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.

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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.

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Bukchon Hanok village – Seoul day 1

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The Busan chapter is over. We spent around 3-4 days in Busan and it was enough time to explore the seaside. A vlog will come as soon as possible.
We took the KTX train back to Seoul. After arriving in Seoul, L had around 5 days to explore the city before she had to fly back to Norway. We planned out everything into detail and crossed our fingers that we would have enough time to do everything. On the first day, we went to explore the famous Bukchon Hanok Village. It is a very touristic place, partly because a lot of popular Korean period dramas have been shot in this location. The cool old-school architecture there is kept in mint condition in the middle of Seoul. Some of the the houses are up to 150 years old and some even older.

On the day we visited Bukchon Hanok Village, the weather was so freaking hot!We just felt like we were melting away. It was horrible! I sweated so much, I could probably produce mini pools under my arms. Still, the village was lovely. They had so many cute shops and restaurants all over the place. I totally recommend this spot for shopping and leisure. We also managed to cross out hanbok photo shoot on our bucket list. We paid around 7000 KRW = 50 NOK for each dress. But that post will be published tomorrow, stay tuned.

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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.

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