Monday, July 25, 2016

2016 July: South Korea: 6 places to see in Gyeongju in 2 days

Gyeongju is a walkable city when you plan your visit according to nearby target destinations.  Having an available internet for GPS location and is much helpful on your return bus tour to the city.

Day 1 (nearby the city center)

Ancient Tombs and Cheomseongdae Observatory (경주 첨성대)
169-5, Cheomseong-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do

Cheomseongdae is the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia. Constructed during the reign of Queen Seon-deok (632-647), it was used for observing the stars in order to forecast the weather. This stone structure is a beautiful combination of straight lines and curves, and was designated as National Treasure No.31 on December 20th, 1962. [Reference]

2016 July: South Korea: Busan: Seomyeon Catholic Church

Seomyeon Catholic Church
Bujeon 1-dong 417-4 Busan Busanjin-gu (Seomyeon station, Exit ) 
Services in English (Sundays, 4 p.m.)

2016 July: South Korea: Suncheon: Maegok-dong Church

Maegok-dong Church
Location: Maegok-dong Suncheon Jeollanam-don
Sunday Mass: 6:30, 10:00, 19:30 

2016 July: South Korea: Daegu: Gyesan Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes

Gyesan Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes
계산동 성당
Location: 10, Seoseong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea (Banwoldang station, Exit 18)

2016 July: South Korea: Gyeongju: Seongdong Catholic Church

Seongdong Catholic Church (in downtown Gyeongju)
Time:  English mass every 2nd Sunday of the month @ 2:00 pm
Bible Sharing @ 1:00-2:00pm

2016 July: South Korea: Flavors of Busan

Queen's Brown
Location: Seomyeon station, Exit 4
Food: Mozzarella Tomato Panini, 8500krw
Personal Preference: 8 out of 10, average price.  This is a place where locals chill with bingsu.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

2016 July: South Korea: Flavors of Suncheon

Fusion of Korean-Italian restaurant in Hyangdong Culture Street
Food: spicy chicken rice, 9500krw
Personal Preference: 10 out of 10, again I miss the rice.  I like the artisan's place.

2016 July: South Korea: Daegu: C'est La Vie

What's exciting on this is that, I'm not aware on this place.  But it so happened that I'm lost and reached a Protestant Church grounds when I accidentally saw a billboard with filming location site of Love Rain, KBS 2012.

C'lest La Vie ("Such is Life")
Location: 244, Dongsan-dong, Daegu, South Korea (Banwoldang Station Exit 18)

2016 July: South Korea: Flavors of Daegu

Ricco Papa  
Location: (near Herb Hillz) Dalseong-gun, Daegu 
Food: pork steak, 10500krw
Personal Preference: 10 out of 10, I missed rice and an English menu.  I love the salad and fruits.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

2016 July: South Korea: Flavors of Gyeongju

Silla Ssambap
Food: Korean table d'hote with rice wrapped in vegetables (traditional Silla dining) @ 11,000krw (440php, 2016)
Personal Preference: 8 out of 10
Too many for one serving.  They don't offer less serving.

2016 July: South Korea: Never had a hearty experience yet? Visit South Korea!

My two weeks, was a tummy filled trip at all.  Thank you to all the foreign travelers whom I met on this trip, especially to the locals who have extended their hand in helping me all the way to make it a memorable one. 

4th day: Daegu: I’m in the protestant Church grounds when I accidentally saw a billboard with filming location site of Love Rain. I met students from Seoul who were able to help me order tea from ajumma at C’est la vie cafe.  I even got additional candies together with saranghae sign from ajumma before leaving the place.

5th day: Daegu: I did received candies from unnie (a korean wife with his Australian husband, roaming around Bisuel Mountain with their son and mother-in-law).  Thanks for interpreting the words from group of ajummas.  

Monday, July 18, 2016

2016 July: South Korea: Busan: Motel You-Are In

Motel You-Are In 
모텔 유-아 인
143-4, Bujeon 1-dong, Busanjin-gu, Seo-myeon, Busan, South Korea 
부산진구 부전동 143-4, 서면, 부산, 대한민국
Tel: 82518160138 or Email:
Dates Stayed: July 14-16, 2016

Price: Considerably affordable, given that this was book in few days prior to the scheduled date.

Location: Accessible by Exit 8 (stairs) and Exit 10 (escalator going-up only) and far Exit 13 (elevator) from Seomyeon Line 2.

Check-in: Every time the receptionist is missing, he is probably managing the parked cars outside.

Room: Standard Room – very clean and comfortable.  Has separate table and chair for tea and coffee bags.  Has water heater.  There is a separate computer to use (although no Microsoft Office). 

2016 July: South Korea: Suncheon Guesthouse Happy Tour

Suncheon Guesthouse Happy Tour 
순천 게스트하우스 행복여행
15, Yeokjeongwangjang 2-gil, Yeonhyang dong, Suncheon-si, South Korea 
Phone: +82 2 6022 2443, +1 866 656 8207
Dates Stayed: July 9-14, 2016

Price: A bit pricey for solo room given that it is traditional Korea-style bed with no separate table or desk.  On the other option, the price for the dorm type is acceptable.

Location: 10minutes walk from KTX station. Nearby the bus pick-up and stop points (heading to Suncheon Bay or Drama set, City tours)

Check-in: Quick and easy, I did pay for the rooms upon arrival and I was accommodated in no time.

2016 July: South Korea: Daegu: Sono Business Hotel

Sono Business Hotel 
소노 비즈니스 호텔
86, Myeongnyun-ro, Daegu Central Area, Daegu, South Korea 700-440 
중구 명륜로 86, 대구시내, 대구, 대한민국 700-440
Tel: 82534237778 or Email:
Dates Stayed: July 4-7, 2016

Price: Expensive for private stay, but affordable if you’ll choose the dorm type.

Location: It is strategically located between Line 2 (Banwoldang Exit 2 (with nearby elevator) and Myeongdeok Exit 3) and Line 3 (Monorail) Myeongdeok.  Nearby 2 bus stops. 

2016 July: South Korea: Gyeongju: Chacharang Guesthouse

Chacharang Guesthouse 
차차랑 게스트하우스
119-4, Noseo-dong, Gyeongju City Center, Gyeongju-si, South Korea 780-931 
노서동 119-4, 경주 시내, 경주, 대한민국 780-931
For any questions related to the property, please contact directly via Tel: 821084406005 or Email:
Date Stayed: July 2-4, 2016

Price: Affordable for dorm type.  (1755php for 2 nights)

Location: Roughly 5-10 minute walk from the bus station.  But heading back to Gyeongju KTX you can take buses from the bus stop just across the street.