Hiking day! We decided to hike up highest mountain in Seoul, Baegundae Peak at Bukhansan. We leave the house at 7.15am and bought some bread for breakfast from a bakery at our guesthouse area.
We spent 2.5 hours hiking up to the peak, spent a little time eating some food before heading down. We took the wrong route and spent close to 6 hours coming down. It was not easy, but it was really an experience which test our perseverance and endurance. We follow a blogger’s route from here.
After coming down, we went to get some drinks before hopping on a cab back to our guesthouse.
Seoul – Gyeongbokgung Palace, Samcheong-dong, Bukchon Hanok Village, and Insadong
It was a rainy day, as predicted on the weather forecast. The staff also reminded us to bring an umbrella when we head out. Our first stop was Gyeongbokgung Palace, and we wanted to catch Changing of Royal Guard Ceremony at 10am. However, that weekend there was a special martial arts performance which replaced the Royal Guard Ceremony. We paid 3000 won each to enter the palace as we wait for the performance which was 11am.
After watching the performance, we head for lunch at Samcheong-dong, which was walking distance or you can take a shuttle bus that goes around the area to Bukchon as well.
We proceed to Bukchon Hanok Village with our umbrellas and windbreaker. At Bukchon Hanok Village, we did not managed to see much as it was raining, but we got the feel of the traditional houses around the area.
After Bukchon Hanok Village, we went to Insadong to do some shopping at Ssamziegil which is a mall with a interesting building layout. We tried the Poop shaped bread and bought souvenirs/traditional sweets there for our family.
After Insadong, we decided to head back to our accommodation to leave our stuff and head out for dinner nearby before going back to rest.
Seoul – Nami Island, Petite France, Itaewon
Early in the morning at around 545am KST, we woke up to get ready to head out for Nami Island. A place famous for the filming of Winter Sonata, a popular Kdrama when it was aired on TV. We left our house at 730am, and catch our ITX from Yongsan station. We booked the tickets on the first day we reached our Seoul accommodation. At 830am, the ITX train left Yongsan for Gapyeong, it was an hour ride which cost us 5200 won.
Next, we need to book the Gapyeong tour bus which cost us another 6000 won. There are bus timings for the tour bus so it’s good to take note if you’re heading to Petite France and Garden of Morning Calm as well. It is important to remember to keep your ticket as it is entitled for unlimited rides on the tour bus for the day.
We reached the wharf and took a ferry to Nami Island. The admisssion was 8000 won including the return ferry. We had to show our passport to get foreigner ticket price.
We caught the 1225pm tour bus from the same bus stop where we alighted, and proceed to Petite France. The admission price was 6000 won after using a discount coupon from VisitKorea. Petite France was quite a small place compared to Nami Island, hence 1 hour was sufficient to walk around the place.
At 150pm, we took the tour bus to Cheongpyeong Station where we will take our ITX train back.
Our train left Cheongpyeong at 239pm and head for Cheongnyangni Station. It was a 40 mins ride and cost us 3400 won.
At Cheongnyangni Station, we discover that there was a Lotte Mart, so we went to shop for snacks.
At 4pm, we took the metro to Itaewon where we had an expensive dinner at a Italian restaurant. We also passed by a LINE shop at Itaewon.
After dinner, we head back to our guesthouse to put our stuff and proceed to Hongdae to do some shopping.