• Heart and Seoul 2014,  Seoul,  South Korea

    Heart and Seoul 2014 – Bukchon, Insadong, Gwanghwamun, Cheonggyecheon, Hongdae and Hello Kitty Cafe

    *This is part of a series of posts under the category Heart and Seoul 2014. We visited several areas of interest in the Gwanghwamun area on our last day in Seoul and every place was just within walking distance from each other. We started walking from 126 Mansion to Bukchon Hanok Village. We followed the “Bukchon 8 Views” map and were lucky to take photos in 6/8 of those views. Not bad, eh? 🙂 From Bukchon, we walked all the way to Insadong with a few stopovers like at the O’Sulloc Tea House and Ssamzie-gil. Then we walked through the end of Insadong street towards Cheonggye Plaza, the start of…

  • Heart and Seoul 2014,  Seoul,  South Korea,  Travel

    Heart and Seoul 2014 – N Seoul Tower via the Namsan Cable Car

    There are different ways to reach N Seoul Tower. Back in 2012 during my first time in Seoul, I went to N Seoul Tower via a regular taxi. We were dropped off at something that looked like a huge bus stop. From there, we painstakingly hiked up to the foot of the tower. Hiking for couch potatoes like me is a real struggle. I remember running out of breath by the time I had a view of the ticketing office. And even for those with regular exercise, hiking will still be a bit of an effort because the road is too steep. Imagine how amazed we were to see Korean…

  • Heart and Seoul 2014,  Seoul,  South Korea,  Travel

    Heart and Seoul 2014 – Palm Sunday at the Myeongdong Cathedral

    If you’re a Catholic and you’re in Seoul, you may want to know that there’s an English Mass celebrated at the Myeongdong Cathedral every Sunday at 9AM. The Myeongdong Catholic Cathedral is a beautiful structure made with bricks of different colors and shapes, and because it is a symbol for Myeongdong, is frequently visited by tourists. We attended the Palm Sunday celebration at the Myeongdong Cathedral and we fell in love with their culture, their discipline, and how they celebrate Mass in general.

  • Heart and Seoul 2014,  Seoul,  Travel

    Heart and Seoul 2014 – Myeongdong v.2, The Street Food Post

    This is part of a series of posts under the category Heart and Seoul 2014. When I think of shopping in Seoul, Myeongdong is one of those places that will always come to mind. Back in 2012, I purposely went to Myeongdong to buy hoard cosmetics. Last April, I visited Myeongdong not so much to buy anything but mostly because I wanted to look at the various street food… again! Aside from cosmetics and clothes, one of the things you’ll enjoy in Myeongdong is the food scene. There are so may restaurants, cafes, fast food, and street food stalls. You definitely would not go hungry! So come, scroll down, and…

  • Heart and Seoul 2014,  Seoul,  Travel

    Heart and Seoul 2014 – Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Folk Museum of Korea v.2

    This is part of a series of posts under the category Heart and Seoul 2014. This will just be a photo-heavy post because I have written about Gyeongbokgung or Gyeongbok Palace in a previous post. For me, nothing much has changed since I visited in 2012 except that the free hanbok booth is now located near the Gwanghwamun Gate just opposite the ticket counter. Same as in 2012, we witnessed the changing of the guards, we wore hanboks, and explored the palace. We also dropped by the National Folk Museum of Korea which is connected to the palace grounds. Since the palace was just a walking distance from 126 Mansion…

  • Heart and Seoul 2014,  Seoul,  South Korea,  Travel

    Heart and Seoul 2014 – Pojangmacha Experience in Jongno-3 ga

    This is part of a series of posts under the category Heart and Seoul 2014. I love Korean dramas and when I discuss this topic with my friends who are also into K-dramas, we always say that there are scenes that are generally common among those that we’ve watched.  And if there’s one that really stands out from my list, it has got to be a pojangmacha scene.

  • Heart and Seoul 2014,  Seoul,  South Korea,  Travel

    Heart and Seoul 2014 – Shopping at Lotte Mart, Seoul Station

    This is part of a series of posts under the category Heart and Seoul 2014. Key chains, letter openers, or ref magnets are okay, I suppose. But when I think of pasalubong, I always think of sharing a small piece of the culture that I experienced and for me, there’s no other better option than to bring home food from that culture. I always enjoy giving food items as pasalubong not just because they’re cheaper but because I enjoy discovering foodie finds and sharing stories about them back home. This is why whenever we travel, I always make it a point to visit a local grocery, or supermarket, or even…

  • Heart and Seoul 2014,  Seoul,  South Korea,  Travel

    Heart and Seoul 2014 – Petite France

    This is part of a series of posts under the category Heart and Seoul 2014. Petite France is a French cultural village in the Korean countryside just a few kilometers away from Nami Island. What is readily noticeable is how this place encapsulates Le Petit Prince (the Little Prince). There’s really nothing much to see there but it was worth a visit especially that it’s just near Nami Island anyways and that you can brag that you’re visiting one of those filming locations. It’s a  location for drama series such as the “Beethoven Virus,” “Secret Garden,” and “The Man from the Stars.”

  • Heart and Seoul 2014,  Seoul,  South Korea,  Travel

    Heart and Seoul 2014 – Cherry Blossoms in Nami Island

    This is part of a series of posts under the category Heart and Seoul 2014. Even if I have already visited Nami Island in 2012, my second visit last April was nothing less spectacular or memorable. I had the time of my life being back there, seeing new things, and re-discovering the old ones with my hubby and baby. In fact, I made sure our family had a picture at the exact same spot I had one in 2012. And yes, we had to be in matchy-matchy attire! For this post, I would just like to focus on the cherry blossoms because as I mentioned earlier, the theme of our…

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