Saturday, November 24, 2012

Travel Planning Service - Puan Aini's Testimonial

We have another testimonial from a user of Muslim Backpackers Seoul Travel Planning Service. Puan Aini just got back from Seoul and she went with her husband and three adorable kids. She gave the service a full 5 stars rating on the satisfaction level. Woot, thank you Puan Aini! Here is what she has to say:
"Segalanya mudah tetapi kami sukar untuk mengikuti subway kerana kami bawa bersama baby berusia 3 bulan dalam stroller. Tapi naik bas senang." - Puan Aini, Malaysia

Isn't Seoul in autumn so heartbreakingly beautiful? Makes me just want to jump in the picture and join Puan Aini's kids playing at Cheonggyecheon Stream. Thank you Puan Aini for your testimonial. Your comments will be used to improve this service.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Murree Restaurant

Category: Restaurant - Halal Restaurant
Nearest Subway Station: Itaewon (Line 6)
Distance from Subway Station: 375 meters (Exit 3)
District (gu): Yongsan-gu
GPS: 37.533109,126.996749

I don't normally post about restaurants in Itaewon because you are frankly spoiled for choice here - there are so many halal restaurants on the way to the Seoul Mosque and the surrounding area.

However I've been receiving questions about restaurants serving halal Korean food and while previously I don't know of any, a reader told me that Murree Restaurant has started having Korean dishes in their menu. So if you want to try halal bulgogi or kalbi make your way to this restaurant. Located on the way to the mosque, you really won't miss it. (source 1, source 2)

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Everland (Bus Stop in Gangnam)

Category: Attraction - One Day Visit
Nearest Subway Station: Gangnam Station (Line 2)
Distance from Subway Station: 287 meters (Exit 10)
District (gu): Gangnam-gu
GPS: 37.501223,127.025705

There are several ways to get to Everland from Seoul. One of the easiest ways is by taking the bus numbered #5002 from a bus stop near Gangnam Station. You don't need to book or buy the ticket first before boarding the bus. Just tap your T-Money card or pay by cash to the driver. Because this is a public bus, it can get crowded though so make sure you make your way early in the morning.

The bus will stop at a terminal near Everland and from there you can take the free shuttle bus provided by Everland. Take the same bus to get back to Seoul but ask first that the bus is going to Gangnam and not Myeongji University. Journey from Gangnam to Everland is around 1 hour and the bus fare is 2,000 KRW using T-Money and 2,100 by cash. The first bus starts at 5:50 AM and last bus departs at 10:20 PM with each interval at around 11 minutes. (source)

Location in Google Map: 

Walking Directions:

1. You should know that you are outside of Exit 10 when you see the sight below:

2. Walk straight until you've reached the end of the block. Then cross the zebra crossing and walk straight again:

3. Walk down another block and cross another zebra crossing. Don't worry, you are really close now!

4. Walk just a few steps more and you've arrived!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Agra Restaurant (Myeongdong)

Category: Restaurant - Halal Restaurant
Nearest Subway Station: Myeongdong (Line 4)
Distance from Subway Station: 209 meters (Exit 6)
District (gu): Jung-gu
GPS: 37.562371,126.984454

Agra is a chain of restaurant in Seoul with branches in Myeongdong, Jongno and Itaewon. Under the same management they all use halal meat for their dishes. These restaurants serve Indian dishes like curries, naans, tandooris among others. Their price is a bit on the high side, but they have special lunch set with discounted prices. Lunch set is served in Myeongdong branch from 11.30AM to 5PM and the price is from 9,900 KRW. (source 1, source 2)

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Garosu-gil (Tree-lined Street)

Category: Attraction - Shopping
Nearest Subway Station: Sinsa Station (Line 3)
Distance from Subway Station: 270 meters (Exit 8)
District (gu): Gangnam-gu
GPS: 37.518423,127.023248

"Gangnam Style" song is crazily popular now. "Gangnam" is the name of an upscale district in Seoul, full with large corporation offices and high-end shops, while "oppa" is the word used for a female to call a close older male. "Oppa Gangnam style" is basically "Hey girl, I've got the high class style" (though the music video really doesn't translate the lyrics).

Garosu-gil is one of the numerous uptrend streets in Gangnam. It is filled with boutiques by Korean designers, interior stores,book and art shops and also beautifully designed cafes. It is not as intimidating as Cheongdam-dong, another district in Gangnam with luxury boutiques abound and some even say Garosu-gil is comparable to European streets' charms. The street is lined up with ginkgo trees (hence the name) and in autumn their yellow leaves make the street really beautiful. A romantic place to be I must say :) (source 1, source 2)

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