Korea 2017 – Day 5/10 βœˆοΈ

πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚18 June 2017 – Sunday

Today’s itineraryΒ 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.

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Address:Β 5, Jahamun-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
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Directions:Β Take exit 2 of Gyeongbokgung station, walk straight for about 150m before heading into the alley for 10m.Β 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.Β πŸ˜€Β 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 wellsπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
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 alreadyΒ πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
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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 .Β πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒIMG_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.Β πŸ˜‹IMG_7624IMG_7630There’s just so many things to see around here. 😍
Traditional korean costumes; Hanbok for rent.Β IMG_7634Some traditional korean candy sorthathing.Β IMG_7637IMG_7639Walked around this plaza called Ssamziegil which has alot of shops selling handicrafts and all.
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Address:Β 44 Insadong-gil, Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South KoreaIMG_7645Walking to the end Β 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 theΒ Cheonggyecheon stream. It is so beautiful and picturesque.Β 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.Β 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’.Β 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.Β IMG_7714IMG_7711

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Korea 2017 – Day 7/10 & Day 8/10 βœˆοΈ

PART 1: 

20 June 2017 – Tuesday

Today’s Itinerary:  Incheon chinatown > Express bus terminal station > Gangnam

Hello everybodeh!

Today’s 1st stop is Incheon Chinatown. We headed there to get some Jajangmyeon, Jjampong and mandus! The travelling time was insane tho. It takes us almost 2 hours to get there from Hongdae. The food made it all worth it though. πŸ˜„ IMG_7934IMG_7936IMG_7938

The Jjampong is seriously delicious! The squid is just right! Not too chewy not too soft and at the same time still so flavorful. Craving for this so badly. Only if my throat was not hurting so badly, I would have wanted a whole bowl of this to myself.😣😣 IMG_7942IMG_7945IMG_7946My silly brother and I attempted to look like the Hyundai car logo πŸ˜… IMG_7959

Our next stop of the day is the Express bus terminal underground shopping mall again. We felt like we did not really comb (YEAP HAHA) the area enough and hence we went back to do another round of shopping which was a good choice. πŸ˜‚  We went back to the same snack store again and ordered the same food but with soondae this time. It is actually blood sausage and really common in Korea thus we wanted to give it a try. To be honest, it was not to my liking at all. The texture is soft and chewy and eaten warm. However there was this smell that I cannot comprehend. It is almost like a different version of century egg but I like century egg and not this. πŸ˜‚ Hopefully whoever else tries this will like it πŸ˜€IMG_7216IMG_7965After finishing our shopping, we then headed to Gangnam station with the intention of having Kyochon Chicken. I remembered from my last trip that the outlet in Gangnam had the BEST FRIED CHICKEN that I’ve ever eaten. HOWEVERRRRR IT WAS CLOSED DOWN πŸ˜’😒😒😒. We tried searching around the area and even asked their locals and they said it was gone. Hew Hew πŸ˜’😒  In the end we decided to have Korean BBQ at this pretty famous restaurant. We went to the outlet in Gangnam instead of Hongdae. The meat is really good and even the bowls they used for the soup looks traditional. There happened to be this aunty working there that speaks Chinese too! πŸ˜‚ IMG_7969IMG_7971

We then shopped around Gangnam underground shopping for a little while before heading back to our airbnb. πŸ˜Š

PART 1: 

21 June 2017 – Wednesday

Today’s Itinerary: Myeongdong > Seoul Station > Hongdae

Not a very exciting itinerary today but the aim was to have a more relaxing day. IMG_7988IMG_7998

We had tonkatsu for lunch at this random found restaurant that seems pretty classy but i forgot to get a picture of it because I was too hungry. πŸ˜  We also had a short break at the Starbucks.

Finally, we left for Lotte mart at Seoul station. How can one not bring home Korean snacks right?? We ended up spending over $100 sgd there. πŸ˜… πŸ˜…  IMG_8005The view outside Seoul station in the evening. IMG_8008After putting our things back at the airbnb, we went over to the main street of Hongdae for some shopping and dinner. We decided to have Korean BBQ again since we know this will be what we would miss most πŸ˜žπŸ˜ž IMG_8011IMG_8019Being the glutton us, we wanted some fried chicken for supper. We googled for the Hongdae outlet of Kyochon chicken and make our way there. To our surprise, it was closed down! However, thank goodness they relocated to a location just nearby. They were good enough to provide maps for people looking for them and the maps were covered with plastic covers in case it rains. IMG_8020We were afraid they will be closed already but no worries they actually closed ar around 1-2am.

Thats all for these 2 days! See you guys in my post for Day 9, our second last day πŸ˜žπŸ˜žπŸ˜ž

Korea 2017 – Day 3/10 βœˆοΈ

16 June 2017

Hi guys!!

Today’s plan: Hongdae for Brunch > Petite France > Hongdae

We woke up rather late and ended up leaving the airbnb pretty late as well oops. Our initial plan was to go to Nami Island after Petite France but after looking at the bus schedule we realised it was going to be really rushed and hence we decided to only go for petite France.

Our first stop was to fill up our tummies. Nothing much was opened in Hongdae in the morning except for some stores like these. We decided on Jajangmyeon(4000 won) and Jamppong(4500 won) today. This Mr paik’s store can be found in many many places along with Paik’s coffee.Β πŸ‘
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The food was decently good for its price. Great but not the best i suppose.Β πŸ‘Β IMG_6895Next was our super long train journey to Cheongpyeong station for the Shuttle bus to Petite France. The shuttle bus ticket was 6000 won. It allows you to take the whole loop for an unlimited number of time for the day. All you have to do is to pay the bus captain 6000 won and he’ll give you the bus ticket. Afterwards, you only have to show the ticket every time you board the bus.Β IMG_7142.JPGProcessed with VSCO with hb1 presetIMG_6909IMG_6911IMG_6916IMG_6982IMG_6925

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IMG_7055IMG_7139IMG_6948IMG_7007After a snack stop at their snack stop (no pictures ☹️) we then left Petite France around 4pm to the bus stop to make our long long long journey back to Hongdae for dinner. We waited for the bus for about nearly 30mins and gosh was the bus packed. We had to stand the whole bus ride back to the station (About 30mins but its alright).

We were supposed to have Andong Jimddak for dinner but we could not find the restaurant we wanted to go and hence hop into a random BBQ restaurant to try their food. I highly recommend the beef skirt!!! It is so so so good omgosh. The pork were really good too! Their pork in general is just so much more tastier then what you can find in Singapore. The pork are really fresh unlike those we have in Singapore that has this slight smelly pork taste? I dont know, but I’m alright with what we have here but it’s just so tasty there.Β πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚IMG_7148IMG_7149IMG_7154Holy cow (Literally) 🀣IMG_8257We then stopped by ‘Kiss the Tiramisu’ for some desert! Although it is rather pricey, the taste is worth it. (Totally reminiscing the memories with Shi Hui the year before where we broke the cup while eating this in the super cold weather with the super cold wind blowing at us 🀣)Β Β IMG_7172We then walked around a little before ending our day.Β πŸ˜„Β IMG_7174

Korea Seoul Day 7/8 -29/03/16

DAY 7 – 29 Β March 2016 – Hongdae/ Underground shopping Malls/ Stylenanda

Good Morning from our guesthouse! >.<

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We started our morning with coffee once again.πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ This time at a coffee place 2mins from our guest house called Coffeebe. Loved how the coffee place has such a homely feel. The barista is also a very nice lady. 😊😊😊 IMG_1915

 

IMG_1900IMG_1904We were so sad that it is our second last day here already though.

We then head to the main hongdae area to do some last minute shopping as well as to fully explore the whole main hongdae area as well! The funny thing is how we realized that there was actually a more straight forward way to get to the main hongdae area from our guesthouse.

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We then decided to Jjampong for lunch! It is something like spicy seafood noodles. We chose Mr Paik’s restaurant since most of their local university students seem to frequent that place.
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This was it! It also came with some pickled radish. If my memory did not fail me, thisΒ gigantic bowl only cost about 5000won?!
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Address:
*Could not find the address online*
However it somewhere located in the second/third lane after exiting from subway station exit 8 and walking straight down.

Next stop was to gangnam to meet Shihui’s cousin’s friend.Β πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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We then headed to some underground shopping malls to purchase some last minute items we hesitated to get the other day.Β πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
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I kind of have a thing for this green patch on the floor in the subway.
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This is one of the many 10000 won bag shops you can find all over the streets and underground shopping area.Β IMG_1926

After all the shopping, we headed back to Hongdae area to have dinner! We practically gave up following our itenary onΒ what to have for dinner since we always had such a hard time finding the restaurant. We decided on Army Stew (Budae Jigae) since we were not able to have it the day other day.
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We only ordered one pot of this and were glad we did not order more because it was just right for our appetites!
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Overall we were pleased with the quantity and quality! Also, this pot only cost 24000 won without any additional add-ons. Also, somehow the spam in this pot tasted so so so good! Almost wanted to buy cans of these home.

Address:
*Once again no address*
Located in the main food street where most people do their busking. The shop looks very wood-ish so it is pretty easy to find!

After filling our stomachs, we tried to find our way to Stylenanda. However we got lost in between and had to ask the locals for help. It was hard as they could not understand our accent. They were nice enough to help out google using their map and let us take picture of the map. [We couldn’t use our phone’s map since our data ran out from getting lost too much.]
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Super thankful though! πŸ™‚

When we finally found the place. HALLELUJAH 😌😌😌
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The gorgeous interior!
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We also tried out the photo booth and somehow we don’t Β look as good as how we expected to be.Β πŸ˜‘πŸ˜‘πŸ˜‘

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We were craving for some deserts and this tiramisu ice cream that seems like a trend here.
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We stood outside the store to eat this and created such a commotion there.Β πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Breaking the cup half way for no reason and then shivering because it was so cold with the wind blowing and then laughing so hard for all the reasons and also for no reasons at all! Though we may seem crazy but those are the funny and memorable moments I wouldn’t exchange anything for.Β πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

We then bought some mini kimbaps to have with our soju back in our guest house. We had such a hard time figuring out how to explain takeaway to the auntie and we ordered, she immediately knew and packed it in a bag for us, making all our efforts thinking how to say it go to vainπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Love ya auntie ❀
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*Those carmex lip balms are the bomb!*
*Super moisturizing although i bought it thanks to the Produce 101 girls advertising them.πŸ˜’πŸ˜’πŸ˜’πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜*

That was all we did for day 7! Nothing special but full of memories!
Here’s a snapchat video from day 7:

CONT TO DAY 8