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  • 5-Day Itinerary: Fall In Love With The Beautiful Winter City Of Jeju

    Jeju Province lies on the Korea Strait and is known for housing the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Seongsan Ilchulbong and the highest mountain in South Korea, the Hallasan Mountain. Do you know that the busiest air route on Earth occurs between Seoul and Jeju? More than 26 million passengers fly to Jeju each year! That says a lot about Jeju as a popular travel destination. Thanks to Jeju Tourism Organisation, we had the chance to explore Jeju-si(Northern part of the island) before heading to Seogwipo-si(Southern part of the island). If you’re looking for where to eat, pray and have fun during winter in Jeju, we have put together a 5-day Muslim-friendly itinerary just for you. Why You Should Visit Seongsan Ilchulbong In Jeju Day 1 Depending on where you’re coming from, there are several ways to get to Jeju. Several destinations such as China, Japan, Thailand, and Malaysia fly directly to Jeju International Airport. If you’re already in South Korea, you can travel to Jeju via domestic flight or ferry. Domestic flights within Korea tend to have a lower checked baggage allowance (usually 15kg). Make sure you’ve not shopped too much in other cities before getting to Jeju! 1. Badapunggyeong Less than a 10-minute drive away from the airport, you’ll find Badapunggyeong. “Bada” means sea and “punggyeong” means scenery. You’ll be feasting on seafood dishes, with a beautiful sea view for you to admire. While taking in this breath-taking view, we were enjoying their delicious food that include assorted tempura, grilled mackerel, sea urchin seaweed soup and soy-marinated crab. Prayer rooms are also available at this restaurant! Simply ask the restaurant owners for directions and they will politely show you the way. However, you would need to bring your own prayer garments. Address: 654, Seohaean-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-doOperating Hours: 9AM to 11PM *Disclaimer: This restaurant serves alcohol 2. Check-in Maison Glad Jeju After lunch, we checked-in to our home for 2 nights – the Maison Glad Jeju. Although it’s a luxurious option for accommodation, it’s worth a stay for a night or two. When you exit the hotel, you’ll be surrounded by shopping streets filled with familiar brands such as Fila, National Geographic and Adidas. For Korean beauty junkies, you’ll be spoilt for choice – Innisfree, Etude House, Aritaum, Banila Co and more! Address: 80, Noyeon-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-doWebsite: OraResort 3. Sumokwon Theme Park When you have freshened up and ready to explore the city, head over to Playbox VR for a fun gaming experience. Playbox VR offers various 4D games including a roller coaster experience if you’re not a fan of the real one. On the first floor of the building, there’s an ice museum where you’ll find amazing ice sculptures and even an ice hill where you can go sledding with a tube! When you’re ready to escape the -5 degrees ice museum, head outside to Sumokwon-gil where you’ll find colourful LED displays and decorations. These displays change seasonally, so it might not be the same when you return here some other time. Unleash your photography skills and capture some beautiful moments with your loved ones. Address: 2F/3F Sumokwon Theme Park, 69 Eunsu-gil, Yeon-dong, Cheju, Jeju-doOperating Hours: 9AM to 9PMWebsite: Playboxvr 4. Dine at Cheonhaecheon To end your first day in Jeju, indulge in a Korean shabu-shabu buffet! That’s right, you can find Halal shabu-shabu in Jeju. Cheonhaecheon offers an all-you-can-eat buffet with an extensive selection of Halal beef, seafood, fishcakes, vegetables and cooked food such as tteokbokki and pizza. After a satisfying dinner, head over to the second floor for a dedicated prayer room. It’s well-equipped with prayer garments and slippers for you to perform ablution comfortably. If you have a small stomach, drop by Cheonhaecheon during lunch time instead where you can opt for an a la carte option such as the Abalone bibimbap that’s served in a sizzling hot stone bowl. Address: 25, Halladaehak-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-doOperating Hours: 11AM to 10.50PMWebsite: Shabu1000 *Disclaimer: This restaurant serves alcohol Day 2 1. Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak For a morning workout, hike up Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak – one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This popular attraction among both locals and tourists was formed by a volcanic eruption that happened about 5,000 years ago. After a 20-minute hike up the 180-metre trail, you’ll be greeted by a beautiful bird’s eye view of the area surrounding Seongsan Ilchulbong. Address: 284-12, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-doOperating Hours: 7.10AM to 7PM(Summer)                                7:30AM to 6PM(Winter) Website: VisitKorea 2. Uribong Sikdang Photo credit: VisitKorea When you’ve taken enough fresh air at the peak, hike back down and take a short walk to Uribong Sikdang for a well-deserved lunch. We’d recommend you to try their specialty dishes such as seafood hotpot, grilled mackerel and abalone porridge – a fool-proof choice for a hearty meal after a tiring hike. Prayer rooms are available at this restaurant. Address: 273, Ilchul-ro Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-doOperating Hours: 8AM to 8PM (Closed on the 1st Wednesday of the month) *Disclaimer: This restaurant serves alcohol 3. Jeju Pureonbada Candle Have a relaxing afternoon at Jeju Pureonbada Candle and attend their candle-making class in a cute little shed. Design your own seabed using seashells, flowers and stones, then choose from a few scents including blue lavender and pink camellia for the candle wax. It could be a great souvenir for yourself or you could design it with your loved ones in mind. Website: Jejubada_s 4. Maze Land Another famous spot you must visit while in Jeju is the Maze Land, which you would have probably seen in Korean variety shows such as Running Man and dramas such as Legend of the Blue Sea. There are three mazes for you to explore – the Whinstone Maze, Woman Maze and Wind Maze. They were created to reflect the three things you can easily find in Jeju – rocks, women and wind. It's A-maze-ing! Plan your routes well, else you might be trapped in the maze for hours! Address: 2134-47, Bijarim-ro, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-doOperating Hours: 9AM to 5.30PM (November to January)                                9AM to 6PM (February to March)                                9AM to 6.30PM (April to May)                                9AM to 7PM (June to September)                                9AM to 6PM (October) Website: VisitKorea 5. Jeju Best Hill If you’re still looking to have fun, head over to the Drone Park located at Jeju Best Hill. You can split yourself into two teams and compete to see who has better control. Jeju Best Hill also offers accommodation. Go glamping with them and have a Korean barbeque under the starry night. Drop them an email to request for Halal meat a few weeks in advance and they’ll import it from Australia or Seoul just for you! They also offer other activities such as hot air balloon rides and forest trails for you to have an all-round experience while you’re there. A prayer room is also being built and it will be completed in a month or two. Address: 2109-36, Namjo-ro, Jocheon-eup, Jeju-siWebsite: JejuBestHill 6. Have a dinner at Bagdad For dinner, you can find Halal authentic Indian food at Bagdad. Chicken soup, tandoori chicken, chicken tikka masala, naan, briyani and fruit yogurt – the perfect way to end the day! Complete your meal with a mango lassi to wash down all the flavoursome food. Then you’re ready for a good night sleep. Address: 38, Seogwang-ro 32-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-doOperating Hours: 11AM to 11PM (Closed on Mondays) Website: Jeju_BagdadCafe *Disclaimer: This restaurant serves alcohol Day 3 1. Check-in @ Baypool & Villa After spending two days in Jeju-si, it was time to explore the Southern part of the island – Seogwipo-si. After a 1-hour scenic drive, we arrived at Bayhill Pool & Villa. It’s a hidden gem located away from the hustle and bustle of the city. They offer various rooms and villas that can accommodate up to 10 people. Breakfast is offered at the NARNIA Restaurant where Jeju-do dishes are created with fresh seasonal ingredients. If you’re looking to stay here, drop them an email in advance and they’ll make special arrangements to import Halal meat for you. Address: 424, Yerae-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-doWebsite: BayHill 2. Innisfree Jeju House Make your own soap at the Innisfree Jeju House! Innisfree sources many of its product ingredients from Jeju and is known for being South Korea’s first all-natural brand. Choose from three kits – Volcanic Pore, Tangerine and Green Tea – and unleash your crafting skills. It’s definitely a fun experience for both adults and young children. Address: 424, Yerae-ro, Seogwipo, Jeju-doOperating Hours: 9AM to 7PM (Summer)                                9AM to 6PM (Winter) Website: Innisfree, VisitKorea 3. Osulloc Tea Museum Just a stone’s throw away, you’ll find Osulloc Tea Museum, the first ever tea museum in South Korea. Learn more about Korea’s tea culture and its rich history. While you’re there, be sure to drop by their Tea House which offers a green tea galore! Tea, latte, cakes, ice-cream, bingsu – almost every possible green tea-flavored item. Address: 15 Sinhwayeoksa-ro Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo, Jeju-do Operating hours: 9AM to 6PMWebsite: Osulloc 4. The WE Hotel Drop by The WE Hotel, a health resort that is equipped with treatment and relaxation facilities. We tried out their 1-hour mind therapy, which is aimed to reduce stress, improve blood circulation and refresh your body. It was a much-needed session for us as our bodies were not used to the cold winter winds in Korea. We’d highly recommend you trying at least one of their programmes! After feeling rejuvenated, we headed to their restaurant for a Halal lunch where we were served marinated abalone bibimbap, beef skewer and sea urchin seaweed soup. Drop them an email requesting for a Halal meal and they will make the necessary arrangements for you. Prayer rooms can be located at the 3rd (women) and 5th floor (men). Address: 453-95 1100 Ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-doOperating Hours: 9AM to 6PMWebsite: WeHotel 5. Play K-Pop K-pop fans, listen up! Combining new media technology and k-pop music, Play K-Pop allows you to show off your dance skills, try out K-pop idols’ makeup, snap pictures with them and more! You must not miss out on the Live Holo Concert where you can enjoy a hologram concert of your beloved idols including G-dragon, Bigbang, 2NE1 and CNBLUE. You can find prayer rooms located on the third floor of this building. Address: 15, Jungmungwangwang-ro 110beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do Operating Hours: 9AM to 7PM (Closed on the first Tues of Mar & Dec)Website: PlayKPop 6. Yellow Cafe After being starstruck and drained of your energy, you’ll find the Yellow café  just across the road. If you love banana, this is the place to visit. Banana ice-cream, milk, americano, toast, and the list goes on. You might go bananas if we listed every banana-flavoured item on the menu for you. Address: 90 Jungmungwangwang-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-doOperating Hours: 9AM to 9PM Website: YellowCafe *Disclaimer: Although Binggrae’s milk is Halal-certified in some countries, we’re unable to confirm the Halal status of this café. We’d highly advise you to ask the employees if they use any animal-derivatives in their food before purchasing. 7. Try their delightful Cutlassfish A great way to end your day is to treat yourself to a sizzling pot of braised cutlassfish and crispy grilled cutlassfish. Warm and packed with spices, the braised cutlassfish was reminiscent of our asam pedas back at home. To accompany the main dishes, you’ll be served various banchan including kimchi, fried anchovies, japchae, pajeon and salad. Address: 16, Changcheonjungang-ro 24beon-gil Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-doOperating Hours: 10AM to 8PMWebsite: Choonsim Day 4 1. Camelia Hill Start your morning right by visiting the beautiful Camellia Hill during winter. Stroll along the picturesque trails and be enamoured by the stunning walkways filled with palm trees, wildflowers, ecological pond and an astonishing number of camellia trees (6,000 to be exact!). Lucky us, the first Jeju snow in 2018 happened while we were there! We made sure to capture some beautiful shots for us to look back on this wonderful trip. Address: 166, Byeongak-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-doOperating Hours: 8.30AM to 5PM (December to February)                                8.30AM to 5.30PM (March to May and September to November)                                8:30AM to 6PM (June to August)Website: CamelliaHill 2. Jungmun Oppa's Seafood Ramen We needed some food to warm us up as the temperature dropped drastically due to the snowfall. Just a 10-minute drive down, you’ll spot Jungmun Oppa’s Seafood Ramen! You’ll never go wrong with ramyeon wherever you are in the world. Indulge in a big bowl of ramyeon filled with crab, abalone, prawns and clams, and the broth was heavenly infused with their flavours. Address: 115 Cheonjeyeon-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-doOperating Hours: 9AM to 9PMWebsite: Jejulamen *Disclaimer: This restaurant serves alcohol 3. Jeju E-in Tangerine Farm Tangerines are in season so we had to go tangerine-picking at Jeju E-in Tangerine Farm. We have a tip for you! Pick smaller tangerines that have a deep orange colour as they tend to be sweeter. We’d also advise you not to wear your favourite pair of shoes as the place might be muddy during the snowy season.  Once you’re done picking, drop by their café and try out their homemade tangerine drinks and jam. With a sweet and sour refreshing taste, they are perfect to quench your thirst.Address: 693 Hogeun-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-doOperating Hours: 10AM to 6PM (Closed on Wednesdays) Website: Jejue_In_Farm 3. Jeju Folk Village Visit the Jeju Folk Village to get an insight into the structure of Korean villages in the 1980s and how their day-to-day life was like. The scenes of some old villages such as the Mountain Village and Fishing Village were restored across a 40-acre land. Take a wander and explore the various villages and extensive range of folk item displays such as woodenware, bamboo ware and ironware.  To get a better understanding, you can rent the audio guide that is available in English, Japanese and Chinese for only 2,000 won (2.50 SGD). Address: 631-34, Minsokhaean-ro, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do Operating Hours: 8.30AM to 5PM (October to February)                                8.30AM to 5.30PM (March)                                8.30AM to 6PM (April to 15th July)                                8.30AM to 6.30PM (16th July to August)                                8.30AM to 6PM (September) Website: JejuFolk  4. Jeju Herb Dongsan Get a relaxing aroma foot spa at Jeju Herb Dongsan, located less than a 10-minute drive away from the Folk Village. The foot spa is aimed to relax your muscles and provide you with skin generation, anti-aging and anti-bacterial effect. Soak your feet in warm water that has been spiced up with a few drops of peppermint extract. Then, exfoliate your feet with rose salt that is provided. To end off your session, a therapist will apply peppermint oil on the back of your neck and give your face a mist of rosemary facial spray. If you have cracked dry skin or open wounds on your feet, do take caution as you might feel a burning sensation from the peppermint essential oil. Address: 170 Don-ohreum-ro, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-doOperating Hours: 9AM to 10.30PMWebsite: herbdongsan 5. Convenience Stores For dinner, we decided to give convenience store food a go! Convenience stores such as 7-Eleven and GS25 are everywhere along Korean streets and are a great place for a quick lunch or supper. We highly recommend you trying the samgak gimbap (triangle-shaped gimbap). They are offered in various fillings such as tuna and kimchi. Other packaged food such as cup noodles, dosirak and tteokbokki are also popular. For drinks, our personal favourite is the Binggrae’s banana milk! Binggrae has also launched new flavours such as coffee, strawberry, melon and tangerine. *Disclaimer: Some food or drinks may contain alcohol or meat derivatives. We’d highly advise you to ask the employees for help or use a translation app to find out the ingredients before purchasing. Day 5: Our last day has arrived (cries internally). Our driver took us on a scenic drive back to the city. Along the way, we spotted the beautiful snow-capped Hallasan Mountain – the highest mountain in South Korea! We took some time playing in the snow and capturing some picture-perfect moments before moving on to our next stop. 1. Dongmun Traditional Market An itinerary wouldn’t be complete without a shopping destination, yes? If you’re looking to score good deals, Dongmun Traditional Market is the place to go! Clothing, socks, household items, kitchenware, food and many more – all under one roof. Spend at least an hour or two exploring this huge market that houses over 300 stalls! A Muslim-friendly local delicacy that we would highly recommend you trying is hotteok – a fried Korean pancake that is filled with brown sugar and chopped peanuts. You can also find other fillings such as honey, vegetable and even Nutella! And the best part – it costs only 500 won (0.60 SGD) for a palm-sized snack. Address: 20, Gwandeok-ro 14-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do Operating Hours: Varies for different stalls 2. Visit Daewonga before departing via Jeju International Airport Just a 10-minute drive away from Jeju International Airport, stop by Daewonga for a hearty lunch before you fly back home. Enjoy a boiling pot of abalone stew filled with abalone, crab, octopus, enoki mushroom and more. End your meal by adding ramyeon into the seafood-infused soup!Address: 15, Donam-ro 16-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-doOperating Hours: 9AM to 9PM (Closed on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month)Website: 대원가 *Disclaimer: This restaurant serves alcohol There you have it! Our recommended Muslim-friendly-itinerary for a 5-day holiday in Jeju! Before you fly, here are some things you should take note of. Feasting on Halal food in Korea In terms of food, Jeju(as compared to Seoul) is relatively new in catering to the Muslim market. However, with its proximity to the sea, you can find an abundance of seafood restaurants for you to dine at. Alcohol is however served in nearly all restaurants as soju is a huge part of their eating culture. Refer to our Busan article for more information! Where to pray in Korea You can perform your prayers at Jeju International Airport and several locations mentioned in this article such as Cheonhaecheon and Play K-pop. We’d advise you to bring your prayer garments while you’re out and about. Kindly ask the restaurant owners if they have an empty room for you to perform your prayers. A huge thanks to Jeju Tourism Organisation for introducing to us the beautiful city of Jeju filled with great Muslim-friendly food, beautiful culture and fun attractions. Now it’s time to pack your bags and explore Jeju with your loved ones!2-Day Itinerary To Busan During The Winter ...

  • 2-Day Itinerary: Here’s How You Can Enjoy Busan In 48 Hours During The Blissful Winter

    South Korea is all the rage right now, with the increasing popularity of KPOP and Korean dramas. We had the chance to visit Busan thanks to Korea Tourism Organisation Malaysia. Away from the hustle and bustle of city life in Seoul, Busan is located at the South-eastern tip of the Korean Peninsula. During this trip, we got to feast on an abundance of seafood due to its proximity to the coast. If you’re looking for where to eat, pray and have fun during winter in Busan, look no further. We have put together a 2-day Muslim-friendly itinerary for you! Day 1 If you’re flying to Busan, get an overnight flight so that you can get your beauty sleep before landing at Gimhae International Airport and start exploring the wonders of Busan. We flew with AirAsia X and arrived in Busan around 10 a.m. – perfect timing to start the day! We opted for an in-flight meal for breakfast so that we could get going once we land. Clever huh? 1. Check-in @ Ramada Encore Haeundae You would definitely want to start exploring this amazing city the moment you step out of the airport. However, you wouldn't want to bring your luggage with you throughout this fun-filled experience would you? So do check-in to Ramada Encore Haeundae right after you touch down in Busan. This classy hotel is just a 10 minutes’ walk from the Haeundae Beach. If you’re daring enough to brave the winds, you can have a night stroll down the beach before heading to bed. However, it’d be a better choice to wake up early the next day to catch the sunrise. Address: 9 Gunam-ro, U-dong, Haeundae, Busan, South KoreaWebsite: RamadaEncoreHaeundae 2. Busan Marine Natural History Museum Start your day by visiting the first and largest marine museum in South Korea – the Busan Marine Natural History Museum. Be captivated by the exhibitions consisting of more than 25,000 items, including a wide range of aquatic birds, amphibious reptiles and precious fossils. The museum also houses live snakes, fishes and turtles. It’s a great place to visit with kids as they will get to learn more about marine life. Address: 175 Ujangchun-ro, Oncheon-dong, Dongnae-gu, BusanWebsite: BusanOperating Hours: 9AM-6PM (Tues-Sun)                            *Hours may differ during PH 3. Busan Al-Fattah Mosque After exploring the museum, perform your prayers at the one and only mosque in Busan, which is just a 15-minute drive away. Built-in 1980 with funds donated by a Libyan Muslim benefactor, Busan Al-Fatah Mosque becomes the spiritual home of all the Muslims in the South-eastern part of Korea. The mosque offers religious knowledge classes, Islamic lectures and even English classes for all to attend and learn more about Islam. You can expect huge gatherings during Eid Al-Adha and Eid Al-Fitr, with Muslims from all over the world including Uzbekistan, Malaysia, Ethiopia, and England. 3. Time For Lunch! For lunch, you can find Halal food at Cappadocia Turkish Kebab House, which is located just beside the mosque. Another option would be going for a wide range of Indian and Middle-eastern cuisines at Hello India Al-Waha, which is a 15-minute drive away from the mosque. We got to try their briyani, tandoori chicken, naan and chicken tikka masala. Out of all those that we tasted, the tikka masala is definite the most outstanding one. It was so good that we had a second serving! Cappadocia Turkish Kebab House Address: 30-1 Namsan-dong, Geumjeong-gu, BusanOperating Hours: 11.30AM - 10PM (Daily) Hello India Al-Waha Address: 23-1 Gunam-ro 41beon-gil, Jung-dong, Haeundae, BusanOperating Hours: 11AM - 11PM (Daily) *Disclaimer: Hello India Al-Waha serves alcohol 4. Goraesa Fish Cake After lunch, take a walk down the street to Goraesa Fish Cake for a fishcake-making experience. Fishcake, also known as eomuk, is a very popular ingredient in Korean cuisines. They are used in soups, gimbap, and various side dishes. During the class, we made our very own eomuk snowman (perfect for winter treat), sushi and gimbap. It was a fun experience and a great place to show off your artsy skills. If you have none(like me), just have fun and eat what you created! Address: 14 Gunam-ro, U-dong, Haeundae, Busan, South KoreaOperating Hours: 9.30AM - 9.30PM (Sun-Thurs)                             9.30AM - 10PM (Fri-Sat)                             *Hours might differ during PH                     5. Shopping! Before exploring the next destination, you can return to your hotel room to wash up or take a quick nap as Ramada Encore Haeundae is located just across Goraesa Fish Cake!Now that you're feeling fresh again, head over to BIFF Square, Gwangbok Fashion Street, Gukje market and Jagalchi market. They’re all clustered together and is the heart of fashion, food, culture, and art. Be sure to give yourself two to three hours to explore this huge area. Try out their local street snacks such as tteokbokki, gimbap, and bungeoppang. We’d highly advise you to ask the stall owners if they use any meat in their fillings or sauce before buying. Address: 52 Jagalchihaean-ro, Nampo-dong, Jung-gu, Busan 6. End Your Night With A Feast! To end the day, splurge on snow crabs for dinner as they are in season! Head over to The East in Busan for a crab feast. Choose from a range of starters such as crab soup, sashimi, sushi and salad to coat your belly before you start on the glorious steamed snow crabs. The portions were huge and the service was top-notch too! They had servers cracking open the shells for us and even feeding us. We would highly recommend you giving this restaurant a visit! Address: 266 Gijanghaean-ro, Gijang-eup, Gijang, BusanOperating Hours: 11AM - 9.40PM (Daily)                             *Hours might differ during PH *Disclaimer: This restaurant serves non-Halal meat and alcohol Day 2 1. Gamcheon Culture Village Start your day early and visit the Gamcheon Culture Village which is a popular backdrop in Korean dramas and variety shows. However, behind its colourful houses, there is a sad and painful history of The Korean War. This neighbourhood was restored after the war, with houses built close to each other yet not blocking the front view of the house located behind them. Immerse yourself in their history as you walk through their colourful alleyways filled with cafés, food stalls and souvenir shops. Address: South Korea, Busan, Saha-gu, Gamcheon-dong, 10-13Operating Hours: 9AM - 6PM (Daily)                             *Hours might differ during PH 2. Cable Car Ride @ Busan Air Cruise After a morning walk, take in the views of Songdo through a cable car ride at Busan Air Cruise. If you’re daring, opt for the Crystal cable cars that have transparent floors so that you can watch the waters as you ride across the sea. When you reach the top, you will discover the Songdo sky park and observatory. Spend some time admiring the stunning view from the top before you take a ride back down. You can also explore the Songdo Skywalk, which is located just across the road from the Busan Air Cruise. Address: 124-2 Amnam-dong, Seo-gu, Busan, South KoreaOperating Hours: 9AM - 10PM (Daily)                             *Hours might differ during PH 3. Jjimjilbang When you’re in Korea, Jjimjilbang is a must visit especially during winter! Head over to Spa Land, located in the largest department store in the world – the Shinsegae Centum City Department Store. Korean saunas are also a great place to have light lunch by having their popular roasted eggs and shikhye. Spend at least two hours enjoying their facilities such as massage chairs, saunas, foot bath, ice rooms and many more. It’s a great way to unwind and relax your body after braving the cold winter weather in Korea. The common areas are shared between men and women. Hence, we’d advise the ladies to bring your inner clothing and underscarf so that you can enjoy the jjimjilbang comfortably. Address: 35 Centumnam-daero, U-dong, Haeundae, Busan, South KoreaOperating Hours: 6AM - 12AM (Daily)                             *Hours might differ during PH 4. Namcheon Sutbol Jangeo Gui If you’re a fan of eels, dine at Namcheon Sutbul Jangeo Gui which specialises in charcoal-grilled eel. Don’t be surprised when they bring live eel for you to cook on your own, as that is the usual style of Korean barbeque. While you’re there, don’t forget to try other dishes such as maeuntang – satisfying comfort food in winter. Address: 71-1, Hwangnyeong-daero, 489beon-gil, Suyeong-gu, Busan *Disclaimer: This restaurant serves alcohol There you go! Our suggestion for a Muslim-friendly itinerary if you are planning short getaway to Busan! Before you fly, here are some things you should take note of. Feasting on Halal food in Korea In terms of food, Busan(compared to Seoul) is relatively new in catering to the Muslim market. However, with its proximity to the sea, you can find an abundance of seafood restaurants for you to dine at. Alcohol is however served in nearly all restaurants as soju is a huge part of their eating culture. Refer to the image below for a summary of the restaurant categories in South Korea. Picture: VisitKorea Look out for these labels when you visit any restaurant in Korea. We’d highly suggest you reaffirm the Muslim-friendly status of the restaurant with the owners before dining in. Better yet, make your own research before you fly over to Korea to eat with a peace of mind. KTO has compiled a list of Muslim-friendly restaurants in Busan which you can find here. Where to pray in Korea It might be difficult to find dedicated prayer rooms in Busan. You can perform your prayers at Gimhae International Airport and Busan Al-Fatah Mosque. We’d advise you to bring your prayer garments while you’re out and about. Kindly ask the restaurant owners if they have an empty room for you to perform your prayers. A huge thanks to Korea Tourism Organisation Malaysia for introducing to us the beautiful city of Busan filled with great Muslim-friendly food, beautiful culture and fun attractions. Now it's time for you to experience Busan with your loved ones! Read more about Busan...

  • 5-Day Itinerary for Solo Travel in Korea

    If you're looking for a place to enjoy a solo trip, you might want to consider travelling to South Korea alone. As this nation boasts a rich history, amazing cultural splendor, endless sightseeing options, and a wide array of modern-day luxuries, a vacation in South Korea could be the perfect way to spend some time on your own. To help you get started, we have put together a few tips for planning your first solo trip to South Korea, including a 5-day travel plan, but before we get down to it, let’s take a look at the top reasons why South Korea is awesome for solo travel. Find a Halal Restaurant near you in South Korea via GIPHY   Unique Cultural and Historical Splendor South Korea is one of those nations which boasts a proud history, dating back over a thousand years. Whether you are a history enthusiast or not, this is great, 'cause it ensures you will have lots to learn that will make your solo travel to South Korea much more meaningful. This historical splendor extends to regal palaces, royal tombs and beautiful places of worship, some of which have even been recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is truly amazing to see how a mix of age-old traditions blend in with modern-day luxuries, which makes for the perfect setting for a rejuvenating holiday experience.   Beautiful Nature and Vibrant City Life While the hectic lifestyles of vibrant cities like Seoul and Busan might dominate your itinerary, you should also make some time to enjoy the scenic, natural surroundings of South Korea. Even among the city landscapes, you can find well-preserved countrysides, majestic mountain ranges and pristine-quality beaches, perfect for relaxing during your solo trip to South Korea.   Trendy Stores and Boutiques In recent years South Korea has gained much popularity for the unique trends it has introduced into the fashion world. So, as you explore the many wonders of South Korea alone, you can treat yourself to a very enjoyable shopping experience in their glamourous shopping malls and shopping streets. This is also a perfect time to grab gifts for all your near and dear ones, who surely must be missing you while you are out on an adventurous holiday in South Korea. You might notice that South Koreans have also mastered the art of maintaining flawless and radiant skin, so you might want to keep an eye out for some of their popular make-up and skin care brands that are some of the best, internationally renowned products available.   Enjoy Exciting Korean Cuisine Picture Credit - http2007, www.flickr.com South Korean cuisine is known to be one of the most exciting culinary options from around the world. Be prepared to enjoy a variety of dishes made from fresh ingredients that'll most certainly tantalize your taste buds. For this reason, we've also included some of the best places to enjoy Halal food in South Korea as part of your South Korea solo travel guide. via GIPHY Now that you know plenty of reasons why South Korea is awesome for solo travel, you might want to make a note of the following useful tips for planning your first solo trip to South Korea. Make the most out of the public transport system – the public transport system in South Korea is known to be very efficient and cost-effective. especially around the busy city areas. Try and download a few transportation apps that provide information on the subway and bus systems and you're good to go! Taxis, too, are a great way to get about quickly, and to avoid the crowd during the rush hour. Get yourself a T-money card or Hanaro card to pay for transport and other amenities. Be mindful of your luggage and carry around identification wherever you go.Dial 1330 for South Korea’s 24/7 hotline maintained to provide information for tourists.Take a look at this 5-Day Itinerary which could be a great inspiration for your vacation in South Korea.   DAY 1 – 2: Seoul Picture Credit - Deiameth, en.wikipedia.org What better way to kickstart your holiday than exploring the wonders of one of the best-known travel destinations in the world, Seoul. You will have the choice of landing between two of Seoul's premier airports - Incheon International Airport or Seoul Gimpo Airport. Once you're there, you'd probably want to first settle down at your hotel and freshen up before you begin your journey. Here are some of the best Muslim-friendly hotels you could consider for your stay. Follow our airport guide to Incheon International Airport   1. BoA Travel House Picture Credit - www.boatravelhouse.com Address: 510-14 Changcheon-Dong, Seodaemun-Gu, 120-836 Seoul, South KoreaAccess: 5-minute walk from Hongik University Subway Station   2. Hamilton Hotel SeoulAddress: 179, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu , Yongsan-Gu, 04350 Seoul, South KoreaAccess: Just in front of Itaewon Subway Station   3. Eid Muslim Friendly Guesthouse Photo credit - www.hotelscombined.com Address: 67-20, Usadan-ro 4-gil, Yongsan-gu, Yongsan-Gu, 140-824 Seoul, South Korea   4. FN House Picture Credit - facebook.com/fnsquaredseoul Address: 634-8, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Gangnam-Gu, 135-895 Seoul, South Korea Facebook | Twitter | Instagram   5. G Guesthouse Itaewon Picture Credit - en.gguest.com Address: 131-11 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-Gu, 140-858 Seoul, South KoreaAccess: One minute walk from Itaewon Subway Station Facebook As a premier shopping destination, Seoul has quite a number of ultra-modern shopping malls, street markets and boutiques that are perfect for every type of shopping need. While you might have to resist the urge to purchase everything great that catches your eye, this sure is a great way to wander and explore all the amazing things the city has to offer in the top shopping locations like Dongdaemun Market, Lotte Department Store, Times Square Mall and I’Park Mall. In between your shopping expedition you can stop by some of the famous historic sites such as Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Folk Museum located nearby. On your second day in Seoul you could get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the beauty of the seven mountains, a great place to enjoy an adventurous hike. Among the main prayer facilities and mosques in South Korea, you should visit the Seoul Central Mosque as it is famous for being the first mosque in South Korea. Food-wise, you will have plenty of options to enjoy some great tasting Halal food in South Korea. Our top picks include: 1. EID Korean Restaurant Picture Credit - facebook.com/eid.halal.korean.food Address: 67, Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, SeoulOpening Hours: Tuesday - Sundays: 11.30 am - 9 pmContact: +82 070 8899 8210 Facebook | Instagram   2. Makan Halal Korean Restaurant Photo credit - facebook.com/MakanKorea Address: 52, Usadan-ro 10 gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea 140-911Opening Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays - Sundays: 10.30 am - 10 pm Facebook | Google+ 3. Yang Good Korean BBQ Picture Credit - Rotasız Agasshi Address: Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Nonhyeon-ro, 95 gil, 15Opening Hours: 4 pm - 2 am daily 4. Murree Muslim FoodAddress: 140-7 Itaewon-Dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-858Opening Hours: 10.30 am - 11 pm Facebook 5. Mr. Kebab Picture Credit - facebook.com/mrkebabkorea Address: 192 Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South KoreaOpening Hours: 10 am - 6 pm Facebook    6. Kervan Traditional Turkish Restaurant Picture Credit - www.kervan.co.kr Address: 127-3, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South KoreaOpening Hours: 11.30 am - 11 pmContact: 02-792-4767 Facebook | Twitter | Instagram 7. Persian Palace Picture Credit - www.facebook.com/DrShapour Address: 110-522 9, Sungkyunkwan-ro 6-gil, Jongno-gu, SeoulOpening Hours: 11 am - 10 pmContact: +82-2-763-6050 Facebook   DAY 3: DMZ/JSA The De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) and Joint Security Area (JSA) are very important sites every traveler should visit in South Korea. You can join a group tour which has to be booked in advance, and this is a great way to learn about the historic division of the peninsula. The tour includes stops at main attractions like the Imjingak Park, the Unification Bridge, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, and Dorasan Station – the famous railway between South and North Korea. Following the tour, you can go back to Seoul and get set for the next part of your journey.   DAY 4: Jeju Island This is the largest island in South Korea, and you need to take a short flight from Seoul to get there. The island includes many amazing attractions and relaxing things to do, like enjoying a serene walk among the bonsai trees of Hallim Park, following the nature trails of Seolbong Park, witnessing the splendor of Cheonjiyeon Falls or Manjanggul Lava Tube, relaxing on the beautiful beaches, or spending time in the Seongeup Folk Village.   DAY 5: Busan Photo credit - www.goodfreephotos.com You can leave from Jeju Airport to reach South Korea’s second most-populous city, Busan. There are quite a number of fun places to visit in South Korea alone within the city, so this is a great way to end your vacation. Some of the things you can do during this time include relaxing on one of the top beaches, like Haeundae, Dadaepo, and Gwangali, or exploring Dongbaekseom Island – famous for the iconic mermaid statue, Gamcheon Cultural Village and Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. Before you catch your flight at Gimhae International Airport to head home, you'll be able to find some authentic souvenirs in Nampodong. The Busan Al-Fatah Mosque is located nearby for prayer facilities. To enjoy a great South Korean meal before you leave, the Busan Jib Restaurant is a great place that serves mouthwatering, spicy Halal food in South Korea: Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm dailyAddress: 11-4 Myeongdong 8-gil, Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, South Korea Facebook | Instagram via GIPHY Go on a Halal Trip to South Korea with us...

  • Muslim-Friendly Holidays in 2018 - Halal Trip’s Best 13 Countries to visit

    If you are looking for a Muslim Friendly holiday, you have come to the right place! Halaltrip's team has put together 13 amazing countries to visit this year. It's that time when most of us reflect back on the past year and all the amazing experiences we've had. We also end up thinking about all that we wanted to do but didn't get the chance to. Well, that's all over now. It's time to look to the future into this year and plan all our amazing adventures! Of course, traveling should be a big part of your plan for 2018! Visiting different places of the world and taking in all the wonders of Allah is one of the most satisfying experiences we'll have in our short stint in this world. And as Muslims, we no longer have to wonder about Halal travel and whether we'll be able to find Halal food and prayer places because so many countries and cities around the world are becoming increasingly Halal-friendly day by day. There are so many amazing holiday destinations for Muslim families and solo travel, but here are the best Muslim-Friendly countries to visit in 2018: Credit-Giphy.com   1. Penang, Malaysia Malaysia is definitely at the top of the list of the best countries to travel to in 2018, but that's not something new as they have been the pioneers in Muslim-friendly tourism before other countries jumped on the bandwagon. On top of all that, Malaysia is also the ideal place for cheap Muslim-friendly holidays. Malaysia is a multi-cultural country, with a little more than half being Muslims. It has one of the most versatile Halal food scenes in the world, everything from street food to high-end restaurants of varying cuisines. There are also numerous mosques, and so many exciting attractions to visit. Langkawi and the Genting Highlands are just a couple places where you could even spend the entirety of a short visit! George Town, in the state of Penang, is a blend of history and contemporary Malaysia. Listed as a Unesco World Cultural Heritage Site, Georgetown in one of the best places to visit in Malaysia where you can get all the excitement of KL along with a sprinkling of history and adventure, all of it beachside! Find nearby Halal food places in Malaysia  Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Malaysia    2. Bodrum, Turkey Turkey is a Muslim-majority country with nearly 98% of the population being of the Islamic faith. This means that Muslim travellers have little to worry about in terms of finding Muslim-friendly facilities, Halal food, or prayer places. Which is a good thing, because Turkey's cuisine of rich flavours, vibrant spices, and mouthwatering aromas is definitely one you can't miss! Turkey has a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites that depict the historical and cultural impact made throughout history, and many beautiful architectures as well as magnificent mosques. Everyone visits Istanbul, but if you want to experience the trendy side of Turkey, take yourself to Bordum town on the southwest coast. Here you can visit the ancient Bodrum Castle, take a Hamam (Turkish bath), relax in seaside resorts, or enjoy the wide array of delicious food!   Find nearby Halal food places in Turkey   Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Turkey   3. Osaka, Japan Although Japan's Islamic history is relatively brief, it is quickly becoming one of the most Muslim-friendly holiday destinations for 2018. There are over 60 mosques in the country, like the Kobe Mosque which was built in 1935 (the first mosque in Japan). The government of Japan is also working hard to make Muslims feel more welcome in their country. If you were to visit in 2018, you'd see prayer rooms with clearly marked signs in major airports, plenty of Halal restaurants (or at the least a special Muslim-friendly menu), prayer areas in public places as well as the qibla marked in hotel rooms. Tokyo, Kobe, Kyoto, and Osaka are the best destination for travellers to visit as they have a lot of Muslim-friendly facilities. The port town of Osaka is a place where modernity and the past mix together beautifully. You can witness this while visiting sights like the 16th-century shogunate Osaka Castle and old Shinto shrines, and then shopping in trendy malls, exploring futuristic buildings, and dining at modern cafes and restaurants.   Find nearby Halal food places in Japan   Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Japan     4. Kolkata, India Even with only 10% of the country being Muslims, India has the 3rd largest Islamic population in the world. This means that it's really easy to find Halal food and prayer places, no matter where in the country you choose to visit. The south, in particular, is the best part of India for Muslims to visit as it has the largest concentration of Muslims. There are hundreds of mosques all over India. The famous Jama Masjid in Delhi was built in the 1650s by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahn, who also built the monument that India is most widely recognized for – the Taj Mahal. There are so many Muslim-friendly places to visit in India that it would be hard to make a list. These places include tourist attractions, amazing Halal restaurants, mosques and Islamic sites (both new and old), and so much more! India is also one of the best value travel destinations in 2018, as it is pretty easy to travel on a budget. The city of Kolkata in West Bengal is one of the cities to focus on. Apart from having effective public transport and infrastructure, it is also known to be one of the cheapest cities to travel or live in India. Kolkata is the land of cultural festivities and is known to be the cultural capital of India. You can also visit colonial-era landmarks like the Victoria Memorial and Fort William sprawling gardens, the Marble Palace, and the Nakhoda Mosque (largest in the city).   Find nearby Halal food places in India   Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in India     5. Fez, Morocco Morocco is another country which is almost entirely made up of Muslims. But that's not all it has to offer in terms of tourism. The exotic and vibrant culture, amazing food and incredible architecture are enough to leave anyone awe-inspired, be it Muslim or not. But, of course, the fact that almost all the food in the country is bound to be Halal, and that there are loads of magnificent mosques, as well as there being so many historic and cultural Islamic attractions sweetens the deal! The city of Fez, known to be the cultural capital of Morocco, is an amazing place to visit. Those with an artistic soul will feel right at home at the incredible art museums and the historical buildings. It is also home to the oldest university in the world and is known to be the largest car-free urban area in the world, and that's certainly something to see in this day and age.    Find nearby Halal food places in Morocco   Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Morocco     6. St Julians, Malta Malta isn't exactly the first place one would think of when considering Halal-friendly holidays in Europe, but you'd be surprised at how accommodating the country is to its Muslim visitors. Islam has even been quite prevalent in the history of the island; with Muslims making major impacts in the development of the country, in the agriculture and food industries in particular. Most of the places in Malta are also named in Arabic, such as Cassar, Zammit, Farrugi, and more. Although there is only one officially recognized mosque – Mariam Al-Batool Mosque in Paola – there are a few prayer places. In any case, there are plenty of private villas and other private places where you can pray. Halal food is also widely available. One of the best places to visit is the seaside town of St Julian's, where you can go fishing, visit ancient buildings like the Baroque museum and Spinola Palace, or enjoy great food.   Find nearby Halal food places in Malta Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Malta    7. Abu Dhabi, UAE If you're looking for a luxury travel holiday destination for Muslim families, then there's no better place to visit than the UAE. With one of the world's strongest economies and a majority Muslim population, UAE is one of the richest Muslim countries in the world. You can choose between the ever-popular Dubai and Abu Dhabi to the lesser known cities like Sharjah, Fujairah, or Al Ain; they are all great places to visit! UAE is home to many of the world's most magnificent mosques, a tour of which would be compulsory on your Halal travel. There are so many other things to do like visit tourist attractions, go on safaris, and immerse yourself in shopping. It also has a wide variety of amazing food from local cuisines to international ones – and the best part: most, if not all of it, is Halal! You can choose between the cities like Dubai and Sharjah to the lesser known cities like Ras al-Khaimah, Fujairah, or Al Ain. Abu Dhabi, the capital of UAE is one of the best places to visit. Here, one gets to experience the entirety of what UAE has to offer. Visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (which is certainly grand, to say the least), sprawling modern shopping malls, or even stay at desert resorts! Find nearby Halal food places in UAE Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in UAE    8. Lombok, Indonesia If you're a lover of all things natural and organic, then its time for you to book the ticket for your Halal travel to Indonesia! Made up of a bunch of islands which are mostly volcanic, Indonesia has a majority Muslim population, which means you'll feel right at home. It also means that you will never have trouble finding nearby Halal restaurants or places to pray because the country is home to many mosques, including Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, which is the largest in Southeast Asia. Among the things you can experience in Indonesia include picture-perfect coastlines and beach resorts, amazing wild and plant life, delicious food, and affordable shopping. It is also one of the top tourist destinations in the world where you can travel on a budget. Everyone flocks to Bali, but if you want a quieter experience, book a trip to Lombok. There's nothing to scoff about here, as it is not only an amazing surfing spot but also a great destination for divers and snorkelers. This island is also motor vehicle-free, so you know the air you're breathing is as fresh as it can get! Find nearby Halal food places in Indonesia Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Indonesia    9. Hamburg,Germany Halal travel does not have to mean you have to only travel to Muslim countries, and a great place to start exploring the rest of the world is in Germany. This European country has a prominent Muslim community who manage to thrive although they are much smaller in number. Despite what you might have heard, Germans are generally very accepting of Muslims and assimilate into them well. Berlin is one of the best places for a Muslim to visit, as there is plenty of Halal food options available. There are also a number of mosques all across the country, including the Cologne Central Mosque in Cologne which is the largest mosque in Europe! Some of the top things to do in Germany include exploring all the cultural and historical sites, enjoying good food, and take in the awe-inspiring nature and landscapes. The city of Hamburg proudly claims to be “the gateway to the world”. While this might be a bold assertion, it backs it up by being a thriving port town with historic buildings, museums, beautiful parks and beaches. There's also plenty to do here, from classical performances to sporting events and regular markets.  Find nearby Halal food places in Germany  Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Germany   10. Sri Lanka Known as “the pearl of the Indian Ocean”, Sri Lanka is a tiny island nation off the south coast of India. Although the majority of the people follow Buddhism, the minorities of Hindus, Christians and Muslims are also widely prevalent, Islam is the largest of them. Sri Lanka is one of the top places to visit in the world in 2018 for Halal-friendly travel because the country has many Muslim-friendly facilities. There are a number of mosques all over the island, and Halal food is easily available (with most international chains even being Halal-certified). The people are extremely friendly and accommodating as well. Sri Lanka is the best place for a relaxing vacation of lounging around on gorgeous beaches and getting pampered in all-natural spas, but also has opportunities for those who are adventurous or love to witness exotic wildlife in their natural habitats. Picture Credit - gallefortguide.com Galle, a city in the south of the country is an amazing place to visit. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with old Dutch-colonial buildings, quirky cafes and eateries, beautiful beaches, as well as historical mosques. Galle is the place to go if you're an artist looking for inspiration, or a sea-lover.  Find nearby Halal food places in Sri Lanka  Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Sri Lanka  11. Aqaba, Jordan For those of you that are history buffs, Jordan is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. The city captures a sort of old world charm that makes you feel like you've stepped into the past. Jordan wouldn't be for the travellers that look flashy technology and large-scale attractions, but for those who revel in the beauty of nature, culture, and friendly people. Jordan is home to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, historical monuments, seaside resorts, and nature reserves, including the incredible ancient city of Petra. It is a Muslim country, therefore you do not have to worry about finding Halal food, mosques, or other Muslim-friendly facilities. If you want to take a break, Aqaba, the only coastal town in Jordan, is one place you can visit. This laid-back town is the ideal destination for those that live the underwater life, from diving to snorkeling and so much more! Find nearby Halal food places in Jordan Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Jordan   12. Jeju, South Korea Yes, the land of kimchi is a great place for Muslim travellers too! Although there isn't a large population of Muslims, it is slowly growing and the Korean government has taken major steps to encourage Muslim tourists to visit the country. One of which is the Halal Restaurant Week Korea, an annual event in which restaurants from all around the country participate. There are also plenty of things to do in Korea, including affordable shopping, amazing festivals, and incredible weather (autumn is the best!). South Korea has 8 mosques all over the country, but there are many more prayer places as well as in restaurants and stores. Cities like Seoul, Busan, and Jeju are the best options for Muslim travellers. The island of Jeju (largest in the country), in particular, is a place you cannot miss. It is the place the locals flock to when it comes to a getaway, and you will love it too. Beautiful sandy beaches, a posh countryside, luxury beach resorts, and amazing food – what more could you want?  Find nearby Halal food places in South Korea Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in South Korea   13. Singapore Singapore is a multicultural country with people of all backgrounds and races. About 14% of the country's population follows Islam, which means Muslim travellers won't have trouble finding facilities catered towards them. There are many mosques in the island, the largest being Sultan Mosque which is also constituted as a national monument. Singapore also has a prominent gastronomic scene; many restaurants are already Halal-certified or Muslim-friendly, with more making the shift every day. Singapore is a great place to shop till you drop, especially when it comes to fashion. But you can also enjoy other things like amazing architecture and monuments, as well as nature and wildlife.  Find nearby Halal food places in Singapore Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Singapore...

  • 5 Things to Do in Busan in December

    Busan, a port city in the south-east of South Korea is the country's second largest and populous city after it's capital, Seoul. Busan is only a couple hours away from Seoul, but it is worlds apart. At the same time, it is also very similar in terms of having everything Seoul has to offer like culture, food, and experiences, only in a more relaxed setting. This is why Busan is one of the must-visit places in South Korea.     There are so many amazing things to see & do in Busan, no matter what time of the year. If you've just missed the amazing autumn experiences in Busan, no worries, winter in Busan is pretty magical too! And there are plenty of must-do things and must-visit places in South Korea during your December Busan trip.     Picture Credit - english.visitkorea.or.kr   While some of the top things to do in Busan like visiting the Jagalchi Fish market, the ancient temples and beautiful parks can be done during all the months of the year, there are certain experiences that are special to December and the winter.     Credit- Giphy   Here are 5 of the must-visit Busan attractions and travel guide for your December holidays in this amazing city:   1. Take Part in Winter Sports       Credit- Giphy    If you've never experienced snow before – or even if you have (and love it) - the best time to visit Busan is in December! Get your sweaters and gloves on, because one of the best parts of a snowy winter is getting to experience winter sport and activities like skiing, snowboarding, and sledging. If you're a beginner, your body might be sore at the end of the day, but you'll have the most fun ever!     Picture Credit - english.visitkorea.or.kr   Other winter activities that you could try in neighbouring towns include snow rafting, ice fishing, and snow rafting. There are a few ski resorts in driving distance from Busan, where you could even spend the night. Here is one of the ski resorts closest to Busan:   - Eden Valley Ski Resort Address: 1206 Eosil-ro, Gangseo-dong, Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea. Phone: +82 55-379-8000       2. Visit Shinsegae Centum City Department Store     Picture Credit- english.shinsegae.com   If you feel like you need an escape from the biting cold of winter, you might want to do some Busan shopping and visit the Shinsegae department store. This is one of the must-visit places in South Korea because it is the largest department store in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records. This shopping complex has many shops selling all kinds items, restaurants, a book centre, spas, and a multiplex. But during December and the winter months, you can also enjoy the indoor golf complex (available year-round) and the massive indoor ice skating rink as well!   Address: 35 Centumnam-daero, U-dong, Haeundae, Busan, South Korea. Phone: +82 1588-1234   3. Visit Nampo-dong     Picture Credit - english.visitkorea.or.kr   Situated in the Jung district in the south of the city, Nampo-dong is the commercial centre and a must-visit place in Busan. One of the top things to do in Busan is exploring Nampo-dong (where Jagalchi Fish Market and Choryang Arcade are situated), and shopping at the hundreds of shops and stalls that line the street.     Picture Credit -hapskorea.com   But what makes this experience even better is getting to be a part of the Busan Christmas Tree Festival, something you absolutely cannot miss on a December Busan trip. This festival takes place annually, but every year they outdo themselves! The streets are filled with gorgeous Christmas lights and decorations including an 18-meter tall Christmas tree filled with hanging lights and ornaments. There are also many special events held as a part of the festival, such as street performances, concerts, charity events, contests, and so much more. This year, the festival is set to run from the 2nd of December, 2017, to the 7th of January, 2018.   Address: 88, Gwangbok-ro, Jung-gu, Busan. Phone: +82-2-1330 (1330 Travel Hotline in Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)       4. Relax in Hot Springs   Picture Credit - www.kcrush.com   South Korea is famous for its natural hot springs, and it is an experience that one absolutely cannot miss on a travel to Busan. Hot springs are available throughout the year, but one of the best times to give them a go is in December. The heat of the natural waters warms your body and soul, allowing you the pure bliss of escaping the coldness of winter. The water of each hot spring differs, but they are all known to provide plenty of health benefits and relief from many ailments.     Picture Credit - ourkoreanteapot.wordpress.com   Busan has a total of around 450 hot springs, the most of any metropolitan city in South Korea. Each one is a little different from one another; some have large pools fit for big groups of people while others have smaller, more private ones. You could also visit a jjimjilban, which is a public bathhouse in Korea that is gender-segregated and equipped with hot springs, showers, traditional Korean massage centres and saunas. Some of them are situated in luxury hotels while some are even free!   Here are some of Busan's best natural hot spring centres:   - Spa Land Centum City   Address: 35, Centumnam-daero, Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea. Phone: +82-51-745-2900   - Dongnae Outdoor Footbath   Address: 21, Geumganggongwon-ro 26beon-gil, Dongnae-gu, Busan, South Korea. Phone: +82-51-550-6601   - Haeundae Spa Center   Address: 16, Jungdong 2-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan 48096, South Korea. Phone: +82-51-740-7000         5. Ring in the New Year at Haeundae Beach     Picture Credit - english.visitkorea.or.kr   Visiting the beach during winter might seem like a crazy idea, but it's one way to enjoy Busan's culture along with its people. While the rest of the world stays up late to countdown the last moments of the departing year, the people of Busan rise early to witness the first sunrise of the new year.       Picture Credit - english.visitkorea.or.kr   The Busan Sunrise Festival takes place from the 31st of December to the 1st of January. People of all ages gather in Haeundae Beach and Yongdusan Park to be together. Watch as some people release wishing lanterns that illuminate the sky like little stars and the amazing fireworks displays. And don't forget to snap a picture of the first sunrise of the year in Busan, it will certainly be a special memory to hold on to.     Download the HalalTrip app to look for more Travel guides and attractions.  ...



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