Super comfy bed, felt like sleeping on clouds. Spacious room overlooking Gwanghwamun Square with the most up to date amenities, including seat warming and self flushing toilet. The only drawback was the audible traffic noise even from the 28th floor.
First meal in Seoul had to be lunch at the famous Toksokchon's samyetang. It's chicken ginseng soup with rice stuffing, jujube, lotus seed and ginseng. So rich and satisfying I wished I had another bowl. Seafood pancake was too large for the 2 of us to finish even though it was delicious .
One of many traditional houses at Bukchon Hanok Village.
The lovely tea house set in traditional hanok on a hill overlooking the Gyeongbokgong Palace and Cheong Wa Dae.
After climbing up and down little hills in the village, we were sweaty and exhausted. Nothing beats refreshing ice cold flower teas plus assortment of sweet rice cakes to quench our thirsts.
After cooling off, we walked to Insadong for people watching and gallery hopping. Didn't see much that interests us except for baskets of steaming dumplings at an alley on one of the side streets. Bought 2 big shrimp dumplings for 3000 won. It was alright, nothing spectacular compared to the ones we can get 10 min away from our home in LA. Afternoon weather was too unbearable to walk. Hailed a taxi and the driver wasn't too pleased that it was only a short 3 km ride that took 10 min because of traffic. The final fare was 3400 won to our hotel. Starting fare was 3000 won and increased by 100 won per km. Gave him 5000 won and told him to keep the change. It's not easy being a taxi driver in Seoul.
Final stop for our first day was Namdaemun Market. Just a few blocks from Seoul Station and we needed that walk after dinner. I'm not much of a shopping person. Most stalls were closed and nothing that I can't get from LA's Chinatown for about the same price. Took a taxi back to the hotel and called it a night.