Last Saturday, me and my Pinay friends met at Ashley’s for lunch and later for noraebang (it’s imperative that we go to a noraebang or singing room whenever we meet!). We talked about our friends who were not present (that’s why I almost never miss a meeting :)), the Sungnyemun (or Namdaemun), English teaching, books we recently read, our own lives and the Philippine Embassy in Seoul.
We noticed that the embassy doesn’t have it’s own website (I know why) and how some Pinoys are so frustrated with their service that they sometimes ask help from private entities. Sometimes when you need to get a document from the embassy, you have to go there thrice. First, to get info on the requirements; second, to apply for the document and lastly, to get your document. We also talked about the changes in the embassy, like opening its doors two Sundays a month for those who don’t have time to go there on weekdays. We thought that the embassy workers are quite lucky that they have a lot of breaks and don’t have to work the way other Pinoys do in Korea. They’re open from 9-12 AM and 1:30-4:30 PM. However, we thought that they might still be working beyond those times that they’re open.
When I first came here, the embassy was located in the southern area of Seoul. They moved about three years ago to Itaewon-dong, near central Seoul. IMO, their location is so much more convenient than before (more convenient for me too since we’re near the same subway line). The nearest subway station is Noksapyeong on line 6 (brown line), while the nearest bus stops are Blue 110 and Green 0013 and 0015.
Contact information (from DFA’s website)
EMBASSY OF THE PHILIPPINES
H.E. (Ms.) SUSAN O. CASTRENCE
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
34-44 Jin Song Bldg, Itaewon I-dong, Yongsan-Gu
Seoul 140-863, REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Tel. Nos. (822) 796-7387 to 89
Fax No. (822) 796-0827
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