We started planning for Korea trip since last year in preparation for our pre-wedding shoot in Seoul and finally, we visited Korea for the first time in early April – the start of spring season! And yes, this post is way long overdue, so I will have to do some mind refreshing.
Day 1 – Arrival at Seoul, Accommodation in Insa-Dong
I shall skip all the usual ramblings of going through the departure from Singapore (Morning flight) to the arrival in Incheon Airport (Late afternoon). And we skip the hassle of looking for SIM card in Korea because we have settled that in Singapore by purchasing the SIM card for SGD$45 from Changi Airport and le fiance fixed it into his phone during the flight.
We actually book Airbnb accommodation in Insa-dong because first, I love artsy stuffs and second, Anguk subway station is in the same line as the Wondang station where we supposed to meet our studio photographer. The Airbnb was also conveniently located right in front of the Airport bus bus stop! Thanks to my brilliant planning, we didn’t have to pull our luggage around and looking for direction. Talk about time saving!
We didn’t manage to take nice pictures as we were pretty tired and we just dump our things around. But the pictures shown in the Airbnb’s website (Choi’s INVADING #2) are exactly the same as how we experienced firsthand so you can be assured that the room’s features are exactly the same as shown in photos 🙂 I never managed to meet the host but she was very quick in replying my sms via whatsapp before and after my arrival to Korea. So thumb up for that!
The best thing about the host is that she will also come up with directions on how to go to her place so that is how we know of taking Airport Bus (which cost 10,000 won per pax), or else we will be lugging our luggages around in subway in the peak hours. She also gave a list of food recommendations around her area so this was pretty helpful for us since it was our first time to Korea with limited korean language knowledge.
As it was already evening by the time we reach our accommodation, we wasted no time looking for food. Our Airbnb was located about 5 minutes walk from Ssamziegil (쌈지길). Ssamziegil is a shopping center located on the famous Insa-dong street, which housed many stores and cafes. I like the building’s architecture in a way that their 4 levels are connected with a spiral walkway.
We explored a little and found a small restuarant tucked in the quiet corner of the alley. I was pretty unwell before the flight and was feeling quite sick, so I was craving for something soupy and hot. We just went ahead in without bothering to care whether their food was good. But their menu looked good!
I ordered Soybean Paste soup (6000 won) which I was craving for while le fiance ordered Broiled Octopus Bibimbap (7,000 won).
I must say, the soybean paste soup was a heavenly dish for a sick person like me who was down with a bad throat and “chronic” coughing. It was not at all bland and non-spicy, the ingredients used was quite abundant! Le fiance kept stealing spoonfuls from my bowl and commenting that the soup tasted real good!
His broiled octopus bibimbap was pretty average for me, probably because I don’t have my normal sense of smell and taste since I was sick. But the boy said that it was pretty good but spicy, and still, he preferred my soup over his.
Sadly, we forgot to take picture of the restaurant though! All I know was that it was located right at the small corner, kind of isolated.
I was banned from eating street food by le fiance though, so we just wandered aimlessly around for awhile before heading back to our accommodation so that I can have a good rest early. I was feeling quite apologetic to him because I was not in a photographing mood, and I keep wanting to go back to the accommodation to sleep. But I was feeling thankful for his patience to cater to my needs. Great husband material 😉
Picture of the day:
I freaking love this picture!
We were actually walking along Insa-Dong alley at Ssamziegil in search for food and he suddenly asked me to turn around and snapped my picture. I love the backdrop! ❤