Gyeongbokgung palace

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Originally, we wanted to do sightseeing on out first day in Seoul.  But the palace is closed on Wednesdays due maintenance reasons . This is a very important tip for whoever is going to Seoul.

Since the palace was closed, we decided to come back the day after.  The entrance fee for students is around 2000-3000 won =  14 kr – 20 kr.  You can also enter for free on culture day, which is on a certain Friday or Thursday on the last week of the month, just google it 🙂

The  Gyeongbokgung palace  was okey, in my opinion.  It was huge, and the architecture was cool. But its not  as massive as the Summer palace in China, and nothing beats that wow factor after you’ve seen one of the biggest palaces in Asia.

Walking around the palace, I’ve learned a lot about the Korean and Japanese war and their history, why the despited each other so much a few generations back. It was a very interesting point of view. The tour took around 1, 5 hour and it was us totally fooling around and taking our time. After the the palace, was wanted to stop by the Namdaemun market to do some street shopping, will write more about it tomorrow.

XOXO

Myeondong shopping

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After our Hanbok photoshoot we were so dehydrated, and so ready to leave the Bukchon Hanok area. We were also super hungry and we wanted food! We were craving for korean BBQ! So, the next stop had to be Myeodong!

Myeondong is a very famous touristic shopping street, they have everything there but its also very overwhelming because of the crowd. Sometimes you have to queue just to walk a few meters.  They have all the brands and shops divided into small streets, so it’s very easy to get lost there. But you can sometimes spot some tourist guide in red jackets and hats, and ask for a map and they will kindly highlight the shops for you or help you get back to the subway.

We were pretty exhausted by the end of the day, so we didn’t do much shopping, but a quick stop at Åland. Åland is raved by so many youtubers and bloggers, it’s a recommended spot for fabulous hip clothes..or so we thought.

The shop was cool, but their clothes was in such bad quality. We could see that these clothes were fast fashion, and the lines in the clothes was so poorly sewed and a lot of the threads was hanging out and looking unfinished. The staff was horrible, they acted like they were to cool to help us, really unpleasant. So in my opinion, just go in there  for window shopping but nothing is worth buying there. Because a lot of the stuff they sold could be easily found in other shops but for a cheaper price.

Xoxo

DAT HANBOK PHOTO SHOOT DOE

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A hanbok is a korean traditional dress, it is recognised by its vibrant colours.  In the old days, people had different coloured hanboks for different social status.  If you had a colorful hanbok with bright colors, you could be recognized as a maid working for the royals.  In short, this is the korean version of a bunad.

Nowadays, as a touristic attraction you could rent a simple hanbok for around 7000 won = 50 NOK,  per person.  That’s the cheapest price I found around the area of Hanok village. The pricier it gets, the more fancier of a hanbok.

We were running around the Hanok village, when we randomly found this cheap rental place. You could pay 7000 won, and rent for as long as possible, but you were restricted to an area. In that area, you had some props that we took good use of, as seen in the pictures above.
Most girls, that do these hanbok photo shoots, they do it very gracefully and very femininely. Meanwhile we decided to do it in a different and unique style, we didn’t want to be cute. We wanted to be awesome!

Some people gave us some weird looks, and I can totally understand. At first we tried the normal cute approach, but became very fed up and just wanted to spin around like crazy. The heat was intolerable that day, and I sweated so much by wearing that hanbok. Maybe, we if we did this shoot during the fall..I might have been more patient, but during the heat is was so horrible and I just wanted to finish and get out of the hanbok asap! Hope you have a good laugh as I did, while I edited these pictures.

XOXO

not your average model

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SELFIE SELFIE SELFIE, all over the place.
I can see that my blog is not doing quite well, so I thought I had to save it by posting a shiet ton of selfies. Why is that whenever someone is posting a selfie online it gets more attention, and likes than other post?

Meanwhile, post that I’ve spent time and energy on, which is more thoughtful and is way more clever..never gets the same amount of attention or comments. On the other hand a selfie post, sparks so much more life in the comment section.

Anyways, these photos was taken at the Hanuel Park aka Skypark on the outskirt of Seoul.
This was one of the first visits, I was super excited and it was way more beautiful than I’ve imagined. But the downside, was that I didn’t bring a model that day, it was only me and LV. So my friend LV, had to put up with my graceful model act. You can all see how comfortable I am in front of the camera, and my graceful movements.

Lets just call this experience a test shoot, before the real deal arrives. I was so taken aback how beautiful this place was, that I had to come back another time with a model..and I did.  The pictures with the model can be seen in another blog spot, if you schrooll a little bit to the past. That photo shot turned out to be amazing and beyond my expectations .

XOXO 

Jagalchi Market

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Last Busan post was months ago…but I thought I might as well continue the post.
After rounding the Busan Gamcheon Culture Village we headed back to the city center and we were starving. On our agenda we’d planned the famous korean fish market, we have heard lots of positive feedback online, the food was very very fresh and delicious. On our way to the fishmarket, we saw a few interesting sea creatures…a few of them I’ve never seen before. If someone of you know the scientific name of the sea penis please leave a comment bellow.

When you enter the fish marked, it reeks of the ocean (duh), the building is super big and you could walk miles and miles. They have everything there, its like walking into a very crowded aquarium for free!
So, how do we dine at the fish marked?

Option 1:
1. You pick out things you want to eat, at the marked.
2. Pay for it, and you ask the lady where the restaurant is.
3. Bring your sea creature to the second floor, to any random restaurant.
4. Ask the restaurant to prepare the fish for you, but they will charge you some extra fees. From 10.000 – 30.000 won, depends on how fluent you are in korean and your bargain skills.

Option 2:
1. Walk straight up the second floor. Find a restaurant, it might be overwhelming. Because they want to get customers, so some of them might literally pull you to their restaurant.
2. When you find the place you want to eat, ask for an english meny. Most of the restaurants do have it, and the ahjummas do understand basic english.
3. Point at the stuff you want eat, on the meny. Wait 5-10 min and voila..food is on the table! 🙂

But, I will tell you more about our food experience on another post..
Stay tuned.

xoxo

Teamlab in Seoul

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DSC09702This is pictures from my experience from Teamlab inside Lotteworld in Seoul. The fee for getting in was a little bit high, if I recall it was around 20.000 won = 20 euro. The experience was very unique and fun..but not completely worth 20.000 won. Pictures wouldn’t do justice how pretty it was in the flower garden.

It wasn’t real flower, but more likely projected flowers all over the room. It was so magical!
It was the best part, the rest of tour was pretty meh..it was more for kids. Some activities included drawing, and printing your drawing into a scanner which would later project into the wall as a living creature. I drew a turtle, and the scanner gave it life.  I think Teamlab is more suited for family activities, but if you really want that unique selfie picture on the flower wall,  you could consider a visit.

On to another topic, I finally got my new SSD into my mac from 2012.
My macbook is super fast right now! Im so super impressed how fast my macbook opens programs and just read the files so much faster. Now, that my macbook is superior I might consider editing my vlogs from Seoul. It’s just..I need to muster up some courage to put my face and voice online…( that might take a while )

Bye!

Photoshoot at Hanuel Park with a model

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Hey!
This photoshot was done back in November with a korean model at the Hanuel Park.
I thought the park was really beautiful, and it would be a shame if I didn’t have a proper photoshoot, with a proper model. After spamming almost all models at the webpage www.filmmakers.co.kr I finally got some answers and Souyl_Ly was kind enough to show up and work for free in exchange for the pictures.

During the shoot we had some language barrier, because the model didn’t speak english nor did I speak fluently Korean, but the pictures turned out beautifully. At times in different angles I though Soyul looked somewhat similar to Sandara Park from 2NE1, or is it only me?

In the beginning Soyul was somewhat awkward because she is not originally a model, she is actually an actress. So this is the first few times she did a photoshoot, it was kinda hard for her to move around comfortably infront of the camera but eventually, she warmed up and moved gracefully and became a super model on the spot.
Btw, how old do you think Soyul is?
You will never guess the right answer.

Souyl (Her instagram) my model friend is turning 30 years old this year! SAY WHAT???
I was so shocked to find out how old she was, I couldn’t believe my own eyes!
I really thought she was around 25 years old or something… Amagad, korean women age so gracefully here. Anyways, hope you liked my pictures and random rant. Please subscribe to my blog if you want to get updates 🙂

See you around.
Xoxo Sassypixels

gyeongju day trip

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We’d planned ahead before flying to Korea, that our trip to the southern part of South Korea will only be for a weekend, since L wanted to spend most of the remaining time exploring Seoul. Therefore when we were in Busan, we decided to pass by Gyeongju for a day trip, since it was only a few hours away by buss.

But to be honest, we didn’t know what we threw ourself into. We thought we did all the planning ahead, but when we were there..it was quite chaotic. But also very adventerous and fun at the same time. First of, we didnt know exactly how to get from Busan to Gyeongju.
We knew that they had quite a few options, but we wanted the cheapest and fastest way since we were on a student budget. L was the brain, she did some research, and found a route by taking the subway to the end of Busan. Then magically jump onto a buss that would take us Gyeongju, and amazingly it did!

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We felt so cool sitting on the right buss, taking us to right place without knowing any korean. Both L and me, smiled and thought this was going to be a smooth day. But, nope.
When we arrived at Gyeongju, we were supposed to take a tourist buss that would charge around 20.000 won per person, in return the buss would take us to the most popular spots in Gyeongju.

Upon arrival, we found out that we were 1 hour to late ( even thought it was only 11.00 am ). The last buss has already departed, and there was no more busses for today 🙁

We panicked and thought this was the end of our Gyeongju trip. At first we were thinking of renting a taxi driver for a day, but the price was to damn high. In the end we asked the tourist center if it was possible to take the public transport to all of the attractions and they said yes 🙂

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We mustered up some courage, and got some help from the tourist center and jumped on some random buss. But somehow, we managed to get through the whole day, by only using our T-money. It wasn’t easy, because no one could understand us, but it was super cheap 🙂
I think we spent around 10.000 won = 7 euro ish for a whole day of public transport.

We managed to see :
– Bulguksa temple as you can see in the pictures of this whole post
– Cheonmachong tomb
– Seokguram

These attractions were all in one area so it was convenient. We also planned to see the Anapji pond but time wasn’t on our side by the end of the day. If anyone is reading, does anyone want a better explanation how to get around Gyeongju by public transport?
Is there anyone reading my text, or maybe you are all just schrolling through?

Xoxo Sassypixels

Gamcheon village in Busan

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Hello, dear readers 🙂
I won’t have this blog in chronological order, to be honest it will be a mess.
I will update the blog according to my mood, meaning sometimes I will write about past event or perhaps current events. The reason behind this is sometimes I feel super excited about the current events and if I were to post it in a chronological order the post wont be online before 3 months later and the passion I had will be gone. So here it goes a messy blog…

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I knew that when I start my uni life in Seoul, it would be harder to travel around due to the the strict school policy in Korea. So I decided to arrive 2 weeks before to travel around South Korea and do everything I wanted to do on my buckets list. I brought with me a companion from Norway, my dear friend L as you can see on the picture above. Thank you L for being so patience with my photography and thank you for being my model during the entire trip.

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We arrived in Seoul on the 18. august, spent one night at a hotel.  The day after we, took the bullet train to Busan. We arrived at the hotel, dumped our things and decided to explore the famous favilla of Busan. We blindly just took a buss to somewhere, with a little bit of luck and magic we managed to arrived at the Gamcheun village on the top of the mountains in Busan. The first impression was breathtaking, it did look somewhat similar to the favilla in Rio at the first glance. But looking closer, the Gamcheun village was much more colourful and modern, not to mention a lot more safer than the one in Rio.

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But 10 mins later, we were lost and dehydrated. The heat in Busan was killing us, it was 34 degrees in the air, but amagad the humidity was killing us!! I felt like a polar bear walking in a dessert, totally misplaced. We were drenched in sweat by just walking a few steps, my forehead was constantly wet and so was the rest of my body 🙁  Luckily we found shade and a cute coffee shop around the corner, we ordered two smoothies and took a rest in the shade.

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After the rest, we asked around for some advice where to go, because we were at the bottom of the favilla. So far, we only saw a few people walking around, and the rest of the street was quite empty and quiet. The advice was to walk up, and follow the path with signs, and we did.
Suddenly out of nowhere we arrived at crowded street, with a lot tourists and (many) cute korean shops. We knew we were at the right place 🙂

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From that point on, we just followed the path and found a lot street food and many cute accessories shop on the side walk. I also spotted the famous raindrop cake, which is has gone viral on youtube for a while. The raindrop cake has its origin from Japan, but somehow they were selling it here in Busan, so thought to myself why not?
To be honest the raindrop cake, tasted like asian jelly. It wasn’t that amazing as people had described it, that it would just melt of your tongue etc…
But maybe its not the authentic thing, since I am buying in from Busan, and not Kyoto? Meh…who knows.

Anyways by the end of that day, we found this cool little quote on the wall :

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Xoxo Sassypixels