Sunday, January 12, 2014

Travelogue: Korea Winter Trip 2013: Nine & Ten (Namsongol Hanok Village, N Seoul Tower, Dog Cafe, Myeongdong)

Click here if you have missed out my day 8 post.

I feel sad even as I type, because it's already day 9 of my post and this is the last post of Korea. A trip that I saved for a year, gone in 10 days just like that. Of course, it was fulfilling, happy and enjoyable 10 days. Okay, back to day 9 of my trip...

We wanted to try their traditional hanbok so we decided to go Namsangol Hanok Village. Took a train to Chungmuro station and exited at exit 3. (made an error on the itinerary opps)

Just follow the signs and you'd see signages on how to get there.

Finally after about 10 minutes walk, we reached!

Unfortunately... We spotted something that states 'Tuesday closed' and... it was a Tuesday. 

We continued forward cause we didn't understand what was it saying. Then we made another signage...

Which says... closed. Darn.

Though it was closed we still walked on forward to try our last bit of luck.

It was another good day again, and far behind is the N Seoul Tower, which we'd be heading after this.

And true enough... It was a holiday every Tuesday. So.. We didn't get to try the traditional Hanbok. :(

Since it wasn't open, we decided to look for lunch. So we... embarked on another random walk from Chungmuro to Myeongdong station. All we did was to walk, straight. Somehow we ended up at Myeongdong station.

Randomly while exploring we found this Money Exchange which says it has the best rate. True enough it was not bad. On day 6 when we exchanged at airport it was 806. But here is offering 830. So if you're near Myeongdong and don't mind travelling a bit, you can exchange your currency here. :) You can find this place by exiting exit 8 of Myeongdong station and walk straight, it should be one your right.

Further up in front is Woori Garden where we had lunch.

And again, Korean BBQ!

Soup that randomly appeared on our table that we thought was free but in the end it was wrongly served to us.

₩10,000 per pax worth of pork for everyone.

Michael says: 'this bowl of oil is worth a shot'.

After lunch we headed off to look for N Seoul Tower.

Made our way back to the train station and looked for exit 3.

Follow this and you're get it right!

This could have been our 'home' for 10 days if it wasn't sold out.

The stairs in front is for you to climb up. Of course, we're not so adventurous so we turned right.

Behind you should be this building and you'd be right. So you walk straight with this building on your right.

After about 10 minutes, you should see this!

Well... Our cable car is for 30 pax to board. Nothing much to see along the way cause I was too short.

A short few minutes ride and we're here!

It was Christmas eve so I guess there was some event going on.

To get up to the N Seoul Tower, you'll need to purchase extra tickets~

We decided to give it a miss and went to lock our locks they we brought over. Hehehhee.

After locking and looking around we took the cable car back to where we came from and headed for Myeongdong.

We alighted from the cablecar station and guess what we found... A lift up. Which means... we could have saved our energy climbing up and down just now!

Being very suaku, I took a video of the lift. Lol.

So.. I have no idea the exact route how you get here but.. I took some shots along the way to Myeongdong station.

So if you take the lift up, you don't have to climb like how we did. (from the exit 3 and pacific hotel yadah yadah)

We passed by this along the way.

This was the nearest station from where we walked. Hoehyeon station exit 6.

We slowly walked our way till we reached Myeongdong and started eating street food!

Sausage and sausage with rice cake! I like this, you should try!


I want to eat this again. :(

Super big cotton candy for ₩3,000.

After roaming around today we decided to go dog cafe! Compared to cat cafe.. I guess cat cafe is better in the sense cats are not as loyal. Most cats follow the food instead of whose the owner. For the dogs, it was harder to pat or even play with them because they could never sit still. Plus some of them are really huge, you can't really hug them. Nonetheless, I was happy that we made a trip there too. Entrance was also ₩8,000 with a drink as well. But here, you don't have to remove your shoes and the dogs literally pee and poo, everywhere... and I mean everywhere.

The gandaff was the largest dog in the cafe.

This has to be my favourite.

He tried to sniff me while I was trying to take a selfie with him.

There, much better. :)

Another of my favourite too!

Here are the list of dogs!

We only spent about 1 hour odd at the dog cafe unlike cat cafe we stayed longer. We decided to head home earlier to avoid the countdown jam. Before that, we decided to grab a 'log cake' from Paris Baguette before we head home.

I have no idea what's this but it's nice too.
 We got out cakes, and tadah!

We had our own mini celebration in our cozy home before gobbling up the cake.

We went to bed slightly later that night after packing up everything.


I'm combing the last day because there's nothing much to say.

We planned to wake up on time for breakfast at prince coffee but... guess what. In the end we had to settle for Dunkin Donuts at the airport minutes before boarding.

I shall not repeat my flight story, you can refer to my summary entry for what happened.

4 people, 6 luggages hahaahhaa.

Our apartment had kittens! They came to bid good bye to us. Hehee.

My bag felt so heavy but actually only 19.9kg.

Last boarding gate before we landed safely in Singapore.


I really had a good time in Korea, getting away from this busy and hectic life in Singapore. Away from work, problems, school, assignments, driving and stress. I can eat for all I want because everyday I'm walking so much that I don't have to really worry about getting fat. Eating and sitting in the office is the ultimate nightmare. I need a new future job that allows me to be out of the office 70% of time so that I won't get a huge ass due to over sitting in the office.

When you read this post, I would likely have landed in the land of smiles. So stay tuned till I'm back! :)


  1. hi! that was one no, ten awesome and detailed posts about your trip to Seoul in winter! i was just curious if you happen to have a summary of your total expenses spent during your trip?

    1. Hi there, no I don't have a ready summary of how much I spent but if you need it, I could help you gather my information and show you my expenses. Drop me a mail at and I'd response to you! :)