|Children's utensils are provided.|
After breakfast, we headed to Samcheong-dong for some sight-seeing and lunch. We got off at Gyeongbokgung Station and walked towards the entrance of the Folks' Museum. We had wanted to cut through Gyeongbokgung Palace but as it was closed that day, we had to follow the palace wall and around the palace. It wasn't very cold that day so we had no qualms taking a stroll to digest the breakfast. There is a crossing at the entrance of the Folk's Museum. Cross it and walk along the road for a minute, take the left turn and you would be at Samcheong-dong.
|Street of Samcheong-dong|
|An artist making his mark on the wall.|
|Wall art along the street of Samcheong-dong|
After some sight-seeing, we headed to another highly recommended local restaurant for lunch. This place has been featured on television programs and visited by several celebrities. Our 'leader' was at the restaurant last year and wanted us to have a taste of the delicious food. She has always been very spot-on about food since she is a food-blogger herself. Following her only means that we will have good food to eat and not go hungry.
|Turn right into the small lane once you see this sign.|
|Turn into the first small lane you see on the left.The small signboard on the floor is an indication that you are heading to the right place.|
|You should see the traditional korean hanok house design once you turn into the small lane. That's the restaurant that you are looking for - 55 bon ji ramen|
|Small and traditional. But big on food and flavor.|
|Featured on television programs and magazines.|
|Spot any celebrities you know?|
|Not many tables so do avoid the peak meal hours if you want to be assured of a seat. By the time we were there, it was 3pm so we had plenty of seating choices.|
|Doors to shopping!|
|Rows and rows of shopping. After a while, most of the clothes are about the same. Not sure if it was because I was there in winter. Am sure I can get more clothes during the summer.|
|Clothes were cheaper than the ones sold in Myeongdong and Dongdaemum. Definitely a good place to spend your time. And money.|
Nothing really caught my fancy as most of them were suited for winter wear. However, I did manage to get a unique looking sweater for 25,000 won. If only it were summer, there would be more good deals. Perhaps we need to come back again in June? After all the eating and shopping, I decided to head to Korea's biggest book store - Kyobo. They have two branches in Seoul, one in Gwanghwamun and one in Gangnam. I headed for the one in Gwanghwamun which apparently was the first branch, took Exit 3 in Gwanghwamun station and there was a door leading me straight to Kyobo without having to leave the underground passage at all. The smell of books welcomed me once I stepped in and I was swept into the world of imagination. I love books and just could not resist the temptation of buying them. I ended up buying 3 books. Phew. That was really good self-control there. The English section in Kyobo is very limited so you may not be able to find the book you want but if you are looking for Korean books, they have everything under the sun. Very much like our Kinokuniya. The stationary section is also very huge and houses many beautiful and creative items. I ended up buying stickers for the kids and cousins back home. I would have gotten more items if not for the lack of time. If you are a fan of cute stationary, do head to Kyobo. It is big and I am sure you can find something you fancy.
|A lot of magazines too. Saw some tourists there buying magazines.|