Posts Tagged ‘Korea’

COEX Mall And Aquarium

Posted on September 2009 at about 11:38 PM by hwa

I went to COEX MALL today, it’s located at the Samseong-dong.

COEX is the largest underground shopping mall in Asia and there’s a big cinema complex with 16 screen hall called Megabox.

But however, when I went there it seems like all the shopping complex only concentrated in one floor, I don’t know though probably I just don’t know the way. But to me the main attraction is the COEX Aquarium.

The COEX Aquarium, is the only theme-oriented aquarium in Korea, fishes are group into their origin like Deep Blue Sea, Seven Seas, Marine Touch, Ocean Kingdom, The Inca Empire and Amazonian World, each theme inhabit it unique type of fishes base on their origin.

To me it’s a fascinating experience to see these fishes, there are a lot of exotic fish like the Piranha from Amazon, and also some other animals like otter and turtles!!

I spend around 2 – 3 hours walking around and watching fishes in the Aquarium, then after have my dinner and go back home. 🙂

PS: Please head over to my Korea trip gallery for more photos!

Deok Su Gung And Gwang Hwa Mun

Posted on September 2009 at about 9:07 PM by hwa

Again today I visit another palace in Seoul, the Deok Su Gung, right in front of the main gate there are guards doing the guard-changing ceremony.

This palace is slightly smaller than Gyeong Buk Gung, there’s also an Art Museum here, which I think is kind of spoil the view here because of the modern design building build right beside the palace.

By the time I came here there’s a function going on here, it seems like a fashion show held by KB Star (Kookmin Bank of Korea), and the stage here blocked the main view to the palace, which is kind of disappointment to me. 🙁

Anyway, after the visit I was suppose to go Gyeong Hui Gung, but it’s under heavy renovation so I have to cancel the plan, I went to Gwang Hwa Mun instead.

The Gwang Hwa Mun is more like the center of the Seoul, there are a lot of people crossing the street every time the traffic light become green.

The most significant view here is the big statue of Admiral Yi Sun-sin.

But I’m more attracted to the large field of flowers at the other side of the statue.

I’m not sure what is the event but this make a perfect view for photo shooting. 🙂

I kidnapped this two kids then snap a photo after that return the kids to their parent. 😛

PS: Please head over to my Korea trip gallery for more photos!

Wondering Around In Seoul

Posted on September 2009 at about 11:05 PM by hwa

It’s the 3rd day for me in Seoul, also the first time I come out alone and wondering around in the city of Seoul. But luckily the subway system here is very well organize, even thought it look complicated compare to Malaysia, but it’s actually very easy to understand, the only problem is finding the exact station within all the subway station in the map.

Sorry for the bad photo.

So today I went to Gyeong Buk Gung, it’s the largest palace among the five main palaces in Korea.

The palace was heavily destroyed by Japanese people during the invasion, believed that the Japanese wanted to erase Korean history. Now the palace is being restore to it original state, until now only 40% of the palace been restored.

After visit the palace, I went to Insa Dong, it’s a street of selling arts and antique stuff, quite a lot of interesting stuff here.

One of the thing that draw my attention was the Starbucks coffee house, the Starbucks coffee house here has the name written in Korean, it’s very rare that Starbucks has their name in other language than English, you can find the exact same coffee house in this Wikipedia link.

That’s it for my 3rd day in Seoul. 🙂

PS: Please head over to my Korea trip gallery for more photos!

I Got My Hair Cut!

Posted on September 2009 at about 10:22 PM by hwa

It’s the second day for me in Seoul and I got my hair cut!!



So how is it? Do I look like an idiot?? Haha!!

Anyway, I went to Myung Dong with my brother today, he thought me how to use the subway system so that I can go out on my own next time. Myung Dung is the center of fashion for Korean, it’s like the Bintang Walk of Malaysia.

At Myung Dong, you can see cosmetic shop all over the place, people selling it like hot cake.

Once reach here, we straight went for the Myung Dong Kyoja for our lunch, it’s the Myung Dong dumpling, and the portion is big, actually all the Korean food has very big portion.

I also went to the Starbucks in Myung Dong, in the menu here they lack of one size, the Venti. But you still can order the Venti, just talk to the counter will do. By the way, the Starbucks here also much more expensive than in Malaysia, Caramel Frappucino cost 5800 won, which is around RM16.

After finish walk around Myung Dong, we went to the Nam Dae Mun, it’s a street market just like Petaling Street in Malaysia, a lot Japanese here, almost all the shop keeper here speak Japanese, even if we talk to them in Korean they still reply in Japanese.

I also realize people selling a lot of socks here, one of them is this.

Yes, he is like the representative of all Korean guy, even Japanese call him Yonsama.

We went back around 8PM, and I was having the Korean BBQ for dinner. 🙂

PS: Please head over to my Korea trip gallery for more photos!

First day in Korea

Posted on September 2009 at about 11:52 PM by hwa

It’s my first day in Korea, I just reach here this morning, very tired so instead of start my vacation plan today, decided to follow my brother to go for his school football match, it’s a match between his university, Korea University and Yonsei.

Well the match held at Olympic Stadium, Korea hosted the Olympic game on 1988. So here is me standing in front of the stadium. 😛

So once inside the stadium, it was huge! People shouting like mad, it doesn’t looks like a university match, at least not in Malaysia.

There are people who performing throughout the whole match, I should salute these people man, they are so dedicated, even under a heavy rain they still keep performing, with strong wind and all that.

The Korea University won the match, with 2-1, and the goal from Yonsei is from penalty. We went home after that.

At night people celebrating the match along the streets.

Here is the video of the performance I took during the match, note that the football match is actually behind the performers, but no one bothers about the match. 😀

PS: Please head over to my Korea trip gallery for more photos!

Korea (11.09.2009) – Airport

Posted on September 2009 at about 11:56 AM by hwa

Reach Korea today, took my plane at 11 September and it took around 6 hours 11 minutes to reach here. The time in Korea is 1 hour advance compare to Malaysia, so now the time is 11.56am, it should be 10.56am in Malaysia.

I wrote a simple log on what happen in the plane:

– In the boarding room.
– Take off!!
– Eat, supper??
– Sandwich and Coffee.
– Bad weather, slight tremor.
– Turbulence, heavy tremor.
– Start serving breakfast.
– Start eating.
– Omelet, no Nasi Lemak 🙁
– Sipping coffee while watching sun rise ^^
– Start Landing.
– Touch down!!
– Weather 19 Celsius.

Here are some of the photo I took while on the way to Korea. ^^

This is the starting of my trip to Korea, hope it will be an unforgettable trip for me. 🙂

PS: Please head over to my Korea trip gallery for more photos!

Got My Passport!!

Posted on September 2009 at about 2:16 AM by hwa

Just renewed my passport today, which is the last thing I need to do before going to Korea, the rest just preparation. Damn I’m so in the mood for vacation, 8 days more!! Can’t wait for it 😛

Got A Ribbon For My Blog

Posted on August 2009 at about 2:00 PM by hwa

If you’ve noticed at the upper right corner of my blog, you will see a ribbon there, with a Korean flag in it. Yes I’m going to Korea soon! Not that I want to brag about it but really, I’m just too excited about it! 😛

Now back to the ribbon, I’m thinking of making a different ribbons for different occasions would be a good idea, at least there is something that can decorate my blog, well maybe it’s not necessary to be a ribbon, any other things that’s nice also can put it on my blog, we shall see what I can come out next. But for now, the ribbon is good enough. 🙂

Going To Korea

Posted on August 2009 at about 3:29 AM by hwa

Just bought my return ticket to Korea for this coming 11 September at 23:30 Flight MH66, it cost me RM1329 and is discounted already, I will be going there for 2 weeks and come back on 25 September at 11:00 Flight MH67, which mean there are 27 more days to go. 🙂

There are still several stuff that I need to do, one of them is to renew my passport and plan my holiday for that 14 days! So Seoul, here I come!! 😀

South Korea Flag

South Korea Flag