Korea is the country we’ve explored the most as we’ve been to every city you can name on top of your head! Seoul? Check. Jeju? Check. Pyeongchang? Check. Daejon? Check. Busan? Check. Daegu? Check.
When The Korean Tourism Organization Manila emailed us to join them for a Ladies Special Familiarization Trip , we were asking ourselves if there was going to be something new to see on our nth time in Korea. Don’t get us wrong, we were looking forward to it especially because our Kbeauty product supply was in need of replenishing and we have so much Kdrama locations we want to visit! The trip had an itinerary curated for ladies who are traveling to the country with their girlfriends so we knew that what we wanted to do was going to be added into the mix somehow :P
First on our agenda was a city called Jeonju. Never heard of it? Prior to the trip, neither did we. We just knew that if it was going to be a beautiful as the other provinces we’ve visited in the past, we knew we were in for a treat! :)
1. Have the ultimate cheese experience at Imsil Cheese Theme Park. A theme park dedicated to just cheese??? Only in Korea. This was a pleasant surprise especially be we never expected this existed in real life. It sounded like a child would make up after eating cheese for the first time and discovering how amazing it is. I honestly expected the clichè – a bigger storyland (Hi 2000s South children!) where rides were dedicated to different kinds of cheese. What welcomed us though was a vast property with a landscape filled of greens and flowers, cooler and fresher air and little houses dedicated to educating people about cheese :) It was like we flew to a province in Europe! If you’re a cheese lover and have yet to influence your children, this is the perfect place to bring them.
2. Spend an afternoon at Jeonju Hanok Village Tour. This Hanok village was where we tried Hanboks together for the very first time. This has got to be the most memorable part of the trip for me! Read more about it here: https://vernverniece.com/2019/01/our-korean-hanbok-experience/
After Jeonju, we were off to the province of Chungcheongnam-do where Mt. Daedun is located. This is about 2 hours away from Seoul and can be reached by bus, car or via KTX.
3. See another side of Korea’s landscape in Mt. Daedun. We got a glimpse of fall in Korea in Mt Daedun. While the leaves weren’t as orange and yellow just yet, we were able to see a beautiful landscape on top of Daedun mountain. A cable car ride plus a little bit of trek is needed to reach the peak so make sure to wear comfortable shoes! :) Don’t copy Verniece and I where we wore boots that were not made for walking. haha!
4. Learn more about Korea’s culture at Korean Folk Village. About an hour away from Mt. Daedun is the Korean Folk Village. A destination that showcases Korean traditions. Imagine a true to life museum where breathing Koreans reenact how life was back in the day. Found it amusing but a visit once is enough :)
5. Relive your favorite k-drama scenes at Petite France. Now, here’s where the fun starts. My favorite koreanovela is My Love From Another Star and we got to visit a memorable scene in the show! :) For those of you who have seen it, I don’t need to explain more. If you haven’t watched it, do yourself a favor and start doing so!
6. Relax and unwind while taking a walk at the Garden of Morning Calm. Parks are I wish we had more of back home. I’ve visited a couple of them in Korea and this has got to be my favorite. It is the home of thousands of flower, bird and tree species and it’s such a peaceful place that If I lived in Korea, this is where I’d spend my weekend mornings or even just a middle of the week pick me upper :) It’s a great place to take photos, too!
6. Have our own k-drama moment at Phocheon Art Valley. Another K-drama location! Any guesses what show was filmed here?? :P
7. Experience Christmas at Korea’s very own Lapland, Finland inspired Christmas Village at Pocheon Hub Island. Our tour guide mentioned that Koreans love to make replicas of their favorite tourist destinations abroad. The owner of Pocheon Hub Island loved the Christmas Village in Finland so much that she made her very own in Korea! If you’re still saving for that trip to the original Artic Circle, you can make a trip here :)
8. Get your nails done at a nail salon your favorite K-pop stars go to place! We may have Dashing Diva here at home but this brnach located in the heart of Gangnam is where K-pop stars get their nails done. I personally prefer to get my manicures done in Korean nail salons in Manila so I was looking forward to this! What makes it different though is this machine they use to clean the side cuticles because you will feel no pressure or pain. I forgot to ask what the name was but it beats a manicurist doing it manually! Another difference? It’s 3,000 pesos just for a manicure. Worth trying though! :)
9. Pamper yourself with a ginseng massage at Spa 1899. Ahhhh, our last day in Seoul was a favorite because it was pamper day! Right after the nail salon, we got to visit Spa 1899 and was treated to an hour of ginseng massage! It was my first time to try it and while the smell is something to get used to, it was so relaxing! Ginseng is good for your skin so you’re killing two birds with one stone.
10. See Korea’s skyline on top of the country tallest building. Saving a tourist trap for last as it should be on the least of your priorities. I’m not fond of views from a skyscrapper that has a hefty price tag but if you are, Seoul Sky is a new attraction in Seoul. It is located above the tallest building in the city so you get a 360 degree view.
Till the next trip to Korea! Annyeong! *Korean heart*