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Moraenae Market mission tour [First tour operation]

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When we talk about Korea, we imagine the modern city and technology but for me when it comes to Korea, the traditional side more fun to explore. Have you imagine to visit the traditional market in Korea? This is the right timing to experience it with us!

Last week was the first operation of Moraenae market mission tour, this market is located in Incheon. We gather all 20 travelers. All of them said it was their first time to visit traditional market in Korea. For me I could say Moraenae market are like other market in Seoul but the food was too amazing and they also have their local signature foods, also famous with Nengmyeon (Cold noodle).

From Hongdae we have our private bus directly to Moraenae market, the journey took around 40 minutes and when we arrived at the market, we went to the Moraenae office to meet the director and also to play some games. We played “yutnori”Korea traditional games to decide with team will going to start first. We also pick the team randomly.


The winner of yutnori games could start the mission early 5 minutes than other group, the first mission is to buy some traditional food and find some stationery. I also need to follow the group to help them complete the mission. I was so happy to see our travelers bravely asked local people and asking their help in order to complete the mission. I could see the good communication between two side, even our travelers cannot speak Korean very well and local people also cannot speak English very well but they still fine use the body language.



After complete the mission, we have free time around 1 hour to explore the Moraenae market. We enjoyed explored the whole market, took lot of pictures and ate lots of local food. I had been to many local market in Seoul but I could say that Moraenae has their own trademark and good environment, this market like a main market in Incheon. I would like to suggest this market  to everyone who would like to explore Incheon.



After Moraenae market, we also got a chance to explore Incheon area then the next destination we went to Sudoguksan Museum of housing and living. This museum It exhibits reproductions of various scenes of daily life from the 1960s and 1970s of Korea. This museum is one of attraction of Incheon and personally I really enjoy inside, this museum really flash back the old memories of living in the past, the house design, the display absolutely look real and classic. Visited this museum, I could memorized some of my childhood memories.



The last stop of this exploration is G-Tower, probably my favorite highlight, we enjoy the sunset at G-Tower. It was so amazing to see the sunset. After the mission, can’t believe we could enjoy many things in Incheon, all travelers seems really satisfied with the tour and also same goes to me.


After experience several places, it really change my perception of Incheon, because when we talk about Incheon, we only imagine airport or chinatown but Incheon are beyond than that! Many good places to explore and experience. What you waiting for? Let’s join us and enjoy explore Incheon. Let’s play Incheon!



Explore Incheon! [Moraenae Traditional Market Mission Tour]

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Have you ever imagine to visit traditional market and play some games with local people? One of the amazing way to explore Korea is to enjoy the traditional market. Traditional markets in Korea offer a variety of unique scenes every day.

For this tour, we will visit Moraenae market located in Incheon. When we talk about Incheon is not only and airport and Chinatown but Incheon is beyond than that. We would like to bring you to explore the unseen beauty of Incheon. The Moraenae Market provides fresh agricultural products at low prices. therefore, the market is popular among not only local people but also tourists mesmerized by the atmosphere and kindness of a traditional outdoor market.


Let’s do some mission in Moraenae Market! Let’s talk and communicate with local people. With us you will get  a chance to explore the traditional market and try some games  to complete your mission!

What’s your mission?

1. Find the local traditional food 

We will give you the first mission card with some pictures, all you need to do is to search where you can get the food. There’s lots of stall in Moraenae and it will be your first mission to try find it and buy! This time you need lot of communication with local people because they know well. This is the right time to show your Korean language skill too 🙂

2. Find the local snacks 

Moraenae also well know as the market which produce lot of local small brand, they support local vendor to promote their own products, through this mission you will experience to taste local snacks, the sweet and tasty Korean snacks will give you good taste that you will never forget. Make sure to find the right local vendor! To complete the mission you also required to upload some photo on your Facebook or Instagram!


What will you experience 

1. Taste the local food in local Restaurant 

Local food will be more superb when you really enjoy it in the local Restaurant. We will bring you to the local Restaurant and enjoy the food that hand made from local people. Real Korean authentic food. Also in Moraenae really famous with the cold noodle (Nengmyeon) Can you imagine the taste? 🙂


2. Meet the local children in community center

We use the term of local children because we believe that meaning is belong to next generation, the kids that grew up in that area. You will get the chance to meet them. Let’s  share your warm heart with local children and teach them your language. Take some pictures with them and celebrate the happiness with them! 🙂

3. Explore Incheon! 

Let’s explore the hidden side of Incheon, not only airport but there’s many nice cool spot around that area that will shift your imagination about Incheon. It’s too long to listed but we could give the hint! We will bring to the famous cafe, park and one of the amusement park that famous among Korean, at that place also you can enjoy the view of Incheon 🙂



Through this tour you will not only explore one place but it cover the whole area of Incheon, maybe after join this tour you will call yourself “Incheon Master”. Our goals for this tour is to show to travelers how to enjoy Korea in different way and how to travel will local, enjoy local area and food. Move away the typical tourist area, let’s explore and be extraordinary. Are you ready?

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Let’s experience the Running Man challenge at Yangpyeong

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Are you a big fan of Running Man? Have you ever imagine yourself playing Running Man games? Let’s experience the Running Man vibes in Yangpyeong. Follow us to experience the game in the Running Man! Instead of just watch on TV, why don’t you join this experience together with us. Let’s complete the mission together  :

  • Let’s complete all the challenges to be “Running man” champion
  • Exciting Local activities (Canoe Racing, Picking Fresh and Sweet Strawberry)
  • Enjoy natural scenery including mountain, lake and forest
Enjoy the long train riding

From Seoul, we will take the train to Yangpyeong and it takes 1-1.5 hours journey. This is  going to be nice experience travel to countryside by train. This trip is totally different from other trip. This activity will give you experience of canoeing, Picking fresh strawberry and explore Yangpyeong.  You need to show your capabilities and competitive spirit in an isolated area. Cooperation with other travelers is also an important key to solve the challenges. A secret prize is waiting for travelers who will solve all the challenges.

Lina and Tuti enjoy strawberry picking 
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Enjoy your strawberry after you pluck it! 

If you never try ride on canoe before, you must be feel excited to try on this activity. While canoeing, you can

enjoy the beautiful scenery of the village and farm. . It has natural scenery including mountains, rivers and lakes. And, Korean local activities which you have watched in movies and dramas can also be found here. If you still have free time after this tour, you can visit many drama and movie filming sites.

Canoeing at the lake
Countryside really look nice and calm 

After canoeing, we will start our running mission here! We will provide you Running man tshirt with the name tag with your name on it. The mission will not be as difficult as in the real Running man program but there’s also physical challenge and mind game challenge.

Write on your own Korean name
ready to stick the name tag at the back.
Rock, scissors, paper
It was really nice experience with other travelers too!
We are Running Man champion~ 😀

If you really enjoy watching Running Man, You should come and join us for this unique activity. Is it sounds interesting?! Let’s join us now!

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Korean Dessert cafe Tour (Bingsu Hopping)

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If you have a sweet tooth, I’m sure you will excited to hear this experiences. There’s lot of Cafe in Seoul and each cafe usually had their own signature dessert. In Korea one of the famous dessert people love to eat is “Pat bingsu” or Korean shaved ice. Patbingsu used to be the traditional dessert but now there’s many type of bingsu with many flavor available. I lead my family to enjoy one of the Playplanet unique experience which is ‘Dessert cafe Tour’  Through this experience you can explore and taste Bingsu from many Cafe in Seoul.

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Mamang Gateau Cafe in Hapjeong

The first stop we went to Sulbing. Sulbing is the most famous bingsu cafe in Seoul. I ordered 2 bowl of bingsu, Redbean and blueberry flavor. After the big dinner we had before, enjoying shaved ice absolutely the best decision. My mom really love dessert and she looks so happy eating the bingsu

Waiting the Bingsu to be prepare
Red bean and Blueberry Bingsu
Full set of Bingsu!

After Sulbing, we went to Hapjeong area to taste the caramel Bingsu at Mamang Gateau  cafe. The bingsu not really sweet as the bingsu at Sulbing, the taste of the caramel just perfect, This cafe is really famous among local people but not tourist. For me I want to bring them to really local cafe and area so that they can taste the real taste of Korean dessert.

Caramel Bingsu

After enjoyed eating many flavor of Bingsu, we cool down our stomach with hot coffee. I asked my family what they  thought about the bingsu, and they said they really liked it. The taste of the shaved ice totally different from the one in my country.    The cafe also not the typical cafe for them, they enjoy the dessert and the decoration in the cafe also. I hope I could bring many travelers to experience this unique experience while in Seoul. Is it sounds interesting to join? let’s join me and explore many unique cafe in Seoul. I will bring you enjoy Korean dessert too. Reserve your space here!

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Time travel to unique island, Gyodong.

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Gyodong island is_

Where you can see the North Korea with the naked eye

Gyodong island is the northernmost island in South Korea. It is located within the civilian access control line and about two kilometers away to the border of North Korea. From this place you could see Hwanghae Province, you will also could see the province from the top of the mountain. However, not all people are allow to enter Gyodong island. So let’s be of the lucky traveller with me.

Where the time stopped

Gyodong island is surrounded with atmosphere of 70s of South Korea. ‘Daeryong Market(대룡시장)’ is the best place to go to experience the old-time of Korea. There’s a old barber shop that already 50 years old, some buildings from the Japanese colonial era and oldest traditional school are located there. Some of the owners of old stores are those who left their home during the Korean war. Luckily with lots of uniqueness, many photographers visit this place for special art works.

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Where is surround by fertile nature

Gyodong island has natural landscape which has been untouched for 50 years. Because this is within the civilian access control line after Korean war. You can enjoy beautiful landscape mix of mountain, field and sea. Gyodong used to be barren island and was easy to flooded with sea water, but the local residents have worked hard to turn the area into rice paddies. Currently, Gyodong boasts the biggest rice paddle per person.


Are you  interested to take  a trip to this unique island?   Click here to book our travel experience to Gyodong Island with our local host!

*Read also article from ‘Korea Joongang Daily’ about Gyodong island, You will understand more without hesitate 🙂


[Coming Soon] PP Year-End Travelers’ Party

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It’s that time of the year again~ where we all look back on all the good memories of this year and look forward to another awesome year ahead!

Come join our annual year-end Travelers’ Party and reminisce the unforgettable travels you’ve had all year with friends and locals. We’ll be serving food, drinks, and of course, some special treats 😉

Stay tuned and free your schedule this December~

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[Korea Bucket List] Traditional Sauna Experience!

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If you’re planning to visit Korea, here’s one of the things you MUST try! Aside from the shopping, sight-seeing, and food, one of the ways to experience the authentic and local Korean life is by going to a jjimjilbang (Korean traditional sauna). Locals often go to a jjimjilbang to relax, keep warm, and blow off their stress. It is said that going here can help clean out your pores and relieve muscle pain.

We at Playplanet are hosting this unique experience, so include this on your travel itinerary! Last Tuesday, we hosted these amazing people from different parts of the world, and we had a blast!


First, we went to this large room with thousands of beads. It was really really hot (85 degrees Celsius!!!) but very good to relax our tired muscles. Since it’s winter, this is a good place to keep warm too~


Next, we went to the ice room where it’s -18 degrees!!! Since the previous sauna room was supposed to open our pores and get rid of excess oil and dirt, this room will close our pores and make them tighter 😉


Time to eat! But before that, our local host Yeji taught us how to make the popular sheep hat you can see in a lot of Korean dramas.


These are what Koreans usually eat while at the sauna- roasted eggs and sikhye, a cool drink mixed with rice. Really delicious! 😀


One more trip to the oven! This room has tiny pebbles in it, which is a good way to massage our bodies. It was so relaxing, we didn’t want to go!


Last but not the least, face masks! Face masks are very popular in Korea as they keep your skin cool and hydrated. We wore animal and Christmas edition face masks. Can you tell which animal are we? Can you spot Santa Claus too? 😉

It was really a new and memorable experience for our lovely travelers. This was an experience they surely won’t forget and would highly recommend to their friends.

Are you also interested in trying Korea’s traditional sauna? Click here to book our Korean sauna experience at Playplanet! Our local host Yeji will guide you throughout the whole experience, so you don’t need to worry about anything. Just come, relax, and have fun! 🙂

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[PP] How to Write a Review

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After that awesome travel experience, show your love and gratitude to your local host by leaving them a review. Reviews are special and important. They serve as recollections about the wonderful times spent with the host and other travelers. Also, they are important because they can help the local host improve their experience and at the same time, encourage other potential travelers to try it as well.

Writing a review at our website is a piece of cake! Here’s how:

Step 1. Log-in to your account and click My Trips.pp review 1


Step 2. In the ‘My Reviews’ tab, click ‘Write Review’on the upper right corner.pp review 2


Step 3. Select the experience you want to write a review about.pp review 3


Step 4. Add a photo and start writing your review. Don’t forget to save~pp review 4

And you’re done! Your local host will be very happy about your review. 🙂

Sharing is caring, so share your memorable local experience with others. Write a PP review!


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How to Book our Travel Experience

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Hello, Playplanet Travelers!

Here’s a quick infographic we made to help you EXPLORE, BOOK, and TRAVEL with locals!

[PP] Booking infographicSome Tips:

  1. Try to upload your profile picture after making an account. This will help local hosts identify you during your travels, and makes your account more interesting!
  2. After clicking the ‘Reserve’ button, you will be taken to a new page where you can see your travel reservation details. Don’t forget to scroll down and choose a mode of payment! Your reservation won’t be counted unless you pay via Paypal, online credit card, or Korean bank deposit.
  3. Always check your email for any messages or notifications sent by your local host so you won’t miss anything!

If you have any additional questions, concerns, suggestions, or complaints (we hope not!), feel free to send us an email at hello@letsplayplanet.com

Start traveling with locals today!

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Travel with Playplanet! [Request an Experience]

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Are you planning your next awesome travel?

How about traveling with locals?

Travel with Playplanet!

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We’re here to help you design your own dream travel experience. Wherever you go- Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal, or Korea, you can experience deeper and more authentic travel experiences with locals. We won’t bring you to tourist spots and landmarks. Instead, we will create a travel itinerary that helps you see, hear, taste, and feel local daily life. What’s more, these experiences are tailor-fitted to your hobbies and interests. We want to make sure you get to enjoy what you do with locals. 🙂

For example, if you’re traveling in Korea, here are some of our recommended local travels!

Cooking with a Korean Mom


Have a cooking class in a Hanok (traditional Korean house) with a friendly Korean mom! She enjoys cooking and meeting foreigners. She speaks English well too! Instead of having lunch at a random Korean restaurant (where you can’t even read the menu!), why don’t you share a meal with her (and her adorable son) instead? Click here to book her experience~

Shop with a Local Friend

souvenir playlpanetDon’t know which souvenirs to buy?  Where are the real Korean-made products? Let a local guide you into finding the most authentic souvenirs in town.

hanbok palyplanetAfter souvenir-shopping, why not try wearing the Hanbok (Korea’s traditional clothes)? This makes for an awesome travel memory! If you’re coming to Seoul, book this experience!

Meet a Korean Family

KakaoTalk_20151030_155959629Discover the life of an urban Korean family! Our local host family are musicians, travelers, and teachers. You can listen to their outdoor musical performance and have a meal with them at their humble home after. They also have 2 adorable children who would love to play with you!


After eating, they’ll bring you around their hometown, Hapjeong, where there are a lot of stylish shops and cafes. Let’s live the urban life! Click here to travel with them~

We also help you create your own dream travels in other countries in Asia! Here’s how:

  1. Head on to our website letsplayplanet.com
  2. Click ‘Request an Experience‘.
  3. Fill out the form and send.

It’s that easy! We’ll use your details and interests to create the best local travel experience for you. Give it a try and get ready for an awesome journey! 😀

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