Where to Go in South Korea During Fall for Each Type of Traveler

It’s October, which means that fall is finally here! The pretty colors, sweater weather, sipping hot drinks, cool breeze… need we say more? autumn-1514177_1920.jpgIt’s also the best time to visit Korea as the weather is a far cry from the disgustingly sticky and humid summer. Instead, it is cooler and drier, but still quite warm and sunny.

Take a look at some of these options tailored to four different kinds of travelers planning to come to Korea! Which one are you?

1. Traveling All By Yourself?

If you’re traveling alone and looking to meet and hang out with new people, sign up for a group tour like the Fall Foliage Small Group Tour. You’ll get to meet and interact with other travelers just like you while admiring the rich orange, yellow, and red fall foliage and breathing in the fresh fall air!  The tour staff also all speak English, so communication won’t be a problem at all! 5125883856_a23db48054_bIf you’re too lazy to leave the city and still want somewhere peaceful to explore on your own, head to the World Cup Park. Built to commemorate the 17th FIFA World Cup in Korea, this park is made up of five smaller ones. Haneul Park is the most popular of them, with 22 lookout points offering stunning views of Seoul, Namsan, Bukhansan, and Gwanaksan Mountain. Best of all, it’s free!

So get your camera and selfie stick ready to click lots of photos to upload to your social media to let all your followers and friends instantly know how much fun you’re having on vacation.

2. Lovey-dovey Couples

If you’re a couple, you’ll be happy to know that Korea is an absolute HEAVEN for couples. 15018392488_59306af6c0_k.jpgThere are a bunch of romantic spots all over Korea. Jeju Island is one of them, with stunning autumn views that make it the perfect destination to enjoy a romantic vacation.6815792156_104afa6484_kThe Jeju City Tour Bus offers you the opportunity to comfortably explore the main attractions on the island! Nami Island is famous for its beautiful scenery and for being the filming site of the 2002 hit drama, ‘Winter Sonata.’ Bask in the nature and peacefulness of this beautiful venue by strolling around hand-in-hand along the tree-lined paths and exploring various museums, art galleries, and handicraft workshops. The Nami Island Shuttle Bus and Ticket Package will get you to and from the island with ease. Click here to check out more awesome Nami Island tours!

Finally, for a romantic date night, check out the Incheon Songdo Light Festival and Seoul Lantern Festival.

The light festival features a light rose garden full of 20,000 LED roses while the lantern festival lights up the Cheonggyecheon Stream spanning 1.2km. Perfect for taking a romantic stroll and taking cute selfies! You can participate in activities like lantern-making and writing on a new year’s wish paper too!

3. Fun For the Whole Family

If you’re looking to have some great family fun in Korea, look no further. 337146670_f1820787e3_oChuncheon, a lakeside city located about an hour away from Seoul is absolutely gorgeous during the fall. With this Seoul Vicinity Tour 4 in 1 Package, your whole family can enjoy four of the most popular destinations here. You can visit not only Nami island but also rail bike at the Gangchon Rail Park,  explore the lovely french style village called Petite France, and see fragrant flowers at the Garden of Morning Calm.banner_1476859588If you’re an active bunch and enjoy exploring nature trails, places like Seoraksan National Park and Naksansa Temple are great options. Seoraksan National Park is one of Korea’s most beautiful places, home to the third highest mountain in South Korea. Here your family can see abundant wildlife, hot springs, rock formations, and ancient temples. 5109253356_1e590bc009_b (1).jpgNaksansa Temple is one of them, boasting a  1300-year history and serving as a place of prayer and meditation with pristine natural surroundings. It also offers a magnificent view over the East Sea.

4. Adventure Junkies

October is the month of Halloween, which means it’s time to bring out the costumes and face paint and get ready for some fun! 14344713_1076564799117995_3949506966201369546_nThe Zombie Run is perfect since you can actively participate in it, rather than simply just walk through a standard haunted house as people try and scare you. Choose from two different levels of difficulty, ‘normal’ and ‘hell’. If you’re feeling daring and fearless, go for the ‘hell’ package, which has more complex rules and scarier zombies.11813247_829724363802041_5633861595135009242_nYou’re dead once the zombies steal all 3 of your ‘life’ flags, so run as fast as you can and don’t look back. 14068203_1053289454778863_5548238847947211171_n.jpgFor all you party animals, the official after party is held at Club Made in Itaewon, so head on over afterward to dance till the sun comes up.

If you’ve wanted to try staying at a theme park after closing time, check out the ‘Night Party with Zombies‘ at the Lotte World theme park. There are various events to enjoy and fourteen different attractions, four of which are decked out in a Halloween theme. The highlight is the concert, with this year’s fantastic line-up of singers and rappers ready to fire up the stage.

Whatever kind of traveler you are or want to be, Korea has got something for you to enjoy doing! So what are you waiting for? Plan your fall vacation now and get in one last getaway before the year ends!

To find the best holiday spots and activities for you to enjoy in Korea, head over to Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 travel shop! button_main 2

Photo Credits
“Korea Andong Autumn scenery near Yeongnak Bridge” By Robert 
“Temple in Seoraksan National Park, South Korea” By Chris Campbell
“A couple walking in sunset silhouette” By Darin Kim
“JEJU Island” By MIN_Photo
“2013, 남이섬” By thomas park 
“autumn trees” By Brian Yap 
“Buddha Statue Near Heundeulbawi – Seoraksan National Park” By Chris Campbell
Zombie Run@zombierun.korea


Trazy’s Picks for the Top 5 Photogenic Spots in Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul

Welcome to the second part of my travel review! Last week I told you guys about my experience renting a Hanbok at the 3355 rental store in Gyeongbokgung. Well, today’s post is going to be about the spots I visited in Gyeongbokgung Palace as I showed off my beautiful Hanbok!img_8525I wish I could have explored more, but it would have taken hours to tour the whole palace, and honestly my feet were killing me towards the end. It was gorgeous, though, and the weather was amazing.

Gyeongbokgung Palace is the largest of the Five Grand Palaces (the other four being Gyeonghuigung, Deoksugung, Changgyeonggung, and Changdeokgung) and was first constructed in 1394 during the Joseon Dynasty. The name translates to ‘palace greatly blessed by heaven.’

Hoards of tourists flock to the palace every day of the week

As of 2009, roughly 40% of the original number of palace buildings still stand or are being reconstructed after being heavily destroyed by the Japanese government in the early 20th century.

Entering the Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace is open every day except Tuesday from 9am to 6pm (last entry time 5pm). Keep in mind that closing times vary from season to season. From November to February, the palace is only open until 5pm.

Click here for the ticket prices. Don’t forget to bring your passport or a valid photo ID to confirm your age!

1. Gwanghwamun Gate

This is the main gate of the palace, with three arched openings and a double roof. The king would use the central arch, while the crown prince and officials entered through the sides. There also used to be a bell in the gate pavilion which was used to announce the time of day.

The gates are replicas of fortress gates, with high stone foundations and arched entrances in the center, which are a good indication that Gwanghwamun Gate is the main gate of the main palace.img_8499Make sure you don’t miss the changing of the guard ceremony that takes place in front of the gate every day at 11am and 1pm, excluding Tuesdays.

During the Joseon Dynasty, the royal guards had the task of guarding and patrolling gates of the palace. The ceremony took place whenever the shifts changed over, starting in 1469 and continuing until the end of the dynasty. What you see now is just a re-enactment. The guard’s bright-colored costumes and fluid movements are a real pleasure to see, so take lots of pictures!

Cute little picture with one of the guards

2. Geunjeongjeon Hall

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Geunjeongjeon Hall is the largest and most formal main throne hall of Gyeongbokgung Palace, originally built in 1395 during King Taejo’s reign. Here the king would hold meetings, receptions for foreign visitors, dignitaries, and handle state affairs.

You can see Geunjeongjeon on the left

There were also strange-looking stone gargoyles at the corners of the foundation and around the stairs, which I later found out were the 4 directional guardians and 12 Chinese zodiac animal signs.


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The spacious courtyard in front of the hall was where important events were held. It is paved with rectangular stones called ‘pumgyeseoks’, which are markers that civil and military officials would line up against according to their ranks during official functions.

The king’s throne can only be viewed from a distance, but just look at how grand it is. Also, check out all the intricate details surrounding the throne hall. Can you imagine how long it must have taken to build and paint all of that?!

3. Hyangwonjeong Pavilion and Pond

This next spot is by far my favorite in Gyeongbokgung Palace as it looks like something straight out of a postcard, with all the gorgeous colors and mountain view in the background.

Hyangwonjeong Pavilion, meaning ‘pavilion of far-reaching fragrance’, is a two-story hexagonal pavilion built on a small artificial islet in the middle of a pond on the northern grounds of the palace. The king used the area for rest and leisure. IMG_8459.JPGThe bridge allows private access to the island and actually used to be much longer and was on the north side of the island, but was destroyed during the Korean War. Its present form on the south side of the island was reconstructed in 1953. work-dsc_7427Unfortunately, you can only admire the pavilion from afar as no one is allowed to cross the bridge for safety reasons. The foot of the bridge is a very popular photo spot as it was right in front of it, though!

4. Gyeonghoeru Pavilion

Built on the pond west of the king’s living quarters,  Gyeonghoeru Pavilion was where the king held special banquets for foreign envoys or court officials.

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The name means that the king is capable of handling national affairs only when he has the right people around him. Once again, the original pavilion was burned down in a fire during the Japanese Invasions between 1592 and 1598. img_8485Though you can’t really see them as you can’t get close to the pavilion, sculpted animals sit on top of the front railing stones leading to it. This is to ward off evil spirits.

5. National Folk Museum of Korea

The final place that I stopped by was the National Folk Museum of Korea. By this point, the balls of my feet were crying in pain in my shoes so I was practically hobbling around.

img_8531Located inside the palace, the museum is home to over 4,000 historical artifacts that were used by ordinary Korean people in their daily lives. Thanks to the three main exhibition halls and donation hall, you can learn all about Korean society and culture throughout the centuries here. img_8543I didn’t really get a chance to walk around and explore the museum due to time constraints, but the area was full of people and there were amenities like a cafe, internet room, library, and souvenir shop!

Check out Trazy’s video below that shows you all of the five most photogenic spots in Gyeongbokgung Palace mentioned above.😉

So How Do I Get There?

There are several ways to get to and tour Gyeongbokgung Palace. The Seoul Palace Guided Tour is a great way to explore Gyeongbokgung as well as Changdeokgung and Deoksugung with an experienced and knowledgeable English tour guide. seoul-palace-guided-tourIf you want to immerse yourself in Korea’s rich historical heritage more comprehensively, try the Korean Palace Tour where you can also visit the National Folk Museum of Korea, Namdaemun Market, and Buddhist temples!korea-palace-tourFor those who would prefer to explore without any guidance, the Downtown and Palace Course option for the Seoul City Tour Bus Ticket will take you to the most popular tourist destinations in downtown Seoul, including the major palaces. seoul-city-tour-bus-ticketAanndd that wraps up my two-part series on Gyeongbokgung!  I hope that you guys enjoyed reading all about my experience renting a Hanbok and touring the palace. It was fascinating seeing how much history the palace embodied as I explored the grounds.  img_8392Check out last week’s post about Hanbok rental here and if you want to fully immerse yourself in Korean culture too by wearing Hanbok, check out 3355’s Hanbok rental service!

Don’t forget to check out Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 travel shop, for more travel reviews, guides, and fun things to do in Korea! button31

Photo Credits:
“Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul, South Korea” By Doug Sun Beams
National Folk Museum of Korea


Travel Review: One Day Hanbok Rental at 3355 in Gyeongbokgung

Hello again, fellow Trazers! I’m a member of Trazy crew back again with a travel review, this time about my experience renting a Hanbok for one day at 3355 in Gyeongbokgunghanbok-rentalThough I am Korean, the last time I wore Hanbok was over 10 years ago and I remember not enjoying it. I am someone who values comfort over anything, so I don’t enjoy wearing clothes that require a lot of maintenance and care.img_8272However, I’ve always loved the look of Hanbok and I had never properly toured Gyeongbokgung either, so when 3355 reached out and offered a Hanbok rental experience at their Gyeongbokgung branch, I said yes. The store is conveniently located within walking distance of Anguk Station near Gyeongbokgung Palace. For details and directions, click here.

Hanbok History

In case you aren’t familiar with Hanbok, it is traditional Korean attire, part of the country’s national history and cultural heritage that has been handed down over generations. Dating back to the Three Kingdom’s Period (57 B.C – 668 A.D), the type and color of Hanbok would differ according to the season and the person’s gender, class, profession, or social status.

For example, members of the high social class wore silk and satin Hanbok while commoners wore Hanboks made of cotton . Those of a lower class who performed manual labor would usually wear a shorter top with wider sleeves to maximize comfort when working.

Hanbok used to be worn almost all the time whereas now, people usually wear them for occasions such as weddings, memorial services, birthdays or funerals.

However, it is recently gaining popularity again as many designers have altered Hanbok for everyday wear with traditional elements still remaining in the garment but with a more modern feel, getting rid of the notion that Hanbok can only be worn during special occasions.

Features of Hanbok

Hanbok consists of straight and curved lines, which give it an attractive flow representative of a uniquely Korean aesthetic. It is also not meant to be tight-fitting and should instead give unrestrained movement to the body.

Women’s Hanbok consists of a short jacket called ‘jeogori’ (pictured above) which makes the upper body look very small, paired with a full skirt called ‘chima.’ The wide sleeves of the jeogori and flexible wide chima make the wearer look graceful, hiding the movements of the lower body which make the wearer appear to be floating on air.

The open arms of the jeogori have been said to represent warmth and embrace of the Korean people while the wide and voluminous skirts symbolize space and freedom.

For males, Hanbok is composed of trousers called ‘baji’, jeogori, a sleeveless top called ‘baeja’, vest called ‘jokki’, and an overcoat called ‘durumagi.’

For children,newborn babies wear a white ‘baenaet jeogori’ wishing for his or her health and longevity. Babies will also wear clothes made out of 100 pieces of cloth or quilts to celebrate their hundred days after being born. ‘Dolboks’ have multi-colored sleeves representing the wish for the wearer’s health and luck, ‘dol’ signifying a baby’s first birthday.

Symbolism of Colors and Designs

Colors of Hanbok are decided according to the “five colors theory”, which refers to the theory of the yin and yang and five elements. They are colored using natural dyes, which give them the depth and richness that cannot be achieved with artificial dyes.

Did you know that the colors of Hanbok all have different meanings? For example, red symbolizes good fortune and wealth, black symbolizes infinity, yellow represents the center of the universe and white is associated with purity and modesty. Gold used to be a color that the general public could not wear, as it was only for royalty.

girl and guy.pngCertain designs and patterns also represented the social ranking of the wearer. Lotus flowers signified a wish for nobility while peonies represented wishes for honor and wealth. For royalty figures and high-ranking officials, designs of dragons, phoenixes, cranes, and tigers were commonly used.

 3355 Hanbok Rental Store

Now that you’ve learned a bit about Hanbok, let’s get onto the actual rental experience!

Entrance to 3355 Hanbok rental store

3355 (pronounced ‘Sam-Sam-O-O’)  is a Hanbok rental store with locations in Gyeongbokgung and Bukchon Hanok Village. Here you can rent a Hanbok for a whole day for 30,000 ~ 50,000 KRW, depending on the style you choose. You can also enter Gyeongbokgung Palace, which is very close to the store for free if you wear Hanbok.

* The store opens at 9am and closes at 6pm, so the Hanbok must be returned before then, otherwise you will be charged 10,000 KRW per hour!

Customers choosing their Hanbok

I went to the store at around 10am expecting it to be almost empty but I was surprised to see how crowded it already was! The customers were mainly comprised of foreign tourists, which made me realize how much popularity Hanbok has gained all over the world, probably mainly from its depiction in dramas and the media.


decorThe store was spacious and clean, with an interior that reminded me of a Korean traditional house – the wood floors, calligraphy writing on the pillars, and traditional paintings of birds and scenery on the walls.hairThere was also an area with dressing tables full of hair accessories and shelves with purses to go with the Hanbok. Two large fitting rooms were also located behind a screen door.

 Renting Hanbok

img_8350IMG_8293.JPGThere about 600 Hanboks in the store of all different colors and sizes with several employees ready to help you out with fitting. Here is the user guide. hanbok-rental-user-guideThe Hanboks are categorized into four groups from A to D. They are as follows:


 Category Description



Premium line of female Hanboks that are of the highest quality.

50,000 KRW


The most popular line of Hanboks for both females and males.

40,000 KRW


Graceful and elegant line of Hanboks that are also affordable.

30,000 KRW


Children’s Hanboks for ages 1~7.

15,000 KRW

There were many different types of Hanbok such as  traditional ones where the jeogori is longer with wider sleeves, modernized ones with shorter lengths and narrower sleeves, as well as male and children’s Hanbok.hanboksThere were even modernized versions which have recently become very popular, which tie in the traditional designs and colors but are more simplistic, making the Hanbok more subtle and wearable.casual.pngI felt like a kid in a candy store as I tried to pick out one to wear. Whenever I thought I’d found ‘the one’, I would fall in love with another one on the rack. The Hanboks were all in great condition as they are dry cleaned as soon as they are returned, ready for the next customer to wear.

Hmm..should I go with this one?

If you aren’t sure about what kind of Hanbok you want or want recommendations, ask the staff as they will help you out. side-eyeEventually, I managed to narrow it down to two – both of which were red (for good fortune and wealth! And also because I wanted to look fierce and a bit aggressive and felt like red connoted that……)

The flowers on the Hanbok on the left sold me, so I ended up choosing that one.

Try it on to see how it looks

Be aware that you can only try on one Hanbok, so choose wisely! An additional fitting will cost 5,000 KRW.

The Hanboks my co-worker and I picked out!

This is because of all steps involved in putting on the Hanbok as well as the pinning and styling that the staff does for you to ensure the best fit. You also don’t  want to be dashing in and out of the fitting rooms and hogging them especially when the store is very crowded.

Inner skirt (‘sokchima’)

The staff were extremely helpful and kind, explaining all the steps involved in putting on the Hanbok and expertly pinning and securing areas so that I would get a customized fit.

*If anything is too tight, loose, long or short, tell the staff! You do not want to be walking around all day tripping over your skirt. There are also additional charges if you damage your Hanbok or make it dirty so be careful.


dressing-tableimg_8361IMG_8274.JPGimg_8282Once you have your Hanbok on, it’s time to accessorize! Pick out a complimentary purse to go with your Hanbok from the shelf.

I chose a silver one to complement the red and stored the valuables I wanted to take around with me inside.bag-s-sdfdfsdfYou can also choose to get your hair styled for an additional 5,000 KRW to complete your look.getting-hair-doneI had my hair braided and secured with a cute flower in the middle. hair-styleAdditionally, there were many accessories to choose from with an additional charge such as ‘norigae‘(hung from the coat strings or skirt for a more luxurious look), ‘daenggi‘(traditional ribbon made of cloth to tie and decorate braided hair), and ‘binyeo‘(rod-like hairpin used to fasten a crown or wig and hold braided hair up). hair-accessoriesThere were also traditional hats and crowns to really make it look like you are from the Joseon Dynasty! crownssss


shoesThere are shoes for men and women that you can wear with your Hanbok as well! I opted for a pair of white shoes with a chunky heel, thinking that the extra height would prevent me from tripping over the hem of my Hanbok. It sure did help with that, but my feet were in pain by the end so I would recommend wearing a comfortable pair of shoes.

Store your belongings

bagsdfdsfsdfFinal step before heading out to show off your Hanbok is so store your belongings. You will be given a black tote bag to put your bag and clothes into. receiptSimply give this bag to the staff at the reception area. You will then receive a slip of paper where you will write your name and phone number. Give this slip and your belongings to them and keep the receipt they give you. You will need it when you come back later so don’t lose it!

Show off your Hanbok!

Andddddd that’s it! You are now free to explore Gyeongbokgung Palace or simply walk around Seoul taking lots of pictures wearing your Hanbok!

I highly recommend the 3355 Hanbok Rental Store as the facilities are clean and the staff are extremely helpful and friendly. The varieties of Hanbok available here are also awesome that you’re bound to have a hard time picking just one to wear. I also really like how they don’t charge by the hour, so if you arrive early in the morning, you can wear the Hanbok all day!

You can rent a Hanbok at 3355 for a discounted price on Trazy! Click here for more information.hanbok-rental-experience-thumbnail

Stay tuned for next week’s post, which will be about the spots that I visited in Gyeongbokgung Palace wearing my Hanbok! Finally, don’t forget to check out Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 travel shop for more travel reviews and up-to-date information on fun things to do in Korea! button31


Travel Review: The Most Rejuvenating Experience Ever at O Hui Spa

Greetings, travelers! I’m a member of Trazy Crew, this time here with a review of O Hui Spa and my experience there!img_8575It’s no secret that Korea is a country obsessed with skincare and beauty. I love makeup and skincare, but I’ve never been to a spa before where they massage your face and back with oils and everything. I guess it’s because I don’t really want to be splashing out so much cash on something that doesn’t have results obvious to others. The only relatively similar place I’ve gone to is a dermatologist. However, I really did want to wind down and relax, so I couldn’t refuse when O Hui Spa offered a body and facial care experience.front

What is O Hui Spa?

O Hui Spa is known for being a “beauty secret healing hideout” to its customers, providing various facial and body aesthetic programs that guarantee amazing results.

People from all over the world visit and many Korean celebrities also get pampered here such as Choi Yeo-jin, Park Ha-sun, and Cho Yeo-jung. It is also the only spa entrusted as a Gangnam Medical Tourism Partner.fotorcreated

Where is it located?

The spa is located in Garosu-gil in Sinsa-dong, a trendy, hip, and upscale neighborhood with lots of places to dine and shop in. You’ll also see a lot of well-dressed people passing by. The area is full of energy and vitality regardless of the time of day, so many tourists flock there.img_8563O Hui Spa is in a more quiet location up a small hill in a luxurious and secure residential neighborhood. For a map and more detailed directions, click here.

In fact, I was told that former president Lee Myung Bak’s residence was nearby. There was a park right in front of the spa, and the entrance was a wooden gate with a doorbell that made it look like a house.entrance

What were my first impressions?

Right off the bat, I could immediately tell that it was a posh and upscale place. The layout and interior were more like a house rather than a spa, with a mini chandelier and large wooden staircase leading up to the spa in the entrance. Inside, there were plush velvet seats, heavy wooden doors with gold signs, polished tiles on the walls and even a large open terrace area outside.
img_8577IMG_4267.jpgThere were three different rooms labeled ‘VIP’, ‘Special’, and ‘Refresh.’ The ‘VIP’ room is for solo customers who usually purchase the special course or more expensive treatments, the ‘Special’ room is for two people, and the ‘Refresh’ room is for group guests.

The VIP room

Why Choose O Hui Spa?

So what makes O Hui Spa different from the others? Well, first off, they use premium brand products instead of aesthetic products. O Hui is actually a skincare and makeup brand currently modeled by actress Shin Min-a and their products are used during the facials. Other brands of products used include The History of Whoo and SU: M37.

Their concept is that they offer 1:1 specialized care. While most places would provide the same treatments with the same products regardless of the client’s skin type, O Hui lets you choose the products you want to be used or the consultant will give recommendations based on your skin type and condition.

They will also keep checking up on you throughout your treatment, adding or removing products depending on your condition, so you really will be getting unique and personalized care.

The consultation area

You will be able to fill in a sheet beforehand with information about your skin type, condition, what kind of products you want to be used, as well as any health or medical needs of concern (e.g if you’re on your period, have any injuries, or have gotten any aesthetic procedures recently). massage

What kind of courses is available?

There are five different course treatments available, and Trazy currently offers an exclusive deal on the Trazy course, Special course, and Facial course with 10% off plus an additional 20 minutes of care. Click here for more details on each of the courses. O Hui Spa rarely offers special deals, so this is a real treat! *Note that the special discount ends at the end of 2016.

Other available courses include a 150 minute ‘VIP course’ (same as the Special course + a leg massage and facial care machine) and an 180 minute Queen course (full body) that is popular with celebrities.lockerThe course that I got to experience was the Trazy course, which is an 80 minute back and face treatment. I received back and shoulder care first, then get facial care.

What were the facilities like?

I was given a gown and ushered into the powder room, told to strip from the waist up and wear the strapless gown. There was also a locker to store my belongings. img_8634The powder room was very clean and well equipped. There was a dressing table with makeup, skincare products, a hair dryer, brushes – pretty much everything you would need to freshen up afterward. The bathroom was also spotless and had a shower.img_8630I put my bag and clothes into the lockers provided and gave the key to the attendant. I was then led to the massage bed where I lay face down as she removed my gown and got to work.

The back massage took place on the orange bed in the ‘Refresh’ room

Can you explain the experience in detail?

I have a major tendency to sit hunched over in my chair so my muscles there are very tense. It also doesn’t make it any better that I wear a heavy purse on one shoulder all the time. The massage felt amazing. It was a little uncomfortable at times but never painful – probably due to the fact that I had never had my muscles kneaded, stretched, and pulled in that way. The attendant then rubbed aromatherapy oils on my back, which smelled heavenly. My favorite was when she had her hand in a fist and rolled it over my upper back area, which was painful but so refreshing and satisfying that I couldn’t bear to ask her to stop.

The facial care beds

After the back massage, it was time for the facial care. I was led to another bed, where there was an interesting contraption called an air compression leg massager. The attendant put the air massage boots, which were basically like airbags around my legs and turned on the machine. The massagers would tighten and loosen around my legs over and over again, stimulating blood flow and providing relief for my tired and tense muscles.facial-careWhile my legs were being kneaded, the facial care started. I had my face double cleansed, dry skin patches removed, peeling to clear out my pores, and face masks and oils applied. I also received a décolleté (neckline) and scalp massage.scalp-massageThe décolleté massage helps with anti-aging, stimulating the production of collagen and tightening the skin to delay the onset of wrinkles while the scalp massage stimulates hair growth. There was peaceful music playing in the background with the sound of nature as birds chirped outside. I was so relaxed that I drifted off to sleep at one point.

When I woke up, the care was almost over as the attendant asked if I wanted a BB cream or sunscreen finish – I opted for sunscreen as I was going to reapply my makeup anyway.

I felt like I was floating in paradise the entire time without a single worry in the world.

How did you feel afterward?

I was recommended to take a hot shower to soothe the muscles and warned that I might be a bit sore the next day. My back was a bit red from all the kneading but I felt rejuvenated and my skin and felt super soft, like a baby’s butt. I took a hot shower that night and the next day  I felt sore, but not in pain. The sensation was similar to the day after an intense workout. I stretched out all my muscles and after a few hours, I felt heavenly.

Skincare sets like this were also available for purchase

How was your overall experience?

Overall, I am extremely satisfied with the care and treatment. The facilities were all clean and the service was A+, with the attendants constantly checking up on me and asking if I was okay. I also really liked how they explained what products they were using and what they were doing, so I knew what kind of effect it was having on me. I was provided with 3 day’s worth of sample-sized skincare products, too. freebiesI am usually someone who flinches even if someone touches my shoulders and I don’t like massage chairs as they make me feel uncomfortable rather than relaxed, so the fact that I enjoyed this experience really surprised me. I definitely would love to look into getting massages on a regular basis.promotion-4Out of the five courses, Trazy currently offers the Facial, Trazy, and Special courses. There is also a special promotion deal with these until December 31st, 2016 where you will receive a 10% discount and an extra 20 minutes of treatment and care. For more info about O Hui Spa’s promotion, click here.

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O Hui Spa’s Official Blog @ohuinonhyun
“Maldives” By romaneau


Travel Review: Attending the Jenny House Cheongdam Hill Opening Party!

Greetings, fellow Trazers! I’m a member of Trazy Crew here with a review of the famous Jenny House in Cheongdam, specifically their new branch called ‘Cheongdam Hill‘! jenny-house-entranceI had the opportunity to attend a party celebrating the opening of the new venue in the upscale and ritzy neighborhood of Cheongdam-dong. In case you’re not familiar with Jenny House, it’s a premium beauty salon with 5 locations in Korea that provides hair and makeup services as well as nail care, foot spas, and wedding consulting.

The shop is frequented by many top-class celebrities as shown below, and the staff does the makeup and hair of the stars for many movies and dramas too. For more info about Jenny House, click here.

Some of the celebrities among their clientele

The salon’s prices, as you can imagine, are nothing like normal salons. A basic haircut starts at around 55,000 KRW while hair dyeing and perms can cost as much as 440,000 KRW. Yup, definitely not like your average hair salon but I’m a firm believer that you get what you pay for, and if the place is frequented by a whole list of famous celebrities, their skill and expertise must be outstanding.

The Cheongdam Hill branch opened not too long ago, combining the previous Cheongdam and Olive branches into one. The party was called a ‘Ki-bu and take party’, ‘Ki-bu’ meaning ‘charity’ in Korean. Makeup, skincare, and hair products from various brands were all going to be sold for only 10,000 KRW and all the proceeds would be donated to charity.invitationThere were also going to be celebrities attending, which was honestly the part I was most excited about. I mean, when else would I ever have the privilege of attending such a grand event like this, let alone possibly being able to see a celebrity from a few feet away?!

So I headed to the party dressed in what I would consider semi-formal attire. Thank goodness I didn’t wear the stilettos I’d originally planned on since the salon is located near the top of quite a steep hill in the middle of a residential neighborhood. I could tell where it was from quite a distance thanks to the flashing lights, blaring music, and the crowd of well-dressed people.locationAs soon as we stepped in through the doors, we were greeted warmly by the clean-cut and smartly dressed staff. The entrance was bustling with people and my first impression was that I was significantly underdressed. The majority of female guests had on tight-fitting dresses with sparkly details and sky-high stilettos, complete with fully made up faces and perfectly coiffed hair. However, I didn’t let that get to me and instead did a hair flip as I walked in as I was probably the youngest guest there to be invited.  interior-1We took the elevator to the third floor, which is the Hair & Headspa zone along with the fourth and fifth floor. The area was PACKED with people. I had imagined under one hundred guests since the event was quite exclusive, but I guess it just goes to show how popular the place is.

Me in the mirror on the fourth floor.

Funky music played as guests socialized and filled their stomachs with the huge spread of finger food, punch, and alcoholic drinks available. The lighting was a dimmed blue and purple, which added to the atmosphere.

I wish I got more food pictures…. There was everything from macaroons to sandwiches to rice burgers!

I was too busy stuffing my face with food to really pay major attention to anyone, but I did recognize a model Joo Won Dae from the fashion survival show, ‘Devil’s Runway’ being photographed in the corner.

Joo Won Dae in the red shirt

We then headed up to the fourth floor, where they were selling loads of skincare, makeup, and haircare products all for only 10,000 KRW. The craziest thing was that they were all high ends brands such as Shiseido, Benefit, Yves Saint Laurent, Guerlain, and Kerastase. I ended up purchasing a Shiseido lash serum that supposedly makes them grow significantly longer in just two weeks. 4th-floorThis was also where we spotted a few celebrities such as Han Ji-min (whose face was literally the size of my fist), Cha Ye-ryun, and Bae Soo-bin. There were many others who briefly attended the party, such as I.O.I’s Jeon So-mi and Kim Do-yeon, Son Dam-bi, Yuk Jidam, and B.A.P but we didn’t get a chance to see them in person.

From Left to Right: Han Ji-min, Cha Ye-ryun, Bae Soo-bin

The fifth floor was a very quiet space with nothing much going on, so we mainly roamed around the third and fourth floor eating food, taking pictures, and people-watching. Mirrors with flower petals scattered around them were on every floor, too, which was cute. chandelier-finalWhat really impressed me about the salon was the interior and space itself. Everything about the salon screamed luxury with the spotless bronze-gold leather chairs, fancy mirrors with ornate frames and spiraling patterns, pristine reception area with marble floors,  and the huge chandelier visible from the fourth floor.

I was in love with the mirror frames. So intricate and gorgeous!

The main color scheme seemed to be bronze and gold. As I briefly mentioned earlier, the third, fourth, and fifth floors cater towards hair care and styling, while the second floor is for nails and the first floor is for wedding makeup. jenny-house-inside-1High ceilings make the venue spacious and airy and some rooms were divided to create a private space for guests to comfortably get their hair and makeup done. There were also rooms dedicated to private care, such as the V.I.P scalp care room, nail care room, and foot spa room. seatsService is exquisite and posh and the staff also speak English, Japanese, and Chinese to cater to their international customers. I myself would love to get my hair or makeup done here for a special occasion. After all, the staff has years of experience and world-class celebrities as their clients, so I don’t doubt their artistry one bit. The official website lists all of the staff and the celebrities they style as well as a list of movies, dramas, commercials they’ve worked on.

The director’s clients include Song ji-hyo, Han ji-min, and Park ji-sung.

Bored with your current look? Then head on over to Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop to check out special deals for both men and women to get celebrity-inspired hair makeovers at Jenny House. There is also a makeup service. If you’re lucky, you might even sit next to your favorite celebrity as you get styled!  tumblr_oeketdmy731qleoujo1_540Overall, I had so much fun at the party and felt so honored to be invited to attend it. You can click here for more information about the venue. Finally, don’t forget to check out Trazy.com for more fun and informative posts like this one as well as up-to-date information on things to do in Korea! button_main 2

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Jenny House


Have a Fright-tastic Halloween at Everland With Ghoulish-ly Good Food and Spooktacular Thrills!

Prepare your costumes and candy – Halloween’s just around the corner! It’s the time when ghosts, zombies, witches, and all other things creepy appear. Halloween in Korea has become a cultural event that is quite lavishly celebrated in certain areas, especially theme parks. Everland, the nation’s largest theme park, is hosting the Happy Halloween & Horror Nights Festival until November 6th. Head on over today to enjoy some spooky, spine-chilling festivities!

Photo courtesy of Everland

Everything from the entrance sign to parade floats and trees is covered with carved pumpkins, smiling jack-o-lanterns, ghoulish ghosts and gargoyles…. If there’s a place takes their themes very seriously, it’s Everland. They’ve got something for thrill seekers of all ages and the beautifully colored autumn foliage is also in full bloom, making for a perfect picture. Now let’s get into the series of attractions in store for all of you.

‘Happy Halloween’ consists of fun attractions that are quite light-hearted and fun, providing a family friendly twist on Halloween. Everything is mostly G or PG-rated, so you don’t need to worry about anything popping out and scaring you. The Happy Halloween Party is a dance parade where all types of ghosts and goblins dynamically dance around on decadent, large floats.

There are also magic shows that overwhelm and empower the audience, a nighttime moonlight parade that’s brighter than the stars in the night sky, and various themed multimedia show performances to commemorate Everland‘s 40th year anniversary.

Head on over to Horror Village for ‘Horror Nights’ if you seek real thrills and scares, where there’s plenty of attractions that will make your blood run cold. It’ll feel like a walk through one of your most horrific nightmares; the kind that you’ll be glad you woke up from.

#halloween #horrorvillage #everland #에버랜드 #호러빌리지

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By far the most terrifying and spine-chilling experience is the horror maze. You pay 5000 KRW to walk in the dark in groups of four to six and bump into many different types of ghosts and ghouls that’ll have you letting out blood-curdling screams, as you try and find your way out. It’s definitely not for the faint-hearted. Check out this terrifying teaser for the maze from a few years back featuring 2PM and miss A’s Suzy.

There’s also the Horror Safari. As your bus descends into the darkness, you’ll start to feel a sense of dread and want to head back, but zombies will chase after you and try to terrorize your bus. Will the bus be able to return without becoming torn apart or stranded? Most importantly, will YOU be able to return alive?

*Note: The Horror Safari is a horror experience that does not involve any live animals.

Blood Square is another major attraction; a horror village haunted by cursed souls who tried over and over again to calm their souls but failed. Enjoy the flash mob performance put on by shambling corpses in their gruesome, decaying states in the ruined ghost town.

#에버랜드 #블러드스퀘어 #할로윈 #호러나이츠

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You’ll probably be exhausted from screaming and running from ghosts and zombies, so fill your stomach with a variety of interesting Halloween menus. There’s everything from hotdogs with fangs and wrapped up like mummies to noodles with cute fish cakes cut into the shape of ghosts. Drinks also have creative names such as ‘zombie latte’, ‘monster blood ade’, ‘eyeball ade’ and ‘blood beer.’

Photo courtesy of Everland

Add some festive cheer to your Halloween celebration at Everland this fall! Since the park is located in Yongin, which is quite far from Seoul, you can use this ticket and shuttle bus package to get to and from there conveniently. Departure and arrival locations include Hongik University, City Hall, Myeongdong and Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station.

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All about Temple Stay in Seoul

You hear nothing but the sound of crickets and birds chirping as you gaze at the sun starting to peak through far off in the distance, along with the tranquil sound of water trickling down the stream nearby. Sound like a dream? Well, this is a sight you may be able to witness when you experience a temple stay in South Korea. intro-picture

What is a Temple stay?

A temple stay is a unique cultural program that gives participants the opportunity to experience the life of Buddhist practitioners at traditional temples. You can search for your true self and become one with nature, clearing your mind through meditation, prayer, and various activities. Korean Buddhism is a way of mind that helps rejuvenate the soul and body.

Programs are currently offered at more than 50 different Buddhist temples in various parts of Korea. Each temple has its own program and activities based on its location and particular spiritual focuses. You will follow a structured schedule as you learn the prayers, eat vegan food, and attend the morning and evening ceremonies. Religious or not, everyone is welcome to stay for as little as one day to a whole week.

Main Activities

1. Yebul : Ceremonial Serviceyebul

‘Yebul’ is the most important event in the daily routine of Korean temples, with people paying their respects to the Buddha enshrined in the Dharma hall three times a day. The teachings are repeated before dawn, at 10:00 in the morning, and in the evening. It is the main ceremony that regulates the day so it is attended by everyone in the temple compound.

The Heart Sutra and Buddhist chant are read aloud, 108 prostrations to the Buddha are executed, and the Dharma drum, Buddhist bell, wooden fish drum and cloud-shaped gong are stricken in order. The prostrations symbolize a fresh start, ridding you of greed, anger, and ignorance as you learn the precise etiquette and actions for bowing.

2. Chamseon : Zen Meditationmeditation

Zen is known as ‘seon’ in Korean. Chamseon is a form of meditation that allows people to reflect on themselves. There are two forms of meditation that you can choose from, which are ‘jwaseon (seated meditation)’ and ‘haengseon (walking meditation).’ Monks will instruct you on the proper posture.

Jwaseon will have you sitting quietly as you focus your mind on finding peace at heart, usually taking place on temple grounds. On the other hand, haengseon will be held outside as you walk slowly and steadily around a beautiful nature spot.

3. Barugongyang : Monastic Mealtemple-meal

Barugongyang is a unique and special way of eating in Korean temples. Meals are eaten in complete silence and not a single grain of rice or drop of water is wasted. You only put on your place what you can finish. Be careful not to slurp or make any clinking noises with your utensils as you eat.

As it is against Buddhist beliefs to hurt animals, the food is vegetarian and made up of mostly seasonal vegetables which will cleanse both the body and soul. However, stimulating foods such as onions and garlic are avoided as they are thought to create heat, distracting the mind from meditation. Barugongyang teaches the importance of eating food with care and appreciation. You are free to go for multiple rounds as the idea is not to go hungry, but rather simply not to waste.

4. Dado : Tea Ceremonytea-ceremony

‘Dado (tea ceremony)’ is one of the oldest customs in Korea that involves the process of boiling and serving tea. Traditional tea clears the body and mind, and the ceremony focuses on spiritual awakening which symbolizes purification, absorption, and meditation. Making the tea and washing the cups is all part of Buddhist training.

To enjoy the tea, start off by focusing on the sound of water boiling, then relax as you breathe in its soothing fragrance and see the soft and subtle colors. Lastly, feel the warmth of the tea radiate through the cup as you slowly savor the taste.

Temples Offering temple stay programs in English

As temple stay programs have become increasingly popular among foreigners, more and more places are conducting their programs in English so people can understand the meaning and beliefs behind the practices.

1. Bongeunsa Templebongeunsa

This 1,200-year-old temple in Samseong-dong, Gangnam was the head temple for Seon Buddhism during the harsh oppression of Buddhism by the Confucian-favoring Joseon Dynasty. You may think that most temples are located in the secluded countryside, but Bongeunsa has mass appeal as it is set against the backdrop of the modern skyline with Gangnam‘s towering skyscrapers and flashing lights.

You can find out about the temple stay programs they have through this link.

2. Gilsangsa Templegilsangsa.jpg

Gilsangsa Temple is situated on the southern side of Samgak Mountain in northern Seoul. First registered in 1995, some of the buildings have been remodeled though most still preserve their original state. Many people frequent the temple as it is conveniently located in the heart of Seoul. It also serves as a downtown cultural space, offering many programs like classes on Buddhist teachings, temple experience, and temple stay.

You can find the temple stay program schedule here.

3. Geumsunsa Templegeumsunsa.jpg

Geumsunsa is located in the north of Seoul and belongs to the Jogye Order. Thriving with over 600 years of history, this venue is one of the largest Buddhist temple complexes in Korea and literally means ‘golden mountain temple.’ It features a three-story building called Mireukjeon that contains the world’s largest indoor statue, which stands at 11.82 meters.

To find more about the temple stay program details, click here.

4. Hwagyesa Templehwagyesa.jpg

Located at the foot of Samgak Mountain in the north of Seoul, Hwagyesa Temple is surrounded by beautiful mountains and landscapes that create a serene atmosphere to help visitors escape from urban life. A small water spring named Oktakcheon next to the temple is famous for its supernatural healing powers for the skin and stomach diseases. Legends say the spring was formed from crows pecking away at the rocks.

Check out the temple stay program schedule here.

5. Myogaksa Templemyogoksa

Myogaksa Temple is to the east of Seoul in the quiet residential district of Jongno-gu, Sungin-dong. Established by Monk Taeheo Hongseon in 1930, it is tucked away in the foothills of Naksan Mountain. The location was chosen based on Feng Shui, with the belief that by being situated on Naksan Mountain, it would bring peace and happiness to the residents of Seoul.

Find out more about the temple stay program here.

6. Jogyesa Temple jogyesa.jpg

The head temple of the Jogye order in Korean Buddhism is Jogyesa Temple, located in the heart of the city in Insadong. The temple grounds are surrounded by urban buildings, a great escape from the big city for both locals and foreign tourists and convenient to visit. It is especially packed with visitors during the Lotus Lantern Festival when the entire courtyard is embellished with paper lanterns.

Take a look at the temple stay programs offered here!

7. International Seon (Zen) Centerinternational-seon-center

The International Seon (Zen) Center is a meditation and Buddhist propagation training center as well as a learning facility for Buddhist cultural practices. Its overall aim is to promote awareness of the value of Korean Buddhism and its practices to the global community. It is located in Mokdong. Book a temple stay experience at this location here.

Book a temple stay experience at this location here.

Temple Stay Etiquette & Tips

Temples are a site of historic preservation as well as personal meditation. Therefore, it is very important to keep quiet and adhere to the rules and regulations.


* Refrain from speaking loudly, shouting, running, singing or playing music.

* Physical contact between men and women is strictly forbidden.

* Eating and drinking in undesignated areas or while walking is prohibited.

* No chewing gum, drinking alcohol or eating meat or fish

* No Smoking


* Use the correct side doors to walk into each building. Never enter through the middle as this is for the monks only.

* Whenever you meet someone, greet them with a half bow. You must also bow towards the Buddha when entering and leaving the temple.

* ‘Chasu’ is the posture used when walking within a temple or in front of a monk, portraying a humble mind and silence. Fold your right hand over your left hand at the center of your belly to achieve this posture.

* For Yaebul, enter the main hall through the side door and do three full bows facing the Buddha before sitting on your mind. meditation 2.jpgSo how about it? Find peace in a peaceful environment away from your clamoring and fast paced lifestyle, even if it’s just for a day or two. The temple stay program will give you the chance to experience and witness something that’s completely different to what you’re used to – and you’re going to love it.

Check out the list of temple stay experiences we offer here and don’t forget to bookmark Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop, to find the best deals and fun things to do in South Korea! button31

Photo Credits
“Beopjusa Temple Stay South Korea” By MeganYoungmee
“Tenryuki Kyoto two people relaxing” By Jesper Rautell Balle 
“Temple Stay” By raYmon 
“Temple Stay at Hwagyesa – Meditating” By sellyourseoul 
“Pyeongtaek Cultural Tour – Sudosa Temple Stay – U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, South Korea – 21 April 2012″By USAG- Humphreys 
“Tea ceremony” By Jordi Sanchez Teruel
“Bongeunsa” By jcs203 
“Gil-sang Sa (길상사) Buddhist Temple, Seoul, South Korea” By Jirka Matousek
“Geumsansa” By Steve46814
“Hwa Gye Sa” By Martin Roell
“Myogaksa Temple” By Sandra K. 
“Myogak Temple3” By culturalcorpsofkoreanbuddhism
“Jogyesa Main Hall” By Steve46814
“Meditation” By Moyan Brenn