Laura

LauraJH

Laura

I'm a 23-year-old girl from Finland and I study hotel, restaurant and tourism management. The reason why I made this travel blog is that this summer I'm traveling to South Korea and writing my thesis about the trip, and this blog is going to be one part of it. I have visited Seoul in 2011 and this time I'm going to other cities as well.

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This is the main route of my trip but I'm also visiting other cities as well.






Asia » South Korea » Seoul July 8th 2015

Days 24 & 25 After travelling these last 3 weeks I can feel the fatigue taking over me so I decided to just take it easy for the last days of my trip in South Korea. My last two days in Gwangju I spent by walking around the downtown area. There I did some shopping and went to couple cafés as well. Day 26 Today I travelled from Gwangju to Seoul. In Seoul my accommodation will be Koreastay. Koreastay is a Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) brand that certifies city accommodations. Selected homestays give international visitors an opportunity to experience Korean culture and lifestyle by living with a Korean family. I was so excited when I found this kind of an option for accommodation. It doesn't cost a lot and you get to see how Koreans live ... read more
My Koreastay room
Gwangju-Songjeong station
Gwangju-Songjeong station

Asia » South Korea » Gwangju July 5th 2015

Day 22 Yesterday I travelled to Gwangju, it's the sixth largest city in South Korea and there lives about 1.5 million people. From Daegu it took about 3 hours by bus and I arrived to U-Square Bus Terminal, which is Gwangju's main terminus. From there I took a bus to Pedro's House hostel. In the hostel I was greeted by the owner Pedro. I was given a welcome drink and got to also browse 3 folders, which were full of information about things to do, see and eat in Gwangju. I was really lucky that I had booked my hostel quite early, because the 2015 Summer Universiade is held in Gwangju while I'm staying here. After getting my stuff to the room I went to eat dinner to a restaurant called Mudeungjeong. The restaurant is a ... read more
Juknokwon, Bamboo forest
U-Square bus terminal
Mudeungjeong restaurant

Asia » South Korea » Daegu July 3rd 2015

Day 20 Yesterday I went to the Haeinsa Temple. It's about 68 kilometers from Daegu and it took about 1 hour by bus. Haeinsa is a Buddhist temple built in 802 by two monks Suneung and Ijung. Along with the Tripitaka Koreana and Janggyeongpanjeon, 15 more public treasures and some 200 private treasures are enshrined at Haeinsa Temple. It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995 and Haeinsa is one of the Three Jewel Temples of Korea. After visiting the temple area I decided to take the Haeinsa Sorigil trail. I could have waited the bus but I thought that it would be nice to see the trail. I have to say that it wasn't the best idea because it wasn't as short as I thought it would be. Luckily I had sneakers, ... read more
Haeinsa Sorigil trail
Yangdong village
Haeinsa Sorigil trail

Asia » South Korea » Daegu July 1st 2015

Day 18 Yesterday I flew from Jeju back to Busan and from there I continued my trip by bus to Daegu. After arriving to Daegu I went straight to my hotel. In Daegu I decided to stay in a hotel because it cost almost the same as it would have if I went to a hostel and took a single room. The hotel where I'm staying is Apsan Business Hotel and it's located near Hyeonchungno subway station. The room is quite nice and it's spacious, only bad thing was that it smelled a bit of cigarettes and because of that I'm keeping a window open. Next I went to find a restaurant. I went to a restaurant called Haeng Eun Samgyeopsal and of course I took samgyeopsal. It was again delicious! It was raining the whole ... read more
Dongseongro Street
Bus to Daegu

Asia » South Korea » Jeju June 29th 2015

Day 16 Yesterday I went to the O'sulloc Tea Museum,shop and café. O'sulloc is a Jeju Tea Garden established in 1979 and it's the largest tea producer in Korea. In the shop they were selling different kind of tea, green, black etc. and some cosmetics. I bought one package of ... tea. I tasted their green tea icecream and at first it tasted quite good but after couple spoons I couldn't eat it anymore. Next I went to the Innisfree Jeju house. It is one of my favorite cosmetic chains in here so I was quite excited because I had read one day before that there you could do your own soaps. You could choose from three different options: green tea, volcanic pore and tangerine. I chose to do the volcanic pore. It cost 15 000 ... read more
Innisfree Jeju house
Kimchi jjigae (stew)

Asia » South Korea » Jeju June 27th 2015

Today I went to see the Cheonjeyeon falls, it took about 40 minutes by bus from Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal. Cheonjeyeon falls consist 3 parts, Cheonjeyeon fall and two other waterfalls, and Seonim-gyo bridge goes over the waterfalls. It was raining the whole time I was there but it didn't bother me at all and I could enjoy the beautiful views of the waterfalls. After seeing the waterfalls I met two guys named Taehan and Ho Sung and they asked me if I would like to go and see the Oedolgae rock with them. They had a car so we drove to see the Oedolgae rock. Oedolgae is a 20 meter high pillar shaped rock formed 1.5 million years ago by a volcanic eruption. According to legend, an old woman became a rock after waiting for ... read more
Jeju Dongmun traditional market
Jeju Dongmun traditional market
Jeju Dongmun traditional market

Asia » South Korea » Jeju June 26th 2015

Day 13 Yesterday I flew to Jeju island with Air Busan. When I went to the airport to do the check-in, the clerk lady asked me if I wanted to change to earlier flight. I changed the flight without any extra charges and went straight to the departure gate. One hour later I was in Jeju island. Jeju is one of the nine provinces of South Korea and it's the nation's largest island. There lives about 604 000 people and it's popular holiday destination for Koreans and foreigners. Here I'm staying in a hostel called the Forest Hostel. I have never tried staying in a dorm room so now I decided to try it in Jeju and I'm sharing the room with one person, but the room can accommodate up to four people. After getting my ... read more
Manjanggul Lava Tube
The Forest Hostel
The Forest Hostel

Asia » South Korea » Busan June 24th 2015

Today was my last day in Busan. Taejongdae Cliffs was the first place I went to see today. To get there I had to take a subway and a bus and after arriving there I took a Taejongdae Danubi tourist train. I could have also walked there but I wanted to try the train. It was really convenient because you can hop on and get off the train at certain stops. Taejongdae is one of the representative scenic sites of Busan. The scenery was amazing and all the rocky cliffs were really impressive. After Taejongdae I went to BIFF (Busan International Film Festival) Square. I didn't spent there that much time but what I saw was that the streets were full of people and there were lot of shops and cafés. There were also hand prints ... read more
Busan Tower
Busan Tower
Busan Tower

Asia » South Korea » Busan June 23rd 2015

Day 10 Yesterday I first went to Oryukdo Skywalk. The skywalk is set up to 35 meters, it's 15 meter long and it's built to coastal cliff. When I stepped to the skywalk I had to put these bootees over my shoes so that I won't be scratching the glass. After that I went to see the 40 Steps Cultural theme street.The 40 steps and the surrounding area was made to show the joys and sorrows of refugees and those displaced by the Korean War during the difficult times in 50s and 60s. The area was nice but in my opinion there wasn't that much too see. Next I went to Chungnyelsa Shrine. The shrine is dedicated to the patriotic Korean fighters who died during the Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592. The place is also ... read more
Daewangam Songnim
Chungnyeolsa Shrine
Oryukdo Skywalk

Asia » South Korea » Busan June 21st 2015

Today I first went to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. On my way there I met three Koreans Sun Ho, Eun Sol and So Hyun, and they asked if I'd like to see the temple with them. The temple was built in 1376 on the rocks and stones near sea and it's a Buddhist temple. We were there about 2 hours taking pictures and walking around. After seeing the temple we went together to have lunch near Haeundae Beach. We went to a restaurant called Donenu and Sun Ho told me that it's a franchise restaurant and that they have restaurants also in Seoul. We took samgyeopsal and it was really good. After we finished eating, we said goodbye and I continued my day to the Haeundae Beach and Busan SEA LIFE Aquarium. The beach was really beautiful ... read more
Busan SEA LIFE Aquarium
Busan SEA LIFE Aquarium
Busan SEA LIFE Aquarium




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