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Seoul – Day V and VI

The last day and a half spent in Seoul were very chill. Day 5, we took a slow start to recuperate from all the walking around and touristy activities of Day 4.

Day 5: 비빔밥 Bibimbap for breakfast

We had 비빔밥 Bibimbap for late Breakfast.
Day 5 - Itaewon Itaewon

We strolled on Itaewon for the afternoon. I did most of my souvenir shopping there and my Korean friends sneakily bought me presents, too, despite my refusal.
Itaewon Kebab

Around 4pm, we decided to get a cheap & yummy Kebab (there’s chicken and other things in there, not just a lone piece of lettuce!) Afterwards, we made our way to Myeongdong where I met up with a Twitter buddy for dinner and evening fun in Hondae.
After a long night in Hongdae

By 3am we were clubbed-out and decided to get out and chill in a internet cafe/PC-bang to wait until the first subway train was leaving. I took this creepy picture once on the train at 5:30am; it was completely full of young people going home after the Friday night partying. My Kyunmi didn’t come out with us, so I unfortunately had to call her at that time so that she’d be awake to let me into her building/apartment.
Homemade 목살 소금구이 Moksal Sogeumgui

Day 6 – The Last Day. I woke up late, shamefully said Hi to Kyunmi’s mother around 11:30am; she didn’t seem to mind that I went out so late. We had 목살 소금구이 Moksal Sogeumgui (barbecued pork) for brunch, along with 막걸리 Makgeolli (rice wine).
After Kyunmi’s mom insisted that I pack some kimchi in my luggage, we headed to the airport in the afternoon and hop! I was back in Shanghai.

My Seoul trip posts end here (finally?)! Even though it’s been two months since I was there, I still have great memories from it! However, I really miss the food and the mini Korean restaurant around the corner is not enough for me at times. I gotta make the trip to Gubei (district of Shanghai full of Japanese and Korean people) to have decent Korean food more often!

Seoul – Day IV, Part 2

After our morning in the hanok village, we went to Gyeongbokgung (or Gyeongbok Palace).

Entering Gyeongbokgung
Geunjeongjeon Hall
Geunjeongjeon Hall

My friend Kyunmi and her infamous high heels.
Gyeonghoeru Pavilion
Gyeonghoeru Pavilion
Roofs of Gyeongbokgung

At the other end of the Palace, in front of the National Folk Museum of Korea, we were lucky to catch this performance:

We then walked over to Insadong, a shopping street with lots of small shops.

My friends “forced” me into Ssamzie, a complex of stores (clothing, accessories, home decor) all terribly cute. It’s a miracle I didn’t spend all my money there!

Koong's 만두국
We went to Koong for an early dinner, a restaurant (still in Insadong) well known for its dumplings. We had their 만두국 manduguk, dumpling soup, and it was delicious!

N Seoul Tower N Seoul Tower's locks
Landscape from N Seoul Tower
We then took the subway + bus up to the N Seoul Tower and arrived on time for sunset. There were a few couples putting up their own love locks that night, how cute.

After stopping a bit for a cup of coffee, we went by Cheonggye Stream. Unfortunately, it seemed pretty empty and it was getting really cold outside, so we decided to just go home. I’m sure it’s nice to stroll along the stream in the spring… for some other time, huh 😉

Seoul – Day IV, Part 1

Long time, no update. This semester has been pretty rough on me but I’m taking advantage of the long weekend for 清明节 Qingming Festival to catch up on blogging! I really need to finish up the Seoul posts (2 more to go!) so I can get back to what I’m up to these days :)
Day IV was busier than the other days so I decided to spread it into two posts.

불고기 Bulgogi
We woke up around 8am to get ready and had 불고기 Bulgogi (barbecued beef slices) for breakfast.
Day 4: Namsangol Hanok Village entrance
A little before noon, we arrived in Namsangol Hanok Village, a village in Seoul composed of restored traditional Korean houses. That day, there were lots of activities planned for visitors including traditional games, little workshops for kids, performances and food & drinks.

Traditional Games
In the Hanok
Korean Home
Korean Home
Korean alcohol

After our visit, we stopped at a street food stand for some snacks.
붕어빵 Bungeoppang
붕어빵 Bungeoppang (fish-shaped cake with red bean filling) – I loved it!
떡볶이 Tteokbokki
떡볶이 Tteokbokki (rice cakes in spicy sauce)

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