Sunday, 7 July 2013

Korea At A Glance: Day 4 & Day 5


Nanta Show @ Hongdae Theater

At first we planned to watch it in Myeongdong but after doing a research online, we found out that there’s a anniversary special at Hongdae Theater which gives us a 30% discount each! We only paid 35,000 won each for the show….Yay!  On and off they have various promotions, so do always check out their site Nanta Show and make advanced booking online.

This is a must watch show because although it’s a non verbal performance, you would be guaranteed to laugh from start till the end!

If you are watching Nanta in Hongdae, you can also include the Trick Eye Museum into your itinerary as it’s just right beside it! :)

Directions to Nanta (Hongdae):
Hongik University Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 9.
Go straight for 350m and turn left onto Yanghwa-ro 16-gil.
Continue 120m until you see the Cultural Multiplex on the left.

Hello Kitty Café @ Hongdae

Cute cafe for all Hello Kitty lovers or just people who loves pink, like us! However, neither the food nor the coffee is up to our expectation :( It is pretty pricey too so we would suggest sharing since sharing is caring! :) 

Directions to Hello Kitty Cafe:
Shinchon Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), exit Hongik University Station

 Got this from their official site so excuse the wrong English spellings! Haha.

Day 5

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Beautiful palace located right at the heart of the city! Make sure you don’t miss the guard changing ceremony which happens every hour from 10am-3pm. The guard changing ceremony is free for all to watch before you enter into the palace grounds. Entrance fees into the palace is pretty cheap too, only 3,000 won per person! :)

Directions to Gyeongbokgung Palace:
Gyeongbokgung Palace Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 5.
Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 2.

Tosokchon – Famous Samgyetang (Ginseng Chicken)

Everyone seemed to be recommending this place online when we were doing our research so we added this in since it’s nearby to the Gyeongbokgung Palace. The place is really unique and pretty! We were there early so the queue wasn’t that long as compared to what we read online! There are 4 different Ginseng Chicken to order and in our excitement, we ordered one each to try out without knowing what is it.

We later found out that we only have to make 2 choices in ordering:-
i) White Chicken (15,000 won) or Black Chicken (22,000 won); or
ii) White Chicken + 100 year old Ginseng (21,000 won) or Black Chicken + 100 year old ginseng (28,000 won)

A word of advice, unless you are a big fan of ginsengs, the normal ones would be enough to try because you need to pay extra 6,000 won for the small bottle of the supposedly 100 year old ginseng. The portion is also quite big so one would be enough to share among 2 persons. Don’t be greedy like us! :P

Directions to Tosokchon:
Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 2.
Go straight about 170m and turn left onto Jahamun-ro 5-gil Road.
Tosokchon (토속촌) is located 10m ahead on the left.


Nice pretty street which sold a lot of souveneirs from keychains to T-Shirts to magnets...basically they have it all! The famous Ssamziegel, a mall designed to look like a street is also located here.  

Directions to Insadong:
Take the subway line 3 to Anguk station, exit #6
Walk for about five minutes until you reach a tourism information booth.
After the booth you should turn left and walk down the main street of Insadong.

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