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Seoul: Seoul Searching

April 10, 2010

The Challenge is to do a DIY in a non English speaking East Asian country.  Three choices arose – Japan, South Korea and China.  I was finally won over by the spiciness of the kimchi and the allure of the koreanovelas – so it was off to South Korea. But before hitting all those Lonely Planet guides and internet forums, I was off to the South Korean Embassy to apply for my travel visa. I collated all the required documents and submitted it to the consulate. All documents and visa application guidelines can be found in the website of the Korean embassy (http://embassy_philippines.mofat.go.kr/eng/as/embassy_philippines/main/index.jsp).

There is a 3 working days wait period before they can release the result (approved or denied) but as a Philippine passport holder, Korean visa is considered as Gratis meaning we don’t have to pay for the visa application for a stay of until 59 days.

South Korean Flags on display along Insadong

Once I got my visa approval, I scoured the internet forums, travel blogs and Lonely Planet guide.I would recommend Lonely Planet’s Korea guide – which was of great help in preparing our itinerary and it also has a good list of recommended places to eat and hostels to stay. Additionally, Lonely Planet has an extensive list of Korean phrases that you can use when the communication gets though. Pinoyexchange’s forum on South Korea is also a treasure throve of recommendations and tips but you got to backread through the hundred plus pages. Buhaykorea.com which is a blog of a Filipina Seoulite also has some travel related posts regarding Seoul but what I appreciate more are the stories on how a Pinay is living and raising a family in Seoul. On another note, Buhaykorea also has a very extensive blogposts on the cosmetic market of Korea which you women can hoard during your trip. If you want to couch-travel and see Seoul virtually, http://www.lasnoches.multiply.com has ‘takes your breath away’ travel photos.

One thing I learned, an extensive research and a good subway/train system are your tickets for survival in a Non English speaking DIY tour.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 19, 2010 7:29 pm

    hi, I am also a travel blogger and I stumbled upon your site, I was hoping we could trade links? I added you to my blog’s links section: kintoy.blogspot.com

    thanks!

  2. April 22, 2010 6:04 pm

    nice title! Ü
    i would love to visit korea too, baka lang di ko afford. hihi

  3. April 28, 2010 11:20 pm

    i’d love to visit seoul too! gusto ko magpa picture sa ilalim ng mga puno na nakikita ko sa mga koreanovelas haha 😛

    • outonvacation permalink*
      June 3, 2010 2:07 pm

      dyanie..sakto..abangan mo sale ng cebupac para mga autumn ka pumunta dun..koreanovela na koreanovela talaga ang drama mo nun hihihii

  4. April 30, 2010 1:44 am

    bakit di lumalabas comment ko? hehe 😛

    • outonvacation permalink*
      April 30, 2010 5:20 am

      lumabas naman..hehehe…nakikita ko naman comments mo 😀

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