Korea 2017 – Day 5/10 ✈️

😂😂😂18 June 2017 – Sunday

Today’s itinerary Tosokchon Sangyetang > Gyeogbokgung Palace > Bukchon Hanok village > Insadong > Dongdaemun > Hongdae

Hey guys I’m rewriting this post since I kind of accidentally deleted it. 😭

Our first stop of the day is Tosokchon Samgyetang which is near the Palace. This place is really famous and known to most tourists and locals. As they can get really busy during the weekends and peak hours, we came here for lunch before heading to the palace.

Tosokchon Samgyetang 
Address: 5, Jahamun-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
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Directions: Take exit 2 of Gyeongbokgung station, walk straight for about 150m before heading into the alley for 10m. IMG_7236IMG_7242

We then headed to the palace by heading back into the same exit and taking a different exit to the palace to avoid the hot sun. 😀 This is my third time here and I cannot get over how beautiful this place is. The palace is like a teeny bit of their rich history located right in the middle of the city. 😍😍😍 IMG_7260IMG_7265

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After touring around the palace and taking many pictures, we then took the subway to Anguk station to go to Bukchon Hanok village. It is actually possible to walk there from the palace but being the lazy us oh wells😂😂
We decided to be smart asses and not use the citymappers app and rely on the map that we saw at the subway station. In the end, we got lost and had to U-turn again to get back to where we started from. We end up taking a break at Starbucks first since we were exhausted already 😂😂😂
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Starting our journey again from the same exit. We GOT LOST again halfway through and happened to reach a tourist information center who gave us exact directions to the village . 😃😃IMG_7517
FINALLY! The view is definitely worth the journey tho. Super pretty! Be sure to keep your voices down as this is a residential estate and many people are living here.

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Next stop, Insadong. We know we would not be able to make it there without the help of anyone, we asked one of those tourist police to help us. He gave us a map of the area and highlighted the route out for us! So thankful for that. Just take another look at the view guys. 😍

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Along the way there was a street with many stores and snacks. We stopped by the convenience store to get an ice cream. Despite the bad throat, I could not resist anymore. Then, we saw this korean snack store which once again I cannot resist. Yum yum. 😋IMG_7624IMG_7630There’s just so many things to see around here. 😍
Traditional korean costumes; Hanbok for rent. IMG_7634Some traditional korean candy sorthathing. IMG_7637IMG_7639Walked around this plaza called Ssamziegil which has alot of shops selling handicrafts and all.
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Address: 44 Insadong-gil, Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South KoreaIMG_7645Walking to the end  of the street and crossing a traffic light leads us back to the subway station. We then took it to Dongdaemun station. Taking exit 9 which leads the different fashion malls like Hello apm, doota and migilore. Firstly, we passed by the Cheonggyecheon stream. It is so beautiful and picturesque. IMG_7659IMG_7655We went to have dinner first at Yoogane in one of the shophouses next to the malls. It is so good and so much cheaper than having it in Singapore. Definitely a must eat in Korea. IMG_7668After walking around the different malls, we headed across the street to the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP). They have this light setup of many MANY roses across the whole field. Such a view 😍 Especially when the weather is cooling, it just feels so relaxing to take a walk along the ‘park’. IMG_7682IMG_7677Finally we then headed back to Hongdae area for abit of the buskings before heading back to our airbnb. Its interesting to see many young people out there performing and doing what they like during the weekends and heading back to school on weekdays. IMG_7714IMG_7711

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