SOUTH KOREA 2013 Day 1: Arrival, Petite France, Nami Island, Jung-gu, Dongdaemun

A little over a year ago, I went to South Korea for 4 days and 4 nights (we arrived at night). It was an amazing trip, and it was one to cross out from my bucket list. I would love to go back, though, and vist the Boseong Tea Garden – yes I still want to visit that spot I swore I would visit but didn’t really have the chance to. In a longer vacation, maybe. But for now, on with the commentary!

On our arrival, it was surprisingly cold. From the airport, we went directly to our guesthouse which was located in Jongno-5. We took the Bus from the airport and alighted a good 3 minutes from the guesthouse. It’s called KimChee Dongdaemun Guesthouse and you can check more about them on this site. Note, however, that the area is filled with red-light bars. Although we didn’t witness anyone actually “selling” doors and windows were filled with erotic posters of women.

We had dinner (midnight snack) at the closest 24-hour restaurant, one that we did not bother returning to. HAHA. There were drunk men on the streets, but I guess the good thing about it is that they were just minding their own business. You know just… drunk-talking?

Day 1: Petite France, Nami Island, Jung-gu and Dongdaemun in the evening.

cooking fish cakes - Brunch!

cooking fish cakes – Brunch!

We started day 1 at around 9:30am since the adventure for the day will be outside Seoul. We travelled by train to Cheongpyeong Terminal, where we waited for the Gapyeong Circle Tour Bus bound for Petite France.

Petite France is home to various Kdrama shooting locations such as Secret Garden, and You Who Came From Another Star.

adventure time!

adventure time!

puppet show at Petite France

puppet show at Petite France

From Petite France, we again boarded the Gapyeong Circle Tour Bus to Namiseom Dock where we boarded the ferry to Namiseom. They have special discount ferry tickets if you’re a foreigner – 20% off – just present your passport.


Naminara Republic

Naminara Republic

Winter Sonata: First Kiss station

Winter Sonata: First Kiss station


mid-construction at Nami Island

mid-construction at Nami Island

After Namiseom, we caught a cab to take us to Gapyeong Station. We were supposed to catch the Gapyeong Circle Tour Bus but we were so hungry we decided to eat at one of the restaurants at the dock. When we missed the bus route, we decided to take a cab since my companions have an appointment in their company’s Seoul office.

So off we went to Jung-gu, Seoul’s CBD.

dinner at Jung-gu

dinner at Jung-gu

We ate at one of these hip restaurants that has a tiny restaurant door going downstairs, but the restaurant itself was huge.

After dinner, we went back to our guesthouse where we rested a bit. The night was still young and the night air was chilly so we decided to head out and visit Dongdaemun – where apparently, it still felt as if it’s the busiest time of the day. We took teh bus to and fro for about 5 minutes and walked our way our way to Doota Mall. I was not prepared for the longer-than-bus-ride walk thing.

We stopped by a Pojangmaja where we ate a spicy ddokbokki before calling it a night.

Not to mention, there was another dude who was facing the wal drunk-talking/crying at the alley to the guesthouse.



One thought on “SOUTH KOREA 2013 Day 1: Arrival, Petite France, Nami Island, Jung-gu, Dongdaemun

  1. Pingback: SOUTH KOREA Day 3: Bukchon, Gyeongbuk Goong, Cheonggyecheon, and Lotte World | My Little Heaven on Earth

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