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Monday, July 7, 2014

#1108: Korea day 5 // Tosokchon Samgyetang, Exploring Gyeongbukgong, Bukchon Hanok Village & Myeongdong, Yoogane & O'Sulloc Tea House

Day 5~~~~

On our way to the subway, we stopped by one of the many cafes that are in the area for a spot of breakfast!

The cafes here are really pretty (well cafes in general are really pretty irregardless of which country you're in) and we just couldn't resist stopping in and grabbing something small to eat.

We went to have ginseng chicken soup for lunch! We woke up pretty early for this because apparently the queue becomes really long during peak hours but because we went early, we went in straight to get a seat!

85-1 Chebu-dong, Jongro-gu, Seoul, South Korea.

Opening hours:

Take the subway to Gyeongbukgung Station and take exit 2. Walk 120m in the direction of Hyoja-dong. You will pass by "Popeyes", then look for the GS 25 convenience store and turn into the small lane at the corner of the GS 25. Turn left into Jihamun-ro 5-gil and go straight for about 10m before you see the shop to your left.

Not really a fan of ginseng but this was surprisingly good! The chicken was really soft and the ginseng taste wasn't too strong.

Satisfied faces after having a good brunch. And just check out the queue behind us?! Insanely long.

Our next stop of the day was Gyeongbukgung Palace which apparently is one of the prettier palaces in Seoul.

Not much to say about the palace 'cuz we were only allowed to stroll on the grounds, and there was a lot of sand and it was a really hot day…… Basically sums up the whole experience of being in the palace.

Next we walked to Bukchon Hanok Village which is a mix of all things traditional and modern. We saw traditional Korean houses amongst shops boasting international luxury brands which was an interesting, yet somewhat sad sight.

Popped into Homestead which was one of the many cafes in the area.

Ordered the honey toast and it was so gooooood. 

I swear I probably ate more desserts in Korea than I ever did in my whole life. I'm not usually a dessert person and I rarely (if ever) crave for desserts but the two that I travelled with have a separate stomach for desserts which results in me indulging along with them.

More visuals around Bukchon Hanok Village~~~~

And we decided on our one and only souvenir for ourselves for our trip…. customizable bags with our # on it!

After wandering around some more, we decided to go to Myeongdong whoop whoop! Been waiting for this foreverrrrr. Everyone says the shopping at Myeongdong is amazing and it really was.

We had dinner at this place Yoogane Chicken Galbi and it was pretty good!

66-6, Chungmuro 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

It was pretty crowded when we went there but luckily we only waited for a few minutes before they brought us to our table.

Basically they will cook whatever you ordered right in front of you. Think of Pepperlunch.

And after dinner, we went for more shopping before finally stopping by O'Sulloc Tea House which is reputable for their green tea desserts and drinks.

And as you can tell, we went a little crazy with the green tea heh. Matcha patbingsu, tiramisu and swiss roll!

Sadly, the patbingsu wasn't all that good. The ice cream on top was pretty good but not the shaved ice part. It was really corse, like ice kachang which wasn't what we were expecting.

The patbingsu at Homilbat really spoiled us and everywhere else we went to, we tried looking for the same type of texture of the shaved ice but was always disappointed.

'till the next post x

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