• 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 – 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…

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

    Heart and Seoul 2014 – Chasing Cherry Blossoms at Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival

    This is part of a series of posts under the category Heart and Seoul 2014. We purposely chose to visit Seoul on the first week of April to chase the cherry blossoms. Thus, on our very first night in Seoul, despite having to endure lack of sleep, we didn’t waste time and headed to the Yeouido Cherry Blossoms Festival to witness the lighted cherry blossoms and catch some street performances too. We thought that the Yeouido Spring Flower Festival (others call it the Cherry Blossoms Festival) is at the Yeouido Park. Thus, we alighted at the Yeouido subway station which was apparently a very long walk away from the exact…

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

    Heart and Seoul 2014 – Jogyesa Temple

    This is part of a series of posts under the category Heart and Seoul 2014. While most of the Buddhist temples can be found outside of Seoul or in the mountains, there’s one center of Zen Buddhism that is famous for being located in the heart of the city. This is Jogyesa Temple which is just a walking distance away from 126 Mansion. Jogyesa Temple is well connected to Insadong and is located on a street full of Buddhist specialty shops. On our first day back in Seoul, and while waiting for our rooms to be ready, we decided to take a leisurely walk around the area and go to…

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

    Heart and Seoul 2014 – The Charm of Samcheong-dong

    *This is part of a series of posts under the category Heart and Seoul 2014. Samcheong-dong is my favorite place in Seoul. I fell in love with it when I first visited Seoul in 2012 and my recent trip confirmed that the place is still as charming as ever. Geographically speaking, Samcheong-dong is really one of those unique places in Seoul. To its left lies Gyeongbokgung, while Changdeokgung lies to its right. Cheongwadae is at its north, while Insadong is at its south. It’s a very tourist-friendly place in that you can visit all these 4 places plus Bukchon Hanok Village in just one day. Imagine that 126 Mansion is…

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

    Heart And Seoul 2014 – Our Seoul Itinerary for 5 Days

    Warning: Long Post Below 🙂 I missed Seoul so much and I’m glad I was able to return last April. For our last trip to Seoul, I went with my hubby and baby plus our nanny. I was very happy that our wacky friends also came and they made our Seoul trip tons of fun and really memorable! For this post, I’ll talk about details of our chosen airline, our guesthouse and mode of transportation in Seoul. I’ll just share a general view of what our itinerary was like but don’t worry, I’ll post details separately. Similar to my 2012 Seoul Series posts, this is also going to be another…

  • 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.

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