I joined as part of the Korean Embassy Online Supporter for the 2nd time! I was chosen to part of this event – 2018 ACH Invitation Program for ASEAN fans of Hallyu. Want to know more?
Follow my journey to Korea with Korean Air! They served me with an omelet for breakfast. I enjoyed myself by watching Avengers 3: Infinity War.
I landed at the Incheon Airport Terminal 2 which began operations on January 2018. We waited for the rest of the ASEAN team members before we took a bus to go to our hotel in Seoul!
I will share my first day trip with ASEAN Culture House – 아세안문화원 & 2018 ASEAN Fans of Hallyu on my next video. 🙂 P/s: Pssst… I am trying to vlog. You would probably hear people’s voices instead of just music! 😛 This video has been taken fully with Canon EOS M50.
Special thank you to the Korean Embassy in Malaysia (주말레이시아 대한민국대사관).
A big thank you to ASEAN Culture House (ACH) and Korean Embassy for this great invitation! We met with other 27 members from 9 countries (Myanmar, Brunei, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, and Indonesia). It was a great friendship we built there along with the Koreans students and organizers. We made trips to Seoul, Busan, and Gyeongju. We also were given the opportunity to join the Closing of Busan One Asia Festival Concert (BOF).
Here is the video that we made and presented at The 1st Public Diplomacy week @ Dongdaemun Plaza (DDP). We were proud of representing Malaysia on stage together with other ASEAN delegacies.
How did I join this event and how was my trip with all beloved new friends? Where did I go? When? I will write more on my special journey on the next blog! I hope you are having fun watching it and do not forget to keep up with my blog post. See you again! 🙂
It was a short trip that I had in Busan. 2 Days 1 night (well, it is more like a 1-day trip) was not enough for us to cover most of the places. We headed to Busan Seobu Intercity Bus Terminal (부산서부시외버스터미널) which located at Sasang Station, where we bought the bus tickets.
On my way there, I bought Hodu @ 호두과자 (ho-du-gwa-ja) known as walnut cookies in English. I also bought peanut cookies. I have it as a snack while traveling on the bus. For Malaysians, you can find the similarity of it with kaya balls except it contained walnut or peanut inside as filling.
If you are taking a bus, please be punctual because they are very on time for departure. This is how the terminal and the interior of the bus looks like. You can put your luggage compartment of the bus. While for small bags, there are upper cabins that you can put your bag in it.
The journey from Busan took about 2.5 hours if I was not mistaken. It stopped 15 minutes at the R&R. I managed to go to the toilet and take a look how it looks like. I always saw it in 2 Days 1 Night shows, and I was able to experience it myself on that day. I do not know how to describe how happy I was!
We arrived in Jeonju at around 2.00 pm. We walked from the bus station to the nearest bus stop and took a bus to our guesthouse. The environment was a bit different compared to Seoul. You can feel the air is more refreshing and make you feel like you are going back to your village to meet your grandparents. The temperature here was colder compared to Busan. Most probably because of the geographic area.
As you can see in these photos above, there are lots of yellow trees. Those are Gingko trees. For Farhana, this was her first time being surrounded by these trees. Busan has less of it. I asked her, “Do you smell something weird?” and she answered, “Yes.”. I explained to her that the smell came from the tree and she gave that bingo face. She thought she stepped on animal’s poop and she has been looking around her shoes for the unknowing smell. If you will be traveling to Japan or Korea during Autumn/Fall, read more about the Gingko Tree here: #30 Ginkgo Tree / Pokok Ginkgo
Finally, we arrived at our guesthouse, Blueboat Hostel Jeonju. I highly recommend this place for backpackers because it is worth your money and comfortable. I had good nights for my 2-day stays here. The heater working well and even though it might be minus degree on those nights, I slept well.
We were supposed to go to Jeonju mosque after check-in but we postponed it for the next day because we need to wash our clothes. The operation hours for using the washing machine and dryer is only allowed before 6 pm (if I was not mistaken.) This is because to avoid noises to other patrons at night. The charges for it was cheaper compared to hostels I’ve stayed in Seoul.
After done with laundry, we headed to Nambu Traditional Night Market. We took a bus from the guesthouse. I would highly suggest you use Google Maps as your ‘main tour guide’. It will inform you which is the nearest bus stop and bus number you can hop on. If you have basic hangeul (Korean alphabets) and can read it, it will not be a problem for you. There will be LCD screens on every bus stops to inform the arrival of buses. It took about less than 10 minutes to reach there via bus.
There are lots of food you can try it here! This is the must visit place when you are in Jeonju! It is also known as Jeonju Nambu Traditional Market (전주 남부시장). The night market held on Fridays and Saturdays. There have a variety of stalls available with a multitude of delicious treats. The night market usually opens from 6 pm up to 9.30 pm. This place should be in your a must-go-visit list especially foodies! There are also stalls that sell pork. There are seafood options available too. Do ask them if you are curious about what they sell and ingredients that they are using. Plan your itinerary wisely if you are visiting Jeonju, or else you will lose your chance to visit this night market.
Later, we walked from the market area to go back to our guesthouse. But, we saw a place that crowded with people and shops. We headed there and we found lots of flagship stores such as Innisfree, Etude House, Face Shop, and more! Since we were there during the Peppero Day (11.11) or also known as Single Day, they were having sales everywhere! The price was cheaper than Myeongdong. You should not hesitate yourself from shopping if you are planning to do so. The sale usually started on 10 November until 12 November. The area is known as JIFF Film Street(영화의거리).
After done with the area, we went back to the guesthouse and having a good night sleep for the next journey. I called it ‘The day we are the prettiest’. We visited Jeonju Hanok Village. Stay tuned for my next writing!
I have included all the information from the first day until the end of my trip on the itinerary. Have fun treasure it! You can also create your own itinerary using the Travefy website. It is super easy and very helpful to use during your trip. Just click and voila! It is also can be browsed using the mobile browser.
Please let me know if it is helpful! I am looking forward to hearing from you!
My friends always asked me, “Fieza, when is the best date to go to Korea during Autumn?”. I have been there twice on the mid-November, where it fell on late Autumn and very near to Winter season. I still can see yellow and red leaves but it will not as bloom during its peak season. The autumn foliage season is starting from the mid-September to mid-November. If you are planning to go to Korea on this coming Autumn, usually the best date to go is during its peak season starting from the end of October until early of November. I am sharing the last year peak dates as in the photo below. The VisitKorea page will update accordingly on Peak Autumn/Fall foliage forecast. If you would like to experience first snow, do stay in Seoul from November 16 until November 21. You might be lucky to watch it snowing. When will you be visiting Korea?
Kawan-kawan sering bertanyakan saya, “Fieza, bila tarikh yang sesuai untuk melawat Korea pada musim Luruh?”. Saya sudah melawat 2 kali ke Korea pada musim Luruh iaitu pada pertengahan November, di mana ianya jatuh pada akhir musim Luruh dan sangat hampir dengan musim Salji. Dedaunan berwarna kuning dan merah masih kelihatan cuma ianya tidak semekar ketika tarikh kemuncak musim Luruh iaitu pada pertengahan Oktober sehingga awal November. Pada keseluruhannya, musim Luruh jatuh pada pertengahan September sehingga pertengahan November. Saya amat sarankan korang pergi pada musim kemuncak. Tapi kalau korang nak merasai musim Salji, boleh tinggal sehingga pertengahan November. Seringkali salji pertama jatuh pada 16 November hingga 21 November 2018 di Seoul. Laman sesawang VisitKorea akan mengemaskini tarikh musim luruh apabila tiba masanya. Saya kongsikan tarikh kemuncak musim Luruh 2017 bersama gambar di bawah. Bila korang akan melawat ke Korea?
Lawat laman sesawang VisitKorea untuk maklumat lanjut!
Anyone here likes to eat spicy food? You may know your chili well! Have you seen any Korean chili or taste one before? You may have eaten it when you eat Kimchi Jjigae or Tteokbokki. It tastes and smells amazing, right? Did you know that chili peppers have been introduced to East Asian in the early 16th century by Portuguese Traders? They brought it from the Americas. The first note about chili pepper was found in an encyclopedia published in 1614 known as the Collected Essays of Jibong. Chili pepper is pronounced as Gochu 고추.
Ada sesiapa minat makan makanan pedas? Korang mesti tau cili pilihan korang! Siapa pernah tengok atau merasai Cili Korea? Korang mesti pernah cuba kalau pernah makan Kimchi Jjigae atau Tteokbokki. Rasa dan baunya sangat menarik,kan? Cili diperkenalkan di Asia Timur oleh para pedagang portugis pada awal abad ke-16. Ianya dibawa daripada Amerika. Catatan pertama mengenai cili telah dijumpai di dalam ensiklopedia yang diterbitkan pada tahun 1614 iaitu, Pengumpulan Karangan-karangan Jibong (the Collected Essays of Jibong). Orang Korea memanggil cili sebagai Gochu 고추.
If you are desiring something hot during cold weather, you may want to hit over their street and find Gyerang Bbang 계란빵 (egg bread). It is one of the most popular Korean street food. You can find it almost anywhere in the street. They are made from flour, milk, vanilla extract, butter, and mozzarella cheese! It tastes sweet, fluffy, hot and steamy, which is great savory snack throughout Autumn, Winter, or Spring season! It is also listed as a halal or Muslim-Friendly food that you should try in Korea. It usually cost around ₩1,000 each. One of the places that you can find it is Myeongdong. Make sure to embed this as part of your mission or to-do-list during your visit to Korea!
Kalau korang teringin nak makanan yang panas ketika cuaca sejuk, korang boleh jenguk atau singgah penjaja di tepi jalan di Korea dan cari Gyerang Bbang 계란빵 (Roti Telur). Ianya adalah makanan jalanan Korea yang popular. Ianya boleh didapati hampir di mana-mana kawasan penjaja. Gyeran bbang ini diperbuat daripada tepung, susu, ekstrak vanila, mentega, dan keju mozzarella! Korang boleh rasa manis, gebu, panas dan beruap, ketika menikmatinya. Oleh kerana itu, ianya adalah makanan yang digemari ramai sepanjang musim Luruh, Salji, dan musim Bunga! Ianya adalah tersenarai sebagai makanan halal atau mesra muslim yang patut dicuba di Korea! Kos untuk sebiji Gyerang Bbang ini dalam ₩1,000 setiap satu. Antara tempat yang korang boleh cuba dan dapatkan roti telur ni adalah di Myeongdong. Jangan lupa tau untuk masukkan ia di dalam misi atau jadual perjalanan korang!
This is known as Korean Pear or there are also known as Asian pear. The scientific name for it is, Pyrus pyrifolia which the pear tree is native in East Asia that blossom in Spring. In Korean, it is called Bae 배 (literally, pear). It is crispy, sweet, so juicy and watery. The size can be as big as your head! It is good to eat as it is or they will use it as a seasoning for food such as marinating meat or a salad. You can get it almost everywhere in the market in Korea. Try it fresh there!
Ini adalah Buah Pir Korea atau juga lebih dikenali dengan nama Pir Asia, Nama saintifik untuk buah ini adalah Pyrus pyrifolia, kebanyakkanya ditemui di Asia Timur di mana pokoknya mengeluarkan bunga pada musim bunga. Ianya dipanggil Bae 배 dalam Bahasa Korea. Ianya ranggup, manis, sangat berjus dan berair. Saiznya agak besar dan ada juga yang sebulat muka orang! Ianya boleh dimakan begitu sahaja atau digunakan di dalam masakan sebagai perasa seperti perapan daging atau salad. Ianya boleh di dapati hampir di setiap pasar di Korea. Cubalah cari buah yang segar dan merasainya di Korea!
If you are visiting Jeju soon, you may want to know this beautiful fact about this Jeju’s Mermaid. Haenyeo is part of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list since 2016. Haenyeo 해녀 which literally means sea woman is a community of woman divers where you can find it in Jeju. The most amazing part is they dive without using any underwater diving equipment. They can dive down to 30 meters deep and hold their breath for over three minutes. Haenyeo’s harvest consists of abalone, conch, octopus, sea urchins, sea squirt, brown algae, top shell, a variety of sargassum, oysters, sea slugs etc. Why woman and not man conquer this profession? Before the 17th Century, diving was an exclusively male profession. But, due to too many men die man at the sea women took over this to support their family’s living. Another reason is, women have more subcutaneous fat and a higher shivering threshold than men, which make women can bear the cold more than men. In 2014, up to 98% of Haenyeo are over the age of 50. Find out more about their history at Jeju Haenyeo Museum (해녀박물관) located at 26, Haenyeobangmulgwan-gil, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do. Admission ticket price as below:
Adult (24 – 64 years old) – ₩1,100 (group: ₩800/pax)
Youth (13- 24 years old) – ₩500 (group: ₩300/pax)
*Group: 10 or more people
Those images are taken from Google Image and full credits are given to the owner.
Kalau korang bakal melawat Jeju, mungkin korang nak tahu lebih tentang fakta menarik mengenai Ikan Duyung Jeju. Haenyeo adalah sebahagian daripada senarai UNESCO Warisan Budaya Bukan Benda semenjak tahun 2016. Haenyeo 해녀 secara harfiahnya bermaksud perempuan laut, adalah satu komuniti penyelam wanita yang boleh didapati di Jeju. Mereka adalah sangat istimewa kerana mampu menyelam tanpa sebarang peralatan menyelam. Percaya atau tidak, mereka mampu menyelam sedalam 30 meter dan menahan nafas sehingga 3 minit. Kebanyakannya, mereka akan membawa pulang abalon, sotong kurita, landak laut, sotong, rumpai laut, dan pelbagai lagi. Mengapa perempuan yang menguasai bidang ini dan bukan para lelaki? Sebelum abad ke-17, bidang ini adalah hak mutlak bagi kaum lelaki. Akan tetapi, akibat terlampau banyak kematian penyelam lelaki di dalam laut memaksa para wanita mengambil alih bidang kerjaya ini demi menjaga periuk nasi keluarga mereka. Antara faktor lain juga adalah kerana para wanita mempunyai lebih lapisan lemak di bawah kulit dan juga tahap ketahan menggigil lebih tinggi berbanding lelaki, justeru membuatkan wanita lebih kuat menghadapi kesejukan. Sehingga tahun 2014, lebih 98% Haenyeo adalah wanita yang berumur 50 tahun ke atas. Nak tau lebih lanjut mengenai sejarah haenyeo? Lawati Jeju Haenyeo Museum (해녀박물관) yang terletak di 26, Haenyeobangmulgwan-gil, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do. Harga tiket adalah seperti berikut:
Who is flying to Seoul soon? Have you ever wondered what does Seoul mean? It is History time! Let’s learn the history of Seoul before you enjoyed your trip there. As I mentioned in my previous post (read here), Seoul is the capital city of Korea that witnessed the long history of the ups and downs of the country. Seoul 서울 derived from the Korean word meaning, the capital city. The name changes from one era to another era. It started in Baekje era where it was called as Wiryeseong 위례성, later it was known as Namgyeong남경, in the Goryeo era. When the Joseon era took over, it changed to Hanseong 한성 or Hanyang 한양. Japanese invaded Korea in 1910-1945, during that period the Japanese named the capital city as Keijou けいじょう or Gyeongseong 경성 (same hanja: 京城). The name of Seoul has been used as early in 1882 together at times concurrently with other names. Now, you know a bit of history of this city. Welcome to Seoul and enjoy your trip!
Siapa yang akan terbang ke Seoul? Pernah tak korang tertanya-tanya mengenai maksud nama Seoul? Jom kita belajar sedikit sejarah disebalik nama ini sebelum korang sampai di sana. Sebagaimana yang telah saya kongsikan di post saya sebelum ini (baca di sini) Seoul 서울 adalah pusat bandar yang telah menyaksikan naik turun sejarah negara Korea. Seoul bermaksud pusat bandar atau ibu negara. Namanya berubah dari satu era ke satu era yang lain. Ianya bermula pada era Baekje di mana ianya dipanggil sebagai Wiryeseong 위례성. Kemudian, pada era Goryeo, ianya dikenali sebagai Namgyeong남경. Apabila Dinasti Joseon mengambil alih, nama pusat ini ditukar kepada Hanseong 한성 atau Hanyang 한양. Pada tahun 1910 -1945, Kerajaan Jepun telah menakluk Korea dan telah menggantikan nama Seoul sebagai Keijou けいじょう atau Gyeongseong 경성 ( hanja: 京城). Penggunaan nama Seoul telah digunakan semenjak tahun 1882 bersama-sama dengan nama yang telah diberikan. Sekarang anda dah tau serba sedikit sejarah bandar yang korang akan jejaki. Selamat datang ke Seoul!
There are drinks that you must try when you are in Korea. One of those drinks is, Binggrae Banana Milk 바나나맛 우유(banana-mat uyu, literally banana flavor milk) or maybe you’ve heard some of your friends called it Banana uyu. You can get it at all convenient stores such as Familymart, GS 25, 7-Eleven, Lotte Mart, and more from ₩1,300 +-. You can get it in a bundle at Lotte Department Store at a cheaper price. It comes in different flavors such as Melon, Strawberry, Coffee, and sometimes limited edition flavors. It is certified halal. I had it when it was late at night after arrived at my guesthouse. I bought it at the 7-Eleven and drank it when the surrounding temperature was around 3°C. That was the best taste I ever had! What about your experience?
Ada beberapa makanan dan minuman yang korang mesti cuba bila ada dekat Korea. Salah satunya adalah, Susu Pisang Binggrae 바나나맛 우유(banana-mat uyu, yang bermaksud susu berperisa pisang), atau korang mungkin pernah mendengar ianya dipanggil Banana Uyu. Susu ini boleh didapati disemua cawangan kedai serbaneka seperti Familymart, GS 25, 7-Eleven, Lotte Mart, dan pelbagai lagi dengan harga ₩1,300 +-. Korang juga boleh membelinya di Lotte Department Store dengan harga yang lebih murah apabila dibeli dalam pukal. Ianya terdapat dalam pelbagai perisa seperti Melon, Strawberi, Kopi, dan juga perisa edisi terhad. Syarikat Binggrae telah menerima sijil halal. Saya masih ingat pertama kali saya membelinya di kedai 7-Eleven pada waktu malam setelah sampai di rumah tumpangan dengan suhu sekeliling dalam 3°C. Ianya adalah rasa yang terbaik pernah saya cuba! Bagaimana pengalaman korang pula?