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10 January 2016

And my last bingsu for this trip๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข gonna miss all the bingsus here
Bukchon Hanok Village - with that we ended our Seoul exploration!
Im so glad they stopped eating though during PYSCH! game they ate strawberries and honey butter almonds...scary people...and this is me and cs with our free snail masks๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

9 January 2016

Round 5 - These people are scary?!?! They are eating loklok๐Ÿ˜…
Round 4 - GYOJAAAASSS these people can really eat?!?! Ended up ordering one dumpling soup, one steamed dumpling plate and one handmade noodles soup?!?! It was a great experience eating outdoors at foodstands at Gwangjang market also!
Round 3 - STREET FOOD octopus stick x pomegranate
After BBQ round 2 - BINGSUUUUUU injeolmi x strawberries
Night scene of Hwaseong Fortress
And who flies all the way to Korea and NOT eat korean BBQ?! So we finally had our chance to try and I must say ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ a tad expensive though!!! But always great to chit chat over BBQ
And we headed down from the fortress to visit the palace and rainbow gate below
Met up with Yiling and Chok and we took a day trip out to Suwon! It was all fun and laugher. Great day out, even greater company!!! (This is Hwaseong Fortress btw)
Happiness in the morning...finally found my GOGUMA LATTE (sweet potato latte) and it is well worth it๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ it's always been at paris baguette but we only saw it on the 9th day๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ WHYYYY SO NEAR YET SO FARRRR!! But i guess it's better late than never๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜… Most unique latte I will ever have and I hope to drink more next time!!!

8 January 2016

After trying so many different korean food the past 8 days, I must say that I LOVE KOREAN FOOD SOOOO MUCHHH and IM SERIOUSLY GONNA MISS KOREAN FOOD! And I love the mini side dishes like the kimchi (which is v different from singapore), and aiya I just love the side dishes cs ask me why I eat so much kimchi every meal?!?! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
We tried gimbap from Gwangjang market today!
JJAJANGMYEON!!! Have been wanting to try so badly after watching running man...although this was just a normal local stall we enjoyed their jjajang very well!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
Patbingsu Homilpat! A different version of bingsu! Green tea flavour is sooo nice and the mochis are very chewy!
Shopping at Ehwa Women's University street!
Namsangol Hanok Village - an exploration of old traditional korean residences, from the peasants to the rich!
This shameless dude constipating outside...
Photos from CS' camera!
We actually walked for damn long tryna find this Jeonju bibimbap but it doesn't look very appetizing so we ended up at YOOGANE YAYYYYY and we ordered chicken galbi with cheese and rice...i bet this is worth 30K calories๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ but DAMN DELICIOUS
Two Ahjummad spotted..which one more chio?
Ihwa dong mural village so pretty!
Paris baguette for breakfast (again)๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ we almost ate finish the whole shop liaoooo. Today we had choco baguette and sausage donut๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

7 January 2016

Kyochon fried chicken to end the night!! WAS SO LOOKING FORWARD TO KOREAN FRIED CHICKYS!!! Thumbs up for this!!! Crispy skin and juicy meat๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹
Back at Myeongdong for some shopping time!! Check out shopaholic cs๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™Š
Pretty pretty Namsan Park! Beautiful sunset but it was FREEZING COLD!!
We were just hungry and looking for somewhere nearby our accomm to eat cos CS cam died and we had to go back and charge!! While waiting we hunted for lunching place and found this local korean eatery and IT WAS ALL IN KOREAN WORDS?! Luckily there were some korean students who could understand a teeny bit of english and helped us order. When cs heard me tell them "kimchi jiggae" and "soondubu" he was damn impressed HAHAHHAHA! And this place is a total gem cs and i LOVED IT
Crepe Rei - caramel and brownie whoop whoop!๐Ÿ‘
End of our guided tour!
Changdeokgung part 2
Changdeokgung part 1 - living in Joseon Dynasty. We had a guided tour around the beautiful secret garden which wouldve been TEN TIMES NICER IN AUTUMN
GOOD FOOD - bulgogi and dolsot bibimbap๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹
STRAWBERRIESSSSS they are so red, so plump, so sweet, yum yum yum!!!

6 January 2016

CRAZY TTEOKBOKKI - we walked around Dongdaemun looking for food to eat and we chanced upon this restaurant with A LOT OF PEOPLE (which must be good) so we went in to try...and definitely was NOT DISAPPOINTED it was YUMMMYYYYY!! One of my favourite meals but then again I ate so well everyday๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ The spice level was just right and the udon was chewy and the seafood was fresh and the soup was just SMACK DELICIOUS!!!
BBQ GRILLED MEAT STICKSS๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ we got the sweet and sour kind AND the mustard tomato peanut idk what other sauce kind AND THEY WERE SO DELICIOUS AND YUMMYYYYYY
SAMJIN EUNOKKK๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ our last samjin - managed to order the curry one this time but its too spicy for me so cs ate it!
Lunch! Seolleotang for me and Gomtang for cs. Seolleo has rice and noodles while gom is only rice hehe. It's oxtail soup in a hot stone pot!
Pretty pretty gamcheon cultural village where we had our own amazing race to collect stamps๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ and took many photos as well!
And we also got free postcards for finding specific stations:)

5 January 2016

Delicious delicious delicious pork soup! I got mine with udon and cs got the rice and pork belly one. Soup's greatttt๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
Seomyeon shopping street. If not for the cold winds this street would be nice for a night walk๐Ÿ˜ฉ
CS and his lok lok again...face palm
I managed to throw a coin into the bowl below on my first try from the Haedong bridge and apparently it's difficult๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™Š DAEBAK! damn tyco though!! And also made a wish cos I managed to get it in and hopefully my wish comes trueeeee
Beomeosa Temple - this was initially not in our plans but we were SO GLAD we decided to go last minute?! This place is a quaint beauty!! We managed to chiong in (its free but only opens till 5.30pm) so we only had 30mins to admire the temple. Wished we could have more time but this place is really farrrrrr!
Some photos of the day๐Ÿ˜
Dongrae Halmae Pajeon - Traditional Korean pancake made with mainly spring onion, seafood, meat, egg, and starch. The first taste was like our Singapore's O-JIAN๐Ÿ˜‚ so we were quite underwhelmed and it's bloody expensive 30,000won we could've gone back to Hongsi๐Ÿ˜ข Okay la but at least we tried a new food! The fried sweet sticky mochi with red bean was ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ though I loved it!!!
Hardong Yongdusa Temple - it's a gloomy afternoon๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ Not as spectacular as I thought it would be seeing some of my friends' photos. But definitely worth a visit, it's free anyway!

4 January 2016

Tried Korea's original makgeolli (rice wine) - cs dont like it so i drank 1/3 and I K.O-ed๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY - ANAPJI POND. SPECTACULARRRRRRR!!! The trees were so beautifully litted and the reflections were so pretty!!!
Very berry beautiful Anapji!
HONGSI KOREAN RESTAURANT. Friendly staff. Good food. LOTS OF FOOD. And worth our wons. We were sooo full we were about to explode? Traditional korean style food in a traditional house settingโ˜บ๏ธ this place is a must-go!!! 25 dishes in total๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ disclaimer: we didnt over-order - these are within the set meal๐Ÿ˜Š
Dining like royals๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹
Seokguram - 500m walk in along the cliffs to access the temple with colourful lanterns lining the side of the walkways. Tbh its too pricey to visit though...
Bulguksa temple. Quaint and pretty, we took a lot of nice shots in here hehehhe๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™Š i think we spend more time taking chio photos than admiring the architecture๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™Š
Photos from CS' camera at Bulguksa Templeโ˜บ๏ธ
On the bus to Gyeongju with our breakfast from paris baguette!
At Busan Bus Terminal! CS insisted on trying this loklok kinda thing and its not bad๐Ÿ˜‹ cs say its his fav food i say he kua zhang...

3 January 2016

Lotte world - just see see look look. Skypark was really pretty!! We spent a lot of time taking photos๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™Š
Some shots of today's journey in CS' camera๐Ÿ˜Š
SULBINGGGGG๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹ got caramel coffee flavour this time. Toppings include caramel coffee ice cream, coffee sauce, almond and cashew nuts, oatmeal cereal, and of course the snowflake๐Ÿ‘
See queue = good = join queue๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ korean vege pancake -> a twist to takoballs. Super yummy but im pretty sure its worth like 10000 calories๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™Š
Jagalchi fish market. We didnt try the fresh fish though cos it looked super cramped and we were sure we couldnt afford the prices here. Owell, can always come back when we strike it rich! But the jagalchi ajummas were interesting to watch๐Ÿ˜Š
Cos a friend intro-ed and we hunted for it. Its called Shikae, a sweet korean drink made from rice. Not bad, its a different kinda barley kinda thing๐Ÿ˜„
So after a good meal, we headed to Yongdusan park! And spent a fair bit of time there waiting for the sunset. We also spotted gamcheon (colourful) cultural village which we intend to visit a couple of days later๐Ÿ˜
Woojung Bibimbap๐Ÿ‘ we ordered a pork belly and beef bulgogi to share. Beef was typical and nice๐Ÿ˜‚ pork belly has a unique twist to it which is also not bad! Hot stone bibim is a good idea for a chilly dayyyy
Nampo-dong shopping district! Hustling and bustling many people. And so many things to buy but we didnt give in to temptations๐Ÿ˜
First thing we did in Busan - JOIN THE QUEUE๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ we saw so many people queueing and queueing for this Samgin Eunok so we googled it and it is fish cake croquette with different fillings - cheese, curry, potato, sweet potato, pepper, and shrimp! So being singaporeans see queue = good food so we joined the queue๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ initially we wanted cheese, sweet potato and curry but they took turns to be sold out (temporarily) until we reached and there was no curry left for us๐Ÿ˜ญ so we got potato to replace curry. Though its a tad oily, cs and i agreed its good. We are definitely gonna queue again when we are heading back to seoul๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
On our way to Busan!!

2 January 2016

This was on discount so i insisted cs buy to share๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ strawberry and yoghurt rose gelato so pretty right!!
YOOGANEEEE๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹ so delicious there was so much meat!!! And we ordered ramen to go with our meat๐Ÿ‘ intending to try yoogane again with rice next time hehe
We are waiting for the cui city tour bus...which is super squeezy. Just hope we can get seats from Petit France to Garden of the Morning Calm cos its 40+mins๐Ÿ˜ฉ
Petit Franceee!! This place is also pretty why are all the pretty places in Gapyeong?!?! And why are there still so many tourists?!?!
"A smallwillow basket of korea" at Yeonga, Nami Island - steamed kimchi with yolky egg๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹ its not too spicy and very yummy!
ANNYEONG!! We are at Nami Island. All pretty photos are in CS' camera๐Ÿ˜‚ Took a lot of instagram-worthy photos. Nami is reallyyyyyy pretty and we couldve spent a full day there but due to tight itinerary we only had around 3hrs? So sad to leave this beautiful place๐Ÿ˜ญ oh and we didnt see snow so i will rate this place 9.75/10 cos 0.25 for snow and maple leaves๐Ÿ™Š
Some shots taken by sim jang-soon๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™Š

1 January 2016

Tosokchon samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup) for dinner. DELICIOUS. We each had a whole chicken to ourselves๐Ÿ˜‚ a bit to the expensive side but we had to try the best samgyetang in seoul!!!
Gyeongbukgung - we paid $4 each to enter the palace. At first we regretted paying so much to enter cos we couldnt go into the main palace rooms. But we just went around to explore and the palace ground is HUGEEEEEE!!!!! There were two structures surrounded by a frozen mode (highlights) + pretty pre-winter gardens + a lot of palace rooms to go in and out of. So in the end the $4 was well spent๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
And then our room was ready for us to check in! So we went back for a quick refresher before coming out to battle the cold againโ˜๏ธ
We were still hungry after breakfast on the flight so we went to Myeongdong to look for this famous gyojaaa. Both gyoja and chopped noodles were๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
On the planeee to Incheon International Airport. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!!