Aside from the palaces we also went to their traditional villages, one of those was Bukchon Hanok Village.
It is located between Gyeongbok and Changdeok Palaces and Jongmyo Royal Shrine.
The traditional village is composed of lots of alleys and preserved to show a 600-year-old urban environment.
and there were lots of tourists around this place… evidently, I can’t find a proper frame without all these people.
Nearby the Bukchon Hanok Village is Insadong street…
where we found this! Yes, Hello Kitty Cafe! :)
I’m not a Hello Kitty fan but this place is just so adorable! :)
Wait for my food blog to see what I ate here. :)
We still had remaining palaces to visit so we decided to just go back the following day to explore more of Insadong.
See that tree? It’s the only orange leafed tree on that street..
After the palaces, we went to Lotte Mall and bumped into the Star Avenue, I not a big Korean music fan, but I like them!
See how alive the city is? Some of their malls are open until 4AM, making the “shop til you drop” literal.
On our 4th day (October 7), we went back to Insadong to do more shopping, (because the 4am mall hours were still inadequate, haha!) But before that, we passed by to this very artistic wall in one of their train stations. Koreans really have an eye for art.
and we’re back, to buy pasalubongs! :)
After Insadong, we went to our major destination for this day, Everland! :)
The kid in me is back again!
I was so blown away by the perfectly planted landscape
I wonder how they maintain all these flowers blooming..
and since it was near Halloween that time, they made everything creepy colorful
and another Korean pose,
… because I’m imitating them! Hehe, Sorry!
T Express! The roller coaster ride of our life! I left my stuff in the locker when we road this monster. T Express is South Korea’s first wooden coaster, the first ride of this type in Asia, with the first to utilize three trains. It is world’s second steepest wooden coaster and the world’s ninth fastest, fourth tallest, and sixth longest wooden coaster. So? Any questions why we shouldn’t ride this exciting thing?
We went inside their horror house after the T express. My level of excitement was so high when I rode the T express, but here, I wanted to pass! I was like placed inside an actual Korean horror movie. I had so much fun riding roller coasters, but horror houses made me equally terrified! So scary!!!
Everland at night…
The nights were really longer in Korea, livelier with so much to discover.. like GANGNAM! And the song played into my head while we were here. Haha!
On our fifth day (October 8) we went to Petite France! We almost missed this place, good thing we never get tired of researching places to see whenever we went back to our hotel.
What a shame to miss this place… see?!? :)
It got better as went inside these petite houses..
My journey into the antique store… ceramic figurines
Dolls clocks, candle holders…
and puppets… okay, these look creepy.
Bells and… do you see those small padlocks? They really have a thing for padlocks! Haha!
"The hills are alive…" haha!
There’s Cher, sporting her DM’s
and me, pretending that this shot was candid, haha! (At least I confessed)
Petite Fountain in Petite France
Last shot before the rain starts…
We went back to Myeongdong to do more and more shopping, had dinner and salvaged their convenience stores!
Korea was a breeze in our busy lives. Hope we’ll get the chance to go back here. Such beauty, with everything cheap, delicious, fun, colorful and mushy! Haha!
Check out the first part of this post here.
After four months, I was able to sort, edit and upload my Korea trip photos. This is one of the moments that I beg the universe for a little time where I can open my computer and check my photos, which are not related to work. [Struggle, as always —- My usual statement.]
But finally, here they are. My memories had a hard time flying back to Korea in order to do this post.
We were at Seoul last October 3 until October 9. We were planning to schedule this trip around early November but our schedules only permit first week of October, so we gave it a go.
It was already autumn but the leaves were still on their transition stage. I was so looking forward to the all-red-orange-or-yellow-leafy-trees. But most were still green. Temperature was around 20 degrees celsius at daytime (yes it’s not so cold, I just feel like I’m just in Baguio) and drops to 12-14 degrees at night.
We arrived at Seoul around 8pm. We checked-in at Chocolate Tree Hotel and had a quick dinner at one of the nearby restaurants. The restaurant that we’ll only know the name if we know how to read Korean…
So that’s our first unknown Korean meal! Haha!
On our first official day (Oct 4), we went to Nami Island. It’s more than an hour away, from Hongik station to Gapyeong station. Then we took a cab going to the ferry wharf, ferry ride is around 15mins.
… and we’re here, hello maple trees!!!
I was so tempted to play with these paints, haha!
Look how artsy they are…
This place have become popular because of the Korean show, “Winter Sonata”
On our second day (October 5), we went around the city. We took the hop on hop off bus to go around. First stop : War Memorial Park
This place is the symbol of the remaining divided state in the world.
Seoul City’s Thousand-Year time capsule, buried last November 29, 1994 and scheduled to be opened on November 29, 2394.
Cool photo guide!
Namsangol Hanok Village
Our last stop for on this day was at Namsan Seoul tower aka Day Off Park. Joke. Look at all those people!
The people were as many as these padlocks, haha!
I was so blown away by these messages! Mushiness all over the world!
The Seoul tower at day…
… and it shows off nice lights when the sun goes down. See how it matches the sky!
On our third day (October 6), we went to their palaces…
..that looked like the Chinese temples in Beijing.
Gwanghamun Square, where Admiral Yi Sun-sin and King Sejong the Great stand.
Just across the square is the Gyeongbukgong Palace.
What’s Korea without a Korean pose? haha!
I know this is such a photo heavy post, so I’m splitting it into 3. See part II of my post here.
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