THE AA TAKES ON SEOUL TOUR: A JOURNEY OF SELF-DISCOVERY
What Is The #AAtakesonSeoul Tour?
This tour is a tribute to my most favourite City ever - Seoul. I go back to it every year, staying for at least a month long, and I love it for many reasons, but predominantly because it's the City that has really pushed me to find myself.
I started my very first vlog in the city. It's also the place where I first confronted my identity as a Hijab wearing Muslimah. And Seoul is also the place that has helped me re-calibrate my purpose, re-discover my passion and a city that has allowed me to really take time for some much-needed Self-Care.
The #AAtakesonSeoul tour is more than just another typical "LotteWorld + Everland" packaged tour. From meeting other Sisters based in Seoul, to soaking in the bustling city + serene nature scape (yes, Seoul has both, Ma Sha Allah!), eating all of the delicious traditional Korean cuisine, dressing up in regal, fit-for-a-queen traditional Hanboks, living together in a swanky apartment with 7 other super fun ladies, having daily "good-for-your-soul" workshop sessions, praying in congregation in the Seoul Central Mosque and not to mention the 24/7 onslaught of beautiful, visually stunning and quirky Seoul streets / fashion / cafes - this tour will hopefully inspire you to re-connect with yourself and your Creator and to see life with a pair of new eyes, In Sha Allah.
Who is the #AAtakesonSeoul
- If you've always wanted to see Seoul as a Seoulite , and not like a tourist. (Take the Metro, eat street food, shop at underground places and the whole she-bang)
- If you are open to signing up on your own so you can meet 7 other super-nice, super-fun Sisters like yourself. Our aim: for you guys to come as strangers, but leave as family!
- If you want more time to connect with the person you’re meant to be
- If you want a vacation... but with benefits
(the good-for-your-soul kind of benefits)
- If you think it's about time you get to be taken care of because you've worked super hard. (HELL YEAH!)
- If you want to travel with someone who can help you get THE shot for your IG but also someone who will leave you ample alone time so we wont get sick of each other (i.e.: me and my team :P)
Round 1: 16 - 22 July 2018 (full)
Round 2: 6-12 August 2018 (full)
Round 3: 10-16 September (full)
Round 4: 17-23 September (full)
So what's the Itinerary like?
(you mean, what's 7 of the best days of your life will look like?)
- Day One / Intentions:
Our driver will pick you up from Incheon Airport and whisk you straight to your home for the next 7 days: a super cool mini Villa just for us ladies! It's located in the very hip neighbourhood of Ehwa and after you've cooled down and rested for a bit, we'll have a nice catered lunch in our common Kitchen. Once your tummy is all filled up, Alhamdulillah, we'll lounge on the rooftop to get to know the rest of the ladies in the group. We'll also do a super-important "Intention Setting" session (I'll lead, you just listen to your heart!) so that we can get the best out of the next 7 days! Once all that is done, you'll slip into your most comfy shoes coz we're all ready to hit the streets of Ehwa. Explore this cool neighbourhood with a fellow Sister or two, free-and-easy style and then come back whenever you are ready to have dinner back home! (Don't worry, the home is in such a prime location that you'll find your way back easily plus there's no curfew in this home, so take your time! :P)
- Day Two / Mindfulness in the City:
After breakfast at home, we'll take the subway to Sinsa / Garusogil - a paradise for the cafe-hopper and the city girl in you. Lots to see and do and eat over here, which is why we'll give you a good 4 hours on your own to roam and explore the space. The theme for the day is mindfulness in the city - so while you're having fun wandering around, there will be small little activities that you can do to practice mindfulness. (It will be fun, and extremely doable, so don't worry!). Sinsa is also THE place where you'll find lots of good-looking things / storefronts / people / cafes, so make sure you have your camera / sketchpad ready to soak in the visuals! Once your eyes are full, but your tummy empty, we'll head to Gangnam together to have lunch at The Halal Guys. Then it's time to visit the famous COEX Library (yes, the harry-potter looking one) where you, unfortunately, wont be able to read the Korean books, but will do a short personal mindful reflection (I'll guide, don't worry!). And once your tummy, eyes and soul are full, we'll head to the final stop of the day: the super hip / cool Common Ground.
- Day Three / Creativity:
We'll start off the day with a super fun floral-candle making workshop run by a Seoulite herself, Yvonne! Make use of your hands to design your very own beautiful scented candle, and uncover your creativity through this private session. Once everyone's satisfied with their art, we'll head to Itaewon - the streets here are lined with super creative street art too! We'll first pray in congregation at Seoul Central Mosque then go over to one of my favourite halal restaurants in Seoul, which is just a few steps away from the mosque - and that's exactly where we'll have lunch at. Once we're all fuelled up, we'll explore a little bit of Itaewon before we head to Namsan, where we'll hopefully get to catch the beautiful sunset! If you still have some energy left, the bustling streets of Hongdae (which is super near our home) is open for you, but if you choose to have an early night in, the home's all yours to wind down too! Whatever your choice, the evening is all yours.
- Day Four / Self-Care:
Chances are, you'll prolly feel a little tired by day 4, so we'll sleep in a little. After all, you are on a holiday, aren't you? Once everyone is up and ready, we'll take brunch right by the Han River. We'll do an intimate Open Session/ picnic here, and just take stock of what's been happening during the first half of the trip. Inhale the air, enjoy the breeze and just take the tempo down a notch or two. The theme for the day is Self-Care: so our Open Session will be all about trying to share how and why is it so important to find time for ourselves! With our heart and tummy full, we'll then head to Myeongdong! This place is DA BOMB and if you are all about skin-care and all the K-Beauty products, this is your place. If you are not, this is also where you can get some delicious Halal street-food! You'll spend your time leisurely here, taking your time, and when you are ready, we'll head to DDP to see one of the most stunning piece of architecture in modern times.
- Day Five / Purpose:
We are going to soak ourselves in all things cultural today! Wether you choose to wear the traditional Hanbok or not, we'll explore the beautiful ancient palace grounds. Seeing that it will be Summer, we'll prep those funky mobile fans (don't worry about sticking out with those, EVERYBODY in Seoul has one in the Summer!) and a few snacks so we can take the time to explore Gyeongbok Palace. We'll then head for lunch in a quaint traditional Korean restaurant where we'll all sit together to play a quick-fire game designed to help you find or re-connect with your purpose! Thereafter, we'll head over to Bukchon Village, another must-go place in Seoul. The evening is then yours to plan - you can either hit up Insadong (which is around the area) or you can take it slow and swing by a cafe to drink a cuppa' while nursing your feet - as you'd prolly have taken 19736 steps that day!
- Day Six / Free and Easyyyyyy
It's your last full day in Seoul before you fly back the next day, so today is DO-WHATEVER-YOU-WANT-DAY! If there was a certain spot that you've always wanted to go back to spend a little bit more time at, today's the day. Or, if you want to do a little bit of shopping, or visiting another scenic place or sourcing for the shooting locations of your fav K-Drama - go right ahead, homie. I'll also recommend you some of my fav places to check out if you have no idea where to go too. The day is yours for the taking! Buuuut, we just ask you to clear your evening because we're planning to take you to this delicious Korean BBQ place for dinner, since it's our last night together and all *sobs
- Day Seven / Closing Reflection
I can't even bear to write this part because I'd be so sad to see all of you leave. But before our flight, you'll have a few hours to do any last minute stuff around the neighbourhood and then we'll have one final round of closing reflection up on our rooftop + lunch. Then, *cue tears*
What does this
- Return Direct Flight (from Singapore)
- Private Accommodation (twin-sharing)
- Airport Transfer
- T-Money Card + Daily Passes (for you to get around Seoul)
- Breakfast + Lunch for all 7 Days
- All Entrance Fees to Places of Interest
- All Workshop Materials
- SUPER AWESOME PEOPLE
(with return flights from Singapore)
- or -
(without flights / flying in from outside Singapore)
To Be On The Waitlist
(Dates for 2018 are currently full but we are thinking of opening another slot in 2019. To be on the waiting list, please register below! Please ensure you are 100% ready to take on the financial commitment before registering.)