24 Hours in Seoul, South Korea

gyeongokgung palace gingerbread korea

Cheonggyecheon River Walk

Seoul , South Korea

  • Cheonggyecheon River Walk is 15 feet below one of the busiest streets in Seoul, Sejongro Boulevard. The 3.6 river walk along the 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. 

Ddo-ong Cafe, Seoul, South Korea

  • 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. 
Ddo-ong Cafe, Seoul , South Korea
Next door, a stand sells fluffy, chocolate poop shaped pancakes.


wall in seoul south korea

samcheong-dong seoul south korea

  • 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

Hanboks at Gyeongbokgung Palace seoul

Princess hanbok at Gyeongokgung Palace

  • 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.

gyeongokgung palace in busan south korea

  • 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.

Princess hanbok Gyeongokgung Palace seoul

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

the gyeongokgung palace in Seoul

  • Destroyed by fire in the 1500’s, Gyeongbokgung Palace, also known as the North Palace, was restored between the 1850’s and 1919. 
the city beyond the gyeongbokgung palace seoul
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 south korea

  • 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.

street food in seoul

  • 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 our glasses are not left empty on the table.

beer works seoul south korea

  • 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 Korea, drinks are rarely ordered without food. 

korean barbecue in seoul south korea

  • We are excited for our first Korean barbecue experience in Korea. Each table has 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 seoul

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

My husband, Mitch, and I have been traveling together over 6 years. Living and working full-time in Pittsburgh, PA, we travel as much as our vacation days and finances allow. We cram each adventure with activities, tours,  and experiences to maximize our time. We always try to visit to a local brewery and can't walk by an Irish pub without stopping in for a pint of Guinness. CREATION OF THE TRAVELING GINGERBREAD: In Tokyo, we smiled every time we saw someone talking on their large, animated phone case. We had to buy one. Having an obsolete IPhone 5, the selection was limited. We purchased a gingerbread off a neglected rack in Shinjuku, Tokyo and The Traveling Gingerbread was born. You can purchase your own gingerbread friend here! The Traveling Gingerbread is an entertaining account of our travels, fun facts, and tips we learned along the way.

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