Red Crab Feast @ 속초 진숙이네 붉은대게

So, 속초 진숙이네 붉은대게 read as “Sokcho Jin Sook-i Ne Buk-eun Dae Ge”. Koreans are really bad at coming up with names.

Sokcho is a place located at the Northern part of Korea. But, don’t worry, you won’t be going there for this. This restaurant is actually pretty much located in Seoul, just slightly further from the city center.

For your information, it was only opened in August 2016, yep, it’s just barely a month. And every time I walk pass in the evening, it’s always packed with people.

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I don’t think I have said this before, but I don’t quite fancy seafood. Though, I do enjoy eating crabs. If anyone would love to buy me a crab meal, I’d totally be happy to get out of my cozy little blanket to meet you! Haha!

Ok, back to the topic. I’m not sure if this is an opening promotion, or if it’s a fixed menu, because the set menu was considerably cheap. There, there, another reason for me to eat.

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We arrived around 7pm, forgetting that it’s usually packed at this hour, unfortunately (or not) it was full.

We can either choose to wait (an hour), or they could prepare a table for us on the outside. But we prefer to be seated indoor. It’s mid autumn now if you are wondering.

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And so, we got a call from the restaurant staff not too long later (more like 5 minutes later) informing us that we have a place to dine. Now I’m fully pumped up!

In Korea, when the restaurant is full, you can leave your contact number for them to contact you when seats are available!

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The must take “waiting” picture, with a toothache.

Our order were taken during the call, so it didn’t take long for these 2 dishes to came out, hong gye twi gim (fried crab) and hong gye tang (crab soup), along with some banchan (side dishes).

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I have to mention that I went to Sokcho not very long ago and the friend crab here was way much better compared to the one there. Maybe that one was already cold which could make a huge difference to crab meat. The crab meat here was thicker, even the texture was smoother.

As for the soup, it somehow tastes like doenjang jjigae (soy bean stew) but with a crabbie after taste.

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And here’s our main dish! I hope you feel hungry now! We ordered the 2 person set menu that consists of 3 crabs. For this feast-like meal, it only costs 39,000 won. They also have a set for 3, 4 & 5 person, 59,000 won and 79,000 won respectively.

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Because the crabs were steamed without any flavoring, thus you can instantly taste the natural sweetness oozing out  when taking a bite. It was a juice oozing bomb!

Aside from the crabs, what was rare is that this restaurant served pork and quill egg banchan too. Though I didn’t really enjoy the pork but I technically ate 4 out of 5 the quill eggs. Best banchan ever.

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1, 2, 3, 4…. 18? 24?

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For me, the body part was the best. The reason? It has the ever plentiful of juice.

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Also served along with the crabs, was the rice. Don’t ask me what it’s called. For those who are not used to eating the top shell part like me, the rice may somehow taste weird, but it would go away immediately thanks to the seaweed. Despite that, it was actually good.

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Those eyes looked intimidating.

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And… the super duper spicy ramyeon! We didn’t know it was THAT spicy until we started eating. My lips and tongue were basically swollen. T.T

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The next table’s fault.

One last silly picture of me before I end this post.

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Location: Miasageori Station (Line 4), Exit 1. You will see Lotte Department Store once exit, go across the road and walk straight until you see the restaurant on your left. See map below.

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My Gate-away from Korea – Day 1 in Hue, Vietnam

I took a slightly long holiday and came back from Vietnam recently! How did I ended up visiting Vietnam? Long story cut short, me and my TA went to attend a Vietnamese friend’s wedding.

If you are planning to sleepover at Danang airport, scratch that plan right away.

We planned to sleep at the airport on the night after touching down. To our surprise, there wasn’t a single chair in the arrival hall! The only chairs were on the outside of the hall. If you are planning to sleepover at Danang airport, scratch that plan.

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Weather was hot, humid and full of mosquitoes. We unwillingly dragged ourselves up to the departure floor and finally saw some! Happy and relieved, we took a walk nearby the airport and came back since the cleaners were cleaning. Guess what, we were locked out. Sh*t.

All we could do next was to wait until 6AM on the benches outside for a guy to pick us and send us to the bus heading for Hue.

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Thanks to our Vietnamese friend who reserved the seats for us, the so called “bus” was actually a 7 seater MPV, 9 USD per person and it was very comfortable. Nothing bugged me until the 2 guys in front of us started speaking, so loudly like they were the only ones in the bus.

Anyway I slept like a guinea pig throughout the 2 hours journey. Remember that I couldn’t sleep at the airport? I was already a half zombie.

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We arrived Hue city center at 8AM local time, and headed straight to our hotel. After checking in and taking a quick rest, we went out in hope to visit the Citadel. But it started raining cats and dogs. Urgh.

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It rained very heavily that we couldn’t walk further. Imagine walking under the heavy shower while crossing roads, with the humans driving their vehicles like they own the road. Sometimes we pondered if we should cross.

There were honks coming from everywhere, every second. Every honk gives you a slight heart attack because you think you were in their way. It was quite irritating at first, but you’ll eventually get used to it.

Oh, did I also mentioned that it’s horribly humid after the rain?

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Luckily, the shower subsided as quickly as it comes. We then head off to Dong Ba Market to hunt for some food. I was basically starving to the extend that I was imagining eating every food that I saw.

We passed by many stalls, every one was shouting towards us hoping we would buy something from them. Being a not-so-friendly traveler, we ignored and continue walking until we came to a food stall, and were pulled inside to be seated down.

Everything happened next was like a dream, part nightmare. Before we could even read the hand written menu hanging on the outside of the stall, a lady came to us with 2 cups of drinks, pouring the ice into the drink and mixing it up for us.

According to Wikipedia, that drink was “Che” – a Vietnamese sweet soup made with Adzuki beans, banana and other ingredients.

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Seems like a Vietnamese feast.

Chill, it’s just a couple of drinks. Right.

While we still have no clue on what’s on the menu, another lady was bringing us all kinds of different food. Alright, we are definitely being ripped off.

Here’s a list of food that was served to us:

  • Pho noodles X 2 (20,000 VND each)
  • Skewers X 10 (10,000 VND each)
  • Hue special rice cake with dried prawn stuffing X 2 (20,000 VND each)
  • Vietnamese spring rolls X 2 (20,000 VND)
  • and more

We were just accepting the food until we could not eat anymore. Speaking English doesn’t help at all, not even the word “no” or “stop”. The only thing that they understands was hand language. Universal language!

And our bill totaled to 300,000 VND, which was 15 USD. It wasn’t as expensive as we thought and to be honest, food was good. Come to think about it, thanks to her, we get to try all sorts of Vietnamese cuisine. However, that experience, who would ever like to be pulled into a stall and being served so many food without knowing the price?

I guess this is a new experience for us and a lesson to be learn: order your food before sitting down at anywhere you are not familiar with.

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Chomping down my Vietnamese spring roll. Elegance is not my style.
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Enjoying my cup of Che (Vietnamese sweet soup) in Dong Ba Market
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Dong Ba Market, Hue

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And so, we managed to escape that scary stall and headed back to the hotel to prepare for our friend’s wedding. Oh, and to my surprise, they have quite a number of free wifi throughout the cities, which I totally did not expect.

But still it would be safer to load Google Maps before leaving the hotel.

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Busan trip – Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

This post was lo~ng overdue. It was pretty hectic for me from October and things only started to smooth out after April. Skip about myself here and let’s focus on Yonggungsa Temple in Busan. My (or our) Busan trip was in October 2015. Yes, way way overdue. Sorry guys..

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It may seems that coming here is totally out of way due to its location on the seaside cliff. Of course, I have thought so too, but hey, it’s not that hard to get here after-all! There are no subway lines connecting to Yonggungsa Temple, but there is a bus that will come here.

Once again, I apologize because it was way too long ago since I visited here, so I cannot remember the bus we took. But, I will insert the link to Korea Tourism website for the transportation!

We wasn’t sure which stop to get off and we had to ask the driver, he shouted to the back of the bus (to us) when we arrived that stop. Such a nice guy! The name of the bus stop is a long one.

Upon stepping out from the bus, I was partly in disbelief. Why? The place we landed our foot looks like a deserted place in the middle of some highway. Anyway, don’t let that awfully weird location take away your excitement. There’s a stone sign not too far from the bus stop carved with “Haedong Yong Gung Temple” on it, from there we walked for around 20 minutes more before we get a glimpse of the entrance.

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Bus stop is just right around the corner
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A quiet road that leads to the temple

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Along the way, heed my advice: watch the trees!

Nothing’s wrong with the trees, they are not whomping willows. But, if you are afraid of creepy crawlies like me, you might wanna be extra alert. There are some serious bug businesses going on around those trees. There were many, and I meant MANY giant spiders idling on the trees, and I think I even got caught on some strings of web. Yikes!

I cannot say that they are poisonous nor can I say they are safe to touch (although they look really poisonous T.T), especially when you have a kid with you.

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Finally arriving at our destination. Yonggungsa Temple. It sure doesn’t look like what I’ve seen online. The view from the entrance was nowhere near a sea nor a cliff. It was just trees and gardens. Pardon me, my impatient-ness was activated.

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My guy who loves reading, at every signs & boards.
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Buddha’s hand as a chair. It feels weird.. @@

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After walking through this “gate”, we finally saw the sea! I think I was so hyped that I left my guy following me while I took pictures.

The view was simply breathtaking, though there were some construction going on, but it wasn’t obscuring the view. FYI, my pictures couldn’t show its true beauty, you may want to visit there to be charmed by it.

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I think I will stop yapping now since I can’t remember much about the trip. T.T  I’ll put some pictures here for you guys to see what I’ve seen.

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There are quite a number of bridges in this temple, and one that caught our attention was where a flock of humans gathered while looking downwards.

Curiosity hits me (did I mention I get curious easily?), and so we went to take a look. Turns out to be a wishing area. I vaguely remember taking a 100 won coin from my guy and giving it a throw. Out of my expectation, it went in.

Though I did not expect it will go in..

Ok, maybe I did since I was aiming like I’m competing in an Olympic games. One more reason is… ahem, it’s a wishing pot, so definitely it’s for my wish to come true. Tsk.

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Mine got into the front pot with only my first throw. I challenge you to throw into the barrels at the opposite.

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Yonggungsa temple is rather huge, you can easily spend a couple or more hours here. Also, probably the majestic scenery that makes people wanting to see more of it since it’s located by the cliff. Where else would you be able to see something like this in Korea?

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Ok, these dolls somewhat looks eerie.

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Oh, if you are wondering how the bus stop looks like.. I took some pictures of them while we were leaving.

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Although Yonggungsa Temple is a Buddhist temple (and some people might not like it), still I recommend you to come here when you are in Busan. Even if you have very little time. I assure you that you will fall in love with this place. And the actual view is much better than what my pictures can show.

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Common Ground Container Mall – Konkuk Station

Ok, I’ve heard about Common Ground ever since it was built in April 2015. I’ve wrote an article for some blog, but since I haven’t been there, thus I didn’t write up anything for my blog. So, after visiting this place during the last weekend, here are some of my thoughts about it.

What’s Common Ground?

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It’s actually a one-in-a-kind shopping center in Seoul that was built with 200 shipping containers! Yes, those containers that were used in shipping stuffs from overseas! And it looks really pretty!

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The building was actually separated into 2 parts, while one side are solely selling guy’s stuff, while the other are the women’s section. Both are 3 storey high, other than some boutiques and some restaurants and cafe, it has nothing much to offer in my opinion. Prices are kinda high too in my opinion, so I think it’s not a wise decision to shop here.

But Common Ground is definitely an interesting place to take some beautiful pictures, and a good place to have a cup of drink while you’re here.

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The food looks delicious..

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Luggage tags, I bought the Korea one, which priced at 6,800 won. Kinda expensive..

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Do you know that even part of Sistar’s Shake It MV was filmed here too?

To get there:

Konkuk University station (Line 2 or 7), Exit 6, just walk for a couple blocks once you came out of Exit 6.

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Escape Seoul: Daegwallyeong Sheep Ranch

I bet my friends get annoyed since I kept saying I wanted to go to Daegwallyeong but ended up didn’t went. When they told me they wanted to bring me to there, I’m seriously exploding from happiness inside me. I’ve been eagerly-dying to visit this place ever since 2014. The reason is because, see picture below.

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Pretty view right? I was hooked by the beauty of this place. I wish I could add some emoticons here to show how much I was in love with it. Daegwallyeong is not an unfamiliar name to Koreans, but its not well known to tourists, though the numbers are slightly increasing lately.

I think it has the best view during summer and winter. In summer, you get to see scenery like the one above, green lush trees and healthy grasses. While in winter, it’d be a mountain of snow, giving it a dramatic feel. Wanna see how winter looks like? I’ll put a video at the end of this page here.

Of course, I’m so anticipating to see that greenish fields and mountain views and definitely expecting a hot sunny day since it was summer right now (July). I even wore shorts! However, as we drove up the hill, fog started to be seen everywhere, and when we were nearly at the top, its so thick that we can barely see the road. I got depressed. We came all the way here and we get to see nothing?

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Thick fog while on the way up

We came after our trip from Gangneung (blogging it soon), so it takes roughly only an hour drive. The weather was obviously cold that day, remember I wore shorts? I was lucky that I brought a windbreaker with me, or else I wouldn’t be able to walk any further.

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Entrance to sheep ranch
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That depressing view.

We actually refused to go inside when we reached the entrance. I have to clarify a little that we were on a tight budget, and the entrance fee was 4,000 won per person. Since the fog was too thick that we can barely see anything, it’ll probably be a waste of money.

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But I wasn’t willing to go off, I really wanted to go in (even though I might not see anything). We came all the way here, why not just have a short walk and take a breeze inside? Ok, I managed to persuade them while keeping my happiness hidden.

Paying 4,000 won each, we were told to keep the ticket. It has another use for it, you’ll know what it’s for soon. Remember to keep your ticket!

It was supposed to look like something you get to see in New Zealand. With sheeps running freely in the vast green fields, grazing the grass, or just lying lazily on the grass. From what I knew, sheeps are let out from April to October. Since it was too foggy, they were kept inside. Not happy.

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But as we walk further into the ranch, my mood enlightens. Though the view was obscured by the fog, contrary, it actually made this peaceful place more mystically mysterious. It also helps me to get a good set of pictures. Thank you fog.

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It wasn’t as bad as we thought. At least we don’t need to walk under the hot sun, or get ourselves sticky all over due to sweats. We treat it as a getaway from the hot weather in Seoul. We do liked it, and it was really a good and quiet place to be (during that day).

Walking along the sandy trails, we went at our own pace, of course I’m the one trying to catch up with them. The boys are having their own peaceful time walking together and chatting, while me, I’m just taking pictures over pictures, having them as a subject in my photos. Sorry guys~

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See how well they fit into my pictures?

Oh, remember I told you guys to keep the entrance ticket? It’s for exchanging with a basket of hay to feed the sheeps!

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I think they were so used to humans, the hungry ones will come straight to the front waiting to be fed. What a friendly bunch! See below. One of our friend is being ever so popular among the fluffy sheeps. I wonder if he’s popular among girls.. ㅋㅋㅋㅋ He even tried to bully a couple of them! Bad bad guy.

At first, I was kinda afraid they might bite me unintentionally, but phew! They did not. It feels like they have no teeth. Haha.. They pick up the hay with their lips to be more accurate. Their wool (or fur??) are thick, but surprisingly soft to touch.

The popular guy.. haha
The popular guy.. 

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Since we went hiking the day before, thus my legs were basically breaking into pieces, but since I’m enjoying my time here, I actually forgot about the pain in my legs. Thinking about it now, it feels like magic. Cause it started hurting again right after we exited the ranch. Hmm..

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The big babies..

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Daegwallyeong Sheep Ranch was indeed a very good place to take a quiet stroll (when it’s not crowded). If I could, I seriously didn’t want to leave this place. It has a strong force that makes you want to stay here longer. Definitely will come here again…

Since I went in one of my friend’s car, thus I can’t really give the exact information on how to go to this place. However, this is a link to TraverllerElf’s blog for detailed directions there. Hopefully the next time I go, it’d be by public transportation.

My friends asked me, what makes you smile so much here in Daegwallyeong? I didn’t know how to answer. It somewhat just makes me forget about everything, giving my mind peace and calmness. What do you say?

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Travelling to Petite France with only 25,000 won

I took a day off on Monday wondering should I get out of Seoul. Laziness was lurking all around me that made me barely wants to get out of bed. But, I’m glad that I beat my evil side and head out to Petite France for a short day trip. It’s been quite a while since I’ve wanted to come to this place, and finally!

Forecast said it might rain in Seoul, so I just want to escape the rain.

Probably because of my introverted character, I tend to be paranoid of losing my way around or talking to people, or miss the transportation. And lastly, I found out that coming to Petite France wasn’t that complicated as I expected it to.

Moreover, I have only 25,000 won in my wallet. Drop dead. I need an ATM, like real bad. But failed to find any. No choice but to move on with what I have.

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Paranoia of getting lost.

Since I’m living in Yongsan area, I’ve decided to take ITX from Yongsan station (rather than the usual Cheongnyanni station), which costs me 800 won more per way. I should have just went to Cheongnyanni instead, since it’s cheaper.

I was kinda lost in Yongsan station like where to get the tickets. Fortunately they installed some ITX sign on the top and I just followed it. I bought the tickets (heading to Gapyeong) from the vending machine and waited for the 11am train to arrive. There are dozens of trains come and goes in Yongsan, just spot the ITX train and hop onto it. Check the time as well!

Upon arriving in Gapyeong, I was shocked by the number of people that exit the train. Holy crap! Will I be able to get the ticket back to Yongsan today?? Where do I stay if I’m stucked here? I can’t afford being stuck here as I need to work tomorrow. There goes ms. paranoia again. Afraid that it might run out of tickets, I hurriedly booked mine right after I passed the gates. Phew!

Since I’m short of cash, I chose to take the shuttle bus instead. I only know the taxi fees going to Nami Island is 3,000 won per trip, who knows how much it will cost for Petite France. I don’t want to risk any cents at this moment. Saw a queue right in front of Gapyeong tourist information centre, and yep, that’s the shuttle bus stop. Petite France is just the next stop after Nami Island.

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Took this when I came back from Petite France, thus, no Qs…

Road to Petite France is too winding, bring something along if you have motion sickness.

There’s no way you will miss this sign when you arrived at the place! But I missed it. I searched for it when I’m heading out. Tee hee~

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Anticipated a lot when I came down from the bus, after getting the ticket (8,000 won) from the counter, I started walking in slowly and my camera ready!

The weather that day was sizzling hot. Sizzling? Yep! It’s no joke, since I’m there at around 2pm. I’m glad I applied some erm… expired sun lotion before heading out. Especially on my tattoo!

First thing that caught my sight, it was breathtakingly beautiful. It’s not the buildings, rather it’s the nature itself. That view is enough to make you forgot how hot the weather was. Green hills, blue skies, peaceful lake… It looks so much like a sight that you might only find in New Zealand! If you omit the fact that you’re in Korea, you might really think that you’re in a suburb french village with a stunning river-hill kind of scenery.

How can you deny its beauty?

I begin exploring the village, walking through alleys, climbing stairs, taking shelters in shades that I can find. Of course, taking pictures with 3 gadgets of mine. More than a hands full.

Being submerged in my photographing mode, I climbed another stairs in order to search for more places to walk. Huh? Isn’t this the place I came by moments ago?? Oh yes, I came here moments ago indeed. Only to realized that I’m done exploring this village.

Maybe there’s a reason why they named it Petite France. This place is indeed petite compared to how it looks on TV (wonder how did they make it looks so massive in movies). I only spent an hour more to finish my expedition in this whole “village”! You can imagine how small it is…

This is basically 85% of the village itself.

Fine. But my train ticket heading back to Seoul was 6.28pm! How am I supposed to spend my 2 hours here? I don’t even have enough money to buy a Nami Island entrance ticket. No other options but to wait.

I sat in the shade and observing the visitors, couples, couples, and more couples (with selca-bong)! Oh, and there’s this one guy who plays the accordion real good. He doesn’t play long, maybe 15 minute or more, but he definitely kept me entertained during the wait.

I planned to catch the shuttle bus back to Gapyeong at 4.20pm. Waited and waited, it doesn’t come. My fear of not being able to catch the train kept growing. 4.30pm… 4.45pm… 4.50pm finally! The shuttle bus came! There goes ms paranoia again. You don’t need to buy the ticket again, just show the driver the ticket you’ve bought when you first board the shuttle bus.

So my thought about Petite France?

It’s a peceful place to spend your time at, but you’ll have to travel out of Seoul, rather tiring. I’ll come here again only if I’m going to Nami Island or other places around Gapyeong, but not visitng Petite France on it’s own.

My recommendation: Nami Island > Petite France > Garden of morning calm (depends on time)

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Is it just me or does this clown looks scary….

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And here’s my selfie!

Expenses breakdown:

Transportation (ITX) – Yongsan to Gapyeong 4,800 won (Bought with credit card)
Transportation (ITX) – Gapyeong to Yongsan 4,800 won (Bought with credit card)
Shuttle Bus 6,000 won for a day’s ride
Petite France entrance fees 8,000 won
Water 1,000 won
TOTAL 24,600 won
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The Huwon – Changdeokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung rings many bells especially tourists’ and visitors’, and I can’t deny the beauty of it. However, today I’m going to write about Changdeokgung Palace instead. Maybe more towards the Huwon.

So, why Changdeokgung?

It is true that Gyeongbokgung have stunning scenery surrounding the inner part of the palace, with refurbished architectures. However, Changdeokgung has a more Korean looking ambience preserved, so one could see the historical side of the palace.

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Changdeokgung is the second palace to be built after Gyeongbokgung under the reign of King Taejong in the year 1405. King Taejong, who settled at Changedeokgung avoided going to Gyeongbokgung because he had killed his half brothers there just to be enthroned as a King of Joseon. Later on, King Seonjo expanded the palace grounds by about 500,000 square meters, including Huwon (후원) (Rear or Secret Garden) and was listed in 1997 as a UNESCO world cultural heritage site.

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CLOSE on Mondays, the main palace is accessible by anyone after purchasing an entrance ticket (3,000 won for adults, 1,500 won for kids). However, the ONE AND ONLY Huwon,will require a guided tour from the palace staff (additional 5,000 won to Huwon + tour for adults & 2,500 won for kids).

We booked the Huwon tour through this website, what’s even better is that the fees were paid only when we collected the ticket on the day itself. Since there are only a LIMITED number of visitors allowed on each session, I strongly advise you to book them in advance.

Claim your tickets 1 hour before the tour or it will be forfeited.

The 78-acre Huwon which was originally constructed for the use of the royal family and palace women. The garden incorporates a lotus pond, pavilions, and landscaped lawns, trees, and flowers which are over 300 years old.

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Which is the best season to visit? There’s no definite answer. It depends on you actually, as every season has it’s own natural beauty.

In Spring, flood your eyes with the view of blossom flowers that bloom all over the palace. In Summer, expect green bushy trees, you can also take a rest under one of these huge trees. While in Autumn, leaves starts turning yellowish red and fall, which in return creates a calming view. Last but not least during Winter, where layers of thick white snow makes everything so romantic and reminds you of those sa-geuk (historical dramas) romance drama. As for us, we went during the fall.

Entrance to Huwon
Entrance to Huwon

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The Huwon tour usually takes 1 hour and you may explore it freely as you like, as long as you don’t go anywhere prohibited. Don’t try to sneak in!

We went our own way since we couldn’t catch up with the group. Tee-hee~ we were busy taking pictures while exploring the garden. It’s not only huge, it also have lots of different roads & paths, so don’t get lost! Follow the crowd if you’re lost!

One of the prohibited entry route
One of the prohibited entry route

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This peaceful building is known as Juhamnu Pavillion, a 2 storey building built in year 1776 under the reign of King Jeongjo. Lower level served as a Gyujanggak (Royal Library), while the upper level served as a King’s reading room. Those gates leading up to the pavilion are known as Eosumun, built in a unique structure, where the bigger gate was used by the King while the smaller ones used by his subjects.

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Uiduhap Pavillion was constructed by Crown Prince Hyo Myung for studying and meditating. Unlike those rich-looking buildings with fancy designs, it is rather small and simple like those houses of the citizens.

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Overall, it was a great experience during this palace visit. Being able to see how the royal chamber looks like, a real-life garden where the Queens used to walked around, and imagining the Kings of Joseon fishing at the pond… Though it would be more enticing if there were some traditional royal games which the Kings & Queens used to play duringJoseon Dynasty..

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Getting There:

Anguk Station (Subway Line 3), Exit 3. Go straight for 5min.
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Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (Subway Line 1, 3 or 5), Exit 7. Go straight along Donhwamun-ro Street for 10min.

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What winter looks like in Korea?

I tend to get lots of queries about autumn in Korea, and indeed Korea’s autumn is really beautiful. I can never deny that fact. But do you know that Korea is also beautiful during the winter? Except the fact that snow get stuck on your shoes and icy winds blowing harshly at you.

I used to think that winter is filled with snow everywhere (thank you K-dramas), until I personally visit Korea and found out it’s not quite true! Depending on two factors if it piled or not, one will be if it snowed heavy, another will be if the snow stays and doesn’t melt.

When we were there, it didn’t snow a lot in the city, thus, there won’t be any white cold looking Seoul in the pictures here. Though it snowed densely when we were at Nami Island. Cough cough, it was planned.

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Pardon me, I’m fascinated by the shape of snow flakes.

Born and grew up in a tropical country, I’ve always wondered how it’s like in countries with four seasons, I’ve seen red crimson maple leaves on my first Korea trip, and it left me with unforgettable memories. But what winter’s like? How it feels to touch the snow or when it lands on my face, is it cold? How does it feel like? Is it soft?

We were supposed to head to Ski resort until we aren’t able to catch the bus. So, we planned to take a walk around DDP while waiting for the snow to fall. It was cloudy enough for a rain to fall when I suddenly spotted some flakes in the air as we turn around looking for some food. Can I assure you that the weather forecast is damn accurate?

That was my first encounter with snow. It felt as light as a feather, as cold as ice on my face (ok it IS ice), on my nose, in my mouth!! We were extremely excited. Though it is not dense enough to pile the ground with any snow.

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My niece was hyped up instantly, also influenced by Disney movie “Frozen”. She was happily enough to run in rounds, endlessly. Chasing snow flakes after snow flakes, just anywhere she could run, not even afraid of getting lost.

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A sudden snow fall in Sinchon. Look at my niece!

Me, my sister, and my mom basically stood in the open in front of Doota mall, like some crazy women, and take cover inside when it was too freezing to even bare the cold for another second.

Yes, that was our very first winter experience.

What’s worse, my winter coat has a hole at the pocket and I had to get myself a new one there.. Fortunately, it wasn’t that expensive, only costs 20,000 won (The one I’m wearing in my header image). Quite a good bargain for a winter coat, and light weighted too. Hmm!

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It wasn’t that freezing cold until the wind starts blowing, then it feels like knives piercing into your skin. Every exposed inch of it.

And though there is sunlight, but it only gives light, and no warmth. Somehow I cursed it during that very moment when I needed its warmth so badly.

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Ice pond in Gyeongbok Palace..

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Insadong in December 2015
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Winter on December 2015

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Watch out for icy paths too!
Watch out for icy paths too!

How is the winter at your place?

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