Day 1 in Korea: Incheon International Airport, Loisir Hotel,Myeongdong, N Seoul Tower

Jun 4, 2017 | Hotel Review, places | 22 comments

Last May 10, 2017, the whole family went to Seoul, Korea for a vacation.

We were eight adults and four kids. The planning started when AirAsia had a seat sale promo last October 2016 and we’ve decided to book a flight. The planning became easier for us since my sister-in-law stayed there last year for an internship. She was very helpful in booking our hotel accommodation and making our to-do list, Thanks Ate! Fast forward to April 2017, our visa application went smoothly with the assistance of Royal Class Travel and Tour.
Finally, the day has come and all were excited. We left our house at 2:00 in the morning to catch a 7am flight. Thankfully, the kids were cooperative during the 4-hour flight including my 2-year old son. We arrived at Incheon International Airport around 2 in the afternoon. The weather was pretty cold.
At the Incheon International Airport
Tip: To keep you updated with your social media, you can avail an internet sim like olleh by KT to save you from costly roaming charges. My sister-in-law bought the sims online and picked them up at Incheon airport. It costs around Php 1,000 for a duration of one week.
Inside a jumbo taxi on our way to the hotel
We booked a jumbo taxi (Driver’s Name: Lee Jung Woo, Mobile: 010-6719-1472, Email: [email protected]) to bring us to our hotel. A jumbo taxi can fit up to 8 persons (around 5000won/head), very comfortable and has its own WiFi connection. It took us 45 minutes to reach the hotel.
Loisir Hotel is located in Myeongdong, which is seated at the popular shopping street of Korean skincare and cosmetics. Location-wise, this 4-star hotel is a great choice. Rate starts from P2,600 ($52)  per night for a deluxe room (without breakfast)

Address: 115, Toegye-ro(Chungmuro1go 24-1), Jung-gu, Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea

Loisir Hotel – Reception


Here’s our room for 4 days and 3 nights. I love that it’s very cozy that makes me want to tuck under the sheets. The blanket is so soft and comfy! 


The bathroom is spacious and complete with toiletries. I also love the huge mirror and the blow-dryer!
Amazing view from our hotel room
By 4 pm, we found ourselves exploring the street of Myeongdong to look for a place to eat. 


We found this small restaurant that serves Korean barbecue and they taste pretty good.
Me and my two boys <3 in Myeongdong Street
Afterwards, we started walking to Namsan Cable Car that will bring us to Seoul Tower. You can, however, choose to grab a taxi going there to save time and of course, your energy. 
Seoul Comics Road
Soongeui Women’s College
Namsan Cable Car


Namsan Cable Car runs from the base of Namsan Mountain up to N Seoul Tower.

An adult one-way fare is 6,000 won ($6). Children under the age of 3 are free. You can visit their website for more details. 



N Seoul Tower or Namsan Seoul Tower is a communication and observation tower located on top of Namsan Mountain and marks the highest point in Seoul. Since it was opened to the public in 1980, it has become Korea’s no. 1 tourist spot. The tower’s main attractions include multi-colored digital art projected onto the tower at night, a teddy bear museum, a digital observatory, a roof terrace, and Hancook (a Korean restaurant).

There is also a Locks of Love where thousands of padlocks are attached to the fence by couples symbolizing their eternal love.



What a great urban view! It reminds me of Makati City 🙂
The N Seoul Tower at night

That’s pretty much of it for our first day in Korea. Hope you enjoy and see you on our Day 2! 🙂


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  1. cindyrina

    Argh! you make me wanna revisit this place. Happy family.

  2. Lily Shah

    awww!! you have such a lovely family.. i'm cant wait for the day i travel with my two boys! waiting for lil one to grow up a bit more!

  3. Rawlins GLAM

    Been to Myeonggdong and had a great time walking down the streets there – shopping! Haha. I know that you have had a great time too.

  4. Michi

    I've been watching a lot of Korean series so SoKor is on my bucket list. Kelan kaya matutupad, hehehe! Nice choice of hotel, may view pa ng tower. I like to eat korean bbq too. 🙂

  5. Juvyann Petilla

    Thanks for sharing. Iam looking forward to reading the rest of your Korea trip. We are planning a Seoul spring next year and your post will definite come in handy. I hope you can also include a post on your total budget. Thanks Sis!

  6. Betty Liew

    I have visited all of this place and so excited explore Seoul especially Ehwaa University.

  7. Melisa Sanchez

    Ang saya-saya naman gaw, gustong gusto ko yung nakuha nyong hotel ang ganda ng view. Ito ang isa sa mga gusto naming puntahan ni Lemuel. Curious lang ako kung magkano lahat nagasto nyo for 5 days. 🙂

  8. lovelybao123

    I miss Korea! Will definitely want to return to visit this place!

  9. Jia Shin Lee

    Such beautiful places, I wish to visit Seoul with my daughter someday.

  10. Shalene Salvatierra

    I haven't been to Korea! Hehe bucket list. I'm getting my kids' passports ready so we can also travel as a family. Great photos! And I didn't know ganyan na pala karami love locks diyan. I hope there's still a space for us haha. Looking forward to your day 2! 🙂

  11. Miera Nadhirah Tan

    myeong deong was definitely a must go place… we were there 4 times in the 5 days we were there… lol

  12. Emily

    Certainly enjoyed reading your post. It must have been so fun travelling in a huge group.

  13. Michelle

    Korea is one of my dream destinations. I'm a fan of KDramas kasi. Though, naisasantabi ko ngayon since may newborn ako. Haha! Anyway, the N Seoul Tower at night is so beautiful. And I love how you captured the photo. I bet it's lovelier in person!

  14. Janice Lim

    Seoul seems like a really interesting place to visit. I haven't been there yet. It's great that you were already able to take your son. I'm sure it was a memorable experience for your family. 🙂

  15. Nerisa

    I'd love to visit South Korea in the near future. Especially all those places where the KDramas were taken hahaha 😀 #KDramaAddict Is traveling to S.Korea costly, or okay lang?

  16. Shini Lola

    Your photo make me miss Seoul a lot! Can't wait to revisit again.

  17. Sunshine Kelly

    Wow looks like you all had so much fun on the 1st day, wish to know more about the trip.

  18. Nilyn_ECM

    Waaa! SK! And thank you sa pasalubong, gaw! ♥ Pero ang pogi ni Cloud, that's one! Ang ganda ng pwesto ng hotel nyo, that's two. Ang ganda ng lugar! Waaa. Sana makapunta din kami SK in the future.

  19. momi berlin

    The hotel room is pretty neat and spacious. Its a refreshing treat to sleep in a hotel room with real comfortable bed and pillows. I bet your little guy enjoyed his stay. But more than the hotel stay, wandering around Korea is indeed a nice experience especially if shared with the whole family. Dami nyo pala. Ihihi.

  20. Ivy Kam

    Love Korea, wish to travel there one day soon with buddies 🙂



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