Friday, December 30, 2016

Itinerary: Taipei, Taiwan

Accommodation: Where to stay in Taipei?
City Inn Hotel

Itinerary: Places to go, Things to see, What to do in Taipei in 7 days?

- touch down @ 13:10pm (Airport) @ Terminal 1 (Tentative Gate: B1, B3)
- BUY: easy card - 500NT
- Take BLUE and WHITE GUOGUANG BUSES (Western Route) going to Taipei - 120-150NT
- Check-in: City Inn Hotel
- MRT: Zhongshang Junior High School Station - for St. John Bosco Church
- MRT: Jiannan Rd Station Exit 3: Miramar (Ferris Wheel - 200NT)

- CKS Memorial MRT (National Chiang Kai Shek Memorial, opens: 9am)
- NTUniversity (Gongguan MRT), checkout Esprit only if possible (opens @ 11:30am)
- Lunch @ Mr. J Restaurant (
- Dr. Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall
- Taipei 101 - 500NT
- NY NY; - Warner Village

- Taroko Guided Tour (2000NT via )
- Dinner @ Modern Toilet

- Short walk in Ximen
- Check Redplayhouse
Taroko National Park (above), Tomita Farm (below)

AM: 9am - 1pm
- Taipei to Daxi Bus (Ta Shee Blooming Oasis and Tomita Farm) - 110NT
- Daxi to Ta Shee Blooming Oasis proper - Taxi: 160NT
- Ta Shee Blooming Oasis Entrance - 100NT
- Tomita Farm Entrance- 50NT

- Go to MRT Shipai
- P.S. Bu Bu Restaurant (roughly 400nt/per head ; take off: Shipai MRT)
- Walking on Tianmu Area
- Fisherman’s Walking Area

- Transportation Taipei-LeoFoo-Taipei (240NT)
- Taipei to LeoFoo Village (Entrance: 860NT)
- Mall Hopping: Wufenpu Mall, RT Mall, Go Living Mall

- Hello Kitty Restaurant
- National Palace Museum (160NT) (take off: Shilin MRT)
- Taipei Story Land (near MRT Taipei Main Station) - 250NT (voucher 150NT)

- Taipei Fine Arts Museum
- Taiwan Storyland
- Departure

Hopefully this Taipei travel blog was able to help you plan your trip and build your own Taiwan Itinerary.
Travel Date: October 19 (Mon) - 25 (Sun) 2009

Tips and Note for Taiwan Travel

  • When to go to Taiwan? February - late February to mid-March would be good for cherry blossom.  Late March would mean less to no flora for Taichung (Lavender Cottage, etc.) 

Philippines: Taguig: Art ala Carte

Art ala Carte: An art exhibit and workshop of Kulay Diwa Gallery of Philippine Contemporary Art, currently being held in Ground Floor, Uptown Mall.  There's a wall dedicated for travel addicts, the famous landmarks that will keep you excited even by just looking at these art piece.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

South Korea: dal.komm

Another coffee brand that became more famous across the kdrama world is dal.komm.  I have not visited the actual location of where the drama were taken, but I got a chance to visit the one in Suncheon.  

Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do, South Korea
Food: mummy hotdog and peach ice tea, 7500krw
Personal Preference: 9 out of 10, expensive.  For the sake of re-living Descendants of the Sun, although this is not the actual location shoot, you'll be successful in hunting Jongki.  They have replays of DOTS on the video near the counter, his magazines were everywhere.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

2016 Nov: South Korea: Heyri Art Village

We have visited Heyri Village because it is nearby English Village Paju.  If you are looking for what to do in Paju, here is another place to visit.  It just came along my research that this is one of the drama locations.

Autumn Trees
Coming from English Village, we walked from Gate 9 to Gate 4 (almost 30-45 minutes stroll), passed by the mountain side and saw a deer on the wild.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

2016 Dec: Philippines: Metro Manila: Christmas Display

Here comes the season for the night lights and Christmas display on the streets, malls and buildings!

SM Malls

Has a theme of white Christmas, where instead of using big green trees, they have decorated the malls  with huge twigs, covered with white "as if snow" and decorative shining balls.  They have also added winter animal like deer.

Philippines: The Taste of South

Las Pinas
Ikkoryu Ramen
Location: Food Strip, Southmall
Food: chasu ramen, chicken karaage
Personal Preference: 8 out of 10.  Tasty and quick service.  Was able to accommodate us with house tea and roasted sesame seeds for the perfect taste of Japanese cuisine.

Are you looking for famous, best, top restaurant or places to experience food in the Philippines, click on the following links:

Thursday, November 17, 2016

5 Hotel Room Hacks To Make Your Stay An Awesome One

Whether someone is staying in a hotel for just one night whilst attending a work conference or staying for two weeks on holiday, it is important to make the most of it. There are dozens of ways to make the hotel stay more enjoyable, whilst saving both time and money. Use this helpful guide in order to learn some hotel hacks which people use all the time with lots of success.
Email The General Manager In Order To Leave A Complaint
Most people will email a generic hotel address in order to leave a review of their stay, or they will use a third-party site such as Tripadvisor to tell other web users about their time in their accommodation in Broome. However, it is a good idea to email the general manager of the hotel if the stay was less than satisfactory.
General Managers are eager to avoid bad publicity and they want to please any guests who may have some complaints about the hotel. If they receive a complaint in their inbox, they will be motivated to offer perks in the hope that the disgruntled guests will stay at the hotel again sometime in the future. These perks can include free upgrades to better rooms, complimentary vouchers for spa treatments, as well as discounts on room prices.
Get Last Minute Deals Cheaply With Coupon Websites
Some people might think that booking a room at the last minute will cause the Broome hotel room to be much more expensive than booking well in advance. However, last-minute deals at rock-bottom prices can be found by using specialist coupon websites. This can be a great way to save lots of money which can be spent on other activities during the holiday. Make sure to compare several discount websites before making a final decision on the desired deal.
Negotiate Over Long-Stay Prices
Some people will stay in hotels for a long period of time, whether they are working or on a holiday. Long stays can become expensive, so it is a good idea to negotiate a cheaper rate. Either ring ahead in advance of the stay or talk with the general manager on arrival. The most important thing to remember is that a cheaper price will be easier to negotiate if people tell the hotel manager that they will leave a positive review on sites such as TripAdvisor after the stay is finished.
Use Booking Sites With Loyalty Points
Certain booking sites offer loyalty points to people who place repeat bookings. Make sure to compare several booking sites in order to find one which offers these loyalty points. This will ensure that people save lots of money in the long-run.
Ask To See Different Rooms Before Checking In
The quality of rooms can vary in the same hotel. Some rooms may be dirtier than others or may broken fixtures. If the room is unsatisfactory, ask to be moved into another one.
Use this guide for some helpful hotel hacks.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

South Korea: Autumn Itinerary for 4 days in Seoul

Note: If first time traveler to Seoul, please visit the detailed entry and guide on Itinerary for First-time Visitors or see more autumn itinerary options on this link.

Seoul: Dongdaemun: Kyung Hee University

I never heard of this place, until I was looking for where to hunt autumn leaves in Seoul from instagram.  

Then I got interested as the place has Gothic architecture.  Bad that we were not allowed to go further in the campus, but given sometime go ahead and go further the castle like building which is the Hall of Peace.

2016 Nov: South Korea: Dongdaemun: Doota Exhibition Center

As Descendants of the Sun, taken Asia by storm and going to Taebaek will take some time by bus, I'm thankful that I was able to visit the DOTS exhibition in Doota a week before it closes. 

South Korea: Gyeonggi English Village Paju Camp

Gyeonggi English Village Paju Camp
경기영어마을 파주캠프
Location: South Korea, Gyeonggi-do, Paju-si, Tanhyeon-myeon, Eoreumsil-ro, 40

Monday, November 14, 2016

South Korea: 2016 Seoul Lantern Festival

2016 Seoul Lantern Festival

This has been an annual activity in Cheonggyecheon Stream in Seoul, where lanterns sit on the water.
Accessibility: Purple Line No. 5 Gwanghwamun Station Exit 5 [Map]
Links: Official Site, Visit Korea, My 2011 Visit

2016 Themes:

  • Han River Theme Lanterns
  • Municipal government's and overseas' lanterns
  • Participating corporation's lanterns
  • Artists' lanterns
  • Children's character lanterns

2016 Nov: South Korea: Flavors of Seoul


The Farmer's Table
Location: Heyri Artinus 1F, 1652-393 Beopheung-ri, Tanhyeon-myeon region, Paju town, Gyeonggi-do province | Heyri Art Village
Heyri Art Village Gate #4, straight ahead until the first intersection, first quadrant on the right.
Food: pizza (25,000 KRW = 1,000 PHP) 
Personal Preference: 9 out of 10, definitely a posh restaurant, thus expensive.

Seoul: Hongdae: Swanhouse

156-2 Donggyo-Dong, Hongdae, Seoul, South Korea, 121-816
서울시 마포구 동교동 156-2 마젤란 21 빌딩
Magellan 21 Building, Donggyo- Dong, Mapo-Gu, Seoul-City

Price: Discounts you might get from Agoda is not applicable, as it is fixed rate when you pay it upon arrival at 100,500krw/day. [Date Stayed: 2016 November]

Location: Got this place from Agoda, however it looks to be part of airbnb.  This is not a guesthouse where you’ll see other guests, computer unit or a tour desk that you’ll meet each time you go out for the day.  This is like a condo unit in a building nearby the university belt. 

From Line 2 Hongik University (Hongdae) subway station Exit 2 (with escalator), it is just 1-2 minutes walk going to Magellan 21 Building (just beside Jewel Shop - DOROCY at ground floor).  

Monday, November 7, 2016

2016 Philippines: Flavors of Kapitolyo

United Coffee 
Location: 16 United St, Pasig, Metro Manila
Food: coffee, tea, sweets, cake
Personal Preference: 7 out of 10.  There is a narrow passage and stairs before getting there.  

Philippines: Flavors of Taguig (2016)

Passion by Gerard Dubois [Restaurant Closed] 
Location: Shop C2 of the NetPark, 5th Ave, Taguig
Food: pasta, vegetable salad, cake, macaroons
Personal Preference: 8 out of 10.  Pastries are for sale after 8 or 9pm.  Wide choice of ice cream and macaroons.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Japan: Nagasaki: Huis Ten Bosch

It was just so surprising to see this place that will never failed to let you feel to be in Amsterdam when you are actually in Nagasaki, a bombed site in Japan.

Huis Ten Bosch was also featured in South Korea's Battle Trip variety show.
Transportation: Hakata station→Huis Ten Bosch station 1.40hr(JR Express train)
Departure Time:every hour

* Only 5 direct trains and others should transfer at Haiki station.
Ticket Details 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

3 Types of Travelers who deal with Foreign Exchange

When travelers go out of the country, after preparing their flight tickets, accommodation and visa, what comes next in question is the preparation for money.  Here comes the questions on like where to buy third currency or if is it good to have USD instead?

Preparation for Money

Type 1: Traveler who wants to have 3rd currency prior to landing

In Manila, you can get 3rd currency (i.e. JYP, KRW, HKD) from major banks and money changer (i.e. Czarina or Sanry's).  Click below to know today's buying and selling rate of dollar or available 3rd currency (yen, won, hkd etc) in the metro:

You need to find the rates under Selling column (which means the bank will sell their 3rd currency to you).
For example, if you need 500,000krw in hand, then you have to pay:
BDO (at 0.0429 rate) = 21450php
BPI (at 0.05 rate) = 25000php

Process for BDO:
1. You need to have an account at a Mall BDO branch 
2. Call the branch to post the request for reservation (it will be ready by 3-5 days, upon availability as they still need to verify with their main branch)
3. Call again on the agreed date to make sure that it is ready prior to your visit
4. Upon confirmation on the phone, prepare a copy of your flight ticket, passport, account number (should be on the same branch), TIN number, cash (or credit from your account)

In the comparison made between BDO and BPI (2017 September), based on the Sell Rates, it is more cheaper to transact in BDO.  However, this is not always the case.  You should be able to compare the rates between banks to know where to buy at a better price.

Type 2: Traveler who wants to carry USD instead

Some say if you pass by USD, you will be double charged by the applicable tax charges.
BDO (at 48.1500 rate), you pay 21450php to get 445.482 USD

For example that you went to IBK to buy KRW upon arrival,
IBK (at 1,106.59 rate ), 445.482 will be 492,965.9263 KrW which is lower value compared to "Type 1" traveler.

That still depends on the rates on the airport exchange banks (i.e. Incheon Airport) which normally have low rates.  Some would say that departure area foreign exchange booth has better rate than the one in arrival area.

For Seoul, you can exchange few bucks in the airport for your transportation  to the city.  In the city, you can exchange in banks, malls, or convenience stores (specifically 7/11 in Myeongdong has good rates).  If you prefer doing your transaction on banks, you may check the exchange rates they have from below:

For Japan, we normally transact in banks, they would need your passport as well. 

Type 3: Traveler who prefers cash less transaction
Make sure that your ATM or credit card has been activated to be used on international transaction, call your bank to activate this service.  (Same goes for those who are using credit card transactions, you  need to notify them about your travel advisory prior to your flight.  Otherwise, your transaction may not go through or be tag as fraud).

Upon your arrival, you can just go to a partner ATM machine, and your PhP money will be automatically converted to local currency (i.e. KrW), ready for your withdrawal.  Ask your provider o know the allowable maximum amount that you can withdraw when going abroad.  Keep in mind that multiple withdrawals means multiple deduction, just stick on your planned budget and refrain from over spending.

Warning:  When traveling on high-season like autumn for Korea, most are experiencing scarcity of won even on banks.  Just make sure to have enough allowable time for your banks to reserve the won you need before your flight.  I normally do the reservation notice 1 month before my flight. 

I personally started as Type 2, then I'm moving to be Type 1.  However, I have read this comment in Trip Advisor, "I don't understand the concept that people buy a currency for a country before they arrive? Are you worried they won't have any more when you land?" [Read further]

For me, I guess it is more of paranoia or just being ready that I have money to spend in that point in time.  I don't want to use credit card because HSBC rates are just too high when converting the charges.  If in case I'm too hungry upon arrival, I still have to line up for the money changer before buying the food.  Or if my flight was delayed and I need to catch the last train heading to the city, instead of having an instant cash to buy the ticket, I still have to line up for the money changer or ATM machine.  

It will all depend on what type of traveler you are when it comes to preparation upon arrival or spending money or if you have enough time to spend at the airport to do the queues.  

Anyway, just enjoy the moment and seize the situation you'll be up to. 

Read more discussion on Trip Advisor Threads:
Exchange Rate in Incheon  

What to do with your left over money?
  • Make sure to spend your remaining coins in buying snacks at the airport or when playing with the telephone booth.  Money changers on your home country normally do not accept coins.
  • With your bills, you can opt to change it to your local currency at the airport before your departure.  Not all 3rd currency are accepted in the banks of the Philippines (BDO Mall money changer did not accept Malaysian ringgit and Indonesian rupiah last March 2016), so make sure to check first.
  • Sell your bills on other travelers you can find from forums like Pinoyexchange.
  • Add few of the bills to your collector's item. 
  • Keep it, save it, you'll never know when you will be back to that same country, but next time head out to the provinces (especially for  won in Korea as there are other destinations like Busan and Jeju apart from Seoul, and yen for Japan as there are other airports like in Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka apart from Tokyo).
Updated: 2017 October

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Long Layover in Incheon Airport: Quick Seoulful Escape

Inspired by recent questions in Trip Advisor, here is a sample itinerary for those having almost 12 hours layover in Incheon Airport.  I also suggest to not take a risk in skipping your flight, so make sure to remove and reduce a place in your Seoul experience to have enough time on your way back to the airport.

Luggage Storage & Lockers
You are not going to the city with your luggage!  Just in case you have it with you, there are lockers in the airport. 

These are located in the public area of the Passenger Terminal (on the 3rd & 1st floor). 
Rate: approx. $5 - $9 USD per day. 
Hours: 0600-2200
  • Arrivals - Korean Express Parcel Service  - Level 1F, near Exit F/3F.  
  • Arrivals - Hanjin Express - Level 1F, near Exit A.
  • Departures -  Korean Express Parcel Service - Level 3F, near Check-in M.  
  • Departures - Hanjin Express - Level 3F, near Check-in A.

Expense and Schedule
You can exchange some money that is possibly less than 100USD.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Philippines: Palawan: Coron: 6D 5N Itinerary

Sharing our 6D 5N (Feb 23-28, 2016) itinerary for Coron, Philippines.

Accommodation: Where to stay in Coron?
Coron Underwater Garden - They do provide airport shuttle and banca service to their place.  They have limited choice of breakfast (due to remotely located on an island). Although, there is too short shore line, you got to enjoy their manual water activities like canoe, paddle boat and stand-up paddle.  
Tip: For better island stay experience try to contact small huts in Banana Island. 

Seahorse Hotel (Brgy Poblacion 3, Coron Town) - This is a good spot in the city, surrounded by small tour shops, decent shakes or cafes, and there is small bbq stand in front.  There are nearby massage area as well. Close to convenience shops.  They can also prepare airport transfer. 

Highly recommended for group of 4s, the room that we got has stable bed, you will not feel the movement from the person above you (or below).  Inside the room, they have separated the sections from shower room, toilet, and open area wash room (at least 3 persons can already be accommodated in parallel time).

Best Time to Visit
Experience the shining water and sky during the early summer to heat wave summer of the country (February - April).  Refrain from visiting the typhoon season on July - November.


Prepare your airport-to-city transfer with your hotel/accommodation.  While moving around the city, you can take tricycle anywhere.  When it comes to island tours, try to haggle from different guides, better to take the service from same company to have higher chances of getting discounts or bargain the price. (Better to pay as tips to the bangkero directly on what you have taken as a discount from the company.  Specially if you are a group who has been posting demands or requests to the kuyas in pulling you and keeping you safe while on the water - you better pay their effort and don't forget that smile of 'thank you'.

Itinerary: Places to go, Things to see, What to do in Coron?

Monday, September 12, 2016

Tip: Financial Commandments for Travelers

I just bought a book, No Filter,  last weekend being intrigue why millennials are so fascinated about traveling.  An eye opener, a realization - yes it is a fad, you were influenced by celebrities, friends, relatives and regular nomads to wonder the world, to be one of them, to show off?

But true apart from these negative influences why you keep on soul searching, it made you hunger for more - about the culture, the place, to know more about the people.  To open our mind on how G20 countries keep on progressing and why 3rd world are still struggling.  To learn more about our environment and to be one with nature.

The same week, I bump to an article shared in social media about - the financial commandments for travelers, from Jerome Herrera of All I Can Handle Lifestyle Blog.

Here's a snippet of the list of what will make you wonder to follow before planning for your next wandering adventure:

1. Thou shall not travel if you are in debt

2. Thou shall not travel if you don’t have an emergency fund
3. Thou shall not travel if you’re not contributing to your retirement fund
4. Thou shall not travel just to keep up with the Jones's (don't feel envious of our friends)
5. Thou shall not travel just because you feel like you’re going to miss out on life if you don’t
6. Thou shall not travel when you need to borrow money to do so
7. Thou shall not travel just to widen your horizon
8. Thou shall not travel just because the fare is cheap
9. Thou shall not travel without a budget (stay within your planned budget)
10. Thou shall not travel without proper planning

For full context, please drop by his blog entry.

Monday, September 5, 2016

South Korea: 2 weeks Itinerary for Southern Provinces

MANILA – BUSAN (and southern provinces) – MANILA
MNL to BUSAN: 5J 184 04:00pm-08:50pm 
BUSAN to MNL: 5J 185 09:40pm-12:25am
Travel Date: July 01-16, 2016

I'm sharing with you my two weeks travel in southern provinces of South Korea.  Seoul and Jeju were excluded from this plan.  But if you are looking for these 2 cities, you can go to:

Hope these can help you plan your next trip.
Nights of Stay

Accommodation: Where to stay in southern provinces of South Korea?

2,3F, 408-3 Chorang-dong, Jung-gu, Busan


119-4 Noseo-dong, Gyeongju City Center, Gyeongju-si;


86 Myeongnyun-ro, Daegu Central Area, Daegu


14-13 Gyeryong-ro 636beon-gil, Seo-gu, Daejeon


15, Yeokjeongwang-jang-2-gil, Yeonhyang dong, Suncheon-si

Friday, September 2, 2016

2016 Sept: 27th Philippine Travel Mart

The fun continues at the Philippine Travel Mart in SMX Convention Center.  Visit the place until September 4 8pm to get the best deals from major airlines, travel tours and hotels. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

2016 July: South Korea: Suncheon Open Film Set

This open film set is located in Jorye-dong, Suncheon. It consists of three villages each representing a different era from the 1950s to the 1970s. It has approximately 200 houses and is the largest film set in Korea. The realistic sets bring about memories of people’s youth, while younger visitors can learn about Korea’s history. [Reference]

Sunday, August 28, 2016

2016 July: South Korea: Busan: Oryukdo Skywalk

Oryukdo Skywalk was constructed at the Seungdumal area (Sept 2012), a 35-meter-high coastal cliff, which is regarded as the dividing point between the East Sea and the South Sea, and started operating on October 2013, with the theme of "Walking over the sky.” [Reference]

This is a good spot to see nearby islands on a sunny day.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

2016 July: South Korea: Yeosu

This day was planned to be an outskirt from Suncheon.  Instead of moving for another different accommodation for an overnight stay, I have decided to simply have a day trip to Yeosu.  

Yeosu Guide Map

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

2016 July: South Korea: Suncheon: Ppurigipeunnamu Museum

Ppurigipeunnamu Museum (순천시립 뿌리깊은나무 박물관)

Founded by Suncheon City, Ppurigipeunnamu Museum displays the collections of Han Chang-gi, the founder of two renowned magazines in Korea. The collections range from the relics of the Bronze Age to those of modern times. Through the museum, visitors can catch a glimpse of the lifestyle and culture of Korea’s ancestors. [Reference]

Monday, August 15, 2016

2016 July: South Korea: Suncheon Bay and National Garden

I have started the day by visiting Suncheon Bay Nation Garden West side. Roam around the flora and fauna.

2016 July: South Korea: 6 places to see while in Suncheon

Among the provinces or KTX station, I stayed here the most (in my 2 weeks visit).  Being a part of Jeolla Province which I saw as beautiful place from the variety shows, so I did decide to visit.  However, from the local I've met, she was asking why Suncheon, it is not famous.  So I wonder, how come it became famous to me?

Drama Film Location
If you are adddicted to series or films, you can stay at this place for more than 3 hours.  Capturing those photos, being enticed how it is to live at 60's 70's 80's in Korea. [read]

Suncheon Bay
Visit National Garden for the flora tour.  Then take a sky cube to head to the wet lands. [read]

Deep Rooted Tree
Optional to visit, together with the traditional houses. [read]

Cultural Street
Enjoy the themed cafes and spend time to be one with arts - painting, drawing, etc. [read]

Escape to Yeosu
Go to the coastal areas and endless crossing of bridges. [read]

Escape to Beolgyo
If you are interested to history between Japan and Korea. [read]

Sunday, August 14, 2016

2016 July: South Korea: Daejeon: Songnisan: Beopjusa Temple Stay

Among all the places listed in the Temple Stay in the southern part of Korean peninsula, it was Beopjusa Temple that fit my schedule for an English guided program.  (If you are planning to do this activity, try to check first the easier option in Busan and which is known for being on the seaside and having English guide, it is Beomeosa Temple.)

Thursday, August 11, 2016

2016 July: South Korea: Daejeon: Currency Museum

Going to this place is just a side trip in preparation for my temple stay.

The Currency Museum of Korea is the first museum in Korea to be dedicated solely to modern and ancient currencies. The museum (est. 1988) is operated by the Mint Corporation of Korea as part of its non-profit public services and is open to visitors free of charge with a view of increasing public knowledge of the nation’s currency. The museum features a total of 120,000 pieces including: coins currently in use both in Korea and overseas; coins from modern times (from the Late Joseon Dynasty until today); 80 types of commemorative coins; 88 types of ‘special money’; postage stamps, and other materials. [Reference]

Currency Museum of Korea (화폐박물관)

80-67, Gwahak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon (accessible by Bus# 604)
대전 유성구 과학로 80-67 (가정동) 
Admission: Free; Stay/Duration: 1-2 hrs
Visitor's Information 

First section is the Coin Gallery, where they showed how first coins were minted.  

2016 July: South Korea: 4 Stops while in Daejeon

4 Stops while in Daejeon

It was just a short 6 hrs stay on the city, so was able to visit few places only.  I headed here in preparation for my temple stay in Songni-san.

Hanbat Arboretum
169, Dunsan-daero, Seo-gu, Daejeon
대전광역시 서구 둔산대로 169 (만년동)

The Hanbat Arboretum, linked with the Government Complex-Daejeon and Science Park, is the largest manmade urban arboretum. This venue serves multiple purposes: to act as a reservoir of genetically diverse foliage, an eco learning center for students, and a recreational area where people can relax and pass the time in the peaceful embrace of nature. [Reference]

Monday, August 8, 2016

South Korea: Daegu: Keimyung University Daemyeong Campus

Before heading to Daegu for 3 days stay, I was not aware about this school.  I just learned about the campus from one of the flyers in the Tourism Office of Daegu.  I thought I was over and done with Love Rain after visiting Four Season's House and Jade Garden.  But then again, apart from C'est La Vie, there's Keimyung University Daemyeong campus in Daegu.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

2016 July: South Korea: Daegu: Dodong-Seowon Confucian Academy, Biseul Mountain

Have some rest from the bustling transfers across the trains and buses and join an English theme tour by Daegu City Tours.  Tours available from the flyers are not confirmed unless they receive enough participants request for that day.  In my case, the Yangnyeongsi tourism office was very helpful in this one, they were able to connect me to the tour office and get my contact details for them to confirm if te tour will pursue the next day.  In the afternoon, I was able to received a call and they confirmed Biseul over Pangolsan, which I believe is also due to weather forecast. 

So to continue, there were 2 pick-up points from Daegu, they will confirm which one is better for you to go.  You gotta pay 5000krw to the guide upon boarding.  We have changed out itinerary a bit as agreed to all the passengers, so we skipped Daegu National Science Museum.  Instead bought our packed lunch at the Express Stop, drop by Dodong-Seowon Confucian Academy, then took the electric car to head to the top of Biseul Mountain or Biseulsan (which is normally excluded in a regular themed tours).  The driver said that taking the electric car will cost too much time and we will not make it, thus we have decided to skip the science museum.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

2016 July: South Korea: Things to do in Daegu

Daegu is one of the six metropolitan (first level) cities of South Korea, located in North Gyeongsang Province.  It has 2 subway lanes,1 monorail and multiple bus routes to access the city.

Day 1
  • Enjoy the multitude of cafes to choose from  in Dong Daegu KTX
  • Visit the restaurants in Jungangno (e.g. C'est La Vie, Flavors of Daegu)
  • Walk around Banwoldang to Daegu
  • Visit the churches and appreciate the architecture
  • Experience Love Rain's 1970's student life in Daemyeong-dong campus Keimyung University (from Namsan station, monorail)   

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

2016 July: South Korea: Gyeongju: Seokguram Grotto, Silla Arts and Science Museum

Seokguram, located on Tohamsan Mountain, is accessible by bus from Bulguksa Temple.  I've seen this sculpture initially from watching Arirang.  

2016 July: South Korea: Gyeongju: Bulguksa Temple

Bulguksa Temple [UNESCO World Heritage] (불국사)
Location: 385, Bulguk-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
경상북도 경주시 불국로 385 (진현동)
Fee (Adult): 5,000 won 

Accessible by Bus No. 10 or 11 from Gyeongju Intercity / Express Bus Terminal, the trip lasted for almost an hour and with the help of, I was able to reach the site.