This was meant to be a sightseeing day, so we headed to Gyeongbokgung Palace. We decided to cab over because it involved the changing of a few lines. However, the driver did not know where to stop for us to alight and circled around the area.
As per most Korean palaces, the decor was similar and rather simple.
It felt more like a walk in an ancient park. However, our 3000-won admission price was made justifiable with the free visit to the museum tucked all the way at the back. You would have to keep your ticket stub for re-entry back to the palace.
We were educated on Korean history and I finally understood why Koreans held such strong confucian values as portrayed in the historical dramas.
There was a children museum too. One part of the setup was based on a Korean folklore. The visuals were beautiful but we did not understand the story to appreciate the exhibit fully.
We were done with the attraction within 2hours and headed via a side gate for the famous ginseng chicken soup restaurant.
It was really just a short walk away. There was a queue when we arrived at 1215pm but thankfully, we made reservations! We were ushered in immediately.
The Ginseng Chicken soup started from 15,000won per pot. I shared with Z & X since I could not finish one on my own. It was one of the better Ginseng chicken that I had tried but was not exactly the best. I thought the version at Congee house near our hotel offered a better version.
It was super hot and sunny when we were done with lunch. We cabbed over to Insadong (1.2km away, 3300won cab fare). It was a pretty street with lovely crafts but I found them rather steep in terms of prices.
We checked out Ssamziegil at Insadong. There were many fancy shops and interestingly, it offered tax free shopping too. I bought a pretty fan (it was so hot!), a cap and some cute keychains (which by now, I realized it had been misplaced).
It was Roses day so they were giving out Rose balloons to couples. I went with Z and received one. To get a second balloon for X, I claimed Mr H as the original other half.
It was a fanciful artsy building. It was so cute that it actually reminded me of Harajuku.
We crossed to the other side facing Insadong. The area was called Samcheongdong and it was hailed as the ‘Haij Lane’ of Seoul. We stopped by the first cafe we saw and rested.
After the tea break, we continued walking down. The string of cafes were prettily done up and some even reminded me of an English rose garden.
X was bored and played with the Korean drum that I had gotten from Insadong
We headed to Cheonggyecheon stream via cab (4000won), took some pictures, let Z play with water, hop around the rocked path and went to Lotte Duty Free (again!). This round, I saw a H Evelyn III in Rose Confetti! I was very tempted by the colour but the style of the bag did not work for me.
We walked to Hwaroyeon at Myeongdong for dinner. It was pretty good, and wallet friendly compared to Samwon Garden.
The boys were super happy with the drums – their new toy of the day!