Heart and Seoul 2014 – Bukchon, Insadong, Gwanghwamun, Cheonggyecheon, Hongdae and Hello Kitty Cafe

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*This is part of a series of posts under the category Heart and Seoul 2014.

We visited several areas of interest in the Gwanghwamun area on our last day in Seoul and every place was just within walking distance from each other. We started walking from 126 Mansion to Bukchon Hanok Village. We followed the “Bukchon 8 Views” map and were lucky to take photos in 6/8 of those views. Not bad, eh? 🙂

From Bukchon, we walked all the way to Insadong with a few stopovers like at the O’Sulloc Tea House and Ssamzie-gil. Then we walked through the end of Insadong street towards Cheonggye Plaza, the start of Cheonggyecheon stream. From there, we walked back to 126 Mansion while passing through Gwanghwamun Square.

In the afternoon, we went to Hongdae and had coffee at Hello Kitty Cafe.

Photos are down below.

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Heart and Seoul 2014 – The War Memorial of Korea

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If you want to know something about Korean history, particularly its troubled relationships with its neighbors, you do not need to go outside of Seoul because there’s a place for you right smack in the district of Itaewon. It’s the War Memorial of Korea which is a huge military history museum with tanks, big guns, war paraphernalia, and planes on display.

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Heart and Seoul 2014 – N Seoul Tower via the Namsan Cable Car

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There are different ways to reach N Seoul Tower. Back in 2012 during my first time in Seoul, I went to N Seoul Tower via a regular taxi. We were dropped off at something that looked like a huge bus stop. From there, we painstakingly hiked up to the foot of the tower. Hiking for couch potatoes like me is a real struggle. I remember running out of breath by the time I had a view of the ticketing office. And even for those with regular exercise, hiking will still be a bit of an effort because the road is too steep. Imagine how amazed we were to see Korean elders hiking the same path, carrying heavy-looking backpacks, and chit-chatting on their way up! I am a multi-tasker but if there’s one thing I can’t  do, it would be to hike and talk at the same time! 😛

On my visit last April 2014, I took the easier option which was to visit N Seoul Tower via the Namsan Cable Car. You’ll read a lot of blogs telling you how to reach the station either by subway or by bus. But the directions can be confusing because you’ll be on the lookout for a couple of things. Well, that plus the fact that you’ll need to do a long walk from Myeongdong station and we didn’t want to do that under the mid-day sun.

So for our group, we opted to get a taxi but instead of asking the driver to directly bring us to N Seoul Tower, we asked that we be dropped off at the Namsan Cable Car station. This proved to be much easier and cost/time efficient. The only downside would probably be the wait until you board the actual cable car but that’s nothing compared to hiking, right? From the time we arrived at the station, bought our tickets, and actually boarded the cable car, I estimate that it took us a little about 20 minutes.

Do not expect though that you’ll be completely free from walking if you take the cable car.  You will still need to take a few steps up through some wooden stairs but believe me, it’s nothing to fear about. It was definitely easy peasy.

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Heart and Seoul 2014 – Palm Sunday at the Myeongdong Cathedral

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If you’re a Catholic and you’re in Seoul, you may want to know that there’s an English Mass celebrated at the Myeongdong Cathedral every Sunday at 9AM. The Myeongdong Catholic Cathedral is a beautiful structure made with bricks of different colors and shapes, and because it is a symbol for Myeongdong, is frequently visited by tourists.

We attended the Palm Sunday celebration at the Myeongdong Cathedral and we fell in love with their culture, their discipline, and how they celebrate Mass in general.

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Heart and Seoul 2014 – Myeongdong v.2, The Street Food Post

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This is part of a series of posts under the category Heart and Seoul 2014.

When I think of shopping in Seoul, Myeongdong is one of those places that will always come to mind. Back in 2012, I purposely went to Myeongdong to buy hoard cosmetics. Last April, I visited Myeongdong not so much to buy anything but mostly because I wanted to look at the various street food… again! Aside from cosmetics and clothes, one of the things you’ll enjoy in Myeongdong is the food scene. There are so may restaurants, cafes, fast food, and street food stalls. You definitely would not go hungry!

So come, scroll down, and let’s drool together 🙂 There are so many food photos and I’m so excited! I don’t know where to begin!

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