Fried Egg Bread
Price: Between $1 – $2 each, cheap aye? LOL 🙂
If you are lost, it’s alright! Cos there are helpful tourist guide always ready to assist you to get out of the little maze of Myeongdong! 🙂
7) Dongdaemun & Namdaemun Market + Cheonggyecheon Stream
Myeongdong is too small for ya? Head off to Dongdaemun and Namdaemun for some market madness! 🙂
Between them, the colossal markets of Dongdaemun and Namdaemun both are deservedly high on most visitors’ list to tick off in Seoul. Namdaemun literally means “South Gate”, and Dongdaemun “East Gate”, referring to the Great Gates that once marked the city perimeter, just like the palace of Gyeongbokgung and Jongmyo shrine. These were built in the 1390 under the rule of King Taejo as a means of glorifying during the Joseon dynasty.
Namdaemun is mostly an open air space, known for crafts and cheap souvenirs. They also have fashion, clothes and shoes etc…
Dongdaemun is more youthful. There are shopping malls around the area and also cheap stuff selling clothes, shoes, bags, categorized by the different levels.
Of course, such precious opportunity for me to get some new pair of shoes, jeans, tee shirts and accessories for new year and Xmas… why not? LOL
Cheonggyecheon Stream existed only as a neglected watercourse hidden by an overpass, until it was restored in 2005. Today, South Korean has transformed the stream into a haven of natural beauty amidst the bustle of city life.
Cheonggyecheon Stream passes close to Deoksugung Palace, Seoul Plaza, the Sejong Center, Insa-dong Street, Changdeokgung Palace, and Changgyeonggung Palace, allowing visitors to easily visit major tourist sites after a leisurely stroll along the stream.
8) Insadong & Vegetarian Restaurant
Insadong is the perfect place for souvenir shopping. You can also find restaurant, cafe, arts, crafts and food stalls there.
Everything you need! Shopping on many levels, from cheap tourist trinkets to very expensive glass and all in between. Insadong is also close to the 2 palaces and other great attractions.
Insadong is another great place for you to taste many variants of Korean vegetarian foods while you are hunting for Korean branded stuff or unique Korean souvenirs. I seriously have to recommend this particular Korean vegetarian restaurant that I found randomly at Insadong! The Osegyehyang Restaurant!
Osegyehyang Restaurant is nestled in a hidden corner traditional Insadong neighborhood, boasting an entirely vegan menu. This restaurant has a distinctly traditional vibe with its floor seating, low Korean tables, and beautiful wooden ceiling reminiscent of traditional Korean houses. Which gives you an amazing feel to Korean food culture! 🙂
The menu has a range of noodles (spicy and non spicy) and rice dishes, and numerous entrees. Some of the popular dishes are Vegetarian Korean BBQ and Rice, a variation on Korea’s dish with soy protein cutlet, a variation on Japanese pork cutlet, and various Korean or Kimchi stews… hmm Yummy!!!
After a meat-free meal, visitors can step outside and follow up meal with a rich cup of traditional Korean tea or shop for traditional Korean wares in Insadong.
Prices generally range from 7,000 won for stews to 15,000 won for some entrees.
DO NOT forget to get some authentic Korean Spicy Instant Noodles (without onion and garlic) Hurray!!! haha I bought 4 cartons back to Singapore! haha
9) Thien Dang Loving Huts @ Namseong Station
If you are a vegetarian you know what Loving Hut is! They basically around the world! Loving Huts Singapore, New York, Seoul etc… The loving huts near Namseong Station is amazing! The place was really cozy and cute. The lady boss/chef was a GREAT cook! She and her son were very friendly and helpful to me! I’m grateful to meet them and absolutely worth to travel from Myeongdong (where I stay) to Namseong for 2 nights just to have my dinner there! 🙂
Menu offers dishes from all-over: donkasu, burgers, curry & rice, ramen, and even spaghetti + many many more.
Do check out AhYoung’s facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/lovinghutthiendang
Directions to Thien Dang Loving Hut: Namseong Station, Line 7. Exit 3. Walk straight about 300m. It will be on your right, next to ‘Eliot Cafe.’
Open: daily, 11am-10pm
Tel: 070 8982-8501
Tip: You can buy my favourite instant noodles from AhYoung! hahaha
10) Witness a Nonthreatening Protest in Seoul
Okay, I guess many should know the sad history of Korea (the war between the North and South). There are many families separated from their love ones and is one of the tragic in the history of human mankind! Of course, coming from a country with no (or low) protest going on (i’m really grateful). Such experience was interesting for me. Come to think of it, I witness 4 different protests:
- Hong Kong
- Bangkok, Thailand
- Athens, Greece
- Seoul, South Korea
So, is something to see if you happen to be there… 🙂
I hope you enjoyed and loved the 10 things to do in South Korea. South Korea is a very unique East Asian countries with great K-culture attracting people all over the world. Be caution not to be too obsessed with the Kpop culture! haha 🙂
“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson