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
These are wild vegetables if my eyes serve me correctly. They sure are no ordinary vegetables.
These are the food we tried at Gwanjang Market. Clockwise from left: bindaetteok (2pcs for 4,000 won), eomuk/fish cake (500 won per stick), hobakjuk/pumpkin or squash porridge (4,000 won), mayak kimbap/drug kimbap because it’s addictive! (2,500 won).
We also bought some fruits like pear and strawberry. Then we went back our hostel to unload the goods before taking the subway to Gyeongbokgung Station.
This is Gwanghwamun (gate)… the mate gate of Gyeongbokgung (palace). Not the original gate though. The original gate has been destroyed by Japanese. I didn’t visit Gyeongbokgung (palace) because I’ve visited it before although I’ve forgotten how it looks like. Will add it in my list next time I visit Seoul again.
King Sejong Statue 세종대왕 동상… one of the greatest king in Korean history. He oversaw the creation of Hangul and many other scientific technology. Before Hangul was created, Joseon people uses Chinese characters for writing.
Next we visited Cheonggyecheon (stream). This place used to be a creek before/during Joseon Dynasty which flows to the Han River. It’s then covered and elevated highway were built in the 1950s. In 2003 (the year I visited Seoul for the first time), the Seoul mayor restore back the stream and it’s what you see today… a place to chill and relax amidst the busyness of the city. Restoration was completed in 2005. This is the start of Cheonggyecheon (stream). No idea where the water comes from though.
While mom and sis were shopping, I quietly sneak away and buy some snacks. On the left is my favorite hotteok (1,000 won) which I had them too in Jeju and Busan. On the right is sweet custard bread (2,000 won) with red beans filling inside.
Then we had dinner at Jirisan Restaurant at an alley of Insadong. We ate traditional Korean full-course meal or also called hanjeongsik. Take a look here.
Finally we stopped by Jilsiru (beside Tteok Museum) to get some traditional Korean rice cakes and cookies. My favorite is the one on the top right called yakgwa made from cinnamon, ginger and honey. Yum!
That’s all for day 10. Stay tuned for day 11.
My South Korea journey so far…
Incheon + Jeju-do Self Drive Day 1: MAS, Car Rental & Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival
Jeju-do Self Drive Day 2: Yeongsil Trail at Hallasan National Park (Part 1)
Jeju-do Self Drive Day 2: Jusangjeolli Cliff, Yongmeori Coast & Cheonjiyeon Falls (Part 2)
Jeju-do Self Drive Day 3: Yilin Pension & Seongsan Ilchulbong (Part 1)
Jeju-do Self Drive Day 3: Seopjikoji & Seongeup Folk Village (Part 2)
Jeju-do + Busan Day 4: Bye Jeju, Dynamic Guesthouse, Cherry Blossom at Dalmaji Road, Haeundae Beach & Gwangalli Beach
Busan + Jinhae Day 5: Cherry Blossom at Yeojwa Stream & Gyeonghwa Station (Part 1)
Busan Day 5: Jagalchi Market, Gukje Market & Dinner at Lotteria (Part 2)
Busan + Jeonju Day 6: Bukyungdang Hanok Guesthouse, Jeonju Hanok Village Scenic Walk & Omokdae
Jeonju Day 7: Jeondong Catholic Cathedral, Pungnamun & Nambu Market
Jeonju + Seoul Day 8: Stay In GAM, Hongdae & Ewha Womans University
Seoul Day 9: Noryangjin Fish Market, Yeouido Cherry Blossom, KBS & Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain
Photos from Nikon D80 and Panasonic TZ-7.