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Day 3 – 3 days are not enough

After a day of hiking in the mountain, I could hardly wake up to go anywhere. Still there were a lot of things I wanted to see more, so no matter how tired I was I still went for sightseeing. In this post I will list some of the places I visited on my last day before the forum starts.

Hongdae

For 2 days I couldn’t sleep or eat properly. I could only sleep for 3 or 4 hours and couldn’t sleep back. Due to the weather I didn’t have appetite. But on my 3rd day, I could finally sleep back and I felt hungry and I wanted to eat. So I woke up and took metro line 2 to go to Hongdae (Hongik University station). My friend suggested to take a look around there. And fortunately I found a pretty good place near the subway to eat. It is not a big restaurant, just a small one, but it looked really nice and their food choice is also variety. You can taste typical Korean food, such as Bibimbap.

The foodmall in Hongdae

I ordered Mulnaengmyeon, cold noodles. Little did I know, it meant there were ice in the noodle. The noodle itself was chewy, so I had to cut it into smaller pieces. It wasn’t that bad though. I saw they had soybean soup as well and I had always been interested in it, so I ordered another meal. But I was full so I took it home. It was just 12pm and I was afraid the noodle would be spoiled so I went back to the guesthouse. The weather was still so hot and I was tired, my leg hurt so I decided to stay inside until the weather cooled down. I slept for 1.5 hours more.

Soybean soup
Mulnaengmyeon

Bongeunsa temple

At 4pm I left to visit a Buddhist temple, Bongeunsa in Gangnam district. The temple was really nice. The roof was colourful. The wall of the building was painted with the story of the temple. At the shrine there were the Buddhist statue and a painting of Buddha with Bodhisattvas. There were a lot of thing but still didn’t seem a lot. It didn’t make me feel overwhelmed. In the main hall there were a lot of small Buddha statues that was very interesting. The yard was decorated with white paper lantern. The temple also organize Temple stay that means you can spend 1 or 2 days in the temple to experience the monk’s life. If I had more time I would definitely stay there. What is more interesting that around the traditional temple are the tall modern buildings. I guess this is why Seoul is really interesting.

Painting on the wall
White lanterns
Painting at the shrine
Small Buddhist statues
Roof of the temple in the busy Gangnam district

Then I walked to the Hangang River. On the way I was hungry so I found another place to eat as well. I ate Bibimkuksu, mixed noodle. It would be delicious, but it had spicy sauce in it. And I cannot eat spicy food. That time I was so jealous of everyone who could eat spice.

Bibimkuksu

Apgujeong

I arrived to the river. It was an area where people rode a bike or jogged. I felt a bit weird, but the view was really beautiful. You can see all the tall buildings on the two sides of the river. I walked for a while but then I realized it started to get dark and I still wanted to go to Apgujeong. Apgujeong has a K-star road where you can search the doll of your favourite K-pop band. Moreover, you can find your favourite K-star’s favourite coffee shop. I didn’t have time for this, so I just passed by.

Rainbow Fountain

I wanted to go to Banpo Bridge to see the Rainbow Fountain from the bridge. So I got on the bus 143 and went to Express Bus Terminal. From there I walked to the bridge. It was so beautiful. The night view of Seoul was really amazing. Since it was near the river, the weather also cooled down. What made the mood was the music played at the park and people were there either for doing some sport, or took a picture or just hung around.

Seoul has a lot of park, usually they are near the bridges by the river. But even beside a small stream there were gymnastic facilities. It helps people keep fit without paying anything.

There were still many places I wanted to visit, but I didn’t have more time. It was already dark. The next day the forum starts and we have a really tight schedule that we need to follow.

But what I can tell after 3 days of sightseeing is that you need at least 4-5 days to visit Seoul in comfort. It is huge. If I sightsee for 6 hours a day, it means I travel on public transport for 3 hours.  So if you are here allow yourself at least 4-5 days to look around. If you have only few days, then choose what you really want to see and spend time on that.

In my next post I will share what I observed in Seoul, relating to people and their habit. Also I will collect the places that I feel it is worth a visit. And some typical food that I recommend you to try.

Since the forum already started, I probably won’t be able to write everyday. It will be lessened down to 1 post every 3 days. In return I will tell you what I gained from the forum.

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