Thursday, May 4, 2017

Seoul Diary | Day 3

Saturday, April 22nd 2017

so, today our goal was to wear hanbok to Gyeongbokgung Palace. if we were wear hanbok, we can get free entry to the palace. but in my opinion, it just the same as paid for the entry because we need to paid for the hanbok. the amount depends on which hanbok you'd choose.
Outfit: Unbranded leopard shawl; Gift gold cardigan; Colorbox grey stripes tee; Thamrin City brown pants; Wakai red shoes; Lacoste red tote bag

don't be fooled, i was very chilled that day but acting everything okay for the sake of good picture. we got up at 9 a.m and ready to explore Seoul at 10 a.m, so as usual we went to subway station.  from Hongik University Station (airport railroad line) we stopped at Gongdeok and transferred to Line 5 to Gwanghwamun Station exit 2.

as soon as we arrived on the ground, we saw the great entrance to Gyeongbokgung Palace. it was very majestic to me. we saw the olden days and modern days collide. before we entering the palace, we were in the quest to find hanbok rental.

we found one. from the palace main entrance, walk straight and turn right on the t-junction and we found a hanbok rental on the 2nd floor of the 2nd building we saw after we crossed.
it was very crowded and we met other fellow Indonesian here but they was from Batam. it was felt like met a sister when we saw fellow Indonesian in foreign country.

we chose hanbok as we pleased, when we were done we looked for the cashier and he calculated how much we should paid but before that we need to how many hours we want to rent the hanbok, either for 2 hours or 4 hours. and we were set to explore Gyeongbokgung Palace in hanbok :)

Gyeongbokgung is the most beautiful and grandest of five palaces in Seoul.
at the time we were arrived, there were a palace guard changing ceremony. and it was beautiful.
if you walked straight from the hanbok rental shop, you'll find Cheongwadae or Blue House (executive office and official residence of South Korea President). we were too exhausted to walk another minutes to Chongwadae :)

walking around Gyeongbokgung palace for two hours made us really tired and we went back to the hanbok rental place to return the hanbok and we were looked for restaurant to feed us lunch.
not far from the hanbok rental shop, we found a Japanese restaurant.
it was a small restaurant but served really delicious meal.

from the Gyeongbokgung Palace, just cross the street in front of the main gate, we were found the King Sejong statue. that location called Gwanghwamun Square,
right on this day was Earth Day, so on the location there were many people celebrated Earth Day. walked down further more, we found Admiral Yi Sun-Shin statue surrounded by fountain.
we failed to took picture here, since there were many many people gather here :(

and there are more people as we walked towards Cheonggyecheon Stream.
it was Saturday and it was campaign day for their presidential election. there are way too many polices (in good looking faces) around the square and near to the stream.

to make it to the stream, we were walked down to the end of Gwanghwamun Square and crossed the street straight and when we were saw snail's house-shaped statue, turn left and we were saw the beginning of the stream.
the stream is almost 11 kilometers long and there is a coin-throw spot to people make a wish.

at this point, i thought the temperature was dropped to 9 degree Celsius and the wind was so strong because believe me, i was almost frozen to death whereas underneath my long sleeve tee, i was wear another long sleeve tee and under my pants, i was wear 2 layers of legging :)

therefore we decided to went back to our room.
from Cheonggyecheon Stream, we walked for 2 minutes and found City Hall Subway station.
we took City Hall line 2 to Hongik University Station. it was on the same line, so we don't need to off the train and transferred to another train.

at night, before we went to the common kitchen, we took time to the cafe right at the corner of BoA Travel House neighborhood, its called Cafeeine. it was a quite cafe, great atmosphere and friendly waitresses even though they didn't speak English but somehow they got our order right.
and after a good coffee we were headed to GS25 (Indomart or Alfamart in Korean version) to bought instant rice so we can eat at the common kitchen with our dishes in cans :)

so, that is for our 3rd day in Seoul. anticipate for day 4, will you?


  1. From all the foods we ate, only this japanese food which appropriately on my tounge hehehe..

    1. hahahah...makanan jepang nya emang enak bgt di resto itu