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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Jeonju Free Shuttle Bus 2015 Update

As an update to my previous post about the FREE JEONJU SHUTTLE BUS.

As you may know, I'm moving back to Korea tomorrow. My friend from Minnesota is going to Korea on vacation for a couple weeks. Since her trip overlapped with my move, we coordinated to make a daytrip to Jeonju with this great offer.

 Part One: ANNOUNCEMENT
Update #2: Click here

Since tickets are given out on a lottery system, we both applied to increase our chance.

1. We went to the Dongbo Travel website. The website is available in English, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese.
2. Click on the free shuttle link at the top.
3. Click on the "Book Online" link.  Here, you will see the calendar of available dates and also the number of applicants for the given date (ie. # applicants/41 - there are only 41 seats on the tour bus).
4. Click "Apply Online." Make sure you have the full name of your traveling companion and your passport number easily available.
5. You will receive an application confirmation email almost immediately after you apply. Make sure to check your spam folder.
6. Wait for your ticket to arrive in your email!

Since there were only two of us going, we decided to each apply and then one of us would cancel if we both happened to be selected.

If you are going in a group of 3 or more, you will have to apply multiple times, two people per application. I did this when my parents came to visit in 2013 for our trip to Jeonju.

We applied on Wednesday. At that time, the calendar had said there were 110 applicants for 41 seats.
Even though the website said that they would be drawing the lottery 3 days prior to the trip, we received an email this morning saying we were both selected and were given our tickets to print out and present at the pick-up location.

Since we both received tickets for 2, one of us is going to be cancelling our application.

After you receive the ticket via email, you should go back to the website to confirm you are going to be using your ticket.

Click again on the "Book Online" link and you will see the "Applicant Confirmation" link on the calendar. You should be able to confirm your application with your passport number, but for some reason my application cannot be found. (I think I messed up in typing my passport number vs. alien ID number...because I sometimes lose track of numbers.)

I will continue to update.

If anyone else ends up on the 4 April shuttle to/from Jeonju, make sure to say heyyyy.

Check out things to do in Jeonju!

My parents and I did a one-way trip last year and paid for a ticket from Jeonju out of pocket because we wanted to spend more time there.

You probably won't arrive to Jeonju from Seoul until about 11AM (if there's no traffic).

Email them if you have any questions. They respond pretty well to email inquiries!

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Recommended travel books:

If you are traveling to Korea, while English is often available on signs and at tourist destinations, it may be wise to know a few phrases since oftentimes the staff at restaurants and other tourist destinations, bus stations, do not know English well. I have looked over multiple Korean phrasebooks and I recommend the Lonely Planet Korean Phrasebook & Dictionary for its small size (makes it great to carry around) and its ease of use.
I definitely recommend, if you get the chance, to get out of Seoul and really explore Korea. Each province and city has its own feel and personality. Plus, the country is about the size of Indiana and transportation options abound, so traveling around is definitely do-able.


Choosing the best country guide was a little more difficult for me. I am typically a Lonely Planet fan, but I found their guide to not be quite as current as this Frommer's guide.
Having an up-to-date guide is very important in Korea since things can literally change overnight!  

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