I am not a fan of anything Korean. Well, except for Korean beauty products and K food but I unexpectedly wanted to see what Seoul has to offer. I kept seeing my friends’ posts and that’s what made me decide to see the beautiful places in Seoul.
How to go:
Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Air Asia fly directly from Manila to Seoul. Make sure to check their websites regularly for promotions.
We flew PAL and arrived at 8pm at Incheon International Airport. We took a cab to get to Seoul because I was with two seniors. Of course if you’re with your friends or boyfriend, you can opt to take the airport shuttle bus or airport express which is definitely faster and cheaper.
When to go:
Winter season is low season which means everything is cheap- from flights to hotels. You can opt to go in winter especially if the cold weather doesn’t really bother you. Spring and fall are always the perfect weather for me. It’s neither too hot nor too cold. Summer is a no-no because more people are on vacation and the sun is scorching. It makes it a little difficult to travel in summer.
Where to stay:
After one and a half hours, we arrived at Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel in Myeondong. We got two standard twin rooms which came with air-conditioning, two single beds, a small sofa, private toilet and bathroom with bathtub, a stiff pillow and a soft pillow. The rooms were smaller than what I expected. It literally was good for two persons max.
The hotel didn’t have a bell boy service and we had to bring our luggages to the room. The housekeeping wasn’t able to clean our rooms thoroughly and one staff accidentally threw my half-full moisturiser.
The only good thing about this hotel was the location. It was a three-minute walk from Myeondong Train Station (Exit7/8). It was also very convenient because 7-11, food stalls, coffee shops, restaurants and shops were just around the corner.
We were exhausted and starving that night and most of the food stalls were closed so we had no choice but to eat at a nearby restaurant just across the hotel. It was an authentic Korean BBQ restaurant but it was also a trap! The food was delicious and the staff were accommodating but it cost us a whooping 209,000WON or PHP 10,000. Holy sh*t right? We learned our lesson that night. We never ate in that restaurant again.
The map may seem intimidating but it’s actually not. It’s very easy to understand and navigate. Buy a T-Card for 5000WON or PHP 250 in any ticket vending machine at the station. Reload it and you’re good to go. It’s like Hongkong’s Octopus Card -you may use it on trains, buses and CU convenience stores. Travel tip: Print out the map instead of saving it on your phone. Encircle your main train station and the stations that you’re going to take. It’ll be way easier. I promise.