One of the most popular shopping district in Seoul, 명동 Myeongdong 明洞 is a great place for eating and shopping. We popped over here quite a few times, both in the day and the night, and did some shopping (lugged back tons of face masks), and lots of eating (plenty of restaurants and street food). Happy people, less happy wallet, less less happy feet 😛
It was surprisingly quiet during the day, perhaps due to the period that we went, and it felt relatively stress-free. The crowd appeared when the street market opened in the evening.
In addition to 놀부Nolboo Budae Jjigae 樂伯部隊鍋 and 오우가 Ouga 五友歌, we have also tried:
After a heavy breakfast, we figured that it was time for some walking 🙂
Despite missing the actual 여의도 봄꽃축제 Yeouido Spring Flower Festival 浦汝矣島櫻花節, which was held from 1st to 9th April this year (and it’s 10th today, haha…), we still decide to make our way there, for the pictures that we saw online suggested that the cherry blossoms were still in full bloom today.
We made our way to 여의도역 Yeouido Station 汝矣島站 (Subway Line 5/9, Station Number 526/915), and followed the signboard, choosing to walk out via Exit 3.
We were initially quite confused as to where the cherry blossom trees were, and went to 여의도 공원 Yeouido Park 汝矣島公園 first, as we followed the crowd and walked towards the National Assembly Building.
First started in 1905, 광장시장 Gwangjang Market 廣藏市場 is one of the oldest, and largest traditional markets in South Korea.
Our first visit to the market was close to 9pm, and the food street bustling with lots of action!
There were many food stalls with customers crowding at the benches surrounding the stall to eat, and everything looked so delicious!
We made a round trying to decide what to eat, and eventually returned back on another night to finish whatever that we wanted to try 🙂
After our palace visit, we decided to pop by 동대문 Dongdaemun 東大門 for an early dinner, and to explore the area.
We took the subway to 동대문역 Dongdaemun Station 東大門站 (Subway Line 1 or 4 Station No. 128 or 421) and saw the famous 흥인지문 Heunginjimun Gate 興仁之門, before having a simple 치즈 라면 (Chijeu Ramyeon) Cheese Ramen 奶酪方便麵 (₩3,500) and 고기만두 (Gogi Mandu) Meat Dumplings 肉馅饺子 (₩3,000), at a local eatery, which appeared to call itself as 興仁之門 (since it was located just in front of the gate). The food was simple but satisfying.