Day 0: Seoul Infinitely Yours

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This is the first post for my Seoul Trip series.

fall leaves
fall  is almost ending…and winter is coming

South Korea or officially the Republic of Korea (Hangul: 대한민국) is a sovereign state located in the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. The name “Korea” is derived from Goryeo, a dynasty which ruled in the middle Ages. Its neighbors are,China to the west, Japan to the east, and North Korea to the north. South Korea lies in the North Temperate Zone with a predominantly mountainous terrain. It covers a total area of 99,392 square kilometres and has a population of 50 million. The capital and largest city is Seoul, with a population of 9,794,304.(Source: Wikipedia)

Arrival:  We arrived at the airport around nine in evening, note that there is a one hour time difference between the Philippines and Korea. We took free maps and brochures available at the airport and bought a T money pass which we used on subways other establishments. We bought a ticket and rode the airport express train to the city and navigated our way thru the very complex subway system to reach our guesthouse.

Weather: It was late November when we travelled and it was the start of winter. The average temperature was -2 to 10 degrees Celsius. It was very cold but there was no Snow yet.  Ensure to have thick and comfortable winter clothes to keep you warm while you enjoy the city.

Exchanging Money: Korea’s local currency is called the Korean Won.We exchanged our Philippine peso To Korean Won at the Incheon airport,although airports have the worst exchange rate it is the most convenient and safest way of exchanging your cash to the local currency.  I decided not to exchange my Peso to USD then Korean Won because I might lose more money because of double conversion.

The Budget: Seoul could be an expensive city but you can still enjoy the city on a budget. Just follow the link for the detailed info.

The Itinerary: Ok it was a little frustrating that my original plans was not followed, so it’s important to have backup plans and be ready to be flexible especially if you’re traveling in a group. One of my mistakes was not putting much effort in planning and familiarizing with the train system and location of the places we wanted to visit, we got lost a couple of times, albeit it was fun and exciting.Follow the link for the Itinerary.

South Korea Fall 2012
South Korea Fall 2012

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6 thoughts on “Day 0: Seoul Infinitely Yours

  1. Hi

    I came to check your blogsite. I read about your Exchange money thing. You can still use Pesos to convert into Won?

    Because the last time I went to Korea (January 2013) when I use US Dollars to convert into Won. So I am not sure if I can exchange Pesos to Won at the Incheon International Airport when i go to next year.

    1. Hi Ian, yes you can still use peso but airports dont have the best rates, to be sure you can use USD. Alternatively you can buy Won in PH some money exchnge shop sells won or use an atm in Korea (there are some charges ,call your bank to clarify their international withdrawal rules).

      1. My younger cousin used to tell me that we can’t exchange Pesos before we went there because I used to tell her that we can use Pesos but she ends up changing it to US dollars in Manila. So true, I noticed their money rates at any Korea airports were a bit high.

        I also use my bank card too because I think I tried at 7-Eleven shop, Citibank ATM (apparently the card was extremely allows me to withdraw only below 90k won, I think LOL because I can’t withdraw over 100k won so I do that between 20K to 90K Won), etc. It works except their local Korean banks.

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