10 Official Travel Brochures

Official Travel Brochures!

Hi there, welcome back!

I’m a Seoulite to the heart, and I also LOVE to travel.  So earlier today I was going through some travel related websites and further exploring Seoul from a foreigners’ view. And guess what I’ve found! OFFICIAL TRAVEL BROCHURES

I decided to share them with you. They’re all in English, in .pdf form, and super easy to read.

Visitseoul.net

The documents/brochures are products of the Seoul Metropolitan Government, so they are pretty reliable 🙂

These travel guides will definitely ignite your heart (well, at least mine did 🙂 ) and let you feel the BURSTING DESIRE to roam around Seoul.

 

 

 

 

Click the hyperlinks to download the brochures. It will direct you to an online .pdf page. It’s safe and virus-free so go ahead 🙂

 

Seoul Attraction

Seoul Best 100

Seoul Dining, taste of Seoul

Seoul Shopper’s Paradise

Seoul Outdoor

Seoul_Field_Trip_English

Seoul World Cultures

Seoul travel guide

Stay in Seoul

Seoul Family Vacations

 

 

**Features image: Opentravel.com

 

 

Post by: @sminp816

 

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Unique theme cafes in Seoul!

Sipping a cup of coffee is enjoyable on its own. But Korea’s added some extra fun to cafes with some unique and interesting themes, to take the experience to a new level!

     “If there’s one thing I love about Korea, it’s the unique cafe culture; and I’m not talking about your average coffee house brewing vanilla lattes, no! Themed cafes in Seoul are wildly popular, and it seems that the wackier the idea, the bigger the clientele.” – AUDREY BERGNE

Dog cafe – Bauhouse

Address: 64 Yanghwa-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Hours: Sunday & Saturday-12:30–11PM

Monday~Friday-1:30–10:30PM

Bauhouse is one of the largest dog cafes in Korea. The cafe offers hotel services 7 days a week days for dogs of all shapes and sizes. The entrance fee is not required but customers have to purchase drinks in order to play with the adorable dogs.

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The cafe is divided into 2 sections: one area for the smaller dogs (a Whippet, a Corgi, a Pomeranian, a King Charles Cavalier, and lots of Chihuahuas), and another area for the larger dogs (a Golden Retriever, an Irish Setter, a Siberian Husky, a Groenendael, a Labrador and more). You might find other breeds as well as dog owners can bring their dogs to play!

Bauhaus Dog Cafe - one of my favourite themed cafes in Seoul, Korea.

Raccoon cafe – Blind Alley

Address: 76 Cheongpa-ro 47-gil, Yongsan-gu

Hours: Sunday~Monday – 9:30 to 10PM

Estimated cost: 6000 won

Blind Alley is Seoul’s first raccoon cafe and when it comes to themed cafes. The cafe is sectioned into two areas and the idea is that first, you order a drink or a dessert, and then you go to the next room where you get to hang out with raccoons!

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Visiting the Raccoon cafe in Seoul, also known as Blind Alley.

Hello Kitty Cafe

Address: 28 Myeongdong 4-gil, Myeongdong 2-ga, Jung-gu

Hours: Sunday~Monday – 10AM to 10PM

Official Website : http://www.hellokittycafe.co.kr/

Make your way to this high-class coffee and dessert cafe if you want cuteness overload with Hello Kitty decorations, cups, desserts and even Hello Kitty latte art!

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They also offer seasonal drink and dessert offers. For example, during the winter, you can enjoy special strawberry shakes, lattes, and waffles!

Lego Cafe – Get & Show

Address: 395-80 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Hours: Sunday~Monday – 11AM to 11PM

If you grew up playing with these building sets, then this is the place to relive those childhood memories!

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The way it works is that you order a drink and rent a Lego set. If you’re going as a couple or with a friend, they also have a Lego Special for 15,000 won where you each get a drink and a Lego set for an hour, and each additional minute is charged at 150 won.

Visiting the Lego Cafe in Seoul where you can play with Lego.

Pitch dark cafe – Le Noir Seoul

Location: B2 NS Tower, Hongdae, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Le Noir is a “blind dining” is where diners go through their entire meal in complete darkness! Don’t worry the servers are not “blind,” as they navigate the dining room with help of night-vision apparatus.

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Ring Making Myeong dong

Address: Seoul, Jung-gu Chungmuro-2-ga 61-1 3rd Floor

Hours: Tuesday~Sunday : 10AM to 10PM (Doesn’t open on Moday!)

Couples, families, friends and travelers who want to create memories in a wearable way come here to make their own rings. Here, you can create your very own rings from start to finish!

Ring making cafe in Myeongdong, Seoul

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Ski trip at Welli-Hilli Resort

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Good morning and a Very Happy New Year to all of my dear followers and bloggers around the world. Long time no see 🙂

How has your first month of 2017 been? Refreshing? As amazing as you expected it to be? While it is time for us to look forward to a year filled with exciting plans, I would like to talk to you about my trip to a ski resort last year. (It sounds like a distant past, but it’s only been a month since I returned) Hopefully, you get hooked on to my experience and start thinking about a holiday in Korea 🤗

Yes, it was in Gangwon do, the ski-mecca of Korea,

And yes, it was marvellous!

Embarking on a 2-hour journey by car, we decided to leave quite early in the morning.

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The route from my house to the Welli-Hilli Ski Resort; 2hr ride

2-hour journey may sound like a long one, especially taking into account how small our country is. However, I promise you, it never feels boring as long as you take advantage of the Service Area/Rest Area, that we call Hyoo-Ge-So”. It is the jewel of any road trip in Korea. From delicious food to drinks, and even music CDs and car accesories, it is an experience that one should never miss out! Knowing this very well, my family, too, indulged in it (3 of them to be exact) during the ride 🙂

After a long yet seemingly short ride, we finally reached the area! We did not directly go to the resort because we needed to rent the skis first. We could rent them at the resort itself, but it’s a lot cheaper to rent them from a third party shop. Plus, they give discounts too!

A few minutes later, we reached the resort which was 3 minutes away from the rental shop and soon they delivered the skis to the resort. Quite convenient, eh?

It’s finally time to ski! This would be a difficult part to describe to you guys. The feeling of gliding down the snow-laid slope along with my cousins after a year spent in Delhi without a hint of snow, it was simply phenomenal. Rather than describing in words, here is some footage I took while sliding down the slope. 😁

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Credits: myself

Having skied for the whole afternoon, one is bound to be starving and so were we! The ski resort is located in Sungwoo-gun, a city famous for its top-quality beef called Hanwoo. It would be foolish not to taste Hanwoo when visiting Sungwoo, and so we helped ourselves to some beef! It is quite expensive, but truly worth the price.

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Credits: myself

If you thought skiing is the only thing one can do at a ski resort, and hence end up doing nothing else, it is a huge blunder you are making! Ranging from an indoor basketball court to billiards, table tennis to even a designated game room and screen shooting range; this resort is filled with leisure facilities! Do remember this when you visit, and make use of them to the fullest.

All in all, it was a great experience spending three days at the resort. It gave me so much more than simply three days of skiing.

This place is truly worth the shoutout!

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If you are interested, here is some information regarding the rates: (for more, visit https://www.wellihillipark.com/sub3/eng/ski_snowboard/ski_snowboard_01.asp)

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By @dohoonah

Bibliography

https://www.wellihillipark.com/sub3/eng/ski_snowboard/ski_snowboard_01.asp

Lotte World Tower & Mall, the Tallest Building in the OECD

Come visit the Lotte World Tower & Mall!

Hey there, ever heard of Seoul’s Lotte World Tower & Mall? If yes, you probably know it as the recently built, OECD – most highest, and world wide – 6th highest building.

The Lotte World Tower & Mall now stands as one of Seoul’s intruiging landmarks.

About the “Lotte World Tower & Mall”

Where is it?

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Lotte World Tower & Mall is located to the right of Lotte World and above the lake (Songpa Naru Garden).

It is the blank zone in the middle of the map above. Unfortunately, the map is not updated, so the Tower isn’t properly showing. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Address: 300, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul-si

Features

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Credits: http://blog.naver.com/lhkny96/220208101806

The building features 123 floors, and reaches up to 1821 ft (555 meters).

The conceptual design calls for a slender cone with convex, gently curved sides. The exterior of pale-colored glass draws inspiration from Korean ceramics and features accents of metal filigree.   -Wikipedia

Floors Use
117-123 Observation Deck
105-114 Private Offices
76-101 Lotte Hotel
42-71 Residence
14-38 Offices
1-12 Retail outlets
B1-6 Parking lot

http://www.lwt.co.kr/en/introduce/tour/tour.do

Click the link above to get detailed descriptions about the Tower from the Lotte official website!

What can you do here?

Entire Mall at a Glance

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Restaurants

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Restaurants and cafes by Category

There are 108 restaurants and cafes total, of 6 different cuisines.

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Foodie Streets by Theme

You can also decide where to eat based on theme. There are 6 Foodie Streets divided via theme: Cafe street, Seoul Seoul 3080, 29 Street, Hong Ground, All For You, and Avenuel (Premium Food).

Korea’s First-Ever shops

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Amenities

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So visit Lotte World Tower & Mall!

So many attractions:

Malls

Bookstores

Restaurants & Cafes

Cinema

Aquarium

Concert Hall

Hotel

Observation Deck

… and so much more

Awaits you in the Lotte World Tower & Mall. Whenever you are coming to Seoul, don’t forget to visit here 🙂

Post by @sminp816


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Lotte World Tower & Mall | Official website

Wikipedia

You Know That Mean | Naver Blog

Jeonju, The City of Unforgettable

 

As also introduced by CNN Travel …

Jeonju is a city one must visit when traveling South Korea. Jeonju is located towards the western coast of Korea.

“A little under three hours away by bus, Jeonju features a historical setting, an artistic vibe and a culinary reputation.” – CNN Travel


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May 2012, Jeonju was chosen for ‘Creative Cities for Gastronomy’ as part of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network, which recognizes the city’s preservation of traditional home cooking. The city gladly showcases its Hanok village and well-preserved tradition. Jeonju also hosts several festivals throughout the year. Scroll further down, we welcome you all to Jeonju!

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Credits: Lonely Planet

Access

(ICN -> Jeonju)

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Jeonju Hanok Village

After a long 8 hour journey from Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) to Incheon International Airport (ICN) followed by a 3-hour bus trip, you finally reach Jeonju! There are so many landmarks and tourist attractions we must visit, but this post will mainly focus on the famous, one and only, ‘Jeonju Hanok Village’

“Hanok is a term to describe Korean traditional houses. Korean architecture lends consideration to the positioning of the house in relation to its surroundings, with thought given to the land and seasons.” – Wikipedia

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Credits: Jeonju Ministry of Culture and Tourism

The Hanok Village was established around the 1930s, in the Koreans’ desire to fight against the outgrowing Japanese influences in Korea. The village’s aim was to preserve the Korean traditional architectural style when the western and ‘modern’ style of architecture started influencing Korean buildings. That village now serves to display Korea’s traditional architecture, and hence attract many visitors every year.

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Credits: Jeonju Ministry of Culture and Tourism

Jeonju Hanok Village extends across 298,260m² of land, where the population is 1322 people. 653 families live in 776 buildings out of which 605 are Hanok and the rest is non-Hanok, or modern buildings. The village consists of various buildings used for other than accommodation: Hanok-life-experiencing center, traditional arts and craft center, traditional liquor museums, and more cultural facilities. Not only, there are many more interactive sessions that will interest you.

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Traditional wedding / Traditional tea time & music (Credits: Jeonju Ministry of Culture and Tourism)
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Making Bibimbap, Building hanok / Hanji – arts and craft (Credits: Jeonju Ministry of Culture and Tourism)

Click this link to go for a VR tour in the Hanok Village!

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Credits: Lonely Planet

Wearing Hanbok in Jeonju

Wearing Hanbok, or the Korean traditional dress, may be rarely seen in Seoul unless you visit the traditional palaces. However, here in Jeonju, it is a common sight.

“It (Hanbok) is characterized by vibrant colors and simple lines without pockets. Although the term literally means “Korean clothing”, hanbok usually refers specifically to clothing of the Joseon period and is worn as semi-formal or formal wear during traditional festivals and celebrations.” – Wikipedia

Especially the Hanok Village tourists come dressed up in Hanbok, so why not you do the same? You an easily rent Hanbok from a nearby Hanbok rental stall or shop. Depending on where you decide to drop into, the price ranges from $5 to $10 for 3 hours. Of course, you can buy one as well. Bring it back to your home country, show it to your friends, and spread the Korean culture with us!

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Credits: The Chosun Ilbo

Jeonju Food

Ever heard of the word ‘bibimbap’? Some of you may have guessed it correctly: Bibimbap is a famous Korean food and its root begins from Jeonju itself!

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Bibimbap, literally translated as ‘mixed rice’, is a beautiful food collaboration of rice and lots of toppings of your choice – both vegetable and meat. I’d call bibimbap as a form of art. Look at this picture below, isn’t it marvelous?

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Credits: Lonely Planet

The above is more of the traditional type of bibimbap, and the below is a modified version.

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Credits: Lonely Planet

Festivals

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Credits: Jeonju Ministry of Culture and Tourism

(2016 data)

  • Cinepolis Jeonju 28 April – 7 May
  • Jeonju DANO festival 06 June – 07 June
  • Jeonju DAESASUP festival (Traditional Korean Music) 27 May – 30 May
  • Jeonju HANJI culture festival 5 May – 8 May
  • Jeonju PEACH festival (towards the end of July, lasts for 2 days)
  • Jeonju BIBIMBAP festival 20 Oct – 23 Oct
  • Jeonju INTERNATIONAL FERMENTED FOOD expo 20 Oct – 24 Oct
  • Jeonju INTERNATIONAL SORI (sound) festival 29 Sep – 3 Oct

Final thoughts..? ..!

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We have looked at Jeonju, a dazzling city in South Korea. It is most definitely a city you should visit if you are planning to travel Korea.

So don’t hesitate. Visit Jeonju!

Post by @sminp816


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