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KoreaTravelEasy Honest review: INSPIRE ME KOREA – The ultimate korean culture subscription box

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Hello all Korea lovers! Ever thought that there is a way to be in the know about Korea’s trends, food and receive Korean goodies regularly to your doorstep? We want to introduce you to a really unique subscription gift box service for Korean products!

 

You can experience Korean culture through Inspire Me Korea , a UK-based startup by enthusiasts for everything Korean. Their signature product is The Inspire Me Korea CULTURE BOX.  This is a Korean subscription box specially curated Korean products and other surprises every month!

 

Each month is themed and in the box, you will receive popular Korean food/snacks, picks of the best Korean beauty, unique KPOP and/or culture merchandise and an educational Korean language, culture and trends magazine.

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Since the theme changes every month, with a flexible subscription plan, each month you will receive a surprise from Inspire Me Korea and this makes the perfect gift for yourself, family or friend who also loves Korea! Usually the contents are kept a mystery, but for those who can’t wait to know what may be inside, subscribers can see sneak peeks throughout the month which will be sure to keep you excited about the arrival day of the box!  It is very convenient to start: The payment is easily done online and international shipping is offered!

 

The KoreaTravelEasy team was really delighted to see what was in the box – it is jam-packed with Korean goodies from snacks, beauty products, cute gift items and more. What really impressed us most is the CULTURE MAGAZINE that is included each month. In the full-colour magazine, you can see news about what is hit and trendy in Korea, get travel tips and advice, as well as interviews with people in the Korean culture scene. There is even a section where you can learn fun and useful Korean language. For example, we learned from the February Valentine’s Day edition, how to say :  “You make my heart skip a beat! “(Answer is : “너는 내 심장을 멈추게해 “ Neo-neun  Nae Sim-Jang-Eul Meom-chu-ge-hae ☺ )

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In the upcoming month of April, the theme is COOKING. Who doesn’t like Korean food? ☺  And this is exactly Inspire Me Korea’s aim: to introduce a huge part of Korean culture through food. The box you will receive will be full of Korean goodies and feature an introduction to Korean cuisine, the history and trendy foods in Korea, interesting stories about Korean cutlery, recipes of the month and useful language phrases to use in a restaurant or in general conversation.

The box is a great way to encourage trying to cook Korean food at home and to try new Korean dishes. It also makes an excellent gift for Mother’s Day which is just round the corner!

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Also, other than the subscription box, Inspire Me Korea offers one off BEAUTY boxes and TASTER boxes, the BEAUTY box is just focused on amazing best-selling Korean skincare products and the TASTER box is a lower priced box to give you a taste of the subscription boxes.
All in all Inspire Me Korea is a unique service and a great channel for Korea fans to enhance their culture knowledge and a great gift idea to someone who loves Korea. Subscribe now at www.InspireMeKorea.com to receive your box!

 

 


Inspiremekorea | Review of KoreaTravelEasy

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As the weather is warming up, you might be thinking of going on holiday to get away from it all. So, why not visit South Korea? It’s especially beautiful in Spring with its flower festivals everywhere from Seoul to Jeju. However, sometimes it can be difficult booking the perfect getaway, especially to somewhere you’ve never been before. That’s where travel booking site ‘KoreaTravelEasy’ (www.KoreaTravelEasy.com) comes in! This online agent specialises in providing services for free & easy travellers going to Korea. So if that’s you, keep reading!

On this website, you can book everything to do with your stay in Korea. That includes transport, day tours all around Korea, private car and driver as well as other discounted tickets and activities. The website supports international payment methods, such as credit cards and PayPal. This makes booking your activities in Korea easy and hassle-free.

If you know exactly what you want to do, the website is laid out in a very comprehensive way so that you can find everything you need. What’s more, if you don’t have much of an idea what to do or where to go in Korea, ‘KoreaTravelEasy’ is helpful with figuring that out too! Under ‘Things to Do’ is a section called ‘Themes’. Under this are suggestions such as nature and adventure outings, family-friendly activities or even K-Pop & K-Drama related events! You’ll definitely be able to find something that appeals to you here.

 

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How to Zip-Line to an Island, Prance Around France, & Go to a Garden Rave… All in One Day

FEBRUARY 14, 2017 by Kirstie Hall

Sundays are fun days. They are made for mimosas, or adventures, or naps, or, if you’re like me, all of the above. With only three Sundays left in Seoul, I knew I’d have to suck it up, fight the urge to hit up the nap cafe, and get out and about despite the frigid temperatures. There are still so many places on my Korea Bucket List, and with the help of a new travel company in Seoul, I was able to cross three of them off this weekend.

Keep reading to find out how to zip-line to an island, prance around (the petite) France, and go to a garden rave all in one day.

I have been wanting to go to Nami Island, Petite France, and The Garden of Morning Calm for MONTHS – just ask my friends… I hassle them about it every other weekend. Unfortunately, though these destinations are accessible from Seoul, they’re not exactly the most convenient spots to get to. You have to take a train up north to Chuncheon or Gapyeong, (which are more than an hour away, depending on where you live in the city). Then, after arriving to your train station, you take a city bus to a stop somewhat nearby your actual destination… and then… you walk. I’d done all of the research on how to get to these places, how much they cost, etc… but, for these reasons and more, had yet to actually make it there.

Given that it’s still early February, it goes without saying that Seoul’s current temperatures are less than ideal for outdoor activities, but, it isn’t getting any warmer before I leave… so I found another alternative to walking around in the cold searching for these must see spots. On Sunday, I did something that, for me, is pretty unheard of… I joined a tour group… with actual tourists. KoreaTravelEasy… a company that, in my experience, absolutely lived up to the name.

The early morning tour left from Dongdaemun Design Plaza at 11:10. True to form, I arrived at 11:12, but, in my defense, it’s because I was meeting a girl who was buying a pair of my shoes and couldn’t find her way to exit 10. (The pre-backpacking purge is still in full force, so if you’re in Seoul & want cheap goods, let me know). Once arriving to the station, I breezed straight out of the exit and started looking for some sort of tour bus or van. Turns out, the guide leading the group was waiting for me AT the exit… Oops.

Eventually, I found my way to the bus and the rest of the group. I grabbed a seat in the back, and pulled out a stack of writing tests to correct while on the way to Nami Island. Productivity is key, and I must say, my time management skills are on point these days). I had the whole row to myself, so I was able to stretch out and get comfortable on the long ride.


Our first stop was Nami Island. Once we arrived in Chuncheon, we were given the choice between taking the ferry or zip-ling to the island. For me, this was a laughably easy decision. When given the choice between ferrying with the masses and zipping across by myself, I will zip every time. GoPro, snacks, laptop, and all, I was strapped in to the zip-line and breezing across the waterway in no time. In a little over 90 seconds, my feet were on the ground and ready to explore Nami. Though zipping in does cost a bit extra, and may take longer depending on the line you have to wait in… (or be freezing cold depending on which season you go in), the view was so worth it. On top of that, you enter Nami on a much quieter side of the island, and not within a herd of tourist cattle.

Before it was time to join the rest of the tourist cattle to hop aboard the ferry to leave that afternoon, I successfully walked around the entire island. There were certain areas that the masses seemed to flock to, namely Metasequoia Lane and Central Korean Pine Tree Lane. The island is home of some famous K-Drama filming locations, so I’m assuming that’s why these areas were so popular. I don’t actually know anything at all about that stuff, so, again, this is just my assumption.

The Forest Village and Bungalow Row Riverside Path were so quiet and relaxing, and, in my opinion, the best areas on the island. The other spots were beautiful, but they were kind of ruined by the fact that I had bob and weave through crowds so as to avoid getting smacked in the face by selfie sticks. On Pine Tree Lane, someone bumped my arm as I was putting my phone in my pocket… causing my phone to slow-motion fall face-down on to the hard, icy path. My glass screen protector is unscathed, but I cannot say the same for the glass underneath… (Is there some type of warranty for this? – because, seriously!? Wtf.)

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After Nami we headed to Petite France, a cutesy, colorful little French cultural village in the Korean countryside. Aside from the pastel buildings, brief marionette show, and tribute to the French novel The Petite Prince, there wasn’t really anything too French about this place. It has also been the filming location of many K-Dramas and movies, which I suppose explains the sea of selfie sticks. I enjoyed wandering around the picturesque little town, and grabbed a milk tea that served as a yummy beverage and a hand warmer.

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We left Petite France just before sun down and headed to our last stop of the day, the Lighting Festival at the Garden of Morning Calm. Over 30,000 lights cover the trees, bushes, bridges, and archways of the garden, making it Korea’s largest lighting festival. Despite being filled with selfie taking couples in matching outfits, the garden still had a really magical and whimsical feel. It was well worth the frozen fingers I left with. Before getting on the bus to head back to Seoul, I got the MOST delicious honey ginger tea from the coffee shop in the garden – seriously, it had little pieces of ginger inside and was SO good. 10 out of 10 would recommend.


SPEAKING OF THINGS THAT I WOULD RECOMMEND, THE ENTIRE TOUR WITH KOREATRAVELEASY WAS GREAT.

From creating a profile and signing up for the tour on their website, to getting to and exploring all three destinations, traveling with KoreaTravelEasy was just like the name says… easy!

My favorite part about the trip is how easy it was to get from point A to point B… and that when we got there we were left to explore on our own. I was worried that by going on this trip, I’d be stuck with the tour group all day, but that wasn’t the case at all. Once we arrived at each destination, we were given a time to be back at the bus, and spent the time in between wandering around doing our own thing. EVERYONE on the trip respected the time of their fellow travelers, and made it back to the bus on time every time, (which is not something that can be said for other tour groups I’ve been a part of in Korea).

I was the only person traveling solo on this trip, but I like it that way. If you’re someone who wants to meet new friends on tours, I would recommend going with a meet-up group instead. If you’re like me and want the traveling bit to be easy, but to do your own thing once you’re there, then you should absolutely consider taking this tour (or one of the many other trips offered) with KoreaTravelEasy.

The truth is, if I’d tried to do Nami Island, Petite France, and the Garden of Morning Calm on my own in one day, it would have been a big hassle. Sometimes, there’s nothing wrong with taking the easier route & traveling with a company that takes the stress of getting there out of the equation. Aside from cracking my phone screen, I thoroughly enjoyed my tour with Korea Travel Easy, and all three destinations on the trip. Check out the video below for more of the Sunday Funday Shenanigans!

You can sign up for the three part tour I went on by clicking here, or check KoreaTravelEasy.com for more tours and activities.

 



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The Rakyat Post | Wandering off the trodden path in Korea

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SEOUL, 1 Feb 2017: 

The lure of free and easy travel does not need to be bound by time constraints of work or study if one is able to draw up some sort of itinerary – and this can be done even hours beforehand if Internet access is easily available.

But when faced with the additional challenge of language barriers, many of us end up taking the easy way out instead by simply latching onto prepackaged tours – and end up missing out on wonders known only to locals.

This challenge often crops up for many tourists to South Korea – but it doesn’t need to be so, says Amy Bae, founder and chief executive officer of KoreaTravelEasy – a website which aims to help foreign travellers straddle this disjoint between reasonable expectations and compromised reality.

She readily acknowledges the extra challenges faced by foreign visitors – which include not being able to easily tap into the otherwise ubiquitous Google Map service, which is rather restricted in South Korea due to security concerns related to the Communist North.

 


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