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Singapore, Seoul, and Japan. Oh, my! Itinerary Help, Please.

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Mar 8th, 2018, 07:59 AM
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The countdown, and the excitement, has begun! DH and I depart in five days. I am packed for three climates (Singapore, Seoul/Tokyo, Nagano), to include 4 pairs of shoes (ugh!), dress clothes, sightseeing clothes and a parka, and right now the case weighs 26kg. Emirates Air allows 30kg so, phew! As per his style, DH will toss some shorts, polos, sunscreen and whatever dress clothes I suggest into a suitcase the night before departure, as he is only traveling to Singapore.

The itinerary for Singapore is set; that for Seoul is a little more fluid (my friends don't plan at the same level as I); and the Japan segment has some absolutes but also flexibility now that additional friends are coming in from Osaka and the cherry blossoms may begin blooming while I am in Tokyo. Is this all still reasonable for the time allotted?

Singapore: 2.75 sightseeing days for Chinatown; Little India; Arab Street; Night Safari; Gardens by the Bay; Peranakan Museum and the Botanic Gardens. All of this is sprinkled with stops at various places to sample the list of foods I have painstakingly been researching; plenty of stops for hydration; and hopefully a stop at a silk fabric store to purchase material for new master bedroom window treatments. Candlenut was scrapped for Chili Crabs; but I think I am okay with this.

Seoul: 3.5 sightseeing days for the National Museum (calligraphy, tigers, and Impressionism from The Hermitage); Gyeongbokgung Palace; Bukchon/Changdeokgung; Namdaemun Market; Incheon Chinatown; a baseball game; and whatever else my friends suggest. DD has asked for me to bring her K-beauty "stuff," so there will go my additional 4kg of baggage space!

Japan: 5 sightseeing days for Nagano; Yokohama; Kawagoe; and a great deal of usual tourist sightseeing now that more friends are joining the fun. And, I anticipate, a whole bunch of eating.
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Mar 8th, 2018, 12:22 PM
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It's unfortunate that Candlenut and Dempsey Hill have been scrapped for chili crabs, not that there's anything wrong with chili crabs as I have had them. But, it's nice to get out of the core of Singapore and go up to Dempsey Hill and get a different experience of Singapore and also to try a different type of cuisine that one most likely won't get at home.

I'm sure that you will have a wonderful trip and I look forward to you reporting back when you return home.

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Mar 8th, 2018, 05:31 PM
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I think your plans should work.

In Singapore, I thought it easy to lose sense of the time in both the Gardens by the Bay and the Botanic Gardens, so you might want to keep an eye on the clock if fitting everything else in is a priority.

In Seoul, consider taking a (free) tour of the National Museum, and at least step into the room holding gold from the Silla empire -- awesome! The museum's entire collection is surprisingly small (because displays are extremely selective), so one can see most of the permanent collection in just a couple of hours. I strongly preferred the Dongdaemun Yangnueong market to Namdaemun; YMMV. And if you can find the time, Bongeunsa is, IMO, a lovely temple.

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Mar 8th, 2018, 11:44 PM
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Guenmai, I am little disappointed with missing Candlenut (there is no Peranakan cuisine in Vienna, I can assure you!), but DH voted for chili crabs. Were it not for our talented daughter earning a chair in the honor orchestra I probably wouldn't have given Singapore a travel thought at all, so anything I do in Singapore (and on this entire extended holiday) will be memorable.

kja, thank you for the tour and temple suggestion. I chose Namdaemun over Dongdaemun for photo opportunities; perhaps I can fit both into the schedule.
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Mar 10th, 2018, 07:06 AM
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The countdown, and the excitement, has begun! DH and I depart in five days. I am packed for three climates (Singapore, Seoul/Tokyo, Nagano), to include 4 pairs of shoes (ugh!), dress clothes, sightseeing clothes and a parka, and right now the case weighs 26kg. Emirates Air allows 30kg so, phew!>>

how exciting, Four4. It looks like a wonderful trip.

Your remark about the weight of your case made me laugh - on my recent trip to Italy, on departure my case weighed just 14.5 kgs so I thought that I had plenty of leeway. I knew that I'd bought a lot while I was there but even so, I didn't think that it was that much heavier but when I got to the airport, it was 19.8 kgs. Weight limit? 20 kgs. Phew.
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Mar 10th, 2018, 02:28 PM
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I am interested that the Peranakan museum is high on your list. Not many outsiders recognize the name, although 'Straits Chinese' might ring a bell with older readers. The Saturday I went to the museum, I seemed to be the only guest who was not connected to their history. The tour guide said as much, curious about the attraction. I explained that Canada is multi-cultural too. I've never encountered an "ethnic" group that seems based as much on economic class -- merchant, in their case -- as actual ethnicity. My discovery took a different route. I ate at a couple of their restaurants, loved the food, and wanted to know more. I suggest asking the museum staff for more current dining information.
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Mar 10th, 2018, 08:23 PM
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Southam: The OP isn't going to eat Peranakan food. But, I'm curious as to at which restaurants you ate as I am always adding more Peranakan restaurants to my list in both Singapore and Malaysia. I have been eating the food for nearly two decades. We had the first, Peranakan restaurant in the U.S., right here in my city in 2000 and I ate there regularly and knew the owner.
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