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Korea Trip Day 1

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Korea Trip Day 1

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We assembled at Changi International Airport 樟宜国际机场 for our 8 Days 6 Nights trip to South Korea and Jeju Island tour by SA Tour.  We took Asiana Airline, departure Singapore at 10.35pm and arrived at about 7am in Seoul Incheon International Airport 首尔仁川国际机场.  Korea’s time is an hour ahead of Singapore.

Changi Airport

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SEOUL 首尔

Seoul is the Capital of South Korea, the “Land of The Morning Calm

Seoul is considered to be a leading global city, ranking among the top ten global cities in the Global Cities Index of 2010.

Seoul is one of the world’s top ten financial and commercial centers, home to major multinational conglomerates such as Samsung, LG and Hyundai-Kia.  In 2008, Seoul was named the world’s sixth most economically powerful city by Forbes.

Seoul Airport

Seoul has many Korean historical and cultural landmarks.  The Joseon Dynasty built “Five Grand Palaces” in Seoul: Changdeokgung 昌德宫, Changgyeonggung 昌庆宫, Deoksugung 德寿宫, Gyeongbokgung 景福宫 and Gyeonghuigung 庆宫.

Among them, Changdeokgung was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997 as an “outstanding example of Far Eastern palace architecture and garden design”.

The main palace, Gyeongbokgung is currently being restored to its original form.  The palaces are considered exemplary architecture of the Joseon period.

Han River

Although many walls and fortresses of the old city were demolished, some palace and fortress gates have played a role in the city’s heart such as Sungnyemun and Heunginjimun.  The gates are more commonly known as Namdaemun (South Great Gate) and Dongdaemun (East Great Gate).

Namdaemun was the oldest wooden gate until a 2008 arson attack, and is currently undergoing reconstruction.  Situated near the gates are the traditional markets and largest shopping center, Namdaemun Market and Dongdaemun Market.

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SEVEN LUCK CASINO

Millennium Seoul Hilton

Seven Luck Casino is attached to Millennium Seoul Hilton which is only available for foreigners (passport required).  Some casino voucher was given to each visitors.  On top if it, we have lost 10,000 won, sound a lot right, actually is about S$10 only oh.  :p

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CHEONGGYECHEON 首尔清溪川

Cheonggyecheon is a 5.8 km creek flowing west to east through downtown Seoul, and then meeting Jungnangcheon, which in turn connects to the Han River and empties into the Yellow Sea.

During the 1948-1960 presidency of Syngman Rhee, Cheonggyecheon was covered with concrete for roads.  In 1968, during the presidency of Park Chung-hee, an elevated highway was built over it.

Cheonggyecheon – The beginning of the Cheonggye Stream

The concrete covering the river was excavated and removed and the river stream was opened to the public in September 2005 and was lauded as a major success in urban renewal and beautification.

A Long Park Runs on Both Sides of the Stream

Creating the environment with clean water and natural habitats was the most significant achievement of the project.  Species of fish, birds, and insects have increased significantly as a result of the stream excavation.  The stream helps to cool down the temperature on the nearby areas by 3.6 °C on average versus other parts of Seoul.

Seoul City Hall

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LUNCH

Stone Rice with Pork Steamboat and the Korean famous Kim-chi

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Vegetable for making Kim-chi

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The cute dog name is “General” guarding the Kim-chi Shop

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DONGDAEMUN MARKET 东大门市场

When you are in Korea, don’t miss this 106-year-old market in Seoul, one of the oldest in the city and among the key wholesale markets in the entire South Korea.  Dongdaemun means Great East Gate because it was the eastern entry for the walled city during the Joseon Dynasty (1392 – 1910).

Dongdaemun Market Street

The Dongdaemun Market began as clothing wholesale in 1905.  Today, it has grown large with 26 shopping malls, 30,000 specialty shops, and 50,000 small and medium manufacturers over a 586-square-meter area.  Covering 10 blocks, the entire Dongdaemun Market is roughly as large as 100 football fields.

Dongdaemun market is a popular destination, comprising of traditional markets and shopping centers that sell a full range of fashion items at the lowest prices.  Name it: silk, clothes, sporting goods, office supplies, toys, electronics, and just about anything.  In 2002, it was designated as Special Tourism Zone.

Dongdaemun Market Street Area

The market is divided into two sections: the retail and wholesale divisions. The retail shops are located on the side where Doosan Tower is located.  Tourists frequent the shopping malls are  Doosan Tower, Migliore, Freya Town, and Hello apM.

Doota Mall is the leading fashion icon offering many domestic brands.  It has floors dedicated to adult clothing, accessories, bags and shoes, and children’s items.

Dongdaemun Shopping Complex is worthy of visit with its amazing variety of fabrics.  Clothing starts on the 1st floor to 8th floor and 9th floor is the food court.

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GIMPO DOMESTIC AIRPORT 金浦国内机场

We proceed to Gimpo Domestic Airport for Jeju Island, flight time is about 1hr 15 mins.

Gimpo Domestic Airport

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Outside of Gimpo Domestic Airport

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JEJU ISLAND 济州岛

Jeju Island is located off the southern coast of South Korea and is South Korea’s first and only Special Autonomous Province.

Beautiful Jeju Island Coast Line

Jeju Island, also known as the “Island of the Gods“, is a popular vacation spot for Koreans and foreigners.

Jeju Island Map

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Jeju Island Bird Eye View

It remains the top honeymoon destination for Korean newlyweds, and is also regarded as one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world.  Despite attempts to market the island as “the Hawaii of Korea,” climatologically and geographically it bears little in similarity to the Hawaiian Islands.

Jeju Island Airport

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Jeju Airport Souvenir Shop and Our Team Members

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YONGDUAM DRAGON ROCK 龙头岩

Yongduam Dragon Rock is one of the most unusual lava formations, it looks like a roaring dragon rising from the sea into the sky, hence its name.

Yongdoam Dragon Rock

Legend of Yongdoam Rock, an envoy was sent by the Dragon King who lived in a huge palace nearby to gather the elixir of life from Mount Hallasan.  When the dragon came and tried to gather the elixir, the guardian spirit of Hallasan shot down the dragon.

Another view of Yongdoam Dragon Rock

The dragon was fleeing and fell into the sea. Immediately it turned into a rock with its head still surging towards the sky.

Yongdoam Dragon Rock Beach

Geologically speaking, when the lava was erupting it was hardened and formed into a dragon-shaped Yongduam.  The island is also beloved by botanists since rare plants such as Seomgatbunchi and Hedyotis biflora can be seen growing wild.

Jeju Yongdoam Dragon Rock

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Jeju Sky View

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Memaid Statue

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Yongdoam Dragon Head Rock

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Rock Formation

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KIMCHI DINNER

After dinner, we checked in Jeju Pacific Hotel at around 7pm.  I was sick and keep coughing for whole journey, some teammate said it may caused by the dry air in Korea.

Eel Seafood Steam Boat and Kim-chi

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Link: Korea (Seoul & Jeju Island) Trip Day 2

Link: Korea (Jeju Island & Seorak) Trip Day 3

Link: Korea (Mt. Sorak & Yong Pyong Dragon Peak) Trip Day 4

Link: Korea Trip Day 5

Link: Korea Trio Day 6

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  1. December 11, 2011 at 12:44 AM

    Incredible photos! I feel like I’ve been to Korea now! Thank you for sharing. :)

  2. December 11, 2011 at 2:32 AM

    Great post and great pictures… I am hungry now and must say your choice of foods is making me so.. Good Kim chi is hard to find in my part of the world! Thank you for sharing Korea is a very Beautiful place!

  3. December 18, 2011 at 1:17 AM

    I’m glad you like my ‘free parking’ photo. I like yours too.

  4. December 20, 2011 at 8:42 AM

    Hi cc yee,
    Great post, it gives me good info. Thanks for sharing.

  5. January 19, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Korea Trip Day 1 cc yee's blog is an outstanding share. Many thanks for this article.

  6. January 31, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Great post. I’m popping into Seoul next weekend (my first time visiting the city). I love markets (I wrote about a massive market that I visited in Guangzhou – http://sundaymorningnothings.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/thats-not-a-market-this-is-a-market/) so I will definitely check out Dongdaeum Market!

    • February 4, 2012 at 11:14 PM

      Thanks for dropping by. I’m sure you will have a wonderful time in Seoul. Its a beautiful city.

  7. arey
    March 24, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    hello, may i know u went to korea in around what month?coz i was wondering do i need to bring any wind coats when i go there in september…

    anyway, Ur blog is superb!

    • March 25, 2012 at 11:45 AM

      Thanks for dropping by. We went there in early October, the weather is cool and nice, not too cold. In September will still be warm weather. Maybe will need light jacket at night or if going up to the mountain resorts.

  8. Jenny Hon
    September 8, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Very nice of you to post all this as i will be going to Korea soon. It is very informative.
    Thank you, You have done a good job in sharing with us.

  9. November 9, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Hi hi ,

    Saw your blog of trip to Korea .do u mind if u can share your itinerary to me as I m thinking to bring my kids to Korea but.I have no ideas how n where to go :)

    And may I know how much you have spend for e trip ?
    Cheers

  10. January 26, 2013 at 5:22 AM

    Your blog is so informative!

    I made a post on Korea cosmetic coupons, hope it’s helpful for everyone! =) http://koyukipalaceeng.blogspot.ca/2013/01/korea-coupons-cosmetics.html

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  12. June 11, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Missing Seoul and jeju after reading this post. Great post and love the Jeju-do photos. Check out my Korea trip as well http://www.karltraveladventures.wordpress.com thanks

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