May 24, 2018

K-Star Road

K-Star Road is so popular because it features the latest hallyu trend in South Korea. The road is separated into four zones: A Zone, the area between Dosan Park Sageori Intersection and Hakdong Sageori Intersection; B Zone, the area between Hakdong Sageori Intersection and Cheongdam Sageori Intersection; C Zone, the area between Cheongdam Sageori Intersection and southern crossroad of Yeongdongdaegyo Bridge; and D Zone, the area between Dosan Park Sageori Intersection and Sinsa Station Sageori Intersection. In particular, D Zone includes Sinsadong Garosu-gil Road, a popular spot in Seoul

We definitely enjoyed walking along this beautiful and expensive road!



Address: 407, Apgujeong-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

May 23, 2018

COEX

At the heart of the hub is COEX, Korea’s largest exhibition center, where perfect infrastructure facilitates business support, accommodations, shopping and tourism. COEX is mainly used for conventions, exhibitions and other business services. Casinos, aquariums, hotels, Hallyu performance arenas, duty free shops, shopping malls and City Airport is around this area.

This is Asia’s largest underground shopping mall, with theaters, aquariums, shops and restaurants. Here you can enjoy special dishes from top-level restaurants of Seoul like the ones in Itaewon or Garosu-gil. You can also choose to pick one of the 300 restaurants here to eat something simple but delicious. COEX Mall was designed to let in sunlight as much as possible to make your shopping enjoyable.


Address: 513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (+82-2-6002-5300)

May 22, 2018

Fit Fil National Weight Challenge

Fit Fil National Weight Challenge, the biggest collaboration  among Medical, Fitness, Wellness, Multinational Companies, Universities, Nutritional, Associations, Health Brands, Educational Institutions, Local Government Units, National Agencies, Media, and other groups from various sectors, had a prescon at Edsa Shangri-La Hotel earlier.

The Country's Biggest Nationwide Health, Fitness and Wellness Movement was founded by the Country’s Premiere Fitness & Wellness Coaches: Coach Jim Saret and Coach Toni Saret.

The Vision of the campaign is ‘to unite towards a healthier lifestyle and to create millions of Fit Filipinos by 2020”.

The Mission is “to make FitFil Challenge become part of every Filipino’s life and be the primary driving force in getting the whole country to become stronger, fitter and healthier”.



A 6-month online and on-ground campaign is developed to encourage Filipinos to join the movement and gather 1 million lbs collectively, within 6 months.

To know more about FitFil, visit http://www.coachjimsaret.ph/

May 21, 2018

Namsangol Hanok Village

Julia and I wanted to try Hanok wearing while visiting the palaces in our DIY Trip To Korea but to no avail, either because we there were too many people or lack of time.

Thanks heavens we went to Namsangol Hanok Village were we were able to enjoy the traditional Korean dress. Juan even joined the fun.



Namsangol Hanok Village  opened in 1998 on the north side of Namsan Mountain in the center of the capital. This village has five restored traditional Korean houses, a pavilion, traditional garden, performance arts stage and a time capsule plaza, making it a perfect spot for both locals and tourists to take a leisure walk. Upon entering from the front gate, visitors will get a taste of the traditional life while escaping from the bustling city life of modern times. The traditional garden with its pavilion and the traditional houses create a peaceful ambiance before the forested Namsan Mountain. A time capsule commemorating Seoul’s 600 Year Anniversary was buried in 1994 at the highest point of the village and is scheduled to be reopened four hundred years later in 2394. 

The five hanok houses were remodeled after the traditional houses of Joseon Dynasty and over a range of social classes, from peasants to aristocrats. The furniture in the houses is arranged to help guests understand the daily lives of the past, and the clean, traditional houses, as well as their antique items provide a great photo op. To protect these fragile heritages, only one of the hanok houses is open to the public. The house of Yoon-ssi of Okin-dong has been transformed into Yoon's Tearoom, where guests can enjoy traditional tea and refreshments.

Namsangol Hanok VIllage also has many traditional programs and activities to participate in. Traditional programs, such as, wearing hanbok, folding hanji (traditional Korean paper), writing in Korean, traditional tea ceremony, tradtional etiquette school and herbal medicine experience. There are also taekwondo performaces and other various performances around the village. You can also try tradtional games such as yutnori  (traditional board game). You can also tour around with a tour guide that can give helpful information about the history. 


Address
28, Toegye-ro 34-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

Closed Every Mondays
Operating Hours: Apr-Oct: 09:00-21:00,  Nov-Mar: 09:00-20:00

Free Admission

May 20, 2018

Bukchon Hanok Village

It took us two walking hours to locate Bukchon Hanok Village.  I almost gave up because I saw how tired my kids are but Juancho led the way and continued to cheer all of us to see this place which is home to hundreds of traditional houses, called hanok, that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. The name Bukchon means "northern village," came about as the neighborhood lies north of two significant Seoul landmarks, Cheonggyecheon Stream and Jongno.

Bukchon Hanok Village is surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine

Today, many of these hanoks operate as cultural centers, guesthouses, restaurants and tea houses, providing visitors with an opportunity to experience, learn and immerse themselves in traditional Korean culture.

Visit to Bukchon Hanok Village is free but you may also get a tour guide to help you go or find the place. Tour to this place is usually inlcuded in package tours.



Address
37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

(Open all year round)

Walking Tour, about 3 hours