Last month I unexpectedly found myself flying to South Korea for the very first time along with 9 other bloggers. It was so thrilling to find out I was picked to go on this trip after wishing and dreaming of going to South Korea. It’s funny how the Universe conspires and gives you what you want. Before and after the trip, I was filled with nothing but euphoria. After weeks of having South Korea withdrawals, I’m finally back to normal again.
If you find yourself coming to South Korea for the first time, here are some places that we visited which I think were the highlight of the trip:
GAMCHEON CULTURE VILLAGE
Colourfully painted houses fill this place and it such a sight for sore eyes. It used to be the slums but ever since it’s makeover in 2009 it has become a tourist attraction. Nowadays, no one inhabits the houses anymore so they’ve been turned into cute little stores, cafes, and galleries. Every corner is insta-worthy.
Address: 203 Gamnae 2(i)-ro, Gamcheon-dong, Saha-gu, Busan, South Korea
INNISFREE GREEN CAFE
I’m a huge fan of Innisfree’s beauty products and I was excited to find out they have a cafe in their flagship store. I’m a complete sucker for cute cafes. Innisfree’s Green Cafe serves delicious food and drinks (as you can see below). The ambiance of their cafe was nice and cozy too. I love working in cafe’s and if I lived nearby, this would probably be one of my go-to’s.
Address: 64-2 Myeongdong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
STYLENANDA PINK HOTEL
One of the places I looked forward to visiting the most. I’ve seen countless Instagram posts of Stylenanda’s Pink Hotel & Pink Pool Cafe and I’ve just been dying to see it for myself in real life. I was already squealing with excitement upon seeing the building. It has 5 floors of Stylenanda and 3CE goodies aka it’s heaven on earth. It’s the most aesthetically pleasing store I’ve ever seen and we spent 2 hours looking around and taking pictures.
It was really crowded during our visit so we weren’t able to stay and eat at the Pink Pool Cafe and it was smaller than I expected so we just decided to look around and shop. I regret not buying the bag I wanted but at least I got myself some 3CE makeup (I also highly recommend).
Address: 66-2, Chungmuro 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul Korea
SULWHASOO FLAGSHIP STORE + SPA
We were able to indulge in a body massage treatment and it was probably the best massage I’ve ever had. Prior to the massage, we filled up an evaluation form and chose our preferred aromatherapy scent. After the treatment, they served us tea and snacks. I just remember feeling so relaxed and zen. Probably the most I’ve ever been that year.
Address: 18, Dosan-daero 45-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
My nails were due for a much-needed manicure and fortunately, we were scheduled for one at Dashing Diva. All of us got gel nail polish and hands down, that was the most durable manicure I’ve ever had. It lasted for weeks and not once did it chip! I was really amazed and my manicurist in Manila had a tough time taking it out. I guess that’s what happens when you put 4-5 coats of gel nail polish.
Address: 656-21 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
I love perfumes and being able to make my own was so fun and exciting. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process of choosing my own top note, middle note, and base note and mixing them all together to create my personal scent! I went for a powdery kind of smell because I love those the most. I was really satisfied with my perfume and I honestly want to make more. This was such a fun and unique activity and I highly recommend it.
Huge thanks to Korea Tourism Organization – Manila & Philippine Airlines for making this trip happen!