#BowieTravel | Busan and Seoul 2018

July 05, 2018

Hey all! The weather is so weird recently, gloomy everyday or suddenly change to very hot day. So, I so damn lazy to start my travel blog *wtf excuse? LOL!* 
This travel blog probably is my shortest post because i spent 1 hour on editing these photos ONLY, yay! i always spent more than 1 day to edit my travel photos. Alright, i have to saying the same thing over and over. If you follow my Instagram, you knew how bad luck i am during the Korea trip. If you don't, please feel free to follow follow at here ya (advertisement time)
I don't like to share my things via Facebook but you can get to know the latest update of my lifestyle on Instagram. 
Continue from my previous post- EXPLORE THE MAGNIFICENT SIGHTS OF SEOUL WITH HANBOK , this is a summary of my trip to Busan and Seoul. I have always wanted to visit South Korea when i saw many beautiful cafe and limited products from Instagram, however nobody want to go with me, the sadness of being single haiz T_T 

Hence, I did a lot of research on their amazing local food, long-list of instagrammable cafes, and shopping. I am super stupid when comes to using map, my sense of direction is really worst, so i screenshot the map, read a lot of review, make sure my pocket wifi is work and bring the hell heavy power bank. However, the bad things still happened to me. Make it short and quick, here is my bad luck list happened in South Korea :
1. My flight delayed for 1 hour. When i arrived at Incheon airport, rush all the way to KTX airport station, the staff told me that it closed for temporary. Then, we need to spent another 1 hour to Seoul station, and check the train seats availability, i was told from the counter that the only available seat at 8pm (we reached at Seoul station at 6pm). 
2. The KTX to Busan took 2 hours and 40 minutes, reached Busan KTX station at almost 11pm, change to subway to my hotel area. Opened my google map and try to find where is my hotel, the google map is NOT WORKING AT ALL!!! Can't find the location with my screenshot map, try asked 3 Taxi but all of them don't know where is it, called hotel and pass to Korean as we hope they can communicate well, after my expensive international call, the Korean told me he don't know, can't you believe it?!! End up, my brother found the hotel at just 10 mins walking distance WTF.
3. The weather is not good, almost raining everyday.
4. Can't rely on google map (due to legal security reason, South Korea ruled that Google can't use and servers external to the country), we waste a lot of time to find location. 
* Important : must download Korea map apps!

Apart from the bad things, the rest of the itinerary was good LOL! It was a great time to travel with my family, even though cannot achieve my long bucket list.
Busan Hotel : Hound Hotel
Address : 10, Jungang-daero 691beonga-gil, Busanjin-Gu, 47287 Busan. 
We love this hotel because the room is so spacious for 3 of us and felt homey, location is great as it located at the most happening street. The rate is not expensive too.
Gamcheon Culture Village
Gamcheon Culture Village is the former slum with mishmash of pastel-colored Lego-like houses, it became a must-visit at Busan.
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via public transportation : take the subway to Toseong Station (Line 1). From exit six, walk straight and turn right until see a small bus station board in front of the Pusan National University Hospital building. Hop on the market village bus route to Gamcheon Culture Village. 
We took subway to Toseong Station and change to cab, it's not that expensive as you think.
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Jagalchi Market
* Closed First and third Tuesday of every month
     | How to get there |     
via public transportation : take the subway to Jagalchi Station (Busan subway line 1), Exit 10. Turn right onto Jagalchi 3(sam)-gil Street, walk for 5min, then turn left to arrive at Jagalchi Market.
 It is Korea's largest seafood market, selling both live and dried fish. A must-visit place if you want to eat fresh raw fish, mackerel, sea squirts (ascidians) and whale meat.
BIFF Square
A complex area, featuring shops and leisure facilities, also the street foods. 5-10 mins walk from Jagalchi Market.
Must Try!
Ssiat Hotteok known as seed stuffed hotteok, it is famous among the locals.
Looks like a pancake but stuffed with various of seeds such as sunflower and pumpkin seeds, mixed with cinnamon and brown sugar. The taste is heavenly good especially eat it when piping hot!
Seoul Hotel : Nine Tree Premier Hotel Myeongdong 2 
Address : Marennae-ro 28, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea (zip: 04555)
Compare to my previous stay at Skypark Hotel Myeongdong 2, this hotel is located further far away from Myeongdong shopping district, about 15 minutes walk from hotel. But, the room is much spacious than Skypark and the facilities are similar to 4 stars hotel. 
Tosokchon Samgyetang
     | How to get there |    
via public transportation : take the subway to Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 2. Go straight about 170m and turn left onto Jahamun-ro 5-gil Road. Tosokchon (토속촌) is located 10m ahead on the left.
Famous with their ginseng chicken using Tojongdak (Korean chicken).
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Bukchon Hanok Village
Met my old friend at Seoul, she bring me go to the famous Hongdae Piggy Bank Stone Grill Korean BBQ Restaurant ( 홍대 돼지저금통 ) which also became one of our favourite Korean barbecue restaurants in Seoul Korea!
Address : 331-1 Seokyo-Dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea.
Known for their meat grilled on a layer of black colour stones, over charcoal fire.
Apart from juicy meats, Naeng Myeon ( Cold Buckwheat Noodles) is my another favourite. 
Gyeongdong Market
My mother want to buy ginseng and this Gyeongdong market is highly recommended by my friend. It is traditional local markets that selling oriental medicine ingredients, dried seafood and Ginseng. You can see ton of Ginseng selling here and the price is cheap!
Address : 147, Wangsan-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul
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via public transportation : take the subway to Jegi-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 2. The market is directly accessible from the exit.
Stylenanda Pink Hotel, Myeongdong.
Line Friends Store, Myeongdong.
Beansbins coffee, Ewha.
Café Dior by Pierre Hermé 
Located in the world's biggest Dior flagship store at Apgujeong, Seoul.
A must-visit if you want to enjoy a luxury tea time. We ordered a dessert, one hazelnut latte and a pot of tea, total cost me MYR300.

What to do in hotel every night? 
Order fried chicken from your hotel, and wait for the delivery within 1 hour! Most of the hotel provided fried chicken and food delivery, so you don't need to go the shop and take away. 
We ordered twice during our stay, one is Kyochon chicken (picture as above), another one is NeNe chicken. 
But NeNe chicken is the best ever! 
That's all for my South Korea trip. 
Till the next destination, xoxo.

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