SOUTH KOREA 2015 Day 4: MyeongDong Cathedral, Gyeongbukgeong, Gwanghamun Square, Cheonggyecheon, Bukchon Hanok Village, Samcheondong, Dongdaemun Design Plaza

I’m starting to see my titles are always a mouthful.

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I was so thankful that we didn’t walk too much in our K-Pop adventure. Day 4 was the real all about walking.

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SOUTH KOREA 2013 Day 3: Bukchon, Gyeongbuk Goong, Cheonggyecheon, and Lotte World

Quick summary of this day’s adventure: Day 3: Bukchon Hanok Village, passed by Seoul’s Little Manila, Hyehwa Cathedral, Late lunch at one of Hyehwa’s tiny but high restaurant, Gyeongbukgoong Palace, Lotte World

We went for an early morning venture to Bukchon Hanok Village, for a traditional Korean village feel, as well as stop by the famed Sanggojae house. Upon leaving Anguk station, we walked straight ahead looking for the information booth. But we were there early (booth opens at 10:00 if I am not mistaken). Good thing a Korean student who speaks fluent English was walking by and she helped us get directions to the village (“Go straight until you see a green pharmacy, turn left, then,” pointing at the map I was holding, “go straight here, when you see this, turn right, straight ahead. At the end of it is the Sanggojae.”) She was so sweet she even told us she was the walking map of the area. (shout out to you!!) So we followed her directions but I guess I missed the turn right part, and turned left instead. My friend and I kind of walked aimlessly – getting lost and following a bunch of tourists who clearly were not looking for the Sanggojae, haha – until FINALLY we saw the house number. You can check my post here for a more detailed (and easier!) way of locating Sanggojae.

Minho oppa!.. was here.

Minho oppa!.. was here.

#43 is a corner lot

#43 is a corner lot

Sanggojae!

Sanggojae!

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Guide to Visiting Sanggojae

This post was created in April 2013, but posted late due to busy schedule.

For those who don’t know, Sanggojae is the house featured in Lee Minho and Son Yejin drama, Perfect Match / Personal Preference.

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It’s a Hanok (traditional) house in Bukchon Hanok Village, a little bit South East of Gyeongbukgung Palace. This is basically a walking distance (Korean standard) but you might want to ride the subway since both places will require you to not only walk a lot, but hike as well.

Bukchon Hanok Village is pretty much tricky since the house numbers are not chronological. There’s a street sign saying from 1 – 42 but no sign will tell you where number 43 is. Number 43 by the way, is Sanggojae, or at least what it’s called in the drama.

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