In The Land of KPOP (Part 1)

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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…’

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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!

The luggage.

Travelling in red. Well, mostly.

Here we go!

Here we go!

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.

At the Incheon International Airport.

At the Incheon International Airport.

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.

Leaving the airport..

Leaving the airport..

On our way to Nami Island..

On our way to Nami Island..

Stopping by for some snacks.

Stopping by for some snacks.

At the entrance. This was actually a water fountain, but due to the freezing weather, it became an ice sculpture.

At the entrance. This was actually a water fountain, but due to the freezing weather, it became an ice sculpture.

Gambar wajib.

Gambar wajib.

By the frosting pond.

By the frosting pond.

Emywans

Us..

Looking for better view.

Looking for better view for more pictures.

Hop! Haha

Tryna fly against the cold wind?

The unusual sculpture.. Haha

The unusual sculpture.. Haha

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.

This pakcik was busy planting flowers for spring season.

This pakcik was busy planting flowers for spring 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.

Nasi Goncang. Shake shake shake!

Nasi Goncang. Shake shake shake! Yeah, you would need gloves, because the metal container was hot.

To make it look like this. This is Kimchi Cheese rice.

You shake it to make it look like this. This is Kimchi Cheese rice.

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.

Or let me just show you some of the pictures of the rooms.

Or let me just show you some of the pictures of the rooms, taken from the website.

The location and the rates.

The location and the rates. The rate may vary, depending on your type of room.

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!

The price of the menu here in Gosame.

The price of the menu here in Gosame. The price range is from 1k to 8.5k per dish.

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.

Kimchi, sweet anchovies and radish.

Kimchi, sweet anchovies and pickeled radish. Owh, those anchovies! So good!!

The tofu kimchi

The tofu kimchi

The star of the show, the grilled mackerel. So crispy on the skin, and so juicy on the inside. Looking at this, my mouth just watered.

The star of the show, the butterflied grilled mackerel. So crispy on the skin, and so juicy on the inside. Looking at this, my mouth just watered.

Neesa and our food. Look at her, like a Korean kan?

Neesa and our food.

Eat like a Korean. Haha

Eat like a Korean. Nyummsss!

All gone.

All gone, including those two rings.

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.
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