Seoul day 3! I was finally going to meet my friend, Dae Bong, whom I've met in SKKU 3 years ago. We were group mates in one of the modules that I took, and he is the only one whom I'm in contact with now.
Gwangjang Market (광장시장) is located near Euljiro 4-ga station (Line #2 & #5), Exit 4. Just walk all the straight when you get out of the subway station and you'll hit Gwangjang Market.
Gwangjang Market is the first market in Korea and until today, it is a very popular market among locals and tourists.
빈대떡 or mung bean pancake. There's many stalls selling a lot of similar items so take your pick!
마약김밥, which is basically mini kimbaps with ingredients such as pickles, rice, seaweed and carrot.
Daebong oppa brought us to Dongdaemun Design Plaza.
Injeolmi, soft rice cake coated with sweet bean powder.
Bingsoo with sweet bean powder. Apparently, it's Daebong oppa's favourite. However, too much of the powder can get overwhelming.
We bade goodbye to Daebong oppa as he had to go home early to prepare for his train ride. He lives in Seoul but he works in Daegu which is a 3 hours away from Seoul. He only comes back during the weekends so with a small country, we're pretty lucky we don't have to wait till the weekend to see our parents.
It was pretty much an eat-all-we-can day. A wasn't full so.. street food!
Took a stroll along the stream (again) since it was such a nice day.
We went back to Gwangjang market because we wanted more food and it was too short a visit earlier!
Most of the stores were selling the same items so we just randomly stopped at one.
Here's ahjumma slicing some soondae (blood sausage).
Apart from that, she fed us and another local couple with more (free) kimbap and tteokppoki, as well.
She asked us where we were from and after hearing that we were from Singapore, the first thing she said was "Lee Kuan Yew". It was LKY's state funeral that day too so it was heartwarming knowing that he was well-received everywhere.
We left Gwangjang market for N Seoul Tower! A has not been up there before. We took a bus at Myeong Dong Subway station (line 4) exit 3. Walk straight after exit 3 and take bus #5 from the bus stop right in front. The bus comes every 15 minutes, and it takes about 30 minutes to get to the top because of the huge loop. The bus ride cost 950won (if you pay in cash), or 850won by t-money.
Our favourite was the rice. The rice soaked up the essence of the shabu shabu and it was very flavourful. However, we felt that the staff left too much soup inside. The rice was too wet :(
Dessert was at my favourite pat bing soo place, Homilbat! This is a must-go when it comes to bing soo. It is so popular that even the locals queue for it, and has been nominated as the top 5 places to go to for pat bing soo.