Sam & Lisa

Autumn in Korea never dissapoint you, it’s very beautiful, especially this year when the leaves turning color earlier. I guess this is the greatest gift from God for this sweet couple, Sam & Lisa, who are going to get married this week. Since the prewedding shoot need to be done earlier, that’s why autumn came earlier as well.

Sam is my christian community leader in campus who always inspires me to grow more spiritually. His love to God is amazing which motivates me to love God as well. I feel so blessed to know him in person, and also being someone to capture their sweetest moment through a prewedding shoot.

Congratulation for Sam and Lisa. Wish you a happilly ever after marriage in Christ.

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Tiffany Jolie

Autumn is always my favourite season of the year. It is super pretty everywhere, especially when all the autumn leaves changing color. Even from early autumn which is late September, some flowers already bloom. One of the most beautiful one is kokia flower. In Yangju Nari Park, 2 hours away from Seoul, there is a really big flower kokia flower garden where you can experience them directly. This time, Tiffany Jolie, an indonesian model joined me for photo session. Get ready to be amazed.

You can only see kokia flower in full bloom shape between September 20 until October 10 every year. If you a little bit late, you will find them withered already.

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Chosun University Rose Garden Festival (Gwangju)

Rose blooms everywhere on late May in Korea. One of the beautiful rose park is in Gwangju city, 3,5 hours away from Seoul. The garden is located inside the biggest private University, called Chosun University in Gwangju city. The garden has so much various kind of beautiful and colourful roses. Chosun University Rose Garden festival is only held for 3 days on May 19-21 this year, but you can still see the pretty flowers until first week of June.

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[HOWTOGETTHERE]

  • Take bus from Express Bus Terminal (17.600 won) to U-Square Gwangju Bus Terminal for 3,5 hours.
  • In front of the bus terminal take bus no 03, 02, 01 for 30 mins and get off at Chosun University bus stop. Taking taxi is only 6000 won for 15 mins.
  • From the bus stop you can walk towards the main gate and the garden is located about 5 mins from main entrance.
VISITED ON MAY 21TH, 2015

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Gokseong International Rose Festival (Train Village)

May is the time for rose flower to bloom all over Korea. Southern part steal the start to have rose earlier in the third week of May. One of the biggest rose flower park is in Train Village, Gokseong, Jeollanam Province, 3.5 hours from Seoul. The International Rose Festival in Train Village is held from May 19-28 this year.

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Not only rose flower park, as its name,  Train Village has a many displays of old train where you can take a look and of course take photos. In addition, they also have 3D art exhibition, small zoo, small amusement park and some more attraction. Train Village only cost you 3000 for admission.

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[HowToGetThere]

  • Take normal train (22.200 won) from Yongsan Station to Gokseong Station or KTX (39.900 won) from Seoul Station to Gokseong Station. In front of the station, you will see a river, and Train Village is just acroos the river.
  • Other option is taking bus from Seoul Central Terminal to Gokseong city via Gwangju City. From the bus terminal walk for about 20 mins.

 

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VISITED ON MAY 20TH, 2016

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Spring at Nami Island

Who doesn’t know Nami Island? The most favourite place to visit for most South East Asian tourists when they come to Korea for travelling. Why? It’s because of the popular Korean drama “Winter Sonata” back in 2002 which started Hallyu Wave to many countries.

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Nami Island has always its story every season. This time is story about green Nami Island during spring time when all the leaves grow and flowers bloom.

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Not only famous for its nature-beauty, but you can do such a lot of activities in Nami Island, riding bike and cart, visiting museums and gallery, trying water sport, shopping, cafe hopping, etc.

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Once you get the Nami Island ticket in the entrance, you’re gonna take 5-min ferry ride to Nami Island which is located in the middle of North Han river.

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You can also check Nami Island during Autumn here (my previous post). Nami is totally yellow during that season. You can read and plan to visit for this year’s autumn.

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[HowToGetThere]

  • Take ITX from Yongsan Station to Gapyeong Station for 55mins (cost 5200 won / per person for adult) or take all-stop train to Gapyeong Station (about 2000 won)
  • When you get out from Gapyeong Station, you can take taxi for 10 mins (3000-5000 won) or take the Gapyeong shuttle bus for 6000 won or normal bus for 1300 won.

However, now travelling to Nami Island is so much easier if you join TRAZY daily tour which is good, efficient (no need to waste time by getting lost), fair price, and you can also travel to Petite France, Garden Morning Calm, Rail Bike, etc which are located in the same area. You can join the daily tour below.

Travel with TRAZY to Nami Island

[Tips]

  • Book the ITX through online on letskorail.com, even 2 weeks before because those period is usually fully booked, or juts take the normal train if you don’t get any.
  • If you’re planning to visit only Nami Island, it’s better to take the taxi to be faster. But if you plan to visit other places (Petite France, Garden of Morning Calm) you can take the Gapyeong shuttle bus for 6000 won (all day ride).
  • Come early in the morning! You might have to wait for more than 1 hour just to take ferry to Nami Island if you come after lunch time
  • I recommend you to visit only Nami Island and spare much time. I had to queue for 2 hours only to take the ferry back to the entrance when I visited last year (it was 2pm in the afternoon).
  • In 2016, my prediction (based on friends who went there & recent photos from instagram) the peak time would be October 22-30 this year. You can’t visit too late otherwise all the yellow leaves are already on the ground.

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VISITED ON APRIL 30TH, 2017

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Gunpo Royal Azalea Festival

Late April is the time for Royal Azalea blooms in Korea. One of the best spot to see these beautiful flower is in Gunpo, Gyeonggido, around 45 mins away from Seoul.

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Royal Azalea is really similar to Azalea (read here), especially the form of flower. The difference is only in the size of the tree because Royal Azalea tree is smaller and bloom 2-3 weeks after Azalea. The color is also the same, red, purple, and pink.

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The festival is usually held on the last weekend of April. In 2017, it was held between April 28-302017, which already ended for this year. However you can still see the flower until 2 weeks after since the flower bloomed a little bit late this year.

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[HOWTOGETTHERE]

  • Take subway line 4 to Surisan Station
  • Take exit 3 and go straight for about 400m

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VISITED ON APRIL 27TH, 2016

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Baeneomsil Village, Jinan

I discovered another yellow paradise in Korea. This huge canola flower field is located in Baeneomsil Village, located 15 mins away from the nearest city Jinan (4 hours away from Seoul). The canola field is so big and located just beside a small stream of Yongdam Lake and beautiful Wolpo Bridge as a background.

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It is magical yellow everywhere which is amazing. The thing is not many people know about this people, so you can enjoy it as your own paradise.

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The place is quite far from the city, but if you have a chance to visit, it’s worth to try.

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[HOWTOGETTHERE]

  • First, you have to get to Jinan City. There’s two way to get there

1a) Go to Jeonju by taking bus from Seoul Express Bus Terminal which runs every 10 min start from 12.800 won (standard bus).

1b) As soon as you arrive in Jeonju, take intercity bus to Jinan from Jeonju Intercity Bus Terminal (it’s 5 min walking if you get off at Jeonju Express Bus Terminal). The bus runs every 20 min for only 3700 won, 1 hour ride.

2) Take direct bus from Seoul Express Bus Terminal to Jinan Bus Terminal. But, there are only 2 bus going there per day, 10.10 and 15.10 and cost you 15.000 won.

  • Second, as you are in Jinan Bus Terminal, take local bus to Geumji Village (금지마을) for 1000 won 15 min ride. The bus passing the village is not many : 11.00, 11.40, 12.55, 15.00, 18.20, 19.10. You have to be careful of this and ask the driver first to make sure it’s the right bus. Everything will be in Korean and they do not speak English. You can ask like this “Geumji maeul kasijyo”? (Youre going to geumji village right?)
  • Before you get off at Geumji Village Bus Stop, you gonna see the huge canola field on your right. As you get off, walk to the place for 5 min. Remember the place where you get off. 
  • Take the bus from the bus stop where you get off to Jinan Bus Terminal. The afternoon schedule is only at 15.00. Do not miss it.

Note : The easier way to get there is taking taxi from Jinan Bus Terminal to Geumji Village for about 20.000 won 15 mins ride. 

Visited on April 205th, 2017

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