Monday, October 31, 2011

Trip to Seoul Part 3 : Mount Sorak - Seoul

Posted by Norazo at 11:39 AM 1 comments
Hallo again and again and again and again...

I'm back with part 3 of my Seoul experience... ^___^

We visited Mount Sorak on the third day and we have to get up very early in the morning.. totally painful for me... We stayed at a resort close to Mount Sorak (i forgot the name). After having our breakfast, we head off to Sorak-san at 8.30 am. It takes 40 minutes to go there. The view along the road was breathtaking with mountains surrounding the road. We were told by Gina that we will take cable car to the top at 10.00 am. Yesss there is a cable car to reach the mountain and it was cool experience. Gina also told us that a week before we arrived the leafs has not changing colors yet but by the time we go there everything change. According to her we really experience the real autumn in Korea with the breezy weather and the changing color....

in front of the hotel uwah

We arrived at Sorak-san at 8.50 am and we lucky cause there was no traffic jam since its Monday. However, the place still jammed pack with the tourists and the Korean itself. As i mentioned in my previous entry Korean loveeeeeeee to go mountain climbing and their favourite spots is Sorak-San. According to Gina, the Koreans also loveee to climb Mount Kinabalu .There is a direct flight from Incheon Airport to Kota Kinabalu via Korean Air. So it is normal to meet Korean in Kundasang-Ranau-Kota Kinabalu (well this is slightly off the topic hehe)

Since we arrived early, we made use of the time by taking picturess!! yesss we dearly love to pose you know.. click click click!

Our group with the Bear protecting the Sorak-san

Sinheungsa with shira hehe

view of the mountain

my turn with the bear

Actually, there was a story behind the bear. Long long time ago there were 2 animals one is tiger and the other one is the bear. Both of them wish to become a human so they speaks to the God about it. One of the Goddess answer their prayer but with one condition. The tiger cannot eat any meat for a 100 days and the bear cannot take any honey plus meat also for 100 days. They both can only eat vegetables to survive and stayed in a cave. It was so hard for the tiger to follow the condition therefore she leave the cave before the 100 days is over but the cute bear remain. After 100 days over, the Goddess grant her wish and turn the bear into a beautiful lady. If i remember correctly the bear in the end married and live happily ever after (this story was told by Gina so if there is any misinterpretation i am so sorry).

Follow me people to the Sinheungsa n____n

look like Mount Kinabalu from afar

another view

beautiful colorful leafs

still following me???

the view around the temple

Sorak-san from the temple


There is an old temple inside Mount Sorak National Park and there is a spring water inside the temple area and the water come directly from the mountain. It said if you throw a coin inside the pool (just like i did) your wish will come true. However for me i just throwing the coin for fun aigooo...

I'm throwing my lucky coin into the spring water

can u spot my 20 cents among all the coins???

the spring water is refreshing! daebakk!

At 10.00 am we went up up up to the mountain using cable car. It only take 10 minutes to arrive at the cable house. If you wish to go to the top, there is a trail and again it only take 10-15 minutes to go to the top. Once we reach somewhat almost the top, the wind was blowing hard. Me and my housemate didn't dare to go to the peak of the mountain. However, one of our group member manage to land himself at the peak and won a medal! He also announced as the first Malaysian to reach to top! but we don't know the truth hehehehe... so while there of course la we do the posing hehehe....

on the way up

view from the cable car

go up up up!

at the top!

that's the peak of Sorak San

wind blowing i feel like dancing!

Korean flag at the summit (in pink shirt)

our friend got off the summit

me and the beauty of the nature

we took a picture with a group of omoni while waiting for the bus! they were sporting!

We had our lunch at another Seafood Restaurant. I forgot the name of the dish but it is similar to our "Asam Pedas" in Malaysia. It was delicious! Having delicious meal right after hiking is a match make in heaven.. Thank God for the foods....~~~

main dish in the middle

we were so full yummehh!

at another table

another table

in front of the restaurant

they took a picture with our bus driver! the ever so serious "hee san nim" but if you talk to him he is a nice person! hope u have a good business "hee san nim"

After lunch, Gina took us to the fish market. All kind of fresh and dried seafood can be found there!

the fish!

At 3.00 pm we finally continue our journey back to Seoul . While in the bus, Gina told us the brief history of Korea and how it divide into 2 (north and south). Gina told us Korea used to be one nation country for 600 hundreds years and Seoul is the capital city during the Joseon Dinasty. Seoul itself divided into 25 district two of which are Gangbuk and Gangnam. The both divided by Han River with Gangbuk in the north and Gangnam in the southeast. Gina also told us that Gangbuk is where most of the historical place of Seoul exists such as the Blue House, Gyeongbuk Palace etc. On the other hand Gangnam consider a new develop city. Those who have apartment in Gangnam area are rich but those who own a house in Gangbuk area richer than those who live in apartment at Gangnam area. This because the land price in Gangbuk area are much more expensive.

We had our dinner at 7.00 pm in Foreign Halal Restaurant in Itaewon area. Right after that we head to Centrio Hotel in Gangnam district. We finish our schedule for day 3. However, since its still early we decided to walk around the area. It was so cold that night and its killing me.. aigoooo. More picture pleaseeee

we had our dinner here

in front of a food stall very cool

it was actually very cold when this picture was taken.. ~~~

that was our hotel for 2 nights!

We back to our hotel at 9.30pm. Wash ourselves and off to sleep. Schedule for the next day start at 8.30am! Will update part 4 soon! bye

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Trip to Seoul Part 2 :Everland Theme Park & Nami Island

Posted by Norazo at 3:33 PM 0 comments

This is part 2 of my Seoul experience... as i mentioned we were there for 6 days and 5 nights in a group of 21 persons overall. We departed to Incheon Airport from KLIA LCC Terminal on 22nd October 2011. The flight took 6 hours to reach Seoul and we arrived at 9.30 pm local time. Since it was night, Gina took us straight to Eulswang Tourist Hotel in Incheon. On the way to the hotel, Gina brief us the itinerary for the next day. In the morning we will visit Everland Theme Park (another Joongbo memory hehe) and after lunch we will be heading to Nami Island (Ssangchu Sonata hehe).

Pictures juseyo...

our carrier Air Asia-X see the sky aigoo

just landed peacee

good morning peace yo
The next morning after having our breakfast in the hotel, we were moving to Everland Theme Park by bus. Gina told us that the theme park was built in 1976 and it is the biggest theme park in South Korea. It has safari, indoor and outdoor games, various garden etc. Gina dare us to ride the highest and most extreme roller coaster there (the one Joongbo couple ride during their WGM days). Personally im not into roller coaster but since Joongbo ride it i want to try. but the problem is, it was Sunday and the theme park was pack with visitors. If we wish to ride any games we have to wait at least an hour. Therefore we didn't ride any hehe.... By the way, since i come from a warm tropical climate country, autumn in Korea was very cold. That early morning i can see my breath for the first time yo hahahaha! so damn cold ~~~~~

Here goes the pictures
while waiting for the bus to Everland Theme Park

Everland peaceee ^___^

Joongbo roller coaster scaryy

love and double peace

me n the giraffe

halloween in Everland

majestic view

the landscape was fantastic

another love another peacee

check out my sun glasses hehe

That afternoon, we proceed to Nami Island. As everybody knows, Nami Island is famous for Winter Sonata filming side. Since it's autumn, words can't describe the beauty of the leafs and the trees. Nami Island is located on the lake and according to Gina, it was originally nothing over there until one man came about 40 years ago and plant trees there. That is why the trees was in line. Before Winter Sonata, that island was famous for dating spots for couples and if the guy wish to propose his girlfriend, he will bring her there and spend their night there. Since most of people in South Korea are educated with Confucianism, it was forbidden for man and women to spend the night together. If the parents of the girl know that their daughter spending the night with the guy at the island, the couple has to be married ASAP. However, the funny thing is sometimes the guy purposely miss the boat to the mainland so that they can stay overnight and eventually marry the girl hahaha interesting fact isn't it. This was told by Gina not me made up the story ok ;p. Gina also told us the story behind couple t-shirt. In Korea, it is common to see couples wearing couple t-shirt or accessories. If the couple wearing same t-shirt it means that their relationship has just begun or they are honeymooners. While on honeymoon, the bride usually responsible to pack the cloths so the groom don't have any choice but to wear them. So cute la their culture hehe...

Ok here goes the pictures

our group

wow wow wow


look behind me

the trees

follow me peace

with the sonata couple

in between the love birds

with the sonata bicycle

time to eat yo!

Well that's all for part 2. Part 3 will be coming shortly... night!


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