Korea Trip Day 3


Day 3, we went to N Seoul Tower in the early morning. Its located on Namsan Mountain and just 5 minutes walk from our guesthouse.

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We have to go up the bottom of Namsan Mountain by taking a unique looking elevator lol.

Ticketing counter, car parks are all available there.

If you wish to go up the Namsan Mountain by cable car, you can choose a one way trip or round trip, we choose the latter of course.

Its 8500 Won/adult.

You can get more information here.

The cable car only operates once every 10 minutes.

We knew thing just doesn’t go right when we saw heavy fog was around us. Got down from cable car and its freezing cold outside. It was drizzling that time too.

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We were taking selfies but guess what, we cant really see the N Seoul Tower which is just right behind us.

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Me walking up lol. The wind is so strong that my umbrella almost flew away from me.

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We even went up and take a look at the love locks, but look at the sky. The fog covered everything.

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Its not an over-exposed sky, but that’s what we really saw that time. My god, so disappointed. Plus i’m still single so the love lock doesn’t really mean a lot to me. #foreveralone

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So we walked around the Namsan Park and took some photos before we left.

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YAY, lets jump! Its a slope + it was slippery at that time. and we actually took a big risk doing this..We saw many people almost tripped themselves even though they just WALKING..lol.

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Love the path colors =)

We all felt so disappointed and promised to come again on the next few days if weather is good. And we did it! Read on the Day 4 blog post for more photos =)

Back to Myeong-dong and we straight away took the subway to Hongdae Area.

Myeong-dong (Line4) >>Dongdaemun History & Culture Park (Line4 transfer to Line2) >> Hongik University (Line2)

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Hongdae actually comes from Hongik Daehakgyo aka Hongik University which is one of the nation’s top fine arts colleges in South Korea. The area is well know for its youthful and romantic ambience, underground cultures, and freedom of self-expression.

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I dunno why i love taking photos of the messy cables when i go travel at different countries.

We were too hungry to explore the place so we decided to hunt for the korean bbq restaurant, Pal Ja Mak Chang that run by one of the Running Man hosts, HAHA..

We just followed the map that we printed from this blog previously. If you wish to visit to HAHA’s restaurant, just followed the map and you will reach there easily! We saw his face on a bunting outside the restaurant. But the restaurant appearance somehow looked different from the photos we saw online..

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And only we realised the shop was not opened yet..Grrrrr, but then we were too hungry to wait for it. So we just went to a restaurant nearby to settle our tummy. As what we knew, sometimes HAHA will be there to serve you! So pray before you go lol.

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Seafood ramen with cheese. Yumzzzzz..Oh i love this drink too =) Tastes like barley water in Malaysia..I remember this meal was really cheap as it only costs 14000 Won for 4 of us.

We were having a hard time communicating with the waiter haha. And i can feel his frustration for not able to speak a good english to us lol..So he asked us if we were from China, we told him its Malaysia. This is how he react “OHHHH! *making the airplane hand gesture*” So we knew he was referring to either MH370 or MH17 incidents. Seriously, all these come to their mind immediately when they think of Malaysia..Sigh.

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Now time to shop! =)

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Saw this at one of the ice cream shop. Not sure what the guy did though..Everyone just stepped in the dreamy smoke effect and took photos lol. Felt like we were in heaven huh.

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Oh btw, if you are fan of YG Family, their building located not far from here. If you are lucky, you might have to chance to bump into Big Bang? Hahhaa.

After walking till late evening, we took the subway back to Myeong-dong. God knows why we actually walked to the wrong place in the subway station, we saw almost EVERYONEEEE was running, like real fast, except us..Usually this doesn’t happened in normal subway station lol. And then we realised we were actually going to use AREX, which is their Airport Express train system. Luckily we asked one of the kind soul there, he told us he’s going to Seoul Station too and we can reach there by that train.

Hongik University (AREX) >>Seoul Station (AREX transfer to Line4) >> Myeong-dong (Line4)

*By right we should just take the subway back to Dongdaemun History & Culture Park and transfer there.*

Anyway we still managed to get down safely at Seoul Station. *clap clap*

Oh yes! As usual we walked around Myeong-dong till late night and we decided to hunt for Kang Ho Dong fried chicken that recommended by our friends as well as some of the blogs on the internet. If you remember i blog about Kang Ho Dong Korean BBQ on day 1 post, we went back to the place and they told us they don’t sell fried chicken there. Hmm..

So we walked to the tourist information centre nearby and showed her the photos from my phone. She immediately took out a map and drew the direction out on the map within 5 seconds..

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Frankly speaking, until now i still dont know how this shop relate to Kang Ho Dong. I just know its this place is called Chicken678. You can find out from their website http://www.chicken678.co.kr/

Anyway, we ordered their fried chicken.

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The menu

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One set of Regular Sauce Chicken for 4 of us. Wanted to order their Hot Bomb Sauce Chicken but my friends were afraid that its too spicy..

Oh-mai-gawd! So nice! I think what makes it special is you won’t get turned off by eating too much..Its also not that oily compared to fried chicken in Malaysia. We actually came back here 3 days later with beer this time haha.

I guess thats it for Day 3! =)

Korea Trip Day 2


Day 2. Early morning we went to Gyeongbokgung by subway.

Myeong-dong (Line4) >> Chungmuro (Line4 transfer to Line 3) >> Gyeongbokgung (Line3)

Once you reach Gyeongbokgung station, come out from exit 5 and you will see Gyeongbokgung right in front of you.

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The entrance

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You have to walk out to the main road to get to the main entrance.

Too bad its closed on Tuesday and we dont know about it! Uhhh..So we just walk around and snap photo and then walk to opposite to Gwanghwamun Square.

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Somehow it looks weird when such historical palace was just located right beside a busy road.

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Waiting for the pedestrian light to go green..Walking to opposite to Gwanghwamun Square.

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Its us at Gwanghwamun Square!

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Visited their centre which explain all the histories in digital (which we dont understand as its all in korean) and we saw many kindergarden kids are there having their school tour.

It was quite hot that time so we just hang around for the air-cond there and we left.

We are planning to go Samcheong-dong but we got no idea how to go as there’s no any subway station nearby. The good thing about Seoul is, you see police EVERYWHERE. So we just asked one of them and he told us to go by shutter bus.

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He just told us to take number 11 bus and pointed at our current location as well as where should we get down. We cant read but we know we will be getting down 2 stops after. So there we go.

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While waiting for our bus to arrive.

First time sitting bus in Seoul. And we manage to get down at the right place..yeah!!

The first thing we do when we are there is to HUNT FOR FOOD based on our list!

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And we ended up at this small hidden alley..Woohoo..Our restaurant is located at the deeper part of the alley..and i love the interior. It gives us a very traditional feel of Korea.

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Found it! Our lunch place.

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This is what we ordered.

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Sorry i have a bias to eggs :p

The food was REALLY nice! I ordered their kimchi soup while my friends order bibimbap, its a signature Korean dish which means mixed rice..Their chicken, fried eggs and all the side dishes taste DA BOMB!

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We explore around Samcheong-dong after we finish our lunch..And we saw this! Anyone remember this place? Hehehehee.

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You will know this place if you watch Running Man.

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Gary and Ji Hyo took a photo here as well. Of coz we must do the same too lol

Continue exploring..

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Oh yeah we bought our nice spec, hat and some accessories there too.

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I really love this place because of the artistic architecture.. Its just different to the big city with all the shopping malls and buildings. And most importantly, the area is filled with cafes, restaurants, boutiques, accessories shop or even art galleries.

If not mistaken, you are able to reach Samcheong-dong by subway, just get down at Anguk Station (Line3).

If you visited Samcheong-dong, make sure to visit Bukchon Hanok Village!

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Go to one of the cafe there, Cafe Kona Queens.

Such perfect combination to boost up our energy after long hours of walking.

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Saw this scene when we walking. There’re a few groups of policemen with 8-10 in each group. They put their stuffs on the ground, standing there for a while, turn their body and then dismiss. I’m not sure what they are doing but this is really something interesting hahaa.

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Next, we walk for around 10 minutes to Insa-dong. Followed the Naver app that i installed in my phone.

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Insa-dong is a famous place in Seoul where all the old but precious and traditional goods are on display.

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Street performance.

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Insa-dong

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Candid shot of me walking in Insa-dong.

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Hello G-DRAGON. Haha one of the reason i love Korea is you are able to see how the shops there display the kpop celebrities, its EVERYWHERE. It makes the whole place look younger and lively, no?

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I had this. Haha the shape looks like shit, as in shit literally.

Its a hot bun with red bean filling, its soooo yummy ok..

Oh, i remembered i bought my Starbucks tumbler there.

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Its a limited edition tumbler that celebrates their 15 years of excellence in Korea. Look at the design..Damn.

19,000 Won which around RM60+. I bought two and i get 2 free vouchers to redeem free Starbucks drink. Woohooooo.

We travel back our guesthouse with the subway station that is nearest to us that time.

Jonggak(Line1) >> Dongdaemun(Line1 transfer to Line 4) >> Myeong-dong (Line4)

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Btw, this is the underground shopping centre in Myeong-dong subway station. Well, i wouldn’t call it shopping centre coz its just a few rows of boutiques.

Walking up our way up to our guesthouse. I love the peaceful surrounding there.

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We get our rest before we leave for our dinner at Myeong-dong night market.

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Our food..Its a whole big plate of chicken with glass noodle , its soooooo spicy but thank god we have rice to go along with it. But this is really nice though as it somehow taste like chinese cuisine. lol

I remembered we ordered the big one but we then realised its too expensive, so we changed it to medium. Medium one already powerful to make our tongue, go numb, i cant believe what if we still go with the big one. hhaha.

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Dinner place.

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Its a sin if you don’t eat this. My tummy always have space for all the snacks.

Egg bun, i love the texture and taste of the crispy bun. Not sure if its 2000 or 3000 Won.

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Another candid shot of me walking in Myeong-dong.

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And bought this milk at one of the convenience stall while walking the way back. Its something like vitagen in Malaysia but if you been to Thailand, you have definitely try their vitagen there before. This is not bad, have to admit Thailand one taste better hehee.

Ok, thats it for day 2!

Korea Trip Day 1


Its always my dream to travel to Korea, or more to like me and my ex-classmates dream to go travelling together. After considering for 2830147113820 times, we finally booked our September flight to Korea in April, which gave us a total of 5 months to prepare.

Accommodation is included in the package which we booked from Air Asia, so basically we only started to plan our itinerary like 2-3 months before our trip.

Its already September in a blink of eyes and of course i got so excited for this time to come.

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Reached airport in 5am as our flight is in 8am. First time going to KLIA2 and whoa, it looks like shopping mall more than an airport. =)

Its a 6 hours+ flight and woot~

Yay! We are reaching Korea lol.

Landed in Incheon International Airport! It feels so amazing and surreal to know im already here.

Im already in love with the place even though im just in the airport. All the beautiful faces on the billboards, and most importantly, LOVEEEEE all their color mood which look extremely comfortable for the eye. As a designer myself, i tend to be more sensitive to this.

Once settled all the procedures, we then go collect our wifi routers that we already reserved from olleh website(one of the telco provider in Korea). Before i continue writing for our trip, i have to give a big thumbs up for this service. It only took me like 5 minutes to reserve online, and 5 minutes to collect, and we are already able to go online overseas.

The router is able to connect up to 5 devices. and it only cost 5500KRW/day which is only around RM18/day..And each of us only have to pay RM4-5/day..So i really highly recommend this service if you are going to Korea for a vacation and want to go online anytime, anywhere you want.

You can check our the rate for this service from their website (http://roaming.kt.com/renewal/eng/wibro/price_info.asp)

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I carry this pack with me everywhere i go.

We then went to get our T-money card in their 7-11 store.
*What it shocks us the most is the person there can speak a lil bit of Mandarin which it ease us so much that time. lol*

T-Money is basically a card that you can use on ur transport(taxi, bus, subway etc). And u can reload it at any reloading machine in the subway station once it runs out of credit.

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We first use our T-Money on our transport from Incheon airport to Seoul Station via their train system,AREX(Airport Express). It took us around an hour journey to reach the city. Once we reached Seoul Station, have to change line to another station, Myeong-dong station which is nearer to our guesthouse.

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We took Line 4 to Myeong-dong. Frankly speaking, im using Wikipedia throughout the whole trip for their subway system. Its so easy and clear. And we never get lost at all..lol

Ok here comes the interesting part. We walked quite a distance with our big luggages just to transfer the line. When we finally transferred and reached Myeong-dong, we came out at the wrong exit, which is further from our guesthouse. Ya their subway station is so big but yet convenient to the extend that they have around 10 exits at each station for you to come out from, depends on which place you are heading to.. Unfortunately we made a big mistake, a big big mistake. Worse part is, it is raining so freaking heavily that time. Imagine each of us carrying 2 luggages, taking a small umbrealla, losing ourselves in the city. Oh my god..Not just our body is wet, our luggages and bags are wet too. Uhh, but definitely an unforgettable night. After soaking ourselves in the rain for around an hour, we finally manage to locate our guesthouse and proceed our check in at around 7pm.

FYI, we are staying at B My Guesthouse..I have so much to say about this place, in short, it is MEGA-AWESOME. Will be talking about it at another post later.

The first thing we get into the room is to open our luggages and check if our stuffs are wet and then take a good shower. Settled ourselves and our tummy starts growling. Fortunately our guesthouses reception area has a whole list of recommended restaurants nearby to visit to, so at least we won’t have to crack our brain where to eat.

Its our first meal in Korea, so yeah – KOREAN BBQ! Its around 5-10 minutes walking distance and its located at Myeong-dong night market. The place is soooooooooooooooooo happening and big that we still haven’t fully explore the whole place in a week time, will be blogging about that place later too.

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This is how Myeong-dong looks like. So happening!

Ta-daa, followed the map and here we are. Gotta admit we are lost at first and having hard time to search for it.

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Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong

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Look at their cute menu.

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Frames on the wall. Yes thats the cartoonised version of the restaurant owner, who is also a comedian in Korea.

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Our food otw! *drooooooling*

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Oh btw, never know you can have eggs along with korean bbq too! And you can ask for more if you want, its free! The waiter will just bring a big kettle filled with stirred egg and pour it into the small section on the grill stove..I loveeee this so much because im just a hardcore egg lover.

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Of course, its recommended by our local friend to try on the bbq with their soju. Yummzzz

Price there is quite reasonable and their staffs are really helpful too.

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Had a short walk around the night market before we walked back our guesthouse.

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How can we miss out the snacks from the food stalls in myeong-dong right? The fried dumplings, rice cake aka tteokbokki and pancake. NOMZZZZZZ..

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This is the exit that is nearest to our guesthouse.

That’s it for day 1! =)

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