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May 2011: My Arrival in Seoul: Tips and some Infos

We arrived in Incheon International Airport by 6a.m. SK time. When we alighted the plane, I wore my scarf and sweater upon advice by the airplane captain that the ground temperature was 11 celsius in Incheon. Wow, I was really excited to deplane that I forgot that I was wearing only my slippers and not my boots.

I really felt the cold that came between my toes… the first thing I said upon deplaning….  was “oohh, its cold” and never opened my mouth once again… This also made me to not  appreciate other things in sight

We made our way to the immigration and baggage claiming area by riding a train when one old man suddenly approached my friend and was asking where we were from. My friend really got scared because he came very close to her. We are laughing so hard, because it seems that the guy like her. –this is just plain talk— I just wanna be talkative.. haha

Anyway, after claiming our baggage, we went directly to the airport limousine bus station. Which is located in the desks near the customer service. We paid 10,000KRW per person for our transportation from Incheon Airport to downtown Seoul. The ride took 1 hour of our time. The driver of the airport limousine is not that friendly and doesn’t know how to speak english.

While on the bus, I realized something…

As a traveler this is a must —->>>> before going to other countries, we always need to have our phone set in roaming mode. I did what I usually do before I travel. I set my phone in roaming mode. However, this is not the only thing needed here in SK, but also a 3G phone. So, my roaming mode was of no use because my phone is not 3G! So, I wasted my time and effort in setting up my cellphone. Anyway, I realized it too late, so I just sat comfortably while ranting to myself… Anyhow, if you don’t have a 3G phone you can rent a phone from the telecom companies that have stalls near the bus ticket counter  and money exchange.

We noticed that inside the bus, there is a bell which you can press if you want to alight to the next station, but remember that if you cannot read Korean, then you will be having a hard time since unlike Hong Kong which has english translations of the next station, this bus doesn’t have such and also no English map to look at. So, as innocent Filipinos “who only knows how to shout “para” to alight the bus or jeep” we are very confused on when  to press that freaking button! My friends and I were arguing and saying

“We should alight  in the next station, let’s press the button!” and continuously saying

“Where the hell are we?”

“Is the next stop, our stop?”

After some years of deliberating, we alighted at the wrong station. We alighted too early, we went down in Nandaemun stop not in Lotte Hotel. Anyway, we took the taxi instead.

So, how to press that button? Just press it before the next station, this will signal the driver that someone is going to alight. If you don’t press it, and no one does, the driver will not stop for that certain station, and you will be obliged to go down the next stop.

There are three colors of taxis in Seoul, the ordinary taxis were the orange and gray ones, which are cheaper than the black one. The Black taxis are called as the luxury limousine taxis. Those black ones are expensive but they include English translations. The ordinary ones doesn’t know how to speak English. So, if you wanna ride a taxi (orange or gray) make sure to bring some translations with you!

If you wanna save while staying in this city then you should always bring a translation in Korean of the place you were staying or the places you wanna visit.

We stayed in Seoul Backpackers Hostel Myeongdong Branch. I made a review of this hostel in my other post.  Since the check in time is still by 2pm, we went to Daeksukgung Palace and enjoyed it too much. After that we went to N Seoul Tower. Here is the review of N Seoul Tower

This is all for today, tune in!

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