Saturday, October 28, 2017

6 Days 5 Nights In Korea - Journal

Finally recharged enough to blog about my trip! I just got back on Thursday and went straight to work. Thank god it is Saturday and it feels so good to chill out after covering innumerable kilometers in Korea.  I'm going to break the blog post in two, one for journaling (this) and another one for pretty/edited photographs I took during the trip.

My first time to Korea here:
(Myeongdong, Garuso-Gil, Jeju Island, Gyeongbokgung Palace)
https://moncheriebomb.blogspot.sg/2016/11/seoul-travel-diary-part-1.html

We booked an apartment in Gangnam, the hipster heart of Seoul. Plenty of shopping and restaurants around the area, definitely recommend a night or two here. 


Arrived in Gangnam at sunset.


Dinner at Kkanbu chicken, it was just a random place we went into but the fried chicken was super tender, non-greasy and extremely fresh it's ridiculous! My entire family loved it.
10000/10 stars, plus we paid under SGD $30 for four of us, we are small eaters though.



Day 1: Garuso-Gil Hongik & Ewha University

We went shopping all day and night, but we actually didn't buy a lot of things as the stores are selling autumn wear and it's just so hot in Singapore I won't be able to wear them. If you don't have a lot of time in Korea, Garuso-Gil is the best place to take photos and Hongik University is the best place for cheap shopping so now you can weigh your choices.



Random corner of Garuso-Gil, we walked around a bit before heading to the train station.



Spotted this insta-worthy rainbow tunnel at Garuso-Gil, we went underground and discovered an etude house store where they customize your own lip gloss. It's hard to miss when walking along the street.









Day 2: Busan 

We took a two-hour train ride from Seoul station to Busan Station, then the metro to Nampo.
We stayed in YTT Hotel, this place is worth a recommendation not only because of its spaciousness, they have helpful staffs and a lot of extra toiletries (eg. bath sponge) and hair straightener.
Note: 4 people cannot fit into the beds, even though in the description they call it a family room for four, I ended up sleeping on the floor, on a very very thin mattress.

I forgot to take photos of our room but I manage to find it on google:


Early morning at Seoul Station



Haundae Beach

We were almost swept off our feet by the strong winds here, picture everyone's hair flapping about in their faces, hats flying off heads and people walking against an invisible current.








The waves at the beach were inevitably enormous, I love being at the beach and the sun was at the best position where it creates silhouettes and glittery reflections of the sea. :)

Gwangandaegyo :

Quite a long walk from the station to see the colourful bridge, beautiful from our naked eye but my phone could barely capture anything in the dark.


Day 3: Busan Cultural Village




My sister bought these balloons which granted us access to the cafe's rooftop where I took this picture! (Respect to the owner for his/her lucrative idea) You can buy cotton candy and balloons from this blue cafe below:




This spot, however, is free to access and right opposite the blue cafe.




Day 4 & 5: Myeongdong & Hongdae



Train ride back to Seoul





What do people miss about Korea when they leave? I miss street food the most!
I ate all of the above in 20 minutes walking to our dinner place, and then I didn't have dinner. :P


My favourite shop in Korea, *enters all Line stores and buying cute useless things*

Finally, we visited the famous common ground which we didn't have time to during our last trip.
It was a weekday night so it was pretty empty, the container mall has 2 sections where they sell stationary, home accessories and streetwear, a food truck area and restaurants at the roof. 






Nasi Goreng at a thai cuisine restaurant, this dish was really good but not the Pad Thai. Eat at own risk?



Warning: There is a few dessert store, might want to start with them first otherwise you will be too full to eat, like me, staring and taking pictures of them.


We went to Hongdae for a little shopping, shake shack for lunch and headed for the airport :)

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