I posted some tipid (thrifty) tips and learned that a lot of Filipinos are still interested in going to South Korea. I thought the hype died down because of the requirement to go through travel agencies now which makes it more expensive and more of a hassle. Actually the fee is minimal, but ofcourse I’d rather not pay anything for something I can do on my own. Also, I’m surprised a lot still wants to go during winter. Maybe given that we live in a tropical country. I personally would avoid it if I can. I was able to visit South Korea during Winter, Spring and Fall. I’d say Fall is still the best season to visit.
Anyways, because of this, I got an inspiration to share info again. The itinerary, instructions and estimated expenses below were drafted in 2017. But before I wrote this article, I checked and confirmed that they are still applicable. 🙂
To see this more clearly.. https://www.facebook.com/wanderrina/photos/a.1117731958406634/1117731968406633/?type=3&theater
Details on the itinerary above..
|BUSAN 09Jan to 12Jan|
|Day 0 (09Jan Mon) – Travel from Airport to Haeundae
Bus 307 (To Haeundae)
Go to: Domestic/International Terminal 1st Floor Bus Stop 3
Price: Cash 1,300Won / Card 1,200Won
First bus : 05:15, Last bus : 23 : 20 (Interval: 20 minutes)
Airport Station (Busan-Gimhae Line) → Sasang Station (Line 2) → Haeundae Station
Fare: 1,900 KRW / Approx 1hr 20min
Open 24 hours
Cost: 7,500W jjimjilbang (10,000W after 9pm)
– 5 minute walk from the Haeundae Bus Terminal
– 5 minutes from Subway Station (Line 2), Exit 1
-10 minute walk from the Tourist Information Center
– 5 minute walk from Paradise Hotel
|Day 1 (10Jan Tues)|
|-Haedong Yonggung Temple
Haeundae Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 7.
Take Bus 181 and get off at Yonggungsa Temple Bus Stop.
9am to sunset, FREE, 3-4hrs
Bus within @2,000W
From Busan Station, take Bus 88 or 101 and get off at Taejongdae Cliff Bus Stop.
Other buses bound for Taejongdae: No. 8, 13, 30, 88, or 101.
-Check in: Kimchee Busan Guesthouse (W9,000)
–Nampo! BIFF Square!
Nampo Station (Line 1). Exit 1 or 3 – Shopping street OR: Jagalchi Station (Line 1). Take Exit 7, cross the street, and BIFF Square will be on your left. Look for the yellow and red umbrellas.
|Day 2 (11Jan Wed)|
-Seomyeon Medical Street
Check in: Guesthouse 710 in Haeundae (W10,000)
|Day 3 (12Jan Thurs)|
|AM: Jog along Haeundae shore, check out Wet Market
PM: Bus to Seoul (General) W23,000@
12:30 14:40 16:40 18:30 20:30
http://www.kobus.co.kr/web/eng_new/schedule_result.jsp –if this won’t work anymore try the main page, then translate this page to English. https://www.kobus.co.kr/main.do
|SEOUL 13Jan to 16Jan|
|Day 3 (12Jan Thu)|
|Check-in: Kimchee Downtown Guesthouse W44,000/pax (11,000W/night)|
|Day 4 (14Jan Fri)|
|-Ski (Jisan Forest Resort) W21,000 (check for 20% foreigner or credit card discount)
Gangbyeon Station – exit 4 (Dongseoul Bus Terminal)
Bus to Icheon W4,700
From Icheon to Jisan (Bus #12). T-money W1,200. 15-20 mins.We decided to go here as it is close to Seoul and is accessible via pubic transportation. i.e., 1) Board a train to Gangbyeon Station – exit 4 (Dongseoul Bus Terminal); 2) take bus to Icheon; and 3) From Icheon bus terminal, board Bus #12 and get off at Jisan Ski Resort. Note: Go as early as possible if public transportation is used since when we went the last bus from Jisan to Icheon Bus terminal left around 5~5:30pm. There are ski gear rentals along the way. They offer as low as P500/hr but if you are a newbie, I’d say better get the package from the resort.
Shopping max: W25000 (P1,100)
If it’s not winter this day would have been for Everland. The 2nd happiest place in South Korea~ after Nami Island. ❤
|Day 5 (15Jan Sat)|
|-Nami (Jamsil Station) or
Seoraksan (Gangbyeon Station) W3,500
Line 2, Exit 4 >> Dong Seoul bus terminal, 06:25 to 23:00
Sokcho intercity bus or Sokcho express bus: W17,300
Sokcho bus -> So Gong Won bus stop: KRW 1,100 (BUS No 7 or 7-1)
-Ehwa Shopping max: W20,000 (P1,000)
-Hongdae Shopping max: W10,000 (P500)
|Day 6 (16Jan Sun)|
|-Yeouido (Yoido Full Gospel Church, Han River)
-Myeongdong Shopping max: W50000 (P2,200)
|Day 7 (17Jan Mon)|
|-Seoul Fortress Wall
Estimated Expenses: ±P15,000 excluding airfare.
Normal promo fares are around 5k round trip with excessive baggage allowance ;p ..So that’s an estimate of around P20k, all in!
Also, on flights, aside from Cebupac and Airasia, try checking Jeju Air too. Their promo fares are literally cheap~
|Taxi to NAIA||200||Credit|
|Train to Busan (Heaundae)||1,900||Cash|
|Haedong Yonggung Temple||3,000||Cash||est fare|
|Kimchee Busan Guesthouse||9,000||Cash|
|Guesthouse 710 in Haeundae||10,000||Cash|
|Bus Seoul to Busan||23,000||Credit|
|Kimchee Downtown Guesthouse||44,000||Cash||(KRW11,000/night)|
|Ski (Jisan Forest Resort)||21,000||Credit|
|Bus to Icheon||4,700||Cash|
|Seoraksan||31,000||Cash||Bus Fares and Entrance|
|Transpo (P300*6days) P2,000||40,000||Cash|
|Food (P600*6days) P3,600||72,000||Cash|
|Total in PHP (KRW1:PHP.05)||15,410|
Hope you find the above helpful. Comments, suggestions, inquiries, clarifications and even violent reactions are welcome. :p