Friday, February 27, 2015

South Korea Day 2 (Gyeongbuokgung Palace, Lotte World): Review

After uploading my travel entry about South Korea last week and after getting my South Korea vlog published, I am now more motivated to continue writing about my experiences when I was roaming around Seoul. Here's my second  post where I will be going about what happened during my second day in South Korea.

Late night snack at 2AM before sleeping-- Spicy Chicken is really spicy!!!

On Day 2, we started our day late. We didn't plan it this way but since we got back to the hostel at around 3AM from trying to explore the streets of Myengdong (while snowing) and having a late night snack, we ended up waking up a few hours after our original plan. We knew our itinerary was going to get messed up but we still managed. How? Read on and find out.

Originally, our second day was planned to be our Nami Island/ Petite France day. But seeing as it was  snowing, we chickened out. We can only imagine how cold it's going to be when we get on the ferry trip with a weather that could possibly freeze us so we quickly decided to switch in our day 5 plans for this day.

Free breakfast at Suitcasers Hostel

Like I said, we started our day late. We had our breakfast in the hostel. We figured since we're already starting late, we might as well take advantage of the free breakfast Suitcasers is providing us. Yay! Savings! We basically had cereals and bread  with nutella, which helped us jump-start our day. Afterwhich, we headed out for Gyeongbokgung Palace.

After doing our research, it is said that Gyeongbokgung Palace is the grandest Palace you can find around Seoul. Naturally, since we only planned to visit one, we went with that.

 Walking towards Gyeongbokgung Palace

To reach Gyeongbokgung Palace, ride the subway Line 3 to Gyeongbokgung Station Exit 5. From there, the signs directing you to the palace will help you navigate.

When we finally got there, we were greeted by a very beautiful display of the palace with mild snowfall. The ground was covered in white, which made everything look really nice.

We took some OOTD shots just outside the palace and by the time we were done, it already stopped snowing. Also, we noticed that it was already very late to go inside the palace proper so we just decided not to pay the entrance fee and go in.

Just around that area, you will see the huge King Sejong statue within sight. So being the typical tourists that we were, we decided to just go there instead and take photos. We had to do some activities in between as we were chosen to participate in an event on the way to King Sejong's statue. We won some prizes!

Samgyetang (Ginseng Chicken Soup)

After all that, it was already time to head out for lunch. On this day, we had a specific restaurant in mind-- Tosokchon Samgyetang which, as some bloggers claim, offers the best ginseng chicken soup (samgyetang). We fell in line just outside the restaurant and you can really see how popular it was as it took us almost an hour to get in the restaurant.

We ordered the regular samgyetang, which costed 15000 won. It was pretty good. I feel that chicken ginseng soup (samgyetang) is an upgraded version of a Filipino cuisine called Tinolang Manok. It is stuffed with rice inside its belly so just one bowl would suffice for a meal. Oh, and just as a side note, I tried eating the ginseng on its own. Bad move. It had a strong taste. I was so clueless when I had it. I'm not doing it again.
After lunch, we decided to head out to Lotte World, which would take a while to get there. But then again, it's perfect for us since we only want to get the after 4PM admission.

To get to Lotte World, you can take Line  2 or 8 and take Exit 4. Again, from there, you will be able to navigate through the place easily. By the time we arrived in Lotte World, it was just a few minutes to 4PM so I guess you can say we managed our time well.

 Magic Island

After getting inside the amusement park, we headed straight to Magic Island (outdoor), where the thrilling rides are. We kicked off our Magic Island adventure with Gyro Swing, chickened out in Gyro Drop, enjoyed Comet Express and went in line for Atlantis. (It took us around 40-50minutes before we got in. The line was super long.) Needless to say, I enjoyed every thrilling ride there and my ultimate favorite was Atlantis, a speed roller coaster running at 72 km/hr.

 Gyro Drop

Afterwhich, we enjoyed the warmth of the indoor park and at around 9PM, we decided to head back home. By this time, we've already tried all of the thrilling rides and we were exhausted.

Upon reaching City Hall area, we bought dinner and went back to the hostel to sleep and get ready for an early Day 3. If you're not satisfied with just reading about my experience in South Korea, I also have a vlog up which contains a collection of clips I took that day. I hope you guys enjoyed this post as much as I did typing it down. :)
With Love,
Anna Luisa

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