Pt I: Prologue
Pt II: SIN – KUL – ICN
Pt III: Day 1 – Itaewon, Namdaemun, Myeongdong & Namsan Park
Pt IV: Day 2 – DMZ Tour
Pt V: Day 3 – Seoul Museum of History & Lotte World
Pt VI: Day 4 – Gwanghwamun, Cheonggyecheon & Bukchon
Pt VII: Day 5 – Insadong & Dongdaemun
Pt VIII: ICN – KUL – SIN
Pt IX: Epilogue
We ordered three chickens to share between us and the portions were more than enough.
The chickens were stuffed with glutinous rice which made for a filling meal.
We also got extra ginseng (6000 KRW) for one of the chickens. Not sure if it’s worth the extra money though.
By the time we were done, long queues were formed outside the shop.
No surprising though since the soup was indeed quite nice.
From Toksochon we walked towards Gyeongbokgung, one of the former royal palaces in Seoul. My parents didn’t fancy going in to visit and were happy with a photograph.
The Nike 10km run in Seoul happened to be on the same day and the runners were starting to stream in for the flag off at Gwanghwamun when we were there.
There was a flash mob with the participants dancing to songs such as ‘Party Rock Anthem’, ‘YMCA’ and last but not least ‘Gangnam Style’.
Beneath the square is Story of Admiral Yi Sunshin, a free museum which turned out to be quite interesting.
The place also featured a free 4D show. It was impressive and I believe that there is substantial investment in the museum.
Cheonggyecheon, a few blocks away, was our next stop.
What really impressed us were the designs made of plants.
It took us some time to locate the information centre for Bukchon and we almost gave up halfway.
After locating it and getting a map, we made our way to where the actual houses are. We spotted a shop selling deokbukki and bought some as snack.
There was still time before sunset and I thought that we could visit one more place – Namsangol Hanok Village.
As the place charges no admission fee, it was popular with Chinese tourist groups. This attracted Korean Falungong members to place their protest materials outside the village.
Inside the compound was a re-creation of a traditional Korean village and there would some activities which kids can participate in. We even spotted a couple getting their wedding photos taken inside.
It was close enough to walk to Myeongdong where we had our first BBQ dinner in Korea.
The girls were especially happy having barbecued meat for dinner. Spent some time strolling around in Myeongdong before calling it a day.