Wednesday, 13 August 2014

✈TRAVEL: Seoul Week 1 Video Diary

You won't even believe how much like hell it was to edit this video. I'm going to have to move on from Windows Live Movie Maker at some point in the future and actually purchase a better editing software. Anyhow, I've finally managed to finish week 1 of my Seoul travel diaries, but week 2 may take longer to edit and upload. It took a hell of a long time to get this post together and find all the places and links, but I hope it helps someone out or inspires anyone to go visit Seoul.

*watch in HD


Incheon Airport
The easiest way to get home from the airport is probably via taxi, but the cheapest way is probably by taking the Airport Railroad (the 'all-stop' train is cheaper than the express train).There should be signs all over the airport directing you to the Airport Railroad.
More info HERE.

Gyeongbokgung Palace
Out of all the palaces in Seoul, this is probably the most popular one. I highly recommend you take some water with you if you go on a sunny day because there's definitely no air-conditioning and I felt like I was completely melting.
More info HERE // Official website HERE.

Rooftop Garden
Unlike London, Seoul doesn't have a lot of parks and greenery, but there are a couple of rooftop gardens. This one was quite small in Myeongdong (명동) but you can probably find better ones if you search around on google.

Cat Café ('Cats Playground')
A cat café is literally a café filled with cats. You pay ₩8000 (~$8/£4.60) for a drink and unlimited play time with the kitties. This particular one was in Myeongdong (명동) and there's always a cat mascot out in the main shopping street, so it's hard to miss.
Address: 66-4 Chungmuro 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Ihwa Mural Village (이화 벽화마을)
You have to hike up a pretty steep hill to get to this place but it was definitely worth it. There are lots of amazing paintings on the walls around this village.
More info HERE

They have really good Macaron Frappes here. You can choose from a couple of different base drinks and there are about 5 different flavoured macarons with a scoop of ice cream and chocolate drizzled on top. Oh, and there's a layer of cereal between the ice cream and the drink, which, believe it or not, actually made the drink just that much better.
Address: 57-26 Nogosan-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Stylenanda is pretty pricey for my budget, but it was worth going to have a look around and try on all the makeup testers and Jeffrey Campbell shoes. The biggest Stylenanda is in Hongdae, but make sure you look it up on a map, because it's pretty hard to find otherwise.
Shop online HERE // Store info HERE

Crow Piercing
My friend got her ears pierced at Crow. She said that it's been highly recommended online, and from browsing around, I've found that there are multiple great reviews on this place. It's fairly cheap, with my friend's piercing costing ₩3000 ($13/£1.70) + the price of the earring she picked out, totalling ₩13000 (~$13/£7.50).
Address: 117-1 Eoulmadang-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Vinyl is a cocktail bar that serves its drinks in plastic zip lock bags. Their drinks are affordable at ₩5000 (~$5/£3) per drink (from my memory), and offers a variety of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. The vodka drinks are my personal favourites, and actually have a decent amount of alcohol in them. It's considered a 'street bar' but there's also a couple of seats inside if you want to sit down (and, in our case, avoid the rain).
Address: 411-1 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea 
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 4PM-3AM, Fri-Sat 4PM-5AM, Sun Closed

Garosugil, Gangnam
Gangnam tends to be pricier than areas such as Hongdae, so if you're short on cash, I wouldn't recommend this shopping street. Personally, Garosugil wasn't my cup of tea but my friend desperately wanted to go so I obliged.

An Italian restaurant we had late lunch at on Garosugil. The prices were more expensive than other places we had eaten at before, but still pretty similar to restaurant prices in London, with both our dishes costing just under £10. We luckily got to sit by a window and watch shoppers walk by and tried to spot if it was raining or not by seeing if passers-by were using umbrellas.
Address: 2nd Floor, 535-27 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Softree is famous for their ice cream with honeycomb on top (which is apparently only flavoured wax but either way it tastes fab). I've seen countless stores, though, that also sell honeycomb ice cream but I believe Softree are meant to be the original. The ice cream is really creamy, similar to Cornish ice cream, and at first, I wasn't too into it but I've actually started to crave the honeycomb ice cream more and more. The honeycomb ice cream is ₩4800 (~$4.80/£2.80), but they also have other flavours as well. They have Softree everywhere (including Hongdae), but the one we went to was just off Garosugil.
Address: 39 Apgujeong-ro 14-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Thank You Mom Chicken  (땡큐맘치킨)
If you're ever in Korea, you definitely need to try out KFC: Korean Fried Chicken. We found a chicken delivery service online which seemed to have good reviews. We got their original and sweet chili chicken, which were apparently their top sellers, and I definitely recommend them. They gave us free sides and drinks and were one of the cheapest we found.
Online website HERE

Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA/ 서울시립미술관)
My cousin recommended this gallery/museum to me and I would pass on the recommendation. SeMA is free to enter and had a lot of cool exhibitions around.
More info/online website HERE

Taste of Thailand
I've been to this restaurant before, 2 years ago with family friends, and I was glad to find that it was still there. As the name suggests, this restaurant serves Thai dishes, which deserved all the good reviews its been getting.
More info HERE

Hongdae Playground
This area is famous for having a lot of buskers perform during the evening, and is also just a nice place to hang out with friends. On Saturdays, they sometimes hold a 'Free Market' as well, which consists of people selling mostly handmade or self-designed goods, from printed canvas trainers to wallets made from recycled leather.
More info HERE


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