10 am// Breakfast
The morning began, my friend and I were indecisive to what to eat and wanted different things. So we went our separate ways, I stumbled into a restaurant that solely use a ticket machine to order your food. The colour LCD screen is useful in a foreign country, where pictures and prices are presented to you. Pay for the goods, get your ticket then sit by the bar and wait for the food to be served. I fancied dumplings and cold buckwheat noodles.
It’s bit like the assortments you get in a bimbibap, shredded pickles, thinly sliced cucumbers, seaweed, and a small amount of minced meat. Underneath the bed of food is a cold sauce. Dumplings are good, thick skin, with mixed vegetables.
12pm // Gwangjang Market 廣藏市場 광장시장
Gwangjang Market is the place to be to eat those old country style bibimbaps, and get hold of those Korean favorites like pig trotters and potato pancakes. We were too full to eat so had a quick browse before dashing to Hanok Village.
Address: 88 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea // website
2pm // Hanok Village
In this part of town ancient old hanok style house still remains. Walk around in the maze, admire house but remain quiet as it’s a residential area. There are many cute shops around, pick up a soft serve ice cream.
4pm // The National Folk Museum of Korea
Nearby to Hanok Village, is The National Folk Museum of Korea, a section of the museum transports you back into time, to show you how Koreans lived in the past.
address: 37 Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, 서울특별시 South Korea
+82 2-3704-3114 // Website
5pm // Cheonggyecheon Stream
Somehow we ended up walking along Cheonggyecheon Stream, it’s a long stream, that sometimes have events and art installations in place. It happened to be lantern festival and stream was filled with colourful paper art.
7pm // Desserts at Mango Six
They love it big over in Korea, order the super size desserts to share between two. Gigantic bowls of ice cream, you going to need the shaven ice to cool down. Weather in May is still quite warm In Seoul. Make room for some warm honey toast with peanut butter and cream.
8pm // 24 hour Korean BBQ
The best thing about Korea is that the Seoul is full of 24 hour Korean BBQ joints, you can stroll in at any time of the day and order BBQ or a hot pot. We did both and hog two stoves for one and the other. Meat portions are humongous meat are pre-cut and can be rolled off the bone. The hot pot we choose had plenty of fresh seafood and includes noodles.