[throw back August] On the last week of August, we flew over to Seoul for a quick gateaway with a agenda full of eating lists. We arrived late on Thursday night on a flight to Gimpo right after Sushi’s work and finally checked into our hotel, J Hill Myeongdong at “early” hour of 1230am!
We booked a windowless room, as it was a really last minute reservation due to some travel changes and most Myeongdong hotels are already filled up. Since we were just there to sleep, I figured a windowless room should not be too bad. The amenities were basic but at least clean.
A small windowless room, which works out fine if you do not have any small space catastrophic.
Woke up a 8am and headed over for their breakfast buffet. A small spread but definitely enough to fill the tummy!
Since sushi had to work last minute, so I headed out to roam the streets of Myeongdong but most places are not open till 11am. Anyway, I prefer to do my money exchange in Myeongdong as there are many shops for you to compare prices. (But with the Japanese yen being so weak, it doesn’t really matter….T_T)
Could only window shop and stock up on the stuff I needed from Innisfree and Etude House before heading back to check out of the hotel.
Headed out to Gyeongbokgung Station in the hunt for my ginseng chicken.
Supposed to be the historical area due to the palace nearby.
Pretty wall art.
Hwanghu Ginseng chicken restaurant.
Really popular with tourists as they were arriving in busloads but there were quite a few locals lunching there too.
First they served the side dishes….The salt, that you can add to your ginseng soup to make it more flavorful.
Recommended for the hot summer, cold vinegar dipping sauce with shredded chicken with noodles.
Supposed to help you cool down from the hot weather.
Mixing the noodles into the sourish soup, very refreshing for the warm weather.
We got the deluxe ginseng soup, which is supposed to have wild ginseng and abalone. (32000KRW for one bowl)
Really huge bowl enough to share between 4 people but we managed to stuff it down for 2 of us.
1 of the main reason why we had to scramble with last minute changes was because we met up with some of our friends in Suwon (HQ to Samsung) which was 1.5 hours away from Seoul.
It was too much to travel another 1.5 hours back to Seoul after our dinner so we decided to stay overnight in Suwon instead.
Then chanced upon this duty free shop which was inside Suwon Ibis hotel.
I was initially pissed with the fact that we have to stay overnight in Suwon as I had my heart set on shopping in Seoul. But the empty dutyfree store just made up for it. There was no customers except me at 5pm! This is a stark contrast to the madness I met up with in Lotte Mall Myeongdong. In addition to the duty free price, hotel guests get another additional 10% off all purchases. This ends up with prices much lower than lotte and airport duty free for the Sulwhasol and Hera products I was interested in. You can check out this duty free store if you visit Suwon or would pass by it on the way to Everland. Definitely a much happier shopping experience compared to Lotte.
Just 5 minutes taxi ride away from the hotel would be the gateway to the Samsung HQ.
Our Koreans friends brought us to this wonderful Korean BBQ place where we filled our stomachs full of meat. (still trying to shed those extra kilos gained from the past 2 months of non stop eating.)
Fatty pork meat.
Of course, the famous raw beef in Korean.