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NOV 2022 - South Korea ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท ์„œ์šธ

DAY 3 // 4 November, Friday | We're here in Seoul!!!!!!!!!!

Seoul: 6ยฐC


I accidentally clogged a toilet bowl at Seoul Station (is it I use too much toilet paper oops)... Char went to the toilet after that, hope her flush works.

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There are two nearby Metro stations near our Hotel in Seoul! We can walk from Euljiro-1-Station or go by City Hall Station. We are unsure how to make our way from Euljiro-1-Station to the Hotel, it is the shorter walking distance option! This way also passes by Lotte Department Store and Star Avenue.


We took the other way via City Hall station instead as there were instructions on how to get to the Hotel, thru the underpasses.


We got out, and errrr we donโ€™t really know which way. It is okay because the view in Seoul, right before our eyes, looks great!!!!!


We really got out from the wrong exit, our Hotel is so near yet so far??

(Also the Starbucks here very chio ๐Ÿ˜)


We couldn't cross some paths, so now we went back down and walked thru underpasses! We got to the right exit, but there are 2 long flights of stairs to overcome with our heavy luggage before we arrive successfully! An ahjussi noticed we were struggling to climb up with our things, and he helped us both at the same time to bring our luggage all the way up, really kamsahamida!!!!!


Right next to our hotel, is another Starbucks hehe


Crown Park Hotel Myeongdong Seoul

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After we successfully reached our Hotel, put things down to travel light, we went to explore the area!

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Myeongdong

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We needa recharge before our next agenda!!!!!!


Me on an eating spree:


Next, we were on our way to Hoehyeon Station and took a 20-minute walk after exiting Exit 4. I think we are here.


Namsan Park | ๋‚จ์‚ฐ๊ณต์›

Everywhere looks so autumny!!!!


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This is a famous place featured in many dramas, where couples go on dates โค๏ธ

๋‚ ์”จ๊ฐ€ ์ข‹๋‹ค, so we hiking lo!


Our real destination is N Seoul Tower, so near yet so far...


The walk/hike took us at least an hour (or more), I got lowkey scold YS (he loves hiking), while I walked up...


The view got better as we ascend! WORTH IT!



Along the way, we saw buses going down and Char felt exhausted with muscle aches already, she wasn't very happy to keep going. But we were already halfway up, just keep going!


Seeing this bus stop, she felt even more sian.


"Later when we get there, want to drink coke?"

Char: Okay


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We are almost there~


When we arrived at the foot of N Seoul Tower, we wanted Coke but no shops were selling it, and we settled for drinks from Twosome Place:

(Mango Strawberry Smoothie)


We were already cold, despite the workout, and getting a cold drink did not help... My fingers were so cold, I felt like they were going to fall off anytime soon...


(love how my hair is subtly red and matches Seoul in Autumn!)


SEOUL~


Even tho I was freezing + unwell for a week, my photo skills didn't disappoint:

And featuring how I was dressed (while taking the picture)

HAHAHAHA


The love locks place is pretty la, but taking photos there with Char, haha no thanks!


We went to claim our N Seoul Tower Observatory ticket (we bought it on Klook) and the wait was a good 30 minutes!


N Seoul Tower | N์„œ์šธํƒ€์›Œ

The lift up the observatory was real quick, the ear block is real too!


THE VIEW OF CITY LIGHTS!!


I found an empty seat and sat here for some time, just taking in the view!


They have a lot of cute souvenirs too, and really how could I leave without getting anything?

HEHE BUY LE, FASTER KEEP INSIDE BAG

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Time to leave now~


As the sun has already set, the cable car ticket office was closed, and we can't get single-ride tickets down. We will need to hike our way back lo

Char wasn't wearing the correct footwear ( I don't think she even has any running/sports shoes lol) and was feeling really cold.


The hike down was much faster (maybe because we cold haha)


It was quite a crisis, trying to find our way back to the nearest Metro station! We went the wrong way initially and eventually seemed to have found the right direction, but couldn't really see a clear way to the Metro...


I remembered seeing a man, wearing an army print jacket across the road, I was planning to ask him for directions when he crossed over, as he looked like someone who knows English.


While we were talking, suddenly we heard a loud crash and Char told me it was a tire puncture ba, but the noise was way too loud + scary to be a tire puncture leh.


We walked a little more and saw the guy in army print jacket lying on the ground motionless, lying in an awkward position. His boots also flew off and were no longer on his feet.


The car's front window shattered, and the young driver came out of the car, panicking while trying to get through the emergency service line.


I wanted to help, but I can't speak Korean to explain what happened + the current address, all we could do, was watch.


I asked to stay here until the medics/support arrives. We waited until the help came, and luckily the guy in army prints was conscious after 20 minutes and was sent to the hospital to treat his injuries.


The accident was on an overhead (?) road, and we saw a lift to go down which seems closer to Seoul Metro Station) and we took it.


It's a long path that leads us back to the Metro Station:


Our next destination was Lotte Mart! Char saw the mart (from outside), and commented: "Lotte Mart is just a mart ah"


ARBO THEN


She wasn't very happy and wanted hot food, so we went to Seoul Main Station to find a place to eat.


Seoul Tonkatsu | ์„œ์„๋ˆ์‚ฌ์Šค

Their cheese tonkatsu sold out already... so I ordered their regular!


Char ordered soba, and felt even colder...


Later she went to grab hot coffee from a donut shop nearby, and I saw SONGHWA UNNIE!!!

(on an advertisement, of course)


LOTTE Mart

(Actually, they got food court leh)


The plan was to come at the start of our vacation, to grab a few snacks to try and we can come back closer to the end of our trip, to buy whatever we think is nice! I got a few items today to try out, so excited!


I bought some almonds, and KANU coffee, triple shot latte (because I thought SG don't have lol) for family and friends!


Char is a huge fan of snacks (as compared to me), she got two items only and said nothing much (HUHHHHH)


We took the Metro and got back to our Hotel around 10 pm. I'm ending today's post with:


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DAY 4 // 5 November, Saturday | This hotel doesnโ€™t have air conditioning (not sure if it is for colder seasons only), so we have to regulate our room temperature by opening the window. I was sleeping on the bed closer to the window, so I want the temperature to be just right


(usually is too cold, or too hot at night during my sleep la)


Today in Seoul: 8ยฐC


Ewha Womans University | ์ดํ™”์—ฌ์ž๋Œ€ํ•™๊ต

The streets leading up to the University were rather quiet today, maybe because it was a Saturday. The good thing about this was we get to take pictures of the view, with few people around!


Featuring chio picture of Char in Hanguk!


And us, loving the sunlight!


โœจโœจโœจโœจ

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Fall vibes streets ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ


We quickly took this picture and zao, as we were afraid of cars coming (also recalling yesterday's car accident).


We walked around at Sinchon, and kept moving since most shops were closed ): until we saw a tteobokki stall in an open-air eating area:


The tteobokki was so spicy, but the sauce goes well with the fried items! We got fishcake soup as service~


On our way out of here, we ordered coffee from one of the stalls. I got Dalgona Coffee!!!


It was quiet around here, and I got the opportunity to snap this empty street view of Sinchon, Seoul!


We never entered this shop, but I think I can definitely vibe with this Wine Cafe!

์˜ค๋Š˜, ์™€์ธํ•œ์ž”

(today, let's drink wine!)


We took the train from Sinchon to Hongik University Station for Hongdae Free Market! At the train station, we went to use the toilet and I saw Kim Jong Min-ssi's advertisement hehe

(he was my ideal partner for a period of time hehe)


I think Jong Min is a really kind-hearted person, even tho he can seem a little silly (ๅ‚ปไบบๆœ‰ๅ‚ป็ฆ), but he works hard and is smart. He is an idol singer, funny and charismatic.


(I have endless good things about him to talk about)


Char was shocked to hear that and verified if Jong Min's looks are what I like.


Girl, you think looks are all that matters but the truth is, having a kind partner is better than having a good-looking partner. If you are picking people based on their looks, I'm sure people are picking you based on your looks too.


(perhaps the reason why online dating isn't working out for Char ๐Ÿ™ƒ)

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Hongdae | ํ™๋Œ€

We got scarfs at one of the shops along the way, I bought hair oil and some skincare items from Saem! Char bought her contact lens from Olens shop here in Hongdae!


Later, we passed by this memorial event, the area was completely decorated in white and then I read the first few words, ITAEWON.

(The incident at Itaewon was so sad, many young people lost their lives...)


We got tired from all the shopping we did today, and went to grab a cup of coffee~


It was a pity we didn't see anyone performing on the streets of Hongdae...

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After our coffee break, we put in our best effort to find their famous accessories shop here near Hongik University area, and made it in the end!


I got a snowflake necklace for Apple, a horseshoe bracelet for YT, and a necklace for myself!


Next, we took the subway to Sangsu Station and walked quite a fair bit, looking out for this place:


Gyeoul's House | ๊ฒจ์šธ์ด ๋ชจ๋ฌด๋Š” ์ง‘

The staff here are fluent in English, and the moment we stepped in, they guided us to the room where the other visitors were queueing at:


We waited for less than an hour, and we could enter!


After we kept our things in the locker room and went through the mandatory briefing, we were given a few treats for our interactions with the dogs.

SO CUTE!!!!


(The little one, we were advised not to play with him - FEISTY ALERT)


They have this segment where they let us record or take pictures of all their dogs running into the first-floor room:


And another where they helped us take group photos with a few more obedient dogs:

(Didn't quite like the photos the staff took, 1) image is slanted + slightly blurry, 2) the dogs looked fake??)


There was a dog who is great at selca! So we all took turns taking selfie with the dog:

์•ˆ๋…•๐Ÿพ glad that my picture with this fluffy ball turned out well, we both looked happy!


We also got to move up to Level 2 of this place, and there was an ice-feeding session too! Check out how excited they are about the icy snack:

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Then after this, we went back to our Hotel, passing by Lotte Department Store and their Star Avenue!

STAR AVENUE โœจ

SUPER JUNIOR!!!!!!!!


Close up of Oppas' handprints:


We dropped our things and made a special effort not to sit down (if not we will not want to leave already), to go for food!


Myeongdong food street is just across this street (we have to cross via underpass):

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I bought many cute socks hehe (in a purple plastic bag)

The street was very crowded, with a lot to eat and a lot to shop for!


FRIED CHICKEN!


TTEOBOKKI WITH CHEESE


Korean ็ณ–่‘ซ่˜† with their Muscot Shine


FRIED SQUID


We ordered a few items and ate them sitting on one of the benches!


We also got some stuff back to our Hotel room to eat! Hotel room shenags:

+soju hehe


After brushing my teeth, I went to briefly pack my loot, and recalled I still have this dalgona candy (bought from an old granny earlier)! If I leave it for tomorrow, our room might have ants, so I ate it and brushed my teeth all over again...


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DAY 5 // 6 November, Sunday | ๊ตฟ๋ชจ๋‹, we woke up to 14ยฐC morning~


I love this scarf so much!!!!


On our way out of our Hotel, we passed by Star Avenue hehe and then itโ€™s Super Juniorโ€™s Hologram:

(ไธ็Ÿฅ้“ why Char not interested, then still stand in my way with SJ)

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Loving todayโ€™s outfit look~ Maybe going to see handsome oppa (if lucky), ็ฉฟไป€ไนˆ้ƒฝๅพˆๅผ€ๅฟƒ๐Ÿ’•


Iโ€™m feeling so excited to visit Yesung Oppaโ€™s Cafรฉ, Mouse Rabbit! BUT WAIT WHY DOES IT LOOK LIKE IT IS NOT OPEN??! ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ


I googled, and they said it opens at 10 am leh, but it seems like the updated news is 11 amโ€ฆ So we decided to stop by a cool expresso bar nearby to get our daily dose of caffeine and delicious pastries heh


Look at the pastries here!!!


We got our drinks and something to go with it!

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So ๅทง, 6 November is Super Juniorโ€™s debut date, and today is their 17th anniversary ๐Ÿ’™ ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™ ๐Ÿ’™

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Time to head to Mouse Rabbit!


MOUSE RABBIT

ๆˆ‘็š„็”ท็ฅž๐Ÿ’™โœจ


On the basement floor, we will have to take off our shoes, so we were not very keen to go down, the vibes:


We were at the counter, thinking of what drinks to get since we already had coffee earlier, and were also not that hungry to try any of their cakes, etc. I saw the cafe has souvenirs, more like Yesung merchandise HAHA

AND SO I GOT A MUG โœŒ๐Ÿป

(better cushion it well, so that it reaches Singapore in one good piece mannn)

We got our drinks and decided to chill on the first floor, with their windows open, the weather was cool enough, and sipping hot americano in this weather is daebak!


COMMONGROUND

I always see people posting pictures, OOTD, etc at Commonground and I don't think I missed out hahaha. The overall concept is chio, but looks better without anyone posting in them, ์•„๋‹ˆ์š”?

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Managed to take nice pictures for Char here, probably ideal pictures for dating app hah


Interior:


We went around the various shops, checking out things, issa ไธ้”™! Even their toilets are of a different class of aesthetic~

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Rant insert โ€“ STAIRS



From Konkuk University station, we took the Metro to Cheongdam station, made a 10 minutes walk surrounded by beautiful trees and high-rise buildings, to our next destination!


I thought this looks cool, but no idea what it represents.


Coex Starfield Library | ๋ณ„๋งˆ๋‹น๋„์„œ๊ด€

I'm not sure if anyone comes here to actually read, but all the tourists come here for the Gram HAHA


After we explored the library and opened a few books that we cannot understand a thing, we decided it is time for Baskin Robbins!



I got a honey flavor one hehe

Less than $5 happiness!!!!!


It's a huge mall, we came out from another exit to get to our preferred Metro Station, and out we came, I saw the walls with SM Entertainment artists' handprints!!!!


There are many advertisement banners everywhere.

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How can we visit Korea, without eating Ginseng Chicken Soup?

Korea Ginseng Chicken Soup

Wah wah I'm so excited to try their Michelin Star Ginseng Chicken Soup~


It was early 5ish pm, and the restaurant was pretty occupied, must be good?! We were also looking at how Koreans eat their Ginseng Chicken Soup, do they add Ginseng wine to their soup, or drink it on the side?


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After dinner, I thought of going to Haru and One Day, but aiya, feeling quite tired and decided to call it a day.


I love how this street happens to be completely empty~ (awesome for my photo)


We got back to our Hotel, and it was time for ๋”ธ๊ธฐ ์šฐ์œ ๐Ÿ“

(semi-featuring all the things I bought in the background haha)


We had dinner at 5 ish pm, and of course, we enjoyed another round of dinner!

(1,000 won instant noodles ๐Ÿ˜‹)

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DAY 6 // 7 November, Monday | Having been to the other palace, also the prettier one during my solo trip in 2018, this time weโ€™re visiting Gyeongbuk Palace!


It is closed on Tuesday, so before the trip, we planned to visit on a Monday and do our day trip/tour on Tuesday instead.


At Gyeongbokgung Palace Station:


Gyeongbokgung Palace | ๊ฒฝ๋ณต๊ถ

With a short walk out, we entered their little entrance to the palace area, then stepped into this wide landscape:


I fell in love with free walking tours in 2016, and the palace offers free walking tours in English, so why not!


(this is Charโ€™s first time on any walking tour)

(Note: still have to pay for Palace admission ticket)


One of the key places on this tour is this entertainment house with a lake view~


I like hearing about all the little details that you only get to know, during walking tours, such as the number of guardians on the roofs, and the dragon symbol's absence in the Kingโ€™s quarters (you canโ€™t have two dragons in a place, that makes sense!)


Our tour guide is a cute lady in Hanbok, bringing us around the palace grounds:


โค๏ธโœจ


I think it is perfect to visit Korea in Autumn, itโ€™s cold but not too cold, and the autumn leaves and trees!


We also saw this quarter, with adjustable doors to help with ventilation during the summer, and block the wind during winter: