The location of this guesthouse is perfect for me; it's just taken around 7 minutes walk to the Hongik University Station. It's also located in a quiet and safe neighborhood so I felt completely safe and relaxed. There is having many cafés, beauty store, convenience stores, and restaurants of around the guesthouse area. It's easy for us too to buy our needs. 

Actually, the seasons of that duration is late autumn but the temperature on 17 Nov 2017 is low and super cold for me. I feel like I go there on winter seasons already, even it's still in mid-November. I still got chance to take wonderful pictures with yellow gingko leaves at nearby our guesthouse before it's gone.

We're starting our half day tour on the day we've arrived at Seoul, Korea. I take them to the Gwangjang Market (광장시장), which is located at the Jongno-gu, Seoul. This market is famous for the local citizen and mostly the goods in there are quite cheaper too. We're just going there for buying some souvenirs. As you know when you go this market, you can see daily routines of local citizen buy their things. A kindly reminder that most of the foods at the Gwangjang Market are non-halal so for the Muslim tourists, you need be careful before you try or buy the foods there.

Direction: [Subway] Jongno 5-ga Station (Line 1), Exit 8 / 12 or Euljiro 4-ga Station (Line 2 & 5), Exit 4.

Then, we're going to Myeongdong are for our late lunch and early dinner on that day. We're deciding to eat at Yoogane Dakgalbi Restaurant, Myeongdong. We order the seafood fried rice for 2 persons. The quantity is quite big for us, even we're 3 persons. The cost is around KRW 15,000 (RM 57) with free plain water & side dishes.  You are free to choose your favorite side dishes too.  

Direction: [Subway] Myeongdong Station (Line 4), Exit 6.

After dinner, I take them to visit a new bridge in Seoul; which is Seoullo 7017 Bridge. The Seoullo 7017 is located nearby Seoul Station and the view on the night was amazing and wonderful with beautiful lights. Before this, the bridge is original roads for all vehicles to use it but now it's become one of the new attraction places in Seoul and it's only open for people. It's a nice place to hang out with family and friends. If you looking close to the plants on the bridge, you can see the name of the person's sponsor. It does also have some art, I like it. 

Direction: [Subway] Seoul Station (Line 1, 4, Gyeongui-Jungang, & Airport), Exit 8.  

Next locations are Cheonggyecheon Stream. Lucky on that moment, they have a Seoul Lantern Festival and also PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games Festival for the promotion of that winter games. It's so beautiful when Cheongyecheon Stream full of various art of lights. 

Direction: [Subway] City Hall Station (Line 1 & 2), Exit 4.

Our last locations of the first day are Emart Supermarket at the Wangsimni Branch (이마트-왕십리점). I like to shop some goods at Emart because it's cheap and variety of choices. But no plastic bag when buying things at Emart Supermarket so we need to pay the plastic bag (KRW 490 – RM 1.90). Yes, it's expensive so better bring your eco bag when you are shopping at this place.

Direction: [Subway] Wangsimni Station (Line 2, 5, Jungang Line & Bundang Line), Exit 5.

That all of the places we're visiting on the first day traveling to Seoul, Korea. We're feeling so tired and we need to get beautiful sleep for next day adventures. Honestly, I never get experience before with low temperature. The average temperature on this day is 5ºC to 3ºC. I not yet meet the first show but I get to experience the first snow on another day during this trip. 

Here, the link to the continued stories about the Trend Korea by Explore Seoul, Gangwon, Gyeonggi & Jeju Island on November 2017 – Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, and Day 10.

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