Train from Busan to Seoul took approximately 2.5 hours. By the time we reached Seoul station, it is already close to 5pm. We took the Seoul metro to transfer from Seoul station to Hongik University, though there is not a lot station in between but Hongik station as one of the interchange station, we have to walk quite a bit before we reach the correct Exit based on the instruction from the Airbnb owner. From the station it took about 10~15 mins to reach the airbnb, the instruction is quite precise but still took some times for us to figure out especially to open the digital door. None of us has used digital door before and its getting cold, neighbour dog is barking, children wanted to cry already. Finally we understand the correct way ….door open. We quickly put our luggage bag inside and prepare to out for dinner as sky is getting darker.
After some walking, we found the dining place where they specialized in potato with pork ribs. 二代祖豬骨湯 이대조뼈다귀 located nearby at hongik university subway station Exit 2, opposite Exit 9. We order the both spicy and non spicy pot as recommended by the staff. The non spicy pot vermicilli is full of pepper, so the kids cant take also. After that we walk around the Hongik walking street. WH brought the kids n mum back to airbnb first while me and friend continue to walk. Managed to buy a jacket for myself, we really underestimate the weather. While walking back, we also packed the Kyochon fried chicken back to Airbnb, a lot people ordering, so we waited quite sometime. To be honest, the fried chicken wasnt as nice as the one we had in Busan.
Day 5 After discussion, we decided to free up the morning plan so everybody getting to sleep more. We took the kids to the nearby playground, they have some fun in the playground.
About noon time, we took the train to Myeongdong, had our lunch at 全州中央会馆石锅拌饭 and shopping. Manage to get some skincare products. We decided to book from Klook for our next 2 days trip. So hassle free and impromptu. Myeongdong is crowded as always, evening time all the street food counter start doing business. We bought some food for sharing while exploring the Myeongdong. We had porridge as dinner before heading back to airbnb.
Day 6 We bought some food for breakfast before going to Lotte World. From the station to reach the Lotte World entrance is more than 10 mins walk. We went to Klook counter to exchange the tickets to go in. Not much queue and we manage to go in pretty fast. First we explore the indoor theme park, but the kids more keen for the coin operated ride than the one we pay for… Those characters are not familiar to any of us. It’s nice to spend half a day though. We walk out to the Outdoor theme park, took some rides, some of the rides are quite exciting. We have to opt for those kids friendly ride. Nice weather to explore but really nothing much for this theme park.
As we ended our Lotte world earlier, we then shop at Lotte Mart for groceries, going back to Hongdae for our dinner.
Day 7 We booked from KLook for the Garden of Morning Calm, Nami Island & Petite Prince package. The bus was punctual, the tour guide is friendly, overall good experience. They have quite a few package, the rail bike seems to be quite fun, but for the kids sake, we decided to opt that out. We had quick breakfast then walk over to the assembly place near Hongdae, they have a few assembly place in the popular tourist stay like Myeongdong, you can choose the drop off place as well.
We first stop by the Garden of Morning Calm, it’s really nice and relaxing place, we saw some blooming Sakura on the way too. The beautiful and colorful flowers make us feel very relax, just wish we have more time to spend here.
Second stop is the Nami island, we need to board the ferry to reach the Island. We don’t expect nami island is so sandy.. haha. we had our lunch here and lucky there is playground to keep the kids entertain.
Final stop is the Petite France, it’s really petite! When we reached there was Magic show, quite entertaining, other than that, the place was quite small to explore. Not much food option as well. The tour guide helps us to take group photo, which is quite nice.
After Petite France, we head back to Hongdae. We went back the same dining place for dinner as the food was nice and affordable, cant recalled the name though, we spend some time to explore the Hongdae street as well.. There’s performance for the students as night fall, a lot shop lot selling mask, souvenir etc.
Morning we visited the outer part of Geongbuk palace, didn’t purchase the ticket to go in, as me n my friend visited before. Then we spend some time at the National Museum just next to the palace, is free of charge. Spend some time looking at the exhibition, playing area for the kids as well.
We have quite a bit of walking all the way to Insadong to had our late lunch. After that we continue walk to Sam cheong dong for tea break. Then taking bus to the metro station.
After quick breakfast at Airbnb, then we set off to Namdaemun by Metro. Hoehyeon Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 5. It was not that crowded, Namdaemun Market is the largest traditional market in Korea with shops selling various goods. All products are sold at affordable prices and the stores in this area also function as wholesale markets. We did some shopping here and had 炒码面&糖醋肉 as lunch.
Thereafter we go to Ehwa Woman University, we had tea break in nearby shop then stroll around the area.Had Bulbap 火飯 as our dinner and some final shopping.
Depart to airport, even though there bus from Hongik Station to airport, but we are unable to board the bus. As it almost the last few stop, after missed 2 buses. We decided to take subway to Airport instead. We have sometime to roam around the airport before departure.