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4 Things All K-Poppers Must Experience in South Korea

Are you a big fan of K-Pop and want to make some special memories in Korea? If you are from outside of Korea, there aren’t many chances to meet K-pop stars although you are a really big K-pop fan. But if you’re in Korea, the hometown of K-pop, there are more chances to dive into the real K-pop world.

Here’s our ultimate guide to how you can experience the genuine K-pop music in different ways. Make unforgettable K-pop memories during your stay in Korea!

1. Hologram Concert

[K-live] GD Awake_02.jpgEveryone wants to meet their K-pop stars face to face by going to their concert or fan meetings but it is difficult to meet them as a short term traveler. There isn’t enough time to follow them all the time and there are also so many other things to do and many places to go. For travelers who don’t have much time to spend to catch up on the idols’ schedules, a hologram concert is a great option.

A. K-Live K-Pop Hologram Concert

[K-live]JYP NATION OPENING POSTER (1)K-Live is the world’s first dedicated K-pop hologram performance featuring hot K-pop idols and stars like Psy and Big Bang. JYP Nation, which includes Wonder Girls, 2PM and GOT7, has joined the line-up recently, so check it out! For more information, click  here.

 B. SM Town Hologram Concert & Musical

P1300934Never been to any concert of EXO, Super Junior and f(x) before? Head over to SM Town Theater at SM Town Coex Artium! Here you can enjoy concerts and musicals by the stars under SM Entertainment label in holograms like School OZ and Girl Story.

If you’ve missed your favorite SM K-pop stars’ concerts or want to feel the vibes from their concerts again, watch them at Surround Viewing! For details, click here. Along with the theater on the fifth floor, you can also shop at the merchandise shop and take a rest at the cafe on the rest of the floors.

2. Free Korean Music Show

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There are 4 major music shows: SBS Inkigayo, MBC Show! Music Core, KBS Music Bank and M net M Countdown. You can watch these popular music shows at the broadcasting centers. You don’t know how to get a free admission to these music shows? It’s a bit complicated but we will let you know how to book it. Give it a shot!

For more details on directions and tips, click here.

3. Idol Family-Owned Restaurants & Cafes 

exoIt’s almost a trend now among the Korean celebrities, especially the K-pop idols and their families, to run a restaurant or a cafe. If you’re very very lucky, you might be able to meet your favorite idol.

Here is the list of the cafes and restaurants that are run by Korean celebrities or idol’s family. See more Top Korean Celebrity-Owned Restaurants & Cafes.

4. Get Up Close to K-Celebs Wax Figures at Grevin Wax Museum

grevin-museum-seoul3Looking for an opportunity to see your favorite stars in the flesh ? Well, we’ve got the next best thing which is the Grevin Wax Museum, where you’ll get to “meet” and take photos with  life sized wax figures of various celebrities.

Not only that, there’s also a selection of mini games and activities such as playing casino roulette with Brad Pitt or George Clooney or making a wax creation of your face. Check out this link for a great deal on tickets you don’t want to miss out on!

Want to enjoy both the K-Live Hologram Concert and Grevin Wax Museum at a discounted price? We’ve got the perfect deal for you here!

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A Fusion of K-Pop and Food Brings The Best Collaboration Ever

K-Pop fans, prepare to be strapped for cash as you blow all your money on these goodies from this awesome collaboration. SM Entertainment already has multiple stores open to the public selling exclusive goods and merchandise as seen here as well as a surround viewing concerthologram concert, and hologram musical.

This time E-Mart, the biggest discount mall in Korea has teamed up with SM Entertainment to stock the shelves with an array of food and drink items featuring your favorite stars such as Super Junior, TVXQ, EXO and Girl’s Generation. For those of you looking to take home something featuring your favorite K-pop star while also satisfying your taste buds, read on!

1. SHINee

Featuring aqua blue packaging that’s as refreshing and fresh-faced as SHINee themselves, this collection features sautéed red pepper paste in seafood, nut, and beef flavors, sweet and salt flavored popcorn, lemon flavored sparkling water and finally cheese and snack sausages.

The red pepper pastes are not only perfect for mixing with rice and sesame oil to produce a simple meal but also feature the member’s beautiful faces. Now that’s killing two birds with one stone.

2. Super Junior

One of SM’s earliest formed and still active groups, Super Junior is endorsing ddeokbokki (spicy rice cake) sauce, sea salt and pepper corn flavored potato chips, sweet and peanut flavored popcorn, sea salt flavored popcorn, Habanero ramyeon and jjamppong (spicy Korean-Chinese noodle).

The jjamppong is very popular, with the flakes you sprinkle over the chewy noodles packed with squid, onions, red peppers, beef and even shrimp. The sea salt flavored popcorn is another favorite. You definitely won’t be”sorry sorry” for purchasing them.

3. EXO

Need we really say more? Packaged in sleek black and white with their futuristic cubic logo as a finishing touch, this range features sparkling water and the already famous jjajangmyeon (black bean sauce noodles) and jjamppong which have been blowing up on social media with fans purchasing boxes of them in bulk to take home.

4. TVXQ

Much like their masculine and sexy image, the TVXQ range features spicy and barbecue flavored popcorn, almond and caramel flavored popcorn, truffle chocolates, and lobster flavored chips. There’s even health food, such as 6-year-old red ginseng extract available in stick, capsule and tablet form for your convenience. The striking black and gold packaging is sure to catch your eye in stores.

5. Girl’s Generation

With their exemplary ruling status among female K-Pop groups, this collection has gorgeous and girly packaging featuring Thai sweet chili flavored chips, cheese caramel mix popcorn, and powdered vitamins.The packaging on the vitamins is so pretty that it almost looks like an album!

6. Red Velvet

Just like how their group name combines the strong and fierce image of red with the soft and feminine image of velvet, this sparkling water is a delicious blend of fizzling soda and smooth grapefruit.

7. F(x)

Red light? Nope, you’ll definitely be hitting the green light as you race to sweep up these purchases with F(x). Enjoy cheddar cheese and onion flavored chips, butter and coconut flavored popcorn and rainbow gum. There’s even an anti-drowsiness gum with caffeine in it, perfect for preventing your eyelids from drooping as you drive late at night, cram for finals or work overtime

If you want to purchase K-Pop goods aside from these, check out our post on where to buy K-Pop goods in Seoul here. For more awesome finds like this one and the latest, trendiest and newest things to do in South Korea, visit Korea’s #1 Travel Shop, Trazy.com!button_main 2

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3 Things You Need to Know About Gwangbokjeol (Aug 15) in Korea, the Korean Independence Day

광복절August 15 is one of the most meaningful days to Koreans. It is a national holiday in Korea and the National Liberation Day of Korea, Gwangbokjeol. It is celebrated every year on 15th of August, and it will be marking 71st year of Independence in 2016.

On this day, you will get to see many buildings and streets with Korean national flags called “Taegeukgi”.

1. Why is Gwangbokjeol so special?

광복절5August 15 is the day when Korea was liberated from the Japanese colony in 1945 and also when Korean government was established in 1948 after overcoming the fuss generated from the liberation.

It is the day when Japan declared unconditional surrender and the World War 2 was over, which made Korea restore its own power. ‘Gwangbok‘ means to regain the light, which perfectly describes the restoration of national independence that was lost for 36 years under the Japanese invasion.

2. People who sacrificed their lives for greater purposes.

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Ryu Gwansun, one of the most famous independence fighters.

Many people were suffered and killed during the colonial period. Some voluntarily gave up their lives in exchange of the liberation of Korea.

Ryu Gwansun (1902~1920) is the most famous figure who became the symbol of the March 1 Movement (1919) that took a big role in taking back Korea’s independence.

She was only a 16-year-old student when she organized the March 1 movement at her home town. In the demonstration on March 1st, her family members were brutally killed by the Japanese soldiers and she was imprisoned.

Even though she was locked up in the prison, she continued to declare the liberation of Korea. However, due to the harsh torture that 16-year-old body could not stand, she passed away in the prison.

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Ahn Jung Geun, the nationalist who killed Ito Hirobumi.

Ahn Jung Geun (1876~1910) was a Korean independence activist and nationalist who is known for his assassination of Ito Hirobumi, the prime minister of Japan and former Resident-General of Korea back when Korea was about to be colonized by the Japan.

He shot Ito Hirobumi and yelled for Korean Independence in Russian, waving the Korean flag. He was later sentenced to death by the Japanese government but his perspectives of Pan-Asia, which is similar to the concept of European Union but among Korea, China and Japan, were highly praised even by the Japanese.

You can visit Ahn Jung Geun’s memorial hall located in Seoul.

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Kim Gu, Korean nationalist politician

Kim Gu (1876~1949) is another historic figure who cannot be excluded when talking about the liberation. During the Japanese colonial period, he moved to China to establish the provisional government of Korea that worked as the main quarter for the liberation movements. As he was always threatened to be killed by Japan, he had to move to one place to another frequently, but never gave up working for the liberation.

Finally after the liberation, Kim Gu came back to Korea, but Korea was divided into South and North. He insisted on building one single country, instead of two. However, in 1949, one year later after the establishment of South Korean government, he was assassinated by a Korean soldier. There are many political rumors behind his death, but nothing has been proved yet.

3. The place of despair and will, Seodaemun Prison

광복절4When people in Seoul were captured for the action that led to the liberation of Korea, they were sent to Seodaemun prison located in Seoul. People who were captured went to court run by Japanese and were tortured brutally in the prison.

After the liberation, the prison changed into an educational place to remember how the prisoners under the Japanese colonial were treated inhumanely. If you are interested in learning about Korean history, try a visit to this prison. For directions, click here.

You can also learn more about the historical backgrounds of the anti-Japanese struggle and the historical figures during the colonial rule by visiting the Independence Hall of Korea located in Cheonan.independence hallThere will be a variety of events taking place across the country to celebrate this meaningful day for the peoeple of Korea.

In Seoul, there will be a walking contest, performances, a photo exhibition and many more programs around Cheonggye Stream from 10am until 4pm. In Busan, you will be able to enjoy face painting, Taegukgi fashion contest and plenty more at Yongdusan Park from 11am until 1pm.

If you want to learn more about Gwangbokjeol, take a look at this great video.😉

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What’s Happening Now? Jeonju’s New Night Walk Tour ‘Cheonnyoen Butdam’ & Best Things To Do

Night Walk in Jeonju (Aug 12~13 & Sept 30~Oct. 1)

background_4Known as the home of South Korean culture and history, hundreds of traditional Korean houses called ‘hanok’, and the birthplace of bibimbap, the city of Jeonju in the southwestern part of Korea, in Jeolla Province, will offer nighttime programs called “Walk in Jeonju (Heritage Night and Heritage Story)” to the public for the first time.

It will be a golden opportunity for visitors and travelers to take a look around the cultural properties of this historic city at night, most of which were open to the public only before sunset. So go ahead and mark these dates on your calendar, Aug 12~13 and Sept 30 and Oct 1.

There will be free outdoor performances such as Korean traditional dancing, light shows, Korean traditional opera about the history of Jeonju and film screenings at the rooftop of the National Intangible Heritage Center.2.jpgAnd of course, the most expected highlight of Jeonju’s special night tour programs is the modern art installation at the Pungnammun Gate, the only remaining gate of the Jeonju Fortress! You definitely have to see them with your own eyes!

Why Every Traveler Must Visit Jeonju in South Korea

13680050_970659599709438_680967293837947213_oJeonju ranked in 3rd place on Lonely Planet’s ‘Top Asia Spots for 2016” list. CNN refers the city as “The Best Taste City in Korea” and that it “features a historical setting, an artistic vibe and a culinary reputation“, which are some of the reasons why travelers must visit Jeonju.

Though it’s not widely known as the capital city, Seoul, or the second biggest city, Busan, because of plenty of attractions that Jeonju has to offer, this lesser-known city  of South Korea attracts more than 10 million visitors every year.전주 (2)In Jeonju, some of the popular attractions are the Hanok Village and the Jeondong Catholic Church, one of the famous catholic churches in Korea.793-1733781844793-6818623612Here’s a tip. There’s a pavilion called Omokdae on top of a hill, which is a great place for a walk and to take in the entire view of the Hanok Village. For details and directions, click here.160619And aforementioned, the city is well known for an authentic variety of street food-style bites, so you may want to take a look at our list of Top 7 Street Foods in Jeonju Hanok Village You Will Die For and try them during your trip.

How to get to Jeonju

There are several ways to travel from Seoul to Jeonju – by train, express bus, or via shuttle bus tour or a private van tour. Just choose the transportation according to your travel expenses and needs.

If you are planning to visit only Jeonju, buying your ticket for a round-trip is fine, but if you want to take a look around other cities and regions nearby, we recommend you to get KR Pass, which offers foreign travlers an unlimited access to standard class seats of trains in Korea.

To find more info about train travel in Korea, take a look at A Beginner’s Guide to Train Travel in South Korea.main_traffic_view_en

For independent travelers, here’s a map of Jeonju City for you:main_map_view_en.jpgAnd here are some of the Instagram pics that give you a glimpse into this wonderful city, Jeonju, in South Korea.

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If you’ve never been to the Jeonju before, try to squeeze this fascinating city into your travel itinerary and join in these night walking tours programs to make the most of your trip!

Still figuring out where to go and how to get there? Just book our Jeonju Hanok Village Travel Lazy Package that will make your trip hassle-free.😉

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Essential Travel Tips & Guide | Korea Autumn Travel in 2016

If you have been to South Korea several times but never in the fall, you are missing out BIG time.

Every season is a reason to visit Korea, but autumn is indeed the best season to travel and fully take in the beauty of the country. autumn travel (8)When fall foliage begins, the gardens of royal palaces in the city of Seoul and the mountain ranges in the countryside are dyed with beautifully colored leaves. It’s a season where you can witness some of the unbelievable sights across the country. So go, if you haven’t! If you are planning to, read this guide before you go.

1. Weather

South Korea’s autumn season usually lasts from September until November. The sky is clear and the weather is cool. It’s still a bit hot during the daytime in September, but it’s cool in the morning and evening.

Refer to this year’s weather forecast for Seoul in September:9월9월 2In October, it’s less humid than in September and the weather is cool. For this reason, many go out for outdoor activities and plenty of festivals take place during this month.2016 10월2016 10월 2Around the late Oct and early Nov, the temperature drops below 15 degrees Celcius and autumn gradually turns into an early winter season. 2016 11월11월 2Since the weather and temperature change every year, we advise you to check the weather forecast regularly for the updates.

2. What to Pack & Wear

girls-1107329_1920It’s easy to catch a cold easily during the change of seasons, especially in autumn, because the temperature difference between the daytime and morning and evening is quite big.

We advise you to bring thin and light outerwear such as a cardigan, a jacket, and thin coat. Bringing a scarf or wearing a thick knitwear are strongly recommended as well.

3. What to Do & Where to Go

autumn travel (1)During the 3-month period, travelers will be able to enjoy the rich colors of scarlet, crimson red and yellow leaves and nature.

For this reason, you should go hiking in the mountains and catch autumn leaves at some of the best fall foliage paths in the country.

If you’re figuring out when to catch peak foliage, here’s the autumn foliage forecast from last year. This will help you plan your autumn travel itinerary.2030817_1_1.gifautumn travel (6)In the autumn season, beautiful yellow gingko trees and vast fields of cosmos, sunflowers, Eulalia and reeds are some of the things that South Korea has to offer.

You should try hiking at the country’s best hiking destinations such as Mt.Bukhansan and Seoraksan National Park, or just enjoy taking a walk at parks like Namsan Park.

Since the weather’s pleasant, experiencing a temple stay in Korea can be a great activity to add your itinerary.

Read our previous blog post on Top 3 Fall Foliage Trails in Korea or see Best Autumn/Fall Foliage Paths in Seoul.

miscanthus-grass-1518417_1920You can enjoy Eulalia and reeds within the city at the annual Eulalia Festival, which is one of the most popular autumn festivals in South Korea. It takes place at the World Cup Park Stadium in Seoul every October. For directions, click here.allowto_landscape_662.jpgSuncheonman Bay, located in Jeolla Province, the southern part of Korea, is also a famous travel destination where you can enjoy a scenic panorama of wetlands covered by reeds. For details and directions, click here.autumn travel (9)Jeju Island is also another must-visit travel destination that you shouldn’t miss in autumn. In autumn, many people go for the famous Olle trail, which are the most scenic routes of Jeju Island. If you want to experience the Jeju Olle trails, there’s a guided tour. For more info, click here.

For more places to enjoy the beauty of autumn in Jeju Island, check out our travel guide to how to Enjoy Korea’s real autumn in Jeju Island.allowto_freedownload_snap_1323Here are other recommended activities you can try with Trazy for your 2016 Autumn in South Korea:

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Trazy Gone Mad Sale | Caribbean Bay Water Park Tickets for Foreigners are 40% OFF!

Trazy ♥ Caribbean Bay Water Park

2 BIG Offers Just For 100 people (First come, first served!)

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Our insane sale kicked off just a few days ago, on Aug 1, so hurry up and be quick! Grab ’em while you can!😀

Option 1: Caribbean Bay Gold Season Ticket

40.5% OFF at only $44!”

You don’t have to wait in a long queue anymore at South Korea’s one of the best water parks, Caribbean Bay! Just get this one day pass (or mobile ticket) and you’re good to go without waiting! Buy your tickets here.

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– Gold Season (Jul 2~Aug 21): $56
– High Season (Aug 22~28): $42
– Middle Season (Aug 29~Oct 3): $36

Option 2: Caribbean Bay Shuttle Bus Package

14% OFF at only $57!”

With this ticket & shuttle bus package, you can take a trip to Caribbean Bay in Yongin from Seoul with no hassle. Booking is available here.6

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Survival Tips for Travelers to Seoul- The Illustrious T-money Card

Why Must Travelers Have This Magical T-money Card in Korea?

3686207257_703278dc32_b.jpgIn South Korea, travelers can buy a Single Journey Ticket or a rechargeable card called T-money Card. We advise you to get a T-money Card as it is a magic wand that will make your journey super convenient!

These cards can be used for all the buses, subway and taxis. If you’ve forgotten to bring your wallet, you can even make payments with these cards in convenience stores. ;) 3707332912_0192c18755_bOther T-Money items: There is a variety of accessories such as key chains, mini mirrors, straps, all of which can be used just like the T-money Card.

1. Where to buy your T-money Card

You can easily purchase the basic T-money Card at retail convenience stores such as CU, GS25 and 7-Eleven. The card itself costs 2,500 KRW.1 (1).jpgNowadays, Kakao Friends is gaining a huge popularity and it has released T-money Cards with totally cute Kakao characters. These cards cost 4,000 KRW.

2. How to recharge your T-Money Card

There are 3 ways to recharge your T-money Card.

1. Locate a ticket vending machine. They are located inside all the subway stations and train station.3686203061_017ce8945b_b

Click the third button with the T-money logo on the far right. Place your card and then select the amount of money. Insert coin or bill and wait until the charge is over.

2. Newstands near bus stops with a display of the T-money sign. You can find them usually next to the subway station exits and entrances.

3. Head over to retail convenience stores. This is the easiest way to recharge your card!

Tip: Some Student IDs offer the T-money card service, but may not be recharged at convenience stores. Therefore, find the closest subway station to reload your card.

Refunds: If you have a T-money balance of 20,000 won or less, visit a T-money affiliated convenience store and receive your money. If your remaining balance is more than 20,000 won, please visit the T-money headquarters at:

Address: 1st FL. T-money Town, Seoul City Tower Building, Namdaemun-ro 5Ga, Jung-gu, Seoul

Phone: Customer Service, 02-1644-0088/080-389-0088

Directions: Located just outside Seoul Station Exit #8, Seoul Subway Lines 1 and 4

3. How to use T-Money Card

Bus: When you get on the bus, place the card on the sensor. It will tell you how much money has been charged and your remaining balance. If an error occurs, give it a second or two, and try again. If this continues, the bus driver will let you know what the issue is. When you exit the bus, tap the sensor one more time to get a discount for the transfer. You can enjoy 4 discount transfers in a day._MG_5284Tip: Make sure you tap your card again and you hear a beep. If you don’t, you will be charged extra for distance traveled.

Metro: When you enter the subway station, place the card on the sensor. If an error occurs, press the red “help” button and the staff will come and help you.

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Taxi: Not all but some taxis do accept T-money as a form of payment. Look out for the signs on the taxi and see if the driver accepts to money.

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When you arrive at your destination, simply tap your card on the sensor and the screen above the gray box (see picture below) will let you know your remaining balance.

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*If you’re looking for a train pass that travels throughout all regions of Korea, we recommend you a KR Pass! Find more details here or read A Beginner’s Guide to Train Travel in South Korea from our previous post.

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