First of all, I would like to thank Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) and Korea Plaza for giving this opportunity for us to win a flight ticket to Korea. As a Korean lover, I will take this challenge to try my luck this time. According to Gyopo Keith who established seoulistic.com, a tipsite for living in Korea or traveling to Korea, Malaysia ranked the 4th country that has the most interest in Korea (see link). So, when our local Malaysian musical comedy romance, 'Aku Ada, Kau Ada??' starring Yana Samsudin and Shaheizy Sam was set in Korea, I immediately marked the film as a-must-see-film. The movie is interesting because of it's funny lines and of course the beautiful places took place in this movie.
From the movie, we can spot few famous places, but to name just two, where they constantly clashed, my answer is Kyung Hee University and Nami Island.
|Kyung Hee University. Photo credit to this|
Nami Island, picture below was extracted from the trailer. For those who have watched this movie, Nami Island is a very serene place and tranquil surrounded by nature. No wonder they filmed the scene here. Great idea for romantic couples to show intimacy, owh sweet!
|Photo credits to Metrowealth Picture Youtube Account (TMO)|
Back to the second requirement of the blog post content, what will I do if I have a flight ticket to Korea? Hurrah! That's the first word to come out. If I have a flight ticket to Korea, I would like to fly over there! The first solid reason why I want to go to Korea is mainly because of the Korean people themselves. Being raised in a multicultural community, I am curious to see what Korean people are as a homogeneous type culture. What do I feel being surrounded by a group of people who usually do not speak other languages than Korean, eat the same food through generation and only familiarized with people with the same type of skin color and pattern.
|With Korean high school students at Insadong|
Thanks to Korean drama and Korean variety shows, now I am knowledgeable about beautiful places around South Korea. From my point of view, it seems like anywhere in Korea is beautiful. To decide what to list in the itinerary is such a difficult task. But we don't have like forever to visit everything there. Here, I will list down a few MUST go places for me to visit later if get a chance.
The first place to visit is Nami Island, which I say a place you will not want to miss out. Why not? Through the very popular drama back in 2002, "Winter Sonata", this calm and quite place has become a major tourist attraction and for lovers, love is really in the air once you reached there. Nami Island can be reached either by ferry which cost about 8000won round trip or by zip-wire which cost 38000won.
Not only adults, kids love Nami Island too! The school teachers bring their school kids to teach them how to appreciate nature by playing around the offshore island and they at the same time can discover the surroundings, make connection and work things together. How cute!!
Who don't want to go to this place, hands up?
|The Main Actor and Actress in Winter Sonata|
|Nami Island, taken during Spring, 2012|
|Namsan Tower's view from bus stop|
Once you reached there, you'll be able to visit both Namsan Tower and Teddy Bear Museum. It's like killing two birds with one stone. Why Namsan Tower? Have you watched 'Boys Over Flower?' This place was featured in this popular drama. That's why I wanted to go there as well! Namsan Tower famous for its 'Love Lock' spot.
|The History of 'Lock Love'|
|Zoom- in the lock :) That's so lovely!|
|The Love Lock Pine Tree. Creative much huh?|
|The key will be thrown here after the couple locked their love letter (padlocks)|
After having fun looking around and create my own 'Love Lock', I want to soothe my eyes with cute teddy bears at the Teddy Bear Museum located at the ground floor of the N Seoul Tower. This is not a sole teddy bear exhibition. It's actually a historical museum which depicts scenes of Korean various historical events including the Joseon dynasty, the era where Korea was under Japanese colonization until the moderm South Korea. This is way too cute for kids to learn history in informal ways. That applies for adults as well. Watch the video below to see how these cute bears bring you back to Korean history.
They really move, believe your eyes!
Whoops, cute little bears doing what?
Modern South Korea
This is going to be a very long entry if I will to continue writing about places I wish to go in Korea. In a brief explanation, I'll make everything simple. If I was given a chance, I also want to go to DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) which is the border between the South and north Korea. Walking through the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel and watching North Korea land from Imjingak. Imjingak was build in 1972 with the hope that someday unification would be possible. Three-storied Imjingak is surrounded by several Monuments, Unification Park and North Korea Center (info retrieved from here).
The Unification Bridge
Probably to take a picture with a random army?
Apart from those awesome places, as a girl who personally loves coffee, I will not waste an opportunity to visit cafes all around Seoul. The most tempting cafe I want to visit is Hello Kitty Cafe. From the outside we can see how cute the cafe is. Located at Hongdae, this cafe is a place I will not miss out. Let's see what they have inside to make me this excited.
The cute buzzer
The cute kid!
|Posing on self camera in the toilet? Cuteness overload! Opss|
Everything is painted in pink and shimmering with glossy paint
Other than cafes, who would not want to eat the cuisine? I often search for Korean food in Malaysia and have tasted quite a lot of different types of Korean food. But to originally eat the food there, on its own land, under the Korean sky must be a meaningful moments. These are foods I want to eat there and have heard about the fabulous taste.
1) Rabbokki (라볶이) - A type of modified Tteokbokki (떡볶이) with added ramyun (라면)
2) Samgyetang (삼계탕) - A type of Korean soup which primarily consists of a whole young chicken and Korean ginseng. This tastes so good! Samgyetang is traditionally served in the summer for its supposed nutrients, which replaces those lost through excessive sweating and physical exertion during the hot summers in Korea (source).
3) Japchae (
잡채) -A Korean dish made from sweet potato noodles, stir fried in sesame oil with various thinly sliced vegetables such as carrots, onion, spinach, and mushrooms sometimes served with beef, and flavored with soy sauce ,and sweetened with sugar (source)
|Four berries patbingsu at Paris Croissant|
p/s Photos not credited or cited are originally from my own collection, please do not simply take out without permission. All videos are also from my collection. Others are as tagged. Thank you for reading!