1st Jun 2016:
We decided to have Samgyetang (삼계탕), ginseng chicken soup, for brunch today lol. As we were only left with less than 3 days in Korea, we were trying to squeeze in Korean cuisine that we have not tried yet. We had it in a small neighbourhood eatery near Changdeokgung, and it was of course delicious! 🙂
After a satisfying brunch, we proceeded to Changdeokgung (창덕궁). The last time i visited Changdeokgung was in 2004, and i visited the Huwon (후원) too. But not this time, cos’ the weather was too warm, and we think Huwon could be more crowded than the main palace. We intended to leave the palace after the royal guard changing ceremony, but was told we can only see it in Gyeongbokgung, and so we decided to proceed to Insadong.
It was a short walk from Changdeokgung to Insadong (인사동). After some shopping in Insadong, we took a break and had some coffee and pancake. We lazed in the cafe for quite a while to escape from the scorching sun.
Then we explored Insadong until 4.30pm, when we left for Hongdae.
It was so challenging finding our way to Hongdae (홍대), as we had no idea which direction to walk to from the Hongik University Station. It was definitely not a straightforward way. We lost count how many passerbys we asked, and we even approached some shop owners, finally and finally, we reached Hongdae at 6.30pm. We rewarded ourselves by having a sumptuous pork and beef bbq dinner 🙂
We shopped around Hongdae, and stopped to watch some interesting street performances. We tried the 32cm soft ice cream before we headed home.
2nd Jun 2016:
As usual, we woke up at about 8am plus and had a simple breakfast in our Airbnb. After that, we took the subway to Hyehwa Station to visit the Ihwa Mural Village (이화 벽화마을).
We asked a staff from one of the cafes near the station on the direction to the village, and was told that some of the murals were destroyed by the residents there as they found the visitors too noisy.
Nevertheless, we went ahead and were glad to see many nice murals. And so, we decided to take as many pictures as possible before they were been destroyed too.
The murals and artworks here were so amazing. It was said that approximately 60 artists participated in this Naksan Project in 2006.
Hopefully, whoever visit the Ihwa Mural Village can keep their voices down, so that the residents’ daily lives would not be adversely affected. You don’t have to be rowdy to admire art works.
We had Budae Jjigae (army stew) for lunch. This was in our must-eat list too 🙂
Then, we took the subway to Sinsa station, and had our coffee break at Garosugil (가로수길).
There are many cosmetic and fashion stores in this street. We ended up spending much time shopping for the cute LINE products.
Then, we had Han Chu (한추) fried chicken with beer for dinner. Happy to check this off from our must-eat list 🙂
We went to Dongdaemun for a night shopping. Our intention was to go to a wholesale market to buy some nice seaweed, but was told that we can get them in supermarkets, and so we decided to get them from the Emart near our Airbnb. After we were done with all the shopping, we tabao some tteokbokki back for supper.
3rd Jun 2016:
Had our breakfast at a nearby cafe, then checked out from our Airbnb by 11am, and took the KAL limousine bus to the airport to catch our flight back to Singapore.