Top 5 eats in Seoul

So this summer I went to seoul with Jon and wow I must say, it was filled with activities! We were always on the run, really different from our Phuket trip, which was a relaxing, chillax trip. But honestly, a visit to a city has to be hectic! I like it that way!

Anyways, I really wish I could share with you guys all the activities that I did during my seoul trip in detail, but this is a food blog after all, so I’ll keep it short and sweet!

We went to the usual sight-seeings places like the N-tower and the Gyeongbokgung Palace which was a very typical kind of touristy place, nothing really special imho.
For shopping, Myeongdong is like a cosmetic heaven for girls, and for really cheap shopping go to Ewha Women’s University Station and Seoul Station which has street clothes for about S$10! Also, late night shopping at Dongdaemun, which is a wholesale market!

But to be honest, I have a low-budget for clothes and I feel that you can get cheaper deals in Thailand, so the shopping here wasn’t fantastic for me. But the shopping for cosmetics was really good!

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So here are 4 activities (apart from the conventional stuffs mentioned above) that I did in Seoul which I really really enjoyed! I’ll not share too much detail because yesssss it’s a FOOD blog after all.

1) Slacking at Samcheongdong-Gil and Buchon Hanok Village

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So this place is really relaxing and really pretty. The place is lined with vintage cafes, novelty stores, chiosy fashion shops and there are even residential houses! As you can see from the pictures, the architecture is really nice, got that old school huts feeling. This is really a place you can just spend the day cafe hopping while doing really good window shopping! Me and Jon loved the place!

How to get there?
Anguk Station (Subway Line 3), Exit 1

2) De-militarized zone and Panmunjom tour

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So all of us should know about the long-standing war between north and south korea, and this 2 tours will really give you a great insight to the historical part of seoul! The DMZ tour and the Panmunjom tour are 2 separate tours but I strongly advise to go for both. You would get to visit the infiltration tunnels that the north build to attack the south, as well as visit the border of north korea (first photo) heavily guarded by both sides! It was a really enriching experience for me and I would say that this is really the highlight of our trip!

How to book?
Just google and you will have a few agencies to choose from. Do book 1 week in advance!

3) Cycling along the Han River

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What can I say? The view was awesome (beside the river), the weather was good, and the park was so peaceful! It was really enjoyable for us! Plus, the bike rental is so cheap- S$1 per hour!

How to get there?
Yeouinaru Station (Subway Line 5), Exit 2
Walk straight for 5 mins and you will see the bike rental shop.

4) Watch a baseball match

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The koreans are a bunch of enthusiastic and friendly people and they really show that in the nation’s favorite sport! They were singing cheers, doing the dance almost throughout the match! The atmosphere was crazyyyy really sibei high! (Even though this was only a friendly match) Plus, they sell food and beer so you get to enjoy the match while munching away! And.. the tickets are really cheap like S$7 only WHATTTTTT!

How to get there?
Sports Complex Station (Subway Line 2), Exit 6/7
You can buy the tickets right before the match (provided its not the seasonal games) at the counter, which you can see once you exit.

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ALRIGHTY, TIME FOR THE MAIN AGENDA, THE TOP 5 MUST-EATS IN SEOUL!

5) Samgyetang (Korean Ginseng Chicken) at Tosokchon

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Go google “best korean ginseng chicken” and you’ll have a full list of reccommendations on this place! The chicken really tender and the broth was flavorful but yet not too salty. Initially, I was like “meh” because I felt that it was a little bland. But soon, the flavor kicks in and you’re like wow! Plus, their kimchi is really really good, the flavors are well-balanced. A really must-try since Samgyetang is like one of the iconic dishes in Β Korea, go for this!

How to go there?
Gyeongbokgung Station (Subway Line 3), Exit 2
Go straight (about 170m) and turn left onto Jahamun-ro 5-gil Road. It is located on the left!

4) Seafood feast at Noryangjin Fish Market

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As you can see from the photos, this fish market is huge! There are so many seafood to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice! So basically you buy your LIVE seafood from the market, and then you go to the second level restaurants to ask them to cook for you!
I would recommend you to try the baby octopus sashimi because even though the octopus is dead, the nerves are still alive and hence its still wriggling in your mouth! (don’t choose old octopus for sashimi because they are harder to chew)
Do try other seafood that is hardly found in your country and in this case, I tried the sea urchin which had a weird soapy salty taste!
Lastly, when you go to the restaurant and get to choose your style of cooking, PLS CHOOSE EITHER STEAMED OR RAW (SASHIMI)! That’s the best way to taste the freshness of your seafood! Plus, I tried their roasted seafood, and it’s really dry 😦

How to get there?
Noryangjin Station (Line 1), Exit 1
Walk 100m across the bridge and you will see signs directing you to the market.

3) Pork Belly (Korean BBQ) at Palsaik

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This place is great because you get to try 8 different types of pork belly! (ginseng, wine, pine, garlic, herb, curry, soybean and hot pepper). This is something really unique and the pork belly slices are thick and juicy as well! Also, they give the pot of seafood as well as the veggies, kimchi etc for free. So this meal turn out to be really really affordable!

How to get there?
Sinchon Station (Subway Line 2), Exit 3
Walk straight till you see paris baguette then turn right into the small street.
Turn left at the next cross road and keep walking straight, the shop will be on your left

2) Patbingsu (Shaved ice dessert) at Homilbat

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I went during the summer so ice cold dessert was really apt! Anyway, this is pretty much similar to the snow ice in Singapore just that it is less sweet and more flavorful. The ice is super super soft and goes so well with the red bean and mochi (which is something you don’t get on your shaved ice in Sg). Do order the milk and macha ones, they were really good! Do expect a queue- good food is worth the wait!

How to get there?
Sinchon Station (Subway Line 2), Exit 4
Go straight until you get to the first main intersection (the one where you have to cross), but do not cross the street. Instead take a left down the hill. At the end of the hill, across from you will be the Megabox – but do not cross the street. Instead take another left. When you reach the T intersection, you will be at Homilbat.
Optionally, take exit 3 and walk straight – keeping right. Eventually you will get there. You are basically going around the block of exit 3 and 4.

1) Original flavor fried chicken at Two Two Fried Chicken

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I always save the best for the last! And yes, this is the best! OMG I LOVE FRIED CHICKEN and korean fried chicken is pretty well known. So yes this has got to be the best fried chicken in Korea! Fried chicken is common, but the seasoning here is just darn good, damn unique, damn tasty! And the meat is so tender! Goshhhh.. This is really something that I miss so much, I am tempted to visit korea again just for this!

How to get there?
Myeongdong Station (Subway Line 4), Exit 3
Upon exit, turn left and walk straight up the slope for about 2 mins.
You will see Pacific Hotel and Two Two is located on the left opposite the hotel.

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So this marks the end of this really long blog entry! I took so long to write it omg! Anyway, just wanna give a special shout out to Jon, for being such an awesome food buddy, who accompanied me to try all the different stalls and accommodated me when I had my tantrums. Thanks b! And also, to my beloved YY (she’s did an exchange in seoul) who brought me to eat the bingsu and bbq!

Alright! Stay tuned for my next blog post, I will be visiting Melaka this weekend and will probably post an entry about it soon! Stay hungry! Β  πŸ™‚


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