Thursday, November 10, 2016

Sightseeing In Seoul

As it was our first time in Seoul, I wanted to include some sightseeing in our itinerary. After some research online, we decided to visit these four major attractions!

Gyeongbokgung Palace
161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

No particular reason for choosing to visit this palace among the rest except that it was nearest Seoul, and also, it's quite regularly mentioned in other blogs!

The royal guard changing ceremony takes place daily and we were there for the first session in the morning at 10am.

After the ceremony ended, tourists queued for photos with the guards outside. They have such a difficult job, have to remain poker face throughout!

Bukchon Hanok Village
Gye-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Afterwards, we tried walking to Hanok Village which looked like it is nearby on the map but actually it's very far! Halfway through I really regret not taking the cab.

Walk and walk and walk but couldn't find the exact place.

Favourite photo of us three on this trip!

Stopped by this shop selling ice cream on fish-shaped waffle cone.

Walked through several streets and came to a junction. Entered a shop selling idol merchandise and the storekeeper tried to sell us calendars but we already bought from another shop earlier on so we rejected. Afterwards we asked for the direction to Hanok Village and was pointed to the opposite direction!!! Lol. Maybe is miscommunication bah?

Finally we are nearing!!

"Bukchon Hanok Village is a Korean traditional village in Seoul with a long history located between Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeok Palace and Jongmyo Royal Shrine. The traditional village is composed of lots of alleys, hanok and is preserved to show a 600-year-old urban environment."

There are residents living in these houses, so tourists should be considerate and not be too noisy when visiting this area!

Saw this house with a slide! Not sure what it's used for!

It was a short distance to the main road.... So I think if we took a cab, the driver will drop us here and we would have immediately found the place!


240 Olympic-ro, Jamsil 3(sam)-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea

We also went to Lotteworld on the final night before leaving Korea the next day! It was a last minute addition to our itinerary and I'm glad we went! I would recommend tourists to spend an entire day here because besides the theme park, there are also Lotte departmental stores around the area.

Purchased admission tickets and this is the view that greeted us once we entered the indoor theme park. A huge ice skating rink in the middle, familiar to foreigners because of a popular Korean drama.

It reminded me of the indoor theme park in Genting. During our time there, we saw mainly students and young couples.

We anyhow settled on dinner for the day at Marco's Kitchen, not knowing that there are actually many choices around the theme park.

It was nearing Halloween so they had the special dish of sausage fingers in tomato sauce and bf ordered that. The portion is really huge as you can see, so I would recommend sharing!

By the way, if you are wondering why the photos in Lotteworld are so lousy, it's because I dropped and broke my camera earlier that day and had to resort to using my phone camera for the rest of my trip :'(

On a boat ride! The person behind me don't look too pleased haha, I'd be annoyed too if I was her. I hate to be too close in the background of a stranger's photo, especially when the person infront is taking selfie nonstop with me behind while I'm eating or trying to enjoy myself freely (I experienced it once at a concert and this girl infront of me KEPT TAKING PHOTOS OF HERSELF NONSTOP, like at least 20 mins even after the concert started! Perhaps I'm too self conscious but it makes me uncomfortable because I could totally see myself clearly in the photos.) There was once I changed seats in a food court for that sole reason. hahahaha. Anyway in this case I honestly didn't noticed her in the frame. I only took one snap and put down my camera liao hor.

It was supposedly a tame ride but there are dark slopes inside the tunnel so it was slightly thrilling haha.

Kena forced by bf up this ride and I cried while up in the air because it's so scary to be dangling with nothing supporting except a belt??!?!! Plus I'm not that fat so it doesn't really hold me fully and when I'm upside down, my entire frontal/shoulder weight is on the belts and my back cannot feel the seat anymore! I can handle fast rollercoaster rides that loop because the upside down part only last for seconds but these kind, they purposely hang you upside down slowly and the feeling is horrible. I'm never going up on this kind of ride ever again.

Afterwards, we realized that there are alot more rides at other levels (it's a huge place!). But it was nearing the closing time and most of the rides are not accepting people into the queues already.

Took the pirate ship! It's my favourite thrill ride in all amusement parks. This one goes up preally high, almost the ceiling!

So fun! Sadly, it was our last ride for the day because by the time we came down, the park was closing already. I think that the queues are actually quite okay because we managed to go up on several rides in few hours!

N Seoul Tower
105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

There is a shuttle bus service from opposite Myeong Dong shopping entrance and we took it to N Seoul Tower.

Nice floral wall. But it's actually entrance to a toilet. Hahaha.

We had to walk up a steep slope to reach the top!

The tower didn't look very spectacular from outside....

First, we went to Locks of Love!

Locks and permanent markers are available for purchase at the tourist shop. Bf bought this heart shape lock from Singapore, but it's not those traditional lock type lei!

There were too many locks so some locked their locks on other locks but I didn't want our love to be built on other people's love so we squeezed ours into the original fence. Haha.

Done! Also sat on the bent bench! It's bent this way so that lovers will have no choice but to slide towards each other!

Afterwards, we paid for admission tickets at 10,000 won/adult to head up!

At the top!

The bus stop which we alighted at earlier on!

Bought a souvenir photo for keeps.

Nothing much up there but since we already come so far, might as well go up. Plus, 10,000 won is an okay price too.

There is a row of artists downstairs drawing portraits! Went behind them to check out their artwork and each of them have varying styles, so if you intend to get your portrait draw, do check out their works first!

That's all for this entry! Of course, don't forget to visit the Line Store! Not sure if that falls under Sightseeing in Seoul but it is definitely a must-go!

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