SEOULFUL ENCOUNTERS [BUSAN/SEOUL 2017] EXPLORING SEOCHON AND LUNCH AT TONGIN MARKET’S DOSIRAK CAFE

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In my previous visits to Seoul, I have always stayed in the Jongno area, specifically in the heart of Samcheong-dong, and because it’s the neighborhood that I am most familiar with, I have declared so many times in the past that my favorite neighborhood in all of Seoul is Samcheong-dong. Even to date, Samcheong-dong still one of my favorite neighborhoods but my list of favorites is growing the more I visit Seoul.

Last Spring, however, I did not get to spend time in Samcheong-dong at all because I purposely wanted to explore the west of Gyeongbokgung that time. I visited Seochon, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Jongno-gu which translates to “Western Village” as it is geographically located at the west of Gyeongbok Palace. Historically, Korean literature has plenty of references to Seochon neighborhoods. But I did not learn about Seochon through history. I got curious about it after watching “Legendary Witches” because Seochon was the setting for that drama. Actually, if you’ve been to Tosokchon, the famous Samgyetang place near Gyeongbokgung, then you’ve been to Seochon.

Read more about my route going to and around Seochon below.

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Autumn In My Seoul 

I’m back from my recent trip to Seoul to attended Food Week Korea 2017. I have tons of photos and stories to tell about my autumn experience in Korea but I’m not even done yet with the spring series for my trip to Busan and Seoul last April!

I’m such a lazy blogger… but not without reason! I am just very busy with Tsuiteru and Kerrimo alongside my legal practice and so blogging has to give way.

Please stay tuned for my next posts. They may come in sporadically but know that I read your emails and comments (whether here, in Facebook or Instagram), and try my best to reply to your questions.

Annyeong!

SEOULFUL ENCOUNTERS [BUSAN/SEOUL 2017] STAYING IN MYEONGDONG

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One of my favorite places to come back to whenever I am in Seoul is obviously Myeongdong. It is a paradise for shoppers and foodies and while always evolving, it is still home to some of the old-time favorites, both of the locals and tourists like me. I have written about Myeongdong for the first time in 2012 and for the second time in 2014. Despite having been to Myeongdong twice in the past, visiting Myeongdong everyday during the 5-day Seoul leg of my trip felt like it’s always the first time. There’s always something new to experience, something new to discover. Myeongdong continues to excite me (and my palate!), and if you are visiting Seoul for the first time, please make sure that you allot ample time for Myeongdong.

I have a lot to share with you so please be prepared to read a massive wall of post. I stayed in Myeongdong (right outside Exit 2 of  subway station to be precise) and I am going to write a quick review of my guesthouse. I will also update you with my foodie finds in Myeongdong and they’re all drool-worthy that just thinking about them makes me feel like I’m going to pass out from extreme craving. And as usual, I will be ending this post with a clip of our nightly walk from the guesthouse to the famous Myeongdong shopping streets.

*All references to Myeongdong in this post will be hyperlinked to www.myeongdong.org, a great reference for all things about Myeongdong.

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Seoulful Encounters [Busan/Seoul 2017] – Haeundae Beach

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It’s so ironic that I am not a beach-lover to think that I grew up in a coastal town where my family used to have a vacation house by the beach. I remember spending every summer vacation there since I was kid until college. While I enjoy being at the beach, it’s not something that I will intentionally plot in my upcoming trips calendar unless my 4-year old is coming with me because that little one is an aquaphile.

However, when I was planning for my 10-day Busan/Seoul trip last Spring 2017, I found myself including Haeundae Beach in my itinerary. I intended to visit Haeundae Beach because I’ve never heard of a beach being accessible by subway and I wanted to experience it myself. In short, I was more interested about the transport system than the beach itself. Sure enough, Dynamic Busan didn’t fail to impress. As I said in a previous post, transportation in Korea is seamless and it makes going around the city very convenient, and that includes going to the beach.

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Seoulful Encounters [Busan/Seoul 2017] – Oryukdo Skywalk via Bus 27 from Busan Station

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The highlight of my Busan trip was my visit to Oryukdo Island. I consider it as the best spot I have visited in Busan because it made me fully understand why a trip to see the ocean was worth all that hype. This is not to say that I didn’t enjoy the other spots, but for me, personally, I was just drawn towards Oryukdo because the views there were amazing and it was not at all physically taxing to get there. Whereas it was tiresome to get good views in Taejongdae and that I’ve seen better beaches than Haeundae, on the other hand, Oryukdo was simply breathtaking.

My starting point for going to Oryukdo Island was Busan Station. I actually came from Gamcheon Culture Village in the morning and took a cab to get to Busan Station. In case you missed it in my previous post, the cab ride from Gamcheon Culture Village to Busan Station was about 4,800 won.

Below, I’ll be talking more about how to reach Oryukdo and as always, I’m going to end the post with a short video clip of my visit.

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