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My Jeju Map

As I’m preparing for my upcoming trip to Jeju, decided to put together this map of my accommodation, attractions I plan to visit, and interesting vegetarian/halal-friendly/ halal food places in Jeju for my reference.   Hopefully others will find the map useful too! (This map is still a work in progress and will be continuously updated over June – Aug 2015 as I plan my trip). (Also see my Seoul map here).

Last Updated: 4 July 2015

Note: Those labelled “Tried & Tested by Ms. RaRa” are those that I’ve actually visited on my last trip. Other places were found based on my research online. When you click on each place on the map, you will also also see links to blogs/websites that I referred to. Click on those for more info. The following are my main references.

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Presentation on visiting Korea for the Wander Women

I’m a member of Wander Women, a meetup group set up for female travellers in Singapore. Had the chance to do a sharing about visiting Korea (focusing on Jeju Island and Suncheon Bay) to the group on 30 May. Thanks to the Korea Tourism Office in Singapore for providing us a space at Korea Plaza to hold the session. Thanks as well to Melody, Wander Women founder, and fellow speakers Wendy and Elizabeth. Elizabeth was our star speaker for the day – she is a travel ambassador for Korea under the KTO Global Seoul Mate programme and has blogged extensively about her trravel exploits on https://polkadotyyann.wordpress.com/.   In the spirit of sharing, below are the slides that I prepared for the event. (Wave to those who were at the session! Do leave a comment below to say hi :))

My map of Seoul

I first started putting together this map for my first trip to Seoul in Apr 2014. It indicates halal/halal-friendly/vegetarian eating places and shopping areas. Decided to add on to it as I plan my 3rd trip to Seoul (in Aug this yr). It is still a work in progress and will be continuously updated over June-August 2015. You can zoom in and click on the icons for more details. Give me a shout-out in the comments section if you find it useful 🙂

Last updated: 2 June 2015

Food I had in Jeju (Spring 2014 trip)

Actual dates of travel: 10-13 Apr 2014

When travelling, I try to look for halal food, or halal-friendly food. However, in Korea, it is difficult to find halal-certified food outside of major cities like Seoul and Busan. Even in these cities, the options are limited. Also, I wanted to try some local cuisine, ‘cos isn’t that one of the fun aspects of travelling? That’s where the halal-friendly options came into play. By halal-friendly, I mean food from places that are not certified halal, but whereby the food itself is from permissible sources (e.g. seafood or vegetables) and there is little or no risk of contamination with non-permissible items (i.e., the shop doesn’t sell non-halal meat). Here, I share the places where I found such food in Jeju.

[Update, 1 July 2015: You can view the locations of most of the restaurants below + other halal-friendly options on my customised Jeju Map; https://seoulnme.wordpress.com/2015/06/04/my-jeju-map/

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Autumn 2014 Trip: Final Itinerary

Cycling along the Han River
Cycling along the Han River

The autumn trip finally happened and needless to say, I had a fantastic time! The photo above captures one of the key highlights of the trip, which was cycling along the Han River. In that sense, my dream of cycling IN Korea really came true, though that is really not the same as cycling across Korea, which I hope I get to do some day.

Anyway, here goes, my trip itinerary. Will be updating with hyperlinks to posts about each day’s activities as those get written. So this post will function as a sort of directory for the posts on this trip.

Day 1: 9 Nov, Flight to Seoul

Day 2: 10 Nov, Seoul: Ewha Woman’s University, Gwangjang Market, Chonggyecheon Stream

Day 3: 11 Nov, Seoul: Cycling from Yeouido Park to Ttukseom Forest, Myeongdong

Day 4: 12 Nov, Seoul: Namdaemun Market, Movie at Sincheon CGV

Day 5: 13 Nov, Seoul – Busan on KTX, Gamcheon Culture Village, BIFF Square

Day 6: 14 Nov, Busan: City tour bus to Taejongdae, Haeundae Beach, Busan Aquarium

Day 7: 15 Nov, Busan – Suncheon on S-Train, Suncheon Bay

Day 8: 16 Nov, Suncheon – Seoul on KTX, Insadong

Day 9: 17 Nov, Seoul: Nami Island, Garusogil

Day 10: 18 Nov, Seoul: Insadong, Ewha

Day 11: 19 Nov, Seoul: Gwangnaru Han River Park, Cycling from Paldang – Neungnae

Day 12: 20 Nov, Return flight to Singapore

Autumn 2014 Trip: Planning

Who’d have thought I’ll be going to Korea twice in a year? Just happens that I’m getting a few weeks break in between jobs and thus have a chance to travel. Korea is the natural choice given how much fun I had on my trip there this past spring, It’s also much easier to plan a trip to somewhere one has been to before. Yup, just like the last time, I’m self-planning the trip. It’s not easy, with a million and one decisions to weigh, but so very fun!

In anticipation of future posts on the trip this time round, I started a new blog category (Autumn 2014) and commemorating it with this post 🙂

Let’s start with my itinerary. For now, only the first 3 days are more or less confirmed.

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Korea cycling trip: fuelling the dream (1)

My new ride
My new ride

So, I’ve been taking baby-steps towards my dream of having a biking trip in Korea. Just got a new folding bicycle (a Vert V8) so I can take my bike on public transport on weekends in search of nice cycling paths around Singapore. The weather’s only cool enough to cycle in the early morning and late afternoon here, of course, and that means having to wake up early on weekends. In fact, one of the reasons I want to go to Korea (in spring/auumn) to cycle is ‘cos the weather’s much cooler, like it was in Jeju when I went in April.

Besides getting a bike, I’ve also been doing research about cycling paths in Korea. In this post, will share 2 useful videos that I’ve come across:

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