North Asia

Annyeong Haseyo! Korea Trip – Seoul

How many of you are going to spend your white christmas in Korea this year end? If you are planning for your itinerary, this post may help you. 🙂

I was there for a work trip and extended to explore Seoul. Bae and I stayed at this hotel named Staz Hotel Myeong Dong 2 which is near Myeong Dong area but situated near Chunmuro train station. Would recommend this place if you are on a tight budget booking an accom last minute. If not, I would reecommend Nine Tree Myeongdong.
Location:
Staz Hotel Myeong Dong 2 Address: Staz Hotel Myeongdong 2 
16 Supyo-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Myeong-dong, Seoul, South Korea 100-013
Address: 16 Supyo-ro, Jung-gu, 서울특별시 SO, South Korea

Dropped by Namsangol Hanok Village before heading for Myeongdong in search of some good food.

Entrance of Namsangol Hanok Village

Thereafter, we took a 5-min walk to Myeongdong, the land of cosmetics. I used to be a makeup junkie but have stopped buying cosmetics (unless I ran out of it) 10 years ago. And Myeongdong just triggered the makeup junkie in me.

Got most of the items at Olive Young and some random shops that I can’t remember.

Seriously, every corner you turn, you will see a shop selling so many masks with attractive promotions. Settled for this soft serve ice cream to beat the heat in June.

Chanced upon this noodle store and gave it a try.
Cold noodle
Coin cafe

Second day, we headed to Gyeongbokgung Palace but only to find out it was closed for some reasons.

Directions to Gyeongbokgung Palace :
1. Take exit 5 at Gyeongbokgung Palace station (Seoul subway line 3)
2. The palace is right ahead of you at the exit

 

My ootd 😀

Of course, we got to try this famous ginseng chicken Tosokchon nearby.

Directions: Tosokchon, Seoul, South Korea (Ginseng Chicken)
토속촌 near gyeong bung palace. 
5, Jahamun-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

 

 

 

 

Over ordered and we were struggling to finish the food

Next stop, we headed to Hanok Village which is one of the main tourist attractions. There are several stores that offer hanbok traditional costumes which you can rent for 2 hours to take photos.

 

 

 

 

At night, we adjourned to Sinsa area for cafe hopping. It is a place similar to Tokyo’s Ginza where the ambience is more of upside and quiet. The cafe culture there is strong and you can easily find at least 6 good ones along the stretch. In addition, you can find some really good restaurants and eateries.

Really miss sashimi after many days of Korean food
Their BBQ is just awesome.

 

 

 

One of my fave – Mug for Rabbit

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next time, it was Ehwa University and offers a great shopping experience for ladies!

Piping hot egg bread
Such a tranquil place

We went on a DNZ day tour and had a bird’s eye view of North Korea through a pair of binoculars.

 

Common Ground is another hipster place that we explored and I would say other than taking photo in front of the containers, there isn’t much shopping to be done there.

Directions:
Konkuk university station (건대입구역 Seoul Subway line2 or line7) >> exit #6 >> walk 400 meters

 

Chanced upon this coffee roaster place to seek shelter from the rain.

 

Everland was not bad, though quite a number of stations were closed when we were there, which kind of spoilt the fun of it. It is highly recommend to buy a round trip shuttle bus and full day everland pass to save the hassle of travelling via train. Though the downside is that you won’t get to stay till night to see the fireworks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of my favourite snacks that I had during the trip which is a must-try! The honey butter chips were indeed addictive and my favourite honey almond nuts is missing in the picture…

Food wise, you got to try their Jjamppong (Korean spicy noodle soup flavoured with seafood), fried chicken, zhajiangmian and sweet/sour pork!

 

 

 

Feeling hungry now after seeing all these posts. Till the next time, Korea!

Danceoff,
Salseralove

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