It was a sunny morning and we were all set to go to 태종대 Taejongdae 太宗臺!
We had obtained a map from the hotel, and Bus 88 along the main road where Seomyeon Subway Station 西面站 Exit 1 leads to, goes direct to Taejongdae. It is the main road where underpasses are available for crossing, and the Bus Stop Number is 05-240.
We got off to an exciting start, when the bus door malfunctioned after Ms. V and I got up the bus… And the door closed on Ms. W, ouch!! The driver was unable to force open the door, and drove off, leaving hubby and Ms. W stranded.. And the rest of the passengers could not get off too. It was a scary moment for we could not understand what the driver was saying. Thankfully, we knew that we just need to get off at the terminal stop, and both pairs had 4G data connection so we were able to keep in contact.
A few stops later, suddenly the bus door could open again, and all of us were chased off the bus by very grumpy driver. I guess he had to send the bus for servicing? We were very worried when we got down the bus, but thankfully, I think the driver let us dropped at a rather popular bus stop, and there were a few buses that could go to Taejongdae. However, we decided to wait for the bus which hubby and Ms. W were on. It was better to get lost together in a group 😛
So, what was meant to be a 50-minute bus ride, with more than 30 minutes’ delay and double fare (because Ms. V and I had to pay for both the malfunctioned bus ride and the new bus ride), resulted in us arriving close to 10am.
It was a relatively easy walk from the bus stop to Taejongdae. After getting down the bus, just walk straight along the pathway in the same direction as the bus, passing by the shops and eateries. Keep a look out for the signage and follow the rest, and it should be fine. However, there were not many people when we were there, so we did get lost for a moment, haha!
While at Taejongdae, one should definitely try the super cute 다누비열차 안내 Danubi Train 遊園列車 (₩3,000 per adult for a hop-on-and-off round trip). Not only because the train is so cute, but also because we wanted to save some energy for all the walking later on 😛
It was not crowded during the time that we were there, so we managed to get up the first train that arrived, and took it to the Observation Deck 觀景台. It was a little foggy this morning, but things cleared up a little as the day went on.
We then walked to the Yeongdo Lighthouse 影島燈塔. We also popped by 태종사 Taejongsa Temple 太宗寺 before heading back to the terminal.
We did not manage to cover everything, but we wanted to have sufficient time for Gamcheon, so we left the place for lunch around 12:30pm.
We picked one of the eateries that we passed by earlier on, sharing a 부대찌개 (Budae-jjigae) Korean Army Stew 部隊鍋 (₩10,000 per pax, minimum 2 pax), and 비빔밥 (Bibimbap) Mixed Rice 拌飯 (₩7,000).
These were indeed comfort food, after all the walking 🙂 I forgot to take a picture of the restaurant as we were in a hurry to catch the bus 😦