Traveling to South Korea never be complete if you don’t visit the ‘fake’ island named Namiseom island. Became famous as the main location for famous K-drama early 2000s named Winter Sonata, Namiseom island itself became one of prettiest places I’ve visited during my autumn trip at South Korea. To make it cuter, even it’s just only located at Chuncheon which around 90 minutes from Seoul, It feel like we visit another country name Naminara Republic because all tourist traveled to Namiseom island by passing an immigration gate and having entrance ticket as a visa, such a creative local tourism!
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 my trip to Nami Island and Petite French 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 my friend and I just 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 than Jade Garden and so far, became the most beautiful garden for me.
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’. Eventhough this place also famous as of My Love from Another Stars, Secret Garden or Running Man’s shooting location, I didn’t watch those Kdramas and variety shows, and just came here bcos is well-known tourist attractions.
Are you k-drama lover? If yes, do you remember K-dramas named Winter Sonata, Autumn in My Heart, Full House, Boys over Flowers, and the hottest one, Descendant of the Sun? Or if you’re K-variety show lover, do you know 2 Days 1 Night or The Return of Superman? Those dramas and variety shows was produced by KBS -Korean Broadcasting System- a public broadcasting station at SK which also had its own broadcasting exhibition hall named KBS ON. Since I think KBS ON will be fulfilled with DotS stuff at that time, I was curious to go there.
Despite of my timing is a lil bit late since DotS fever at SK happened around first semester of 2016, the buzz of this Kdrama still happen until the end of 2016, well, at least, at Doota stores whereas Song Joong Ki himself is Doota ambassador. As a memorial to SJK and DotS, Doota Duty Free at Dongdaemun made a DotS Exhibition at their store. It was held at May, 20th, 2016 until November, 20th, 2016, but I think it’s still held at Doota Duty Free until now.