A night spent at Jjimjilbang wasn’t that bad at all, we had a good night’s sleep, and it is much cheaper compared to our previous hostel. I will still reconsider a night stay at Jjimjilbang for the next visit.
We left our backpack in Seoul Station’s locker. The usage of the locker is slightly different from the one in Japan, you have to choose the locker number that is still available, go to the screen monitor and pay for the locker. It can be challenging, but yeah, the instruction come in the English version as well, and please read through it carefully.
We began our final day exploration in Seoul right after (um.. yeah we skipped the remaining palaces that we missed on the first day, including Buckhon Village) We were starving actually, my sister did marked few halal restaurants at Dongdaemun, so we headed to Dongdaemun only to find out that Pizza Plus is no longer in business. We bought some strawberries at the shop nearby and had it on our way finding the next halal restaurant.
Korean strawberry is almost twice bigger than one in KL, juicy and sweet. We set our foot to Dongdaemun Market near to Cheonggyecheon Stream, we remembered reading a post regarding one of the restaurant, Jeonju Sikdang that served halal food nearby, somewhere near to the stream, where the narrow shop lots are located, but we weren’t too sure the exact location.
Take Subway to Dongdaemun, and go out of Exit 8, walk along the Cheonggyecheon Stream until you found the second bridge.Turn Right and follow the narrow road on the left until you found the restaurant next to Honam Jib. I wish you the best of luck because I couldn’t find it but someone else did.
Looking for the restaurant in these narrow shop lots, too bad we couldn’t find it. Hunger can wait as we stepped in inside the Dongdaemun Market. I personally never planned for a fabric hunting in Seoul, and it was a big mistake, I should have brought extra money and brought back Korean fabrics for my personal craft projects. They have varied pattern and fabrics to choose, from plain fabric, to cute artsy fabric that I’ve been looking for all this while.
A few hours later the hunger strikes us back, we took the next train to Itaewon, where halal food can easily be found. As we exited the station, there are countless Kebab Restaurant all over the place (literally), and walked until the end of the road before we sat for our late lunch. We had kebab, although it cannot beat the kebab I had last night at Myeongdeong, but it was fulfilling.
Right after lunch we headed to a Seoul Mosque for Asr Prayer, based on our marked map, the mosque can be easily found. We thought, “It should be along the road” so we kept walking until we realize, the sign of the mosque is no where to be found. We went back to the kebab restaurant and asked for the right direction.
The Mosque is actually located on top of the hill, after exiting the Itaewon Station, you have to walk straight until you find what we called ‘Stairway to Heaven’ You have to climb up the stairs, and I’m pretty sure you guys will start panting and all the kebab we’ve eaten is now gone. After that you have to turn right, and left at the first corner and look up for the mosque’s dome.
After prayer we headed to Hongdae, I was eager to find the location where they were shooting The Coffee Prince drama, although I am not a big fan of K-Pop and failed to remember all their names and can’t pronounce Korean greeting fluently.
We bumped into this cool graffiti area in Hongdae I started to curse myself for not jotting down every detail about this place. I always had this on my mind, “it’s not going to be hard to find it” and I was wrong. Ichie finally asked for the direction from the guys inthe convenient store. It is actually located at the very end of the street, it was getting dark when we get there and, yeah I was so happy haha! Like a child with a candy, or a cotton candy, or chocolates.
Take Subway Line 2 to Hongik University, and go out of Exit 8. Turn right at Seven Springs corner and pass the intersection. At the 3-way intersection, turn left. Walk about 100 meters on the road above the playground and walk towards the road on the right side. Walk about 500 meters until you find the coffee shop on the right.
We got in and ordered coffee. I am not into coffee, so we decided to order two coffees, as I and Ichie will share, but, we MUST ordered a coffee each, duh.. anyway we were already there, so we just go for three coffees. As my eyes run through the menu I choose the cheapest coffee we could get. Eventho I am not a coffee lover, I can tell which coffee is good and which is so-so! I can’t remember what we had, let me guess, it must be latte, cappuccino and mocha. My verdict, I’m sorry but it’s not worth your penny, I love the cafe not the coffee.
Later that day we went to visit the Hello Kitty Mansion, we went back to Hongik station and find our way from there. We walked along the night market, I must say it is actually better than the one in Myeongdeong. Personally, maybe it is because of the choice that they had here, after all this market is targeting university students, young folks around.
Hello Kitty Mansion is as big as its name. It is beyond my expectation, it really is a mansion. Hello Kitty fan, shouldn’t miss this place, two storey mansion decorated with Hello Kitty all over the place, it’s pinky and purr–retty.
We travelled back to Seoul Station after my sister had a cup of green-tea latte (yeah, she just couldn’t get enough of coffee).
We en route to Busan by Mugunghwa train and took the last train departed from Seoul so we can sleep throughout the journey and reach the Busan early morning. It is the cheapest way to get to Busan from Seoul by train, although it took 2 to 3 hours more than KTX.
I couldn’t help but to travel back to the time when I first enjoyed the train ride, the old school train ride from Beaufort to Tenom. Chooo…chooo…