My trip to Seoul, Korea in the summer of 2011 was a breakthrough. It was my second time to travel alone outside the Philippines and Japan, but my first to actually stay in a backpackers hostel, in a shared room for six, for one whole week. I discovered the benefits of traveling on budget. Giving up comfort is nothing if it means saving a considerable amount of cash. I’d rather spend it on food, or trade it for a few more days, which also means an extra opportunity to explore the city. There is an unmistakable sense of satisfaction knowing you get your money’s worth, and even more.
One of the most memorable highlights of my journey was the DMZ experience. A trip to Korea wouldn’t be complete without visiting its northern borders, and seeing tangible relics of what remains of the country’s longstanding feud with the north, and the people’s incessant struggle for peace and unity.
The second part of the video shows images of Korea’s traditional villages and lifestyle of the people during its imperial era, and some structures of historical and cultural significance.
- Seoul: What Not To Do In Seoul: The Top Five Tourist Mistakes (jaunted.com)
- Seoul, South Korea (kakerawine.com)
- One thing you must do: in Seoul, South Korea (multiplyandivide.com)
- Backpackers Korea – cheap and cheerful (vonny0204.wordpress.com)
- Trip to Seoul – part I (yoooya.wordpress.com)