Traveling to SK never be complete if you don’t visit ‘fake’ island named Namiseom island. Became famous as the main location for K-drama at early 2000s Winter Sonata, Namiseom island itself became one of prettiest places I’ve visited. To make it cuter, even it’s just only located at Chuncheon which around 90 minutes from Seoul, It feel like we visit another island country name Naminara Republic because all tourist traveled by passing an immigration gate and having entrance ticket as a visa, such a creative local tourism!
My SK itinerary consist of going to some Seoul’s campus. Actually, I also want to go to Seoul National University and Kyung Hee University at that time but during limited time, Ewha Womans University is the nearest campus I could reach. Beside those grand architecture, most of those campus also have big park which have beautiful autumn vibes. I already saw how wonderful Ewha during 2 Days 1 Night’s Ewha trip, uhmm yes, another 2 Days 1 Night effect I supposed, LOL. Since this campus located only one station from my hotel, I came to Ewha for a morning stroll.
Despite of Seoul’s modernization, at some areas, we still could find some trace of Korean’s old life and Buckhon Hanok Village is one of them. Eventho’ its name as village, it’s located at downtown Seoul and very accessible. Imagine Bukchon as Menteng whereas both of them located at the downtown and became preserved district, Buckhon itself consists of many korean traditional houses named Hanok -a korean word for house during Joseon dynasty-. Nowadays, those Hanok aren’t only for private living houses but some of them also served as cultural center, homestays, cafe, until shops.
I didn’t plan to visit Garden of Morning Calm at the same day with Nami Island and Petite French trip since our day-trip at Gyeonggi province a little time-strict since my friend need to come back to Seoul at 6 pm. Thanks to impulsive gut bcos we made quick decision when we’re in the bus after took off from Petite French since Gapyeong City Bus Tour’s circle route come to this garden first before going back to station. We already went to Jade Garden the day before, so I didn’t expect much, but turned out, Garden of Morning Calm is so much bigger and more beautiful than Jade Garden!
Jade Garden Natural Arboretum is another beautiful location outside Seoul. Located at Gangwon province which is about 90 minutes from downtown Seoul, Jade Garden became a famous attraction based on Kdrama The Winter the Wind Blows which spend most of its shooting time at Jade Garden whereas the red brick house is also became Oh Young’s -female main character played by Song Hye Kyo- house. Based on those facts? How could I resist not to go there?
As I wrote before, Gyeonggi province has so many wonderful theme-villages, after Edelweiss Swiss Theme Park, I also got chance to visit another theme-village named Petite France, which judging from the name, it was inspired by french culture. To be more exact, Petite France‘s concept was inspired by French author Saint Exupary who wrote novel ‘Le Petit Prince’. This foreign village also famous as of My Love from Another Stars, Secret Garden or Running Man’s shooting location which made its became a well-known tourist attractions.
Besides strolling around Seoul, I also visit nearest provinces at SK like Gyeonggi since it has so many wonderful theme-villages which have different vibe like Edelweiss Swiss Theme Park. Judging from the name, this foreign village was inspired by Swiss-village rather than Korean-traditional village. I knew this village from The Return of Superman episode when Uhm Tae Woong and his daughter, Ji On, went there and it seemed this place is overload with cuteness and give a beautiful scenery because it located around at high mountains.