i have gone to korea 3 years back...ard e same timing as sharon - 31st dec -6jan..wakao
-25degree..the most coolest place in my life i ever go..
though you can see snow flakes everywhere.lay on the icy snow bed.enjoy snow skiing and other acvities n scenes u cant find in singapore..but wakao..i have to cover myself like mu-nai-yi.
layers of clothes..the moment i step out of airport..being to shiver all over..
but nice to blow out 'gases' from mouth
in the coach bus, always yearn to go toilet...everywhere will be covered wif layers of thick snow outside..tend to make me feel demoralised wif the surroundings.
lips are dry no matter how much lip gloss i apply..once i try to take out the hand glove..i guess my hands are so frozen that i cant even move ..have to ask my mum to wear back for me.
wearing thick glove is like so uncomfortable..i find it uneasy to take pictures wif camera..in e end i take up the glove n drop my camera since my hands are so frozen (heart pain)
get a bit of frost bite too..
winter is nice..snow is nice..but makes me feel inconvenient n demoralise..somemore have to wear layers of thick clothing..dun really like
i prefer free n easy ..n no need to wait for the other pple in the coach and rush for time esp when u feel like to shop longer..
wah... that jia luck ah!!! I'm going about your time also leh... 2jan to 9jan. I heard from my aunt who just came back from korea, the weather there like going upside down. She went mid sep, the temp should be 18-20+ degree. But in the end turn out to be 24-30 degree. Sound like end summer... in the end they dun even need jacket which they brought along.
I hope to see snowing that's why i go during that period. But I hope not that cold as what you mention, that's too unbearable...
My package with HongThai is $1,338 include tax, departing 2Jan. I got this special price in Natas. My friend actually intend to join me but the price increase to $1,540 becos its already a confirm depart tour, no more special rate.
Ermmm... My package of $1149 (excluding tax) should consider an offpeak one, not during school holiday therefore price cheaper than yours. Well... whatever it is, hopefully our trip will be a smooth & memorable one. Good luck!!
Have u all source for your winter wear??? I just bought a winter jacket for only $28 at Whitesand Level 1. Its a cool deal for those looking for budget winter jacket.
Wondering is it necessary to get a 100% wool long john?? It cost $59 per set as compare to $29 cotton one. I will be going in Jan06. A salesgirl ever advice me that a cotton long john can tahan till 5 degree. Plus a winter jacket will be good enough for below 0 degree. Is it true??? Any kind soul out there can advice me??
Just wanna share with u guys what happened yesterday when I went to a "dishonest" $ changer at Pearl Centre. Luckily we checked the rates on the receipt if not..they would have conned our $$$.
As usual we went around $ changers ard the building to ask for the rates (buying won)...as we walked to this shop at level 1 (indian shop)(near SIMA n electronics shop), we asked for the rates n an old uncle outside the shop told us the rate 612. My HB then asked for 613...initially uncle said "NO" then he asked us to wait. We waited...n they asked us to go into the shop. Another indian man then asked how much we have. We told him 2K and immediately he asked us for the $$ and gv it to the man inside the counter. We tot we are gg to get 613... However when $$ is ready..they asked us to check the amt...my hb kept asking for the receipt cos usually $$ changers gv u the receipt first but this shop kept the receipt. Only when we were abt to leave the shop, HB asked for the receipt again then they gv.
The indian man who served us all the while did not showed us the receipt ... he used the calculator to calculate an amt and asked us to chk the $$ they gv us. Rem..we tot we are gg to hv 613?? But the amt calculated with his calculator was not rate 613 but 6013 and it was printed out on the receipt 0.6013. we were lucky tt we read the receipt and saw the different rates. HB re-calculated the amt and confirmed its wrong hence we went back to the shop and they claimed its correct. However, the shops we went earlier all gave us rates 612, 611 so that means it should be 0.611 or 0.612 and not with an extra zero in front!! We went to other $ changers and asked how much won will we get for 2K SGD...n we got an ans (tt shop is tryng to cheap us by changing the rates n hoping we din asked for the receipt n dont check the rate. cos when my hb asked for the receipt the 2nd time the man who served us dug the receipt out from his pocket..isnt tt obvious! I saw it!).
we went back and asked for 613 rates. (the man who served us outside was not there this time) I asked the man inside the counter to explain y the rates given to us earlier was 0.613 and on the receipt was another 0.6013??? He claimed there was an miscommunication and they tot we were asking for a selling rate....wat crap...
After some argument...they say current rate is 0.610 oni...n wan us to gv him back the remaining...n i dun understand y i need to gv him somemore $ .... so I told him unless he gv us 0.613 rate if not i wan the SGD2k back. He refused and I cont'd to make so much noise..till he gv us the 0.613 rates - that is 23,000 (won) more.
So be careful of $ changers, always asked for receipt and check the rate and amt. Dun trust their calculators cos we duno what they pressed!
I'm at Jeju airport waiting to return to seoul.
Jeju is not very cold but the weather in Seoul averaging below 10 degrees wor!!
food here is.....everyday ...every meal u will see KIMCHI....a bit sianzz though.... (n I'm a lover of Kimchi yeah)...
Going to Nami Isle later.....will be a long journey n can zzzz for a while!...gotta to board plane liao...cya again ...
Hi all, I'm finally back home and so glad to be back!
Korea is a nice place for sight-seeing but food wise ...I'm really not used to it! Everyday, every meal u will hv Kimchi, cabbage, steamboat, taugei, tauhu...if u are a "meat-eater" then sure "jia liat"..cos the oni MEAT we had was Pork...and not all pork is nice!!! (Sometimes u will see fish) The Ginseng Chicken we had was a so-so one too! Overall Food rating was not so fantastic!
Weather - COLDDDD
At Seoul n Incheon (we touched down at Incheon Airport - 0520hrs at 3degrees outdoors) but was quite ok during the day (with sunny n clear sky). If during windy nights then it will be freaking cold too..I wore 3 pcs at night including long john.
Jeju is a beautiful place - very different from seoul. weather is not as cold ard 10 -12 degrees. But the Hotel - Oriental at Jeju was not up to my std :|
Went up North to Nami Isle, yongpyong resort. Scenery is really nice - no snow though. Not able to ski at yong pyong cos they are still filling the entire ski area will man-made snow!! so sad!Temp at YOngpyong - the lowest is -6.5 degrees - If its windy at night then WORST!
Waterpia - the Hotspring..tried the outdoor one n not the indoor one..cos not used to go round naked
Shopping - Nothing to buy cos all winter stuffs
Very expensive too...couldnt bear to buy!! :S
Bought so many pks of sea-weed back to gv frens!
Taxi-took the "blue" top cab...the cabby was a reckless driver. He drove like a F1 driver n sped up to 130kmh as the rd speed limit is oni 60kmh! how scary! Although they hv taxi meter, cabby will still "tour" u along highways just to earn more...so have to be careful! better to take the black ones! We took the black taxis back to hotel..cos it over midnight n oni the black taxis have no midnight charge. They are slighly more expensive but safer!At least they dun take a longer route or speed like nobody biz!
Amusment Theme parks -
I luv Lotte World - With Big 3 tickets ( means to be able to play 3 rides). Hubby n I took all 3 THRILL outdoor RIDES. They were fantastic...better than Genting Hlands ones!! The indoor ones, I duno cos din try - but looks kiddy to me! Around 9pm inside Lotte world they have "laser show", remember to bring along ur camera, tt was Cool!!
Everland- we had the Big 5 tickets. Their rides were not as thrilling as Lotte world!
But the Safari ride is a MUST GO!!!
overall rating :
Scenery - 8/10 (GOOD)
Food - 4/10 (POOR)
Service - 5/10 (No one smiles-not even hotel and airport staffs. The oni ppl who reaally gv us a big wide smile are those "salesperson" who sells ginsengs, crystals..)
I signed up the "All In Dexule" with Hong Thai... Your itinerary seems similar to mine, did you sign up the "All In" Package also? How was Hong Thai's services?? Is your itinerary very packed? How much did you spend there??
ya, mine was the "ALL IN" package too!
At first I was not very happy on the itinery cos as stated we will have 2 days at Jeju but ended up only 1.5 days cos we have to take night flight from sg to Incheon and arrived at Incheon ard 5+ in the morning. We were supposed to leave for Jeju in the morning but the flight time to Jeju was planned at 1600hrs. We have no choice but to do shopping at Seoul (Ming Dong & Namdaemun) first in the morning hv lunch and depart to Gimpo airport ard 3pm. By the time when we reached Jeju its already 6+ and one day is gone! The shopping time is abt 2 hrs but Ming Dong is a huge place...we dun hv enuff time shop(think on the bright side - the stuffs there also not cheap...so save $$ lor)!
ya, not forgetting Our tour guide. She is fantastic - she is able to tell us stories, histories abt Korea - her name is Evy and she is able to converse in mandarin and cantonese.
We spent abt 1200+ .... but we did not buy many stuffs..mainly spent on food( to hv a meal there is not cheap).
spent 2 nites at Jeju Oriental lor...but we arrived at Jeju around 6+ (evening) not much time left to tour jeju for tt day! Day 2 we spent one full day at Jeju and spent another nite at Jeju Oriental. Next morning 8.55am flight back to Gimpo. So, in other words Jeju tour takes up one and a half day lor!
The itinerary stated that we will be spending 2 nights at Cheju Oriental leh. Yours is 8 Days All-In right? Then where did you all go when you touch down at Incheon Airport on Day 2 (Day 1 in Korea)? Spend all the time at Incheon Airport while waiting for transit flight at 4pm?
Yesh my package is the 8D6N ALL IN PACKAGE...Itinery stated 2 days at Cheju Oriental and we did spend 2 nites at Oriental!
*We arrived at Incheon Airport 5+ am then had our Macdonalds breakfast at airport till 8am.
*Travel by coach frm Incheon to Seoul (abt 40mins-1hr journey). We were allowed to shop till 12noon at MingDong n Namdaemun. Followed by Lunch and around 2+ to 3pm we have to be at Gimpo Airport(domestic flight to Jeju approx 50min flight).
*Arrived at Jeju around 6pm. Took us to dragon head rock...then dinner...then Hotel Check-in at Oriental.