#SeoulAggy - Korea Trip Travelogue (Day 1-3)


Hola!

Finally I have enough time to sit down to blog about my Korea Trip!



Looking back at my snaps, I just can't help but start counting how many times I said the word "cold".
I was literally freezing, especially Day 1.

Day 1 :

We arrived at Incheon Airport and took the airport express down to Seoul.
Before going anywhere, we figured that we do need wifi since there will be some sort of language barrier between us and the people in Korea.

So we went to a counter near EXIT 7 to rent a data sim each at about 30k KRW.
Unlimited data but we were told that we are not allowed to make calls using this sim card.
The hub did made some calls through whatsapp, no issues though!



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After we finally reached Seoul Station, we easily found our way to our hotel located near Myeong Dong, at ChungMuro Station.
I would recc you all to grab a copy of the station map each for ease of travel.

Once we exit the station... I almost died.
It was freezing at about -2 and I can't help but nag at the husband over and over at how he wanted to see snow and causing us to be in such a plight -.-
(There wasnt even snow lor... felt quite stupid)

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So since we were famished, cold, and tired, we decided to drop our luggages off at our hotel and headed out to Caffebene nearby to have brunch. 
(We were there at about 11+ am)



Yay! Snug and cosy :D







  
Haha after all the camwhoring, it's finally time to check-in!
We are staying at STAYB hotel, and the hotel rating (according to the site) is actually 4.
Was pretty disappointed when we saw that the room was really small but yay to the fact that it has a bathtub! :D




We took a shower and fell asleep.
Super tired I tell you!

Our flight was 1am and guess what.. we were not assigned seats together so imagine us sitting apart throughout the 6 hour flight :(
How to sleep?!? :(

Woke up and head out about 5ish and.... look at how dark the skies are... 0.0

First stop : MYEONG DONG!
Of course we can't miss this place on our first day, since we are staying here.

 Look at the number of shops of various skincare brands lining the entire street.
Sadly I'm not a fan of all but only Innisfree.

It was pretty crowded for a Monday evening (and freezing).
We literally stopped by every single food stall and tried everything haha.







 I like this one! There's actually an entire egg inside! :O


 This stall sold some of the must-try dishes imo.
Their rice cakes and Oden (Winter dish)!
We stayed there slurping away the yummy soup for about 15 minutes hahaha!
Super shiok!





 Torched cheese scallops!


 One of the food items I really enjoyed during my Seoul trip?
Their strawberries! :D

Fried sotong and prawn fritters which turned cold in just a few minutes :(







 Trust me when I say that it was my first time trying that sausage potato thingy.


 These mascots around were actually telling passerbys to visit the restaurants they work at.
Not sold because the cafe is not pokemon cafe... oops!

We shopped quite a fair bit and honestly Myeong Dong is so huge you might get lost!
The only place that sold cheap (and decent-looking) clothes was HnM - sale items. LOL.


Other than that, I only enjoyed Myeong Dong for its street food, Innisfree stores and legit boxes of strawberries. :D

Ended day 1 with a bubblebath - we bought some bath fizzies from Lush that night!


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Day 2 :

So today we were supposed to visit all the historic places but honestly with the weather (about -2 to 2 degrees) we didn't really feel like going too many places :(


The not so good thing about us travelling in two is that no one's there to take nice shots for us :(
So a selfie should suffice I guess :D
 

1st stop of the day - Buchok Hanok Village

"Surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine, Bukchon Hanok Village is home to hundreds of traditional houses called 'hanok' that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. The name, 'Bukchon,' which literally translates to 'northern village,' came about as the neighborhoods that the village lies north of the two significant Seoul landmarks, Cheonggyecheon Stream and Jongno. Today, many of these hanoks operate as cultural centers, guesthouses, restaurants and tea houses, providing visitors an opportunity to experience, learn and immerse in Korean traditional culture."
(extracted from - http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/)

Before going anywhere, we need to re-fuel ourselves... and while exploring, we found this little street
and went into this super duper k-drama-looking restaurant!



I HAD TO SETTLE FOR BIMBIMBAP.
Regretted immediately after trying the husband's Tofu Stew - seriously the best thing everrrr!





Super yummy authentic meal!


This is how this place looks like!
Super k-drama feel right?

Took a short walk and stopped for a coffee at a really cute coffee place.






This place is really too cute!
I wonder how their cactus survive lor... mine died after a few days (sian) :(


Selfie with my fat face 


Just to share, coffee was about 3500 won (S$4) - not v cheap for sucha small cup imo :(

Really love the little streets of Buchok Hanok.




SNAPCHATTTT!



Some pancake thingy, but come to think of it, pretty oily uh :/



They have so many of these little stores selling very pretty handicraft items/jewelry/clothes.






So in love with this wall art!
Super interesting and I just had to ask the hub to take some shots of me here :P



Walked and walked and walked and finally we found....
Changdeokgung Palace!

But it was already closed by the time we arrived sigh.... (about 4ish pm :( )


"Changdeokgung Palace was the second royal villa built following the construction of Gyeongbukgung Palace in 1405. It was the principal palace for many kings of the Joseon Dynasty, and is the most well-preserved of the five remaining royal Joseon palaces. The palace grounds are comprised of a public palace area, a royal family residence building, and the rear garden. Known as a place of rest for the kings, the rear garden boasts a gigantic tree that is over 300 years old, a small pond and a pavilion. "
(extracted from - http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/)



We still took some shots anyway.
Many ladies come here dressed in their Hanboks to take some pretty shots (will talk about renting one in this same entry later).



Left feeling a little disappointed because we took such a long walk to find this place (you should know if you follow my snapchat...)
And the worst part is all the shops close so early during this period!
(The skies get dark at about 5ish pm) :(

While walking about, I noticed too many girls dressed in Hanbok and decided to rent one myself for the next day to take some nice photos!
(I regretted not renting a traditional costume while in Japan :( )






I was lucky to just simply use google and found out about ONEDAY HANBOK - it was relatively near where my hotel was!

Prices are as follows :


How to go :
Metro Station - Chung Muro
Exit 8

Walk about 200m and you will see the KIA Motors Building.
It's at the 3rd Level - #303



There's really a lot to choose from but sad thing is you are only allowed to try on TWICE before you pick the right one.

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Headed back to the hotel and then decided to head to Itaewon to take a look.
They are more known for their night clubs/night life; I spot a lot of westerners there!




When we were there, we decided against visiting any of their clubs (for safety reasons) and decided to have some K-BBQ instead!



This one that we ate was a little special, it seems like a "healthier option".
As usual, I'm digging at their side dishes :P

We should have done more research before visiting Itaewon because tbh there's nothing much there.
So to end off the night, we headed to Dong Dae Mun for some shopping.

We found out that they have some really late-night shopping going on there so we decided to head there for a look.


A super happening place even on a weekday night!


We headed to this place - PYOUNGHWA CLOTHING MARKET
Super regret because....


This is what it looks like inside.....


It's only when I left that my friend reccomended us to visit another shopping centre (refer to Day 3 further down in this entry)

So we ended the day having some hot ricecakes and Oden.
Okay la not so bad.



Felt so so tired and crashed the moment we reached back to the hotel at about 1-2ish.
Now I know why animals hibernate during the cold.
It makes us humans so so tired during cold weather season too... or maybe just us? :O

My friends from all around the world in cold weather countries, HOW DID YOU ALL MANAGE THE COLD?!?

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Day 3 :

My breakfast of the day!
Freshest strawberries from Korea! :D


Actually....we woke up late.
Haha we were supposed to go to Nami Island, but we woke up late and missed the bus.
See la the weather screwed up our body's time clock.
(Tsk everything also blame the weather.....)

So.... we headed to Insadong (where the head office for the bus to Nami Island is at).


Being near to Buchok Hanok Village, it is understandable why their buildings are also somewhat traditional looking.



Sooooo many cute and quaint-looking shops but no time to shop till we settle our bus ticket issue :(



Eventually we did.
We paid 50% of the original fare and re-scheduled our bus ride for the next day.
Lucky us!

So.... I was dressed in Hanbok (actually meant for photo-taking at Nami Island).
So how?
What to do?

Guess what, we went back to Buchok Hanok Village hahaha!

But this time round we walked from another side so we managed to explore some other shops as well!


We ordered this red bean pancake - it was so so good!!



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Photos in my hanbok from ONEDAY HANBOK!
(I know I look pregnant but I'm wearing 2 layers inside because of the cold so don't mind me okay haha)














Haha he decided to join in the fun too :P

























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At night, we headed to HONGDAE for some shopping and food.
Was supposed to have Churro101 but we can't find the store zzzzz







The hub was hungry so we settled at this place for some ramen/gyoza.
I was quite upset we didnt find Churro101 so I didnt eat anything hahaha





Wandered around and spotted this hot shopping place selling some street food!



Honestly I had my best shopping experience here at Hongdae throughout my entire trip in Seoul.





It is really a very happening place - I guess this is where all the university students hang out around.
There's people buzzing about everywhere, music is high and crazy and oh - it was a weekday when we were there so imagine the crowd during weekends?!


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Eventually we returned back to DONGDAEMUN for more unfinished business - SHOPPING!






So the best place to shop here was apparently -

MIGALORE



(Photos from Google.com)

Watch my V-log for more info!

Ended the night with some really nice clothes for my outfit to Nami Island the next day!

Stay tuned for my next blog entry - #SeoulAggy - Korea Trip Travelogue (Day 4-7)

Watch my Korea Travel V-log PART 1 here! :

 

Thank you for reading!

Cheers,
Agnes


All photos by Alex Choo - #alexchoophotography

6 comments

  1. looks like you both had lots of fun! Love your photoshoot in the hanbok, so pretty! :D

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  2. Beautiful photos! It's amazing, wish I can go to Seoul next time

    www.stepfromsteph.blogspot.com

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  3. Aaaah I'm so jealous! I always love crowded place more than beach or mountain for vacation <3

    Take care,
    Rizuna from 100% Nerd

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    1. hehe you should visit Korea sometime babe!! <3

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  4. Which month you visited Seoul? We're going in Jan 2017 and i promised my mom there will be snow that's why she's coming with me..reading your blog and you mentioned it's only cold but no snow, i hope i will not disappoint her.

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