Dealing with the Philippine Embassy in Seoul
The last time I was at the Philippine Embassy was more than five years ago, when I renounced my citizenship. I had to go back there just last week to have my diploma notarized and two months ago to apply for an NBI Clearance. I brought my son with me. To get there, I took the subway and got off at Beotigogae Stn (line 6) from there we took the taxi to Grand Hyatt Hotel. I paid 2,400 won for the taxi.
The Philippine Embassy in Seoul is located in Namsan (the mountain) near the Grand Hyatt Hotel. There are only two buses that ply the route, bus #402 and #405. Today, I boarded the bus #405 from the Seoul Station Transportation Center.
After getting off, I crossed the street from the hotel then I walked a few meters until I saw this restaurant and crossed the street again:
After crossing the street, I walked about 100 meters until I saw the Philippine flag. The Philippine Embassy is located on the right.
When doing business at the Philippine Embassy, it’s best to check their website at http://www.philembassy-seoul.com They accept applications for services in the morning until 11:30 and release is in the afternoon until 4:30.
While there weren’t a lot of people when I went there, most of the officers were on the phone. One helpful employee is Rommel, who is at window #1. When I applied for my NBI Clearance, it was past 11:30 and he still waited for me to finish filling up the form.
Compared to my previous experience at the Embassy, the personnel there are more accommodating. They are also somewhat friendlier and non-condescending ;p