When I first put the hashtag #delayedvacation in almost every picture of us in Korea, especially on Day 1, hubs asked, “What do you mean ‘delayed vacation’? ‘Ye la.. It means, kan we’re supposed to go here in December, but then we postpone it to March, so delayed la…’
I’ve been meaning to go to Korea since last year. Not a fan of the Korean dramas or Kpop music (but I know Super Junior and I think Kyuhyun’s voice is beautiful), not even sure how Lee Min Ho looks like (they all look the same to me) but Korea is one of the countries that I would really like to visit because of its geography, especially being one of the nearest 4-season countries from Malaysia. This year, Alhamdulillah, I managed to set my foot on the land of Kpop! I consider this as an anniversary trip since March is our anniversary month. Last 11th March 2015 marks 4 years of us being together and we decided to celebrate it in Seoul. Yeay!
We flew with MAS Airlines at 11.30 p.m. on Saturday and arrived in Incheon International Airport at 7.15 a.m. local time. Korea is one hour ahead of Malaysia, so the flight took us around 6 hours. After claiming our baggage, we met our tourist guide, Neesa, who is a Malaysian student, currently studying in Seoul National University (SNU). She speaks like a Korean, even looks like a Korean a little bit haha. This was not a rombongan Cik Kiah yang ramai2 tu tau since there were only three of us. At first, we thought of going alone, main redah je la kiranya, but thinking we don’t know any Korean at all and these Korean people mostly don’t speak English, we thought it was best to have someone who could speak the language for us. I think that’s a wise move. Even if some Koreans can speak English, their Korean English is soooo freaking hard to understand.
So on Day 1, after leaving the airport, we went straight to the famous tourist spot, the one and only, Nami Island, by car. Neesa drove us there in her Kia Carnival. It was so cold up there since it was located at the hilly area. Nami Island was once used as a drama set of Winter Sonata. You guys are familiar with that, right?
Entrance fee : 8k (for foreign tourists) while for Korean adults, 10k.
When we arrived, it was not yet spring, but the Nami Island workers were already planting flowers here and there to prepare the place for spring season. Since we came here in March, it was already the end of winter. No more snow, but it was still so cold especially in the hill area like Nami Island. Since the trees were all ‘leaveless’ and there was no green grass, it was more like ‘padang jarak padang tekukur’, only it was so dry and cold. It was still amazing tho I’m aware that the scenery could be even more amazing, especially in autumn but I can’t complain. I’m glad enough we got to be there despite the season.
We spent time in Nami Island for 6-7 hours, taking pictures, eating Nasi Goncang, then taking some more pictures but most of all, sitting down, stretching our legs while chatting with Neesa, about herself, her study but mostly about Korea and its interesting places and its people.
Around 4, we went back to the city, Myeong-dong to be exact, to check in. We stayed in Nungmaru Guesthouse, yes, not in hotels, because we were in a tight budget here you see haha. But the guesthouse to me, is quite okay for its rate. I don’t really mind the small size room, as long as it’s clean, and yes it is very clean. The owner was so friendly too, although most of the times I didn’t really understand what he was saying, but I know he was friendly. This place is so famous among Malaysians too. A lot of Malaysians stayed there during our stay. Sorry I didn’t take any pictures of our room, since we literally just threw our stuff there so it was a lil bit messy, but you can go to their website, to check on the place. Click here.
That night, we went to one of the most popular restaurant among Malaysian students and the Koreans themselves, Gosame, for our dinner. Let’s just say, one of the best dinners ever!
Although it is quite pricey (if you convert it to RM), but you can almost ignore it because the food here is really really good!
10k here equals to RM30+-
Hubs ordered another set of spicy squid, the anchovies (because it was so good) and a bowl of rice and it cost 14-18k. No, not including the rest of the meal. The whole dinner cost 40-50k.
We went back to the guesthouse, full and happy. Get ready for Day 2.
For more pictures, just click here. I set it public for you.