Garden of Morning Calm [Gyeonggi]

Garden of Morning Calm – 아침고요수목원 – is a wonderful botanical garden in Gyeonggi, which you can reach within 1,5h by car from Seoul.

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Morning calm

Do you know what “Morning calm“ means? The last dynasty on the Korean peninsular, from 1392 until 1897, was named as Joseon Kingdom (조선, 朝鮮). At that time Joseon was translated, or better to say, interpreted in English as “Morning calm”. Hence you can find in a lot of old travel reports or documentaries the expression “The Land of the Morning Calm”, which was equivalent to Joseon Kingdom or Korea.
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Climbing & Bouldering @DYNO Wall (The North Face) [Seoul]

Since Seoul’s summer is always too hot, humid or rainy, it’s not advisable to go for out door climbing here. But you can try out one of the indoor climbing facilities in the city, for example the DYNO Wall by The North Face (TNF) in Gangbuk district. Climbing and bouldering, both are possible here.

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The DYNO Wall

How to find it?

Address: NorthFace Outdoor Culture Center;
356 Dobong-ro Gangbuk-gu Seoul

Operating hours: Weekdays 10:00-22:00; Weekend: 10:00-19:00

Day pass: 20.000₩

Naver Map: Link

Closest subway station: Suyu Station (Line 4), Exit 1, then go straight for about 100m until you see the TNF building on your right.

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24-hour-trip in Busan – 부산

The weekend is coming. Any plan how to spend your weekend? If no, how about having a trip to Busan?

Busan is not only the 2nd biggest city in Korea, it’s also a wonderful city. Despite the long distance from Seoul to Busan, you can reach it within less than 2,5h thanks to the good KTX connection.

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Busan view from Taejongdae Park

Here is a suggestion where to go in Busan to have a relax but interesting tour. It’s also easy to go and suitable for family with kids.

Day 1: Relax on Busan’s Beaches

After your arrival in Busan, take your swimming suit and go directly to Haeundae or Gwangalli beach. Both have beautiful white sand, cristal clear water and gorgeous view.

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Good things to know upon your arrival in South-Korea

Traveling to foreign countries you can see a lot of new interesting things, check in in many awesome locations, meet new great people, enjoy new kind of food and gain a lot of new experiences. That‘s why I really love traveling. But before you get to the destination of your trip, you need to organise many other things, too, e.g. apply for a visa, think about how to get cash, purchasing a sim card, take a cab, etc.

In this post, I’m gonna share with you some good things to know upon your arrival, that might be helpful for you first visit to South-Korea.

1. Visa for Korea

You may need a visa, maybe not to enter South-Korea depending on your nationality, purpose and length of stay. The best information about that is available on the official page of Visa Korea Portal .

Please check it before you plan to come.

2. Immigration and Customs 👮🏼‍

2.1 Filling the forms

So, now everything is booked and you’re on the airplane ✈️ to Korea. Before landing, you may receive an Arrival card as well as a Traveler declaration form (one per group) from the flight attendants. They both need to be filled out and handed to officers when you pass the immigration.

Korea, Immigration, Incheon International Airport
Forms

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Nami island – one summer day in country Nami – 나미나라 [Gyeonggi]

The Nami island – 나미섬 (Namiseom) or 나미나라 (Naminara – Country Nami) is a very popular destination for a half-day or whole-day trip from Seoul for tourists as well as loving couples.

On a “half-moon” island, which is about 42km2 large, you can enjoy the beautiful nature, have a romantic walk or ride couple bicycle with your beloved through tree avenues, have a picknick or do a lot of activities on the fresh and clean water.

It is also said, that the Nami island has four different “coats”. In spring it wears a rose – purple coat of the cherry blossoms. In summer, it changes to the green one. In autumn, the golden and red coat will cover it. And in winter, the white one.

Actually this island is very famous in Asia, because one of the most well known K-Drama from the 90’ was flimed here – Winter Sonata. All the snowman ⛄ figures you can find on the whole island were made as memories for that beautiful love story. Now a day, you can still meet a lot of its fans on the island.

I visited the Nami island on a very hot summer day. Under the sun it was almost 40 degrees. However, on the island it was really cool and very enjoyable.

Gingko-avenue

For more pictures please visit mydaysinkorea.de.

How to get to the Nami island?

The island is about 60km away from Seoul in North-East direction.

If you go by car, you can drive and park your car directly at the pier, which would take around 1-1,5hs from the city center.

There are also possibilities to go there with public transportation, due to Naver Map. Or you can book a day tour from a traveling agency.

When you’re at the pier, you can take the ferry or zip line to enter the island.

For more details, please check the Visit Korea homepage.

Here are some tips for your trip to Nami island

  • In case you would like to take the ferry to the island on weekend or holiday, try to get to the pier before 9am to avoid the crowd and reduce the queing time
  • There are a lot of nice resting areas, alos near the water. If you have time, bring a picnic mat, drinks and some snacks with you
  • Around the island, you can enjoy a lot of water activities. Don’t forget your swimsuit

Have fun!