Seoulful Encounters [Busan/Seoul 2017] – Seomyeon Underground Shopping on a Rainy Day in Busan

Even before I flew to South Korea, I was already monitoring the weather in Busan via the Weather Underground app which, by the way, is the most awesome weather app in my opinion. I kinda expected that my first day will be rainy but I was still hoping that I’ll be able to explore a couple of places despite the rain. I planned to visit Shinsegae Centum City which was registered at the Guiness Book of World Records as the largest shopping complex in the world. It’s just about a 30-minute subway ride from Seomyeon; both are in Line 2 so no transfers were needed.

However, because of lack of sleep during my flight and the subsequent transfer to Busan from Incheon Airport, I reached Seomyeon past lunch feeling exhausted and really sleepy. There’s a nearby Kyochon at my hotel so I had my lunch there and soon enough, I was dozing off at the hotel like a dead-tired puppy.

I set the alarm to give me enough time to go to Centum City but I was too tired that I didn’t even hear it! While some people are not deterred by the rain, I personally felt disappointed that I could not make the most of my first day because of it. But rather than stay at the hotel after getting that much needed sleep, I instead spent the rest of the day at the Seomyeon Underground Shopping Center. It’s a great place to hang out when it’s raining because it’s like going around the usual shopping streets but only at a subway station underground.

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Seoulful Encounters [Busan/Seoul 2017] – Arrival in Seoul and KTX to Busan

I arrived in Seoul around 5 in the morning of April 17. It was still cold outside but the temperature inside Incheon International Airport was just right. I got a red eye flight from JejuAir and it’s something I probably won’t take again even if it means paying more.

I wasn’t able to get some sleep during the flight because of the turbulence and it was challenging for me to think about my transfer to Busan while sleep-deprived. For those of you who think of visiting both Busan and Seoul, I highly recommend that you don’t get lured by the cheap round-trip Incheon-Manila fares. Instead, get the multi-city fare and enter through Gimhae International Airport, then exit from Incheon. In my case, I got the round-trip fare that was on sale but I ended up paying more for KTX tickets and spending more time and energy on transfers or commute that I could’ve spent on sightseeing or sleeping.

Read more about my KTX ride, WiFi router, and first day in rainy Busan after the jump.

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Seoulful Encounters [Busan/Seoul 2017] – Family Fun Day at Everland thru Trazy.com

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Last April 24, my husband, 4 year old son, mom, dad, and I were able to visit Everland through the blogger sponsorship program of Trazy.com. It was such a great privilege to be sponsored to enjoy the world’s 4th biggest theme park – something that I have always wanted to experience along with my family.

Trazy.com, a play with the words “travel” and “crazy”, is a one-stop travel booking site where you can easily find the latest, trendiest, and newest things to do in Korea at the best price – from travel activities, tours, performance and concert tickets, and even passes to beauty make-up experiences. Everything you need to know about what you can do and enjoy in Korea is right at your fingertips through Trazy.com.

You can also avail of Q-Pass from Trazy which is like a Disneyland Fast Pass that allows you to enjoy attractions without having to queue. You can purchase Q-Passย  for only $10 per pass.

And to fully enjoy our Everland experience, I purchased round-trip Everland shuttle bus tickets for my family at a huge discount from Trazy. It’s the best value you can find if you compare it with other discount travel sites. It was such a great deal and a wise decision on my part because of the convenience it afforded us – we were picked up and dropped off near Exit 2 of Myeongdong Station which was just around the corner of where we stayed at in Myeongdong.

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Seoulful Encounters [Busan/Seoul 2017] – 10 Days in Busan and Seoul Spring Itinerary

Ferris wheel at Everland

About a year or two ago, when we were talking about how we wanted to celebrate our respective 40th birthdays, my husband asked if I wanted to do a Europe tour, or visit the US again, or maybe throw a party. I said I just wanted a low-key celebration and a solo trip to Seoul to spend at least 2 weeks there and enjoy the place at my own sweet pace.

Now, I finally just concluded my 10-day trip to Busan and Seoul. It’s the first time I traveled without my husband and son and while I frequently found myself being homesick and missing them during the first 6 days, I did enjoy the experience, learned a lot, and looked forward to the day that they will be joining me in Seoul. I honestly don’t think I can do this again. Maybe in the future, who knows? But right now, I have fully accepted that while there are many things that I wished I can do solo, it really is not as fun experiencing things without my family.

But before I proceed to show you a summary of the places I visited, let me share with you first the DISCOUNTED VOUCHERS that I purchased before traveling to Korea:

And with that, let me now share with you the places I visited during my spring visit to Busan and Seoul. I will be publishing separate and more detailed posts soon so please subscribe to my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

BUSAN

It was raining the whole day when I arrived in Busan. Since it was raining and I was still tired from the flight and transfer from Seoul to Busan, I decided to just stay in Seomyeon and explore theย  underground shopping mall at the Seomyeon Station. The following day, the sun went out and it was a go signal for me to start exploring Busan. I visited the following:

SEOUL

It’s my third time in Seoul and I just wanted it to be a free-and-easy-anything-goes trip for me. I stayed in Myeongdong so my day is pretty much just Myeongdong and some random place I want to check out. Here are the places that I visited:

  • Myeongdong
  • Namdaemun Market
  • Cheonggyecheon
  • Gwanghwamun Square
  • Seochon

  • Insadong
  • Dongdaemun
  • Ewha Womans University
  • Everland

I also got the privilege to be part of the blogger sponsorship program of Trazy.com where I was sponsored to experience a day tour of Everland along with my family. It was the highlight of my Seoul trip because it’s something that I enjoyed with my family so my first post will be about Everland.

I am excited to share my experience with you. Please stay tuned for my upcoming posts. Annyeong!

Seoulful Encounters [SEOUL 2017] – From Incheon Airport to Seoul / Myeongdong

Photo from Flightsnation.com

Most foreign tourists enter South Korea through Incheon International Airport. While there’s another international airport in South Korea, the Gimpo International Airport, it only serves visitors from Shanghai, China, and Tokyo, Japan. Gimpo Airport is more popular for local or domestic flights like those going to Jeju or Busan.

For purposes of this post, I will only tackle the modes of transferring from Incheon Airport to Seoul, more specifically to Myeongdong which will be my base in Seoul for the second leg of my trip. I will come up with another article about transferring to Busan from Incheon Airport which will include the subsequent transfer to Seoul from Busan.

In the meantime, as is similar with my other posts about South Korea, I will try to be as comprehensive as possible so please bear with me if this is going to be another long post.

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