Sunday, 2 June 2013

Seoul, Korea Day 2 - Gyeongbokgung Palace, Dongdaemun




Our first stop for Day 2 was to Gyeongbokgung Palace. Appearently, the second day was quite harsh for us as the temperature dropped drastically. It's raining and the wind blows like nobody's business. It's supposed to be turning Spring but Korea News reported that mother nature is still in winter. I guess we didn't wear enough. Hmm.





Alight at Gyeongbokgung Station where the 5 largest grand palaces are in Seoul. We dropped by National Palace Museum's cafe to have brunch before braving through the cold. Kimchi Fried Rice and a hot glass of Matcha Latte to keep warm in this cold rainy weather.


We managed to witness the guards march when we were there. I've no idea how they endure the cold, but I heard them sniffing away while taking a photo with them lol.





We bought the entrance tickets for our English Tour which cost 3000KW each and it will last for about an hour. The tour guide will bring you through the whole of Gyeongbokgung.



After raining, muddy wet ground. After that, it rained again :/



Beautiful is just an understatement. Glad to be witnessing one of the prettiest face of Mother Nature. The cherries above aren't in full bloom yet, but we witnessed it in the brightest shade in e next few days! :D



We discovered a street of chic cafes while on the way to Bukchon Hanok Village where all the traditional houses are. We decided to dropped by ToPresso for bites and warmth.



The Red Bean Latte I had is damn good, that I'm missing it every now and then in Singapore :/ Perfect atmosphere to just chill and research our itinerary.


Stopped again for some savoury crepe lol. My hair is in a mess thanks to the strong wind.


  Finally we arrived at Bukchon Hanok Village where all the traditional houses are left in Seoul. We've to keep our volumes down because it's a residential habitat still.


Evening, we walked to Anguk Station MTR & set off to Gwangjang Market, Dongdaemun for dinner!



Fried Potato Pancake is sooo gooood!



So we sat down among the koreans and have dinner w them :D We had Tteokbokki (Rice Cakes) and a big bowl of Japchae (Stir-fried Vermicelli)



And of course a bowl of hot handmade kimchi dumpling noodle in the night to keep warm. And off to Dongdaemun for midnight shopping after dinner! The malls closed at 4am.




Shop till you dropped, literally. Big malls ranging from anything to everything. It's quite similar to Platinum Mall in Bangkok. 


 After shopping, street food for supper! :D


Pork Sausage Stick at 3000won, quite expensive though I feel.


Unknowingly we shopped till almost 2am and we're dead beat. The night gets colder below 2 degree and all the public transports ended so we decided to take a cab. But we got scam from the cab driver that he can't go by meter as it's past midnight & the fare was 20000KW -.- Lesson learnt, make sure cabs go by meter in all countries. That's a wrap for Day 2.

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