This will be my last 2014 South Korea trip post. Like finally.
We visited Bongeunsa Temple 봉은사 on the morning of day 13. My main reason for visiting this Buddhist temple is because it was the filming location for my favorite Korean drama, Faith. The bonus? This temple is huge and so beautiful. It has existed since 794 although it first started with a different name (Gyeonseongsa Temple) and location (1km away).
The main gate to Bongeunsa Temple. Faith: It’s also here we saw Choi Young crosses the street to COEX from this temple gate when he first arrived in the modern world.
We did plenty of stuff on day 12 but just not recorded in camera. Haha Too busy shopping la. Anyway here’s a brief summary of what we did.
It was a half drizzling half cloudy morning. Not a good day for photography hence you’ll see I only posted few photos. Most didn’t came out good and also because of busy shopping later that day. Around 9am we walked from Stay In GAM (our hostel) to Bukchon Hanok Village. I’ll say it took about 15 minutes. It was a pleasant walk.
Like Jeonju Hanok Village which I visited few days earlier, Bukchon Hanok Village is a village with hanok (traditional Korean houses) that is located right in the heart of Seoul. That’s right. How cool is that right? Initially I wanted to stay in Bukchon Hanok Village but upon finding out the hanok in Bukchon are actually newer (since mostly have been renovated; they’re from Joseon era), I changed my mind and choose Jeonju instead. And it was a wise choice since I feel Bukchon Hanok Village is too modern to my liking. Anyway there are 8 scenic viewing points in Bukchon Hanok Village and we went to several of them (Bukchon view 4 to 8) which is the left side of Gahoe-ro. I did not venture into the right side of Gahoe-ro. We dropped by the Tourist Information Center to grab a map of Bukchon Hanok Village before our quest. From the map we follow the route to these scenic spots.
This is Bukchon view no. 4 where you get to see hanok’s rooftops. It’s actually a beautiful view but my camera skill was lacking that day.
Day 10 is another packed day. There’s sightseeing, food and shopping. Let’s go! First thing in the morning, we visited Gwangjang Market 광장시장. It’s a market where you can buy vegetables, fruits, apparel, bedding, hanboks, has food corner and restaurant, etc.
I got wide-eyed when I saw this shop. All the things there are so appealing. But I didn’t dare to go near and touch them or else I might buy a few home. Which isn’t a good thing because I want to reserve the remaining space I have in my luggage for more clothes. Hahaha