Thing is when I set to stay somewhere for the amount of time that longer than what a tourist would spend there I tend to avoid all the tourist traps or anywhere that attracts lot of people. And this friend of mine also. We have been in Korea for more than half a year and never set foot to Namsan Tower or Nami Island.
I visited both places before on my first time in Korea though, which was 4 years ago (I went with a tour package, I didn’t have a say), I guess that’s why I don’t feel the need to spend time for it again. I don’t know about my friend but there is reason why we get along well, right?
I explained way too much, didn’t I? Let’s cut the background details, we got one day off on January 1st, we were looking for somewhere to go but the time was short it’s hard to plan, on 31st night my friend texted me “Let’s go to Nami Island, we never there!” and next morning we hopped on the train heading to Gapyeong.
Nami Island is located in Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do. It attracts lot of foreign tourists since the island was filming location for the infamous Korean drama Winter Sonata. Nami Island is being marketed with concept of a country named Naminara Republic with its own passport, currency and to visit Nami Island you don’t pay for ticket but pay for visa. (One thing that I don’t get is in Korean Naminara (나미나라) literally means Nami country, I have no idea why they need to put the Republic ending after it.)
If you search online for how to go to Nami Island from Seoul most of the result will tell you to use either ITX Train (which cost 4,000KRW and you’re supposed to buy the tickets in advance since there is change that there will be no seat left when you show up at the station) or Nami Island Shuttle Bus (which also requires you to make reservation in advance). We didn’t have time for any of those so we decided just go by the subway instead. It cost us 2,900KRW and around 1 hour and a half, just a little bit longer than ITX and shuttle bus.
We arrived at the ferry point around 7:30 and found out that the first ferry trip leaves at 8:30AM so we sat down at the coffee shop outside for some hot chocolate while waiting
And greeted the first sunrise of the year
I don’t think I can call myself a B.A.P since I’m not that dedicated but sure I know about them more than any Kpop group that debuted after 2010.
I wasn’t planning on visit TS Pop-up Store since its operation time was only 2 weeks and I was having my mid-term exams. But a close friend asked me to get her some stuffs from the store, plus for some reason the company decided to keep the store running for a few more days, so I actually went look around myself.
And since I was able to take some photos I better just post them here too.
For fans that wanted to buy B.A.P related goods but the store is already closed, TS has a website where they sell all kind of goods from all artists that belong to the company, you can check it out here -> http://en.tseshop.co.kr/
Every year during October a Silver Grass Festival will be held at Haneul Park (하늘공원) which located within the Seoul World Cup Park (월드컵공원), it was one of the items on my pocket list since I first heard about it. Unfortunately, this year the festival week crashed with my mid-term week. Me and my friend had been pushing it back for a few times before I can finally manage to take myself away from all the books the weekend right before exam.
We didn’t realize it was actually the last day of the festival till we got there and been encountered by a sea of people. How many people you ask?
There were so many people I actually felt uncomfortable, but in the end I was happy being able to see the sliver sea I always wanted to and spend one relaxed day with friend.
P/s: So many couples walking around with selfie sticks in hands, I don’t get this trend…
As of 2017 Cafe J Holic is Myeongdong is already closed down. There is another one in Gangnam still in operation.
Updated on 14/09/16 with the new directions :)
[Note: Heavy pictures]
If you are into K-pop, you probably have heard of Cafe J Holic before. For those of you who don’t know, the owner of Cafe J Holic is the popular singer from Korea – Kim Jaejoong (yes, that J must come from his name). And even if you don’t care a tiny bit for who he is, it still a great idea to pay this “one and only” coffee shop a little visit while you’re at Myeongdong. (You see what I did there? Well, since the cafe’s slogan is “the one and only”…)
(I wasn’t planning to put up this post at first so I didn’t take any good pictures :( Will replace all the pictures once I have change to visit Seoul again, for now just focus on how to get there first, OK? ^^)
Cafe J Holic – a newly opened coffee shop in Myeongdong.
It has a unique design with yellow as the main color for the interior. And not only the design, there are many more “unique” things about this shop, like:
+ Their signature drinks: the last time were there, my friend ordered a Dark Horse Chocolate, don’t you wonder how it taste like? (tasted good, for the record!)
+ Their washroom named Jenny for ladies’ room and Jonny for men’s.
+ They hang TV monitors on the wall and use those as clocks.
Want to visit it yet?