Jassie goes to OPPA LAND! (Day 1)

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As a recruiter in a BPO industry, being able to use up all those allotted vacation leaves is considered a luxury. With all the endorsements I have to fill for the current and proceeding months, I am very delighted by the fact that I was given an opportunity to breathe in a new air, and enjoy a new environment for a short period of time. 

 Last May 19, 2017, my siblings and I flew to South Korea for 5 days. It has been already planned and we should have gone to South Korea last February but because of some business-related reasons, we moved it to April. But come that month, there were some unforeseen events which had to be taken care of. It was a short notice for all of us to move the trip to the last week of May. 
You would never go wrong visiting South Korea – breezy weather, a ton of good-looking oppas in sight, mountains of cosmetics store with sale promotions, taking that 1 in a million chance of bumping into a Korean celebrity, and being ecstatic over the tiniest thing because you saw it on a K-drama, filling your tummies with those mouth-watering spicy food, and most of all, KIMCHI, unlimited KIMCHI!
When we got to the airport, we went directly to Best Western Hotel Incheon for our breakfast. Mind you that our flight to Manila from CDO was scheduled last May 18, 6PM and our next flight bound for Korea was scheduled on the same day at 11PM, hence, having a breakfast buffet was not a bad idea. After a scrumptious meal, we headed to our first stop – Petite France.
Address: 48-27 Gonghang-ro 424beon-gil, Unseo-dong, Jung-gu, Incheon, South KoreaPhone: +82 32-743-1000
 Petite France is a village in Gapyeong which is inspired by the popular novel of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, “The Little Prince”. I myself is a fan of that novel and nothing excites me more than experiencing a world that I once lived in my imagination now coming to life. This place also a famous filming location for K-dramas such as Beethoven Virus, Secret Garden, My Love from the Star, and my all-time favorite variety show, Running Man. Petite France has its very own facilities including a museum, workshop, café, guest rooms, gift shops, activity halls, and so much more. 
Address: South Korea, Gyeonggi-do, Gapyeong-gun, Oeseo-myeon, 호반로 1063
Phone: +82 31-584-8200Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday, 9AM – 6PM
After our short visit to Petite France, we proceeded to Namiseom (Nami Isalnd). Namiseom is a small crescent-shaped island located at Chuncheon, South Korea. For a K-drama fanatic, you would recognize this from the famous Winter Sonata series. This location is a perfect mix of culture and nature and words cannot express how wonderful it is to experience both aspects in one setting. All the walking and sight-seeing made us hungry, we ended up eating at a local chicken barbecue restaurant nearby.
Address: 1 Namisum-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon, Gangwon-do, South KoreaPhone: +82 31-580-8114Operating Hours:  Monday – Sunday, 7:30AM – 9:45 PM 

Our last stop is at Mount Seoraksan (Mount Seorak) where we experienced the very heart of the Southern Korean culture. Mount Seoraksan is the highest mountain in the Taebaek mountain range and it’s known for its breathtaking view and beautiful scenery. The name Seorak derives from ‘Seol’ meaning snow and ‘Ak’ meaning ‘big mountain’, because the snow would not melt for a long time, keeping the rocks in Mt. Seorak white. 
We rode the cable car to Gwongeumseong fortress to enjoy a high-point view of nature. We wanted to walk around the mountain but our stubborn legs wouldn’t move because of the long hike we had before arriving to the forest. So we basically just lounged around and enjoyed the scenery for a short while then headed back. 
We dropped by the Buddhist temple we spotted while we were on the cable car, apparently, that temple is called Sinheungsa Temple - head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. After all the intense walking, we had dinner at a local restaurant which offered squid and beef bulgogi and we all ate to our fill. 

Mount Seoraksan
Address: Gangwon Province, South Korea

Our first day in South Korea was tiring but worth it, make sure to drop by soon as I continue to share what we did in the next 4 days. If you have any questions, feel free to comment down below or send me an email. I also posted a vlog about this day 1 trip so make sure you check it out on my YouTube channel. Make sure to hit like and subscribe too! Til the next post, ciao!

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