Sunday, May 28, 2017

Korea - Itinerary 9 Days 8 Nights, Day 1: Seoul - Myeong Deong


Day 1: 

  • Seoul, myeong dong shopping for cosmetics
  • Dinner at Bonjuk at Myeong Dong and Myeong Dong street food
  • Seoul: Ibis Ambassador Seoul Myeong Dong
To do:

Arrived to Seoul safely. What with all the North Korea threats on their trial nuclear tests and china banning tourists from travelling to South Korea due to political reasons. 
Upon alighting from the plan, we need to queue for a shuttle. The shuttle is to ferry all arriving passengers to the customs clearance and the main airport where all the shopping and food is. We only manage to board the 3rd shuttle train due to the long queue.

Did not do much today except for booking the KTX tickets at the tourist information centre. Its quite a distance from where the arrival hall. We also got our t money, its useful as we do not need to get tickets and just top up adequate money and we are good to go.

There is also a queue for the sim card. 

To eat:

Bonjuk 본죽 2.8 stars, budget

65-2 Chungmuro 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Even with an address, korea is not the easiest place to navigate. So it all boils down to luck or my dear hubby. Though he confidently proclaims he knows the way to this place. ah ha! Yes, he did eventually lead us to the right place.

I ordered the basic abalone porridge at KRW 11,000. But if you like hong kong style porridge, this is not the kind of porridge for you. As this is thick porridge and you can still feel the rice grains. I love the abalone porridge primarily due to the abalone is chopped to fine but very chewy. Though the porridge is still a bit plain. 

Hubby ordered the crab porridge at KRW 9,000 as it was recommended online and he wanted to try something different from mine. Apparently he didn't like it. He find that it lacks flavour and bland. I didn't try his as he is down with flu. 
There is a huge variety of other porridge to choose from. Unfortunately, someone is no longer keen to try. 

I came with huge expectations, but this place fails to impress me. To placate someone, i agreed to supper along myeong deong food street right after dinner.

Myeong Deong street food 3.5 stars, budget

No address except its along the streets of cosmetics, Myeong Deong Seoul, South Korea

Some of the food is not bad. I love the lobster as well as the fried potato wrapped with hot dog. Both of these are delicious. But the lobster is quite expensive. 

Not very impressed with the egg bun. As its basically just hard boiled egg toasted with bread. 

To Stay:

Ibis ambassador seoul myeongdong, IBIS앰배서더 명동 호텔 

78 Namdaemun-ro, Myeongdong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

The location of the hotel is undisputedly a premium location. Within short walking distance is Euljiro 1 (il) ga (Line 2 green line) or if you're shopping along myeong dong the myeong dong station. Airport express bus #6015 directly stopped in front of the hotel which makes commute between airport and hotel a breeze. 

I was able to shop for beauty products to my hearts content till late as the shops are all within walking distance. 

Service is great from all the concierge/reception. Checking in is a breeze. We left our luggage at the luggage room and we always able to promptly deposit and collect our luggage with ease. 

Being used to soft fluffy beds, the bed is a little too firm for my liking and the pillows too soft. Although we did ask for extra pillows but it doesn't really seem to help much. The furnishing and carpeting is a dated and is due for an overhaul. 
I like the space of the room though. Sufficient to place all 3 luggages i brought. It was pretty stuffy in the room for first few days and upon enquiry was suggested to open the windows if required. Luckily on return trip the air con works fine as i set it to a lower temperature. 

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