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Halal restaurant in Seoul, South Korea.

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15 Sinchon-ro 1-gil, Sinchon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea

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http://boatravelhouse.com

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+82 2-323-6255

  • Here's 10 Reasons Why Hong Kong Must Be Added to Your Bucket List

    Did you know that Hong Kong is the world's fourth-most densely populated place in the world? With a population of over 7 million, this bustling territory almost never sleeps as there is always something to do that will feed your curiosity. You could witness historical religious monuments, splurge on exclusive local brands from over 10 shopping malls and pleasure your tastebuds with a range of cuisines served at Hong Kong’s wide number of Halal eateries. So if you’re in the midst of planning your next dream vacation, here are 10 reasons why you should consider Hong Kong. via GIPHY 1. Visit Hong Kong’s Neighbouring Cities Image Credit: Kychan on Unsplash; Traveling to Hong Kong’s neighbouring cities is such a breeze with more than one way to get to these cities. Travelers can easily get on a train, a ferry, a bus or even a flight to these cities. Once you’ve landed in Asia, Hong Kong is definitely an ideal stop to make! As Hong Kong is one of the world’s busiest aviation hubs, this makes it pretty easy to find a direct flight in or out of the destination. Furthermore, as Hong Kong is situated in the Southern district of China, it serves as a perfect layover holiday before you head over to Southeast Asia.  If you’re looking at a longer stay in Hong Kong, take a trip down to its neighbouring cities – ShenZhen and Macau. These cosmopolitan cities are constantly on the lists of those traveling to Hong Kong since it is so simple to get yourself across the border. Today, one can board a 20 minutes train ride on the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) or a 45 minutes metro ride on the East Rail Line. While the train is the most popular mode of transport, some may prefer private operated shuttle buses, a ferry ride from Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal to Shekou Cruise Port or a flight up to Shenzhen Airport.  Also Read: All Set For The Best Deals In Seoul? Check Out These Top 5 Night Markets in Seoul, South KoreaTravel With Us!: The Best of Tokyo and Osaka In 7 Nights 2. Ease of Public Transport  Image Credit: Photo by Chapman Chow on Unsplash According to an article written by Daniel Szuc, it is estimated that over 90% of the 7.4 million people living in Hong Kong use public transport. This record only proves the efficiency of public transport in Hong Kong.  When you’re in Hong Kong, the first thing you want to get yourself is the Octopus card. Opting for the weekly or travelers’ passes would save you a ton when you’re traveling on public transport in Hong Kong. If you’re traveling via public transport for only a part of your trip, perhaps you might want to pay as you go. However, getting the passes would mean skipping the queue at the ticketing counter when it gets busy in the train stations. Top up some cash in your Octopus cards and you’ll find yourself using it almost everywhere. This includes the binoculars at Victoria’s Peak, convenience stores and vending machines.  Whip out your Octopus cards and tap away for their trains, trams, and on the Star Ferry across the Victoria Harbour. At the end of your trip, bring it home as a souvenir or return the Octopus card at the Customer Service Centre at the airport or any MTR station to get a refund of HK$50 and the remaining value. 3. Variety of Halal food options Feast on the best of Hong Kong's local cuisine when you're in Hong Kong – Dim Sum! Head down to Islamic Centre Canteen when you're in town. Tip! Make sure to have Dim Sum in the morning. The Hongkongers eat Dim Sum as breakfast so don’t come in the afternoon after all the good food is almost gone! Put your worry about the availability of Halal food at rest when you’re in Hong Kong! #Alhamdulillah What we love most about Hong Kong is that there are Muslim-owned and Halal-Certified restaurants serving local cantonese cuisines in every district. Travelers might have to do quite a bit of walking looking for it, but once you got the location right, trust us, it’s so worth it!  You’ll find a plethora of Halal restaurants serving the Cantonese cuisine, Turkish cuisine, Indian cuisine and Indonesian cuisine. We’ve got three Halal food spots that are essential to visit when you’re in Hong Kong.  Islamic Center Canteen As cliche as it sounds, no matter what your itinerary is when you are visiting Hong Kong, it is a must to dine in at Islamic Center Canteen. Located at the 5th floor of the Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Center, the food here is definitely affordable with Dim Sum dishes starting at HKD13. Halal Status: Halal-CertifiedAddress: 5/F, Masjid Ammar and Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre, 40 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong IslandOpening Hours: 10am - 9pm Wai Kee Wai Kee is another recommended eatery that you should visit when you are in Hong Kong. This is the place for you to get your roasted duck rice fix for HKD38. It will keep you coming back for more. Halal Status: Muslim-OwnedAddress: Stall #5 Bowrington Cooked Food Centre 1/F Bowrington Road Market, 23 Bowrington Road, Wan Chai, Hong KongOpening Hours: 10am - 6pm Ma’s Restaurant Ma's Restaurant is a restaurant serving Xinjiang cuisine. It will definitely leave you spoilt for choice with its menus. This is also one of the only restaurants where you can taste authentic Halal braised beef brisket noodle (HKD50), and the most recommended side is Veal Goulash (HKD42).Halal Status: Halal-CertifiedAddress: Shop A, 21-25 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Sham Shui Po, Hong KongOpening Hours: 11.30am - 11pm You best believe this is just the cherry on top of Hong Kong’s Halal food scene. There are more than 70 Halal restaurants in this city so be sure to plan your itinerary wisely and get a taste of the local cuisines in Hong Kong! Also Read: Never Go Hungry in Hong Kong With These 25 Halal Food Places   4. Keeping Our Prayers On Track Image Credit: Photo by Joshua J. Cotten on Unsplash According to a survey done in 2016, there are approximately 300,000 Muslims living in Hong Kong, making up 4.1% of its population. The Muslims in Hong Kong are of many races such as Chinese, Indonesian and Pakistani, with a vast majority of them being Sunni Muslims.  Hong Kong has a total of five official mosques, with the largest mosque being Kowloon Mosque  and Islamic Centre, which can accommodate up to 3,500 people. The Kowloon Mosque was founded in 1896, initially built for the Indian Muslim troops of the British army to perform their religious duties. This square mosque consists of 4 minarets, white marble on its facade and flooring, a pink roof and a large dome on top.  The four other mosques in this territory include Masjid Ammar and Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre, Jamia Mosque, Chai Wan Mosque and Stanley Mosque. Apart from these mosques, one can find prayer rooms and spaces in major tourist attractions like Hong Kong Disneyland and Oceanpark.    5. Dazzling Lights and Towering Skyscrapers According to the Guinness World Records, Hong Kong is by far the world’s tallest urban agglomeration, as the total height of all its skyscrapers, exceeding 330 kilometres. With a variety of skyscrapers decorating the harbour, Hong Kong is known for having one of the most impressive skylines. The night-time especially brings out the beautiful side of its skyline as the differentcoloured lights adorn the waterfront of Victoria Peak.  More so, as of December 2005, Hong Kong broke yet another Guinness World Record for the “Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show”. This 10-minute show is called A Symphony of Lights and begins every night at 8pm. It showcases a dazzling display of visual effects as lasers and flashes illuminate the night sky, accompanied by uplifting music. It’s definitely a show that you don’t want to miss while you’re in Hong Kong! At the end of the show, you can head off to popular hotspots like Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo for a vibrant night-time experience. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a calmer experience, you may take a night cruise along Victoria Harbour or visit Temple Street Night Market where you can purchase antiques and tea ware as souvenirs for your loved ones back home. Also Read: 6 Best Boutique Hotels & Hostels to Stay in Hong Kong! 6. This Is Where Street Art Comes Alive Image Credit: Lysander Yuen on Unsplash Hong Kong has an array of vibrant street art where you can get your perfect OOTD (Outfit of the Day) shots. It's not hard to find them as they are aptly named Art Lane and features colourful murals painted on old buildings, and encompasses the theme of both art and music. Also, nestled among one of Hong Kong’s busiest neighbourhoods lies Public Square Street. This mural spot features stairs which are painted with bright yellow, blue and red floral designs - perfect for an Insta-worthy shot.  Another street art spot worth mentioning is Sing Lei Mahjong Parlour, located in the heart of Temple Street Market. It features striking caricatures of political leaders playing a humorous game of mahjong. Also Read: According to Hong Kong's Street Photographers, These Are The Best Places to Capture Hong Kong 7. Muslim-Friendly Attractions Nothing beats a family day out and about in Hong Kong’s best theme parks. Relive your childhood dreams and spend the day at Hong Kong Disneyland. Worrying about Halal food? There are Halal-Certified restaurants and food kiosks in Hong Kong Disneyland. And! Prayer room can be found within the theme park next to the Tahitian Terrace Restaurant (Halal). In all honesty, you don’t need to be a child to enjoy Hong Kong’s theme parks. There is always something in store for each age group. Hong Kong Disneyland is where you want to be if you’re looking for an enchanting getaway on your trip to Hong Kong. Stay for a night or two in their resort and be surrounded with everything that makes your inner child happy.  A total fan of thrilling rides? Ocean Park’s forte is definitely just that. The 40-year-old theme park may look old-fashioned on the outside but you definitely don’t want to miss this theme park when you’re in Hong Kong. First of all, this theme park is HUGE. Make a run for their classics like the Hair Raiser, The Flash, The Mine Train and The Dragon. When it’s time, stop by for prayers within the park itself. Simply head to the Guest Relation Office and the staff will assist you to the prayer room. Fuel up at Ocean Park’s Halal-Certified restaurants – Cafe Ocean, Dive Into A Float at Marina World and Panda Cafe Food To Go at Amazing Asian Animals. Tip! Bring along your prayer garments and pocket sejadahs. You’ll find the Qibla direction marked in the room. You can perform your wudhu in the nearby washrooms.  In the evening, board the Bauhinia Harbour Cruises and enjoy the spectacular view of the Victoria Harbour. Named after the flower city of Hong Kong, Bauhinia, the Bauhinia Harbour Cruises lets you in on the vessels which has been a part of Hong Kong’s public transportation system. Dine Bauhinia Harbour Cruises’ Halal menu on board or take in the fresh air on the upper deck. Tip! The Bauhinia Harbour Cruises stops at the North Point and the Hung Hom Pier. For more information, visit www.cruise.com.hk   8. Enjoy The Best Of What Nature Has To Offer Credit: @hannyg_3 on Instagram Despite its small size, Hong Kong still manages to preserve its natural landscapes. Whether it's stretches of beaches or the mountainous regions, tourists and civilians can enjoy hikes, walks and swimming. The Hong Kong Global Geopark is a large area with unique rock formations offering grand landscapes.  There is also Kowloon Park for bird watchers, picnics and relaxation. A few beaches include Big Wave Bay Beach, Repulse Bay Beach and Mui Wo and SilverMine Bay Beach. Surrounded by hills, greenery and mountains, the beaches are rich in blue and green natural landscapes. Take a day out of your itinerary and hike the Dragon’s Back while you’re in Hong Kong. The hike will land you on the beautiful Big Wave Bay. During the hike, you’ll be able to see the panorama view of the city’s coastline. The Dragon’s Back will definitely get your heart pumping but feel free to take it slow and go at your own pace.    9. History and Culture Image Credit: Photo by Jason Cooper on Unsplash Can you believe that the first inhabitants settled into Hong Kong during the late Stone Age? That’s almost 9 centuries ago! Today, Hong Kong is filled with plenty of unique treasures, namely its 34-metre tall ‘Big Buddha’ which sits at the Po Lin monastery, and its modern temples like the Wong Tai Sin Temple which serves as a home for three religions - Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.  Getting Here! Board the MTR Train and alight at Tung Chung Station, Exit B. You’ll find the Citygate Outlet Mall just outside the train station. Walk further ahead toward the Ngong Ping Cable Car Terminal and get on the 25-min cable car ride to Ngong Ping 360. Alternatively, board bus 23 from Tung Chung Station for a 50-min ride to the Ngong Ping Bus Terminus. Other historical sites worth mentioning are Haw Par Mansions which incorporates both Chinese and Western elements in its architectural style, and Kamikaze Cave which used to be occupied by Japanese forces during World War II.  Take a trip down to the Hong Kong Museum of History and envision how the early settlers had arrived in Hong Kong in a junk ship. Dig deep and learn about the development and modernization of Hong Kong under the British colony. Don’t miss the Kowloon City Walled Park when you’re in Hong Kong and witness how this city was once known as the most densely populated place on the planet. The city had 35,000 people packed into small apartments. However, keep listening to the stories of those who lived here. Their living conditions may seem bizarre but the people of Kowloon, they were happy.  10. Saying Yes To Night Markets Image Credit: Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash Lastly, Hong Kong wouldn’t be as joyful and euphoric without the people who call it home. Whether you’re up at 5am watching locals practice Tai Chi or sitting at a food street stall in the evening, you can expect a local who will initiate friendly conversations with you, whether you speak the same language or not. More so, even if you get lost, the locals will be more than willing to help you find your way. Just be sure to get yourself ready with some Cantonese phrases! Tip! Here's your Cantonese phrases cheat sheet:  m.discoverhongkong.com/seasia/muslim-friendly/phrase-sheet.jsp   There is so much more to explore in the city of Hong Kong. Hong Kong has grown tremendously over the years. Discover the nook and crannies of Hong Kong and experience a different side of Hong Kong.  via GIPHY...

  • LATEST: New Halal Certified Korean Barbecue Place In Singapore You've Got To Try!

    Imagine the juicy marinated meat sizzle on the grill and it goes pssssssssssst. Korean Barbecue peeps ARE YOU READY? via GIPHY We are so excited to hear that the Korean Barbecue outlet, HansSik, at Clementi Mall is now Halal-Certified by MUIS! Credit: HansSik Time to treat yourself to a Korean barbeque or Gogigui (meat roast) feast without worrying about its halal status! Formerly known as Ssiksin, the now-rebranded HanSsik offers you an authentic Korean barbecue dining experience with a fully Halal Certified menu. The best part is, each table has a built-in grilling pit for all meats and vegetables, looking exactly like the ones in Seoul! Credit: HansSik At this All-You-Can-Eat Korean Grill Barbeque restaurant, you’ll find a spread of 10 to 12 different types of signature marinated meats prepared with fresh ingredients. Each item on the menu is specially curated by a team of Korean chefs, serving you the authentic taste of Korean barbecue.  Credit: HansSik Get ready your grilling skills and dig into their all-day menu which includes beef bulgogi, marinated chicken, spicy octopus and a whole array of seafood options. Bonus! If you dine in for dinner, you can expect a premium selection of meat cuts featuring marinated ribeye, beef short ribs as well as prawns on top of the existing buffet line. Daebak! Credit: HansSik And let’s talk about their dips! Creamy cheese dips (with an additional $3++)? Wow. To go along with your meat, don’t forget your free flow of side dishes such as radish pickles, onion sauce, green chilli, enoki mushrooms, tomatoes, kimchi and many more! Now that HansSik is Halal Certified and looks exactly like the Korean barbecue outlets in Seoul, we can totally imagine ourselves in a K-Drama! Jjang! Address: 3155 Commonwealth Avenue West, #05-17/18 The Clementi Mall, Singapore 129588Opening Hours: 11.30AM to 10PM (Mon-Fri)                          11.30AM to 10.30PM (Sat & Sun)Price: Lunch          Mondays to Fridays (11.30PM to 4.30PM)          $15.90++ (Adult) | $9.90++ (Child)          Saturdays & Sundays, Public Holiday (11.30AM to 4.30PM)          $25.90 ++ (Adult) | $15.90 (Child)          Dinner           Mondays to Thursdays (5.30PM to 10PM)          $24.90++ (Adult) | $15.90 ++ (Child          Fridays & Saturdays, Eve of Public Holiday (5PM to 10.30PM)          $25.90 ++ (Adult) | $15.90 (Child)          Sundays & Public Holiday (5PM to 10PM)          $25.90 ++ (Adult) | $15.90 (Child)...

  • Saving On Accommodation For Your Seoul Trip? 11 Airbnbs For You To Crash While On A Budget

    One of the biggest things to consider when planning your trip is accommodation. Where you stay makes a difference in how much you might or might not enjoy your holiday – convenience, comfort, and amenities are only part of the thought process required to make it perfect. Airbnb is awesome because you can find places to crash that seem tailor-made to fit your requirements, including budget. The best part is you also get to really feel like you are a part of the culture, adding on to your trip experience. With so much hype over Korean culture lately (thanks to K-Pop), Korea has been opening its doors to the world. Don’t fret about where to stay in Korea though. Feel at home in these cozy Airbnb Apartments while immersing yourself in the culture and people. 1. A Studio 52 | The K Hotel | Yangje Citizen’s Forest ST Credit: Haejun on Airbnb With a highly rated host, this studio apartment with rooftop garden access has plenty of good reviews. If you go in springtime, you’ll be blessed with cherry blossoms practically outside your window! Haejun and her husband have traveled extensively, so language is not a barrier. Chat with her about life in Korea and her travels around the world; and thanks to her husband’s profession of photography, experience those journeys through his pictures. Their house is located near train stations and a shopping mall for your added convenience, making this a wonderful homestay in Korea. Price Range: SGD$59 ($$)Airbnb 2. Tradition with modern. Lovely & cozy Credit: Dain on Airbnb Dain is a great host who has opened his house to guests. He believes in living the culture when you travel and has turned his house into something of a porcelain antique store, complete with a tea ceremony for your entertainment. With nearly a 5 star rating, this is the kind of place where you get the best of both worlds – traditional indoors with the city at your fingertips. Price Range: SGD$60 ($$)Airbnb 3. Bright Spacious Fully Furnished Apartment Credit: Dennis on Airbnb The only downside of Airbnb homes is that, well, it’s not a hotel. And let’s face it: who really wants to do housekeeping when they’re on holiday? In that case, this place is a treat! Extremely conveniently located (within 5-10 minutes of bus stands and metro stations; including direct access from Incheon Airport via the 601 Bus), one of the advantages of this fully furnished apartment is the housekeeping service available from Monday to Friday. The hosts believe in hotel service with a personal home environment giving you a great Seoul Airbnb experience. Sounds like a recipe for the perfect holiday! The neighborhood is packed with cafes and souvenir shopping stores as well. Price Range: SGD$140 ($$$)Airbnb 4. Myeong Dong Portable WiFi  Credit: Seoul Sister House Located just 8 minutes away from the major shopping area of Myeong Dong, and literally, a hop, step and jump away from Chungmu-ro subway station are only a few of the perks of this furnished studio. Sisters J and K are super hosts that are readily available to answer your queries or solve any issue you might be having. Part of their 5-star rating is due to the portable WiFi egg they offer that allows you internet access when you are on the move in the city. Add in a view of the city and the mountains and you’ve got a great deal. One of the best places to stay in Korea! Price Range: SGD$68 ($$)Airbnb 5. Fantastic View in the Middle of Seoul Credit: Yeojin on Airbnb If you’re looking for a quiet area to stay that is also convenient, this is the jackpot. With a beautiful view of the Han River and a park around the corner, you can get your fill of nature and fresh air. The Dongjak station is only a 5-minute walk away with major tourist areas like Apgujeong and Itaewon less than a half an hour train ride away. Living with a hospitable family gives insight into tourist hotspots as well as what life in Korea is like. Price Range: SGD$53 ($$)Airbnb 6. Safe and comfort for Women Lovely apartment Credit: James on Airbnb Female travelers, rejoice! This clean, stylish apartment has a 5-star rating thanks to the amazing hosts and its central location. It is one of the best Airbnb’s in Seoul. The wife of the host speaks English, the kids love if you play with them, but the family also respects your privacy if you wish to keep to yourself. The metro station is a 5-minute walk away and the building has top security, so you are free to explore the city and come back to your safe spot. Since the other guests are only women, sharing the space and the bathroom (only if the other room is reserved) is much more comfortable. Price Range: SGD$37 ($)Airbnb 7. Located at Main Street at Bukchon Hanok in Seoul Credit: Donny on Airbnb If you really want to steep yourself in the culture, the best place to stay is a hanok. There aren’t too many of them available now, so jump at the chance if you get one. A hanok is a traditional Korean house and staying at this one will transport you back in time. Set in the culturally rich neighborhood of Samcheongdong, the wider setting only serves to add to the charm. The staff and hosts are extremely friendly and will help guide you around the area to popular spots. Price Range: SGD$60 ($)Airbnb 8. Bibimbap Guesthouse Credit: Bibimbap on Airbnb This traditional guesthouse is over a hundred years old and located near the UNESCO World Heritage Site of ChangDeok Palace. The olden charm is enhanced with the ondol style rooms (traditional Korean) with its own private bathroom and Korean breakfast, but they do offer Western breakfast if you prefer. The hosts live on the premises and they love interacting with their guests. The guesthouse is situated just a few minutes away from the Jogno Subway Station and is surrounded by restaurants, cafes, and stores for you to explore. Price Range: SGD$51 ($$)Airbnb 9. Private Queen Bedroom in a Beautiful Shared House Credit: Villa Seoul Garosugil on Airbnb If you’ve wondered what it’s like to live in Gangnam, this is the spot for you. Gangnam is an up-and-coming neighborhood and as such, is teeming with stylish cafes and spots to explore. Being located close to public transport makes this task all the easier. The host, Sarah, is highly rated on her efficiency, friendliness, and attention to detail. The place is kept sparkling clean and is stocked with the usual amenities. If you want to meet people on your travels and like sharing a space, this is the place for you! Price Range: SGD$42 ($$)Airbnb 10. Don Quixote Stay Credit: 정한(Han'S) on Airbnb Single – Have you ever wanted to sleep under the stars? Well, this isn’t really the same thing but it is a rooftop adventure! This place boasts a private room with a toilet and shower, plus basic amenities, on a rooftop, in close proximity to all the major areas. Do you need any more reasons to say yes? It is 5 minutes away from Gangnam and Itaewon and 10 minutes away from Myeongdong, not to mention close to the bicycle path, so if you’re a cyclist, this one’s for you. There is also a 24-hour convenience store nearby. With fresh air to bask in at the end of the day, this place definitely gives you your money’s worth. Price Range: SGD$36 ($)Airbnb 11. 5 minute Station, Gangnam, Super clean and spacious apartment Credit: Ann on Airbnb Located in that is known as the Beverly Hills neighborhood of Seoul, this clean and spacious apartment has a super host with attention to detail. The room in the apartment is centrally located being a 5-minute walk from the subway station and with direct access to the airport (Incheon Airport Limousine Bus stops at Cheongdam Station which is a 7-minute walk away.) With security to keep you feeling safe, stores and restaurants around the area to discover and a friendly host, this is rated as one of the top spots to stay in when in Seoul! Price Range: SGD$48 ($)Airbnb All the places listed here have a minimum of 4.5-star ratings on AirbnB. People do have slightly different experiences though, depending, so we hope yours is a good one! You don’t have to wonder about how to find accommodation in Korea now, thanks to Airbnb, so you have no excuses to put off planning a trip there!...

  • Feel Like A Korean Movie Star! Here Are 8 Movie Locations K-drama Fans Would Not Want To Miss!

    Talk about K-dramas, K-pop, K-beauty, and the beautiful Korean Culture, the list is endless! The worldwide interest towards Korean entertainment has been garnering popularity for more than a decade now.As endless K-dramas are released, tourists are spoilt for choice when deciding which filming site to visit. So here at HalalTrip, we attempted to narrow them down to 8 of the most famous filming locations to check out in South Korea. (Psst! Start planning your 5 Day Solo Travel to Korea!) 1. Dongdaemun Design Plaza Credit: Dongdaemun Design Plaza This landmark was not only featured in hit TV Shows like The Producers and My Love From The Star, but also in reality shows such as Infinity Challenge and Running Man. The Dongdaemun Design Plaza is not only known for its neo-futuristic style but its fame also lies in the fashion aspects of it. The famous Seoul Fashion Week is organized at this plaza due to its urban architecture as well as its LED rose gardens, complimenting different styles. Incorporating K-reality, K-dramas and K-fashion, the plaza ties in three aspects of the K-Kraze! So what are you waiting for?! Address: 281, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul 서울특별시 중구 을지로 281Operating Hours: 10AM to 9PM (Mon-Fri)                             10AM to 10PM (Sat-Sun)Website | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube 2. Gwanghwamun Square Credit: Visit Korea With a more authentic and traditional twist, Gwaghwamun Square is a fascinating location for historical lovers. It was the location of royal administrative buildings and the city center during the Joseon Dynasty, making it the perfect location for historical dramas. It may not be the exact location of all your favorite movies and TV Shows but it really gives the sense of Korean culture. The similar architectures, namely statues of Admiral Yi Sun-Shin and Sejong the Great will all transport you to your favorite on-screen moments. TV shows that were filmed in this site were Queen In Hyun's Man and IRIS. Address: 172, Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul 서울특별시 종로구 세종대로 172Operating Hours: Opens 24 hours dailyWebsite 3. N Seoul Tower credit: N Seoul Tower on Facebook There is no doubt that a key selling point of K-dramas and K-movies are the romantic love stories that touch millions of hearts worldwide. Love is a universal language that allowed K-entertainment to travel far across the world and it's the reason why the N Seoul Tower is the perfect place to visit with your significant other. It is similar to other Cadenas d’amour around the world where you can buy a lock and secure it over the glorious panoramic view of Seoul. My Love From Another Star and Boys Over Flowers are both iconic TV shows that have featured the N Seoul Tower as part of their romantic scene development. Address: 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul                 서울특별시 용산구 남산공원길 105 (용산동2가)Operating Hours: 10AM to 11PM (Sunday-Friday)                              10AM to 12AM (Saturday)Website | Facebook 4. Korean Folk Village Credit: Korea Tour Information If you want to be completely transported on your visit to Korea, and have a taste of things you see and hear in all Korean dramas and movies, then the Folk Village is definitely an experience to NOT miss. Dramas like Jewel in the Palace, Arang and the Magistrate, and Moon Embracing the Sun were filmed here. There is something for everyone; cultural classes on the Shaman Faith, winter customs, lessons on Confucian Ideology and so much more! They also have performances that include martial arts on horseback, traditional weddings, and music shows. If neither of these is for you, there are also natural volcano sites, ice sledding sites and of course food stalls specializing in Korean delicacies! Address: 90 Minsokchon-ro, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do                 경기도 용인시 기흥구 민속촌로 90 (보라동)Operating Hours: February to April                            9.30AM to 6PM (Weekdays)                            9.30AM to 6.30PM (Weekends)                            May to September                            9.30AM to 6.30PM (Weekdays)                            9.30AM to 8PM (Weekends)                            October                            9.30AM to 6PM (Weekdays)                            9.30AM to 6.30PM (Weekends)                            November to January                            9.30AM to 5.30PM (Weekdays)                            9.30AM to 6PM (Weekends)Ticket Fee: 13,000₩ onwards                  (Refer here for various ticket rates)Website  5. Wolmido Island, Incheon Credit: Visit Korea In a different spin, the Wolmido Island in Incheon is a great day trip out of Seoul. This coastal island features a wide range of attractions that you can visit such as an amusement park, restaurants, a cultural street and an outdoor stage with spontaneous performances and street artists. It’s been featured in Descendants of the Sun, a huge phenomenon in Korean TV that brought many new fans to the K-Craze. Due to its proximity to the sea, there is fresh seafood at an affordable price, making your trip a delicious one. Address: 36, Wolmimunhwa-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon                인천광역시 중구 월미문화로 36 (북성동1가)Website 6. Chuam Beach, Donghae Credit: Korean Tourism Organization If you are in Korea during the hot sunny seasons, Chuam Beach is the perfect location for a mix of Korean and Mediterranean type beaches. There are beautiful landscapes with a variety of rock formations and glorious coastal cliffs that will make your beach experience more picturesque. So if you are not interested in swimming or sunbathing, you can just relax and enjoy the scenery. Make sure to get there in time for sunrise and sunset to enjoy truly spectacular scenery that will take your breath away. The beach was featured in My Secret Romance and resorts around it have also been used for filming too. Address: 26, Chotdaebawi-gil, Donghae-si, Gangwon-do                  강원도 동해시 촛대바위길 26 (추암동) 7. White Block Gallery, Paju Credit: White Block White Block Gallery is an art gallery cafe with a white, sleek and clean design. It’s been featured in an immense amount of dramas including Introverted Boss, Legend of The Blue Sea and On The Way To The Airport. The aesthetics of the cafe makes it a clear choice for intense scenes and it should definitely be a priority for all tourists. The lighting here is perfect for your Instagram photo shoots. When you're done with your coffee and treats, make sure to absorb the cultural art that the gallery has to offer and wander around the beautiful outdoor gardens. Address: 1652-238 Beopheung-ri, Tanhyeon-myeon, Gyeonggi-do, South KoreaOpening Hours: 10:30AM to 6:30PM (Weekdays)                          10:30AM to 7PM(Weekends)Website | Facebook | Instagram 8. Jangsado Sea Park Credit: Korea Tourism Organization Last but not least, for spectacular views and iconic photos, a stunning park named Jangsado Sea Park is great to visit all year round. You can see the blooms of Camellia flowers in the new year and witness the fields blossom to a new life in the spring. There are many scenic views varying from gorgeous greenery to calm waters. It was featured in episode 7 of Kim Woo Bin’s drama ‘Uncontrollably Fond’. It’s not particularly crowded with tourists so visiting here will allow you to experience the true charm of Korea. Address: 55 Jangsado-gil, Hansan-myeon, Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, South KoreaWebsite There you have it! 8 different locations, each with a wonderful and unique feature, that you can visit as a K-Fan. Annyeong!!...

  • 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 ...



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