Day 1: Nami Island, Petite France & N Seoul Tower

Our adventure just gets more exciting everyday! Yeah! But we woke up around 7AM Incheon Time (6AM PH Time) and decided to have breakfast first before going out. Though the breakfast is at 8:30AM, we just waited.

We were able to depart from the hotel at around 10AM and we will supposedly follow the directions given by the hotel owner. But, we found our own way. But before that, we got lost for a couple of minutes. First time tourists problem! hahahaha

Β We did not miss the chance to take a photo of our neighborhood. That Korean feels you see on the KDramas. πŸ˜€

How does Korea look like!

From Hotel Korea Original, we will be going to Gapyeong Station and then ride a bus to the wharf to Nami Island.

MRT experience.

Province in South Korea. They are really rich in agriculture.

How to get there

From Dongmyo Station, ride a train on the Blue Line:

Dongmyo Station -> Sinseol-dong -> Jegi-dong -> Cheongnyangni -> Hoegi

alight at Hoegi Station then transfer to the Light Green Line:

Hoegi Station -> Hankuk University -> Jungnang -> Sangbong

alight at Sangbong Station then transfer to the Dark Green line:

Sangbong Station -> Mangu -> Sinnae -> Galmae -> Byeollae -> Toegyewon -> Sareung -> Geumgok -> Pyeongnae Hopyeong -> Cheonmasan -> Masok -> Daeseong-ri -> Cheongpyeong -> Sangcheon -> Gapyeong

There are different tour packages that are offered for Nami Island inluding transfer. So if you find it inconvenient to take the train, you can book a tour package online or ask the hotel staff.

For those who will be commuting through the subway, just remember that your destination will be Gapyeong Station. It is easier to depart there to Nami Island.

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This is Gapyeong Station. The upper right is the Information Center. Their staff can speak English. While the lower right is the taxi and bus station where you will wait for the bus to Nami Wharf. The bus schedule is being posted here too.

From Gapyeong Station, you can take a taxi to the wharf or the bus. The bus fare is 6000 KRWΒ (around PHP 270) and an unlimited ride for a day including to destinations like Nami Island, Petite France and The Garden of Morning Calm.

The travel time is more than 1 hour.

We arrived at Gapyeong Station at almost 12NN. We spent our whole morning getting lost. hahahaha..

We waited for the bus that will depart at 12:15PM at Gapyeong Station. When it arrived, we paid the fare to the driver. Make sure to keep the ticket as the driver will ask for it every time you ride the bus.

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This is the bus that we should ride on. There are other buses passing the area so be sure to look for the bus with this design.

From there, it will take for about 20 minutes to arrive at the bus terminal to Nami Island. There are a few stops before reaching our destination. From the station, we were given the direction on how to reach the wharf.

It takes a few minutes of walking to reach the wharf. Upon arriving, buy the visa (as what they call it) for 8000 KRW (around Php 360). Once you had bought, you can then proceed to the immigration where you will be greeted by the immigration officer that can speak Tagalog as well. Then, there you go! It is time to ride on the ferry!

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The ferry that will take to Nami Island.

Nami Island Here We Come!!!

Nami Island is just 5-10 minutes away from the wharf. Too near, right? But of course, you cannot walk on the river. But you can always choose the Zip Wire for 10000 KRW if you don’t want to take the ferry.

The fare includes the roundtrip ferry transfer and the entrance to the island.

And after the long trip… The wait is over!

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Hellooooo to the love island, Nami Island!

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We did a few photo ops and strolled around looking for the restaurant as we were already hungry (that’s past 1PM already).

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The Belle Bell where you will make a wish and hit the bell thrice.

Visitors go to this area in the island where rocks are scattered. As they say, you have to put the rocks on top of each other and as high as possible then what you wish will come true. πŸ™‚

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Our yummy Korean lunch πŸ˜€

After our sumptuous Korean Lunch, we strolled around the island, take more photos, enjoy the moment, look for the Winter Sonata shooting locations and meet with tourists & locals.

Some of the locations of the Korean Drama Winter Sonata

At around 4PM, we decided to head to Petite France. It is more or less an hour away from Nami Island Wharf.

Photo shots in the famous and the most instragrammable place in the island. It’s like you’ve never been in Nami Island if you have no photos here. πŸ˜›

 

Bonjour! Bienvenue en Petite France!

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Little Prince welcomes the visitors

Petite France is like a small French community. From its structure, to the colors, to the displays, to the flowers, to the foods, to the love locks, to the Eiffel Tower replica, to Pinocchio, to Mona Lisa, to Little Prince. There is not a lot of things you can do here but take pictures, stroll, have some afternoon tea, relax and enjoy the scenery especially there is an overlooking view. It is kinda relaxing. I prefer to visit here in the afternoon.

Entrance Fee is 8000 KRW.

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This one welcomed us when we get inside.

The three of us having fun in Little France. The view too is amazing.

Just like Paris, they also have the famous Eiffel Tower (replica) and the love locks! πŸ™‚

After a couple of minutes, we decided to head to our last destination, N Seoul Tower. We were not sure if we can even reach there before it is close. But we need to… we have to… we should… because we already bought a ticket online and it cannot be used on another day.

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We saw this outside Little France. It seems they are shooting for something in this coffee shop.

Goofing around while waiting for the bus. Their road is sooo wide and the cars can go as fast as they want.

The view along the way to/from Petite France.

We started our travel to Myeongdong Station (this is the nearest station to N Seoul Tower) at 7PM. It is not yet dark but the sun gonna set anytime soon.

We arrived at Myeongdong around 9PM. N Seoul Tower’s last admission is at 10:30PM. And we still have to walk a long way to get there. Since we are first timers, guess what? We got lost again in going there. Aside from that, we do not have an idea that it is totally very sooo far from the station. Really! haha! We were like the 3 kings following the star to reach where Jesus is. We were following the light coming from the tower. But we got lost! hahahah…

We walked for more than 1KM from the station to the foot of the stair to the tower. After that, we have to walk on a steep stair (going up) for about 1.4KM. Imagine that! What a tiring night! Our feet were aching so bad. Fortunately, the weather is kinda cold. But we were almost got hydrated. We did not bring even a small bottle of water. And we were like walking uphill, running (coz we need to reach there before the last admission) then walking. But when we got there, wow! It was all worth it.

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Good evening, Namsan Seoul Tower!

Namsan Seoul Tower is located at 236 meters in Namsan Mountain, the second highest point in Seoul.

The entrance fee is 10,000 KRW. To get to the tower, you can choose any of the following:

  • By Foot – just like we did. If you think you can do it, then go for it. πŸ˜€ But, do not forget to bring water with you and just walk on your own pace. Enjoy what you will see while you are walking.
  • By Bus – Ride the Namsan Sunhwan Shuttle Bus (number 02, 03, or 05). Fare is 1200 KRW
    • Bus 02 closest subway station – Chungmuro Station (lines 3, 4) then take exit 2 (in front of Daehan Cinema)
    • Bus 03 closest subway stations – Seoul Station (lines 1, 4 then take exit 9. Or Itaewon Station (line6) then take exit 4. Or Hangangjin Station (line 6) in front of exit 2
    • Bus 05 closest subway stations – Myeongdong Station (line 4) then take exit 3. Or Chungmuro Station then take exit 2
  • By Cable Car – Walk for 10-15 minutes to the cable car station. The fare is 8500 KRW for round trip and 6000 KRW for one-way.
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We will supposedly be going to this Hello Kitty place but unfortunately, it was closed when we get there. 😦 Better luck next time!

The view from the top. Wonderful, isn’t it? πŸ™‚

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After our overlooking experience at the top of N Seoul Tower, we bought some souvenir then went down at the entrance of the building. There we can find more souvenirs and love locks which you can place in their love locks garden. And since we were all single and do not want to spend that much for a lock, we just went to the garden and took some photos and did something hilarious stuff that we cannot share. LOL! haha

The love locks in N Seoul Tower. You can buy the locks in their store or bring your own.

We did some stop here because the view looks more beautiful plus we are so tired.

Then we went down because our stomachs were complaining already. It is past 11PM yet we still did not eat our dinner. And so we deserve a hearty dinner! We ate in a food stall along the street just like in K Drama! haha!

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That stairs you have to take.

By the way, we were able to pass by the house in Legend of the Blue Sea. Actually, it was Ate Tzhe who noticed it since I did not watch that series even once. πŸ˜›

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I guess Legend of the Blue Sea lovers could recognize this. πŸ˜€

Right after that dinner, we walked back to our hotel. Imagine another hour of walking! I did really burned so much fats and calories yet it’s still day 1! Along the way we saw a line of fans of G Dragon. I am not sure what they were lining up for. A meet up or a concert or an after concert event. I just don’t know. All I know was that I am totally tired, my feet was already numb and painful and just wanna lay on the bed. Hahahahha!

As our Day 1 ended, we all realized that we should be back in Korea when we found a partner. (This is not a perfect place for someone who is on a moving on phase like me who was left by the BF 2 months ago. But I am still enjoying and totally happy.) Because this place is so romantic and the people are. Young, old, family, friends!

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Good night Day 1! πŸ™‚

 

TIPS!!!

  1. Know how to get there ahead of time. Unless, you have an extra time if in any case you get lost. Especially if you are going to a far place from where you are staying. Ask the hotel staff or Uncle Google!
  2. Always give a time allowance when you are visiting places especially if it is a famous destination.
  3. Do not be so hurry but be time conscious. Unless you are staying in that place for the whole day, then you can. But if you are planning to be somewhere else after, then spend just enough time. However, do not forget to treasure the moment that you are there. It is not everyday that you can visit.
  4. Bring water always. You can buy a bottled water at the convenience store then just refill it anywhere you are. Most of the tourist spots in Korea have drinking water for free.
  5. Bring some biscuits or sandwich. You do not know if when can you eat especially if you are travelling from one place to the other. At least you have something to munch just to feed up your stomach.
  6. Bring some coat or sweater when visiting N Seoul Tower at night because it is so cold. The temperature in Korea when we visited reached 19 degrees at night.
  7. Walk as much as you can but if there is a way that you can ride, then go for it. Walking when abroad is very common. You can walk for kilometers if you want. But for tourists like us that wanted to be on different places in a day, you can still walk but if there is another way to ride a bus or shuttle or cable car, then do it. It will bring you to wherever you intend to be faster and you can spend more time there. But if you are in budget, and the fare is expensive yet it can be reached by feet, then walk.
  8. If you are on a budget, be practical. You do not have to buy love locks if it is not that necessary. But if you really want to lock your love for each other, then bring some locks from the Philippines. It is cheaper and you can customize if you want.
  9. Always ask. Koreans may find it hard to talk or understand English but they are very much willing to help. So ask!
  10. Do not forget to cherish the moment. Enjoy as much as you can. Take photos as much as you can. And try some Korean cuisine even once a day.

 

Most of the photos are taken by Ate Tzhe. πŸ™‚

New Discoveries in Siquijor

Hi everyone! Been busy this past few days as I have been travelling! Char2 lang. πŸ˜€

After my travel in Boracay for work, a long weekend is coming since August 21 is a holiday.

Thus, me & my sister went home to relax and spend some family time. Plus, I just want that traditional hilot. πŸ˜›

When Sunday came, we had our usual impromptu tour in the island. But this time, we visited those newly discovered places. It is a sort of ocular inspection as well if in case we will be having visitors.

Our trip started at Locong Falls in Catamboan, Lazi.

You need to rent a vehicle to be able to reach there since it is far from the national highway.

You will then be welcomed by friendly staff who will let you register and where you will pay for the entrance and parking fees. (I am not sure though if there is an entrance fee.)

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Here’s my mother at the Welcome sign of the falls πŸ™‚

To get to the falls, you have to trek for 10 minutes from the registration area.

 

Tsaraaaan! πŸ™‚

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The falls is not as big as Cambugahay Falls but it is still beautiful and there are few people visiting that day too.

We spent just a short time taking pictures and roaming around then headed to our next stop because it is almost lunch time.

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The residents here are just developing the area to make it more beautiful for tourists. and locals who will be visiting.

After that, we travelled for about 30 minutes to our next stop, Capilay Spring Park.

This tourist spot is not new to anyone especially to the Siquijodnons like us. We used to swim here whenever we are touring around the island.

But for that day, we went there to have our lunch. My mother has been suki already because it is where they will bring their visitors in the office.

There were already customers when we arrived, so we still have to wait for about an hour. Tip: Order in advance so that the foods are already prepared when you get there.

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Look what I found! A family of Imaw. πŸ˜€ (I am not sure what its name really is but I called them imaw. πŸ˜›

While waiting for our order we had eaten Pizza and Halo-Halo. Good thing we did because it did really take them an hour or so for the orders to be served.

But, the long wait is over! This is our sumptuous & delicious foods.

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Note: the boodle only cost Php 1000 yet the serving is big. Worth the wait though!

When we got our stomach full and had enough time relaxing, we decided to head to our next destination, Kamp Aninipot.

It is called Kamp Aninipot because of the fireflies that are present at night in the site.

With this, here’s a trivia. πŸ™‚ Do you know Siquijor Island has been called the Island of Fire or Isla del Fuego by the Spaniards because of its glow at night coming from the swarms of fireflies.

This site is a newly opened camp site in Siquijor. Guests can do a day tour, or an overnight stay at their Hobbit Huts or in a camping tent. Kids can do zipline, wall climbing and pull up bars. Every guest can enjoy the overlooking view, fresh air, serenity, taking pictures in the frame and on the bike, and have some snacks in their snack bar.

It is located in Tacdog, Siquijor. You have to take a long uphill road to get there. So better have a professional driver and if possible not a fully loaded vehicle. Along the way, you can already see the view in the island. It is totally breathtaking!

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You can see signage like this that will lead you to the site.

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This will welcome you when you get there. But, this is still a start of a kinda long trek to see the magnificentΒ view.

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This is the beginning of all the trek that you have to do in the site.

This is the view that you will see right before the entrance to the camp site. You should not miss taking a photo in here.Β 

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This is the Entrance. But no one is guarding here and you just have to pay at their snack bar (which you can reach by trekking).

 

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Trekking again!Β 

This is the Hobbit Huts where guests can stay for overnight. Isn’t it cute? πŸ˜€

Then take another time to trek to the top. Trekking is kinda tiring especially to the oldies. But having this kind of scenery is totally worth it.

Fortunately, when we got there, we were the only guests. So the whole place was ours and we were able to spend more time taking (unlimited) pictures.

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This frame is the first thing you will notice when you arrive at the top.Β 

Now you know the Jerusalem’s trademark pose! :p

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That is my 8-year old cousin, Keishza who enjoyed the unlimited Kid Zipline for Php 100. It’s her first time though. πŸ˜€

 

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This mountain bike is mounted fix for visitors to use (plus that helmet) when taking that biker shots. πŸ™‚

 

 

 

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Wall climbing for kids only! πŸ˜€ Kids at heart are not allowed too.Β 

And more things to do. πŸ˜€

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The view at the snack bar.

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This is the bonfire area when you are staying overnight.

That scary road (super uphill) and lovely overlooking scenery.

Our last stop is Marikart in Larena. We had some snacks (halo-halo & fries) before heading home.

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That is how we spent our day in the island. You can either just stay at home lazing, watching TV and eating or roaming around the island, discovering new places & trying that island foods & vibes.

Siquijodnons are continuing to beautify the island & its tourist destinations and discovering new spots because we want to encourage more guests to visit and experience the life in Isla del Fuego.

We hope to see you there one of these days. ❀