Summer Vacation – South Korea (Part 1)

You guys have probably known from my Instagram and Snapchat that I went to South Korea for our summer vacation. I was really excited about this and we left Jakarta on August 2nd. We planned to go to South Korea last year but had to cancel it because of the MERS virus issue. This year, we finally made it happen! 

(Watch my vlog here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCDE8an_iDI)

Day 1

We touched down at Incheon International Airport in the morning and headed straight to Kimchi School, the place where we learned how to make kimchi. On the 2nd floor of this place, we had the chance to wear hanbok (traditional Korean costume). There were some ahjummas who helped us and made sure that we wore it the right way. After lunch, we passed the Blue House and went to Gyeongbok Palace. It used to be the place where the King lived but it is now more like a historical site and no one actually lives there. Our local guide said that the royal families now live in normal apartments/houses. The weather was so hot when we visited the historical site which was around 12. But we still managed to explore pretty much every spot. We also went inside the exhibition hall where tourists could learn more about the history of South Korea and historical artifacts. After Gyeongbok, we headed to Incheon International Airport to catch our flight to Jeju. Our flight was supposed to be at Gimpo (domestic flight airport), but since the airport was full they had to move some flights to Incheon instead. It took around an hour until we finally landed at Jeju airport. Our next destination was a local restaurant where we ate grilled fish and pork for dinner then headed to our hotel.

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At Kimchi School
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Holding plates of kimchi that we made at Kimchi School
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Wearing hanbok with my mom and le sister (sorry for such low quality photo)
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Gyeongbok Palace

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OOTD! My face was definitely not ready, lol.

Outfit details: Zara top | Stradivarius pants | Pomelo denim jacket | Adidas sneakers | 3.1 Phillip Lim Mini Pashli bag

Day 2

We had a full day to explore Jeju Island. First stop was Seongsan Sunrise Peak where I (almost) climbed to the top of this place to see the island from above. It was so tiring and I decided to give up instead of climbing to the peak (my mom did it though). Then we headed to Jeju Folk Village to see the old houses where some people of Jeju live in. The weather was kind of gloomy until we finally visited Ecoland, where the sun shines crazily bright. They have this popular train that visitors could ride to explore this big theme park. We visited the rocky Jeobang Waterfall then Hello Kitty Museum and Teddy Bear Museum (went to the safari one, they have three Teddy Bear museums in Jeju) after that. The waterfall was kind of hard to explore with big rocks literally everywhere, I almost fell because of that. Make sure to bring some extra clothes if you plan to take the closest photo possible to the waterfall. Hello Kitty Museum was definitely cute and a must-visit-place if you’re a big fan of the character. I was more interested with the cafe instead, where I ordered the yummiest cheese hot dog ever. They also served lattes with cute hello kitty on top of it, but in my opinion, the taste was fine.

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Gloomy Jeju
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View from Seongsan Sunrise Peak
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Watching y’all!
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Jeju Folk Village
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At Ecoland
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Ecoland

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Jeobang Waterfall
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Hello Kitty Museum
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The famous latte at Hello Kitty cafe
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At Teddy Bear Museum, creepin’ on some cute tiny Teddys

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Shrek Teddy

Outfit details: local brand plaid top | Stradivarius denim shorts | Adidas sneakers | Rayban shades 

Day 3

We passed the Mysterious Road (you might want to google it). The bus driver turned off the engine but we were still moving. Went to Dragon Head Rock, then Trick Eye Museum & Ice Gallery Museum (which was cold as hell). It turns out there’s a rock in Jeju that looks like a dragon head, hence the name of this place. That day we went back to Seoul and headed to Nami Island by bus. Two hours later, we almost got there and took a ferry ride for around 10 mins. That was the island where they shot the popular Winter Sonata drama show (google it). This is a good place if you like greeneries and fresh air, you could also rent a bike for you and your lover! We had Korean BBQ but with chicken for dinner near that place and boy oh boy, that was delicious! We spent the night at Injae Speedium Hotel, located around a racing circuit. But unfortunately, no race was held at that time.

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View from Dragon Head Rock
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Trick Eye Museum
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Nami Island
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OOTD!

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Beautiful lights

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Outfit details: Love+Flair Karan top | Cloth Inc pants | Stradivarius oxford shoes 

Ps. Photos were taken with SLR and iPhone only, you probably notice that there are some not-so-high quality shots. Also, I’m going to post the part 2 later on this week, stay tuned! xx

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