Before I go on and on about our trip, I'd like to open this Korea travel series with some basis Korea 101! The Food Club was able to grab a good deal with Cebu Pacific when it had its seat sale back in September last year. Our ticket amount to a little over Php 5,000 each with luggage allowance and our chosen seats too. Not bad as a normal airfare to Korea can cost you more than Php. 10,000. Note though that flights from Manila to Incheon via Cebu Pacific is normally during the midnight or at ungodly hours of the morning so be ready for a red eye flight. This worked for us as we wanted to fully maximize our trip. Luckily, I was still able to nap for a few hours during the flight.
Prior to our trip, we prepared our Korean Visa and made sure to pack in some thermal wears, thick warm jackets and the right footwear. I've been monitoring the weather weeks prior to our flight to keep everyone informed. I got to admit, my boots failed me on the second day of the trip thus giving me a perfect reason to buy a new pair of rubber shoes. *yay!*
As we arrived at the beautiful Incheon International Airport, the first thing we did was to exchange our dollars ($) into won (W). I always like changing my money at the airport as I find the rates to be fair and safe. After which, we headed to search for a place to eat. Sadly, food at the airport wasn't so satisfying. Well, good enough to fill our tummies given that most of us had little to zero sleep.
Going around Seoul
We had a full itinerary which entails going from one place to another. For most parts of our trip, our group took the subway. If you think Hong Kong or Singapore have complicated subway systems, wait till you see Seoul's subway lines. I personally haven't familiarized myself with the stations even after staying for a week as there are just too many stations! Luckily, the guys in our group have superb sense of direction thus I just happily tagged along.
The T Money is worth W3,000 which is non-refundable but you can use the card again and again every time you get to visit Korea. The credits begins at W1,000 up to W50,000.
Reloading is simple!
Fourth, your card will immediately be reloaded with credits and wait for the signal to remove your card from the machine.
Easy as 1-2-3-4! :)