My Family’s Vacation To Seoul & Jeju, Korea
My family and I had an unforgettable vacation to Seoul and Jeju, Korea. It was my second time there but the first time for my hubby and kids. We were really excited about this trip but a little worried about the cold weather since we planned to go there in March.
Upon arrival, we took a tour bus to the National Folk Museum of Korea. This is a history museum with miniature display of traditional Korean folks and village.
A traditional Korean village was at the outdoor exhibition, a recreation of the “Street of Memories” in the 1960s and 1970s.
The Ochon House was donated by the Nam family. The house was built in 1848 and the Nam family lived there until the early 1990s. Later it was transferred to the National Folk Museum of Korea and restored in 2011.
For lunch, we had Ginseng Chicken. In the pot were noodles, rice , chicken and ginseng soup. The chicken meat was tender but the soup had very little ginseng taste.
After lunch, we proceeded to the airport to Jeju Island. Jeju is a beautiful island formed through volcanic activity. We visited the “Mysterious Road” which is an optical illusion of the eyes because the road looks like it is going uphill but is actually going downhill. When cars pass by, the cars can turn off the engine and it still moves forward as if it’s going uphill by itself.
That evening, we went to the Ice Gallery and 3D Art Museum. We saw lots of beautiful ice sculptures and even tried our hands on carving an ice cup and drank orange juice with it. It was my first time carving ice and it wasn’t easy. There were also some cool 3D Trick Art Photos.
We had seafood steamboat for dinner. It was very delicious and tasty. What I like about eating in Korean restaurants is that the side dishes can be topped up for free.
On the second day after our buffet breakfast at Benikea hotel, my family and I visited the Teddy Bear and Safari Museum. My children enjoyed seeing all the bears and safari animals there. It was a great place to take memorable photos. We spent about an hour there.
In the afternoon, we took a ship to a platform in the middle of the sea. Then went in the submarine which went down 40 meters into the sea. We saw many different types of fish, coral reefs and sea creatures. It was our first time in a submarine.
In the evening, we proceeded to Seongsan Sunrise Peak. The scenery here was breathtaking and very beautiful. Even though it was a little windy and cold, we enjoyed seeing the beautiful lava formations. This is one of the 360 parasitic volcanoes that dot the island with a spectacular view.
We also saw the Youngduam Rock which is a natural lava formation of a dragon head jutting out of the sea in Jeju.
On the 3rd day of our Korea trip, we took a flight from Jeju Island back to Seoul. After we landed, the tour bus took us to our next destination, Nami Island. This is where the symbolic backdrop of mega hit Korean drama ‘Winter Sonata’ was taken. We had to take a ferry which was about 5 minutes’ ride. As we walked down the beautiful path, we could feel the relaxed atmosphere. This was my second time here at Nami Island. I came here with my mom about 10 years ago and I could still remember some of the places where we took our photos.
In the evening, we checked in at Yong Pyong Ski Resort where the 2018 Oympic Winter sports was held. This was a very beautiful resort and I loved the scenery here at the back of our hotel rooms. There was also hot spring and a variety of therapeutic pools for guests to soak ourselves and relax. The temperature for the hot spring was about 42 degrees celcius.
We enjoyed the hot spring at Yong Pyong Ski Resort. There was also the outdoor hot spring and it was snowing outside. It was my first time wearing swimsuit in the snow. We quickly took a few photos and came back indoor.
On the 4th day, we explored the most beautiful national park in Korea, Mount Sorak. We took a cable car to the top of the mountain. Since it was still winter, we saw plenty of snow. My children were so happy to see real snow. Even though it was cold and slippery, all of us had a lot of fun making snowman and having a snowball fight.
On our last day of our trip, we visited the Ginseng Factory, The Face Shop and the Herb Shop. These were famous tourist destinations for tourist to buy the authentic Korean ginseng, facial care products and herbal medicine for the kidneys. We also visited the seaweed factory where we tried our hands at making Kimchi.
What I liked about the seaweed here is that there are a variety of flavors such as strawberry, grapes, ginseng, bamboo salt, BBQ and many more. Some of these flavors were very unique and tasty.
We tried the colorful Korean traditional clothes and took plenty of nice photos for memory.
We did some last minute shopping for more souvenirs and food before we took our flight back to Malaysia. We really had a fun and enjoyable time in Korea. Hope we will have the opportunity to go again someday.