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My 24-Hour and 48-Hour Itinerary in Seoul with Discover Seoul Pass

The Discover Seoul Pass is the result of an initiative of the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Seoul Tourism Organization to better address the needs of free independent tourists. The pass is the first of its kind, and gives you the freedom to plan your own itineraries, so that you can optimize your budget and time.

The Discover Seoul Pass includes 21 of Seoul’s biggest landmarks as well as a selection of historical, cultural, and hallyu (Korean Wave) attractions that you can visit for FREE!

21 Featured Attractions

Seoul’s Historical Attractions: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Jongmyo Shrine, Seodaemun Prison History Museum
Seoul’s Cultural Attractions: Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Museum Kimchikan, Hanboknam, Simone Handbag Museum, Coreana Cosmetics Museum
Seoul’s Amusements: N Seoul Tower, Teseum Seoul, Trick Eye Museum, Grévin Museum, Figure Museum W, Alive Museum, MBC World, SMTOWN@coexartium(Theatre), Seoul City Tour Double-Decker Bus

With this pass, you can visit a variety of Seoul’s tourist attractions over a period of 24 hours or 48 hours. When you purchase the 39,900 won or 55,000 won pass, you will get more than 150,000 won worth of free admissions to numerous landmarks and attractions.

Travelers can use the pass as a transportation card (T-money), charging it as much as needed, and pay for the subway, bus, or taxi with convenience.

○ Form : Plastic transit card (with Tmoney capacity)
○ Price : 39,900 won(24hr) / 55,000 won(48hr)
○ Duration: 24 or 48 hours after activation
○ Offered Services
- Tourism : Free admission to 21 tourist attractions and discount to 14 tourist attractions or travel services
- Transit : Usage of public transportation through T-money (Unlimited duration)

Where to buy? You can buy it at Incheon International Airport, online through Seoul Travel Pass and One More Trip websites with pick-up locations at Incheon and Gimpo Airports, and buy it at official sellers in Seoul. Check out the list and how here > http://discoverseoulpass.com/index.php/en/store

How to use? Detailed info here > http://discoverseoulpass.com/index.php/en/howtouse

1. Plan your itinerary.
2. Top up the T-money.
3. Use the passs as admission tickets to Seoul attractions.
4. Download the app and synchronize it with your pass. Here, you’ll know how much time remains on your pass.

 

App Release

The Discover Seoul Pass App is a free smartphone app with service in 5 languages (Korea, English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Japanese). Sync your pass with the app to get useful travel information and the remaining time on your pass.

Additional discounts for pass

With your Discover Seoul Pass, you can enjoy additional savings if you pre-pay for the tour buses with cash or credit at designated ticket offices. Check out the list of ADDITIONAL DISCOUNTS here . http://discoverseoulpass.com/index.php/en/contents

Discover Seoul the Way You Want

I’m traveling to Korea with Seoul as my base in November. As a budget traveler, this pass would let me explore Seoul the way I want without feeling the pinch on my wallet! Here are my 24-Hour and 48-Hour Itineraries that I will be following to maximize this pass (recommended for KPOP and Hallyu fan).

As you noticed, I started with N Seoul Tower Observatory at 8:00 pm the day before. This will really maximize the 24-hour pass rather than starting on the day itself at 8:30am or 9:00am and you end at the most 9:00pm or 10:00pm depending on the closing time of the attraction on the same day, giving you only 11 to 12 hours of use and you can’t use it the next day because it will be 24 hours at 9:00am the next day. Taking note that the pass is activated as soon as you visit your first attraction.

Continuing my 24-hour itinerary above, now Day 2 to make it into a 48-hour itinerary.

Note that I based the discounted price of the pass in the costing at 15% off from Seoul Travel Pass, but you can get 30% off from One More Trip.

More information on the Discover Seoul Pass at their website.

http://discoverseoulpass.com/index.php/en/contents

*Get your Discover Seoul Pass from One More Trip today and get 30% Off!

https://www.onemoretrip.net/goods/Discover_Seoul_Pass_24hr/view?no=1087

N Seoul Tower

A Romantic Tourist Attraction within the City. Namsan Mountain has been known as a propitious site for couples since ancient times. More recently, because many Korean dramas and films feature couples “locking in” their love at N Seoul Tower with padlocks, the site has become a sacred place for lovers who dream of ever-lasting love, both in Korea and around the world.

Free entrance to the N Seoul Tower Obsevatory is available with the Discover Seoul Pass

30% OFF at Hello Kitty Island in N Seoul Tower. Hello Kitty visits N Seoul Tower, the center of Seoul! Meet Hello Kitty’s cute little items at the lovely Hello Kitty House and the history museum where over 40 years of Hello Kitty’s history is exhibited.

Hours of Operation
10:00 ~ 23:00 (~24:00/Sat.)

Address
105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea

[Bus]
Namsan Circular Shuttle Bus
1. Namsan Circular Shuttle Bus No. 02
– Take the bus from the closest subway station: Chungmuro Station (Seoul Subway Line 3, 4), Exit 2 (in front of Daehan Cinema) or Dongguk University Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6.

2. Namsan Circular Shuttle Bus No. 03
– Take the bus from the closest subway station: Seoul Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 4), Exit 9, Itaewon Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 4 or Hangangjin Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 2.

3. Namsan Circular Shuttle Bus No. 05
– Take the bus from the closest subway station: Myeong-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 3 or Chungmuro Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 2 (in front of Daehan Cinema).

[Cable Car]
Get off at Myeong-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4) and Exit 3.
Walk for about 15 minutes following the street on the right side of the Pacific Hotel. The cable car boarding place will be seen ahead.

Homepage
http://www.nseoultower.com/

Teseum Seoul

An indoor teddy bear theme park located in Jongno-gu, Seoul. From dioramas of more than 400 miniatures of Seoul’s major attractions to thousands of teddy bears arranged in a variety of categories ranging from Safari Zone, Aqua Zone, Ice Zone and Provence Zone!

Hours of Operation
08:30~19:00 (Ticketing 18:00)

Address
CIZN Bldg. B1, 19 Jibong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul Korea
*Subway Line No. 1 and 6 Dongmyo Station Exit #6

Homepage
http://teseum.net/

Grévin Museum

Paris, Montreal, Prague, and Seoul. Eighty stars and fantastic interactive experiences await you at Asia’s first Grévin Museum. An exhibition of eighty wax figures of famous stars is on display, not only of Korean celebrities such as Kim Soo-hyun, Lee Min-ho, Jang Keun-suk, Psy, G-Dragon, but international stars too, including Michael Jackson and Marilyn Monroe.

Hours of Operation
09:30~19:00(only Friday ~21:00)

Address
Euljiro 23, Jung-gu, Seoul
*City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 6. Walk straight for 5 min.
*Euljiro 1-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 1. Walk straight for 3 min.

Homepage
http://www.grevin-seoul.com/

Hanboknam

Hanbok Nam is not a mere Hanbok lending company but a Hanbok content developer and designer that plans events, parties, and festivals that can be enjoyed wearing Hanbok.  As a Hanbok complex cultural space located within five minute walking distance from Gyeongbokgung Palace, Hanboknam’s Hallyu Theme Set Studio offers an opportunity for tourists to become the protagonist of a historical drama. Hanboknam is dedicated in creating a special and friendly experience for domestic and foreign tourists to implant a positive image of Korea.

Hours of Operation
09:30~21:00

Address
17, Bukchon-ro 5ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
※ Subway station near by: Subway Line No. 3 Anguk Station Exit #1

※ Addtiopnal benefit for Discover Seoul PASS
1. If you want to use hanbok outdoors, you can get a 50% discount on the original price of the service.
2. Underskirts, headbands, and lockers are provided.

Homepage
www.hanboknam.com

Gyeongbokgung Palace

The First Palace of the Joseon Dynasty, in Central Hanyang. Built in 1395 as a residential palace, Gyeongbokgung Palace was the first palace of the Joseon Dynasty. The palace was situated in the heart of ancient Seoul (called Hanyang), and has Bugaksan Mountain behind it to the north, and Yukjo Boulevard (present day Sejong-daero) sprawling forth from Gwanghwamun, its main gate.

Hours of Operation
09:00 ~ 17:00

Sumunjang (Royal Guard) Changing Ceremony – 10:00am, 2:00pm / 20 minutes per ceremony (except Tuesday)
Major Highlights: The Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony is a great opportunity to experience a rare traditional scene in Korea. Be sure to bring a camera to take lots of pictures. The guards’ splendid costumes, with their brilliant primary colors, are a real pleasure to see. If you have some spare time to kill, make sure to visit the palace and enjoy the beauty of Korean palaces following the ceremony.

Address
161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea
*Gyeongbokgung Palace Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 5.
*Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 2.

Homepage
http://www.royalpalace.go.kr/

SMTOWN@coexartium!

A content never seen before, an experience never experienced by anyone, a fantasy that you have only imagined! The newest and most amazing experience of meeting SM celebrities. A unique lifestyle shop SUM suggested by celebrities, SUM CAFÉ and SUM MARKET where the artists and fans can interact using all 5 senses through various products developed using SM contents, hologram contents, and a Multi-Functional Theatre where you can enjoy SURROUND VIEWING, musicals, concerts, lectures and diverse performances.

Hours of Operation
10:00~22:00

Address
513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
*Subway Line No.2 Samsung Station Exit #5 and #6

Homepage
https://www.smtownland.com/

Trickeye & Ice Museum

A 3D Exhibition of Trick Eye Art. Voted Seoul’s #1 museum by Trip Advisor, the Trick Eye Museum is a new concept in culture and entertainment where the visitor becomes the protagonist. Touch the artworks directly and take photos, or plunge into them and become the main hero! The attraction offers a fresh experience different from solemn art museums that will no doubt leave you with fun and enduring memories.

※ The Discover Seoul Pass includes three exhibitions at the Trick Eye Museum, including its Ice Museum, Carnival Street and of course the trick art exhibition.

Hours of Operation
09:00 ~ 21:00

Address
B2, Seogyo Plaza, 357-1, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
*Hongik University Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 9.

MBC World

Korea’s first theme park created by a broadcaster, and is focused around hallyu (Korean Wave). Visitors can enjoy premium dramas created by MBC and other popular entertainment programs.

[Information on Zones]
M Zone: Visitors can learn about MBC’s history and enjoy interactive programs through moving their bodies.
B Zone: This zone consists of MBC brand stores and promotional wall, and a hall displaying MBC’s premium hallyu programs.
C Zone: Be prepared to be amazed through various attractions named after the most popular MBC programs.

Hours of Operation
10:00~18:00

Address
267, Seongam-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea
*Digital Media City Station and go out to Exit 2.

Homepage
http://mbcworld.imbc.com/

Museum Kimchikan

A museum offering an experience of kimchi and kimchi-making through all the senses opened in Insa-dong, one of the most culturally-rich areas of Seoul. The museum features a refrigerated exhibition featuring kimchi as well as other salted vegetables from around the world, and a tasting room where visitors can taste and evaluate kimchi. Visitors can also learn about different regional varieties of kimchi, or kimchi prepared in royal palaces during the Joseon era and more through watching an outstanding documentary.

Hours of Operation
10:00~18:00

Address
4~6F, 35-4, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea
*Line No.1: Get off at exit No. 3 of Jonggak Station and turn around the Kumkang Shoe Building. Go straight about 200meters on the Insa-Dong street and then turn left.
*Line No.3: Get off at exit No. 6 of Anguk Station and go straight about 300 meters on the Insa-Dong Street and then turn right.

Homepage
https://www.kimchikan.com/

Leeum Samsung Museum of Art

Leeum Samsung Museum of Art consists of two museums. Museum 1 exhibits Korean antiquities and Museum 2 displays both Korean and international contemporary art on a permanent basis. The museum was co-designed by three world-renown architects: Mario Botta, Jean Nouvel, and Rem Koolhaas. The personalities of the architects seem to blend in harmoniously, and for this reason many consider the buildings of the museum themselves a work of art.

Hours of Operation
10:30~18:00

Address
60-16 Itaewon-ro 55-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea
*From Hangangjin Station (Subway Line 6) Exit 1, walk straight for 100m towards Itaewon. Make a right turn at the first intersection and alley, walk up the hill for about 5 minutes.

Homepage
http://leeum.samsungfoundation.org/

Fanta-Stick Musical

Heart-beating sounds of powerful percussion rhythm and Heart-filling melodies of beautiful Gukak!
Story of Korea with Korean traditional instruments; Dae-guem, Hae-geum, Gayaguen, and A-jaeng. When Fanta-Stick’s beating starts, your heart-beat will go up to the highest with the percussion sounds. Modern interpretation of Gukak based on tradition. Guaka is no longer boring. Experience new Korea.

Performance Times
January 1, 2016 ~ Open Run
Monday-Sunday / 17:00, 20:00 (Open all year-round)

Address
NH Art Hall – Fanta-Stick Theater
120, Tongil-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
*Seodaemun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 5 & 6. Connected to exit

Homepage
www.fanta-stick.co.kr

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I’m excited for my trip to Seoul in November and to challenge myself in using this pass, and I will be blogging about it. Hope you get an inspiration from my itinerary and use this pass on your visit to Seoul too!

Sources: Korea Tourism Organization , Discover Seoul Pass, Seoul Travel Pass

 

Discover Seoul Pass, Enjoy Seoul for 24 hours!

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Discover Seoul Pass allows you to enjoy Seoul for 24 hours!

The Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Seoul Tourism Organization have put a lot of time and effort into designing the ultimate tourist pass especially for independent tourists for Seoul!

With Discover Seoul Pass, you may visit any of Seoul’s 16 designated tourist attractions over a period of 24 hours and the pass comes with a map. The Discover Seoul Pass also functions as a transit card (T-money, for paying the subway, the bus, the taxi) and for paying items at the convenience stores, Starbucks, and others. The transit card function does not expire and can be used throughout your stay in Seoul.

The Discover Seoul Pass users can also get a 10 – 20% discount on tickets on the Seoul City Tour Bus’s many tour courses.

Is it possible visit the 16 attractions within 24 hours?

It is possible! Plan your itinerary well by area, maximize your time, and visit the attractions first that opens the earliest and with the latest closing times (like N.Seoul Tower and Grevin Museum) later in the day so that you can fit in all 16 attractions in 24 hours. The pass gives you the freedom to plan your own itineraries, so that you can optimize your budget and time.

Pass Usage Duration

– Entry to tourist attractions : 24 hours (2days/1night). The pass is activated as you visit the first attraction.
– T-money function : No expiration date. Top up as needed and you can get a refund of the remaining balance before your departure.

Price

39,900 won (Save over 70% in admission fees with the Discover Seoul Pass)

Retail Locations

○ Offline

– Incheon Airport : KEB Hana Bank currency exchange booths (4 locations), KEB Hana Bank branch (B1 level), CU convenience stores (3 locations)
– Seoul : Myeong-dong Tourist Information Center, the Hongdae branch of KEB Hana Bank, Seoul City Tour Bus ticket booths in front of Gwanghwamun Dongwha Duty Free Shop and in front of Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP).

○ Online

– Purchase online at the Discover Seoul Pass Official Seller

App Release

The Discover Seoul Pass App is a free smartphone app with service in 5 languages (Korea, English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Japanese). Sync your pass with the app to get useful travel information and the remaining time on your pass.

16 Featured Attractions

– Seoul’s Historical Attractions : Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Jongmyo Shrine, Seodaemun Prison History Museum
– Seoul’s Cultural Attractions : Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (MMCA Seoul); Museum Kimchikan
– Seoul’s Amusements : N Seoul Tower, MBC World, K-live, Trick Eye Museum, Grevin Museum Seoul, Figure Museum W, Alive Museum

Seoul City Tour Bus : 10 – 20% discount on tickets

How to Use?

1. Plan your itinerary.
2. Top up the T-money.
3. Use the passs as admission tickets to Seoul attractions.
4. Download the app and synchronize it with your pass. Here, you’ll know how much time remains on your pass.

More detailed information at the The Discover Seoul Pass’s official website.

Sources: Visit Seoul website and Discover Seoul Pass website.

Follow Seoul Tourism Organization (Visit Seoul) on Facebook and their website for more information about Seoul.

Follow Korea Tourism Organization on Facebook and Twitter, and Visit Korea’s website.

For Filipinos, you can follow the Korea Tourism Organization – Manila Office’s Facebook page, Twitter, and KakaoTalk (@ktomanila) for more local updates on Korea tourism, events, and promos.

Korea Grand Sale 2015 is back

On August 14th, South Korea launched its Korea Grand Sale 2015 for foreigners at the Incheon Airport. It will run until October 31, 2015 and now on its 6th anniversary.

There are over 300 participating companies and 30,000 venues listed in Seoul, the metropolitan area, and major cities. Check out the complete list here.

You can find the Coupons on the participating companies menu or Coupon guide under Coupons.

Print the coupons here or download the image to your phones and present at the participating stores.

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There are so many benefits you can enjoy from 40% to 60% off and these are the 15 Magical Benefits on transportation (Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air and KORAIL), accommodations (Lotte Hotels and Ibis Ambassador Hotel), shopping (Lotte Duty Free, Premium Outlets, and Doota),  beauty items (Olive Young and Innisfree), attractions and performance (Everland, N. Seoul Tower and  The Original Drawing Show), convenience store (GS25), and telecommunication (SK Telecom). Check out more on them here.

If you’re planning for a trip within the period of the sale, register for a welcome kit and get the kit that contains samples and discount coupon for the popular cosmetic brand. The kit can be consumed earlier than expected.

There are also different events online that you can participate when you made your purchase or participated at KGS Event Center. More information here.

Follow #KoreaGrandSale on Facebook and check out their website.

Have a great time shopping and enjoy exploring Korea too!

[Global Seoulmate] Exemplary Global Seoul-Mate of 2014

Anneonghaseyo! I’m back from hiatus. Last May 2015, I was selected by the Seoul Metropolitan Government as one of the eighty-three “Exemplary Global Seoul Mates of 2014” from among 192 Global Seoul Mates that were appointed last June 2014, based on the quality of the finished entry and the successful dissemination of Seoul-related contents.

Global Seoul-Mate is a publicity program by the Seoul Metropolitan Government in which foreign participants (living in or outside of Korea) are to seek out Seoul’s many hidden attractions and promote Seoul in colorful and interesting ways to the global community. Throughout the year, we will also be given missions to produce contents to promote Seoul.

We were sent an appointment certificate signed by the Seoul City Mayor and a welcome gift.  See my personalized Seoul Adidas Climachill shirt here.

For our First Mission, we were tasked to introduce ourselves and to share our aspirations as a Global Seoul-Mate 2014, and make a photo collage of S-E-O-U-L from our daily lives, and luckily, I was one of the winners! See my entry and the gift I received here!

Our Second Mission was conducted under the theme, “2014 Seoul Kimchi Making & Sharing Festival, My No. 1 Poster: Made by 192 Global Seoul-Mates”, which the festival happened last November 11, 2014 in Seoul that celebrated the fact that Kimchi was selected for UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2013. I was of the winners again. See my simple winning poster entry and the gift I received here.

On the Third Mission, we were tasked to come up of what was Seoul like in 2014 in our eyes and that we would put in a Time Capsule.  Again, I was one of the winners.  See my simple entry and the gift I received here.

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Korean Traditional Tea (flavors of Hydrangea Leaf tea, Green tea, Mulberry Leaf tea, Buckwheat Tea, Chrysanthemum Flower tea). I love the design of each tea bags and the whole packaging forming it in a traditional Korean palace setting with a King and a Queen.

As a simple appreciation of our efforts in helping promote Seoul and for sharing our experiences across the globe in 2014, we were sent a small gift (picture above).

Thank you Seoul Metropolitan Government. I will continue to discover Seoul’s hidden gems and help promote this wonderful city to the world.

[Global Seoulmate] Second Mission: 2014 Seoul Kimchi Making & Sharing Festival, My No. 1 Poster

Annyeonghaseyo! As one of the appointed 2014 Global Seoul-Mates by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, we have missions throughout the year to produce contents to promote Seoul. Global Seoul-Mate is a publicity program by the Seoul Metropolitan Government in which foreign participants (living in or outside of Korea) are to seek out Seoul’s many hidden attractions and promote Seoul in colorful and interesting ways to the global community.

Our Second Mission is conducted under the theme, “2014 Seoul Kimchi Making & Sharing Festival, My No. 1 Poster: Made by 192 Global Seoul-Mates.” Each person must create his/her own unique promotional poster that fulfills the criteria required. Here is my simple poster entry and I am inviting you to join the festival and have fun in this Korean culinary tradition!

As a Global Seoul-mate from the Philippines, I used a picture of kimchi with Adobo which is our national food and one of the saucy comfort foods that make up much in the Filipino culinary tradition. It is made of meat simmered in a marinate of vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic. Traditionally, it is accompanied by a Filipino side dish of sweet pickled green papaya called “atsara” and white rice, and as a replacement to atsara, I paired it with Kimchi which is one of the staple Korean side dishes and it matches well. A fusion of Filipino-Korean cuisine; always having a piece of Seoul (Korea) with Kimchi in my home. I also used a picture of Kimchi used in a Hangul way design, representing the unique and vibrant city of Seoul and its rich culture and tradition, where past and present coexist.

Here is my poster entry at the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s website and hope you can click the Heart-shaped Like It button. Kamsahamnida!

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The 2014 Seoul Kimchi Making & Sharing Festival will be held in Seoul Square, Taepyeong Ave, Cheonggye Square and Gwanghwamun Square and will run from November 14 to 16, 2014 from 10:00 to 17:00.

Kimchi is a traditional fermented Korean side dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings. This festival will celebrate the fact that Kimchi was selected for UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2013.

Visitors make kimchi by themselves and share them with their neighbors.  The concept is that on the first day of Gimjang (Kimchi Making & Sharing) Season, “Seoul gets mixed with hope.” And because kimchi is made by mixing vegetables and seasonings together, they want this festival to be mixed up with fashion, Hangeul, play, design, and music as well! Lots of activities to look forward to. 🙂

Hoping for my luck to win for this mission as I won on the first mission! See my simple winning entry at the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s website and the full entry here in my blog for the first mission, and here for what I got as a simple prize for winning that mission.

 

2014 Global Seoul-Mate First Mission: S-E-O-U-L Collage

Annyeonghaseyo!

As in my previous post, I was one of the appointed 2014 Global Seoul-Mates by the Seoul Metropolitan Government.  Global Seoul-Mate is a publicity program by the Seoul Metropolitan Government in which foreign participants (living in or outside of Korea) are to seek out Seoul’s many hidden attractions and promote Seoul in colorful and interesting ways to the global community. Throughout the year, we will also be given missions to produce contents to promote Seoul.

As for our first mission, we were tasked to introduce ourselves and to share our aspirations as a Global Seoul-Mate 2014, and make a photo collage of S-E-O-U-L from our daily lives. This is a way for us to get to know more of our fellow Global Seoul-Mates since we live in different places around the world, and to my blog readers, you too will also know more about me through this.

I’m Marai from the Philippines. I’m a Physical Therapy graduate but did not pursue that career and has been working as a Medical Language Specialist for more than 10 years doing medical records from hospitals in the United States outsourced to my country. Right now, I work through the comfort of my home staying away from the traffic of Manila.

I discovered my love for Korea especially Seoul, my happy place, through K-drama and KPOP, but I’m now in love for its beauty, culture, cuisine, and its people. But more than the HAPPY PLACE and rich culture, it’s the PEOPLE that makes me feel warm, welcome, and wants to go back.

As a Global Seoul-Mate, I aspire to explore more of Seoul as there are still endless places for me to discover. I will actively share memorable experiences and promote useful insights and information in and about Seoul to my family, friends and my blog readers and inspire them to visit the place, and through my blog and SNS sites, I will also share to those who cannot afford or do not have time to travel and let them learn and appreciate more of Seoul.

And now for my photo collage mission, I took pictures of what I have at home and that they are related and/or products of Korea and these are part of my daily life. 🙂

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S –  Sachets of variant flavored O’Sulloc tea, giving the authentic taste of Korean traditional tea, which  I  usually have with either pastries or fruits. It keeps me refreshed and its healthy! You can buy these  as gift to your family and friends back home as I did from my trip.
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E – Sheets of seasoned laver (dried seaweeds) that I usually eat with rice or just like chips. Kids love these too! You can buy this to bring back home from your trip and it is also available at local the Korean marts and groceries in the Philippines.
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O – Ramyun that I topped with cheese, which I always have on stock at home. When I crave for Korean food, this is the very easy and fastest one to cook. Available at the local Korean marts and groceries in the Philippines.

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U – Choco Pie, which I always have at home too. Nothing beats this sweet chocolate snack to satisfy my sweet tooth. You can buy this also as gift, but since it has a bulky box, you can just buy at the local Korean marts and groceries in the Philippines.

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L –  Soju drink, a distinctly Korean drink, which me and my friends who loves Korea would share when having samgyupsal (meat barbeque) or a mini gathering talking about Seoul(Korea) and Hallyu. Yes, I have this on stock at home too because I love to drink. 🙂

And now here is my S-E-O-U-L photo collage for Global Seoulmate 2014 First Mission! Hope you liked it! ^_^

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SEOUL, my Happy Place, where past and present coexist! ❤