On early August, I had a great chance to go to South Korea, for FREE! Provided by Korea Tourism Organization, me and another winner from Indonesia went there by airplane. We both haven’t experienced South Korea before, but we relying on each other and having so much fun together there. 🙂
Well, the first thing I feel when I arrived in Incheon airport was this: familiar. I don’t know, like I have been staying here for years, I feel like it’s my home and everything was exactly like I’ve been imagining these times. I was totally surprised for this feeling since it’s my first time to traveling alone with no big preparation. But I know, I have been stalking South Korea for four years before I got this rare opportunity. 😀
Me and Allysa, the other winner, were welcomed by Korea Tourism Organization staffs who were really friendly! We were so glad because we both didn’t know anybody here and there. We recorded a short welcoming interview after 7 hours of flight, and then we rode a bus to Seoul~! 😀
On that night, we all the winners gathered and getting know each other. There are 30 winners total from 22 countries, and we were slightly emerged into the tight relationship because the Hallyu Wave itself. And on the next week, we became a family, through this trip.
For a week, we went to many places around Seoul.
We went to N Seoul Tower, enjoying the amazing night view from Namsan and locked our first meeting experience there.
We went to Myeongdong as our first destination to spent our time (and money).
We went to DEF Dance School, a K-POP dance academy, where we tried our best to growl like a wolf (YEAH!!! BEAT IT EXO!!!).
We went to SM Everysing and sang together in one voice, heated up the karaoke room with the KTO staffs and managers.
We walking through JYP Entertainment office building and went to Cube Cafe to buy a cup of coffee while the sun buzzing us like a bee.
We went to Gwangjang Market and bought a traditional souvenirs with our voucher.
We went to Skinanniversary to shoot our profile pictures and get a free self-make-up time.
We went to Bukcheon Hanok Village and did a secret mission there.
We went to Dongdaemun and shopping from sun sets until the sun rises again.
We went to a Korean Traditional Cooking Class and tried Hanbok, and also took a picture in front of Korean House.
We went to a non-verbal performance, JUMP!, which very popular in Indonesia, and got a touching present from Korea Tourism Organization.
We went to Lotte World and got to know some tourism university students, made a short film there, and also ice skating!
We went to Garosu-gil where everything looks extremely fabulous.
We went to MBC Show Champion broadcasting show and soaked our throat.
We went to Banpo Bridge and having a great time with chicken, coke, and beer.
We went to Gyeongbok Palace by subway and fight with the hot summer while making a promotional video.
We went to Gangnam and met a cute Oppa which makes me falling in love again and again as he trying to keep contact with me until now. ❤
We went to Hongdae and shed our tears because it’s our farewell party.
I will never getting tired to recall and cherish the memories we’ve made in South Korea. How everyone became one heart, keeping each other safe, feeding each other, talking and sharing each other. How I met a great and unexpected people there, how they respect and warmly greeting us every morning. How they gave us a morning call one by one because they didn’t want us to be late for the schedule. And everything will be very precious to remember, while everything seems impossible for me and they looked me in the eyes and told me that nothing is more special than us. Every beautiful place that shed up our experiences will also remained in our eyes, how South Korea means a lot for us, and for me particularly.
Nothing can beat our family-like friendship. And you know, world is just a little thumbs to go, as long as you have your friend beside you. Surfing the Korean Wave 2013 family, Korea Tourism Organization, project managers, team managers, tour guides, and all the related staffs. Thank you for such a wonderful trip I’ve ever know. :’) I would be glad if Korean Air give me a chance once again. I missed you guys, always! 사랑해요<3