Soooo, we finally went to Seoul this Spring and it was so amazing. It’s so surreal that I was there. 😊 Let me share you my itinerary for the whole week of my Seoul Trip.
To start, we arrived at Incheon International Airport at around 10:25pm.
BTW, if you have read my previous blog, I am with my younger sister on this trip. We booked our round-trip plane ticket at Cebu Pacific. We arrived at IIA 15 minutes earlier than our ETA.
The guesthouse that we booked is Bounce Guesthouse at Hongdae near Exit 2. We booked through Booking.com. Since the check in time in the guesthouse is at 3:00pm the next day, we decided to stay at the airport instead and wait for the morning before we head to Bounce Guesthouse.
The first thing that we did when we arrived at IIA is buy a T-Money card and load it as well.
You can easily buy it at the convenience store inside the airport. We bought ours at CU store. We decided not to rent a pocket wifi (egg) at the airport since we assume there are lots of free wifi zone anywhere in Seoul.
We also exchange our dollars to Korean Won. Then after that we bought dinner at KFC. We had a very bad experience with KFC inside IIA because the cashier cannot understand even a bit of English and she’s talking to us in Korean. WTH?! I tried to recall all the hangul vocab that I learned through years of watching K-dramas but no, I can’t really understand her. She did not even try to do hand gestures to help me understand. She’s just repeating what she’s saying and as she kept on repeating it, she’s showing to her face that she’s pissed ‘coz I cannot understand her. My gosh, the struggle is real. My sister helped me to “guess” what she’s saying only to find out the she’s just asking if the food is for dine in or take out. The hell!! I’m so mad. She has a very poor customer service. To add to that, I wasn’t even satisfied with what I ordered. Their meal doesn’t even have rice. We are super hungry and we want rice but KFC in IIA do not have rice on their menu. So sad. ☹ All other stores in IIA that we went to have staffs that can speak English so I wonder why there’s none in KFC? Also, their signage inside the store are all written in Korean. 헐..
After that, we slept at the bench of the airport. LOL. There are also other people who sleep there so we just did the same. But it was hard to sleep coz it’s not comfortable so I ended up watching YouTube videos until morning. We decided to have a quick breakfast by eating our packed food (cookies) and bought banana milk. We headed to the KTX subway at around 8:30am.
We arrived at Hongik University Station after 40 minutes, it was a very comfortable subway experience btw. There’s not much people yet so it’s not crowded. When we arrived at Hongik Univ Station, we headed to Exit 2 as what was noted on the sketch of Bounce Guesthouse. Unfortunately, when we got out of the subway, it was raining outside and we don’t have umbrella plus we have big luggage with us. It was such a hassle! >,<
We waited for the rain to subside before we started walking to look for our guesthouse. We were walking on the streets while it still drizzles and it was so chilly!!! I was just wearing t-shirt and denim jacket plus pants and boots. It’s not enough to make me warm.
After 30 minutes of walking and asking for direction, we finally locate our guesthouse. It was on the end of the street. We arrived at the guesthouse at 10am and asked the owner if we can just leave our luggage since the check in time is at 3pm. But she told us that our room is ready and we can check in already. We were so relieved. 😊 We just took a hot bath and rest for an hour before we decided to go out and start the Day 1 of our Itinerary.
We enjoyed walking around the streets of Hongdae on our way to Trick Eye Museum.. 🙂
We asked for the direction going to Trick Eye at Hongdae Tourist Information.
We booked an admission ticket to Trick Eye Museum through Klook. It was just around Hongdae and when we googled it, it was just around the area near Hongdae Shopping Street. So we went there. We easily saw the Hongdae Shopping Street but we cannot find the Trick Eye Museum! We walked and walked for 2 hours following our map but we cannot find it. We were traumatized about asking for directions with just strangers on the streets because they are refusing us. Maybe because they can’t speak English. When we are trying to approach a person, they ignore us and pretend they did not see or hear us. Lol. I can sense that they do not want to be asked coz they cannot understand English. It was so hard. But we finally got the courage to ask the 2 good-looking oppas who are selling phone cases. One of the boys can understand us and he helped me locate the museum. It seemed that Trick Eye Museum really tricked our eyes! The building that we are searching for for about 2 hours is just on the next street where we are. Ahhhhh! It was super tiring and frustrating but we maintained our cool. I thanked the oppa for helping us and went immediately to the museum.
Finally!!!! My sister and I are joking at each other “Napaglaruan ata tayo ng Tikbalang/Na-engkanto tayo, baliktarin mo yung suot mo!” Hahahahahaha. It was so funny that we are walking passed on that street several times but we did not saw the sign that it was the museum. >.<
Oh well, enough of the drama… here are some of my funny pictures inside Trick Eye Museum. 🙂
They have sample photos on the wall so you can have an idea on what pose you are going to do.
The ticket also includes admission to Ice Museum also located inside Trick Eye.
It was so cold that we just stayed there for 10 minutes.
This ends our Day 1. We decided not to full-packed our Day 1 because we are still tired from our flight and we weren’t able to fully sleep on the airport. We went home at around 8pm and slept early to get ready for our Day 2. 🙂