I have been a tour consultant for 2 years now and I always get excited every time I am tasked to join a group. For me, visiting Korea again and again makes me an expert in terms of their culture, tourist places and the individual Koreans I worked with.
It’s a refreshing moment every time I join our passengers because everybody has a different attitude towards the places included in our packages.
Travelling to different places makes a person grow in knowledge, expand their capabilities to experience new horizon and the ability to share what they already knew to their first time companions. And that was exactly the feeling I had every time I’m in the Land of the Morning Calm.
To share the moments I had last March 22-27, 2016, I would like to share with you all the newest addition to my memory box. The places I’ve never been to and at the same time, the places where I imprint my love and happiness.
EDELWEISE THEME PARK
At first I thought that this was similar to Everland or Lotte World Theme Park. But I guess everybody makes mistake. When I went off the bus, I saw the uphill road (don’t worry, it is a concrete road J). While trekking, I have begun to appreciate the road because I was mesmerized by the uphill houses because of its Switzerland Theme. In here, you may enjoy the different architectural designs, galleries, museums and the natural sceneries similar to Switzerland’s view. There are also different themes to visit such as The Nutcracker, Swiss Culture, Chocolate, Coffee and Cheese among the few.
Meet Little Europe in the Forest. This garden is magical, especially in the Spring and Autumn Seasons. Inside the Jade Garden, there are a lot of sub-gardens with different purpose. A one-stop garden that offers fun and relaxation. Mentioning a few of its featured gardens will definitely want you to book with us and go to Korea. By the way, credits to the management of Jade Garden.
• English Border Garden
In this garden, there is an English-style planting method where you may enjoy the herbaceous borders and flower beds containing a different assortment of plants that flower from Spring to Winter.
• Italian Garden
This was designed with regular garden style in a space with flower stunning flower beds and lawn in the center of water way.
• Alpine Greenhouse
Plants that grow in alpine regions such as the Alps, the Himalayas and Mt. Baekdu are seen on display inside the greenhouse
Plants that grow in dry areas are featured in this spot.
•Flower Wave Garden
A garden that has a selection of colored flowers and leaves that shapes like a wave.
DONGHAE STATION JUNGDONGJIN RAIL BIKE
The newest type of sports, leisure that is combined with biking along a railway plus the viewing of spectacular scenery that will blow you away.
SEA SIDE TRAIN AT JUNDONGJIN
While travelling by train, passengers have a freedom for the amazing views that this itinerary can offer.
Beautiful sunset can be witnessed while riding the train.
ICE CREAM MAKING AND SHEEP FEEDING
An experience worth remembering because we are given the chance to be a Shepherd. Not for a whole day, but minutes of being one is like you were back in the time of Moses. Now I appreciate their love for the gift from God.
And of course, who wouldn’t want to eat ice cream? And this time, you will be the one to make it. Learning the hard way will definitely make you value the fruits of your labor. And this is more fun if you’re doing it with your family and friends.
LOTTE WORLD THEME PARK
Has the largest indoor Theme Park in Korea that offers a lot of attractions. From Kid zone to adult zone. Name it and they have it. If you will ride the train, you may also visit their outdoor attractions.
For Kids who wants to explore the Aquatic Adventure, the most recommended is the JUMPING FISH. All you have to do is to jump over the evil shark to escape. And just to name a few attractions that will definitely make your children happy.
- Lotty’s Kidstoria- playground is filled with soft-foam character
- Do you speak Beluga?- an interactive live show of Beluga Whale
- Lotty Train- turn around the adventure in a small train
- BOONG BOONG Car- exploring the magical cookie forest on a spinning car
And for adults, here are some rides that will make you scream!
- The Conquistador- extreme thrills on a swinging boat that swings up to 75 degrees
- Gyro Drop- free fall from a 70m height at the speed of 100 kilometers per hour
- Bungee Drop- vertical thrills of continuous bungee drop
And food stops? From Corn dogs to pizza to eat all you can restaurant, name it and LOTTE WORLD THEME PARK have it!
LOTTE WORLD AQUARIUM
This is where human and aquamarine life build harmony. There are a lot of attractions here. Watch the Beluga Whale in action and learn their story; Witness the cuteness of Penguins; pass by the Ocean Tunnel and a lot more.
Set within a large park built by the Kings of the Joseon Dynasty, Changdeokgung Palace is a UNESCO HERITAGE SITE tagged as “outstanding example of Far Eastern palace architecture and garden design” being exceptional because the buildings are “integrated into and harmonized with the natural setting” and adapted “to the topography and retaining indigenous tree cover.” (Credits to Wikipedia)
A showroom of all the Samsung products from household to individual use such as a Cellphone, LED T.V’s and a lot more.
It is delightful to see all the creations of Samsung in one building. You may buy these authentic products and its accessories at a much lower price.
And an addition to their family of technology, they already manufactured their own car label. However, still distributed only in Korea, but I believe that the Samsung car will be soon available worldwide!
MYEONGDONG SHOPPING DISTRICT
Shop till you drop! At Myeongdong Shopping District, you will see all the cosmetic products you wished for. From the high end one such as Laneige to the commercialized cosmetic products such as Etude House, Innisfree, missha and a lot more.
While shopping, you can try out their street foods like fried octopus, mochi, tteobokki (rice cake in sweet red chilli sauce), fish cake and so much more.
All these and more when you go to Myeongdong Street!
SORAK SUN VALLEY RESORT
A resort usually intended for golfers, this place offers a room that can fit the whole family. There are rooms that have the typical beds of Koreans, which is called the “Ondol” meaning traditional room which has floor heating to keep the floor warm during Winter Season.
This hotel offers a variety of leisure and relaxation. The yellow lightings inside the room invites calmness and serenity. WIFI is available at the lobby.
WELLI HILLI RESORT
Famous for their Ski slopes that will definitely strengthen your urge to try skiing. A four season resort where you can dive in their indoor pool. Relax in the sauna or revive your Yin and Yang through Yoga exercise.
Their buffet restaurant for breakfast is awesome because of the many variations you can chew on. WIFI is available at the lobby.
SUNSHINE HOTEL, GANGNAM
This is located at the heart of Gangnam, the posh city of Seoul. Where the famous lives. WIFI is available in every room.
And if you want to experience “Chimaek”, a combination of Chicken and Maekju (beer), just across the hotel, there is a lot of chill out bars. And if you want to go dancing? Just in the basement of Sunshine Hotel, you can join young Koreans in partying till the wee hours. But take note, only Koreans with age of 19 and below are allowed here. Good thing, foreigners of any age are welcome, somehow!
Don’t just settle on gaining knowledge, re-live the culture and be enthralled by the beauty of the Land of the Morning Calm.
Christina P. Cusi