Thursday, 12 February 2015

Seoul Tour Nov 2014 - Part 1

Hi guys, I'm back again!

In my previous post, it just all about my study tour in Seoul but this time it'll be my own tour around this large city. From the first day arrive in Seoul till my leisure time after class which is end at 4 p.m. everyday.

Day 1 in Seoul, first time took subway train to get to the guesthouse. Kinda challenging as I carried a very heavy luggage! *sigh*

The weather that time was about 10°C or less. It was so cold for me. Huhuhu.. Below pictures is the view around Seoul Station as I need to transfer to Metro Subway from Airport Railway lane to get to the guesthouse. It just within the station too but need to walk outside to get the right lane.

Seoul Square which is exactly in front of Seoul Station

View in front Seoul Statio

To get to the guesthouse, need to take subway from Seoul Station to Hyehwa station and it takes about 20 minutes.

From Hyehwa station to Fully Guesthouse:

1. Take exit no. 4. 
2. Find the Baskin Robbins as soon you come out of Hyehwa station exit no. 4.
3. Turn left and go straight, on the way you should see the Starbucks and Samsung Mobile shop.
4. Keep walking to the end of road where you will see the 7th Heaven Coffee Shop and the LOHB store. 
5. Cross the big intersection and walk towards to Dunkin’ Donuts directions. 
6. Go straight the road between Dunkin' Donuts and the Daiso building (the small street with all the trees). 
7. You’ll see the main gate of Sungkyunkwan University on your left, keep walking straight till you see the Dongho pharmacy (동호약국) on your left and a police station on your right. 
8. As soon as you see the Dongho Pharmacy, turn left and stay to your left side, you’ll see the Guesthouse on the left. 

In front of Sunkyungkwan University entrance

Inside Fully Guesthouse

The pantry 

Triple room - 2 double-deck bed and 1 single bed

The toilet with heater
So after check-in and get some rest, me and my friends went out to Hongdae to meet our Korean teacher who was at that time in her hometown for holiday. She work in Malaysia so when we know she's in Korea, we set meeting with her.

With our Korean teacher (in the middle back), Gahee

Flea Market in Hongdae

I think this place has been in so many Korean dramas.

One of my favorite Korean street snacks, Hotteok (Sweet Rice Cake)

After that, I met my Korean friend who is a sister to me so I called her 'eonni' which mean big sister in Korean. Jae eonni brought me to Jass Cafe in Hongdae. This place is a must place to go for me as I'm a big fans of Yongseo couple (We Got Married) of season 2. So when I got into this cafe, there's so much feels of the couple as a lot of Yongseo gifts are inside the cafe!!

And their goguma latte is a must try (sorry, no picture of it since I'm so mesmerized with Yongseo stuff, kekeke..)

Below is a scan of their shop card with a hand drawn map.
Nearest station is Line 2 Hongik Unversity Station, exit 2.

JASS Cafe in Hongdae where Yongseo filmed WGM
Credit information from this blog: JASS Cafe in Hongdae, Seoul | Sleepwalking in Tokyo

Yongseo gifts!!!

Okay, this all for first part. Will post more of my activities in Seoul in next post. See ya!

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

My Study Tour to Korea - Part 3

On the last day of our study tour, aside from Unhyeongung Palace we went to KBS On (KBS 온 (KBS견학홀))  which is open for public.

Located within the KBS broadcasting station in Yeouido, the KBS Exhibition Hall is the first museum in Korea dedicated to the history and evolution of the Korean broadcasting industry. The exhibition hall is a space where visitors can experience radio and television broadcasting production firsthand. The KBS Exhibition Hall first opened on January 1, 1977 and after extensive renovation, the exhibition hall reopened in April 2001. Now, the hall offers better services than before with the addition of a Hologram Corner, 3D TV Experience Corner, and Character Photo Zone. 

The KBS tour starts from the main hall on the second floor and continues onto the fourth and fifth floors. In addition to the small museum, radio drama studio, sound effect instruments, 9 o'clock news corner, hologram corner, 3D movie experience hall and chroma key corner, visitors have the chance to observe the TV production process and radio programming process through a window that looks out into the broadcasting studio.

Program Information

  • News Anchor Experience (News area)
  • Weather forecast experience (Chroma key)
  • 3D theater experience
1) National Assembly Station (Seoul Subway Line 9), Exit 4.
2) Yeouido Station (Seoul Subway Line 5 or 9), Exit 3.
The KBS building is located within 20 minutes' walking distance of the station.

More information visit this website: KBS On (온 (KBS견학홀))

Below pictures are some of the activities inside the place.

Next post will be about my tour around Seoul which is not a part of study tour. It will be own leisure tour. See you guys soon!!

Monday, 9 February 2015

My Study Tour to Korea - Part 2

Aside from indoor and class session, this study tour also include outdoor activities. These includes visiting the palaces and other cultural places around Seoul.

Pictures below show some of the activities.

In front of King Sejong statue at Gwanghwamun Square

  • Gyeongbok Palace, 

  • National Folk Village, 

  • Cheondokgung Palace, 

  • Unhyeongung Palace

  • Namsan Hanok Village

With our tour guide for this Hanok village