South Korea Journals

Korea Revisited

A November 2006 trip to South Korea by seethesun

Riviera Hotel Photo, Busan, South Korea More Photos
Quote: One week, 2 cities. This journal will cover some popular spots such as Changdeokggung, Seoul and not so well-known spots such as Jagalchi Market (Busan).

Korea Revisited

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Overview

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After 5 years, my husband and I decided to make a trip back to Seoul again. Though not as famous as Europe or New England when it comes to autumn foliage, Seoul nonetheless steals your heart away with fiery red maple trees against the backdrop of clear blue skies.Apart from shopping, Seoul is also famous for its beautiful palace grounds which have, in recent years, been made into filming locations for drama series and movies. The very famous “Jewel in the Palace” was shot on location at Changdeokkung, Korean Folk Village and Haenggung Palace. Autumn colours really came alive against these palace grounds. The other really popular site is Namiseo Island which was the main location for the tear-j...Read More

Doulos Hotel

Hotel

Doulos Hotel Photo,
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This is quite a hidden gem, smack in the center of Seoul downtown next to the Jongno 3-ga Station. This new hotel is a favorite among business travelers looking for a night’s rest and convenience of the subway station. The hotel’s decor reflects a sense of Zen with clean lines of steel and dark wood paneling. It has all the facilities of a business hotel – free broadband, lounge area with coffee and juice vending machines and water dispenser. Simple Western breakfast is also provided every morning at the lobby area from 7am to 9am. The staff also speak good English and Japanese. The rooms, however, was a surprise to us. When the guest relations officer opened the door for us, I ne...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 6, 2006

Doulos Hotel
112 Gwansu-dong
Seoul, South Korea
+82 2 2266 2244

Riviera Hotel Photo, Busan, South Korea
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Located along the famous Haeundae Beach, Riviera Hotel sits on top of a shopping mall. The hotel lobby is on the 7th floor of the building and overlooks the beach. Rooms are very clean and spacious, with modern facilities and elegant setting. For $80 per night (if you book through the Internet), we could not find any faults with it. Each room comes with an attached modern bathroom, TV, coffee and tea facilities, mini-bar, and a beautiful view of the beach. There is also an in-house restaurant and business center. The fact that it was located above a shopping mall made it more convenient. The hotel is surrounded with small eateries and a market. From Busan downtown, take Line 1 to ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 6, 2006

Riviera Hotel
Jungi-Dong, Haeundae-Gu, Busan
Busan, South Korea

Changdeokgung Palace

Attraction | "Chandeokgung Palace and Huwon"

Changdeokgung Palace Photo, Seoul, South Korea
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Though not as big as Gyeongbukkung, Changdeokggung’s main attraction lies in the secret garden of Huwon, located at the far end of the palace grounds. Covering a total of 2.2km walking trail, you will be taken to visit the administrative building where the King met his ministers, the Queen’s chambers, the workers’ quarters and the Secret Garden (Huwon). Part of the popular drama “Jewel in the Palace” was shot against the backdrop of Queen’s chambers and the workers’ quarters. The Secret Garden is the perfect spot to admire the autumn foliage. As most tourists enter this palace on a guided tour, one can only spend maximum 15 minutes here. The entrance fee with guided tour is KRW 6,000. Non...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 6, 2006

Changdeokgung Palace
1 Waryung-dong Jongno-gu
Seoul, South Korea 110-360
+82 (2) 762 8262

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple Photo, Busan, South Korea
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A must-see when in Busan is the Yonggungsa Temple which is located at the far north-east region. Situated next to the sea, this stone structure offers some breath-taking view during sunset. This temple was first constructed in the 14th century during the Koryo Dynasty but was burned down several times through out the years. The last major construction was the main sanctuary of the temple, built in 1970. From the entrance, one has to walk down 108 steps but the view that greets you later is definitely worth the walk. The crowd was a little rough the day we were there. I nearly walked right into some inconsiderate people who stood in the middle of the stairs to snap photos. From the stairs, you ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 6, 2006

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
Northeastern section of Busan
Busan, South Korea

Jagalchi Fish Market

Hotel | "Jagalchi Market"

Jagalchi Fish Market Photo, Busan, South Korea
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Reputed to be the biggest fish market in South Korea, Jagalchi offers an interesting break from the usual city shopping. It’s an open air market which sells everything from the sea – from seaweed to octopus, oysters to raw fish. One interesting feature of this market is the fact that you can eat fresh seafood right in the market itself. You just need to point the catch of your fancy and ask for a price. The seller will then punch the price out on the calculator for you. If the price is agreeable, he will then recommend the cooking style for that particular kind of seafood. Having it raw is the favourite recommendation. We’ve heard of people eating raw oysters and fish but if you fancy some “Korean...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 6, 2006

Jagalchi Fish Market
Nampo-dong, Jung-gu
Busan, South Korea

Jongmyo Royal Shrine  Photo, South Korea, Asia
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One of the oldest shrines left in Seoul, this UNESCO World Heritage site offers serenity in the midst of the city hustle and bustle. Built in the 14th century, this Confucius shrine was dedicated to the royal forefathers of the Chosun Dynasty. At the time of our visit, the shrine grounds were heavily shaded with trees that have changed colours. I simply love the spot in front of the main shrine’s entrance, overlooking the park.

There are no guided tours, so take your time to explore on your own. Take subway Line 3, Jongno3-ga exit 11. Walk 10 minutes.


Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 6, 2006

Jongmyo Royal Shrine

Seoul