Figured I should document my trip here so I don’t forget. This is my second time to Seoul, South Korea. My first ever was back in 2012 which was 5 years ago? My flight to Seoul was at 1am in the morning so by the time I arrived at the hotel at central Seoul, it was almost lunch time, about 11.00am. We stayed at Crown Park Hotel, which was just opposite Lotte Department Store. DH brought us for lunch at 하동관 where we had 곰탕 (Gomtang). The portion was way too big for me even though it was only a bowl of rice but still. We went back to the hotel to check in after and then went back out to have some desserts.
He brought us for 빙수 at Sulbing, Myeongdong and my first taste of 빙수 was a disaster. The bean flour somehow got in my nose or something and everything just blew and I started coughing like an 아줌마 it ain’t even funny jfc. It was kind of drizzling after that so we just walked inside Lotte Young Plaza for a while and left for 광장시장 (Gwangjang Market). I posted a snapchat story and found out from my friends that Running Man filmed here. He told me its a hipster area for 할아버지들, just like how 홍대 (Hongdae) is a hipster area for youngsters. This market has been around for years and is the oldest traditional market in Seoul.
김밥 Close up of the 떡볶이
He bought us 떡볶이(tteokbokki), 김밥 (gimbap) and 빈대떡 (bindaetteok) if not mistaken? He bought two types of pancakes but I can’t remember which is called what. Third meal of the day, by the way. We ate at a nearby park where it was quite cooling and the 떡볶이splattered onto my shorts. Great.
We were supposed to have North Korean food for dinner, which DH booked for us but we couldn’t get a taxi to the place so we just ate beside our hotel. The taxi drivers were either refusing to send us or just simply replied ‘I don’t know the place’. Grr. Doing a Malaysian taxi driver?
Our tour started at 9.00am in the morning so we went to 7-11 to have light breakfast before setting off. I love the convenience stores here in Korea because it’s so much better than the ones here in Malaysia. Our first tourist stop was 경복궁 (Gyeongbokgung Palace).
We spent an entire morning at the Palace, doing all the touristy stuffs (meaning taking pictures). Lunch was at 토속촌 (Tosokchon) where we had 삼계탕 (Samgyetang).
We headed to 남산서울타워 (Namsan Seoul Tower) by cable car and it was my first ever cable car ride. The weather was burning hot in the morning and afternoon, chilly at night. After Namsan, we proceeded to Insadong to walk around before proceeding to 북촌한옥마을 (Bukchon Hanok Village). We just roamed around Insadong and DH joined us for a short while there before he left to find his friends.
This was the house where Lee Minho filmed Personal Taste, 상고재 located in 북촌한옥마. The amount of pictures we took here was crazy because well, Lee Minho. It was already evening time when we went to the village so after taking pictures and everything, our driver drove us to 송파구 to have dinner. DH was waiting for us at the dinner place called 봉피양 (Bongpiyang). They serve really good Pyeongyang-style naengmyeon here! I was too excited and busy eating so I didn’t get to take any pictures of the food that night but really highly recommended restaurant!
He brought us to eat 빙수 again but this time, 녹차빙수 (Nokcha Bingsu/Green Tea Bingsu) at Coffee Heim, in his district. We headed to grab a drink at Pierrot Coffee and they serve really good Iced Americano. Much better than the ones in Starbucks. Our last stop of the night was to 한강공원, a park by the Han River. It was kinda chilly that night so we left after a while.