SOUTH KOREA 2013 Day 2: MyeongDong Area

Just a quick summary of day 2: Myeongdong Cathedral, Paris Baguette, Myeongdong Shopping, N Soul Tower, Teddy Bear Museum, Lotteria, SPAO

I officially admire the weather forecast in Seoul. They said it was going to rain on April 6 and it actually rained! The whole day we were there, it was raining non-stop. Imagine the cold wind and freezing rain water.

With this arrangement, we decided to venture around one place with roofs to protect us from the cold rain.

At around 9am, we set out for Myeongdong Cathedral. Our original schedule was to attend Mass here on Sunday, but my relative invited us to attend one with Filipinos at Hyehwa.

MyeongDong Cathedral: taken from its patio

MyeongDong Cathedral: taken from its patio

We got lost around Myeongdong while looking for the Cathedral. I can see its spires from the shopping streets but not the entryway. So we went alleys after alleys, passed by a building and emerged at another bigger street where we saw and followed a nun. Where else would she go at this place, right?

We hiked uphill and finally saw the entrance. A wedding ceremony was about to take place so we stayed a bit until they were exchanging vows.

Korean wedding

Korean wedding

Right about this time, the rain started to pour harder. We were determined to still get our photo taken in front of the Cathedral.

even through the rain, must have picture taken in front of the Cathedral

even through the rain, must have picture taken in front of the Cathedral

 

When we were making our way back to the shopping streets, we passed by a tourist information center. Exactly what we needed because we were looking for a Paris Baguette shop to have brunch. Good thing it was just around the corner. I grabbed a map of Myeongdong – obviously so we don’t go back and forth in the maze of the shopping center in the middle of a heavy downpour.

inside Paris Baguette MyeongDong

inside Paris Baguette MyeongDong

Posing in PB

Posing in PB

 

MyeongDong shopping street

MyeongDong shopping street

Found Tony Moly with JYJ! *happy fangirl alert!*

Found Tony Moly with JYJ! *happy fangirl alert!*

After a little bit of shopping, we went back to our guesthouse to deposit our bags. We decided to take a cab to the Namsan tower. I was battling about this with myself at first (“When in Rome, eat like a Roman!” or something like that), but because I don’t want to get lost in the middle of the freezing rain – temperature has dropped in the late afternoon – my friend and I agreed that we should not risk bleeding noses in the middle of our trip.

We purchased roundtrip tickets for the cable car, because again, it was raining and I didn’t want to freeze just yet. The ride up the cable car was very foggy. And the sun has not fully set yet, so the skyline was not very pretty. There were still remnants of winter around us.

Way up thru Cable Car

Way up thru Cable Car

I noticed that Koreans love to visit tourist places despite probably already living in Seoul.

Foggy View Deck

Foggy View Deck

Still Foggy view deck

Still Foggy view deck

I was disappointed by the fog at the deck with the Love Locks. I can’t get a photo of the lighted, infamous N Seoul Tower. So, we just went to the Teddy Bear Museum.

Forgive the missing hand, it was freezing!

Forgive the missing hand, it was freezing!

Teddies!

Teddies!

It was a mixture of Korean history and teddy displays. Contemporary scenes of everyday Korean life were also on display.

King Sejong

King Sejong

Prince Teddy!

Prince Teddy!

Teddy Sageuk building a house / temple

Teddy Sageuk building a house / temple

Modern day Seoul scenes in Teddies!

Modern day Seoul scenes in Teddies!

After going around the place, we decided not to go to the Observatory deck because of the thick fog. So we opted to go back to the shopping district and have dinner, a little bit of shopping – again – then go back home.

After walking on and on – the rain has stopped by this time – we finally reached the shopping streets again. We ate at Lotteria – with Song JoongKi! on the place mats – and visited SPAO which was just a few feet away. We went back to our guesthouse via train at around 10 in the evening.

Any particularly special experience in Namsan Tower? Share them on the comments below!

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9 thoughts on “SOUTH KOREA 2013 Day 2: MyeongDong Area

  1. hi! this may 2014 ka ng korea tama po ba? open na ulit teddy bear museum sa nseoul tower? kc may nbasa ako na closed na daw tpos pnalitan ng art gallery similar to trick eye earlier this year lng din.. i-coconfirm ko lng sana.. tska just want to ask, if hndi ba bawal mgdala na payong sa naia and incheon? kc balak din nmin mgdala. this june kc alis nmin, pra d na kmi maaabala sa pgbili ng payong sa korea. hehe.. pra tipid,:) thanks!

    • Hi Ruselle! Thanks for dropping by my blog. 🙂 Nasa Korea ako ng April 2013 so I have no idea kung nag close ba ang Teddy Bear Museum.. After a quick search, apparently, it has closed November 30, 2013. I enjoyed the place (since it was the only ‘museum’ we went to).

      Most – if not all – airports ban umbrellas pero sa hand carry bag lang – for security purposes. even forks! haha. Pero we had it in our check-in luggage. Wala naman kaming naging problema. 🙂

      Oh! Please let me know all bout your SoKor trip! I hope you’ll have a grand time! 🙂

  2. so sad nman, closed na pla.. 😦 haha! 3 days lang halos yung gala, ganun tlga pag piso fare, LOL! pwde nman bumalik pag mayaman nako, haha! looking forward to more of your travel adventures. 🙂

    • true! medyo lenient naman kasi ang embassy pagdating sa tourist visas. 🙂 piliin mo lang muna siguro yung theme ng trip mo. kumusta naman ang itinerary nyo?

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  4. Hi,

    Medyo confused lang ako going to nami island by train, same ba rin to sa itx? kung from myeondong kami, ano yung best train route? Gusto ko din sana unahin ang petit france kasi parang til 4pm lang yata entry. thanks

    • Hello! Different trains sila, since nasa outskirts lang ng Seoul ang Nami Island. You can ride the normal train, may ilang transfers nga lang until Gapyeong Station. There’s an app for the train routes ng Seoul, if I remember correctly it’s called Subway Korea. Very helpful app in general kasi andun din yung ETA at length nung travel. May kasama kami na experienced na pumunta sa Nami Island. Isang bus route lang kasi sila, so better na unahin ang Petit France then Nami Island, kesa magpabalik balik pa kayo.

      Let me know about your trip, and good luck!

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