• Festival,  Korea,  Lost Wanderer

    Spring Festivals 2018 in South Korea

    Korea Selatan selalu seru dikunjungi di musim apa saja. Apalagi di saat musim semi sekarang ini karena ada banyak sekali festival yang diadakan masyarakat setempat untuk merayakan naiknya suhu udara yang mulai menghangat (tapi tetap berasa dingin bagi kulit Indonesia, hehe). Yang paling banyak dicari oleh turis, baik lokal maupun mancanegara, adalah festival bunga-bunga yang mulai bermekaran seperti sakura, azalea, tulip dan lain-lain. Tapi ternyata festival selain bunga juga cukup menarik loh. Spring in Seoul Forest, April 2012 Tahun 2012 lalu saya pernah membuat peta 2012 Korea Spring Festivals. Dari 20-an festival waktu itu saya hanya sempat mendatangi 4 festival, dan di tahun 2016 mampir ke 2 festival musim semi…

  • Book,  Busan,  Itinerary Series,  Korea,  Lost Wanderer

    The Lost Wanderer Itinerary Series: Busan

    Busan may not be as favorite as Seoul and Jeju, but it can be an alternative to explore as the largest port city in South Korea. Except than the beach and port, the city itself almost resembles Seoul (maybe in few years back :p). How lovely the life of Busan people, they are living in a big city with many good facilities, yet they can easily reach beautiful beaches within the city. Another reason to travel to Busan especially for South East Asians, there is flight AirAsia from KL to Busan which usually cheaper than KL to Seoul, vice versa. Some travelers opt to travel to Busan first then take…

  • Book,  Gyeongju,  Itinerary Series,  Korea

    My First eBook: Gyeongju

    Hello, 2016! Goodbye, 2015! One of my resolutions in 2015 was writing one traveling ebook. This plan was actually begun in July 2012, just after I moved out from Seoul to Jakarta. For the first ebook, I started to write about Gyeongju…. and it finally finished in the end of 2015. Yeah, this pretty much sums it up Some reasons I think why it spent 2,5 years to finish this ebook are: I had not moved on yet from Korea. Every time I wrote something about Korea, I felt melancholy and remembering the old days and then I could not continue writing. I tried to find my best writing style…

  • Korea,  Seoul

    Only in Seoul #2: Building and Monument Attractions

    Hello, this is the second post of my Only in Seoul series. Check it out! Seoul TowerAlso called Namsan Tower, this is a mandatory place to visit other than Gyeongbokgung. You haven’t been to Seoul if you haven’t visited this place. It is located in Namsan Mountain where you can see the beautiful view of Seoul city (especially at night). On its terrace, there is a famous Locks of Love area where couples write their name and vow in a padlock to express their love. Better not visiting this tower alone because you will end up being desperate seeing all the couples xD I’ve been to this place 4 times:…

  • Korea,  Seoul

    Only in Seoul #1: Historical Cultural Attractions

    This is the first post of Only in Seoul series, my version’s list of places to visit in Seoul. I usually give people this list when they asked me where to go in Seoul. This time is about the historical and cultural places you should visit in Seoul. Let’s start! GyeongbokgungThis is the main palace of Joseon Dynasty, the last and longest-ruling dynasty in Korean history. You haven’t been to Seoul if you haven’t visited this place. Since I love history and culture, this is one of my favorite places in Seoul and I’ve been to this palace 4 times! First with myself when I just came to Korea, second…

  • Korea,  Music,  Seoul

    How Lee Seung Gi Gave Me a Friend

    It’s all because of Lee Seung Gi. I watched his concert for the first time in Seoul in December 2011. When I exchanged my ticket in ticket counter before the concert, I saw a girl seemed having problem with her ticket. She was alone talking in English to the staff worriedly. Just out of curiosity, I approached her thinking perhaps I could help her (later I know she speaks Korean better than I do :P). Apparently her name in credit card which was used for purchasing the ticket was different than her name in passport, so the staff couldn’t give her ticket. But after talking to the manager, finally they…

  • Food,  Jakarta,  Korea

    My Favorite Korean Food: Dak Galbi (Part 2)

    Remember my recent post about a new Dakgalbi restaurant opened in Jakarta? Apparently, there was a newer Dakgalbi restaurant in town. Seigo Dakgalbi, was just opened one month ago in Tebet Green mall. Inside the restaurant Not like Yoogane which is a chain restaurant originally from South Korea and focusing only in Dakgalbi, Seigo Dakgalbi is a general Korean restaurant that only exists in Indonesia and offers a lot of varieties of Korean foods. Not only Dakgalbi, they also have famous Korean foods like Bibimbap, Sundubu Jjigae, Bulgogi and famous street snacks like Kimbab, Tteokbokki, Odeng, and Twikim. They have 3 kinds of Dakgalbi:1. Original with a lot of chicken…

  • Korea

    Winter in Chuncheon

    From Ice Festival in Hwacheon, I and my friends continued our trip to Chuncheon, the capital city of Gangwon-do province. We took the bus from Hwacheon bus terminal to Chuncheon train station bus stop (30 minutes ride). From there, we took city bus to Myeongdong street (10 minutes ride), a popular street of fashion, foods, and clubs in Chuncheon. The name Myeongdong is the same with the most happening place in Seoul too. Our destination is Dakgalbi Street. Chuncheon is famous for Dakgalbi, a spicy marinated chicken ribs. We had dinner in one of Dakgalbi restaurants over there. The portion was bigger than in Seoul, and it was more delicious.…

  • Korea

    Ice Festival in Hwacheon

    Korea has never-ending festivals. They are very creative in making festivals on every season, including winter. On January last year I and my friends went to one of their famous festivals in winter season: Ice Fishing Festival. I was so excited, not just because this was the first time I went fishing, but also because we’re doing it on top of icy river. This festival is also called Sancheono (산천어) Ice Festival, because Sancheoneo (means mount trout) is a kind of fish that we can catch there. This festival is held annually in January, when the river in Hwacheon is really frozen. Hwacheon is one of the cities in Gangwon-do…

  • Food,  Jakarta,  Korea

    My Favorite Korean Food: Dak Galbi

    Last week I just discovered a new Korean restaurant in Jakarta. It looked familiar so I stopped a little, and stunned. It was Yoogane (유가네), the famous Dak Galbi restaurant in Korea! Yoogane store in Citywalk Sudirman, Jakarta Dak Galbi (닭갈비) is marinated spicy chicken dish normally mixed with some vegetables (like cabbage and onion), sweet potato (goguma 고구마), and rice cake (tteok 떡) together in a hot plate. Dak in Korean means chicken, and Galbi means rib. Nevertheless, they don’t use rib in the dish. In Dak Galbi restaurants, like Yoogane, the dish is being cooked directly on customers table. They put the raw chicken meat that has been…