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Monday, September 21, 2015

Korea Trip 2013

Gyeongbukgung Palace (景福宫) | Gwanghwamun (光華門

Getting Here:Gyeongbokgung Station (Subway Line 3), exit  5. or Ganghwamun Station (Subway Line 5), exit 2 and walk 400 meters.
Admission Fee:Adults (ages 19-64) 3,000 won / Youths (ages 7-18) 1,500 won
Operating Hours:March to October 09:00-18:00 / November to February 09:00-17:00, closed on Tuesday
Interpretation Services (1 hour):* English: 11:00, 13:30, 15:30
* Japanese: 10:00, 12:30, 14:30
* Chinese: 10:30, 13:00, 15:00


Lunch @ Toksokchon - 10 minutes away from Gwanghwamun (Ginseng Chicken soup)
Getting Here: Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), exit 2/from Gyeongbokgung Yeongchumun Gate. Go 120 meters towards Hyoja-dong direction. You will pastpopoyes”, then look for GS25 convenience store, turn into the small lane at the corner of this store. Turn left onto Jihamun-ro 5-gil and go straight for 10m.
Getting Here: Gyeongbokgung Palace Subway Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), exit 5 and walk 10 minutes.or Exit from the back door of Gyeongbukgong

Samcheongdong (三清洞) & Bukchon Hanok Village
Getting Here:
1. From Exit # 2 of Anguk Station (Subway Line # 3) walk straight for approx. 700 m
2. From Exit #5 of Gyeongbokgung Palace Station (Seoul Subway Line # 3), walk 10-15 min along the stone wall of Gyeongbokgung Palace to the starting point of Samcheongdong Walkway

Garusogil - hottest spot to be, if you are in Gangnam
Getting there:  Take line 3 to Sinsa Station (Exit 8)

Lunch : Table Star (turn right after Smile Market, it will be on the left) which has a superb lunch set for only ₩12,000 that includes a salad, fries, a main course and a drink.

N Seoul Tower & Bonjuk @ Myeongdong
Directions to the Namsan Cable Car
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 to the cable car station.


Admission Fees :
9,000 won
7,000 won
5,000 won
Seniors : 65+
Adults : 18+
Youth : 13-17
Children : 3-12
Teddy Bear Museum
8,000 won
6,000 won
5,000 won

(Observatory +
Teddy Bear Museum)
14,000 won
10,000 won
7,000 won

Operating Hours
Observatory: 10:00-23:00
Restaurant: 11:00-23:00
Teddy Bear Museum: 10:00-22:00 (Last entry: 21:00)
Observatory: 10:00-23:00
Restaurant: 11:00-23:00
Teddy Bear Museum: 10:00-22:00 (Last entry: 21:00)

Dinner at Bonjuk (본죽) – rice porridge
Getting there : From Euljiro 1-ga Station's Exit 5, head toward east and turn right onto the street before the Hyundai Car shop. Walk two blocks south, passing Outback Steakhouse and T.G.I Friday's restaurants on your left. The Bonjuk restaurant is at the corner of the third block on your right.

Changdeokgung Palace (晶德宫
Admission Fee:
Regular Tour (Changdeokgung Palace)-Adults 3,000 won/Children 1,500 won
Huwon Tour (Secret Garden area)-Adults 5,000 won/Children 2,500 won
Interpretation Services-Changdeokgung Palace:
Korean: 09:30, 11:30, 13:30, 15:30, 17:30
English: 10:30, 14:30/Japanese: 12:30/Chinese: 16:00
Interpretation Services-Huwon:
Korean: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30
English: 11:30, 14:30/Japanese: 10:30, 13:30/Chinese: 12:30
Getting Here:
Anguk Station (Subway Line 3), Exit 3. Go straight for 5min.or
Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (Subway Line 1, 3 or 5), Exit 7. Go straight along Donhwamun-ro Street for 10min. 

Huwon Secret Garden) - Behind the palace originally constructed for the use of the royal family and palace women

Insa-dong (仁寺洞)
Starbucks in Insadong
Ssamziegil mall in Insadong
Getting Here :Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6.Go 100m straight, then turn left.OR Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 3.Go straight 300m, and turn left at the 4-way Intersection.Go straight 100m, and take the left road towards Insadong-gil Road.

Ssamziegil Underground Workshop
Getting Here : Anguk Station, Seoul Subway line 3, Exit #6 (towards Jongno Police Station); enter the Insa-dong one-way street of Crown Bakery & GS25, and go straight 100m. Once you see the big sign, take an immediate left and go down the stairs.

Midnight Shopping @ Dongdaemun (东大门

Cheonggyecheong Stream 清溪川
Getting Here: City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 4. Walk 250 m north to Cheonggye Plaza

Deoksugung (德壽宫-  three times a day in front of Daehanmun, the main gate of Deoksugung (palace) at 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (except for on Mondays).
Getting Here: City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 2. Go straight 100m to arrive at Daehanmun Gate on the right.or 5 minutes walk from Cheongyecheon Stream.

Lunch @ Myeongdong Gyoza
4 dishes in Myeongdong Gyoza’s menu –  mandu (dumplings), bibim guksu (noodles with vegetables and red hot pepper paste), kalguksu (wheat flour noodles in a hot broth) and kongguksu (noodles in cold soy milk broth)
Operating Hours: opens daily from 1030 to 2130
Getting Here: Myeong-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 7. The upper street branch located next to H&M outlet. The other branch located near Watson.

Shopping @ Myeongdong Street 明洞
Lotte Department Store, Shinsegae Department Store, Myeongdong Migliore, Noon Square and M Plaza.

FREE Hanbok Experience @ Seoul Global Culture & Tourism Center in M Plaza
various types of hanbok costumes for free at the Seoul Global Culture & Tourism Center located on the 5th floor of the M Plaza in Myeongdong

Dinner @ Wangbijib Myeongdong
Getting Here: Myeongdong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 9. Go straight 50m and turn right at the first corner.Continue straight 70m and turn left. Wangbijib (왕비집, 2F) is located
10m ahead on the left side.

Tapgol Park, Nami Island (南怡岛)
Getting Here:
Shuttle Bus (From Seoul to Namiseom Island) – RECOMMENDED
* Bus Stop
1) Insa-dong (Jonggak Station, Subway Line 1, Exit 3): Next to Tapgol Park
2) Jamsil Station (Subway Line 2, Exit 4): In front of Lotte Mart
* Shuttle Bus Schedule:
Insa-dong, Jamsil Station → Namiseom Island: 09:30
Namiseom Island → Insa-dong, Jamsil Station: 16:00
※ Advanced reservation required. (Inquiries +82-2-753-1247)
7500 won one way trip
15000 won two way trip
23000 won round trip+entrance visa to Nami Island+ferry ticket.
Subway (cheaper but more transits)
Please go to Sangbong Station (line no.7) and take Gyeongchun Line. It takes about 45 minutes to reach Gapyeong Station (1800 won one way). Get off at Gapyeong Station, take a taxi to Namiseom parking lot (travel time: 10-15min, 3000 won). Take the ferry from Namiseom Dock to Namiseom Island. (travel time: 5-6min)

Hangang Viewing Cafe: Cafe Aritaum (at Yanghwa Bridge)
Getting there : You can take subway line 2 or 9 to Dangsan Station or subway line 9 to Seonyudo Station. You can also take subway line 2 or 6 to Hapjeong Station, and then take a bus that will drop you off directly in front of the café.

Hours of Opernation
Yanghwa: 10:30 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Seonyu: 10:30 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Both locations open at 11 a.m. During the winter season

Ewha Women University Shopping Street (梨大
One if the most popular street snack in Ewha area got to be this – gye ran bbang (egg bread). It tasted quite good! The bread is sweet and fluffy, almost similar to chiffon cake and there’s a cooked egg in the middle of the bread. Great combination!
Getting there : Take line 2 to Ewha Station and leave exit 2 or 3 and head straight.

Sinchon area

Lunch @ Chuncheonjip Dakgalbi Makguksu
Getting Here: Sinchon Station (Subway Line 2), Exit 1. Turn right onto the first side street (Hyundai Department Store). Go straight for 130m and cross the street. The restaurant is next to Changcheon Children’s Park (창천어린이공원).

Hongdae/Hongik University
Getting Here: Five minutes walk from exit # 6 of Hongik University Station (Subway Line2).

Coffee time : Cafe aA @ Hongdae
Getting here: 13 minutes walk from exit # 9 of Hongik University Station (Subway Line2).

Optional :
COEX Mall & Korea World Trade Center
Getting there : Samseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 5 or 6. COEX is directly connected to the station.

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