Here are a little something more from my South Korea 2014 travel. Some tips I learned and wanna share here.
1. Where to view cherry blossom during spring in South Korea?
I visited Seoul, Busan, Jinhae, Jeonju and Jeju island during spring for cherry blossom and I can tell you that it’s all about luck. We managed to catch the cherry blossom flowers at its peak in Busan. Whereas in Jinhae, Jeonju and Jeju island they were already past their best. We had the least luck in Seoul.
Where: Dalmaji Road
How we went: At Haeundae subway station, we took a cab to Dalmaji Road. We told the cab driver to bring us to Haewoljeong 해월정 which is the famous pavilion at Dalmaji Road. Cab fee 3,600 won.
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.
Nothing much going on on day 11. We spent the morning and afternoon at two markets and shopping at the famous district Myeondong later that day.
First thing first, we visited Bangsan Market which is just across the street from Gwangjang Market. If you’re a baker, then this market is for you. Do check out my full post and what I bought at Bangsan Market here.
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
My daily breakfast at Stay in GAM (our lodging) for the next few days until I go back Malaysia. I ate the same thing everyday. It’s boring but fill up my tummy pretty good hence I get to save moolah ($$) without going out for breakfast.