Thursday, 26 May 2016

Seoul: Palace, Hanboks, Food

After successfully gobbling down our waffles, we had a full day ahead of us! 
Sam and I first headed to Gyeongbokgung Palace 경복궁 which cost us 3000 won each for the entry.

We wandered around its lands and took a billion photos of the architecture.

Came back to one of my favourite places in the palace grounds.

We then met Minha at the palace entrance and headed to fill our tums.

Joined by Jae Hun 재훈, we had the fine chicken ginseng soup 삼계탕 at Tosokchon 토속촌 which was on the left hand region of the Gyeongbokgung Palace. It came complete with a shot of ginseng alcohol and the soup was absolutely phenomenal. There was rice, ginseng and herbs embedded within the chicken itself and it tasted so darn good.

Of course dessert was needed so we headed over to the Samcheongdong 삼천동 area for some delicious shaved iced desserts. We got the green tea flavour both with sides of red bean and sticky sweet rice balls 인절미 as well as a strawberry flavoured bingsu with strawberry syrup and freshly cut strawberries

We headed to Insadong 인사동 and returned to the very same photobooth shop I went to last year with Heehyang 희향. We all put on our traditional hanboks (Sam actually wanted the girls one but wasn't allowed)

The end product.

We got the customary couple photo on the very top of the Love Tunnel.

After saying goodbye to both Minha and Jaehun, we took a stroll along the Cheonggyecheon stream 청계천.

And popped over to Gwangjang Market 광장시장 for some famous 육회 - raw seasoned minced beef with egg yolk and chopped pear,

Tada!!! Was absolutely phenomenal. I'm so glad I finally got the guts to try it cos it was WOW.

We then popped over to Dongdaemun Design Plaza to see the LED Roses again! The night ended with a good serving of barbequed pork belly 삼겹살 and beef rib meat 갈비살 which i successfully ordered from the store a few doors down from our hostel. With the fear I always had about ordering in Korean barbeque restaurants...I finally ticked it off my list! Woo!

Next up: Korean sauna and fish market! 

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