Our last full day in Seoul before we head off to Japan! After all of the shopping and great eats, we were prepared for a relaxed day to wrap it all up–Seoul style.
The goal for the day was to get to a coffee shop and spend time relaxing as many people here do. It’s really a pasttime to just hang out at these cute coffee shops (ref. any Korean drama that takes place in the modern day).
So we headed out to Samcheongdong. We had been there before and loved all the boutique stores and the old downtown vibe, so it was a good destination to chill.
But like most days of late, we have been getting out the door later and later. And this time, we were out by 12pm! So of course, we got our mind on some food and some food on our mind~ Yeah… Ok cheesy references aside, we came across a small little noodle shop as we worked our way closer to Samcheongdong through the small side streets.
It was hot that day and so a refreshing bibim guksu, which is spicy cold noodles, sounded quite pleasing.
We have had bibim guksu before, many times, but this place served it almost like a noodle salad on a plate instead of a tin bowl. What was great about it is that they even put shaved ice in the dish to keep the noodles nice and cool. And we especially liked the seaweed in it too.
After our typical inhalation of our meals, we were ready to roll on. Pun intended. I, to speak for myself, have definitely gained more depth on the z-axis, rounding my body and making it more suitable for tumbling down hills.
We went through the same Samcheongdong-ro street which carried the majority of the shops in the area in search of a good place to perch ourselves. Unlike our first time around, there were waaaay more people here given that it was the weekend. We squeezed through the packs of oppas with their skinny nyoja chingus (girlfriends) and stopped in several accessory stores for Piggy to buy some rings. Er.. Not of the engagement kind.
Piggy found some great deals at 5,000 won a pop or ~$5, and bought several cute simple little bands (which she will likely lose as she has done in the past).
Making our way further up the street, we saw a cafe advertising the most scrumptious looking shaved ice dessert we had seen around.
IT WAS SOOOO alright. OK, it wasn’t bad just really really expensive for what you get. The order cost us about $15 and all that comes in it is a large bowl of shaved ice, 2 scoops of green tea ice cream, 1 mochi, half a banana, and a scoop of red bean paste. Really underwhelming for the price. But we’ll let it slide because Korea hadn’t disappointed us before.
Once we got our fill of dessert, we tried to find a hip coffee shop to settle in but ended up going back to Cafe Chloris where we had also went to the last time. We picked up 2 drinks and proceeded to spend the next 3 hours on blogging and researching for Japan.
As the night drew in, we packed up for home. We wanted to keep the day simple and went into a chicken shop called Oppa Dalk near our place.
The restaurant was a popular fried chicken franchise but we wanted to have a somewhat healthier order this time around and got a simple chicken salad. At least, we thought it was.
The salad came with 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream on it! We figured that a yogurt chicken salad is fine, especially since we live in Sunnyvale where yogurt is used liberally in the many Indian joints around us. But ice cream??
Well it ended up being a surprisingly acceptable mix when eating the fried chicken and the ice cream in one bite. I wouldn’t say it was amazing, but it sure was interesting.
We got back to the room by about 9pm since we had an early day ahead. As we were packing, we wanted to review our haul before playing Tetris with our luggage space.
I would say we did some good damage for the first week of our stay abroad and we had plenty to carry for our next stop in Japan, but it was worth it.
To recount on the past week in Seoul, I must say that it has been a fantastic experience. The delicious food and the wondrous views made the trip thus far so very satisfying. But the biggest takeaways for me are the experiences of discovery, surprise, and even confusion which have all contributed to my feelings of enlightenment. Although I had seen Korea before, I felt I was much more aware of my surroundings this time around and really soaked in the environment. Kamsahamnida Seoul! I hope to see you again.