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72 Hours Solo Travel in Seoul South Korea

So I applied for a visa for South Korea because I think visiting the country is overdue for me. So I did. Then after a couple of ...



So I applied for a visa for South Korea because I think visiting the country is overdue for me. So I did. Then after a couple of months, I still had no plans to book some tickets or join a friend who will also go there for a trip.  I was down for one more month before it expires and it feels so sayang not to use it. 

One afternoon, I was browsing an airline app and checking their seat sale - As I go through the app, I clicked next, next and next until suddenly, booked it! I was surprised by doing that. HAHAHA, I felt sorry, not sorry.  So I filed my vacation leave that day. 



It was raining that day

Here we go again with no itinerary 

I booked my tickets a week before my flight. YES, THAT ME! I DO THAT. Please don't follow me. 
Good thing there are apps now where you can book your tours and activities and ask a friend who's been there for a solo journey. 








I lost track of time - Backstory: 



Gurl, It was only like one hour advance from Manila time. When I arrive in the country I was like "it's fine, so early pa" so I went to the booth to get my pocket wifi. Then hop in the A'Rex to the Hongdae Station. It was raining that day, then I saw a lot of people waiting for a travel bus outside the station, but then I was focused on searching for my Airbnb nearby. After 15 minutes of finding my home for a few days, I went back to the station and still checking Manila time. I thought I was on time! BUT then the tour guide said the bus left already. I felt bad because I didn't realize the timezone difference. HAHAHA Spell TANGA. 

Anyway, I rebooked my tour the next day, so I have to pay another 20,000KRW for that. Roughly PHP1000 (not bad, not bad) 

The season was Autumn, but the weather is bad there was a typhoon that hit Busan. But I still have to go out and do my DIY tour.

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Do-It-Your-Own Itinerary


I found a local restaurant near my Airbnb and I ordered this: 





After lunch, I decided to go to Gyeongbukgong Palace





National Palace Museum of Korea

The National Palace Museum of Korea opened in 1992 displaying relics from the Joseon Dynasty [1392~1910]. Over 20,000 royal relics from Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, and Jongmyo Shrine are on display. Read more here.














This is lit! Have you seen this in Kingdom series in Netflix? 
Let me know in the comment section below. 







Gyeongbukgong Palace

Gyeongbokgung, also known as Gyeongbokgung Palace or Gyeongbok Palace, was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty. Built in 1395, it is located in northern Seoul, South Korea. (source)



I can't place my tripod because it was raining so bad.



Love the details!





KINGDOM!



JEWEL in the PALACE is real! and that is me! 





It was also a great timing that my friend Joel is in Seoul South Korea! Whoa!












Bukchon Hanok Village

Bukchon Hanok Village is a Korean traditional village in Seoul with a long history located on the top of a hill between Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeok Palace and Jongmyo Royal Shrine. The traditional village is composed of lots of alleys, hanok and is preserved to show a 600-year-old urban environment. (source)



















I booked a tour and here are my itinerary: 

Petite France

Petite France is a French-style theme park that was constructed in July 2008 in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. It was raining that day that left me with no choice but to just enjoy the tour. It would be great to see the place in good weather




















Sariling sikap self portraits



















Wet shoes :( 


My favorite house in Petite France















Autumn leaves



I got hungry after touring around.


 Next stop is



The Naminara Republic known as Nami Island

Namiseom or Nami Island is a tiny half-moon shaped island located in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province, South Korea, formed as it was inundated by the rising water of the North Han River as the result of the construction of Cheongpyeong Dam in 1944. (source)

Our last of the tour and also the longest time allocate for us to enjoy what is inside this island. Unfortunately, it was still raining my shoes was so wet, but I can't take it off because it was too cold.

Then the sun decided to show up an hour before we leave the island. So we took advantage to look for trees with autumn leaves. So it will add colors to our photos.


















We decided to try this for our lunch. 





Lamb and Sticky Rice



Then we entered a mini museum. 











ENDLESS LOVE

Winter Sonata is a South Korean television drama series that aired on KBS2 in 2002. Starring Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo, it is the second part of the season-themed Endless Love series directed by Yoon Seok-ho. Filming primarily took place on the resort island of Namiseom and Seoul. (source)







In this trip, I met Sab and her mother they are from General Santos. They said they are lucky that someone can take good photos of them, but I am also lucky because I had a good company and someone can take photos of me as well. 












So the sun finally decided to show up. So I took a lot of selfies using my tripod. 















Back to Hongdae!






I was the last one who will drop off to Hongkik Station



I can't help but thank our driver that day. He looked like someone I know in Manila. HAHA


I was looking for my food for dinner in Gyeongul Line Forest Park



Pubcrawl in Hongdae


I don't have a lot of photos from the night because my goal was just to enjoy and have fun. I was excited to meet travelers from other countries. 

Here's a selfie because I took a cab.




with Bo


with Danica


Here we are as United Nation. The only decent group photo I have.


The only bar I took photo of because was too busy having fun!




That was a great night! 


Hello Kitty Museum


After a great Pubcrawl night, I woke up early to prepare for another itinerary I made myself. The easiest, I guess. Never missed visiting this Hello Kitty Museum. I had fun and screamed inside because Hello Kitty is love!




I wish my kitchen will be like this










Hello? Tanggap niyo na ba padala ko? 


Wrote my wishes




Namsam Seoul Tower


I am not a fan of going to the tower and see the overlooking view of the city because it will just take more or less 30 minutes and you have to pay for an expensive fee. 











I LOVE THIS! From where I stand.








VIP Seat!




Joel was waiting for me and we had some churros with ice cream after.


I was seriously thinking to extend my stay in the country.


Churros with ice cream in this cold weather.


I wanted to have a photo there, but never mind. 










Going to Incheon Airport 

Last money left. I like my Airbnb place because it was small, but I have my own toilet and bath, tv, comfy bed, AC, fridge, wardrobe cabinet in a small room! I can't imagine! How I can't have that all in Makati. 




A'Rex




Finally at the airport. I was sad because I wanted to extend my stay, but I think I had enough of my trip. I will be back in a few years I hope.






My flight is in the evening and I have to eat dinner first. 





On boarding time!


I hope you have fun reading this long travel diary of mine. I decided to share everything in just one blog post. Let me know if you have any questions or if you are planning to go solo to Seoul! I will be happy to answers them.


It was a great trip to remember Seoul! 
I will be back soon.

Off to the beach now! 



1 comment:

  1. Wow... it's always a pleasure to experience a virtual trip with you!
    Kisses, Paola.

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