Spring 2016: Travel Seoul from Philippines

While it is super hot summer in some parts of Asia, it is also my most awaited beautiful season in South Korea–SPRING❀❀. I had a chance to have a 2-Day trip to Korea recently. It was a sudden and unplanned trip. Traveling solo, I brought with me my most valuable possession– COURAGE.

This trip left me one impression: Spring is indeed a beautiful season


I love the imperfections and spontaneity of this DIY travel.

Going to Manila Airport
I never wanted to travel in Manila alone (just!). But I had no choice but to face everything on my own this time (fighting!). From Region 3, I took a bus going to GMA Kamuning then went to MRT station. It is the surest way I know to get to Taft Avenue. From Taft Avenue Station, I didn’t know exactly where I would go next. For some reasons, I hardly give my trust to strangers especially #WhenInManila so I just followed the crowd as well as my instinct. I kinda’ got lost but I did not mind since I had the luxury of time before my departure. I guess this is the most exciting part of every adventure: going somewhere you do not exactly know how to get there.

Fortunately, I saw a security officer in uniform. This is the only time I peacefully ask the best way to reach the airport on time. Thank you Officer! 😊  Down the overpass beside Mc Donald’s,  I rode a jeepney bound for Nichols (instead of the Airport Shuttle Bus). I, too, did not know why I did that haha! I did not know where I was supposed to say, “para” and how much is  but it was a sure relief to see a lady wearing Cebu Pacific Airline uniform just in front of me 😀 When she got off, that’s my cue to get off as well. Unfortunately, her destination was different from mine 🙂 So I had to walk a few meters more to get to NAIA.
Lesson: Ask

At the Incheon Airport
I did not arrange with someone to fetch me at the airport. I had to make it to Seoul station on my own 🙂 We arrived late at night. Everyone is expected to go through the immigration process. Since Korea is popular place to visit for many reasons, passengers (mostly tourists) are swarming the hall. It took almost two hours for me to stand on the line and wait for my turn. My experience at the immigration area was my not-so-outstanding experience on the entire trip but at last, I’m done. I’m safe. Apart from it, everything was awesome.

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From the plane, you will use a train to go to the immigration hall

After the immigration, I just walked my way to the train station. It was not hard to find where it is. But to save time, there is an information desk nearby if need for help may arise.

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If you take the bus, check the map. In my case, I preferred the train because of higher guarantee that I stop at the exact location. There are two types of trains: a commuter train (no reservations necessary) and an express/non-stop train. It takes 1 hr and 20 mins to get to Seoul station using the commuter train (all-stop train) while only 45 minutes for the Express train.
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I took the commuter train (all-stop) train using a single journey ticket which can be purchased from the ticket machines near the entrance of the train station. The price for a single journey ticket from Incheon to Seoul Station is KRW 4150. Visit this useful link for up-to-date information.

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and another beautiful journey has began! 😊 Hello 안녕 Korea!~ It’s me again!
👣The Official Traveler

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