Daegwallyeong Sheep Ranch

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HELLO CUTE LITTLE SHEEPS!!

I can’t believe this ranch took me 3 hours! I just uploaded all the pictures on my facebook and it has almost 600 pictures, i don’t remember taking so much pictures though. Kekeke!!

After reading blogs about how good this place is, I thought to myself, this is the first thing on my list (this was second until I found out that Seaside train is closed for maintanence). This place didn’t fail my expectation. The place is sooooo beautiful! I do find it a little like teletubbies’ homeland but better!

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Train ride to Gangneung

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While everyone was sleeping, or going to fall asleep, I woke up and headed out to Busan train station for my train bound for Dongdaegu, and then transfer to a train for Gangneung. 5am KST… I was pretty surprised that when I left the guesthouse, there were still ahjumas walking on the streets, and I managed to hail a cab less than 5 mins after I left the guesthouse.

PS: Korea ahjusshi needs to stop talking to me when I obviously don’t understand what are they trying to say.

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Right after I got onto the train bound for Gangneung from Daegu, I fell asleep and woke up to a city covered in mist. Very very pretty & mysterious.

I’ve taken tonnes of bus rides this trip and I would say the views are stunning! But trains, another preferred travelling methods for the locals, has really very stunning views too! Because most of the time the train run through valleys, you get to see lots of stuffs you will miss out if you take a coach.

I took the Mungunghwa this time round because there isn’t any KTX that runs to Gangneung from Busan. Despite having no tables like KTX, the space on board is bigger with better leg space for you to spend long hours travelling on it. Don’t ask me about the toilet though, I can’t actually believe for the 6 hours I was on the train, I have no desire to head to the toilet, which was pretty amazing…

I find it really cool you can rotate the seats! Like if you are travelling as a family of 3 or 4 and want to face each other, just turn the seats around and you can have your chit chat session!

There’s groups of ahjuma going for a hiking trip as a tour group and they talked non stop… even at 5am in the morning. What’s more impressive is I slept through their chatters… ha! I must be damn tired.

Since it’s autumn, the mountains flaunts all their colours and we all stare in awe with such pretty sceneries.

Summary of what I did on train: eat my breakfast, sleep, wake up, sleep, wake up, shoot some pictures, sleep, wake up, alight.

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Side note: I didn’t realised this train goes to Andong… Shouldve done a detour to Andong Hahoe village first then head to Gangneung. Hur. Next time maybe…

Busan: Jalgalchi, Gukje Market, Gwangro Street & Busan Tower

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My initial plan was to head to Jalgalchi market and head off, thinking I would take pretty long to look around Jagalchi Market, but i finished in 5mins. (well, because i wasn’t there to buy stuffs, just to look around).

And so I decided to have my brunch first and then head on somewhere else. After lunch, I crossed the road and walked unknowingly to Gukje Market and there I found heaven! HAHA too extravagant, but it’s really a nice place to walk in. The entire area, Gukje Market & Gwangro Street linked together is like Seoul’s Sinchon, Myeongdong and Namdaemun linked together. It’s really big! I really love my little adventures whenever I got lost, this is one of them. I thought I would never find shopping area in Busan! But I was wrong.

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Busan’s foremost traditional market, Gukje Market, began when refugees fled to Busan during the Korean War and starting selling goods in the area.
There are 650 businesses and more than 1,500 goods stores in the labyrinthine market. A fun way to enjoy the market is to look for famous restaurants in the alleys.
The Meokja (let’s eat) Alley at Gukje Market is one of the “must visit” tourist destinations in Busan. There are many domestic and foreign tourists who line up to try gimbap, eomuk, seed hotteok and other snacks. – Credits to Dynamic Busan FB.

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I read that Gwangro Street is made to be an art & culture street to express Busan, which explains the cute little statues and some arty stuffs around.

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From this map, you can see that the whole area is very big, and really very nice to walk! You can start from either Jalgalchi Market (alight at Jalgalchi station) or from Gwangro Street (alight at Nampo station).

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As you can see, Yongdusan & Busan tower are pretty near too… I was walking along along Gwangro Street and then I saw the escalator to head up to Yongdusan (of course I went up, train tickets can wait). & I was glad I went up.

There was some rehearsal going on for the cultural event on Yongdusan so there’s some students dance the traditional Korean dance, and then I went for the tower. Busan is too pretty I don’t ever wna leave T^T

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Busan I’ll be back~!!!

Naejangsan National Park

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It’s really sad the autumn colours have yet to fill the whole mountain yet, but it’s still definitely worth a go!! Even with the lush green leaves, the view is still super stunning!

I took a bus from Gwangju to Jeongeup and then took a city bus outside of the terminal to head to Naejangsan. After the bus drop you, walk to the other end of the bus terminal and head for the main road, once at the main road, DON’T head to the bus stop you see on the right across the street, there’s no bus to Naejangsan there. The bus stop to take the bus is on the left, where you can see a bus stop sign. You need to take the bus #171 to bring you to Naejangsan. (The bus stop doesn’t have the sign for 171 but no worries, because that bus will for sure show up at the bus stop. When in doubt, just follow those ahjumas and ahjusshis in hiking suit and gears).

The ride from Gwangju to Jeongeup is about 50mins and from Jeongeup to Naejangsan about 30mins.

Once you reached, there’s a time table for the return bus back pasted outside C U mart, so you can note the time. Then you can walk towards the left to head to the visitor information and also the entrance of the park. (But if you would like, you can cross the road then walk left, there’s a lot of stores there selling all kinds of stuffs.

The admission costs 3000won per adult. Before you head in, it would be best to speak to the visitor information counter. They speak lots of languages, English and Mandarin are all possible. They would recommend you which way to go, especially if you are the first time there.

There’s a shuttle bus from the entrance to the cable car site and it costs 1000won per trip. If you take the bus up, it’s 4-5mins but you wouldn’t be able to capture all the nice views. If you walk, it’s about 50mins, but you can take all the beautiful pictures you want, so it’s for you to choose.

I wanted to take the cable car up but I didn’t see the cable car when I got down from the bus because I followed the crowd (lol too funny i know, but that’s the best thing to do). So I walked to Naejangsa.

After the temple, I wanted to take the easy path, but I was stopped by an ahjuma that said that the way I was going wouldn’t have much to see and she told me to go the other side. So I did, and did some vigorous climbing. Little did I know that it’s the path that the lady at the visitor information counter warned me about. She said that if I were to take the cable car up, and want to see the Naejangsa, I would need to climb down but it’s very steep.

I was super glad I climbed up because the way up was super steep and I really couldn’t imagine making my way down without slipping a little bit. It’s really steep with tonnes of stones, no handles to grab. Luckily I was with this korean family and I walked with them. It took me 30mins to climb up that way, almost died panting. HAHA!

But the climb up was definitely worth it because of the view you get from the observatory! There’s an easier way out, which is to take the cable car. But if you want to take some walk and is up for the challenge, go ahead. Please take my warning, it’s really NOT for the weak.

Now here’s some pretty pictures for your eyes!!

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Tada~~~

Busan: Sajik Baseball Stadium

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Probably the happiest thing this trip! (my friend asked me if baseball stadiums were a tourist attraction cos this is the 3rd one i am visiting)

I loveeeeeeeeee the fact that im standing outside my favourite team’s home stadium, and knowing they were training inside. I was glad that the Giants shop were opened today and I managed to grab my Kang Minho jersey and jersey for my dog too. Keke. Baby’s gna be a Lotte dog too. 😀

I snapped lots lots lots of pictures of the stadium, I think i’m pretty much going crazy there cos I kept talking to myself.

It’s actually not just a stadium. There’s a skate and bike rental shop just across the streets and you could rent them and ride them at the ground outside the stadium. Lots of fangirls were biking and skating around, and waiting to pound on the players I guess. Hahah!!!

I can’t believe I spent about an hour there just buying stuffs and snapping pictures (and secretly hoping that some players will walk out and I can get them to take picture with me). But lady luck wasn’t on my side.

We all did managed to see Lee Jaegon coming out and he walked real close to me though, but he was on the phone and so I didn’t wanna disturb him to take a picture with me.

The boys’ last training in Korea is tomorrow and they are flying off on 27th to Kagoshima. Please please stay uninjured and keep warmmmm ❤

To get there, take the metro to Sajik Stadium (Line 3) and exit 1. Walk straight after getting out of the metro until you reach a traffic junction, turn left and continue walking straight and you will see the stadium in no time.

 

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Busan: Haedong Yonggungsa

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A temple near by the sea! How can I describe it? Awesome, breath taking, beautiful, magnificent? I’m pretty loss for words actually. It feels like you’re out somewhere really uncontactable and you have this temple right in front of you.

The ride to this temple from Haeundae Station takes about 20mins on bus #181 and you would be required to walk another 10-15mins to reach the temple. Before you see the temple, you probably see tonnes of stalls selling prayer beads and also food.

I saw this guy here and I thought to myself what is he doing here?

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HAHA it’s like Kang Minho in Busan. Hai Dolharubang~

 

And here’s more photos!!

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Daegu Baseball Stadium – Doosan vs Samsung

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YES I FINALLY GOT TO CATCH A MATCH!

I was damn freaking lucky I swear, thank God for everything! It’s a sold out match, but the illegal sellers still had some tickets on hand so I managed to get a 3rd base ticket for 20000won instead of the usual 35000won (clear stock ahhahaha!) But after I got in, I realised I was on the wrong side, whatever… (If the ticket weren’t that expensive, I would go out, buy the other ticket and head the other side. HAHAHA! I should’ve totally checked with the vendor if Doosan was on the 3 base side or not. Hing.)

Nonetheless, I really enjoyed the match so much!!

Despite trailing behind Doosan Bears, Samsung Lions’ fans were crazyyyyy! Go watch all my instavideo. The atmosphere was damn high when the team’s player come out to bat. And all the vulgar stuffs they say when the opposite team comes out to bat, it’s pretty hilarious because some of them are apparently pretty drunk.

I love how everyone are strangers, but when you root for the same team, you become friends. (some under the influence of alcohol though hahaha!) I was scared that I would feel out of place because I don’t know Samsung’s cheers, neither do I know anyone there as I’m going alone. But I immediately blended in when everyone starting cheering. (I must add that im one of the few females standing around watching the match that night.

And I’m damnnnnn happy Doosan won. Ha! Lee Wonsuk’s 3 base hit was damnnnn awesome. So was Kim Hyunsoo’s home run.

The only thing about this thing was… I took a 2 hours ride from Busan to Daegu when I thought it will probably take only 1hr 10mins. Then I took the metro to Daegu Station as advised by visitkorea but I couldn’t find the stadium. D: So I ended up taking a cab there, which cost about 4000won.

I thought I would be able to find the station by following the crowd after the match… then halfway through, the crowd dispersed and I have no idea where am I. -.- So I ended up getting a cab from where I was from to Dongdaegu station to take the KTX back to Busan (no I dont wna spend another 2 hours on the bus back, so KTX was a better option. Costing more but reaching wayyyy faster than the bus. And luckily for me, there was still metro back to the guesthouse.

So lesson learnt is, give some time extra to find your destination.

Jeonju: Hanok Village

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I really think Jeonju Hanok Village is too overrated. There are some cultural activities you could do there with some money, like fan drawing and some other stuffs. But other than that, it’s modern cafes, some shops, eateries, basically nothing authentic except the hanoks there.

It was quite hard to get there, and this might be the only place I couldn’t tell you how to get there because I have no idea how to! I took a bus from Buan to Jeonju and behind the bus terminal, there’s a tourist information counter but no one was there. It so happened that there’s some soldiers hanging around the telephone booth but they couldn’t tell me how to go as well.

The bus to take there is apparently #79 but the bus shop the information counter sign is pointing to does not have it. I ended up taking a cab there because this kind korean lady offered to drop me off at the Hanok Village before going to her hotel. (I know she wouldn’t see this but thank you so much!!)

I took probably about 1hr 30mins to walk around the place, hoping to see something interesting, but no, everything was too tourist-fied.

The way back to Jeonju Bus Terminal was as hard. I was trying to see if there’s a bus that could bring my back but apparently the bus that’s over there doesn’t go to the Intercity Bus Terminal, so I ended up hailing a cab back to the bus terminal. I wasn’t the only one who finds it hard because there’s this Korean couple in front of my and they wanted to take a bus back too, and because there was no bus, they decided to cab back too. So much for being a tourist attraction. D:

It’s still not bad a place if you would like to have some really pretty pictures… Maybe my expectation of the place is too high, so I was disappointed.

The cab back was really cheap though, I paid only 4900won for the cab fare, which was about 5 bucks. As there’s a lot of bus terminals in Jeonju, you got to tell the driver that you want to go to the 고속버스터미너 or 시외버스터미너 (which is the inter-city bus terminal). Otherwise, he might bring you to the terminal for local buses.

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Gwangju: Chungjang-ro

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Gwangju’s Chungjangro is like Seoul’s Myeongdong but smaller. It’s still really nice to walk and buy stuffs because it isn’t as crowded as Myeongdong, especially on a weekday.

However, do note that the koreans there don’t really speak english (look for younger ones if you need someone to speak english to). They do have an extensive range of stuffs from clothes to shoes and make ups, and they are really pretty. They even have a H&M and Daiso there too!

The nearest metro station is Geumnamno 4(sa)-ga and once you’re out, you get the whole streets of stuffs.

 

And I finally know why my t-money isn’t being detected on the trains and buses. Because Gwangju’s transportation seems to have their own kind of card and the system don’t recognise T-money yet. (It’s really embarrassing when I take the bus and I thought it’s being charged but the driver called me over telling me I haven’t pay yet).

And yay, I need to get to bed. Tomorrow is the day ima step my foot on Busan’s soil. I can’t wait~~~~~ Land of the Giants. kekeke!