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Monday, February 8, 2016

South Korea Itinerary

South Korea Travel Tips for 10 Days
Winter Season

Budget: 800,000 won / 1000 SGD / 800 USD  ( Solo Trip)

Transportation T-Money Card and Top-up: 30,000 won- 60,000 won / 40 SGD-70 SGD 
Food: 90,000 won - 140,000 won /110 SGD - 170 SGD (10,000-16,000 won/ 12 SGD -20 SGD each day for 9 days)
Emergency Money: 400,000 won / 500 SGD 

Guesthouse Balance: (Paid Online Reservation Deposit)
Boa: 38,000 won / 40 SGD
Yehu: 30,000 won / 32 SGD
James Blue: 40,000 won / 44 SGD (Paid on Arrival)
Total Accommodation Balance: 110,000 won / 120 SGD

DIY Tours:
ITX ticket at the station to Gapyeong Station. Ticket fare: 8,000 won (2 way) / 10 SGD
Gapyeong Tour Bus: 5,000 won / 7 SGD
Namiseom Zip Wire: 38,000 won / 40 SGD (including entrance and return ferry)
Bike Rental: 5,000 (30 - 1 hour) / 7 SGD - 14 SGD (up to two hours)
Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak entrance fee:  2,000 won 
Manjanggul Cave entrance fee: 2,000 won 
Seoraksan National Park: 4,000 won
Changeongong Palace entrance fee: 2,000 won
DMZ tour: 40,000-50,000 won

Brief Summary: Nov 29 - Dec 5 (5 Solo days) Dec5-9 with my Sister
Nov 29 Departure Changi Terminal 2 to Seoul Incheon International Terminal 1
Nov 29 Arrival Check in Boa Guesthouse (3d2n seoul then bound to jeju island)
Nov 30 Nami Island 
Dec, 1 Check in Yeha Guesthouse, Visit: Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak and Manjanggul Cave 
Dec 2 Halla Mountain
3 Afternoon Flight back to Seoul, Bus bound for Sokcho, Check in James Blue Guesthouse 
4 Seoraksan Park: Heundeulbawi Rock and Ulsanbawi peak
5 Seoraksan Park, Afternoon Bus back to City
6,7,8,9 Together with my Sister
6 Bukchon Hanok Village, Changeongong Palace and Seoul Tower
7 Suwon: Hwaseong Fortress
8 DMZ Tour
Dec 9 Back to SG. Seoul Incheon International Terminal A to Changi Terminal 2

Nov 29 (Sunday) Scoot Flight from Singapore to Korea
Changi Terminal 2 to Seoul Incheon International Terminal 1

Seoul Incheon International Terminal 1 to BoA Travel House
Exit 4 at Hongik Univ. Station/Hongdae Station.(Airport Railroad, line2) 

Check in BoA Travel House
Address: 510-14, Changcheon-dong Seodaemun-guSeoul 120-836 Korea (Sinchonno 1-gil 15) Tel 02.323.6255
3 days 2 nights: 48,000 won / 50 SGD
Deposit :10,000 won 
Balance pay on arrival:38,000 won

Nearby Attraction: Street Art Exhibition and Weekly Sunday Bazaars Exit 5, Hongik University Station, Subway Line No.2 , Night Market

Day 2  

How to get there: Seoul to Gapyeong
Two options: Yongsan or Cheongyangni Station Station 
Travel time: 45 minutes
Book ticket online: , but for me I just went there and bought a ticket.

Two options to Nami Island : Zip Wire or take the Ferry. 

Namiseom Zip Wire 940 meter long
Ziplining from Gapyeong Wharf to Nami Island for 38,000 won/47 SGD (including entrance and return ferry)
Closed every 1st and 3rd Monday of each month.
Opening Hours: 9:00 - 19:00

Ferry Route: from Gapyeong Wharf or  Namiseom Dock to Namiseom Island. 
Round-trip fare (including entrance fee to the island: 10,000 won
Ferry Schedule: 07:30-09:00 (30min intervals) 09:00-18:00 (10-20min intervals) 18:00-21:40 (30min intervals)
Travel time: 5-6 min

Bike 5,000 won -10,000 won (30 minutes-1 hour)

Day 3 
Dec 1 (Tuesday) Flight bound to Jeju Island
Check Out BoA Travel House
Hongik University Station to Gimpo Airport
How to get there: Take  AREX(Airport Express train) Light Blue Line to Gimpo International Airport (2 stations, 4 minutes).
Flight: (H0DQE) Jeju Air 
Ticket price: 51,200 won/66 SGD

Gimpo Airport to Yeha Guesthouse
Check in Yeha Guesthouse (Estimated Arrival: 9 am)
Address : 9, Samo-gil, Jeju-si Jeju Special Self-Governing Province South Korea, 690-812 Tel. 070-4012-0084/064-724-5506
3 days 2 nights for 38,000 won
Deposit: 8,000 won 
Balance pay on arrival 30,000 won
(Toiletries Small towel, hair drier, tissue Shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toilet paper provided).

Yeha Guesthouse is 3 minutes away from Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal. Check Bus number routes:

Manjanggul Cave to Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak  (Travel time: 1 hour)

(Nearby: Bijarim Forest, Jeju Stone Park, Sangumburi Crater, Jeolmul Natural Recreation Forest, Eco Land Theme Park, Saryeoni Forest Path, Gyorae Natural Recreation Forest).

Day 4 
East Entrance: Seongpanak 9:14 am
How to get there: From Jeju City Bus Terminal Take No.781 at Jeju intercity bus terminal to 5.16 road or 1100 road, an intercity bus bound for Seongpanak. Get off at the entrance Seongpanak.
Travel Time: 30 minutess
Bus Operation:  6:00-21:30 , Interval between buses : 10 ~ 20min
Bus Fare: 1,700 won
(Two trail entrances: Eorimok (take bus 1100, last bus 3:00p) and Seongpanak (take bus 5.16, last bus 9:30p))

Cross the road from the Hallasan Office or Parkling lot and wait for the bus at that bus stop. I was there before 4pm and I was able to catch the Bus 782 right away, which goes straight to Jeju Terminal. 

Entrance information for different trail route:

Day 5 
Dec 3 (Thursday) Flight back to Seoul then to the Eastern Part of Korea
Gimpo Airport  to Express Bus Terminal to Sokcho City

Check out Yeha Guesthouse
Jeju(CJU)-Seoul(GMP)2015-12-03(Th) 12:20 ~ 13:30
Flight Back to Gimpo Airport to Mount Seoraksan Sokcho, Gangwon-do.
Arrival: 13:30 in Gimpo Airport 

There are daily express buses running from Express Bus Terminal in Seoul to Sokcho City roughly every 30 minutes.
Go to Dong Seoul bus terminal which is located near Gangbyeon Subway Station, Line 2, Green. 
Travel Time: 3-4 hours
Estimate Arrival in Sokcho 8 pm
Check in James Blue Hostel
1 Night : 20,000 won
Address : Kang-won do Sok-cho si Dong-myung dong 466-36. Tel : +82 10-5365-4591
Tel : +82 10-5365-4591

Day 6

Mount Seoraksan - Outer Seoraksan
Admission Fee: Adults 4,000 won

Cross the street from the bus terminal.Take local Sokcho bus number 7 or 7-1 to get to Seoraksan National Park. Alight at the last stop at Seorak-dong Sogongwon. Or From Sokcho Bus terminal take a cab to Mount Seorak (20-30 minutes).

Ulsanbawi Course
Route : Seoraksan Entrance - Heundeulbawi Rock - Ulsanbawi peak - Back down
Climb Duration : 4 hours 

Day 7

Hike or Take the Cable Car nearby the Sinheungsa Temple area
Cable car Adults (ages over 13) 8,500 won / Children (ages 4~13) 5,500 won
Operating Hours: From 2 hours before sunrise to 2 hours before sunset

Bus Back to Seoul  
Travel time: 3-4 hours
Avoid the weekends to avoid getting stuck in traffic.
Day 8 

Check in 24 Guesthouse Myeongdong 
Address: Myeongdong 

Anguk Station:
a. Bukchon Hanok Village
Address: 62-1 Gye-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

b. Changeongong Palace (near police station)
Address: 185 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Dongdaemun Market 
Directions: Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 4) Exit 1 or 14 or Dongdaemun Station (Seoul Subway Line 1 & 4) Exit 8, walk 5 minutes to the market. 

Namsan Cable Car to Seoul Tower
Address: 83, Sopa-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
Myeongdong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 3. 

Day 9

Day 10
Dec 8 (Tuesday) DMZ Tour

Day 11
Dec 9 Back to SG. Seoul Incheon International Terminal A to Changi Terminal 2

Here's an MRT Map of Seoul for your reference.

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