Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Korea Trip Day 4: Bongeunsa Temple & Myeongdong shopping

The most important thing to remember today is to bring all the coupons and lots of KRW!

We started the day with Bongeunsa temple which is walking distance from the hotel. I think this temple looks prettier than Jogyesa because it has more greeneries. Also, probably because we visited Jogyesa late at night and couldn't see much of the temple :p

Photo-taking spot in front of Bongeunsa temple

Buddha statue

Walking path at Bongeunsa temple

Looks so clean cut
After Bongeunsa, we took subway to Myeongdong shopping area. We took the subway to Euljiro-il-ga instead of Myeondong station because we didn't want to change subway line. In any case, you still go to the same shopping area.

I bought so much stuff in the first shop that I entered! Spent around USD 700 at Innisfree and the girl had to pack and repack (including keying in everything) because she was worried that she keyed in wrongly. There's also coupon service for Innisfree and I "saved" quite a lot there - 10%!!

Btw, no shopping photo... no hands to take photo.. busy carrying all the cosmetics! But they have all the Korean brands that you know and probably those that you never heard off too, like Innisfree, Etude House, Skinfood, Aritaum (can buy Laneige here), etc.

In Myeongdong area, there are also lots of KTO people who can help you with directions. They stand around the middle area and they are wearing red color polo-t and you can ask them for English map of Myeongdong area. We asked them where Myeongdong Gyoza is and they pointed us to the correct direction.

Since we reached there around 2-3 PM, there wasn't a long queue at Myeongdong Gyoza.. I really like the noodle and the broth there. Super tasty! :)

Myeongdong Gyoza
We shopped a little bit more (with whatever money we have left...) and also found a few money changers over there. Most of them only accepts USD or JPY, but there's one opposite Myeongdong Gyoza that accepts SGD and the rate was better than SGD. More details in this post.

We also took the chance to try out one of Korea's chain cafes, Cafe Bene and tried patbingsu (shaved ice). I tried the traditional one which is just shaved iced with toppings of red bean, milk, mochi, and some little tasty stuff. The one below costs KRW9000! Expensive considering it's just ice and some beans! But it was really huge! :)

Patbingsu at Cafe Bene
We actually wanted to go to N-Tower after Myeongdong (bad planning!) but because we shopped too much and our bags were really heavy, so we decided to go back to the hotel to put down all the stuff first before going out again. Of course, we didn't really want to go back to the same area after that so we hung out around Gangnam again and +Iris Cheng recommended Brooklyn Burger.

We had a hard time trying to find the place and we approached a girl who's walking on the street for direction. She didn't know exactly where it is but she helped to search for it and then she found the phone number, called the restaurant and then walked us towards the restaurant. So helpful!! 감사합니다!! :)
Queuing for our table.. the place is tiny and secluded but full!

There are too many items in the menu but choosing them can be quite difficult because all of them seem so yummy! At the end I decided to order this skirt burger because it doesn't have onions :)

Cheesy skirt burger.. very delicious!

스프라이트 a.k.a Sprite :)

Bongeunsa Temple: Samseong Station (line 2) exit 6. Walking direction in Google Maps below.

Myeongdong shopping area: Myeongdong Station (line 4) or Euljiro 1(il)-ga (line 2). We took Euljiro-il-ga because our hotel is also at line 2.

Brooklyn Burger: 551-32, Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea. Tel. 02-533-7180. Closed on Monday (we tried going back on that fateful day..) Review from TripAdvisor here. We walked from the hotel (Samseong station) there because it's actually quite near, but here's a direction from Google Maps.

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