Where to Stay in Seoul: MYEONGDONG


I’ve been getting a lot of questions about where to stay in Seoul. The thing is, there are many districts and neighborhoods in Seoul and each has its own charm. There is no single best place to stay at because there are many good options out there and the answer to the question really depends upon where you will stay, what you will do in Seoul, and how much is your budget.

I am going to do a series on this topic but I will only cover, in the meantime, the areas of Myeongdong, Samcheongdong, Hongdae, and Gangnam in Seoul, and Nampo and Seomyeon in Busan. And my series will start with Myeongdong.

In making suggestions and recommendations, I am considering my experience, i.e., whether I stayed in, visited, or have seen the place personally. Whether it is a guesthouse, a low to mid-range hotel or a luxury one, my top criteria is location in relation to distance to the shopping streets of Myeongdong and more particularly, Myeongdong Station. I am not considering their proximity to other places of interest in Jung-gu or Central Seoul. The shopping streets and Myeongdong subway station are my points of reference because those who frequently ask me about where to stay in Seoul are first time visitors and I am suggesting these places for their convenience.

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Korean Winter Specials

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In cooperation with Trazy, Korea’s #1 online travel resource, I’m sharing with you their top Korean Winter Specials! The list is a combination of their best-sellers and newly launched packages that you are sure to enjoy. I have compiled their best of the best for your easy reference and the best part of it all: DISCOUNTS! Think of the best discounted travel activities in Korea, curated by real Koreans, based in Korea. Can’t get any better than that!

Ski Resort Only

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Here’s the list of the popular ski tours that cater to various needs of ski tourists to Korea. The popular Vivaldi Park is especially loved by young people and is known as the hippest ski resort in Korea. Oak Valley & Bears Town accommodate family visitors with their wide and gentle slopes. Yongpyong and High 1 are the largest ski resorts in Korea and are perfect for advanced level skiers and snowboarders.

Ski + Sightseeing

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Trazy has also combined skiing and sightseeing tours for this season. Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival is where you make a hole in the frozen lake, catch mountain trout and get them cooked on site. Chuncheon has a beautiful landscape in winter and recently gained more popularity for being the filming location of K-drama “While You Were Sleeping.”

Other Winter Specials

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Trazy also offers tours and activities that are only available during the winter season. Their winter specials are some of the best and unique activities out there.

Just to tell you a little bit more about the Winter 2018 Special Korail Pass (KR Pass), it includes the new express train (KTX) from Incheon Airport all the way to Pyeongchang and Gangneung, the new Gyeonggang Line Seoul – Gangneung. This winter special lets you ride the Korail for unlimited times in 6 or 7 days and aside from that, you also get to enjoy discounts to participating hotels, restaurants, and certain tours and attractions. It’s a great value deal available only this season from Trazy!


Goodbye, 2017. Hello, 2018!


Oh how I welcomed you with enthusiasm and hope, 2017. But you made it too challenging for me that I frequently found myself feeling lacking in so many respects, doubting, and making awkward attempts at getting back on track. I will probably get scolded for sounding like someone who doesn’t know how to count her blessings but nope. I am grateful for my blessings but I just needed to let any negativity off my chest first.

I just wanted to say, 2017, you threw so many failures and trials my way that I wanted you to end so quickly. But you also showered me with non-material blessings and taught me a lot of things. And if only for those, I am really thankful.

You blessed me, my family, and friends with good health and that is the best blessing I could ever wish for. Our home continued to be a warm environment for welcoming old friends and new ones. You allowed me to travel, open businesses, and connect with people who I can help and who are likewise helping me. You taught me that God is the greatest provider and that his timing is always perfect. I am, albeit slowly, learning to be patient. To be very, very patient. And in the process, I am learning to take things slowly, and to appreciate the little things that I didn’t seem to notice before. I am learning to pay attention to feelings and relationships, instead of just looking at time, output, and numbers. It’s been a hard year, but it has been my learning ground. Sincerely, I thank you, 2017.

And hello there, 2018! Please be kind. I have the same high hopes and dreams. Thank you for the chance to improve, to do more, to give more, to forgive, and for simply the chance to get it right. While I am a little scared to get heartbroken at times, I am so ready for you. Bring it on, 2018!

—— MY 2018 LIST —–

I am coming up again with my list of things to do in 2018 and I hope to be able to look back and find that I have accomplished most of them. I will also add to the list if there are some things that I hope to do as the days pass by.

  1. Have a journal or planner.  DONE. I’m using Passion Planner Classic.
  2. Exercise with hubby.
  3. Lose weight.
  4. Find a healthy diet that I can stick to for the year.
  5. Drink at least 2 liters of water every day. In progress.
  6. Do my facial care regimen every day. In progress.
  7. Do not forget to take all vitamins every day.
  8. Enroll in a class, online or in a traditional setting.
  9. Finish at least 5 business books.
  10. Watch a movie shown on the year I was born.
  11. Launch my travel company. In progress.
  12. Launch the guesthouse with my friend. In progress.
  13. Launch an online business.
  14. Sell our condominium units.
  15. Travel with friends.
  16. Travel with family.
  17. Have a staycation at least once every quarter.
  18. Prepare a regular meal plan for my toddler.
  19. Have a household planner and stick to it.
  20. Manage our household finances and stick to it.
  21. Grow Tsuiteru.
  22. Grow Kerrimo.
  23. Grow Jan’s Kitchen.
  24. Paint another 60x120cm painting.
  25. Go to the beach.
  26. Visit at least 4 provinces this year.
  27. Watch a concert.
  28. Watch a play.
  29. Play with my son every day. In progress.
  30. Prepare my son’s lunchbox notes every day.
  31. Post a blog entry at least 3 times a week.
  32. Go back to Korea.
  33. Plan and host a party for my son. In progress.
  34. To teach again.
  35. Catch the last sunset of the year.

5 Things To Do Before 2018 in Korea

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Merry Christmas, friends and dear readers! I hope that lovely, happy times decorated your holiday season, and that the merry spirit of Christmas will be with you all days of the coming year and forever.

There are just a few days left before we bid goodbye to 2017 and if ever you are bound to Korea to welcome the new year, this post will come in very handy. Trazy has lined up some exciting deals for you that will make your holidays in Korea more exciting. For those of you new to Trazy, it’s a one-stop shop for all your travel needs to Korea from discounted deals on tours, activities, transport and communication, events like concerts and parties, and everything else. 

And with that, let me take you to Trazy‘s top 5 things to do in Korea before 2018.

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Top 10 Things To Do In Korea During Winter

It’s officially winter in Korea and yet I have backlog posts from way back spring! */shakes head* I’ve been terribly busy the last few months with some consultancy work, the French fries business, and the bakery. Also, I am currently in the process of fixing some loose ends before the launch of my online travel service company which is focused on travels to South Korea. That’s something to look forward to especially for my readers who have been following me to get updates about Korea.

Going back to winter, it’s pretty cold now with the dropping temperature in South Korea but the cold weather is something that should excite you, especially if you’re coming from tropical countries like the Philippines. There’s a whole lot of fun and exciting activities and festivals going on. For the a list of exciting winter festivals and their schedules, you can head over to the the KTO website.

And for the top 10 things that you can do in Korea this season, read below!

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