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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

[2014 KOREA TRIP] Day 3: Changdeokgung Palace (창덕궁) + Jogyesa Temple (조계사) + Insadong (인사동) + Myeongdong (명동)

October 21th, 2014: It's our 3rd day in Korea- and also my 22nd birthday! Hehe <3 Today's first destination is Changdeokgung Palace (창덕궁). We were supposed to visit the Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁), but they're closed every Tuesday, so Mr. Lee took us to Changdeokgung Palace instead ^_^
Changdeokgung Palace was the second royal villa built following the construction of Gyeongbukgung Palace in 1405. It was the principal palace for many of the Joseon kings and is the most well-preserved of the five remaining royal Joseon palaces. The palace grounds are comprised of a public palace area, a royal family residence building, and the rear garden. Known as a place of rest for the kings, the rear garden boasts a gigantic tree that is over 300 years old, a small pond, and a pavilion.()
Unfortunately my camera was broken the day before (and too lazy to take pictures with my phone lol) so i didn't take many photo of the palace T_T Mr. Lee told us the history of the palace and we toured around the palace for about 30-45minutes.

Although we went in the morning, the palace was quite crowded. There are many students in their field trips and tourists, especially from China and Japan.

Before heading to our 2nd destination, we still managed to buy some souvenir at the souvenir shop called K-HERITAGE. Got myself a pretty mini hand fan for 3,000 won and a clear file with illustration of Plum flower on it for 1,000 won. <3 "Plum flower, the symbol of the Great Han Empire (1897-1910)"

// (Pictures taken from visitkorea.or.kr) //
Jogyesa Temple
is the center of Zen Buddhism in Korea, and is famous for being located in the city. The first thing you will notice at the temple are the lovely trees. These locust trees and baeksong trees in front of the Daeungjeon, the main temple building, are about 500 years old. One locust tree is about 26-meter high, and in the summer, provides a large amount of shade to enhance the mood of the temple. ()
Our 2nd destination today is Jogyesa Temple (조계사). The temple is located in middle of the city. There were a lot of colorful chrysanthemum flower around the temple- so beautiful! I really enjoyed going around the temple because it's such an eye candy- besides, the atmosphere is really nice. Would like to visit this temple again in the future. <3

From Jogyesa Temple, we continue our trip to Insadong street. After a little walk, we spotted the famous Ssamziegil (쌈지길)! Mr. Lee gave us 1,5 hours to going around the street. But we spent it all at the Ssamziegil lol XD
Ssamziegil is a comprehensive shopping center located on the famous Insa-dong Street. It houses over 70 stores that sell various items, ranging from fashion and art to food and accessories, on four floors above the ground that are connected by spiral staircases. Moreover, diverse performances and exhibitions are regularly held on the first floor yard, while the open ceiling and the rooftop garden bring in natural elements for enhanced shopping experience. ()
// Pictures credit picturesofkorea.com //

Ssamziegil (쌈지길) is popular for its accessories shops, traditional art galleries, restaurants, and many more. Ssamziegil is definitely a must-visit place in Insadong.  We went 'OMG THIS IS SO CUTE u_u' and 'I NEED TO BUY THIS' like thousand times while going around the mall because there are sooooo many cute things, from socks, mugs, umbrella, bag, etc. But in the end we only buy few things because we can't afford it. lol. Too expensive; however that's understandable because most of the products is handmade craft. If you're looking for cheap souvenir, then Ssamziegil is not the place you're looking for.

I bought a very cute pair of socks for 2,000 won while my friend bought a cute mug for herself. Even the packaging is very cute omg T_T We also found a shop where you can take a photo sticker in Hanbok! Unfortunately we were run out of time so we didn't get a chance to try it. Maybe next time! ^_^*

We finally arrived at the top of Ssamziegil! There are a lot of cute cafes up here! Also, there's a "사랑의 담장 (Wall of Love)" where you can tie your love tags on the wall♥ Similiar to Love Locks at the Namsan Tower.

Before leaving, we found a traditional souvenir shop around the Ssamziegil so we decided to shop some souvenir for us to bring home! I bought a keychain set, a hand fan with the Sam Taeguk symbol (that found on the Korean national flag), and a set of Korean spoon&chopsticks.

I also bought a 2015 2PM calendar for 10,000won. Turns out, we can get that calendar for 7,000won in Myeongdong. lol T^T Ah, i also bought a hand fan at  Ssamziegil earlier. The fan has  "더위를 거절한다" that means Rejects the Heat and "저리가" (Get Out)  written on it over a sweaty hand. So cute, right? <3

// My "더위를 거절한다" fan lol //

Next, Mr. Lee drop us at the shopping heaven, Myeongdong. That was our last day with Mr. Lee by the way T____T After say goodbye, we decided to go to the nearest 7eleven to buy an umbrella. XD Mr. Lee always provide us an umbrella so now we need to bring our own umbrella. T^T We missed Mr. Lee already lol <3

// Lunch at Two Two Chicken // 

We had lunch at Two Two Chicken in Myeongdong. We ordered half-half (half fried, half marinated) portion. Lol, we were really shocked because the portion was really huge. Didn't expect to get a whole chicken for two of us XD But we finished it all anyway hahaha ^__^

After lunch, we begin our shopping blast at Myeongdong. There are a lot of Korean famous cosmetics store like Etude House, Innisfree, Holika Holika, The Face Shop, etc there. After shopping for about 2 hours, we decided to get a coffee at Dunkin Donut. Truthfully, we were really tired so we need to take a rest for a moment lol.  

// View of rainy Myeongdong street from Dunkin Donut ^_^ //

And since that day was my 22nd birthday, my super bff got me a birthday present at the Myeongdong Underground Shopping Center. <3 We were about to go back to the hotel by subway when we discovered a K-Pop store inside the subway station. It was like a heaven for a fangirl like me hahaha <3 They sell K-Pop CD/DVD and merchandise like calendar, keychain, name tag, photobook, poster, etc.

Was going to buy 2PM's 4th album 'Go Crazy' regular version for myself when my friend said 'I'm going to buy it for your for your birthday present.' I was like YAYYYYY hahahaha <3 In the end, she got me a limited edition of Go Crazy album and 2PM & GOT7 clear file. T___T 고마워, 친구야!♥♥♥♥

// Blog about my Myeongdong Shopping Haul last week. Make sure to drop by! ^_^ //

After back to the hotel to drop our stuff, we went out to get some Samgyeopsal (삼겹살) for my birthday dinner. We went around Seoulleung searching for some samgyeopsal restaurant but it's harder then we think lol. We finally managed to get to the restaurant after a very kind ahjussi help us with the directions. <3 

And a birthday is not complete without a birthday cake, right? ^_^ After dinner we went to the nearest Paris Baguette to get a birthday cake. We bought a plain cake and decorated it with 'Happy Birthday' candles♥♥♥♥

That was my first time celebrating my birthday without family, overseas. lol. Now everytime i think about it, i can't help but smiling. I think that was my most memorable birthday in my life so far. <3

// Selca with my birthday cake <3 //

And finally Day 3 come to an end. We were dead tired that day lol. But still, we're really excited to see what's coming tomorrow! See you on Day 4! 

[2014 KOREA TRIP] [2014 KOREA TRIP] Day 1: Nami Island (남이섬) + Yeoju Green Village
[2014 KOREA TRIP] Day 2: Bongeunsa (봉은사) Temple + LOTTE WORLD + GAROSUGIL (가로수길)


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