OFF TO KOREA! ^_^

The time has come, after 9 months of waiting!

*BTW, changed my header just for the trip!*


Things to Do in Seoul # 6: Get on a YG themed Train!

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YG FAMILY - 2011 YG FAMILY THEMED TRAIN in SEOUL

I’ll be in Seoul for 7 days and will be riding the subway most of the time.

I need to get on this train, AT LEAST ONCE! :D


FREE KOREA PASS to travelers in Korea!

The Korean Tourism Organization is giving away 3,000 Korea Pass Prepaid travel cards worth 20,000 Won to travelers in Korea!

All you have to do is log on to the KTO website and APPLY. (Note: You need to upload a copy of your ticket to Korea though.)

To claim your Free Korea Pass Card, just go to the KTO TIC at the KTO building in Seoul. :) Better hurry, while supplies last!

The bad thing about it though is you can’t use it for transportation, but still it can add up to your shopping money. AND IT’S FREE!

For a direct link to the application page, CLICK HERE!


Read my post about Korea Pass.

GENIUS! :)

I didn’t want to take the bus due to traffic nor ride the taxi alone. So I’ll be taking the AREX Express Train instead! Hooray!

Update: I DARE YOU! in Seoul.

 Update on my previous post: http://bit.ly/n1frQn

Thank you to those who have suggested, I am so excited!

 LIST OF DARES:

1. Pose as a famous Korean celebrity when arriving at the airport while a random stranger (friend in disguise)screams and asks for your autograph.

2. Do the full dance version of a well-known K-pop song a.k.a “Nega Jeil Jal Naga!” in front of a famous Korean music company.

3. Offer free hugs to anyone by carrying a ‘FREE HUG’sign in public.

4. Owling.

5. While travelling in a group to a place with lots of people all of you should suddenly look up and point to a nonexistent thing

6. Take a pic with a random Korean guy (w/ permission) and make it as your Facebook profile pic for a day.

7. Find a love life. <3

8. Get drunk with friends!

9. Talk to a random (no not a guy) but an Ahjumma or Ahjussi.

10. Photo shoot at the streets of Hongdae with placard signs.

AND MORE TO COME.

The best part of travelling to Korea is talking to the people

Got this article by Ines Min from the CNNGo website, see what she has to say:

As you may have heard, it’s Visit Korea Year. Or, to be more exact, it will be Visit Korea Year until 2012. 

From government campaigns promoting tourism to the rising number of expats with family and friends visiting (more than 1 million foreigners reside here), it seems like everyone is becoming an expert on the best itinerary for the traveler looking to find the real Korea.

Unfortunately, that itinerary seems to be about the same for everyone. 

Palaces, check. Temples, check. Shopping, check. 

Traveler’s guide and subway map in hand, most tourists can be spotted at the same historical landmarks across the country. And they are missing out. 

The most dynamic part of Dynamic Korea? 

Korea, undoubtedly, is a dynamic country. The world’s most wired country (Internet and cell phone service on the subway? Yes, please) boasts centuries-old historic sites and relics (Jongmyo royal ancestral shrine, Tripitaka Koreana, gold Silla crowns, Donguibogam, Cheomseongdae and so on, ad infinitum).

Yet, as travelers scurry from landmark to museum talking only to each other, and absorb a dash of “authentic” culture through market bartering, the most obvious part of Korea is often the most overlooked: the people. 

Of course salespeople are going to be friendly everywhere.

Instead, it is the diverse, the tough, the gritty population of Korea that are the most interesting to talk to, and yet blend most easily into the background in the eyes of tourists.

Meet the people

Earlier this year, I spent two weeks traveling the peninsula. 

Traveling from Seoul to Gyeongju, Gwangju, Haenam and Mokpo with no concrete plans, my companion and I wandered from motel to guest house, eating at local hole-in-the-wall joints or sitting down to three-course meals. 

We talked with taxi drivers (the most consistent and practical resource available to any traveler), bantered with local shop owners and found the people of every city wonderfully surprising. 

We walked all the way up Mount Tohamsan to Seokguram Grotto, only to miss the major landmark of Buddha’s image; we were distracted by the elderly women crouched at the edges of the mountaintop parking lot, attempting to augment their meager earnings by selling roasted ginkgo beans and chestnuts. 

At one point on our trip, we tasted the most delicious doenjang I’ve ever had at a local seafood restaurant at Ttangkkeu (“Land’s End”). After talking to the owner, we heard all about her special homemade mixture. 

Creative traveling

We skipped the places featured in the Lonely Planet sections on those cities: the multitude of international travel guides on Korea may offer some insight as to where’s what and why’s that, but often amounts to no more than white noise when taken in large doses.  

Certainly, I’d encourage everyone to snap a few shots of Gyeongbokgung Palace and the changing of the guard. But a better experience of Korea can be found in the mom-and-pop restaurants in the alleyways of Seochon beside the palace. Or swap out a Frommer’s for a phrase book. 

Don’t travel as a perennial tourist, but instead take the time to loosen up and look around. Arm yourself with at least the basic salutations in Korean and use your map not to find your destination, but to keep yourself from walking the touristy paths. 

Source: http://bit.ly/pobmPK

I DARE YOU…in KOREA!

I NEED SUGGESTIONS PEOPLE.

A few more weeks until our trip to Seoul, and I don’t know why we haven’t thought of it before but seriously I’m more excited than ever!

~So we’ve thought of a few dares to try….~

1. Pose as a famous Korean celebrity when arriving at the airport while a random stranger (friend in disguise) screams and asks for your autograph.

2. Do the full dance version of a well-known K-pop song a.k.a "Nega Jeil Jal Naga!" in front of a famous Korean music company.

3. Offer free hugs to anyone by carrying a 'FREE HUG' sign in public.

NOTE: We can’t do dares that are LIFE-THREATENING or would jeopardize our granted stay in Korea.

Example: crossing the North-South Korean border!!!!

But other than that sure, why not!

BTW, we’ll be catching this all on film for documentary/souvenir purposes so it better be good :)

How to Apply for K-Pop Music Shows: KBS Music Bank

As you all know, our upcoming trip is not just about tours and shopping but also K-pop related. And one of my friend’s travel agenda is to watch at least one K-Pop Music Show. ^_^

There are a lot of Music Shows to watch like SBS Live K-pop countdown (Inkigayo) and M.net M! Countdown, but for now it’ll be about applying for an audience ticket to the KBS Music Bank.

I got this from the VisitKorea Website:

KBS MUSIC BANK

1. You can apply for a studio audience ticket to the KBS Music Bank program on the official site of Music Bank after you sign up on the KBS (Korea Broadcasting Station) website. International residents in Korea will be asked to provide their alien registration number or passport number.

Follow this link for the 'Members Sign-up Page'

2. Application for Music Bank tickets may only be made online between Thursday 9:00 and Friday 24:00 a week prior to airing. Winners’ announcements are posted Mondays after 17:00. On the day of broadcasting (Friday of every week), ticket winners should present their ticket reservation number at the KBS new wing open hall.

3. Each ticket winner will receive 2 tickets, so you must provide the name of your accompanying guest when applying for tickets online. Both guests must present a valid ID on the day of broadcasting in order to be admitted to the studio.

4. On the day of broadcasting, your reservation number will be confirmed onsite and exchanged for tickets to Music Bank. Ticket holders will be admitted to the studio between 4:50 pm and 5:20 pm and any remaining tickets (standing room only) will be awarded to unregistered guests onsite between 5:30 pm and 6:00 pm. Ticket winners who do not line up and exchange their reservation number for a ticket by 5:00 pm will lose their seats. Admission for ticket holders will be closed promptly at 5:30.

KBS New Wing Open Hall

Address: Seoul, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Yeouido-dong 18
Telephone: 02-781-1000 
How to get there: Get off at National Assembly Station (Seoul Subway Line 9), take exit #4 and walk for 3 minutes.