Jetstar’s unusual new $309 flight
As the final weeks of work drag on, most of us start to think about the year ahead and where we'd like to visit.
If you're keen on a holiday in Asia but don't want to mingle with bogans in Bali or battle the crowds in Tokyo, you might want to consider Seoul.
Dubbed "the new Japan," the South Korean capital is shaping up as one of the hottest tourist destinations of 2020 and reaching there just got a whole lot easier - and at a fraction of the normal cost.
Jetstar today kicked off its new direct flights from the Gold Coast to Seoul in codeshare partnership with Jeju Air, with fares from just $309 one way.
From today onwards, flights will leave from the Gold Coast to Seoul every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, departing at 1.20pm with a flight time of 9 hours and 40 minutes.
Flights from Seoul to the Gold Coast will depart at 11.30pm local time every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
"By introducing low fares to Seoul, we expect that South Korea will be a country that jumps to the top of many Australian travellers' bucket lists," Jetstar Group CEO Gareth Evans said.
"We know from experience that low cost flights have a strong influence on setting tourism trends, which we've seen in markets like Japan where the number of Australian visitors has doubled since we first launched flights in 2007."
The flights are on Jetstar's Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners which boast a number of cool features, including bigger windows that are dimmable with a button, cleaner cabin air which reduces jet lag and fatigue, and less turbulence thanks to Boeing's Smoother Ride technology.
So what is there to do once you arrive in South Korea?
Andrew Sullivan from The Don't Forget Travel Group told news.com.au about these must-do experiences:
Visit Café Yeonnam-Dong 223
"Walking into this Café is like walking into a cartoon or a drawing," Mr Sullivan said. "It is hard to believe that everything is three-dimensional. It's VERY Instagramable!"
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Do a Gangnam Tour
"PSY brought the district of Gangnam to the attention of the world with his 2012 hit song, Gangnam Style. Gangnam was already one of the hippest places in Seoul and now it's bustling day and night with shopping, K-Pop clubs and much more," Mr Sullivan told news.com.au.
Visit the DMZ and check out the "Third Tunnel Of Aggression"
"You can head 50kms out of Seoul to the DMZ (demilitarised zone) that marks the border between North and South Korea and peer into North Korea," Mr Sullivan told news.com.au.
"There are many tunnels between the North and South and you can visit the 'Third Tunnel Of Aggression' which the North built as a secret invasion tunnel."
Visit Samsung D'light
"Korea is the home of Samsung (you won't find many iPhones there) and Samsung D'light is a futuristic exhibition space showing off Samsung products and technology as well as a glimpse into the future," The Don't Forget Travel founder said. "It's perfect for tech heads."
This writer is a guest of jetstar to South Korea