24 Hours in Seoul, South Korea

seoul south korea gingerbread

Cheonggyecheon River Walk

us at seoul river walk

  • Cheonggyecheon River Walk is 15 feet below one of the busiest streets in Seoul, Sejongro Boulevard. The 3.6 river walk along Cheonggyecheon street has small waterfalls and is a quiet escape from the busy street above.

Ddo-ong (Poop) Café

poop cafe decor

  • A smiling, giant plush poop covered in plastic flies greets visitors at the entrance of the Ddo-ong (Poop) café. Inside poop pillows, a tree decorated with paper poop ornaments, and toilet flower pots decorate the cozy room. 

cheesy rice and green tea latte

  • There is a a limited menu with items that arrive in a toilet bowl including cheesy rice (pictured left). Ordering off the regular menu, our green tea latte arrives in a regular mug with a small blue poo. 
poop shaped pancakes in south korea
Next door, a stand sells fluffy, chocolate poop shaped pancakes.

Samcheong-dong

seoul south korea wall

whitebirch story seoul

  • The small streets and alleys of Samcheong-dong are filled with boutiques and shops selling soap flowers, tea, coffee, souvenirs, thimble size succulents, art, and local food. We recommend trying a hotteok: a Korean pancake filled with honey.

Gyeongbokgung Palace

seoul palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace Seoul

  • For the full experience at one of the most popular palaces in South Korea visit 3355 Hanbok Rental to be outfitted in a traditional royal, commoner, or modern day hanbok. Now only worn for festivals or celebrations, the hanbok was the traditional Korean dress only 100 years ago.
  • The women’s dresses resemble a bell. The jacket is fitted to flatter the upper body, while the billowing, flowing skirt covers the legs and feet giving the the appearance of floating over the ground.

hanboks in seoul

  • The women’s navy and red royal queen hanbok is complete with a long plastic sword through a fake braided hair piece and a small matching purse to hold belongings. After being dressed and styled, the royal king, queen, and princess are ready to visit Gyeongbokgung Palace.

mitch and i at the palace in seoul south korea

  • The Gyeonghoeru Pavilion was originally used for entertaining foreign visitors. Stone animals along the bridge accessing the pavilion ward off evil spirits.

posing at the palace

  • Destroyed by fire in the 1500’s, Gyeongbokgung Palace, also known as the North Palace, was restored between the 1850’s and 1919. 
king and queen of the palace
Soeul’s skyscrapers tower above the roof of the Gwanghwamun Gate. 
  • At 6:00pm, the palace closes and guards begin herding visitors towards the exits.  The 1 hour time allowance in our rented hanboks gave us plenty of time to explore the palace and take photos. 

The Streets of Seoul

streets of seoul

  • Illuminated signs for bars 4 and 5 stories high line the streets. Climbing the stairs to one of the many restaurants, we occupy a window table with an open view of the streets below.

seoul street food

  • Complying with Korean culture, we use both hands to drink Makgeolli, a milky colored Korean rice wine, from a bowl. The youngest refills the eldest’s glass first and glasses should not be left empty on the table.

beer works

  • Taking a break from soju and rice wine, we visit Beer Works. Our crafts beers arrive with 2 small bowls of gummy bears and pretzels. In South Korea, drinks are rarely served or ordered without food. 

cooking south korea barbecue

  • We are excited for our first Korean barbecue experience in Korea. Each table has a small grill in the center. Ready to order, we push a small button on the table to notify the waitress. After our grill is turned on, several small bowls of kimchi, pork, vegetables, rice, and cheese are brought to our table for us to begin cooking our meal.

Samsung Jong-Ro Tower at night

  • On the way back to our hotel, we see the 33 story Samsung Jong-Ro Tower built in 1999 designed to appear the top level is floating. 

Next stop, Gwangalli Beach in Busan.


September 2017

 

Author: The Traveling Gingerbread

The Traveling Gingerbread is a place for us to share budget travel tips for people with full time jobs, fun facts, itineraries, and where to find the best craft beer. We have been traveling together since 2013. Living and working full-time in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, we travel as much as our vacation days and finances allow. We cram each adventure with activities, tours, experiences, and local breweries. We can't walk by an Irish pub without stopping in for a pint of Guinness. In 2019, we brewed our first beer and were hooked, although, we have no intentions of brewing more than small batches. We'll continue our self appointed roles of professional testers and creating craft beer trails.

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