*this post is written in English and Bahasa, find the Bahasa Indonesia translation on each paragraph belows*

 

South Korea becoming more more hype as a tourist destination especially asian tourist. Thanks to the booming korean wave. Almost all of my friends watch korean drama or love korean boy/girl band. So one day we decide to go to korea, It is only 1 hour flight from my place (Sendai city, Japan). However all the direct flight from Sendai were expensive. So we take a little detour from Sendai-Osaka-Seoul. If you looking for domestic (in japan) or east asia budget air, I would recommend you peach air.

Korea selatan makin populer sebagai destinasi turis terutama turis Asia (dan Indonesia tentunya) berkat korean wave yang meledak di berbagai belahan dunia. Hampir semua teman Indonesia saya kerajingan drakor/boyband/girlband. Dan dengan cukup impulsifnya saya dan 3 teman saya memutuskan pergi di Korea. Mumpung lagi tinggal di Jepang jadi deket~ Tapi sayang dari tempat saya tinggal (Sendai)  penerbangan langsung ke Seoul mahal mahal 😭 kami sebagai turis kere pun memecah penerbangan Sendai-Osaka dan Osaka-Seoul. Kalau kalian merencanakan perjalanan dengan budget rendah berkeliling jepang atau dari Jepang ke beberapa negara asia timur lainnya Peach air cukup saya rekomendasikan. Itu budget air yang luar biasa murah tapi ga ngaret kaya penerbangan sebelah #nyengir

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Me and another 3 girls (dyshelly, rahmi, and ratri) rent a pocket wifi at Incheon airport for about 25 usd for 3 days. None of us speaks korean. From incheon airport, you have several option to go to the heart of Seoul: limosine bus (10,000-15,000 KRW); taxi (70,000-100,000 KRW); KTX (rapid train, 8000 KRW); or ordinary train (4500 KRW). We took the cheapest one, ordinary train. Do not forget to buy a T-card at the station, it is a rechargeable transportation card and you’ll get 100 won discount every time you use it. We staying at myeongdong area. After put our baggage, our first destination is Gyeongbokgung palace. We want to strolling around the palace by using  a hanbok (korean traditional dress). About 10 minutes walk from our hotel, just outside chungmuro subway station we find a hanbok rental store: one day hanbok. Rental fee is 13,000 won for 4 hours. The palace located about 30 minutes from chungmuro station. The hanbok we used were pretty but the fabric is not so comfortable to be used in a hot weather. So we decide to take a taxi, cost about 5,000 won. One thing I realize about taxi in korea: It is super cheap!! If you went there with group of 4 like me it is even cheaper than the subway. LOL.

Saya dan 3 teman saya (Dyshelly, Rahmi, dan Ratri) memesan pocket wifi di Incheon airport seharga 25 USD untuk 3 hari. Kita berempat gak ada yang bisa bahasa Korea. Boro-boro korea, bahasa jepang yang notabene bahasa utama tempat kita tinggal aja belepotan. Dari Incheon airport ke pusat kota Seoul ada beberapa opsi: limosine bus (10,000-15,000 KRW); taxi (70,000-100,000 KRW); KTX (kereta cepat, 8000 KRW); atau subway biasa (4500 KRW). Demi lebih merasakan gregetnya Korea kita pilih subway biasa (padahal mah cari yang paling murah). Jangan lupa beli T-card di stasiun, biar dapet diskon 100 KRW tiap kali menggunakan subway. Selama di korea kami menginap di daerah Myeongdong. Setelah menaruh koper di sana, tujuan pertama kami adalah istana Gyeongbokgung. Rencananya kita akan ke sana dengan memakai hanbok (baju tradisional Korea). 10 menit dari hotel kami, tepat di luar stasiun Chungmuro ada tempat penyewaan hanbok, one day hanbok. Biaya sewa nya 13,000 KRW untuk 4 jam. Waktu tempuh dari chungmuro ke istana sekitar 30 menit. Dan hanbok itu cantik tapi sejujurnya bahannya panas lengket gaenak gitu. Jadi demi masa depan yang lebih baik (?) kita memutuskan naik taksi aja, sekitar 5000 KRW. Taksi di korea itu murah banget. Kalau bepergian berempat kaya saya, bahkan bisa lebih murah dari naik subway 😂

 

 

Gyeongbokgung palace were built on 1395 during Joseon period. The palaces were once burned down during Imjin war when Japan invaded korea. But then rebuilt again in 18 centuries. Unlike Japanese castles, gyeongbokgung palace it not having many levels. After entering from the main gate, you will find the sajeongjeon hall which served as the office quarters where Kings handled state service. Further inside you will encounter  gangnyeongjeon hall, which is the place for the queen. On the back side there is a pond and Gyeonghoeru pavilion on top of it. entrance fee is 3,000 KRW but it will be free if you coming using a hanbok. Lots of people using hanbok there. I heard there is a free hanbok you can try inside the palace but you need to queue and I couldn’t find it there. If you want a memorable picture to commemorate your korea visit I highly recommend you to try it 😉

Istana gyeongbokgung di bangun tahun 1395 pada periode Joseon (yang hobi drama kolosal korea pasti tau lah ya Joseon period). Pada masa invasi Jepang istana ini dibakar. Tapi kemudian di restorasi lagi di abad ke-18. Berbeda dari kastil kastil di jepang yang tinggi ke atas, Gyeongbokgung gak terlalu numpuk ke atas tapi cakupannya luas. Dari pintu utama kita bisa melihat kantornya raja dimana raja menangani berbagai urusan kenegaraan, sajeongjeon hall. Lebih kedalam lagi ada istananya ratu, gangnyeongjeon hall. Dan di bagian belakang ada danau dan paviliun Gyeonghoeru di atasnya. Harga tiket masuk gyeongbokgung 3,000 KRW tapi gratis kalau datang memakai hanbok. Pas kita ke sana banyak banget orang yang pakai hanbok. Katanya sih di dalem istana ada hanbok yang bisa di coba gratis, tapi antri banget dan kemarin saya gak lihat juga sih disebelah mananya.. Kalau mau foto kenang-kenangan yang korea banget, cukup direkomendasikan sewa hanbok gini.

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Just outside the palace there is two big statue the landmark of Korea. The bronze one was King Sejong. He is the one who invented the hangeul (korean alphabet) in front of his statue lie a bronze celestial globe, rain gauge, and sundial which he himself invited. I remember my professor ever tell me a movie about the King who is also a good inventor. And the other one was admiral Yi Sun Sin statue. He is a naval commander who fought during Japan invasion on 15 centuries. In the plaza where the statue located sometimes you could find peace protesters. When I visit there were peace protester about the 2014 ship accident.

Tepat di luar istana ada 2 patung besar tengara Korea selatan. Patung perunggu adalah raja Sejong. Dialah yang menciptakan hangeul (alfabet Korea), di depan patung raja Sejong kita bisa melihat globe antariksa, alat pengukur hujan, dan jam matahari yang diciptakan sang raja sendiri. Kalau nggak salah  dosen fisika modern saya dulu pernah menceritakan film tentang raja Sejong yang merupakan penemu hebat pada masanya. Patung lainnya adalah patung laksamana Yi Sun Sin. Dia adalah komandan angkatan laut yang melawan invasi Jepang pada abad ke-15. Di plasa tempat kedua patung tersebut terkadang ada aksi damai. Saat kami ke sana ada aksi damai meminta kelanjutan penanganan kasus kapal yang tenggelam di tahun 2014.

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The next destination was Bukchon hanok village. It took another 20 minutes from the palace. After returning the hanbok, we took taxi (again, pardon our lazy feet) to the hanok village. Hanok is korean wooden traditional house. There’s a ave full of hanok there. But since it is a residential area, please do behave. You could find lots of korean snacks and street food there. We bought a toppoki (spicy korean rice cake), one of my favorite snacks in korea.

Tujuan berikutnya adalah Bukchon hanok village. Lokasinya sekitar 20 menit dari istana Gyeongbokbung. Setelah mengembalikan hanbok sewaan, kami menggunakan taksi ke hanok village (maaf kami pemalas 😔). Hanok merupakan rumah tradisional korea yang terbuat dari kayu. Ada satu jalan yang penuh dengan hanok di sana. Tapi berhubung itu adalah kawasan pemukiman, harap berkelakuan baik selama di sana. Di daerah bukchon ada banyak jajanan, kami mencoba toppoki (kue beras pedas korea) di sana 😋😋

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Last destination in our first day in Korea is namsan seoul tower. The 236 m tower sits on top of Namsan mountain. The tower quite famous for the locks of love. Just like seine bridge of locks in Paris, lots of couple write their names on a padlock and lock it there. They have a observations deck with admission fee 10,000 KRW but we did not go there. But we took a cable car to go to the tower (8,500 KRW for round trip) so we also get the magnificent city view.

Tujuan terakhir hari ini adalah menara Namsan Seoul. Menara setinggi 236 m berada di atas gunung Namaan. Menara ini cukup populer dengan gembok cintanya. Serupa dengan gembok cinta di jembatan Seine di Paris, banyak pasangan menuliskan nama mereka di gembok dan menguncinya di sana. Menara Namsan Seoul memiliki area observasi di atas dan biaya masuknya 10,000 KRW. Kami tidak naik hingga area observasinya tapi kami cukup puas dengan pemandangan dari atas kota saat menggunakan kereta gantung naik ke menara Namsan (8,500 KRW untuk perjalanan bolak-balik) 

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P.S. Don’t trust gmaps Korea. Just don’t. The public transportation details is not updated and for walking, they expect us to fly or transparent to buildings i guess. Make sure you download some korea public transportation application.

P.S. Jangan percaya gmaps Korea. Pokoknya jangan.


P.s.s. Here is some link you might find usefull

How to buy T-money click here

One day hanbok rent official click here


Update: People in Korea prefer Naver than Gmaps. It is better download it before coming to korea.

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