South Korea

If you are on holiday to South Korea, maybe this is one of the must-visit tourist destinations. Nami Island, or Nami Island is certainly already very familiar in the ear, especially for lovers of Korean dramas. Nami, the island with its distinctive trees does look very beautiful and romantic in winter, located in the Cheongpyeong Dam area, in Chuncheon-si area, Gangwon-do. The tiny island has a diameter of 6 kilometers and an area of about 460,000 m2, is in a semicircle or like a bowl.

Nami Island itself gets its name taken from the name of one of the heroes of South Korea, namely General Nami. The mausoleum of the jederal is also on this island. But the name of the island is becoming increasingly popular as a tourist attraction after being used for shooting the drama series “Winter Sonata” starring Bae Yong-jun and Choi Ji-woo. I still remember once the “Winter Sonata” started reaching Asia, including Indonesia, my female friends who love Korean artists are so crazy about Bae Yong-jun. Since the drama produced in 2002 exploded, so did visitors who came to Nami Island.

I happen not to come to this island in the winter. So what I enjoy is the greenery that stretches around Nami Island. At that time I came on the weekend, so no wonder if the island is quite crowded with the crowd. But I finally managed to find a rather quiet spot, walking around the island and enjoying the serenity, along the path that lies on the edge of the lake.

Indeed Nami Island is very attached to the image of “Winter Sonata”, around the island various locations that have been used for shooting will be given special marks and information about the scene in the series that is immortalized in the place, including the statue of the main cast. But for me who never watch “Winter Sonata”, the visit to Nami is driven by curiosity and curious as to what is the most popular island in South Korea.

That afternoon I was taking a walk to visit Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul, suddenly remembered that the next day had a plan to go to Nami, and had not had time to come to the Naminara Republic representative office. Upon looking at the watch, it was close to 5 pm and seemed to be overtaken if you had to go to the Insadong area, where the office is located.

Finally I decided to call the office and was surprised to hear that the bus that goes from Insadong every day is full and there is only an empty bench on Monday, or 2 days later. But before I give up and hung up, suddenly on the other side there was people said if for 2 people there is still a bench. Of course I am very happy! And it is said the next morning I stay to the bus waiting at Tapgol Park

The journey from Seoul to Nami takes about 1.5 hours. Naminara Republic Bus, which is provided only one bus every day, departs at 09.30 am. Around 11 noons we arrived at Gapyeong Pier. Here we have to go to the counter to make a ‘visa’ alias ticket to go to Naminara Republic. Yes, it is also funny Nami is considered as a country of its own, a fantasy land. After purchasing tickets and snack on corn on the cob, we headed to the ferry that will take across the Han River, for about 10 minutes. These ferries are dotted with flags from various countries around the world.

In addition to the memorabilia around “Winter Sonata”, this island is quite interesting to visit. Like the country itself, when we enter the island, on the front there is also a small building which is a bank, where we can exchange Won with the currency of this Naminara country. Also a large board containing welcome “Welcome To Naminara Republic”. On both sides of the road there is various welcome board, including those from Indonesia. Naminara is really a small country that upholds friendships with all the countries of the world.

HOW TO GO TO NAMI ISLAND:

1.With Train
A few days earlier, my friend had been to Nami by train from Cheongyangni Train Station in Seoul, to Gapyeong Train Station which is not far from Nami Island. Travel by train will take about 75 minutes. From Gapyeong station, the journey is continued by taxi to Gapyeong Pier. Taxi rates are about 3,000 won.

2.With ITX Express
Now also has opened a new line of train ITX (Intercity Train Express) with the route from Yongsan Station in Seoul to Chuncheon, Gangwon-do province. You can ride from Yongsan Station (Line 1, dark blue) or from Cheongyanni Station (Line 1, dark blue / Jungang Line).
The journey from Cheongyanni Station to Gapyeong Station (the closest station from Nami Island) takes approximately 45 minutes, while from Yongsan Station will be much longer. The ITX train ticket is 5,700 Won. Later stay to continue taxi ride to Nami Island from Gapyeong Station.

3.With Shuttle Bus
As I mentioned earlier, I decided to take the Naminara Republic Shuttle Bus. Each day the bus departs from Tapgol Park / Pagoda Park at 09.30 am and returns from Nami Island at 16.00. To join this Naminara Republic bus we have to pay the ticket of the bus for 15.000 Won PP, and later to go to Nami must pay the ticket or the term Visa Entry of 8,000 Won for foreign tourists. While for Koreans have to pay tickets for 10,000 Won.

A Note to Remember:
– We recommend you call a few days in advance, especially if you go on weekends.
– Payment can be made by bank transfer, or cash which will be given directly to the bus driver.
How to get to Tapgol Park / Pagoda Park at Insadong:
– Take Line 1, 3 or 5 to Jongno 3 (sam) -ga Station and exit Exit 1, go straight to see Tapgol Park / Pagoda Park.
– Take Line 1 to Jonggak Station and exit Exit 3, go straight to Tapgol Park, where you will see the buses parked beside it.

Finally my curiosity paid off already, visiting the most popular tourist spot in South Korea, Nami Island. Although until this moment I have not had time to watch an episode of “Winter Sonata”, but I also can enjoy this interesting island.

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Who does not dream of a holiday to South Korea? In order for the journey more comfortable and enjoyable, read the first 5 tips a walk to the country of KPOP

From Seoul to Jeju Island, South Korea has many tourist destinations. Not just the landscape and culture, shopping became a list of fun that is done there.

1. Create an itinerary
First, of course you have to prepare itinerary aka travel schedule. Want to travel how many days to South Korea and want to stop by any destination. So, you can properly budget your budget.

On the internet, there are already a lot of examples of holiday itinerary information to South Korea. You can read and make reference. Or if you want to create your own itinerary, it’s no problem as well. Prepare maps, so you can make travel itinerary correctly.

2. Book tickets ahead of time
South Korea has 7 international airports and its main airport is Incheon which is connected to various countries in the world, including Indonesia. There are 3 direct flights from Jakarta to Seoul, with a total of 25 flights during the week.

3. Know the weather in South Korea
From the official Visit Korea website, Korea has four seasons, namely spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Spring starts from the end of March to early May, where you can see the blossoms of cherry blossoms.

Summer starts from June to August, and the peak summer is August with temperatures around 23 to 26 degrees Celsius. The weather is very hot towards the end of July until the end of August.

Autumn in Korea starts from September to November. The cold autumn air is also dry, and the sky is blue with a little cloud. Autumn is a beautiful season with falling leaves. Gingko trees and Maple trees change the color of their leaves to yellow and red throughout Korea.

Winter in Korea typically begins between December and February, with the coldest temperatures appearing in January reaching minus 3 to 6 degrees Celsius. While the best time to visit South Korea is in the autumn months, from September to November.
Do not get the wrong fashion there. LOL..

4. Buy T-Money
Do you know South Korean people everyday use T-Money to ride public transportation, such as buses and subways? Be it in Seoul, Gyeonggi, Daejeon, Incheon, Daegu, and Busan. T-Money can be found at subway stations.

By using T-Money, you can more easily pay each time you take public transportation. No need to spend cash, or bother opening a wallet. Moreover, T-Money can also be refilled.

In addition, when using T-Money, public transportation fares are cheaper than 100 won to pay with cash. Fun, T-Money can be used when transferring from one bus to another, one subway line to another, or from bus to subway or vice versa.

5. Take advantage of free tours in Seoul
Visit Korea Site which is the official site of South Korean tourism, showing a lot of information about tourist destinations, accommodation to transportation. One more, through the site, tourists can order a free tour!
Yes, the free tour is called Walking Tours. So, tourists will be invited to ride the bus and around the city of Seoul without charging a dime. Some destinations such as, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Han Sangsu Embroidery Museum, Buddhist Art Museum and others. There are many travel itineraries that can be selected according to taste.

This Walking Tour booking can be booked 3 days before the trip. As for the place to take the bus, there are at two locations, namely Insa Art Center and Bukchon Culture Center. Tour guides were prepared to accompany the trip, they can also explain in English.

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South Korea’s position as a tourist destination of the world lately skyrocketed sharply. Yes one of the reasons, especially if not a K-Pop fever that is infecting everywhere. But for those of you who are not K-pop fans though, there are still a thousand other reasons why you should visit this country.

There you can find innovations that will make you feel that you’ve been living in Stone Age. But at the same time, you can also find a line of traditionally well-preserved hundreds-year-old Hanok houses standing side by side with skyscrapers. The harmony between tradition and modernity is what you cannot find anywhere else.

South Korea is a friendly country really for tourists, whether it’s a thick or thin pocket how so. If you know the right information, you’ll be surprised at what you can get cheaply or for free in South Korea. This time we will share powerful tips so you can realize your dream of adventure to South Korea with economical possible.

1. Choose Cheapest Route towards Korea
Although there are direct flights from Jakarta to Seoul, sometimes you will find the lowest prices on other routes that require transit, especially if you are looking for discounts from foreign airlines. Suppose with AirAsia airline based in Kuala Lumpur. You will find far more promos and discounts for the Kuala Lumpur-Seoul route than Jakarta-Seoul. Moreover Jakarta-Kuala Lumpur ticket prices are also not too expensive, so the total is often cheaper than direct flights. If you rarely find promos from your hometown, be diligent to find promos on other routes.

But with that option, you need to be careful to manage your expenses during the transit so as not to swell. It’s useless if you get cheap tickets but have to pay extra for lodging and food. So consider all these factors carefully so you can get the cheapest ticket.

2. The Effective Overnight Option That Will Make You Meet Many New Friends
The cheapest choice of lodging, of course, if we can seek a free inn or have free ride in friends place or make new friends through Couchsurfing.

A. Jjimjilbang (Korean Spa)
If you often watch Korean drama, you must be no longer alien to this place. That’s where Korean people bathe or relax together with their colorful uniforms and funny towels on their heads. The place that the concept kayak integrated spa center is indeed typical of Korea really. You will not find it in other countries.

Originally this place is a public bath alias for people bathing, massage, and rejuvenates their skin. But thanks to the open 24 hours, many Koreans who return home use jjimjilbang so place to stay. Moreover, the price is much more oblique than other hotels or types of lodging. The entry price of jjimjilbang varies between 6,000-14,000 KRW, depending on the hours and completeness of the facility.

The price is pretty good right? But if you really intend to spend the night here during your journey, there are some things to be reckoned with. First, the lockers provided in this place are usually very small so maybe your suitcase or backpack will not fit. You may be able to leave at the receptionist or look for a large locker that is usually available at the train station. Second, you will sleep on a thin mattress and nudge each other.

Exciting too, if you can get acquaintances and chanting gossip with ahjumma (aunty) who are often social gathering there. But our suggestion may be you can make jjimjilbang choice of stay for a day or two day of your entire journey.

B. Hostel
According to us, a hostel or guesthouse is the best choice for you travelers with a limited budget in order to stay able to rest well at night. Especially in South Korea, this is currently crowded with tourists. Business lodging cheap kayak hostel or guesthouse is so increasingly stretched, to the extent that many Korean artists are also follow-up open the inn for a side business. So you do not need to worry about finding an inn that suits your taste and budget because the choice of hostels in Korea is a lot. But the most important is the price is very competitive.

With a range between 8500-9500 won, you can get a dormitory type that you will share with 8-10 others. But if you have more budgets and need your privacy or your own room, private rooms in inns are also not too expensive. The price ranges between 25000-50000 won with facilities that have equaled the hotel. Besides the price,personalized service and gathering experiences with other travelers from all over the world are also the attraction of hostels or guesthouses you will never find in a hotel.