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

Our Day 3 in Seoul is cultural day! I placed them all on the same day since they are all in the same area. You can see from the map below, our destinations today – Tosokchon Samgyetang, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village and Insadong Ssamziegil are all of walkable distance. But, if you have a small kid, it will be good to have a stroller as today is a lot of walking! And so we start from the left (Tosokchon Samgyetang) 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 luckily the lunch crowd was not there yet and we got ushered in quickly.

tosokchon samgyetan in seoul
Ginseng Chicken soup

tosokchon samgyetan in seoul

The place is isolated by itself and could have easily missed it if you do not pay attention as all the wordings are in korean. The place inside is pretty big and we got lead into a room where we have to remove our shoes and sit on the floor. The menu is not extensive as I guess everyone is here just for ginseng soup! The service was swift and did not take long for our foods to come. I do not drink ginseng chicken soup often so I can’t really compare but it was a bit bland for me. 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 especially in winter! Feeling nourished, 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 summer or autumn with the colourful foilage. But all we get in winter are wilted and bare trees. But it was very interesting to see all sorts of photo-taking action in their colorful traditional Hanboks around the palace. Baby E promptly fell asleep (must be the warm soup just now!) and so Daddy E and I gets to stroll peacefully in this big palace. 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
Interesting play area
National Folk Museum of Korea Children’s Museum inside Gyeongbokgung Palace

By this time Baby E was awake and was delighted to see all sorts of activities and a fun playground. We stayed a while trying the various traditional games, the huge swing and hunting for Baby E in the small but elusive playground. 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

This street is lined with cafes, museums, antique shops and a number of famous art galleries. It is a pleasant walk albeit tiring since we have been walking since morning! But luckily the cold weather means no sweat even with all the walking. I do not know how, but we walked to the top of the hills overlooking the area instead.

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. I can understand why though, because there are so many people here vying to take photos of the interesting road! Lucky for us, from the photo you can see we were walking down slope instead, can’t imagine if we have to go upslope all the way!

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 super long day of walking! Time to head back to rest our poor feets haha.

Read our other adventures in Seoul

Day 1: Gwangjang Market | Day 2: Hongdae Shopping Street | Day 3: Gyeongbokgung Palace | Day 4: Namdaemun Dongdaemun | Day 5: Lotte World | Day 6: Siloam Sauna

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