Back from South Korea: Summary Highlights
As I write up the detailed itinerary post for our recent South Korea Trip, here’s a summary highlights post of what we had visited and experienced for 7 days 6 nights in South Korea’s Seoul and Jeju Island.
So did we have a good South Korea trip?
Well, this was the first trip we didn’t complete visiting what we had planned and there were plenty of ups and downs.
OUR SUMMARY SOUTH KOREA ITINERARY –
(SEOUL 3 DAYS JEJU ISLAND 4 DAYS)
Day 1 Seoul
Boarded Korean Air Red-eye Flight to Seoul at 1.10am.
Checked in Guesthouse – ROinhome
Lunch at Hongik University Area -Hongdae
Dongdaemum Toy Market
Day 2 Seoul
Seoul Grand Park – Flower Festival in Themed Garden and Seoul Zoo
Lotte World Tower – Seoul Sky
Bukchon Hanok Village -Baek In-Je house museum
Tosokchon Samgyetang (Ginseng Chicken Soup)
Day 3 Seoul
Checked in Guesthouse – 88 Guesthouse
Korean Folk Village
Myeongdong Street Food
Places We did not manage to visit in our Planned Itinerary:
- Gyeongbokgung Palace
- National Museum of Korea
- Read our “Seoul Tips and Experience Post” for helpful advice on travelling in Seoul!
Day 4 Jeju Island
Took a flight from Gimpo Domestic Airport to Jeju Island
Lotte-Rent-A-Car ( Read our “Jeju Island Driving Tips and Experience“ )
Lunch at Seaside Restaurant near Manjanggul Lave Tube – Abalone Hot Stone Pot Rice
Day 5 Jeju Island
Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market for Dinner
Day 6 Jeju Island
Hallasan National Park Yeongsil Trail
World Automobile Jeju Museum
Day 7 Jeju Island
Osulloc Tea Museum
Flight to Gimpo Airport, Transfer Incheon International Airport
Korean Air Flight back to Singapore
Places We did not manage to visit in Jeju Island, in our Planned Itinerary:
- Halim Park
- Cheongjiyeon Waterfall
- One of the Beaches
Travelling with extended family
This was the first trip we took by plane with my parents (Catherine’s side) to a faraway place. There were pros and cons as we had to slow down our pace to accommodate their energy levels, my dad is 69 and my mum is 61. Also, my mum love to shop for eats from the small stalls we encountered along the way, so we had to stop pretty often instead of rushing to our destinations. I was pretty upset at first because whenever I go on a trip, I switch on the mode of “want to see as many places as I can” which could only be accomplished by following planned itinerary timing. When people in the group do not stick to the timing, all plans get thrown off.
In the end however, we benefited from the foodstuff she brought because the long walks often made us hungry, even after we had eaten full meals. We snacked a lot on the go, sight-seeing, even before we reached a food place for proper meals. My parents were also a great help in carrying Ling sometimes and pacifying her when she acts up. However, they also indulged her too much that she behaved quite badly at times, crying when her demands were not met.
Travelling with a toddler in South Korea
South Korea was quite baby-friendly as we were able to find changing tables in female toilets or fully equipped baby rooms (nursing facilities, hot/cold water) in some places of attraction suitable for children. There was even a baby room in the subway with nursing facilities. When we couldn’t find those, we just changed her in the handicapped toilets (very clean) as she wears pull-up diapers.
We were able to stroll her around in our small compact GB Pockit Stroller while in Seoul, although it was not always easy to find escalators to use. Sometimes, they were too far away or non-existent. Hence. we carried her up on the 2-3 flights of stairs with the stroller many times (which made us really tired).
There were times when we had to defy the sign that no strollers are allowed on escalators and pushed it easily through the metal bars at the entrance of the escalators, but don’t worry, it was only the heavy diaper bag sitting on it. I would carry her on escalators for safety. We didn’t want the hassle to fold the stroller and open again when we exit the subway. A bigger normal stroller would not be able to pass through the metal bars.
Travelling with a toddler who has a mind of her own
Ling was not a good traveller on our South Korea trip. At 19-months-old, she was fussy and demanding and it grew worse when the grandparents acceded to her demands because they couldn’t stand her crying. I couldn’t discipline her much on the trip as we were busy sight-seeing and tired after one whole day of walking. Even though I’m her main caregiver and my parents seldom see her, we got into petty arguments over caring or disciplining her, which affected my positive feelings during travel. Therefore, it was not an easy trip and I’m not able to say we totally enjoyed the trip with her this time, unlike our Kuala Lumpur Trip and Phuket Trip.