We started off our second day in Seoul with a bowl of cold buckwheat noodles in Myeongdong Hamheung Myeonok. The resturaunt had really good reviews on Trip Advisor, and the recommendation did not disappoint. The chilled noodles were very delicious and refreshing. I ordered a mildly spicy portion, whereas Tweedle T ordered a non-spicy portion. I would definitely recommend this returaunt to anyone who likes buckwheat noodles! We went on a weekday at around 1.30pm and we didn’t have to line up.
We made our way to Gyeongbokgung Palace, a more cultural side to our Seoul trip. It is a royal palace located in Northern Seoul. Unfortunately the palace closes on Tuesdays :(, so we were not able to go inside. Though there was a little museum next to the palace which was opened, so we managed to have a little read about the history of the site, as well as have a look at photographs of how the palace looked behind the gates.
Samcheong-Dong is a little town filled with traditional houses, art galleries, shops and cafes. It is walking distance from Gyeongbokgung Palace (15 mins). We both really enjoyed this area and I think this was one of the highlights of the trip. The shops are very affordable. Walking down the main street of the town, you can see lots of little boutiques and coffee shops. There was a jewellery shop which Tweedle T and I particularly liked. We spent a long time trying out pretty bracelets, rings, earrings and anklets and ended up buying lots of things for a cheap price!
We headed over to Sinchon station, where we ate at a restaurant called 八色豬 (팔색삼겹살), I can’t find the English name! It was highly recommended by a friend and I am so glad we went!
The resturaunt is famous for their barbequed pork. They have 8 flavours of pork, marinated in different sauces. The set we ordered came with an all you can eat salad bar, as well as a spicy korean soup. After cooking the meat, you are supposed to wrap it in lettuce along with a special dipping sauce and garlic if you want. It was a delicious meat fest! We arrived at around 8pm on a weekday and again we didn’t have to queue. The waiters were extremely efficient at setting up and preparing everything. You can choose from 2 set menus and we went for the original one.
After a great meal, we headed over to the Lotte Mart in Sinchon and had a good sweep of Korean snacks and delicacies. I didn’t understand a lot of the things on the packaging and they didn’t have English translations so I kept having to take pictures of the products to send to my Korean friend in Hong Kong for help. We both ended up buying lots of interesting snacks and foods to take home! I love heading to foreign supermarkets and seeing how different things are compared to my hometown.
Evening Snack at Myeongdong
After dropping off all our shopping back in our hotel, we ventured out to the streets of Myeongdong at 10pm to see what they had to offer. Unfortunately, most shops and underground malls were already shut! I guess only Dongdaemun stays open till the wee hours. We came across a street stall selling tokkbokki (chewy rice cake snack), and of course I could not resist! It was so chewy and delicious…. they were a little spicy though. I savored every bite. YUM! My mouth is watering as I type!
These are the items I bought on my second day.
We were very satisfied with our day of delicious food and successful shopping! Pity about the Palace though!
Lots of Love,
Tweedle D xoxoxo