• 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…

  • Global Seoul Mate 2014,  Seoul,  South Korea

    2014 Seoul Kimchi Making & Sharing Festival, My No.1 Poster: Made by 192 Global Seoul-Mates

    On November 14, 2014 and until November 16, 2014, the 2014 Seoul Kimchi Making & Sharing Festival will be held in Seoul Square, Taepyeong Ave, Cheonggye Square and Gwanghwamun Square. This is a festival where visitors make kimchi by themselves and share them with their neighbors. Kimchi is Korea’s most famous dish and is a culinary tradition in itself. It is a traditional fermented Korean side dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings. The concept is that on the first day of Gimjang (Kimchi Making & Sharing) Season, “Seoul gets mixed with hope.” The festival will be held to celebrate the fact that kimchi was selected for UNESCO’s List…

  • South Korea,  Travel

    Exciting News: LEGOLAND Korea!

    LEGOLAND, a chain of Lego-themed theme parks, which currently spans across 5 countries and 6 cities, will finally open its first East Asian location and it’s going to be in… Korea! When opened, it will be the world’s first LEGOLAND to be located on an island.  It was originally planned to open in Spring of 2016 in Jungdo Island in the city of Chuncheon, Gangwon Province, but there was a delay in the construction due to a conflict between building the park and the need to preserve cultural heritage. The project hit a snag with the discovery of some prehistoric relics but local communities stepped up to provide support. The…

  • 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…

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