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Shopping + Food = the best day ever!

Hello everyone, it’s our fifth day in Seoul and we are both very much in love with the city. Today we hung out with a few locals that we met over the last few days and they taught us the basic words of the Korean language. We had a hard time communicating with the locals and it’s about time we learn the language, after all were here for three more weeks. Here are some of the phrases we learned and on the plus side they showed us how to write it too:

[*]얼마예요? Eol-ma ye-yo How much is it?
비싸요. Bi-ssa-yo It is expensive.
좀 깎아주세요. Jom ggak-a-ju-se-yo Give me a discount, please.
좀 입어봐도(신어봐도) 될까요? Jom ibeo-bado doel-ka-yo? Can I try it on?

옷 Ot Clothes 티셔츠 T-sheo-cheu T-Shirt
바지 Ba-ji Pants 신발 Shin-bal Shoes
치마 Chi-ma Skirt 영수증 Yeong-su-jeung Receipt

The Korean language we both found very difficult to learn. They took us to a local store were we purchased our own Korean dictionary. So this will help us out a lot.

After all the learning we were so hungry so they took us to a restaurant. We were at Myeongdong also known as A Favourite Street of Gourmet Restaurants were everyone recommended the following “seven best” restaurants. It was so hard to choose which one to eat at because each one had tasty looking food. We finally chose the Gogung! The restaurant was known for its steamed rice with assorted beef and vegetables. The inside of the restaurant was beautiful. It was decorated with the traditional, hand-made paper and servers were dressed in the traditional Korean clothing.

Picture taken from http://english.tour2korea.com

TIP: To mix the “bibimbap”, use chopsticks rather than a spoon because it helps maintain the shape and texture of all the fresh ingredients.

Picture taken from http://english.tour2korea.com

Of course a meal was not complete without dessert! O’sulloc Teahouse was one of the wonderful desserts shop along Myeongdong. At this dessert house they serve tea as well as desserts such as the green tea cake, which we LOVED very much! Among other popular desserts being served were the famous green tea ice cream and green tea tiramisu.

We were both so full that all we wanted to do was sleep but it was only half the day! Our Korean friends insisted on taking us to the Gyeongbokgung Palace and it was offer we couldn’t refuse!

The Gyeongbokgung Palace was beautiful! Established in 1395 is also known as the “Northern Palace” because it was located more toward the north.(1) The palace was destroyed by a fire during the Japanese Invasion of Korea (1592-1598) but the palace was later restored under the leadership of Heungseondaewongun. The admission fee to get in was 3,000 won per person. I recommended going in 20+ groups because you get half the price compared to an individual. Tour guides are free and there are English, Japanese and Chinese tour guides so that made us really happy!(2)

Picture taken from http://english.tour2korea.com

To end the day off, our Korean friends took us shopping to the Myeong-Dong also known as A Mecca for Shoppers. I felt like I was in heaven! All the shops were distance walking from each other and whether you were looking for accessories, athletic wear, shoes, boots, or a number of other mid to high priced items, you will find it all here.

Picture taken from http://english.tour2korea.com

Some of the international brands they had included:
American Apparel
The prices were actually pretty decent and I found it a lot cheaper here than Canada/US. We were both extremely tired by end of the day.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures!

Posted by korea1 16:53

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