Korea – Seoul March 2014

Annyoung haseyo!

Annyoung from Caffe Bene @ Hongdae!

Annyoung from Caffe Bene @ Hongdae!

My first trip to Korea was in 2006, when I was still studying at Perth! And I remembered the hottest drama at that time was Goong (Yoon Eun Hye is still my favourite! She is so pretty!) I had a wonderful experience with my family and I told myself that I definitely will go back. Time flies, alas after 8 years (yes it was that long!) I had the chance to visit again. It was Wei Hor’s first trip to Korea and he was excited as well! Most of my friends know that I love Korea so much, especially now with Running Man (MY LOVE!!! Lee Kwang Soo fighting!), the yearn for going there becomes stronger. LOL.

Yummy fried rice at MyeongDong. We finished all the rice!

Yummy fried rice at MyeongDong. We finished all the rice!

We took Korean Air – highly recommended! It is really spacious and the crew members are so pretty. Hahaha! When we arrived at Incheon Airport @ 5.40am, I was so hungry (as usual..) and we decided to eat at the airport before we start off our journey. As we are not familiar with everything there, we spent like 1 hour to rent the wifi device, bought the T-Money subway card and bought the airport limousine bus ticket to our hotel.

Our first tourist attraction. Pleasant weather!

Our first tourist attraction. Pleasant weather!

It is so convenient to rent the wifi device, around 8,000 won per day and you can use it anywhere especially for us who need to use the Google Map. However, if you think you don’t need to online, you don’t have to buy it as I realised there’s wifi everywhere! Even in the subway and buses. So…it is really convenient!

We reached Anguk station at around 9am. As we didn’t know where to go, so we chose to walk to the hotel. We even passed by Gyeongbukgung Palace haha.. Finally after 10 to 15 mins of walking, we reached Ibis Ambassador Insadong Hotel. It was a nice hotel, very clean and comfy! The setting is similar to Singapore as it is an international hotel. By the way, the guy who works there looks like Ji Suk Jin from Running Man! LOL! I wanted to take a photo with him on the last day of our trip but too bad he was too busy 🙁

We couldn’t check in the hotel as it was still early. So we went to walk around Insadong. Korea has lots of nice ambience cafe! We were so impressed by their nicely decorated cafe everywhere in Seoul. Insadong is a great place, with lots of traditional artcrafts and nice cafe (yes I have to keep mentioning about this).

Pretty flowers in front of the N Seoul Tower. We went there via Cable Car! It was a great experience :)

Pretty flowers in front of the N Seoul Tower. We went there via Cable Car! It was a great experience 🙂

As a tourist, Gyeongbukgung palace is a must go. Actually we are not very interested with the buildings and architectures there, but since our hotel is near there, so we decided to go there. Luckily we saw many handsome police (no joke man, seriously daebak!) and pretty gals, so its quite worth it. HAHAHA. I’m crazy I know. 😛

Ok I think most of you are falling asleep by now, I’m going to cut it short and skip the details. Sorry, I’m really bad in writing blogs! LOL.

Throughout this trip, we love Hongdae street the most! Hongdae is a MUST go. Personally, I don’t like MyeongDong. It’s too commercialized. I know there are lots of cosmetic shops there, but those shops are everywhere in Seoul. And you can get it cheaper in Ewha or Hongdae. For example, everyone is crazy for Nature Republic’s Aloe Vera gel, you can actually get it anywhere, even inside the subway station – for the same price. Back to Hongdae, I love it because the street is full of pretty boys and gals! It’s an eye opener for us. Haha! Seriously, most of them look like they are from Girls Day or Beast. One thing similar about them is – they have super slender legs! And I found out why! It’s because they walk so much, especially in the subway stations, with all the staircase. LOL! I must really learn from them to get slender legs. So…shopping is really good in Hongdae and Ewha. Thumbs up!

As for food, I didn’t do much research on that. We just walk in to wherever shops whenever we are hungry. And surprisingly each of them tasted fantastic! My favourite street snack is Tokbokgi (not sure how to spell it), spicy rice cake. To my surprise, it tasted REALLY good!! I can eat it everyday! Highly recommended!

With the stand-still guard.

With the stand-still guard.

From this trip, what we enjoyed most was the subway. We practically took the subway from all directions in Seoul! From the city Insadong to MyeongDong to Ewha to Hongdae to Apgujeong to Gangnam and even further away to CheongPyeong! We enjoyed a lot as we feel like part of them and we were able to experience their daily lives (we were like half Koreans now! I wish!) The subway stations are really convenient and organised. However there are many exits in each station (at least 5), so you will have sore legs, haha! Bear with the sore legs if you want to have slender legs ok! LOL!!

We were so tired by that time we reached MyeongDong!

We were so tired by that time we reached MyeongDong!

Although I have been to other countries in the world, Korea is still my favourite of them all, followed by Europe (Netherlands and Switzerland daebak as well!). I will never get sick of visiting it over and over again. If there’s a chance to visit Korea again (which I’m sure I will!), I will go to Jeju Island and Busan! And I will make it a point that I go on Monday and Tuesday (to increase my chance of meeting Running Man shooting!) Yes I know I’m crazy, please bear with me. Hehe! 😀 😀 😀

Here are some photos that we took.. please enjoy and please visit Korea!

Going up to the N Seoul Tower observatory deck

Going up to the N Seoul Tower observatory deck

 

Bye Seoul, will definitely come back again!

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