Seoul Travel Guide: Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을)

Bukchon Hanok Village is a residential area north of central Seoul between Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung palaces that contains Seoul’s largest concentration of hanoks in one area. Nine hundred beautifully maintained traditional hanoks to be precise. It is a great place to immerse yourself in traditional Korean culture and architecture right in the heart of Seoul. Bukchon (which means “North Town”) is situated at the foot of the mountain with valleys and steep hills, giving residents and visitors alike astounding views of the hanok houses and the city of Seoul, including N Seoul Tower. It is a beautiful place to wander. To appreciate the …

Exploring N Seoul Tower, Love Locks and Alive Museum at Namsan Park

Our next destination, after spending almost three hours at Namsamgol Hanok Village was Namsan Seoul Tower or N Seoul Tower which also includes the popular love locks and Alive Museum. Since it’s opening to the public in 1980, it recently got a name upgrade in 2005. With the new upgrade came a new name —Namsam was changed to N, which stands for ‘new’, after having received many renovations. An iconic of Seoul,  the N Seoul Tower stands 479.7 m above Namsan hill and offers breathtaking views of Seoul. This tower was built in 1969 as Korea’s first integrated transmission tower to transmit television and …

Seoul Travel Guide: Namsangol Hanok Village

Touring Seoul’s many grand palaces is a must for the history buff, it is an essential experience while in Korea. However, to truly experience Korean history and its culture, one must also visit a traditional folk village. And Namsangol Hanok Village is an excellent introduction to the life, and culture of the common Korean citizen during the Joseon era. Located at the northern foot of Namsan Mountain, this village was constructed so that visitors could get a glimpse into the lives of traditional Koreans. During Joseon era, this area of the city was referred to as Jeonghakdong, or ‘Land of …

How Much Does it Cost to Spend 2 Months in Southeast Asia?

Last year, I spent two months travelling through parts of Southeast Asia, Japan and South Korea. Because I’m always conscious of my finance, I kept track of all my spending.  I travelled alone once, but didn’t enjoy it as much, nor did I kept track of any spending. This time around, I travelled Southeast Asia together with my sister. So, here’s how much money we spent travelling in Southeast Asia, Japan and South Korea; a breakdown of 2 months in Southeast Asia. Total Southeast Asia Spending for 2 Months As I’ve mentioned above, all expenses listed below are for two …