I forgot how long did we prepare for this trip but one thing is for sure it was not long enough as what we’ve done on our first trip to Korea (we like prepare it for 6 months)… Since it was our second time in Korea so… it was not really that hard anymore. I will be celebrating my Birthday in South Korea yes! I must be happy but to be honest it was mixed emotions (Happiness and Guilt) 😦 Happy since I will celebrate it in the place I always wanted to stay in (ha ha ha) Guilty ‘coz I should/can celebrate it with my family but then choose to be in SK 😦 (mian eomma and appa). Anyhow, as much as I remember before our Spring Trip in SK was finished we told ourselves that we must comeback during Autumn.
Autumn and Spring are the pleasant or should I say the best season to visit in Korea. In this trip we are hoping to see the beauty of Autumn Foliage and hoping to experience the first snow in Korea, in which it happened but sad to say never saw it, snow happen during the time when we are sleeping :(.
On Friday 14th of November we took an afternoon flight from Philippines to Seoul, we arrived at Incheon International Airport around 8pm, went directly to the mini stop (convenience store) to reload our T-Money and to my surprise I left my old T-Money in my other wallet in which I still have like 10,000 won on that card. Oh well! no choice but needed to buy new one and reload.
We both decided to stay in Insadong area and we choose Saerim Hotel. Supposed to be, we like to stay again in the Guesthouse on our first SK trip but then it was not available and we also decided to look for a Hotel this time, thinking that it might be our last visit / trip in Seoul so we like to experience staying in a Hotel though staying in a Guesthouse is not that bad. From this trip we are hoping to stay in a Hotel with a rooftop but because we don’t have so much time to look for a Hotel with rooftop in which we can use my friends hotel discount coupon. Anyhow, staying at Hongdae was good but I think living around Insadong is much better :-). There are lots of tourist spots in Insadong in which you can just visit by foot no need for you to travel or look for a train station just to reach a certain for sample a Palace (a lot of Palaces near Insadong). Actually searching for a train station in our area was not so difficult since as I’ve notice it was like we are in the center of all the train station located in Insadong.
How to get there (Saerim Hotel):
from Incheon International Airport transfer to Line 5 (Gongdeok Seoul Station), from Gongdeok Macheonbound transfer to Line 3 (Jongno 3 – sam) from Jongno 3 sam go down to the next station which is the Anguk Station. From Anguk Station take exit 6. From Exit 6 just go straight take the first right from the station and look for the 5th small road from your right take that small road and like 15 steps after you enter on your left side you will see Saerim Hotel.
I thank God for everything though this trip was a little …………………. but God never fail to guide us in everything from planning ’til the last day of our trip. Thanks to my friend Jo my travel companion who prepares almost everything of this trip.