Koreja, Potovanje, Uncategorized

Pred odhodom (v Južno Korejo)

Pred vsakim potovanjem v zadnjem tednu urejam ponavadi vedno iste stvari. Zaradi tokratnega posebnega razloga za odhod v Korejo (poročni obred) imam poleg klasičnih postopkov še nekaj dodadnih nalog. Pripravila sem seznam ključnih točk, s katerimi sem se ukvarjala tokrat.

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  1. Bančne kartice in valuta

Nemalokrat se mi je že zgodilo, da sem na potovanjih za določeno bančno kartico pozabila pin številko. Za vsak slučaj si zato pred tem denar razpršim na različne kartice,saj tudi ni nujno, da vsaka kartica dela na bankomatih. Poseben primer se mi je pripetil lansko leto, ko mi kartica ni delala na nobenem izmed slovenskih bankomatov, v Koreji pa je prijela na vsakem. In ne, nisem narobe napisala. J

  1. Mobilni operater

Zaenkrat imam še vedno poseben mobilni paket, ki vključuje 1 GB prenosa podatkov tudi v državah izven EU (na primer na Kitajskem, v Koreji…), vendar se moram povezati s partnerskim omrežjem. Tako vsakič znova, ko odhajam kam dlje od sosednjih držav, preverim, kateri od mobilnih operaterjev je na partnerskem seznamu. Kljub temu, da je Južna Koreja izjemno dobro pokrita z wifijem, se vseeno boljše počutim, ker lahko koristim tudi prenos podatkov.

  1. Spominska kartica na telefonu

Slike iz prejšnjih potovanj vedno brišem… tik preden odidem novim pustolovščinam naproti. Trenutno imam na telefonu več kot 9000 slik in več kot 1500 videev. Seveda bom vse prenesla na zunanji trdi disc (ki sem ga kupila danes) takoj zatem, ko končam tale prispevek.

  1. Brisanje vseh slik in videev

Po prenosu vsega slikovnega in video materiala na usb ali zunanji disc, nikoli ne zbrišem vsega še na telefonu. Najprej moram neštetokrat preverit, če se je vse res kopiralo in če so video zapisi v gledljivem formatu. Ves material bom verjetno tokrat brisala na poti na letališče- ker je tokrat moja spominska kartica reees čisto prepolna.

  1. Darila

Vsakič znova si prisežem, da se bom naslednjič spravila darila delat ali kupovat prej. Še vedno namreč vse to počenjam v zadnjem tednu pred odhodom  in se bojujem s slabo vestjo, da se nisem spomnila in pripravila to početi že prej.

  1. Knjižica o cepljenjih

Tokrat gremo na prvi polet kot družina. Južna Koreja se je v letošnjem letu spopadala z epidemijo ošpic, zato so določen čas vsi tujci pri vstopu v državo potrebovali potrdila o cepljenju. Sedaj se je zadeva nekoliko umirila, a kljub temu sem morala svojo hčerko cepit nekoliko prej kot po rednem programu. Knjižico moram vseeno prinesti s seboj, saj bi lahko hčerko v nasprotnem primeru zavrnili na meji.

  1. Potovalni dokumenti

Preden odpotujem v bolj oddaljene dežele, v zadnjem tednu pred odhodom vedno preverim, če niso kakšne nove restrikcije ali pravila glede vstopa in potovalnih dokumentov. Predvidevam, da me je tako ‘strenirala’ Kitajska, ki ima vsako leto strožja pravila glede viz in vstopa v državo (kljub temu, da na videz izgleda, da olajšujejo politiko z ‘novimi’ tranzitnimi vizami, osebno poznam vse več primerov, ko so bili tujci zavrnjeni pri prošnji za vizo oziroma pri migracijskem postopku v državo. Morda o tem nekoliko več v kakšnem drugem prispevku).

  1. Poročna obleka in čevlji

Glavni razlog za letošnji odhod v Južno Korejo je poročni obred, ki ga bomo imeli v kraju moževe družine. Še vedno ne vem, kam in kako bom spakirala poročno obleko. No, na srečo imam še nekaj ur pred odhodom. Imam pa že nekaj časa male nočne more, ko sanjam kaj v zvezi s poroko. Nazadnje sem sanjala, da sem odprla kovček v Koreji in v njem je bil samo en poročni čevelj. Huhh…

  1. Velikost prtljage

Vsaka letalska družba ima svoja pravila glede velikosti ročne in check-in prtljage. Pred vsakim odhodom preverim na spletni strani družbe, kakšne zahteve imajo. Spomnim se, kako sem se razveselila ob pakiranju kovčka na Kitajskem, ko sem po večmesečnem bivanju tam tlačila svoje stvari v kovček. Na srečo sem pred izgubo vseh živcev preverila pri letalskem prevozniku (Qatar) in so ravno v tistem času povečali težo za check-in prtljago; na ogromnih 30 kg.

Korea, Travel, Uncategorized

Before travel (to South Korea)

In the week before departure I always do the same things, no matter how seriously I promise to myself I will do them earlier next time. This year the travel to South Korea is even more unique and needed some special preparation, as the main reason for the visit is our wedding ceremony. At the same time, we will first time travel as a family by plane- our daughter is only 8 months old So here I am presenting my ‘before travel routine’.

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  1. Bank cards and currency

It has been keep on happening that I have had forgotten my pin number while I travel and I always spread money on different bank accounts for double safety. But sometimes my brain help me to save some money when I completely forget my pin number and I cannot withdraw the money.  And one thing which I never do before travelling- I never change the currency in my home country; because it is usually not even possible- for example our banks don’t exchange Korean wons in Slovenia.

  1. Mobile operators

I have a very unique mobile package, which includes 1GB roaming out of European countries. I know South Korea is very well covered with wifi, but I feel better to know I can use roaming anyway. Everytime before I go to travel (even to the countries I visited before), I always consult with my mobile operator staff to see if there are any new changes. I check who is their partner’s mobile operator in the country I am going to. Price for calls, data transfer and sms can be skyhigh, so always take a time to know your phone in advance, to prevent that it connects automatically to the foreign network.

  1. Memory on SD card

I always transfer the pictures from my last trip, travel or journey just few days before I go to the new one. It takes hours to do so and currently all my USBs don’t have enough space to transfer over 9000 videos and pictures. Luckily I keep one external disc at home too.

  1. Delete all pictures and videos

After I transfer all pictures and videos to computer or external disc, I never delete them from my phone at the same day. I am keep on checking if they have been really copied to the new source and if everything works well. Only few hours before leaving (usually on the way to the airport), I decide to delete some of them, because my memory card is completely full and I seriously cannot take a single shot anymore. Any readers among you, who are better organized and can give me some tips?

  1. Gifts

I wish to change my habit about gifts too. Until now, I always prepare them only a week before departure and I am always angry with myself that I didn’t take more time to work more on it.

  1. Vaccine’s book

This time it will be the first flight travel for us as a family.  Recently there was an epidemy with measles in South Korea, so she had to had to be vaccinated a bit earlier than usually to protect her. If I don’t carry the proof of it (small yellow book where all vaccines are notified), she could be refused to enter the country.

  1. Valid documents

Just before departure I always check the embassy or other government’s webpages about requirements for entering the foreign (overseas or countries which are not in EU) lands in case there are some last minutes changes and new requirements have been issued. I think I have been ‘trained’ by China, as I visited it many times and they can always change their rules and restrictions.

  1. Wedding dress and shoes

This time I already had some nightmares that I forgot to pack some things for the wedding. My recent dreams were related to the moment when I arrived to South Korea and unpacked things. I discovered I only brought  one shoe… Ohh, how horrible that feeling was. I still am not completely sure how and where I will carry the wedding dress, but luckily I have few more hours for departure.

  1. Luggage size

Usually every airline company have slightly different measurements for cabin and check-in luggage. I always go to visit their websites to check the requirements before start packing. It was amazing feeling, when I lived in China and was ready to pack my things for returning home and I discovered Qatar airways extended their weight limit- with new 30 kg I was able to pack everything.

 

Organizacija, Potovanje, Uncategorized

Gyeongju- moja poročna destinacija

Skoraj vsakdo, ki mu omenim, da se bom poročila v tujini, najprej pomisli na kakšne znane lokacije na plaži; na primer Mauritius, Maldive, Havaje, Bali, Sejšele… Presenečenje sledi, ko zaslišijo še bolj eksotično lokacijo, kot so jo pričakovali. Poročila se bom namreč v mestu Gyeongju v Koreji, za katerega večina tujcev še nikoli ni slišala. A razlog za takšno izbiro destinacije je v tem, da moževa družina izhaja iz tega zgodovinskega mesta in bomo naredili nekakšen moderno-tradicionalni poročni miks.

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Kje je Gyeongju?

Mesto se nahaja na jugovzhodnem delu Koreje. Do Gyeongju-ja prispete v treh do štirih urah z vlakom ali avtobusom iz Seoula. Mesto je staro 2500 let in je bilo skoraj 1000 let prestolnica dinastije Silla. Ima štiri lokacije, ki so uvrščene na seznam kulturne dediščine, po številu prebivalcev pa se lahko primerja z Ljubljano. Gyeongju je raj za vse ljubitelje zgodovine in nosi vzdevek ‘muzej brez zidov’.

Kaj si je vredno ogledati?

Cheomseongdae; najstarejši astronomski observatorij v Aziji. Uporabljali so ga za napovedovanje vremena in opazovanje zvezd. Zgrajen je bil v sedmem stoletju v času vladavine dinastije Silla. Uvrščen je na listo državnih zakladov.

Najstarejša opazovalnica zvezd v Aziji

Tumuli park in kraljevske grobnice;  beseda tumuli izhaja iz latinščine in pomeni mali hrib. V grobnici Heavenly Horse (Nebeški konj) so našli več kot 15000 zakladov, med njimi tudi zlato krono, ki si jo lahko ogledate v Gyeongjuvem narodnem muzeju.

Kraljevske grobnice

Ribnik Anjapi; čudovita lokacija, kjer so predstavniki Silla dinastije preživljali svoj prosti čas. Svetujem, da si zadevo pogledate ponoči oziroma ko se stemni, saj boste v ribniku videli čudovite odseve dreves, stavb in luči.

Odsev na vodi

Bulguksa tempelj in jama Seogkugram; oba sta uvrščena na seznam UNESCO-ve kulturne dediščine. V jami Seogkugram je eno najlepših in najčudovitejših Buddhinih svetišč, tempelj Bulguksa pa spada med najbolj znane templje v Koreji, kjer se združuje arhitektura dinastije Silla in vera v Buddho.

Bomun Danji; čudovito letovišče ob jezeru z luksuznimi hoteli, golf igrišči, restavracijami, toplicami in zabaviščnim parkom. V spomladanskem času tam cvetijo češnje in mnogi pari izberejo kraj za fotografiranje v poročnih oblekah- morda ga bova tudi midva.

Hwanglidan Gil; ulica s spominki in lokali

Yangdong village; največja korejska tradicionalna vas, ki je prav tako uvrščena na UNESCO-v seznam. Leta 1993 jo je obiskal tudi valižanski princ Charles. V vasi je več kot 160 tradicionalnih hiš in 54 izmed njih je starih več kot 200 let.

Tradicionalna korejska hiša moževe družine; hiša je stara 450 let in v njej lahko tudi prenočite. Imajo tudi manjši muzej, kjer je predstavljena kaligrafska zbirka in na kratko opisana zgodovina njihove družine. Namig- ne pričakujte visokih in debelih kraljevskih žimnic, če se boste kdaj odločili za spanje v pri njih; v korejskih tradicionalnih hišah boste spali boste na tleh na razgrnjenih podlagah.

Kipec, ki spada v sklop muzejske vrednosti
Place for overnight
Hanok stay

Ali vas zanima še kaj? Ste morda že bili v Gyeongju-ju? Sporočite mi, če vas pot kdaj zanese tja. 🙂

 

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Korea, Travel, Uncategorized

Gyeongju- my wedding destination

Whenever people hear I will get married abroad, they think about Mauritius, Maldives, Hawaii, Bali, Seychelles or some other beach side locations. So when I mention I will get married in Gyeongju in Korea, they usually feel  the location is even more exotic than the places which first came across their minds.

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The reason why we have chosen Gyeongju as our wedding ceremony location, is because my husband’s family originates from that historical Korean city.

So here I am presenting some of the most famous spots in case you ever want to visit it.

Where is Gyeongju?

Gyeongju is located in southeast part of Korea which is in the terms of tourist resources the richest area in the country. It takes 3 to 4 hours to come from Seoul to Gyeongju by train or bus. Gyeongju is 2500 years old city and for almost 1000 years it was the capital of Silla dynasty. It has 4 UNESCO spots and it is a must for all fans of history. As the city has so many historical places and spots, it is also called as a museum without walls.

What to see?

Cheomseongdae; the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia. It was constructed during the reign of Queen Seondeok (between years 632-647) and they used it for weather forecast and to observe the stars. The tower is listed as national treasure.

The oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia

Tumuli park and ancient tombs; the word tumuli comes from the Latin and it means small hill or mound. In the tomb of Heavenly Horse  found more then 15000 treasures, which include a golden crown and a girdle and they are now exhibited at the Gyeongju national museum.

Royal tombs

Anjapi pond; a beautiful location where Silla royal family spent their free time. I would advise to come and see it in the dark, so you can enjoy amazing reflection of the trees, buildings and light in the water.

Water reflection

Bulguksa temple and Seogkugram Grotto; both of them are on UNESCO’s world heritage list. Seokguram is considered as one of the finest shrines of Buddha in the world. Bulguksa Temple is one of the most famous temples in Korea and it is a testimony to skills of Silla architects and the depth of Buddhist faith. I haven’t visited them last year, so both of them are now on my list for the upcoming April.

Bomun Danji; amazing lake resort with luxurious hotels, golf courses, dining facilities, hot spring and even amusement park. Maybe we will do some photo shooting in the wedding dress there.

Hwanglidan Gil– street with souvenirs and bars

Yangdong village; Korean’s largest traditional village and it is also listed on UNESCO world heritage list. Charles, Prince of Wales visited it in 1993. The village has more then 160 hanoks and 54 of them are over 200 years old.

My husbands’s traditional hanok house; you can stay a night in their 450 years old traditional house and visit a small museum about their family history. But don’t get surprised- don’t dream that you will  sleep on huge royal bed in Korean traditional house; you will sleep comfortably on the floor mat spread on… the floor of course. 🙂

Calligraphy book from museum
Statues at my my husband’s family traditional house
Place for overnight
Hanok stay

Let me know if you travel to Korea and you wish to visit Gyeongju. 🙂

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