Sharing here our DIY trip to Seoul in November of last year!
After a morning exploring Gyeongbokgung and Samcheongdong, good lunch and getting lost for quite a while, we finally found ourselves in Bukchon Hanok Village!
It was quite mesmerizing to see traditional Korean architecture. The details were really intricate.
If I remember correctly, there were signs asking visitors to keep it quiet because people still actually live here. There were also a lot of small shops selling souvenirs, tea, and even perfume. Those shops actually made walking around more interesting, as the houses look quite similar. I think it would have been better if we had a guide explaining the details or the architecture.
After walking around for some time, we walked again towards Chandeokgung. It was crazy, because by this time our legs were super stiff and we were just desperate to find the palace.
With the help of google maps we found the palace!
Unfortunately, we were super tired and we also missed the last tour for the Secret Garden. We just stayed in the cafe inside the palace grounds and roamed around a bit.
After that time of rest, we made our way to Myeongdong via subway, and went for some shopping, mostly for skin care products and food for pasalubong. 😉
A lot of the shops would also lure you in
aggressively with free face masks and other samples, but do not feel the need to buy!
We decided to eat at Myeongdong Kyoja, a famous noodle restaurant that has been around for more than 40 years. We didn’t have any problems getting a table, though. We ordered Kalguksu (noodle soup) and Mandu (dumplings), to share between the two of us as the serving was quite big.
Before going back to the hotel, we bought goodies from a grocery for pasalubong, and took a taxi. At this point we were actually afraid we would find our feet blue.
This concludes our second day in Seoul! It was an awesome day learning about Korea’s history, as well as exploring charming streets and doing a bit of shopping. It is wonderful how modernity and tradition co-exists in this city, and how one doesn’t have to suffer for the other. Realized how we in the Philippines have much to learn regarding the importance of history and conservation.