Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Travelogue: Korea 2014 - Day 7 @ Gangnam and Sinsa-dong Garosu-gil | Seoul, South Korea

And since Dongdaemun was a disappointment when we checked the area out the night before, we decided to lie low a little and hang around in the comforts of our apartment until the stomachs issued a warrant for food or it go all bonkers before we finally head out for the day!

So here's our a quick update on our seventh day in Korea!


[Korea September/ October 2014]
2nd October 2014 - Day 7 @ Gangnam & Sinsa-dong Garosu-gil
In the bustling city of Seoul and Chungjeongno district, there is actually an old village that still remains between both Chungjeongno stations up to date. And one evening walkabout around that area and we actually discover a number of small eateries and cafes within the area!

But that morning, we didn't bother too look to far and simply went straight for the eatery right behind our apartment at 리시온 (Rision). It actually didn't look very appealing from the outside but, I have to highlight that this is a real hidden gem!


2 Oct 2014: Brunch at Chungjeongno | Seoul, South Korea
Day 7 brunch spread!

The eatery serves up a good variation of authentic Korean dishes like stews and soups, cold noodles and bibimbap at ₩6,000 for each portion that tasted so homely. And if you are to consider the large portions like how your mom will love to over-feed you all the time, it really makes you feel like you are having a meal at home!

Anyway, the menu was solely in Korean and the owner of the eatery attempted to help us understand and recommended their specialty which is the Spicy Braised Chicken 닭볶음탕 (bottom left corner of photo).

And thank goodness to the adventurous tastes buds, we both discovered a new favorite Korean fish! This spicy braised chicken dish basically tastes like a garlicky hot pepper paste chicken stew! It was really quite lip smacking!


2 Oct 2014: Brunch at Chungjeongno | Seoul, South Korea2 Oct 2014: Brunch at Chungjeongno | Seoul, South Korea
Check out the puffy eyes and faces from too much sleep! Hehe!


So after breakfast, we went on to spend the rest of the day living like beavers, burrowing the undergrounds of Gangnam district after our hearty brunch! And I will to give you a heads up first that this is not going to about COEX Mall or anything too mainstream about Gangnam in case you are expecting to see a writeup on those place!

2 Oct 2014: Gangnam Station Underground Shopping Centre | Seoul, South Korea
Gangnam Station Underground Shopping Centre (Gangnam Station)


2 Oct 2014: Gangnam Underground Shopping Arcade @ Express Bus Terminal Station | Seoul, South Korea
Gangnam Underground Shopping Arcade (Express Bus Terminal Station)

Do not be confused with both the underground shopping areas that are located at the Metro stations, one is at Gangnam Station while the other is at Express Bus Terminal Station. But although they are at different locations, I find a strong similarity between the two. 

Both places actually offers you an extensive range of beauty brands as well as fashion apparel shops that are more pleasant to shop in. And in my opinion, the discounts and promotions available at both the underground shopping areas were way better than some over-raved shopping areas in Seoul. 

On a side note, you will be able to find very interesting and beautiful home deco at Gangnam Underground Shopping Arcade (Express Bus Terminal Station). From retro and vintage to classic to wood and country style, you name it all!


And yep, we spent the entire afternoon at both underground shopping areas until it was time to have dinner before we headed over to Sinsa-dong Garosu-gil to meet up with one of Xin's Korean friend!

2 Oct 2014: Sinsa-dong Garosu-gil | Seoul, South Korea
Sinsa-dong Garosu-gil

There are lots of Garosu-gil (tree-lined streets) in Seoul but this one in Sinsa-dong is the most popular among both the locals and tourists alike! Sinsa-dong Garosu-gil is a beautiful promenade lined with gingko trees, strategically located in the middle of the city and of course, there is no better reason for it to be the most popular since the street offers an array of studios, cafes, restaurants, bar, fashion shops and so on! Pretty amazing!


2 Oct 2014: Korean BBQ @ Sinsa-dong Garosu-gil | Seoul, South Korea

Dinner at 33 House

33 House 삼삼이네 생고깃집
Address: 대한민국 서울특별시 강남구 신사동 515-6

We ended off our day with Xin's Korean friend for dinner! There are just too many food choice available at Sinsa-dong Garosu-gil but I think both Xin and I had "We love BBQ!" kinda face, so the friend actually brought us to a Korean BBQ house, one that is covered with customers' scribblings on their walls.

It was really crowded with locals and food was pretty decent. And although the place is located in one of the prime district in Seoul, it is actually quite affordable at about ₩24,000 (approx. SGD$30.00) for a good portion of pork belly and vegetables for the three of us! Awesome!


And that sums up our seventh day in Korea! It was a good break from a hectic itinerary, a confidence boost with the shopping in Seoul and a great day spent that made us look forward to the next day when we will starting off our day at Ihwa Mural Village! Stay tuned!




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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Travelogue: Korea 2014 - Day 6 @ Edae Shopping District | Seoul, South Korea

On our sixth day of our Korea trip, we had to send off one of the girls, Lyn, since she couldn't get an approved extended break from work like Xin and I! A little sad that she couldn't continue the journey together with us but the escapade to Korea has to go on!


[Korea September/ October 2014]
1st October 2014 - Day 6 @ Edae Shopping District

We had allowed ourselves to sleep in slightly before heading out for brunch together before Lyn heads off to catch her flight back to Singapore! And I actually decided to give myself a break from lugging the big ass camera around after five days, so please pardon the poor quality shots in this post!

Xing Chairo 씽차이로

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Andrew, the owner of the apartment in Seoul we took up, shared with us that one of his personal favorite jjajangmyeon can be found at Xing Chairo that is located just across the main street from our apartment! So of course we have got to check it out together!


1 Oct 2014: Breakfast at Xing Chairo 씽차이로 | Seoul, South Korea

Jjambbong 짬뽕


1 Oct 2014: Breakfast at Xing Chairo | Seoul, South Korea
Jjajangmyeon 짜장면

The seafood flavors in the broth of the jjambbong was so robust and the sauce for the jjajangmyeon was really thick and flavorful too. And not forgetting that the portions were relatively huge and it seems like it is definitely worth the price we were paying, otherwise I would have remembered a complain!

Anyway, I have to add that although we were quite early and arrived at an empty restaurant, we were very quickly joined by other locals coming in for lunch! And by that, I guess that means that Xing Chairo is quite a popular eating place to the locals!


1 Oct 2014: Bye bye Lyn :( | Seoul, South Korea

1 Oct 2014: Bye bye Lyn :( | Seoul, South Korea
The last complete morning selfie before we part ways with Lyn! :(


Edae Shopping District 이대
After we parted ways with Lyn, we took a short train ride to EWHA Womans University Station where both Xin and I planned to have a relaxed and lazy afternoon exploring Edae Shopping District and attempt to give ourselves a hair-pampering session at one of the many hair salons you can find there. Quite a hiatus from all that walking and sightseeing I must say!


1 Oct 2014: Edae Shopping District | Seoul, South Korea

Edae Shopping District at dusk...

The area around Edae and Sinchon is home to a number of private universities and inevitably, you can find a collection of trendy stores, bars and restaurants and eateries at Edae Shopping District, the commercial street between Sinchon Station and EWHA Woman's University Station.

I have to admit that the energy in this area is absolutely different from the rest of the shopping areas in Seoul, say much younger and zestful. And even if it was said that the stores there offers a wide range of styles and prices, I won't generally say that it is a shopper's paradise! 99% of the stores there offers fashion apparels, accessories and so on for the ladies so I think everyone should further emphasize that Edae Shopping District is a shopping paradise the young ladies!


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Cecica Hair 쎄시카헤어

Thank goodness the girlfriend did her research and we managed to locate a decent looking hair salon before we gave up for I don't think we will be able to find another place as nicely done up with a very cosy environment complete with very professional looking hair stylists and most importantly, we could give simple instructions of what we will like to do with our hair as there was someone who can communicate with us comfortably in English!


1 Oct 2014: Cecica Hair | Seoul, South Korea

The prices at Cecica Hair were actually quite reasonable despite how atas the place feels! So without much further considerations, Xin did her volumnizing rebonding and curls and I went for a long-over due hair cut that costed me ₩25,000 with wash and blow included too! 


1 Oct 2014: Cecica Hair | Seoul, South Korea

A super blurry wefie after the hair-pampering session...
together with the very professional hair stylist, Miho, who did both our hair!

She was actually very cute and friendly with us, very confident with every brush and snip she did with our hopelessly dead mane but strict with the juniors under her wings and making sure every customer that went into Cecica Hair will leave happy! I have nothing but respect for someone like her and I will definitely be back if I ever visit Seoul again!


By the way, you can find a good variety of make shift stalls offering street food along the street from Exit 2 of EWHA Womans University Station all the way to the plaza in front of Yes APM 예스APM (which I think is currently no longer in business). And of course, the first stall I am going to highlight here in my post is this one that sells egg muffins 계란빵!

1 Oct 2014: Egg Muffin 계란빵 at Edae Shopping District | Seoul, South Korea

1 Oct 2014: Egg Muffin 계란빵 at Edae Shopping District | Seoul, South Korea1 Oct 2014: Egg Muffin 계란빵 at Edae Shopping District | Seoul, South Korea

Egg muffins 계란빵!

I guess I sound like I am exceptionally bias towards egg muffins but what I found noteworthy about these egg muffins at Edae Shopping District is not only that it comes with a super thick muffin base topped with an egg, it comes covered with a layer of melted CHEESE on top and all that for ₩1,000 per piece! That's the most affordable one I found during this trip!


1 Oct 2014: Herb Cup Chicken 허브컵치킨 at Edae Shopping District | Seoul, South Korea

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Anyway, Edae Shopping District also offers one of my favorite Korean fried chicken 닭강정! It is especially crispy and comes perfectly seasoned, sweet and spicy but not overwhelming! We tried a couple of different variants of this fried chicken all around Seoul and decided that this one served here is our favorite!

You can find this stall, almost immediately after you exit from the station via Exit 2 and just outside of an ARTBOX outlet!


EWHA Womans University 이화여자대학교

1 Oct 2014: EWHA Womans University | Seoul, South Korea






Founded in 1886, EWHA Womans University is the first ever educational institute for women in Korea. It went through a hefty history from the finding of the institute to being bestowed by Emperor Gojung, then getting downgraded during the Japanese Colonial ruling in 1943 and finally regaining the name and establishment in 1945 and developing into an university with 15 graduate schools, 11 colleges with 67 departments and several research institutes today!

Well, before any one gets any further misunderstandings, EWHA Womans University is actually really a school campus for students and not exactly any tourist attraction until they recently had a beautiful Campus Complex built in year 2008.


1 Oct 2014: EWHA Womans University | Seoul, South Korea



1 Oct 2014: EWHA Womans University | Seoul, South Korea1 Oct 2014: EWHA Womans University | Seoul, South Korea
And so here's presenting to you... the famous EWHA Campus Complex!

Walking through the Campus Complex, it seems like you are walking through a valley with two buildings on either sides that is home to a library, bookstore, gym for the students, lecture rooms and other facilities that every school should need. And the entire architecture of the complex and how successful the space is will definitely leave you in awe and wonder if this is really a school campus or not. You really see students enjoying the space and lingering at the amphitheater-liked area at the very end of the complex.

Anyway, there is a sign at the entrance to the university campus to try and keep curious tourists off, the architectural filled mind of mine can't help but to insist that we try and blend into the students crowd and walked in nonetheless so that I can check out the Campus Complex at least! I'm sorry, I am a super bad example!



1 Oct 2014: EWHA Womans University | Seoul, South Korea

Wishing we are still young and reckless brats~ 


Map of Edae Shopping District as well as Sinchon Ladies Street!
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Well, we could have spent the whole day at Edae Shopping District if curiosity didn't make us take a long haul train ride across Seoul to check out and attempt to do some late night shopping at Dongdaemun. Well, kinda regretted leaving Edae Shopping District behind as there is nothing great about Dongdaemun in my opinion so I am so not going to elaborate about it at all in this post! Shall talk about it and explain it in one of the next few posts to come! 

Meanwhile, stay tuned for the next upcoming post on this travelogue series! :)




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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Travelogue: Korea 2014 - Day 5 @ Gwangjang Market, Bukchon Hanok Village (Samcheong-dong) & Insa-dong | Seoul, South Korea

After three full days in Busan for the first leg of the getaway to Korea with my girls and one day of settling down after arriving in Seoul, we were more than ready to take on a full day itinerary! In other words, behold! It is going to be quite a lengthy post!

[Korea September/ October 2014]
30th Sep 2014 - Day 5 @ Gwangjang Market, Bukchon Hanok Village (Samcheong-dong) & Insa-dong
The first stop for our official first day in Seoul is at Gwangjang Market, where we planned to source for some breakfast over there and quickly check the place out before continuing with the rest of the itinerary planned for the day! No idea why we didn't remember our little "tradition" of a morning selfie anyway!


Gwangjang Market 광장시장
I had always thought that Gwangjang Market is just one of the many popular destinations for most tourists visiting Seoul and decided to put it in the itinerary to check out what's the deal about that place. But little did I know that the market is actually the very first market in Korea that has thrived through all these years to become what it is today!

30 Sep 2014: Gwangjang Market 광장시장 | Seoul, South Korea

30 Sep 2014: Gwangjang Market 광장시장 | Seoul, South Korea
Within the compounds of the market, you can find a large variety of goods from fresh produce to fashion apparels to handicrafts to household products to silk and other fabrics. And needless to say, my favorite area within the large market is the food alleys!


30 Sep 2014: Gwangjang Market 광장시장 | Seoul, South Korea

30 Sep 2014: Gwangjang Market 광장시장 | Seoul, South Korea

Then, it is said that there are three main food alleys in Gwangjang Market - Jeon Alley, Mayak Gimbap Alley and Yukhoe Alley. And the names of course means that you can find lots of eateries serving up bindaetteok 빈대떡, yukhoe 육회 or mayak gimbap 마약김밥 at the alleys respectively. And I really like how they always categorize everything so neat and clearly in Korea!

Anyway, I am absolutely clueless about which alley we were at but judging from the number of stalls selling bindaetteok (Mung Bean Pancakes), it seems like it is the Jeon Alley! However, there are quite a number of stalls serving up mayak gimbap (Mini Seaweed & Rice rolls) as well, so we might have stumbled upon both the Jeon Alley and the Mayak Gimbap Alley! Or perhaps the Yukhoe Alley too but I wasn't observant enough and missed spotting some yukhoe (Korean Steak Tartare)! Haha!


30 Sep 2014: Gwangjang Market 광장시장 | Seoul, South Korea
Bindaetteok 빈대떡

And for our breakfast, we randomly picked one of the stalls serving bindaetteok and settled down to try two variants, an original one and another with minced pork inside. These mung bean pancakes are made of a batter of grinded mung bean and flour with other varying ingredients like scallions, beansprouts or sliced chilli that is pan-fried in a griddle until it is golden brown and crispy before serving.

These pancakes are yummy but pretty greasy to have them first thing in the morning for breakfast and we were really thankful that they are served with a dipping sauce made with soy sauce and vinegar concoction that helps cut the grease a little.


30 Sep 2014: Gwangjang Market 광장시장 | Seoul, South Korea
Anyway, food at the food alley in Gwangjang Market is typically stacked on the stall front while the grannies will serve you from behind the mountain piles they had prepared for business for the day. So don't be alarmed if you are made to dine in front of an entire braised pig head just like us when we were enjoying our oden 오뎅 in a yummy seaweed soup this granny serves!

And one honest opinion, if you allow me, Gwangjang Market is way too touristy for me and the prices of the food available there were really quite pricy. Probably I haven't seen something at the market that attracted me, but unless I will have more than enough time during my next trip to Seoul, I don't think I will revisit again!


Map of Gwangjang Market and directions on how to get there!
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Bukchon Hanok Village 북촌한옥마을 & Samcheong-dong 삼청동
After our greasy breakfast at Gwangjang Market, we made a slow walk (my girls weren't very please with the walkaholic in me! Haha...) to our second stop of the day at Bukchon Hanok Village where more walking will be involved as we explore the streets and alleys of the village to check out the different iconic view points of the village!


Changdeokgung (Palace) 창덕궁

30 Sep 2014: Changdeokgung Palace 창덕궁 | Seoul, South Korea
Spot the girls! Hehe...


30 Sep 2014: Changdeokgung Palace 창덕궁 | Seoul, South Korea

Slurping on my Iced Black Tea latte acquired during the walk from Gwangjang Market!


We began our walkabout at Changdeokgung Palace! And I would love to head inside or go through a guided tour at the Huwon 후원 (Secret Garden) in Changdeokgung Palace but after spotting a fleet of tour buses ferrying a large tour group arriving and remembering the near death experience at Haedong Yonggungsa in Busan, I think I had a slight Ochlophobia! So with just a couple of photos at the entrance, we move on with our own walkabout! 


Bukchon 1st View: Changdeokgung View

30 Sep 2014: Bukchon Hanok Village 북촌한옥마을  | Seoul, South Korea
At Bukchon, there are a total of eight popular photo spots with views that shows the best characteristic of the village. We managed to check out a handful of them and the one above is one of them. It is supposed to be the panoramic view of the Changdeokgung. Hmmm... Not very impressed with the view at this photo spot! Either that or I need a longer neck to enjoy this view better! Hehe...


30 Sep 2014: Bukchon Hanok Village 북촌한옥마을  | Seoul, South Korea

It was almost mid-day and it is getting a little hot!
Time for an ice cream to cool down! Or rather simply just the girls and their ice cream again!


30 Sep 2014: Bukchon Hanok Village 북촌한옥마을 | Seoul, South Korea

Oh god! Please hang on tight!

No, we didn't teleport from Bukchon to a zoo or what! That is just a wall mural! Anyway, I'm not sure if wall murals are popular in Korea or what but they were pretty fun to have around! Or at least, we see them as photo opportunities according to our creativity and here's another one!


30 Sep 2014: Bukchon Hanok Village 북촌한옥마을 | Seoul, South Korea

30 Sep 2014: Bukchon Hanok Village 북촌한옥마을 | Seoul, South Korea
nah~ A bouquet for you! 


Bukchon 3rd View: Gahoe-dong Museum Lane
There are a couple of craftwork studios and museums around in Gahoe-dong, especially the ones located along the same alley where the third view of Bukchon is. Most of the workshops there are privately-owned and aside from just an exhibition of folk art objects, garments and other traditional items, some of them they open their doors to welcome guests to experience hands-on at Korean knot-making or fabric dyeing. 


30 Sep 2014: Bukchon Hanok Village 북촌한옥마을  | Seoul, South Korea

30 Sep 2014: Bukchon Hanok Village 북촌한옥마을  | Seoul, South Korea
The girls and the side alley with a rustic wood color scheme...


30 Sep 2014: Bukchon Hanok Village 북촌한옥마을 | Seoul, South Korea
Selfie somewhere among the museums and houses offering workshops!

Well, we obviously forgot that we could peek into those hanoks and check out the craftwork studios and exhibitions! Haha...


30 Sep 2014: Bukchon Hanok Village 북촌한옥마을  | Seoul, South Korea
Yet another wall mural! 
And it seems like this is the obligatory pose everyone does with this wall mural! Haha!


30 Sep 2014: Bukchon Hanok Village 북촌한옥마을 | Seoul, South Korea

The Autumn bloom in someone's front yard!

In case you are wondering, Bukchon is still an active village! Although quite a number of the hanok 한옥 were converted to luxurious B&Bs for tourists who will like to experience living out in these traditional houses, there are actually residents in each and every other house!


30 Sep 2014: Bukchon Hanok Village 북촌한옥마을  | Seoul, South Korea

I really like this shot actually! :)


Bukchon 5th View: Gahoe-dong Alley

30 Sep 2014: Bukchon Hanok Village 북촌한옥마을  | Seoul, South Korea
The hanok found along this alley is considered the most authentic since the government had taken extra efforts and caution to maintain and make sure these traditional houses in this cluster remains in excellent shape!


30 Sep 2014: Bukchon Hanok Village 북촌한옥마을  | Seoul, South Korea

And the hanok here uses more brick red colors for the wall patterns on the exterior facade. The brick red colors were really vibrant and cheery and it accentuates a different mood as compared to those around the third view with the rustic wood color scheme!


30 Sep 2014: Bukchon Hanok Village 북촌한옥마을  | Seoul, South Korea
And of course, the girls and I with the beautiful hanok in the background!


Bukchon 6th View: Gaheo-dong Alley

30 Sep 2014: Bukchon Hanok Village 북촌한옥마을  | Seoul, South Korea30 Sep 2014: Bukchon Hanok Village 북촌한옥마을  | Seoul, South Korea

The sixth view is actually along the same alley as the fifth, just that it is the view from the top of the slope down! By the way, will you like a swanky next door neighbor like me? Haha!


30 Sep 2014: Samcheongdong 삼청동  | Seoul, South Korea
View of Samcheong-dong from the highest point at Bukchon Hanok Village!
Guess it will be really beautiful later into Autumn when all the leaves turn amber in color!


By the way, did I get too carried away with the photos and forgot to elaborate more about Bukchon Hanok Village? Hehe... The neighborhood surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine is actually home to hundreds of hanok (Korean traditional houses) that dates back to the historical days during Joseon Dynasty. And 'Bukchon', which literally translates as 'northern village', came about as the area the village covers lie to the north of two significant landmarks of Seoul, Cheonggyecheon Stream and Jongno. 

In fact, there are two such hanok villages within Seoul itself, namely the Namsangol Hanok Village 남산골 한옥마을 and this one we visited and mentioned in this post.


30 Sep 2014: Samcheongdong 삼청동  | Seoul, South Korea
Before I die, I want to see Singapore win the World Cup.

Aside from wall murals, there are also a couple of Before I die walls that we came across in Korea. One of them is spotted in Samcheong-dong while we were exploring the Bukchon Hanok Village. And this is the best line I've ever seen! My dear fellow Singaporean, I don't mind wishing that I will get to see Singapore win the World Cup too!


30 Sep 2014: Samcheongdong 삼청동 | Seoul, South Korea
Walking from Samcheong-dong to Insa-dong...


30 Sep 2014: Samcheongdong 삼청동 | Seoul, South Korea

A random huge piece of wall with a beautiful abstract painting... 
Spotted while we were walking from Samcheong-dong to Insa-dong!



Map & directions of Bukchon Hanok Village & Samcheong-dong!
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Insa-dong 인사동 & Ssamziegil 쌈지길

30 Sep 2014: Insadong 인사동 | Seoul, South Korea
Arriving at Insa-dong!

Located in the heart of Seoul, Insa-dong offers alleys after alleys lined with stores retailing precious old but traditional goods, galleries, traditional restaurants, teahouses and cafes. Every weekend, some streets are blocked off from traffic and booths like Korean Candy merchants and fortune tellers will be set up along the streets and there will be traditional performances and exhibits as well!

Basically, the entire town is an arts and cultural space!


30 Sep 2014: Ssamziegil 쌈지길 | Seoul, South Korea

30 Sep 2014: Ssamziegil 쌈지길 | Seoul, South Korea
And of course, checking out Ssamziegil!

At Ssamziegil, the area is uniquely designed in such a way that the corridors form a spiral-like stairway that leads you from ground level to the rooftop garden 하늘마당 'unknowingly' as you are checking out the 70 over shops offering handicrafts, souvenir, art galleries, restaurants and more!

And since Ssamziegil has been marked the 'Special Insa-dong within Insa-dong', we just have to check it out!


30 Sep 2014: Ssamziegil 쌈지길 | Seoul, South Korea

Forgive us but we just have to take a selfie right there and then! Hehe... :P


30 Sep 2014: Ssamziegil 쌈지길 | Seoul, South Korea
Following the alleys all the way to up to the rooftop garden!


30 Sep 2014:  Ssamziegil 쌈지길 | Seoul, South Korea
Love locks at the rooftop deck of Ssamziegil!


30 Sep 2014: Ssamziegil 쌈지길 | Seoul, South Korea
Silhouettes during dusk!


30 Sep 2014: Insadong 인사동 | Seoul, South Korea
Back on the streets of Insa-dong but it's already starting to get dark!

All I can say that both Samcheong-dong and Insa-dong are really unique and different as compared to the other areas within Seoul. It will be pretty interesting to soak up all that history, art and culture atmosphere for a change! But items on sale here are actually rather pricey (Considering most of them are handmade and unique...) so don't be expecting to shop much here unless you're one helluva art fan!


30 Sep 2014: Insadong 인사동 | Seoul, South Korea
Spotted an artist hard at work painting what seems like a scenic view of the N Seoul Tower!
Definitely helps to further define all that the artsy fartsy tone in Insa-dong!



Map of Insa-dong & some simple directions on how to get there!
Click for an enlarged view!


Hanuel Bondak 하늘본닭 (Sinchon 신촌) 

30 Sep 2014: Dinner at Haneul Bondak 하늘본닭 in Sinchon | Seoul, South Korea
It's dinner time!


30 Sep 2014: Dinner at Haneul Bondak 하늘본닭 in Sinchon | Seoul, South Korea

30 Sep 2014: Dinner at Haneul Bondak 하늘본닭 in Sinchon | Seoul, South Korea

Since we weren't hungry yet after exploring Insa-dong, we make a long hop over to Sinchon-dong area and end up having dakgalbi 닭갈비 for dinner! It was good and rather affordable since there are multiple numbers of universities nearby actually!


30 Sep 2014: Supper time! | Seoul, South Korea30 Sep 2014: Supper time! | Seoul, South Korea

Supper time back at our apartment!

Not like we didn't have enough for dinner but remember I mentioned that our favorite spot in our apartment is at the pantry area? Yeah, that's because that's where we are able to prepare and eat our supper or random musings with the street food in Seoul every night! Hehe... 


And that's the end of our first day in Seoul! The first and one that is more art, cultural and history packed! 




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