The Honeymoon Travel Guide to Seoul Fun

Inspired by the Korean drama Winter Sonata? There is nothing like a getaway to South Korea and your honeymoon is the perfect opportunity to spend quality time and enjoy the company of the one you love most.

South Korea is a popular destination for newlyweds and has many fascinating tourist attractions. There are many enthralling things to do in South Korea, ranging from culture, nature and to entertainment. If you are visiting South Korea, here are some of the best tourist attractions you must visit in this Land of the Morning Calm to have a memorable honeymoon:

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N SEOUL TOWER

N Seoul Tower is a ‘must-see’ landmark of Seoul, rising up from the summit of Namsan Mountain. N Seoul Tower is an attraction not to be missed for couples who want to soak in the romantic ambience and gaze upon the stunning city views.

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Marvel at the city’s beautiful night landscape and get a panoramic view of Seoul from the top of N Seoul Tower.

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GAMCHEON CULTURE VILLAGE

Gamcheon Culture Village is famed as the ‘Santorini’ of the East, with many tourists flocking in to visit this little village in Busan. Gamcheon Culture Village has it’s own artistic and historic charm, making it one of the most picturesque tourist destinations beloved by photographers.

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It is a long, long walk up the steep hills to Gamcheon Culture Village but everything looks surreal here with its brightly coloured terrace houses.

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The cheerful blue, yellow and pink hues of the brightly coloured terrace houses are spread out across the face of a steep hill looking out to the sea. Every corner of this little village is Instagram-worthy and Gamcheon Cutlure Village is an attraction worth visiting to put a lasting smile in your heart.

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Sharing a whimsical moment with Little Prince, the fiction character in the novel of ‘Le Petit Prince

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SEONGSAN ILCHULBONG

Seongsan Ilchulbong, also known as ‘Sunrise Peak’, is selected by UNESCO as one of the new 7 wonders of Nature. No trip to Jeju Island is complete without hiking up Seongsan Ilchulbong and the climb up would take only 30 to 40 minutes depending on your speed.

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This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers amazing views of the towns in Jeju and the higher you climb up Seongsan Ilchulbong, the stronger the wind is.

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The view is so scenic and beautiful that you will exclaim ‘WOW’! I love the feeling of the fresh air on my face and the wind blowing through my hair.

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You will not regret making the hike up Seongsan Ilchulbong, seeing this beautiful and magnificent sight with your own eyes. Better to see something once than to hear it a thousand times.

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LOTTE WORLD

Lotte World is the largest indoor & outdoor theme park in the world, and visitors can enjoy a various of attractions like amusement rides, a folk museum, an ice rink and the dazzling magic castle.

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Lotte World features a wide range of attractions that cater and serve to every age group. There are more thrilling rides like French Revolution 2VR (high-octane attraction of roller coaster), Gyro Drop and Gyro Swing, with drops of up to 70 meters for those wanting to test their bravery.

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The indoor ice skating rink at Lotte World is in a fairyland setting, under a beautiful glass dome. Spend a day at Lotte World and let that inner child in you come out to play.

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VIVALDI PARK SKI WORLD

Vivaldi Park Ski World has been awarded the most visited Ski resort in South Korea for its state-of-the-art facilities and slopes suitable for all levels. During winter seasons, Vivaldi Park is covered with the beautiful white snow and with every step you take through the white snow makes you feel young at heart again.

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Getting all geared up and ready to have fun skiing down the slope.

We have an absolutely amazing fun time skiing at Daemyung Vivaldi Park Ski Resort. You can catch the action from this YouTube video in ‘High Definition’ (HD) mode!

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And I will like to give special thanks to Jaewon for being such a great instructor you are! I truly feel grateful to have you guiding us the two beginners so patiently that we learnt how to ski in a short space of time.

Nonetheless, having an enjoyable honeymoon makes a perfect start to your happy marriage life. Make it a best and memorable vacation for these wonderful memories to last everlasting. With a love, true love, to last a lifetime…

Skiing at Daemyung Vivaldi Park Ski Resort

We have an absolutely amazing fun time skiing at Daemyung Vivaldi Park Ski Resort in South Korea. Catch our action from this YouTube video in ‘High Definition’ (HD) mode!

And I will like to give special thanks to Jaewon for being such a great instructor you are! I truly feel grateful to have you guiding us the two beginners so patiently that we learnt how to ski in a short space of time.

 

 

5 Reasons Why Hokkaido Is the Best Destination for Beginner Skiers in Asia

written by Maria Santana Reyes

Booking a trip to a ski resort doesn’t have to be hard, especially if you’re a beginner. If you want to book a trip easily, try Japan—in particular, Hokkaido. Let’s take a look at 5 reasons why this Japanese island is the ideal destination for skiers in Asia.

1. It has a consistent amount of powder snow

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Hokkaido is located in the northern part of Japan, which is closest to the cold fronts coming from Russia and China. These winds gather moisture from the Sea of Japan and fall as snow on the country’s mountains. This close proximity gives Hokkaido a longer and more consistent cold climate, making it ideal for those who want to ski on fresh snow.

On top of that, Japan’s powder snow is highly sought after by experienced skiers due to its soft texture. For beginners, this type of snow can also act as a cushion if they crash. If you’re among those who still need to learn to keep their balance, you won’t have any worries since powder snow is fluffy and falls in thick layers. Their snow is also considered as the driest in the world, making it light and ideal for snowboarding and skiing.

2. World-class facilities and classes for beginners

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It’s true that world’s most popular ski destinations are in the United States, Canada, or Europe. However, Hokkaido has more than its own fair share of slopes to enjoy. In fact, the island has more than 100 mountain resorts to choose from, with many of them offering world-class facilities.

These resorts also offer the right resources to get beginners started, from comprehensive ski lessons to expert coaching services. For example, the Kiroro Ski Resort operates its own International Ski and Snowboard Academy, which offers individual and group lessons in English.

3. Close proximity to Asian countries

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If you’re coming from Singapore or Malaysia, the flight to Hokkaido won’t take more than half a day. This means no jet lag from changes in the time zone and no cramps from sitting for hours inside a plane.

For example, a direct flight from Singapore’s Changi Airport to Hokkaido’s airport—the New Chitose Airport in Sapporo—will take around 9 hours. However, a flight from the same country to Switzerland would take at least 13 hours to complete.

4. Courteous, English-speaking staff

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The resorts in Hokkaido cater to a lot of foreigners, especially during the holidays. Hence, there won’t be any communication problems, since most of their staff can speak English.

5. The onsens are a great way to relax

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After a long day at the slopes, it’s best to relax in Japan’s geothermal hot springs. Known as the onsen, these natural baths have shower rooms where guests can wash up before taking a dip in the waters. These are ideal for those who are exhausted from skiing and are looking for a way to ease their tired muscles.

In short, Hokkaido offers more than just optimal skiing conditions for beginners. From a shorter travel time to great options for unwinding after the day’s activities, you’re sure to enjoy a complete skiing experience.

Looking for where to stay in Hokkaido? Check out this blog by HotelsCombined on Where to Stay in Hokkaido: The Ultimate Seasonal Travel Guide to enjoy Hokkaido all year round.

I have been dreaming of a White December (Part 1)

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February 2012 (Winter in Munich, Germany)

Santa Claus must have heard my wish that I want to spend a white and snowy vacation for this year December. I don’t care about the presents underneath the Christmas tree and all I want for Christmas is to play with snow. My flight to South Korea is booked and confirmed! Yipee~ Yipee~ Yeah!

This photo was taken in February 2012 which I did a rostered flight to Munich, Germany during the cold winter season. It was also the first time in my life that I see real snow and you can see the child in me, jumping with joy.

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December 2012 (Christmas in New York)

This was taken when I spent Christmas in New York, which I was rostered to do Frankfurt-New York flight. Behind me is the Rockefeller Christmas Tree placed annually in Rockefeller Center during Christmas period.

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February 2013 (Winter in Moscow, Russia)

Exactly a year later from seeing real snow in Munich, I got to experience heavy snowfall in Moscow, Russia. That was me braving the cold to build snowman.

And so… I am anticipating to spend a magical snowy vacation in South Korea and excitedly counting down to yet another memorable trip.

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The Summer Palace

Beijing, China

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I was in Beijing last week and I visited the Summer Palace [颐和园], a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Beijing, China. This was the Imperial family’s summer retreat. The Summer Palace is mainly dominated by Longevity Hill and the Kunming Lake. I have been to the Forbidden City but this Summer Palace was more impressive to me because of the scenic views.

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I have a travel companion this time – my friend Nin from Thailand! *Sawadeeka* I know I am like so “emo” to be traveling alone on my past few trips but it is not easy to find peeps who are crazy about travel too. Most people will just want to stay in the hotel and hibernate but I can’t. I am scared to stay in the hotel room alone and I have not watched horror films for a very long time. I like having ME-time but I am not that anti-social. Of cos I enjoy having company because there is someone who can help you to make decisions, find directions, spam photos and etc.

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We helped each other to spam photos and we took quite a bit of lame photos.

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MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO

This China auntie copied our pose. Auntie, be creative a bit la! Dun copy leh…

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Suzhou Street is definitely one of the places you must visit in Summer Palace. Suzhou Street was built after the market street in Suzhou as an entertainment place for the Emperor and his imperial family to take part in the daily life of ordinary people which was forbidden to them. When the royals went there, the eunuchs and maids of honor would act as shop assistants and customers to mimic market activities on the streets.

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Spam… Spam… Spam photos… 

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Our next stop was Garden of Harmonious Interests. This garden is a reproduction of a famous South China garden called Jichangyuan in Huishan, Wuxi. Also known as “the garden within a garden”, it is typical of the large imperial gardens of the Qing Dynasty.

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Another place that we have visited is Garden of Virtuous Harmony, renowned for the largest Theater Building inside it. This is where Emperor Guangxu and Empress Dowager Cixi watched performances of the Peking opera. Empress Dowager Cixi was a huge fan of Peking Opera and the Great Theater was built in honor of her 60th birthday.

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The Tower of Fragrance of the Buddha is one of the places you must visit in the Summer Palace. The entire tower is built on the middle of the hill slope and it stands our strikingly in the Summer Palace.

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I don’t kid you but there are freaking many stairs to the top. A lot..really A LOT of stairs! *faint* Please make sure you wear a pair of comfortable shoes when you visit the Summer Palace. My legs really ache for the next few days after walking up all these crazy number of stairs.

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WE DID IT! There is a feeling of satisfaction when we reached the tower. Tired is an understatement. It is crazyyyyyy… Inside the tower, there is a statue of the thousand-hand Guanyin Buddha. I did not take photo of the Buddha statue out of respect. I have climbed so many stairs to offer my sincere prayer and I really hope Guanyin Buddha will bless me and my loved ones.

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I am ending this post with a photo of Nin and me. Thanks for the company babe! 🙂 And till then… 🙂