Sunday, October 29, 2017

Meet and Greet the World's Famous Personalities at Grévin Museum (서울 그레뱅 뮤지엄)

Do you want to meet Korea's remarkable actors, famous kpop idols, Hollywood's brightest stars and world renowned personalities? There are a lot of ways to do it, you can attend concerts, stalk your celebrity bias on social media and go to the places where they usually go, attend MTV Awards, Oscard Awards and even Superbowl and whatnot. Or, just go to the Grevin Museum in Seoul because all the biggest stars of Korea and the world are there. Yes, you read it right!!! They are all at the Grevin Museum and they can't be moved because they can't move after all. I am talking about the wax figures of the biggest personalities of the world in the field of entertainment, sports, technology and politics.

At Grevin Museum, you can be one of the famous Korean stars in the 90s.

You can even join Al Pacino and Robert Dinero in their dinner party.

Or get wisdom from the geniuses like my uncle Steve Jobs and grandfather Albert Einstein.

You may want to get the taste of Bruce Lee's flying kick.

And be part of Rambo's shenanigans.

Play a game of roulette against Brad Pitt and George Clooney

How about taking the religious path with Pope Francis, Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Ghandi.

Fly business class with the Queen Elizabeth.

Set up meeting with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon

Or start a conversation with Mr. President Donald Trump.

Go Figure Skating with the famous Yuna Kim

Or play football with You Know Who, haha.. Coz I don't know who is this.

Have a coffee date with this guy...

Be classy like Audrey Hepburn

How about dealing with Paris Hilton?

And make beso beso with THE MERYLL STREEP.

And feel like the King with the King of Pop.

Strike a conversation with Lee Min Ho

Or strike a pose with Song Jong Ki

How about a sparring with Jackie Chan?

Thanks, but no Thanks. I'd rather dance Gangnam Style with PSY.

If you have time, feel free to visit Seoul Grevin Museum. It is located at 23 Eulji-ro, Euljiro 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea. To go there via subway, get off at Euljiro 1-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), go to Exit 1 and walk straight for 3 min. Be crazy, be silly and be creative. Don't worry, wax figures won't bite you. Entrance fee for Adults (ages 19-64) is 18,000 won and for Children (ages 5-18) & Seniors (ages 65 or older) is 15,000 won.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Don't Leave Jeju Island Without Hiking Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise Peak) -성산일출봉

For me, if there is one perfect definition for Jeju Island, I would define it as Seongsan Ilchulbong. Try googling Jeju and you will see this castle like image of an island. In English, we call it Sunrise Peak. In Korean, they call it Seongsan Ilchulbong, Seongsan means a mountain that shaped like a castle while Ilchulbong means a peak where you can view sunrise.

It was just unfortunate because we went a little bit late for a sunrise. The sun was up high already when we arrived at the entrance of the mountain. Even from the outside, I was amazed with how attractive the mountain looks like eventhough it doesn't really look like a mountain. They have installed a pathway so that people from all ages and all genders and all outfit can hike the mountain easily. Technically, it's about 20 minutes hike, but it will also depends on how fast you walk to reach the top.

At first, I felt like it was just an easy hike. I even stopped by now and then just to take some photos because even at the lower part of the mountain, you can already see the picturisque view of the sea surrounded by bassalt rocks and the green grasses and trees all over the place. The pathway up to the top of the mountain is getting steeper and steeper and I started feeling uncomfortable already. I realized I really hate hiking, but for the sake of experience and memories, I made reaching to the top of the mountain my goal of that day.

As I climbed up to the top, the air became cooler and cooler. I was already panthing, a strong sign of no exercise, or the lack thereof. It was not really a hard and long climb but for some reason, I felt like giving up. I am glad I didn't give up because when I reached the top, it was all worth it. I stopped by at that moment, gaining some lost energy from climbing up, and absorbing anything I could absorb because the view from the top is a treasure. I can still even remember how it looks like up there until now, it was a paradise and it is something I could not easily forget.

Everybody was amazed. It was a golden moment for all of us who made it to the top. We savored the cool breeze of the air. We captured the beautiful view from up there. Until we decided to go back down because we still have itinerary for that day. Climbing down the mountain is 100 percent easier than climbing up. They have installed steep but safe pathways so we could easily walk. That and the beautiful view made our lives easy as we climbed down the mountain.

If you think hiking on a travel is not fun, you maybe right, but if you do the hiking at the Seongsan llchulbong, I would make an exemption. I maybe lucky because it was autumn when I went there, I don't know how it will fare if you go there during summer or winter. I guess the best time really to hike the Sunrise Peak is during autumn or Spring. Next time you travel to Jeju, don't forget to include this in your itinerary. After all, it was not branded as Unesco World Heritage for nothing.