The South Korean culture craze has captured Asia and the rest of the world by storm. Even the Middle East did not escape the Korean wave. When I went to Jordan, teenagers were asking to take a photo with me and greeting me with Anyeong Haseyo.
Well who wouldn’t want to come to Seoul?
For a Korean drama fan, coming to South Korea is a dream come true but to those who are not a fan, what makes them put South Korea on their Top 3 Destinations List along with Japan and Hong Kong?
First is the food. The splurge of Korean restaurants in the Philippines is evident to this. What is more appealing than a Korean BBQ with charming side dishes such as kimchi and egg pancake. I am hungry now!
Second is the Korean skincare and makeup which the rest of the world is following. Most big European and American brands have patterned their skincare routine and anti-aging regimens to Koreans with the rise of BB creams, double cleansers and pre-make up skincare. The no makeup makeup look also started as a trend from South Korea. You will see a long strip of skincare and cosmetic shops when you come to Myeongdong in Seoul.
Well, third is Korean fashion and hairstyle! Korean fashion styles are a hit among Asians and are flocking to Seoul Fashion Week every year.
Fourth is to experience what tropical countries do not have – Spring, Autumn and Winter! South Korea is really beautiful during these seasons especially in autumn so I would recommend coming there during these times.
Sung Yuri? No, it’s me lol
Fifth, to fall in love not only with the country but with the people! If you have not watched a single Korean drama in your life, you wouldn’t know that Korean romance is something else!
You will see it in real life though once you come to South Korea. Lovers are everywhere!
The not so bad news is that Filipinos still need a visa to come to South Korea. Well, it will be great if Filipinos don’t need a visa to come to South Korea just like the Thais, Malaysians and Indonesians who are also big Kpop fans. If this happens, Filipino tourists will flock to Seoul in no time. However, do you know that applying for a South Korea Tourist Visa is free for Filipinos. Yes, it is! Filipinos don’t need to pay to apply for a Tourist visa. All Filipinos need to do is to prepare and submit all the documents directly to the South Korean Embassy or South Korean Consulate.
Autumn is the most popular time to go to South Korea as the country is bursting with fiery orange, yellow and green during autumn. Autumn in Seoul usually starts last week of October until 2nd week of November. Other cities and provinces either start earlier or a week after.
Spring – like Japan, South Korea is very beautiful during spring with its cherry blossom trees. Spring in Seoul is during last week of March to second week of April. Other cities and provinces either start earlier or a week after.
Winter – if you love snow then go! (between 2nd of December to end of February)
Summer – I honestly wouldn’t recommend coming to South Korea during summer as it will be quite humid.
Note that the peak time differs in every city***
All application forms should be submitted before 12 noon.
To my knowledge, for Filipinos, it usually takes minimum 2-4 business days. The Consulate will give you a small paper which mentions when you need to come back to get your passport.
As a temporary visitor, the South Korean Consulate grants 15 or 30 days of stay.
Incheon International Airport
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