Seoul | August 2019

While I’m crazy driven to keep my blog running, I’m going to make use of this motivation to work on my backlogs, so I’m apologising in advance for all the travel posts coming your way.

In August 2019, my gradma, mum, aunt, my sister, and I took a trip to Seoul for the weekend. It was my first time experiencing the South Korean summer and the humidity was unbelievable. I think it was because of this trip that my resentment for winter abruptly disappeared.

Our flight with Asiana Airlines left Clark past midnight and we landed in Incheon early in the morning. We grabbed coffee and some pastries before heading to our hotel in downtown Seoul.

We were able to check-in early at Hotel The Designers in Gangnam. We took a rest and freshened up before heading out and about. Our first order of business was to get lunch, and we decided to eat at the Japanese restaurant right next to our hotel.

May I just point out that even though this restaurant is located right in Gangnam, the price is not bad and you definitely get your money’s worth, especially considering it’s Japanese food!

After lunch, we made our way to Bukchon Hanok Village, a quiet village filled with traditional Korean houses, specifically made for the high-ranking officials during the Joseon Dynasty. At present, the village remains to be a residential area and there are signs posted along the streets that remind tourists to respect their privacies and to be cautious when speaking and taking pictures/videos.

This area offers quite a number of stores you can rent a hanbok from, since it’s very close to Gyeongbukgong Palace (the largest grand palace in Seoul), and admission is free for those who are wearing the traditional clothing.

We then headed to the N Seoul Tower / Namsan Tower, a landmark in Seoul that was built for broadcasting and tourism. For this visit, we rode the cable car up to the tower, and we were able to see a nice view of the city.

One of the things Namsan Tower is known for is the plethora of love locks.

We ended our first day with galbi-tang for dinner, soup made with short ribs. It’s one of my favourite Korean dishes ever and I’m looking forward to the day I get to have an authentic one again.

Our second day started with brunch at Butterfinger Pancakes, a restaurant we chanced upon in one of our previous visits. Since then, having brunch here has always been sort of part of the itinerary.

We spent the rest of the day in Myeongdong, exploring streets and streets of shops, had lunch, coffee, and met up with one of my batch mates from high school.

Samgyeopsal for dinner

Our last full day was reserved for our trip with Viator, where we booked a tour for Nami Island and Petite France. It’s a little bit on the pricier side, but it offered what we really needed — easy, hassle-free transfer. I think I can vouch for my family when I say that we had a pleasant experience with Viator.

Our tour package was inclusive of private transfer, tickets for both Nami Island and Petite France, lunch (we had dak-galbi and the only issue is that the food that was given to us seemed like it was only good for two…and no we weren’t just hungry because we had just had coffee, pastries, and ice cream LOL), and a tour-guide.

We initially wanted to go to The Garden of Morning Calm instead of Petite France, but we decided against it since it might be too hot and it might not be a good idea, especially since my grandma was with us.

READ: Petite France 2017

We went around the park for a little while, took a few photos, and made our way back to Seoul. We took a rest for a bit before heading to Myeongdong again.

For our last day, we had brunch in Cafe Adagio / Paris Baguette, went around Gangnam, then headed to the airport. I’m trying to remember if we did anything interesting on our last day but hmm I honestly don’t think we did? So I guess that concludes our trip! Despite the summer heat, I still had the best time with my family.

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