April 2020 Travel
April 2020 Travel. Korea handled the Coronavirus so well that towards the end of April it was comfortable enough to travel. You still wear masks and disinfect everything, but in general life is almost completely back to normal. In-person school is expected to re-start the second week of May. Because of the virus and the resulting lack of classes and schedule changes, I was forced to take most of my vacation days in the last week or so.
So, instead of going to Uzbekistan, I’ll maybe get to go to Jeju. Oh well, such is life. At least I got to visit two new places and one of my favorites this month! So this is my April 2020 Travel!
I had never been to Jeonju and it was a sudden point of interest. Almost overnight it appeared before my eyes in my guidebook. I had only ever heard people talk of it as the birthplace of bibimbap, a mixed rice dish I’m not a massive fan of. But there’s so much more!
Since this was a vacation I splurged a little more to be both safe and have fun. I avoided hostels the past week on the off chance. I finally got to stay in Korea’s traditional hanok houses! And it was one of the best experiences ever. I spent a lot of my time hiking so as to avoid people, but I did make it to one shrine that was well spread out. All in all, a fantastic trip!
Total Cost: 194,000
Hanok room for 3 nights: 99,000krw
RT Bus ticket: 28,000
Entrance fee to shrine: 3,000
Four Postcards (I couldn’t decide): 12,000
Traditional alcohol sample bottles: 12,000
Gyeongju is one of my absolute favorite places in Korea. It’s the only place I could ever see myself living long term in, in Korea. It has everything I could ever want. Perfect history and scenery with scope for the imagination. One of the best cafes I’ve found. Not too big, not to small. A shop with the most variety of alcohol outside of Seoul. A park where I can fly kites. What’s not to love?
I‘ll probably visit Gyeongju another few times I leave just because I can’t stay away. It’s lovely.
Total Cost: 113,000
Guesthouse for 2 nights: 48,000
RT Bus Trip: 26,000
Entrance Fee to Park: 3,000
Pretty Washi Tape: 8,000
I‘ve been wanting to visit Boseong since I got to Korea. But because there’s really only one thing to do here (visit the tea fields) there’s not much in the way of accommodation. In fact, there’s really only a resort where the cheapest room is 95,000krw. So I had to wait until a friend was willing to go with me. Luckily, it happened!
And it was so, so worth it. While there isn’t a reason to spend more than a weekend here, it is absolutely worth that weekend. The tea fields are just stunning. While the tea itself is a little lackluster, it’s still good. And the green tea ice cream is delicious. We spent the entire day in the fields and had a wonderful time.
Total Cost: 121,000
Resort Housing: 95,000 (divided by 2 so 47,000)
RT Train Ticket: 26,000
Entrance Fee to Fields: 4,000
Tea and Snacks: 22,000
And that’s my April 2020 Travel report!
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