Seoul: Remembering My First Travel Abroad

My first chance to travel abroad was no other than in the beautiful city of Seoul, South Korea. This is actually a super overdue post, but looking back to old photos shot during the travel, I can’t help but reminisce the experiences.

our first step in the land of South Korea...
our first step in the land of South Korea…

1. We took a lot of fliers and brochures about South Korea at the information booth in airport, including large Korean paper (which i don’t know what’s the use) that later on we used as place mat..lol :0

2. It took us a long time before we were able to check-in. The reason? – IS@K Guest House was still closed when we arrived and we keep on ringing the doorbell but at no response. We thought that it was not really a guest house and we were just deceived. We tried to look for a nearby payphone but the people there was having a hard time to understand us (they hardly speak and understand English). Later on we learned that everybody at IS@K was still soundly sleeping when we kept on knocking that’s why nobody is opening the door…and so we finally checked-in and took a few hour rest. 🙂

3.   We took a walk in Itaewon street and buy some pasalubong items (excited lang kahit 1st day pa lang..hehehe).

4. City Tour! Tour! Tour!

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Sejong the Great Statue in front of Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul.

Sejong was the fourth king of the Joseon Dynasty of Korea.

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Cheonggye Stream, (near Cheonggye Plaza near Insa-dong)
Cheonggye Stream,
(near Cheonggye Plaza near Insa-dong)
ate zelda.. trying to write in Korean
ate zelda.. trying to write in Korean

DSC_0769-2We were desperate to look for a restaurant for dinner (that offers rice). Finally we got one but as we were taking our order..the waitress unfortunately said that they are about to close. 😦

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The National Museum of Korea – that houses the best of the best collection of artifacts and relics from across Korea throughout different periods and dynasty.

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N Seoul Tower (Namsan Tower) as our background.

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Korean Folk Village A nice outdoor museum located in the Yongin suburb with displays that depict the lives of the different social classes and regions of Korea during the Joseon Dynasty.

We also had the chance to experience wearing Hanbok – a traditional clothing of Korea!

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Pay a Royal visit!

Gyeongbok-gung Palace – Seoul’s grandest Joseon Dynasty-era palace and the seat of power for centuries

Changdeok-gung Palace – second only to Gyeongbok-gung in historical importance

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our usual set-up in the morning…discussion on where is best to go first 🙂

6. Visit Everland – the Korean version of Disneyland!

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7. Pasalubong and shopping galore at Dongdaemun Market, Namdaemun, Insa-dong and Myeongdong!

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8. Eat authentic Korean Kimchi!

9.Visit Philippine Embassy and Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO-Korea)!

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10. And many, many more!!!

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Picture taking at IS@K Geast House before check-out!

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Time to go back to Manila!

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