Travelling to Korea this holiday but really wishing you were in Europe instead? Lucky for you Korea has these spots for you to experience that little bit of European magic – indulging yourself in the sights as if you were seeing the real thing! On top of that, these places are picture perfect spots; great for #travelgram #OOTDs, perfect memory.
So if you’re headed to Korea this holiday season (or in the coming new year), here are 3 must-see places to add to your itinerary to feed your Europhile soul.
1. Blue Crystal Village (지중해 마을)
Transport yourself right into the heart of Greece, Santorini at Jijoonhae Village! It’s just a subway away from Seoul and this beautiful village is inspired by the traditional architecture of Santorini, the famed low lying cubical houses with whitewashed finish and different colours on their tops. The village is also modelled after the Provence region of France.
This “village” has quaint cafes, craft shops and some international brands like Michael Kors. It is also a village concentrating artist studios and other residences. At night the streets light up faintly and romantically and you might even catch street performances here during the weekends!
Getting there: Take the Seoul metro Line 1 to Asan Station (아산역), exit through Exit 2.
From the bus stop opposite exit 2, take bus number 777 and stop at Tra Palace stop (트라펠리스정류장) [10 stops, approx. 30mins]
2. Chuncheon Gubongsan (춘천 구봉산)
The peak of this mountain has a café street with different famed cafes such as Twosome Place. So you get to tread amongst the clouds on the rooftop of the Twosome Place café while basking bask in the breath-taking view of Chuncheon city.
For dinner, head over to Santorini or dine at their café on the first floor. They have a yard and grass patch with a Santorini inspired icon –a cubical house model with the classic blue top.
Dinner at the Santorini restaurant is recommended if you love Italian food--catch the sun set whilst you dig into your pasta. It’s a great spot for a romantic evening or for a chill night with family and friends.
From Seoul: Take the ITX from Yongsan Station to Chuncheon Station. From Chuncheon station take a cab (Approx 17mins, KRW 10,000) up to 구봉산 전망대 (Gu-bong-san Twosome Place)
3. Aiins World (아인스월드)
Literally travel the world in a day at the Aiins World theme park with its miniature recreations of famous landmarks around the world. The models were recreated up to the smallest details, such as the smoke, ash and even the sound effects.
If you’re a fan of lights, do visit when it gets dark and the theme park lights up; perfect for a date night or just getting into the Christmas mood. What is Christmas without lights, right?
Getting there: Take the Seoul metro, Line 7 to Samsan Stadium station (삼산체육관역) and exit thru Exit 4 or 5. Walk straight for about 100m pass the Korea Manhwa Museum and keep on going straight for another 5-10mins.