As usual we had breakfast, bread, coffee and noodles…
Then we went off to bukchon hanok village, anguk station (line 3).
It’s hard to tour in other country if there’s a language barrier. Since we don’t have GPS or the like, we always asked for direction. But still, some can’t understand us, and we just do hand gestures or point to something.
So what happened, was we got lost. LOL
We spent time looking for the bukchon village (of course we asked). We saw an Ahjumma, and she said just go straight from starbucks (she recognized the picture we want to go).
But no luck, we can’t still find the Bukchon village. We wanted to just leave and go to another spot.
Good thing, we found an information center. And finally, she gives us a map and directions, she even encircle the photo spots in Bukchon village.
And off we go. The walk is no joke, becuase it is uphill. And this doesn’t help the fact that we’re tired.
Then we saw a group of tourists, walking to the same direction and we just follow them.
Finally, the Bukchon Village. Apparently, we just saw 3 out of 7 photo spots. The remaining are too far, for us to walk.
It’s already 2:00 pm and we did not see the Sangojae. We need to go back to catch the changing of guards in the palace. On our way, we saw some tourist heading to somewhere, and we got curious so we follow them. Then we saw a sign with Winter Sonata and says 100m. And there it is, the school used in Winter Sonata 😊
We went back to the subway to Changdeokgung palace
Changdeokgung Palace, is just across the subway.
We asked what time is the changing of guards, and someone told us that it’s no in this palace. It’s in Gyeongbokgung palace. And it’s already quarter to 3:00 pm.
And because we’re hungry, we just bought waffles besides the palace. Yummy! And it’s just ₩1,000, but it’s really good, waffle plus whip cream (sweet beans are optional)
So yeah, We weren’t able to see the changing of guards.
We just took a photo of them 😊
The entrance fee is ₩3,000 to view the whole palace.
It’s getting chilly again, and our hands were numb from the cold. We decided to go to the National Museum, well… to get warm. 😁
After we got our normal body temperature. We went to Gwangahwamun square.
We wanted to see the fountain and the Cheongyecheon river. unfortunately, there’s no water at the fountain. This place is usually used in K-drama tv series.
And of course, it’s getting cold again, we decided to buy hot chocolate in Dunkin Donuts. Before going to the Cheongyecheon river. And well, we know there’s a lantern festival in this area, but we didn’t expect that there will be lots of people in this event (of course, what else do I expect, LOL).
Even if we wanted to see the lanterns in the stream, but we didn’t, ’cause the queue is way too long.
We went to Dongdaemun, to shop (for chocolates, actually).
Of course, we ride the wrong subway, and went to the opposite side. Stores closes around 9:00 pm in Dongdaemun. At least Doota mall was still open. We just found a souvenir shop inside, and decided to buy here. And they gave us free taste of each product, at least we know what to buy before going back to the hostel.