Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Asia 2014: South Korea - Day 5

You can catch up with our South Korea trip here: 012.12.234.

Ihwa Mural Village is set within a more cultural area, away from the busy, bright lights of Seoul city life. In 2006, the local Public Art Committee carried out the Naksan Project to improve the local environment, leading to the artwork of roughly 60 artists appearing on the streets of the village. The murals and sculptures can be seen freely at your own leisure, and there are tourist maps available for those who don't want to miss a single thing!

Some of these were so adorable :)

It was so relaxing, staring down at the houses below in the slight warm breeze :)

We nailed it down to a T (or camera)

This was both pretty, and good for personal reflection :P

How cute is this??

This was definitely my favourite out of them all :)

I loved how the murals changed depending on where you stood and how you looked at it. 

A bit like perspective in life, I suppose.

It was a good bit of exercise to do before setting off to stuff ourselves at the market!

Poop sculptures, anyone?

Welcome to the bustling Gwangjang Market!

We decided on the stall below, with the ahjumma quickly whipping up some boribap for us.

Boribap is essentially a version of bibambap that uses barley and rice, alongside a mixture of vegetables.

After our meal (we shared the above between 4), we set off to see what else was on offer.

Mung Bean Pancake!

This store was pretty popular since it had been featured on South Korean TV before :)

We were pretty full from the boribap, so one pancake would easily have sufficed. Unfortunately, the store owner told us that the minimum order was one between two... so we ordered two and stuffed ourselves silly. At least it wasn't too expensive!

Afterwards, we set off back to the hotel, via the scenic Cheonggyecheon River :)

The water was so clean and clear that we came across some tiny fish!

After freshening up at the hotel for a while, we got changed and set off for the Han River!

After an issue with the ticket machine during which we found out just how kind and helpful the South Koreans can be (an elderly gentleman stopped to see if he could help and actually spent time locating the station staff for us!), we boarded the trains that heavily reminded me of Hong Kong's Metro system.

We bought our awesome t-shirts earlier in the day from a street vendor/ ahjumma :P

I love us :)

Dining alongisde the Han River was truly an unforgettable experience. 
I highly recommend doing this if you get the chance to visit Seoul!

I loved how it seemed so natural and everyone was so relaxed. I felt a bit wary of leaving my belongings so open to theft, but there was truly no reason to worry - South Koreans seem so genuine and honest!

Seoul became so magical once the sun began to set, and the whole city slowly began to light up.

This was most definitely my best evening in Seoul. I will never forget how relaxing and carefree everything felt, sitting alongside the river with the magical city lights.

Dining on Korean fried chicken and beer certainly didn't hurt either!

You can actually order the fried chicken over the phone, and they deliver to the river. 
How awesome is that?!

And so, our group photoshoot began...

Apparently this pose was popular in teenage Korean group pictures... :'D

We played several drinking games over the course of the evening, include the Korean games of 'Baskin Robbins', '007', and a form of elimination by traits - Fold a finger for every trait mentioned which you have... i.e. ear piercing, British accent... :P First to fold all, loses!

Our perfect evening ended after a quick stop at the convenience store, munching ice cream, and taking more selfies than necessary.

I really miss this evening and our antics. I can't wait to go back one day and experience more of South Korea!

With one day left... I'm a little sad at having to finish the series :(


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