Written by Lee Jsheng
South Korea is the TOP travel destination, and all the rave is for many reasons. This scenic, budget-friendly country is more than a food & shopping paradise. It’s time to visit Korea! Traveling to South Korea has been on my bucket list ever since I was introduced to the world of Kpop. I adore Korean’s fashion, I enjoy watching Korean dramas and shows, listening to K-pop songs, not forgetting to mention the exotic Korean food! And these are only a slice of the pile of reasons why I longed to travel to Korea!
Shop Til’ You Drop – Myeongdong
Myeongdong is the place that you just have to visit in Seoul if you are a shopaholic. Ranges from trendy fashion pieces; which are incredibly inspiring to jazz up your wardrobe, to top notch skin care and cosmetic lines and the possibilities are endless. There’s no better place to shop than Myeongdong where you’ll find everything from internationally-recognized name brands to unique items. Besides, Myeongdong also houses a variety of family restaurants, fast food, plus Korean, Western and Japanese dining options. Many restaurants in Myeongdong specialize in pork cutlet (donkas) and kalguksu (thick noodles).
Traditional Hanbok Wear Experience at Gyeongbokgung
The name of the palace, Gyeongbokgung, translates in English as “Palace of Shining Happiness.” Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful; and remains the grandest of all five palaces is also called “Northern Palace” because it is the furthest north when compared to the neighbouring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeongheegung (Western Palace).
Tips to rent a Hanbok:
Adults (ages 19-64): 3,000 won
Children (ages 7-18): 1,500 won
* Free admission: Preschoolers (ages 6 and younger), seniors (ages 65 and older), people wearing hanbok, the last Wednesday of every month (Culture day)
And, of course, if you’re wearing a traditional dress in a beautiful palace, you just need to take as many photos as you can. Who knows when will I, we, be coming back?