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!
Remember when I wrote about an art appreciation day? After visiting unique studio cafes like Studio Concrete and Studio Valor at the morning and daytime, visiting a museum at Seoul is one of my wishlist to fulfilled my art appreciation day itinerary, and luckily at that time, a very fun exhibition was held at Insadong, Seoul. I went to Ara Modern Art Museum at evening and totally enjoyed my first experience at a Korean-modern museum where I could experience Life is Beautiful’s exhibition by Mr.Brainwash, a french born pop-artist who famous for his Life is Beautiful‘s exhibition since 2008.
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.
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.
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.