Day 5 Seoul – Hongdae, Namsan Tower, Dongdaemun

I’ve been busier than expected. I can’t even find the time to finish the Korea series but am determined to !

For Day 5/2 in Seoul, we actually did not do much but really spend out time people watching and soaking in the Hongdae culture. Shopping and cafe!

As mentioned, I will compile all the cafe we went in Korea in 1 post for easy referencing. We started the day by hanging out at Kim’s hostel, Urban Wood which I highly recommend too. I love my hostel too but as these are small establishment, it’s always handy to have plan b. I actually found this hostel and was struggling which to stay but decided to go with Maruji’s as it was  more of my style.

Us, before raiding the stores of Hongdae, 홍대 Stylenanda to be specific. As YC puts it, somehow Korea gravity is lower as we have no other reason on why everyone is bending??

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While we were inside some stores, K signalled to me he spotted some hot girls doing some street style shoots. We always look out for eye candies for one another. Well, who doesn’t like pretty sight ? So I quickly came out of the store to have a peek at them, and lo and behold they were models for Stylenanda!!! Park Sora to be exact.

I think K hit his korean girl jackpot with this encounternice

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It was just pure luck for us to stumble across the flagship store. The girls were walking in and out of Stylenanda flagship store in Hongdae to change for their shoot and K didn’t mind waiting for us attacking all the 3ce infront of us like mad girls..

Until he waited for 3 hours and doesn’t give a damn bout the models anymore boring

After Hongdae, we decided to split up, K and I decided to head over to Namsan Tower as I really wanted to visit it after watching it from Running Man a couple of time, while Kim wanted to go on the Hangang River cruise. It’s was perhaps the only 1 or 2 places that I really wanted to visit in Seoul.

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Directions to the Namsan Cable Car – ₩17,000 for 2 return tickets 
1) Myeongdong Station (Subway Line 4), Exit 3 / Take road to the right of Pacific Hotel and walk for 10min
2) From Hoehyeon Intersection (Myeongdong & Hoehyeon stations, Subway Line 4) walk towards Namsan Tunnel #3 and take the free Namsan Oreumi elevator (free) to the cable car station.

The direction was a lie.  We took the subway to Myeondong and walk UPHILL towards the cable car station and it was so so cold. It was definitely more than 10minutes of walk, I can bet on that OR I was just really weak.

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When we got to the top, the sun was just about to set, so it was really a lovely sight. There’s just something in the air about this place. Perhaps, its just the winter cold air.

I wonder who was the one that thought it’s such a great idea to put a lock on the fence of a communication tower? Anyway, since we were already there, we just bought the cheapest available lock from the souvenir shop and left it there to rust forever with the other ten of thousands who shares the same fate.

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After spending more than an hour up there, to our surprise, we headed down via the elevator this time and walked all the way back to Myeondong. Before I wrap about Namsan, I want to state that I really love it there. Minus the Ch crowd. Apart from that, I believe I will want to revisit that place on my future trips.

Roadside stall tteokbokki, my favorite food in Korea and that’s all we had for dinner that day. Tteokbbokki and assorted food from this ahjumma here.

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Hey, Ho, Here we go ~

It seems to be an easy day in the beginning, but it doesn’t last long that way. I decided that it’s near enough for us to walk from Myeondong to Dongdaemun via Cheonggyecheon  (청계천) 

This stream used to be a run down drain when the city council decided to spend $900million to restore and rebuilt it to its current state.

To be honest, it may be nicer to have a stroll if it wasn’t so cold, or late ( close to midnight) or when they put up deco like so. Nevertheless, it was lovely to walk with K 🙂 and we felt completely normal and at ease walking along a stream/drain almost midnight with the other random couples we walked by. This would never happen in Malaysia HAHA!

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I was really referring to the guidebook for the direction and comparing it with our Naver map incase we were lost. However, K decided that we should just take the subway or cab – whichever that comes first to Dongdaemun after about 20mins of walk.

Subway station wins! and here’s a different side of South Korea rarely shown in the media. In every city, aside from the glitzy lifestyle and glamour culture, there will surely be some “leftover of the society”.

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Finally. Dongdaemun 동대문!

Shopping heaven to many as many of the malls here open 17hours a day. We arrived a little before 12am and somehow managed to bump into Kim and the rest despite the stretch of malls in that area. We were abit taken back with the rudeness of the people there and since I am totally not a shopper, all of us ended up at this really nice cafe and I had a really expensive yet YUMMY ice cream – Softree at about 1am..

We raised the white flag at about 13oAM and hailed a cab back to Hongdae. The photo below was taken while waiting for a cab to make u-turn and you would think it’s taken at around dinner time yea.. 🙂

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