South Korea 2017: Namsan Seoul Tower x Dongdaemun Market (feat. Wa Liter Coffee and Juice)

Namsan Tower

Annyeonghaseyo Seoul~

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The LG OLED Tunnel was fascinating. 💖  It was a mesmerizing experience seeing the stars, nature, and the city of Seoul being shown!

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N Seoul Tower chocolate 🍫

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Seoul is a beauty 💕

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This a one-of-a-kind restroom to use! Doing your thing while having a view of Seoul! 🤣 It was not embarrasing to take photos and to have a bit more time inside, thanks to the reminder posted 😋


Dongdaemun Market

Dongdaemun Market is the place to be for food, clothes, cosmetics, bags, fresh flowers and souvenirs!

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Lovely umbrellas!

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Wa Liter

It was a long walk around Dongdaemun Market and a refreshment is what we needed. We bought Iced Americano and Iced Matcha Tea from Wa Liter. It tasted really good! I love that local Korean cafés serve quality drinks.

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South Korea 2017: Petite France

October 31, 2017

Petite France is a famous attraction in South Korea and is known as the shooting site seen from My Love from Another Star, Secret Garden, and Running Man. It is a French-themed village where we experienced a taste of the French culture. The soft, pastel colored houses looked lovely! This was our next stop after Nami Island. 🙂

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Le Petit Prince ❤️

More than the charming facades, there are cafés, souvenir shops, and some houses that were used as a gallery for photographs, art pieces and antiques. We got to see real-life sample houses of a Madamoiselle and Monsieur.

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Sample house

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Madamoiselle sample house

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Madamoiselle sample house

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Monsieur sample house

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Monsieur sample house

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What I found interesting and cute is Mont Blanc Express which includes a finely-made diorama of a French village at the foot of a mountain.

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Mont Blanc Express

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I had a little background about Petite France before we went except that it was French-themed but then it was also a place springing with exquisite art.

South Korea 2017: Nami Island

October 31, 2017

It was another day for us to wake up early because we were going to Nami Island (and Petite France)! I was excited to see the colorful leaves of Nami and feel the autumn vibes! 🍁🍂

We rode a ferry going to Nami Island. You can go either by zipline or ferry. When we got there, colors of purple, orange and yellow vibrantly showed off. It’s a perfect place for a picnic or a walk to shake off stress.

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We took pictures in the famous Ginko Tree Lane and Winter Sonata film sites. My sister and I rented a tandem (couple) bike in which we got to see most of Nami. It was fun biking with such a refreshing environment around, and we biked through the Ginko Tree lane 😊 My sister was the front rider and she was kinda challenged maneuvering the bike because she said I was heavy. 🤔 Plus, I do not know how to ride a bike haha. We struggled at the start but we managed.

 

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Why do you have to write on them, Cesar and Czar 😓 😆

 

There is food available! They sell sausage and there are restaurants you can dine in. As for the weather, it was cold when we arrived in the morning but it got warm around 11am.

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My personal favorite in Nami aside from the Ginko Tree Lane was in its the north-east where there were many purple and orange trees. They were so pretty! It’s where the photo in my About page was taken. See them below:

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Before going back to our bus, we didn’t miss eating Dakgalbi for lunch. 🙂 Dakgalbi (spicy stir-fry chicken) is a combination of marinated chicken, cabbage, rice cake and other ingredients. There are lots of Dakgalbi restaurants in Gapyeong Ferry Wharf and our tour guide said that we shouldn’t miss eating Dakgalbi there besides visiting Nami Island! We ate at Mr. Dakgalbi and what I remember is it was 11,000won (495pesos) per head. The delicious dish got our bellies to the full!

Dakgalbi | (c) under500calories.com

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Nami surely was a beautiful poetry. 🧡

South Korea 2017: Everland

Everland is known as the largest amusement park in South Korea. A fun, clean and friendly outdoor park available for both kids and adults comprising of five themed zones – Global Fair, American Adventure, Magic Land, European Adventure and Zootopia – would surely make you pumped up! The theme park is a wonderful venue for  educational purposes and spending quality time with your friends, lover or family.

My mom booked a tour through klook.com. The voucher included the roundtrip transfer, Everland one-day pass ticket and English speaking staff. It was convenient since we received the tickets without lining up. 😀

We went on a Monday, 30th of October. It was not crowded and the weather was chilly.

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Impressive halloween designs – jack-o’-lanterns and eerie props greeted us. Aside from the halloween decors, flowers of various kinds bloomed and showed off their vibrant colors! It was a beautiful sight under a cold sunny day.  ☺️ And you may want to have a prosthetic halloween makeup done (not for free) before going around?

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There are good stuff to be shopped. For those who are into pens and highlighters, there’s Monami store so prepare money. 😉

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My mom was so excited to see the Pandas so we went first to Zootopia which include Panda World, Lost Valley Safari Adventure, etc. It was amazing to have a close encounter with pandas, rhinoceros, penguins, seals and much more!

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Sun bathing

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…it’s this close.

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Now, who wouldn’t miss one of the world’s steepest wooden roller coaster? I was frightened enough not to ride but I didn’t want any regrets of not being able to so I went for T-express!! We lined up at lunch time around 12pm and it took us an hour to have a ride. There were many people in line during that time but not so much when we passed by T-express in the afternoon at maybe about 4pm.

I didn’t feel very nervous (for a moment) while waiting in line because thankfully my sleepiness felt much stronger haha. I suggest that you don’t eat before riding T-express because it might cause you to feel nauseous.

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I closed my eyes at the first drop!! THE FEELING WAS LEGIT. It felt like I was going to puke out my organs! 🤢 Towards the latter part I managed to open my eyes and raise my arms 🤗

Everland side story

There was this good-looking oppa who was alone. He sat in front of us (and I wanted to ditch my sister so I can seat beside him lol). After the ride, we noticed he was wiping his eyes and immediately exited. Three possible reasons:

    1. He broke up with his yojachingu (girlfriend)
    2. Tears of joy or tears of fear
    3. Something went in his eyes

But we really think it’s reason #1!! Don’t cry anymore oppa!! There’s someone better for you! *watch out for me lol* ~~

 

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I will never be too old to ride a carousel 💕

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Various food stalls are of reach whenever hunger strikes. We ate at KFC and sadly they don’t have rice. 😢 Hashtag Filipino Probs. Nevertheless, fries compensated for it hehe. They also have food stalls that sell churros, coffee, ice cream, coolers, etc. Evermart which is similar to 7-eleven is available outside of the main theme park and re-entry is allowed. We didn’t get to know about this until we got home. 🤔

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Before night came, we took the opportunity to go to Rose Garden. This spot is Instagrammable, friends. 💖

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The night surely lit up. 🙂 It also became very cold. The sweaters and scarves we had weren’t enough to keep us warm but thankfully we bought hot packs. So make sure to bring with you enough warmers like gloves and thick jackets. What I know is that Everland is located at a high place that’s why it’s chilly moreover during the evenings.

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Zombie dance show

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Float parade

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Pyromusical and fountain show

I enjoyed Everland! Magic Garden and Zootopia were my favorites. I also liked that the place was kept clean and the staff were helpful with the directions. 😊