Everland Resort | South Korea

We went to Everland Resort, South Korea’s largest theme park, on our fourth day.

Just like Petite France and Nami Island, it is located outside of Seoul, so we availed a shuttle service. I was originally looking at Klook’s Everland shuttle bus service, but since they don’t have pick up in Myeong-dong, I went with Daesung Tour instead.

When we arrived at the park’s public parking lot, we just transferred to Everland’s own shuttle, and within 10 minutes, arrived at the theme park. I presented the Klook e-vouchers on my phone, and the staff just scanned the bar codes and issued our tickets.

everlandIt had been sunny the first 3 days we were in Korea, but it was gloomy the whole time we were in Everland, which was fine because it complemented the Halloween theme.

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We decided to explore Zootopia first.

From Global Fair, we rode the gondola called ‘Human Sky’. Its operation was temporarily suspended later on in the day because it was raining.

We really enjoyed our ‘safari’ ride at Lost Valley. We rode an amphibious vehicle and got to see camels, elephants, flamingos, zebras, and giraffes among others. It was a really fun experience! See video below.

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Petite France + Nami Island Day Tour

We went on a day trip to Gapyeong County on our third day in Korea after spending our first 2 days in Seoul.

I booked Klook’s Petite France and Nami Island tour. Booking through the website was very straightforward, and I received the voucher within a few hours while the Everland vouchers were instantly sent to my inbox. I was even surprised that they gave further discount coupons after my purchase!

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Our driver/guide, June, arrived in Myeongdong at the scheduled pick up time. I showed him the e-voucher on my phone, and off we go.

Booking a private tour was a good decision because we’re a group of 4 with 2 senior citizens. Our ride, a KIA Carnival, was very spacious and comfortable that my mom dozed off on the way to Petite France.  😀

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Petite France just opened when we arrived, so we had the place to ourselves for a while.

We arrived after a smooth 1.5 hour drive.

June bought our tickets, handed us a map of the place, and briefly explained the different areas of the ‘village.’ He then left us to explore it on our own.

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I was a bit worried at first because it was cloudy when we arrived, but the sun shone brightly after a few minutes.
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“Antiques Flea Market” or Antika

I haven’t been to France yet, but the colorful houses reminded me of Cinque Terre while Antika reminded me of a souvenir shop in Hallstatt. So yes, the European feel is legit. Continue reading “Petite France + Nami Island Day Tour”

Korea on a Budget: 5D4N Itinerary

We just got back from Korea, and I’m already thinking of going back in the winter! In the meantime, let me share with you a suggested 5D4N itinerary to hopefully help you enjoy your trip to Korea even on a budget.

While I didn’t expect Korea to be as cheap as Taiwan, it is also not as expensive as I expected it to be. With proper planning and research, we were able to get the most out of our trip. In fact, I spent less than Php20,000.00, and that’s not even a super tipid trip!

Here’s a suggested 5D4N itinerary and a breakdown of our expenses per head:

*I booked 5 nights because our flight arrived at night.

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BUDGET TIPS:

  • If you’re not in a hurry to get to Seoul Station from Incheon International Airport, you can take the all-stop train (blue) for only KRW4,250.00 instead of the express train (orange) for KRW8,000.00. You can also check the link on the table above to see discounted ticket.
  • If you’re bringing USD, just change enough Won at the airport to get to your accommodation. When we arrived (September 15, 2017), the exchange rate at the airport was USD1 = KRW1,085.00. In Myeong-dong, we found the best exchange rates at the stall directly in front of the Chinese Embassy. Their rates were USD1 = KRW1,131.00 (September 16) and USD1 = KRW1,134.00 (September 19).
  • If traveling with a child (below 6 years old) and/or senior citizen (65 and older), present their passports at ticket counters to avail discounts or free admission.
    • Free admission to palaces (worth KRW3,000.00)
    • KRW3,000.00 discount at Namsan Cable Car
  • You can try on a hanbok free of charge (just for photo op, but not wear them to roam around palaces) in some places like Seoul Global Cultural Center, K-Style Hub, and at the airport.
  • Register at Visit Korea website to get access to seasonal discount coupons (Home > Shopping > Discount Coupons).
  • I traveled with senior citizens, so we booked a private tour to Petite France and Nami Island from Klook and availed a round trip shuttle service to Everland. If you’re traveling solo or on a really tight budget, you can commute. Obviously, the travel time is longer and will take several transfers from one mode of transport to another.
  • You can go to Namsan Tower by bus instead of taking the cable car for only KRW1,200 (cash)/KRW1,100 (transpo card) per way.
  • Being a touristy area, street food in Myeong-dong is expensive, and in my opinion, overrated. For example, we spent KRW14,000.00 for a cup of ‘tempura’, Korean fried chicken, and 2 pieces of egg bun while a cheeseburger set and Wagyu (Wagyu!) burger set from Lotteria at the airport costs KRW15,600.00!
  • Download the Subway Korea app to help you navigate Seoul’s extensive rail network. This is particularly helpful if you plan on commuting to Nami Island and Everland. I also use MAPS.ME to guide me when navigating on foot.

If you have other budget tips for traveling to Korea, please share them in the comments section below.