• 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…

  • Seoul,  South Korea,  Travel

    [Seoul Series] Day 4: Myeongdong, Myeongdong Cathedral, and NANTA Show

    One of the best places to shop cosmetics and clothes would probably be Myeongdong. Many brand name shops and department stores can be found in this shopping district. Unlike Dongdaemun or Namdaemun, many designer brands are sold in Myeongdong. Here, you can also find Shinsegae, Migliore, and M Plaza. There are also lots of restaurants, fast food, and street food. You’ll never get hungry in Myeongdong! But aside from all these, there’s also the Myeongdong Catholic Church which has become a famous tourist attraction.

  • South Korea,  Travel

    [Seoul Series] Day 4: N Seoul Tower

    If you’re a fan of Korean dramas like me, you’ll easily recognize N Seoul Tower. It is a complex atop the Namsan Mountain and the panoramic view of Seoul and surrounding areas makes it a great filming location. But the N Seoul Tower is not just a tourist spot because it still serves as a transmission tower. In fact, about 48% of the national audio population watches broadcasting through N Seoul Tower. A visit to Seoul won’t definitely be complete without dropping by N Seoul Tower which is a proud landmark of Seoul.

  • Seoul,  South Korea

    [Seoul Series] Day 4: Insadong, Ssamzie-gil, Jogyesa Temple

    This is the Day 4 installment for my Seoul Series (which I started to document our visit to Seoul last March) and I’m going to break it down into several posts: Insadong, Ssamzie-gil, Jogyesa Temple O’Sulloc Tea House, Nakwon Music Complex N Seoul Tower Myeongdong, NANTA Theater The first two posts will focus mainly about where we went in the Insadong area and it will be helpful if I show you the map of Insadong. I have highlighted some of the interesting spots that you might want to check out.

  • Seoul,  South Korea,  Travel

    [Seoul Series] Day 2: Nami Island / Naminara Republic

    I’m back after a long break! I know that I have this huge backlog on posts about my trip to Seoul last March and I’m actually thinking of whether to write about Nami Island and if so, what to write about it. Thing is, most blogs you will read out there only have a thing or two to say about Nami Island and the common one they would say is that it is the filming location for the Winter Sonata, a famous Korean drama. My fear is that if I write about Nami Island, I’m just going to say the same thing, i.e., it is where the Winter Sonata was…

  • Seoul,  South Korea,  Travel

    Seoul Itinerary for 5 Days / 4 Nights

    As promised, I’m sharing our itinerary for 5 days/4 nights in Seoul. Just want to tell you in advance that I went to Seoul with my husband and our family. We’re 12 in the group with 5 people just around my age and 7 senior citizens. Had I traveled with my husband alone (we will definitely go back there on our own), our itinerary would have been a more taxing one but definitely budget-friendly. Overall though, given our group demographics and physical considerations, I would have to say that we pretty much covered a good number of tourist attractions but just so you know, the itinerary I’m sharing might not…

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