Pengalaman Bercuti Seminggu di Taiwan
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Last month, our family of three went to Seoul, Korea during the peak of this year’s Autumn season to experience fall for the first time. It was a 9-day and 8-night trip that left some profoundly amazing memories and pangs of joy whenever we thought of this beautiful city. What made this trip extra special was the many firsts we got to experience – first time overseas with our one-year-old, first overnight flight and basically first of doing anything in Korea!
Our itinerary was carefully planned to combine fun and chill, explore and rest to accommodate our purpose of enjoying all surroundings and the spontaneity that came along. More importantly, we needed to ensure our kid’s utmost comfort throughout the whole trip so the itinerary comprised of places and activities that are mostly family-friendly.
If you are planning for a trip to Seoul especially during the Visit Korea Year 2023 – 2024, keep reading and don’t miss out on tips that will be shared throughout this article!
While these are not chronologically listed, below are some of the places that we have explored and loved (we actually loved all of the places we visited but here are the top ones):
1. Starfield COEX
Nearest train station: Bongeunsa (Line 9)
There is also a massive COEX Aquarium that houses 650 different species of marine animals and has the largest number of sharks in Korea. We guarantee time with your family will be well spent at this stunning and spacious healing spot.
2. Dongdaemun Plaza (DDP)
Nearest train station: Dongdaemun History & Culture Park (Line 2)
In the plaza, there are many lounge spaces and rest areas and you can easily spend hours just admiring the façade. Outside with just a 7-minute walk, you can visit Dongdaemun Market and many fashion outlets that close as late as 5.00 am!
3. GOTO Underground Mall
Nearest train station: Express Bus Terminal (Line 9)
We bought many high-quality clothes with an awesome bargain here as souvenirs for people back home and they didn’t disappoint.
4. Haneul Park
Nearest train station: World Cup Stadium (Line 6)
Most people took the Zig Zag stairs to the peak or a shuttle bus but we opted to walk because the queue for the shuttle was ridiculously long during the weekend. Our scenic walk was rewarded with the most stunning view of Pampas Grass (Silver Grass) everywhere and hearts so full of pleasure to be here!
5. Seoul Children’s Grand Park
Nearest train station: Children’s Grand Park (Line 7)
Upon arrival, we were greeted by a dazzling musical fountain show that easily took almost an hour of our time for its mesmerizing symphony, and our kid had the best time there. There are plenty of animals you can admire for free such as tigers, elephants, deer, bears, zebras, kangaroos and other mammals as well as Marine House’s seals, polar bears and aviary birds of all kinds. Not only does Grand Park capture children’s hearts, it is also beguiling for adults. Parents will be thrilled to see their kids enjoying their childhood and rest assured that the facilities for children are top-notch for everyone’s comfort too.
6. Bukchon Hanok Village
Nearest train station: Anguk (Line 3)
Walking around Bukchon Hanok Village gives you the privilege of seeing people donning colourful Hanbok (traditional Korean attire) as other landmarks like Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace and Unhyeongung Royal Residence are just nearby. These are the Instagrammable hubs you definitely want to visit and capture some sweet memories forever.
We also walked around Insa-dong where Korean café cultures blossom and had an array of mouth-watering pastries and unforgettable coffees!
7. Nami Island
The most comfortable 2-hour journey here will be by a private car, you can book this service via the Klook app at an affordable price.
Nami made all our senses come alive with its breathtaking views and we were just so glad to bask in the smashing beauty of this place. The hours we got to spend here were definitely not enough to tour the entire enclave, but we were glad to have captured many photos for keepsakes.
There are three ways to get to Nami including Ziplines (the most expensive), express boats and ferries (the cheapest). We queued for about 10 minutes for the ferry ride because it made the most sense with a stroller and enjoyed the short ride together. As it was during the peak of Autumn, Nami was exceptionally crowded with tourists but that didn’t stop us from enjoying some quality time as a family. We will absolutely come back to Nami next time!
Street Markets & Shopping
8. Myeongdong Street
Nearest train station: Myeongdong (Line 4)
We had the famous halal egg bun, lamb skewer, Tteobokki, grilled cheese, Oreo churros and ate like a Korean at a fishcake stall! Throughout our trip, we came to Myeongdong about three times to get different things and were happy to report that our suitcase was absolutely stuffed!
9. Hongdae Street
Nearest train station: Hongik University (Line 2)
The vibe on this street is quite different from Myeongdong because there were certainly more international faces and styles. The nightlife is extraordinary and there surely is something for everyone in Hongdae. We were there during the Halloween weekend thus it was fascinating to see people walking in costumes and having so much fun. It felt like time had stopped in Hongdae!
10. Namdaemun Market
Nearest train station: Hoehyeon (Line 4)
The only thing we regretted was not coming here early enough because we spent hours just browsing rows and rows of clothing stores when we realised most of the shops closed around 5.00 pm as the day gets dark quite fast in the Fall.
Having explored Seoul for 9 days and 8 nights, we also had the pleasure of eating authentic Korean dishes at various Muslim-friendly eateries. If you are anxious about getting Halal food, refer to Part 2 of this article to add them to your list of dining experiences in Korea!