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post Yesterday, 02:16 PM

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QUOTE(MR_alien @ Nov 21 2019, 10:42 AM)
december isn't korea's coldest time
january and february is
and i'm going mid of february laugh.gif  puke.gif
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haha, im glad idalso concert is held earlier before feb.

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post Yesterday, 04:19 PM

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Hi guys, I m planning for family trip to korea during next year CNY (28/1 – till 4/2/), will travel with my 2 kids (6 years old / 4 years old) and my mother (69 years old), need some suggestion here.
-Mainly to experience winter / snow which they never encounter before
-prefer flexibility while travel with children / elderly, thus unlikely to join trip from klook/kkday
-Night/evening activity depend on the children stamina

Tentative itinerary
28/1 – midnight flight via MAS – reach seoul the next morning
29/1 (wed) – Early Check in Airbnb near Seoul station, Short rest / lunch nearby - Namsan – Seoul tower
Recommend to take the cable car ? or take the bus to seoul tower? Read that to reach the cable car station require quite some walk too.
30/1 (thurs)- Hanbok Rental – should start in Gyeongbok palace or Bukchon Hanok Village?
31/1 (Fri)- No plan yet – seoul city tour – any recommend which part of city worth to visit, does not fancy to visit any themepark this time, and not a shopping person
1/2 (Sat)– Nami island & garden of morning calm – most likely DIY tour – via ITX to gapyong – then with taxi
2/2 (Sun)– Overnight with Vivaldi park – hw many hour recommend in snowyland ?
3/2 (Mon)- Leaving Vivaldi park @ 1pm – going back to seoul – Free and easy / shopping
4/2 – Flight @ 11am

lastly, my mother has some special diet .. she does not consume poultry / beef.. usually restaurant that sell ginseng chicken / friend chicken etc, does they have alternative for eg seafood or others?
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QUOTE(ivzh @ Nov 21 2019, 04:19 PM)
Hi guys, I m planning for family trip to korea during next year CNY (28/1 – till 4/2/), will travel with my 2 kids (6 years old / 4 years old) and my mother (69 years old), need some suggestion here.
-Mainly to experience winter / snow which they never encounter before
-prefer flexibility while travel with children / elderly, thus unlikely to join trip from klook/kkday
-Night/evening activity depend on the children stamina

Tentative itinerary
28/1 – midnight flight via MAS – reach seoul the next morning
29/1 (wed) – Early Check in Airbnb near Seoul station, Short rest / lunch nearby - Namsan – Seoul tower
Recommend to take the cable car ? or take the bus to seoul tower? Read that to reach the cable car station require quite some walk too.
30/1 (thurs)- Hanbok Rental – should start in Gyeongbok palace or Bukchon Hanok Village?
31/1 (Fri)- No plan yet – seoul city tour – any recommend which part of city worth to visit, does not fancy to visit any themepark this time, and not a shopping person
1/2 (Sat)– Nami island & garden of morning calm – most likely DIY tour – via ITX to gapyong – then with taxi
2/2 (Sun)– Overnight with Vivaldi park – hw many hour recommend in snowyland ?
3/2 (Mon)-  Leaving Vivaldi park @ 1pm – going back to seoul – Free and easy / shopping
4/2 – Flight @ 11am

lastly, my mother has some special diet .. she does not consume poultry / beef.. usually restaurant that sell ginseng chicken / friend chicken etc, does they have alternative for eg seafood or others?
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most of the places that are worth visiting involves a lot of walking especially hiking.
even gyeongbok palace takes a few hours to walk around if you want to see everything.

anyway here is my 2 cents.

28/1 – midnight flight via MAS – reach seoul the next morning
29/1 (wed) – Early Check in Airbnb near Seoul station, Short rest / lunch nearby - Namsan – Seoul tower
Recommend to take the cable car ? or take the bus to seoul tower? Read that to reach the cable car station require quite some walk too.
- best if you can take a taxi if you want to take the cable car. the way to the cable car station is quite hilly.

30/1 (thurs)- Hanbok Rental – should start in Gyeongbok palace or Bukchon Hanok Village? '
- rental of hanbok is by hour. best you rent at gyeongbok palace because if you wear hanbok u get free entry to the palace.

31/1 (Fri)- No plan yet – seoul city tour – any recommend which part of city worth to visit, does not fancy to visit any themepark this time, and not a shopping person
- visit gangnam district, hangang park, dangdaemun design plaza or ihwa mural village maybe?

1/2 (Sat)– Nami island & garden of morning calm – most likely DIY tour – via ITX to gapyong – then with taxi
- garden of morning calm is about 2 hours away by bus from nami island. plan your trip accordingly. best to be there by evening for the led lighting. the lighting is turned on only during winter season.

2/2 (Sun)– Overnight with Vivaldi park – hw many hour recommend in snowyland ?
- well spend as much time as you want because its quite fun especially for kids bcs other than that there is not much to do at vivaldi.

3/2 (Mon)- Leaving Vivaldi park @ 1pm – going back to seoul – Free and easy / shopping

4/2 – Flight @ 11am

as for food no chicken / beef they have many restaurants menu with pork. e.g. Korean BBQ or braised pork knuckle

pack proper winter clothing as seoul winter can be harsh.
enjoy your holiday. thumbup.gif

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post Yesterday, 04:51 PM

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QUOTE(MR_alien @ Nov 21 2019, 10:42 AM)
december isn't korea's coldest time
january and february is
and i'm going mid of february laugh.gif  puke.gif
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from the forecast the winter this season for january and feb is not too cold.
but its too early to tell so hope for the best.
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post Yesterday, 05:02 PM

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QUOTE(COOLPINK @ Nov 21 2019, 04:51 PM)
from the forecast the winter this season for january and feb is not too cold.
but its too early to tell so hope for the best.
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i don't trust forecast(i trust history statistics instead)
i only need to know it's cold..like negative celsius cold
i don't trust forecast because 3 years ago in tokyo, forecast say around 10c
when i reach there, i was wondering why is it so cold, turns out it's 3c up until the 2nd last day...means i only enjoyed 1 day of the temperature that is forecasted
the other days, i was freezing and shivering(under prepared for other parts of body other than the body itself)

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QUOTE(MR_alien @ Nov 21 2019, 05:02 PM)
i don't trust forecast(i trust history statistics instead)
i only need to know it's cold..like negative celsius cold
i don't trust forecast because 3 years ago in tokyo, forecast say around 10c
when i reach there, i was wondering why is it so cold, turns out it's 3c up until the 2nd last day...means i only enjoyed 1 day of the temperature that is forecasted
the other days, i was freezing and shivering(under prepared for other parts of body other than the body itself)
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that why they call it forecast. laugh.gif
but for 1-3 days in advance its dang accurate.

thats why during winter season dun play play, always pack proper winter gear whether it is freezing or not.
but for the first time experiencing winter many people will be shock how fast the temperature drops after the sun goes down. right? right? brows.gif
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QUOTE(COOLPINK @ Nov 21 2019, 05:09 PM)
that why they call it forecast.  laugh.gif
but for 1-3 days in advance its dang accurate.

thats why during winter season dun play play, always pack proper winter gear whether it is freezing or not.
but for the first time experiencing winter many people will be shock how fast the temperature drops after the sun goes down. right? right? brows.gif
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in my case it isn't, i checked the day before departure...forecast for the few days is 10c+
turns out it's not

and i don't need to wait until sun goes down, morning 8AM also 3c when i was in tokyo rclxub.gif
or i just have no luck with temperature
my trip to hanoi also same
suddenly 1 day, morning still fine...a little warm....went into a shop for lunch, came out it's 15c rclxub.gif
the temperature drop so drastically within that 45 minutes span....no jacket, no windbreaker to protect at all
that temperature lasted 3 days mega_shok.gif
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QUOTE(ivzh @ Nov 21 2019, 04:19 PM)
Hi guys, I m planning for family trip to korea during next year CNY (28/1 – till 4/2/), will travel with my 2 kids (6 years old / 4 years old) and my mother (69 years old), need some suggestion here.
-Mainly to experience winter / snow which they never encounter before
-prefer flexibility while travel with children / elderly, thus unlikely to join trip from klook/kkday
-Night/evening activity depend on the children stamina

Tentative itinerary
28/1 – midnight flight via MAS – reach seoul the next morning
29/1 (wed) – Early Check in Airbnb near Seoul station, Short rest / lunch nearby - Namsan – Seoul tower
Recommend to take the cable car ? or take the bus to seoul tower? Read that to reach the cable car station require quite some walk too.
30/1 (thurs)- Hanbok Rental – should start in Gyeongbok palace or Bukchon Hanok Village?
31/1 (Fri)- No plan yet – seoul city tour – any recommend which part of city worth to visit, does not fancy to visit any themepark this time, and not a shopping person
1/2 (Sat)– Nami island & garden of morning calm – most likely DIY tour – via ITX to gapyong – then with taxi
2/2 (Sun)– Overnight with Vivaldi park – hw many hour recommend in snowyland ?
3/2 (Mon)-  Leaving Vivaldi park @ 1pm – going back to seoul – Free and easy / shopping
4/2 – Flight @ 11am

lastly, my mother has some special diet .. she does not consume poultry / beef.. usually restaurant that sell ginseng chicken / friend chicken etc, does they have alternative for eg seafood or others?
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Hope I can help here.

Usually, if you have more than 3 pax, just take a taxi. The cost is sometimes cheaper than taking the bus. Use Kakao Taxi to get a fare estimate. Most taxi drivers hardly can speak English so you must know how to drop a pin or show pictures to the taxi driver the attraction you're going.

29/1- N Seoul Tower can take 3-4 hours if you're the kind that likes to enjoy the scenery.

30/1 - Start in GyueongBok Palace. Then take bus/taxi to Bukchon Hanok Village. Unless you don't mind walking 25 minutes.

31/1 - Hanuel Park was my favorite place in Seoul. So I suggest this but it's up to you. I'm not sure if the ride up is available during winter.

1/2 - The train from ITX to GapYeong be careful. Buy your tickets from the counter (not the machine). If you buy the wrong ticket and board the ITX train, you'll be fined 2,600 Won. Look for express train.







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thanks for the the suggestion and tips

hope my 2 kids and my mother can tahan the korea winter ... estimated temperature this time? subzero degree?

For the nami island day trip, my previous experience tell me that very unlikely for us to able to wait till the nighttime illuminationin for garden of morning calm especially during a winter time bangwall.gif doh.gif and not aware of the far distance of nami island to garden of morning calm.. Winter consider high or low seaon? Q for Bus will be long? on time? seem may need to spend more $$ to charter a private car then cry.gif

frm Gyueongbok palace - > bukchon hanok village, nothing nice in between that worthwhile visit ? any instagram worth picture spot? tongue.gif does it funny if take taxi in hanbok or makan in restaurant wearing hanbok? as mostlikely we will hanbok rent for the whole day

Taxi in korea all pay cash ? or can use T-mobile card/ credit card / payment by apps? And since we are travel in 4+2, seem i will need 2 taxi then

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QUOTE(ivzh @ Nov 21 2019, 11:08 PM)
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For the nami island day trip, my previous experience tell me that very unlikely for us to able to wait till the nighttime illuminationin for garden of morning calm especially during a winter time  bangwall.gif  doh.gif and not aware of the far distance of nami island to garden of morning calm.. Winter consider high or low seaon? Q for Bus will be long? on time? seem may need to spend more $$ to charter a private car then  cry.gif

frm Gyueongbok palace - > bukchon hanok village, nothing nice in between that worthwhile visit ? any instagram worth picture spot?  tongue.gif  does it funny if take taxi in hanbok or makan in restaurant wearing hanbok? as mostlikely we will hanbok rent for the whole day

Taxi in korea all pay cash ? or can use T-mobile card/ credit card / payment by apps? And since we are travel in 4+2, seem i will need 2 taxi then
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Nami to Garden is around 1.15 hr by bus. It could be longer during winter.
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From Gyeongbok palace - Bukchon Hanak Village? Hmm walking in winter, your mom can take it or not? laugh.gif
Just row of shops. As far as I know, the temperature should be subzero, around -7 to 2.

And wearing hanbok in winter...hmm i think after taking photo faster wear back jacket.

Taxi I mostly use BigPay.
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QUOTE(ivzh @ Nov 21 2019, 11:08 PM)
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thanks for the the suggestion and tips

hope my 2 kids and my mother can tahan the korea winter ... estimated temperature this time? subzero degree?

For the nami island day trip, my previous experience tell me that very unlikely for us to able to wait till the nighttime illuminationin for garden of morning calm especially during a winter time  bangwall.gif  doh.gif and not aware of the far distance of nami island to garden of morning calm.. Winter consider high or low seaon? Q for Bus will be long? on time? seem may need to spend more $$ to charter a private car then  cry.gif

frm Gyueongbok palace - > bukchon hanok village, nothing nice in between that worthwhile visit ? any instagram worth picture spot?  tongue.gif  does it funny if take taxi in hanbok or makan in restaurant wearing hanbok? as mostlikely we will hanbok rent for the whole day

Taxi in korea all pay cash ? or can use T-mobile card/ credit card / payment by apps? And since we are travel in 4+2, seem i will need 2 taxi then
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winter in korea is quite harsh and especially when the wind blows.. better well prepared rather than regret.

during winter, don't think you will wanna walk that much outdoor biggrin.gif so from Gyeongbokgung to Bukchon mostly is shops or cafe's.. inside bukchon do have few IG photo spots though

what kind of bus you mentioning? if you are not sure about the route, better don't take the bus.

it's not funny if take taxi in hanbok or eat inside the restaurant. i would say inconvenience only but better than kimono as it's not fitting tongue.gif

taxi accept t-money, credit card and cash. but some outskirts area, taxi may request cash only.
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QUOTE(ivzh @ Nov 21 2019, 04:19 PM)
Hi guys, I m planning for family trip to korea during next year CNY (28/1 – till 4/2/), will travel with my 2 kids (6 years old / 4 years old) and my mother (69 years old), need some suggestion here.
-Mainly to experience winter / snow which they never encounter before
-prefer flexibility while travel with children / elderly, thus unlikely to join trip from klook/kkday
-Night/evening activity depend on the children stamina

Tentative itinerary
28/1 – midnight flight via MAS – reach seoul the next morning
29/1 (wed) – Early Check in Airbnb near Seoul station, Short rest / lunch nearby - Namsan – Seoul tower
Recommend to take the cable car ? or take the bus to seoul tower? Read that to reach the cable car station require quite some walk too.
30/1 (thurs)- Hanbok Rental – should start in Gyeongbok palace or Bukchon Hanok Village?
31/1 (Fri)- No plan yet – seoul city tour – any recommend which part of city worth to visit, does not fancy to visit any themepark this time, and not a shopping person
1/2 (Sat)– Nami island & garden of morning calm – most likely DIY tour – via ITX to gapyong – then with taxi
2/2 (Sun)– Overnight with Vivaldi park – hw many hour recommend in snowyland ?
3/2 (Mon)-  Leaving Vivaldi park @ 1pm – going back to seoul – Free and easy / shopping
4/2 – Flight @ 11am

lastly, my mother has some special diet .. she does not consume poultry / beef.. usually restaurant that sell ginseng chicken / friend chicken etc, does they have alternative for eg seafood or others?
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- there is an elevator that takes u up to the cable car station(free), google "Namsan Oreumi Elevator"
- for the nami island, why not take the tour from klook/kkday?...it's perfect for elderly because transportation is include...u just sit back, reach and enjoy
it's the least hassle way of all because if take train, u need to change train a few times to reach gapyeong thn take taxi to reach nami island(from my research)
so my february trip, i opt for klook tour to all 4 destination

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