Wanderlust : Seoul, Korea (Day 2) [Gyeongbokgung Palace, Hanok Village, Gwangjang Market, Dongdaemun]

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Day two itinerary: 

- Gyeongbokgung Palace
- Bukchon Hanok Village
- Gwangjang Market
- Dongdaemun 

Weather was extremely cold that day and it rained making it worse!! Thanks to Global warming, the weather has been a little haywire. It was supposed to be Spring in April but Winter decided to extent its stay. We just gonna put on more clothes and carry on with our itinerary to Gyeongbokgung Palace in the morning. Gyeongbokgung Palace is one of the most main palace in Seoul.

All covered but am still freezing from the strong wind. 

Alighted at Gyeongbokgung Station (Exit 5) for Gyeongbokgung Palace.
Interesting concept at the station.

Long walkway before from the station to the palace. We can feel the wind breeze from the inside.

Brunch at National Palace Museum's cafe, located between the station exit and palace' s entrance.
Kimchi Fried Rice and a hot cuppa Matcha Latte to keep myself warm :)

Finally a part of Spring is here!!

Implying modernisation into the cultural building surrounding is so inappropriate~

I can hardly survive out there! How do they do it?

We got a chance to witness the guards march!

We bought the entrance tickets for 3000KW each with English Tour. The tour guide brought us through most part of Gyeongbokgung Palace and it lasted for about an hour, it could have been longer but partly cause of the rainy weather we skipped some.

The garden pavilion

Beautiful garden! We got to witnessed the almost fully bloom cheery blossom tree. 

Sunshine after the rain :D

 Spotted a gem, ToPresso Cafe while making our way to Bukchon Hanok Village.

A very cosy cafe to stop by for snacks and chill. It's my first time trying such a unique drink, Red Bean Latte (on the right).

Arrived at Bukchon Hanok Village, where all the old traditional Korean houses are still kept as it is.
Be mindful to keep your volume and not peek into the houses as it is a residential home. 

Such a nice lamp post :)

While the sun is still up, we walked to Anguk Station MTR & set off to Gwangjang Market.

Here at Gwangjang Market for dinner!! All this walking makes me hungry!!

Salted dried fish :/

Fried Potato Pancake was so yumms!! 

We sat down with the Koreans for dinner, so authentic.

Tteokbokki (Rice Cakes) 

Japchae (Stir-fried Vermicelli)

A bowl of hot handmade dumpling noodle soup to keep me warm :D

It's so yumm that I finished the soup haa!

To burn off some calaries, we set for Dongdaemun for midnight shopping. The malls there opened till 4am whoohoo!!

I shopped till I had headache as the shops there are huge with so many items and choices to choose from!!

Out for supper again!
Pork Sausage Stick at 3000KW (approx SGD3) :O it's not cheap to eat at street stalls too!

Unknowingly we were out till 2am and we didn't realise!! Missed all public transport back so we have to flag a cab back. Taxis are parked along the road, outside the shopping malls so we hopped on to one. Sadly, we got scam from the driver saying that he can't go by meter as it's past midnight! (This is similar to Thailand) 
It's so late and safety come first so we decided to go with the fixed fare of 20000KW (approx SGD20).

Seoul, Korea (Day 1) <<< CONTINUE READING >>> Seoul, Korea (Day 3)

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