Seoul Day 3: Tosokchon Samgyetang | Gyeongbokgung Palace | Bukchon Hanok Village | Insadong Ssamziegil

Today is cultural day! And a long day too. You can see from the map below, our destinations today are all of walkable distance. And so we start from the left to have our early lunch!

Tosokchon Samgyetang

5, Jahamun-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul | 10:00-22:00 | Gyeongbokgung Station (Line 3), Exit 2.

Frequented by late president Roh Moo-hyun, this is probably one of the most famous samgyetang (Ginseng Chicken soup) in Seoul. We went at about 11am to avoid the lunch crowd and we got ushered in quickly.

tosokchon samgyetan in seoul
Ginseng Chicken soup

tosokchon samgyetan in seoul

I do not drink ginseng chicken soup often so I can’t really compare. The taste is not strong and the chicken wasn’t as tender as I hope. But overall is still a good dish as Daddy E and customers around me slurp it all up. A good meal to warm up the bodies! And from there, we walked around 10 minutes to our next destination.

Gyeongbokgung Palace

161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul | Closed on Tuesday | 9:00 – varies | Gyeongbokgung Station (Line 3) and Exit 5. Anguk Station (Line 3) and Exit 1.

Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful, and remains the largest of all five palaces in Seoul.

Gyeongbokgung Palace in SEoul
Tourists in traditional Hanbok

Nope, that wasn’t us. It is just a very common scene you will get to see inside the Palace. Almost 50% of the tourists(and locals) were dressed in traditional Hanbok and walking around excitedly taking photos of themselves within the Palace.

Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul
Tickets for two, Baby E enters for free!

To be very honest, we weren’t all that impressed. True it’s huge and I think it will look more beautiful in autumn with the colourful foilage. Besides wandering around the exteriors, there wasn’t much interiors on display and all too soon we reached our next destination.

National Folk of Museum of Korea Children’s Museum

37, Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul | 9:00 – varies |

Located inside Gyeongbokgung Palace, this is a hands-on experience museum that allows children to learn and experience folk history in an interactive way. However we did not enter the museum, as we spotted these outdoor.

National Folk Museum of Korea Children’s Museum inside Gyeongbokgung Palace
Big play area with traditional toys in South Korea
National Folk Museum of Korea Children’s Museum inside Gyeongbokgung Palace
A game of throwing sticks inside the vase
National Folk Museum of Korea Children’s Museum inside Gyeongbokgung Palace
Spinning the top by whipping it
National Folk Museum of Korea Children’s Museum inside Gyeongbokgung Palace
Big swing!

And a hidden playground behind the museum building.

National Folk Museum of Korea Children’s Museum inside Gyeongbokgung Palace
Play area
National Folk Museum of Korea Children’s Museum inside Gyeongbokgung Palace
Rules

Then it was time, to move on and we walked towards Samcheongdong-gil road.

Samcheongdong-gil road

Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu ~ Seongbuk-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul | Anguk Station (Line 3), Exit 1

The street is lined with cafes, museums, antique shops and a number of famous art galleries. I do not know how, but we walked to the top of the hills overlooking the area instead.

Samcheongdong
one of the many rooftop cafes

Which eventually leds to Bukchon Hanok Village,

which is made up of traditional houses, called hanok. Many of these hanoks are still residential and you can see plenty of signs around telling tourists to keep their volume down and not to disturb the residents.

Yes, it’s a long post and there’s more!

Insa-dong, Ssamziegil Mall

44, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul |  10:30-20:30 |

It was a good 10-15minutes walk from Bukchon Hanok Village to Insa-dong. Insa-dong street is known for their handicrafts, traditional goods, tea houses, galleries and souvenirs. It has a great vibe and filled with interesting stuff.

Insa-dong street
Insa-dong street
Insa-dong street
Filled with stalls selling souvenirs
Insa-dong street
Unique street performer
Insa-dong street
Interesting goods
Insa-dong, Ssamziegil Mall
Ssamziegil Mall
Insa-dong street
Flea market at Ssamziegil Mall

Then from far, Baby E spotted this

Red bean pancake in the shape of a poop - insa-dong, ssamziegil mall
Red bean pancake in the shape of a poop

I can’t understand kid’s obsession with poop. But yah, I got her one. HAHA. Tasted just like normal red bean pancake. And this ended our long day.

 

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