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Travel Guide: 24 Hours in Seoul

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It might be the capital city of South Korea, the home of Kpop waves and unique fashion are belong. The city where urban and traditional meet. Korea just getting famous after the drama and their music has stolen million of hearts.   Travel in Seoul wont be difficult and more flexible than you thought . Some tourist said ” As long as I could see subway exit somewhere, I will not get lost in Seoul” 

Lost In Seoul..

Must Visit

The best part of travelling in Seoul are their tourist attraction. The memory just priceless to coming here and enjoy the spectacular view of some old palace in the city!  The must visit place in Seoul is their masterpiece heritage Gyeongbokgung Palace. This palace represented the sovereignty of the Joseon Dynasty. 

There is a survey conducted, by Seoul Development Institute, It listed 39 percent of residents, voted that this place is the most scenic location in Seoul following by Mount Namsan and Han River in the top spots.. The scenery inside gets better the further you go in. Highly recommend this place for everyone and this place have an open area with plenty of room. This is one of ancient historical sites that is still well preserved till today.




There are many type of transportation in Korea and for most tourist, Korean subway system probably one of the most efficient and user friendly they ever seen. Besides that Seoul offer such inexpensive Taxis system. The buses also could be more faster than the subway depending on the time a day but Seoul problem always be their heavy traffic. On the other hand people prefer subway than the bus as the subway is the best public transportation in Seoul!

Must Stay

If you are travelling as a family or a group of friends, stay at guesthouse will be a good option instead of hotel. For example rent one dormitory in guesthouse that can accommodate up to 6 people and some of the guesthouse provide free rice, kimchi and Ramen. For the dormitory room, it will costs around ₩17,000 ($15) per night/per person! Most of the guesthouse are located in the city and easy to access. If you want something more authentic and local then you should try the  Hanok Village Guesthouse. 

Alternatively, for a taste of luxury, try The Shilla Hotel. This 5* hotel is located in the heart of Seoul and one of the famous hotel in Korea. They also show up with their own duty free shop, The Shilla duty free shop just an amazing selection of over 500 designers brands featuring luxury fashion, jewelry, cosmetics and other items 

Must Shop

In the heart of Seoul, Namdaemun is one the largest traditional market in Korea with over 10,000 stores that line on the streets around. With variety of products that you can buy and way more cheaper compare to other shopping places. This market is seriously crowded, so be prepared to get bumped around!

If you feel peckish, take the opportunity to graze at the dozens of food stalls; try mandu gook, a simple and savory dumpling soup, or bindae duk, a skillet-fried mung-bean pancake. In addition this place also a good place to buy souvenir for your friends and family during your trip to Seoul. The place where you could find many  stuff and enjoy your day with many food to taste.


Must Eat

Try Tteokbokki (떡볶이) The Korean street food snack made primarily of chewy rice cakes and fiery, funky gochujang chili paste. It is commonly purchased from street vendors or pojangmacha. In Seoul there is Tteokbokii town in Sindangdong very famous with many choices of tteokbokki. One of  Korean people favourite food!



Must see 

The highest point in Seoul and also the place where Namsan Tower is located, very famous among tourist and young couple, such a romantic place to watch the sun go down on this lofty tower. Its incredible how the whole Seoul city can be seen from Namsan. This place is very romantic and suitable for everyone who coming here to enjoy walking and night view.



Must watch

Be youngster and enjoy the night life at youth street (Hongdae) The place where young people went crazy, the hidden place where the unseen talent show up to grab our attention. Hongdae is most energetic at night. Crowds descend on the place every weekend when streets are filled with live performances. This is one of good place to enjoy yourself with good music and street performance.  With open space for everyone to see and enjoy the energetic night life in Seoul.


If you are travelling alone do not be afraid to try many kind of activity here. For more frenzy, brace yourself to travel outside of Seoul, there’s so many good place such as Busan, Jeju and many more.  Meet the local people and make new friend while travelling!

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[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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Secret tips for buying flight tickets 101 (part 1)

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What is your style of buying airline ticket when you prepare for travel?
Playplanet found very practical tips for saving money for buying flight tickets. Scott Keyes wrote very specifically how to buy reasonable price tickets! Thank you Scott 🙂

Scott Keyes, a reporter for Think Progress and author of the e-books “How To Fly For Free” and “How To Find Cheap Flights” is an expert at finding affordable airfare. With his 5 years of experience of searching for airline deals, Keyes now knows the best websites, tricks, and tips for getting tickets for cheap prices.

1. Set up a Tweet deck and email alerts

If you’re truly dedicated to finding cheap flights, it has to be a lifestyle. Keyes has alerts and a Tweet deck filled with airlines and websites that he follows to discover affordable tickets.

Your odds of scoring bargain tickets will also skyrocket if you set up newsletter alerts from travel websites like Airfarewatchdog and The Flight Deal. You can even sign up to get emails from Keyes himself when he stumbles across a deal.

2. Search for flights from all nearby airports

This one might seem obvious, but if you’re flying from a hub like New York City, make sure you’re not only searching flights leaving from JFK or LaGuardia and include the nearby Newark airport, too.

“If you live in an area or are flying somewhere where there are a lot of airports, search them all,” Keyes advised. This could save you hundreds of dollars, even if the airport is a little out of your way.

3. Do a ‘month search’ on your itinerary

Websites like Kayak and ITA Matrix allow travelers to search their itinerary and destination for an entire month’s worth of travel so you can discover the cheapest possible airfare.

“I flew to Costa Rica once a couple years ago and I did a month search on ITA Matrix,” Keyes told us. “Instead of going in the first week of April, I realized I could go in the second week of April and save over $100.”

If it doesn’t make a difference when you get to your destination (even if it’s a matter of getting in Thursday instead of Friday), searching for an entire month can save you a significant chunk of cash.

4.Always check for “throwaway tickets”

Throwaway tickets are flights you purchase to an unpopular destination. Let’s say you’re traveling from New York to Chicago — those tickets are going to be quite expensive. But New York to Milwaukee will be less expensive since fewer people will be traveling there.

A throwaway ticket would be if you found a flight from New York to Milwaukee with a layover in Chicago. Then instead of getting on the plane to go to Milwaukee, you would throw away that leg of the ticket and exit the Chicago airport.

“This one can be a huge money saver,” Keyes said of the hack. If you want to find throwaway tickets, check one of Keyes’s favorite websites Skiplagged that specifically searches for them (though due to a lawsuit, you currently can’t buy the tickets through Skiplagged, but through a third party site).

5. Book at the right time

“A big mistake that people make is buying either too early or too close to the departure,” Keyes told us. “Wait until between three months to a month out because that’s when you tend to get the best prices for domestic flights.”

That’s for off-peak flights. If you’re hoping to fly home during the holidays, book a trip to Europe, or fly during a time period where a lot of other people will be booking (like for spring break), Keyes suggests  looking at flights about six months out.

6. Buy the cheapest ticket, no matter when it is

“The way most people approach airfare, they do it backwards: They decide where they want to go and then try to find the cheapest flight to get there,” Keyes told us. “But if your ultimate goal is to be able to find as cheap a flight as possible and go somewhere cool for not much money, then starting with an open, blank slate and going wherever there’s a cheap flight right now is going to be your best bet.”

That’s how Keyes wound up flying to Milan for $130, going to Galapagos for $45, and visiting Norway and Belgium for around $350 instead of the typical $1,000.

None of these destinations were necessarily on his ideal travel list, but because Keyes found deals on Twitter or through websites, he decided to buy them right away and ended up saving thousands for being flexible.

You can read more from for more information!

We will post ‘Secret tips for buying fight tickets 101 part 2’ tomorrow!

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