Day 4 – Seoul SQ Lounge & SQ Inflight Food on Return Flight to Singapore on 14Nov2016

lontong @ SQ lounge

so for this hastily decided trip, we gotten SQ biz class redemption tickets taxes on short notice & taxes etc were S$404! but then economy tickets were like S$1800, S$2000!

wife booked one extra night on 13.11.2016, as our flight was 12.35am on 14.11.2016. this very important as we wanted to have a room to return to, to bathe etc before leaving for the airport around 9pm. the extra night just S$90/night, & with cleaning & admin charges total about S$495 for 4 nights.

so this evening, after our korean bbq dinner at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당, we went back to our airbnb & bathed, packed up & left for Incheon airport.

lontong @ SQ lounge

after check-in & immigration, we got to the SQ lounge.

they had lontong, and it was good! lontong was lemak & flavourful …

braised fish fillet @ SQ lounge

there was also a braised fish fillet, maybe garoupa…

braised fish fillet @ SQ lounge

it was pretty good too..

of course I have had better, but it was quite competent, especially at an ariport lounge.

cheese & buts

they also had cheese & nuts…

aloe vera drink

I took a canned aloe vera drink..

herb crusted lamb

on board I had book-the-cook..

I prior ordered the herb crusted lamb.

it was ok, not overly…

herb crusted lamb

again I should say just competent…lamb was tender but not flavourful, quite bland I would say..

croissant

also had a croissant..

fruit salad

& some fruits..

cannot complain much about the food on board. not the best by either flight standard but passable.

c.h.e.f andy

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Day 4 – Newmaul Sikdang 새마을식당 on 13Nov2016 – Seoul 10-13Nov2016

 korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

after N Seoul Tower N서울타워, we were quite tired but decided to go for our last Korean bbq meal before returning to our airbnb apartment to pack up & leave for Incheon airport.

we had thought of trying another restaurant opposite newmaul sikdang 새마을식당, but it was full this evening.

we did not want to walk around just to find a place to eat, so went back to newmaul sikdang 새마을식당, where we dined the first evening, day 1.

korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당 - 9,000won

korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당 – 10,000won

newmaul sikdang 새마을식당 is a chain.

we ordered the same pork ribeye??? we had on day 1.

 korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

it was very good – sweet, juicy, flavourful.

 korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

we had quite an overdose the other evening with the excellent jeju blackpig bbq.

this evening we took more of the banchan (side dishes), or rather the salad to go with the bbq meat.

some mixed meat dish @ newmaul sikdang 새마을식당 - 6,000won

some mixed meat dish @ newmaulsikdang 새마을식당 – 6,000won

there was this minced meat dish that wife tried previously.

not sure if we ordered the correct one, but it was doable but not too great. I won’t order this again la…

rice came with mixed meat dish @ newmaul sikdang 새마을식당 - 6,000won

rice came with mixed meat dish @ newmaulsikdang 새마을식당 – 6,000won

it came with some rice, and that went quite well with the seaweed & the minced meat dish..

the salads, onions, pickles were at a salad bar (free). this evening we took a bit more of it to go with the bbq meats.

c.h.e.f andy

Newmaul Sikdang 새마을식당  

Address :

331-18, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Contact:

▶Homepage : www.newmaul.com (Korean only)

▶Operating Hours :

Open 24/7

Day 4 – Enchanting Namsan Tower or N Seoul Tower N서울타워 on 13Nov2016 (Seoul 10-13Nov2016)

namsan tower

so our last stop for this evening & for this seoul trip 10-13nov2016 was namsan tower, or N Seoul Tower N서울타워 on 13.11.2016. ^^

namsan tower

our flight was 12.35am. so wife booked one extra night on 13.11.2016,.

this very important as we want to have a room to return to, to bathe etc before leaving for the airport around 9pm. the extra night just S$90/night, & with cleaning & admin charges total about S$495 for 4 nights.

namsan tower

so after Sam Cheong Dong 삼청동 & Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을), we took the subway to myeongdong station, visited lotte world department store, and walked around myeongdong a bit.

we forgot to factor in the crowd & queue & also that it took a while (15mins) to walk to the cable car station.

namsan tower & cable car

namsan tower & cable car

anyhow we were at the cable car station almost 5pm and the queue took about 1.5hrs. and the cable car ride was just 3mins! haha!

namsan tower

so we started with some evening scene, but basically by the time we entered the cable car ride, it was dark already.

namsan tower

it was peace & tranquillity…

the N Seoul Tower N서울타워 was like a lit beacon, luminous in the dark…

love locks

we took a short stroll around the tope of namsan…

and walked over to look at the love locks…

love locks

a Korean invention??

put up a lock & throw away the key….saw these in many Korean tv dramas of yesteryears…

& only recently, we discovered similar replicas of love locks on cheung chau island in hong kong.

love locks

I supposed it can be a meaningful personal chapter….

seoul night view

we hang around to stare into the night..

seoul night view

not such clear evening..

seoul night view

a nice feel to it like any aerial night scene & from a higher vantage point…

namsan tower

& a slightly mysterious N Seoul Tower N서울타워….

namsan tower

seeing it through the swaying tree branches…

we were tired after being out the whole day, so we did not stay long & was quite happy to take the cable car down & looking forward to a nice dinner before packing up to leave for the airport.

c.h.e.f andy

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Namsan Tower or N Seoul Tower N서울타워

Address:

105 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan 2(i)ga-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Day 4 – Sam Cheong Dong 삼청동 & Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을) on 13Nov2016 (Seoul 10-13Nov2016)

sam cheong dong삼청동

sam cheong dong삼청동

after a fun experience at gwangjang market 광장시장, we took the subway to to sam cheong dong삼청동@ anguk station on 13.11.2016. ^^

Unique Gate made of stone container

Unique Gate made of stone container

the hilly neighbourhood of sam cheong dong삼청동 is characterized by numerous small art galleries, shops, and restaurants. 

we saw an interesting door of a shop, which is made of glass encased stones!

we walked along the streets…

this where latteya bingsu café is located

this where latteya bingsu café is located

& stopped at latteya café for some KRW13,000 green tea bingsu….

& strolled further up the streets, looking at the yellow ginkyo trees in autumn splendour, carpeting the streets with lots of fallen leaves…

many restaurants & shops…

long queue at this restaurant

long queue at this restaurant

long queue at this restaurant

long queue at this restaurant

there was this long queue across the road…

so after reaching the end we turned around…I talked to couple foreigners in the queue..they came with their Korean friends, had no clue what it was about, basically a good Korean restaurant, maybe good price too..

we bought a churros (I think it was cinnamon) & a coffee & sat at a bench & relaxed & munched…

& that's the prime minister's residence

& that’s the prime minister’s residence

& that’s the prime minister’s residence!

we walked up the slope to the Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을)…

these are the old Korean traditional houses…

there are several streets with these old houses…

we entered one of them…

along the lanes there were many small groups of Chinese ladies dressed in hanbok, or traditional Korean dresses, and taking photos…they didn’t appear to be Taiwanese, though I could not really tell…

many people adults & children were taking this ice cream…

having done with Sam Cheong Dong 삼청동, we returned to the anguk station.

we were thinking of visiting namsan in the evening just before leaving for our flight.

before that we wanted to have a walk in myeongdong, so we stopped at myeong dong station, & wife go to do some window shopping at lotte town.

c.h.e.f andy

Day 4 – KRW 13,000 Korean Bingsu @ Latteya Cafe Sam Cheong Dong 삼청동on 13Nov2016 (Seoul 10-13Nov2016)

bingsu @ latteya café

after a fun experience at gwangjang market 광장시장, we took the subway to to sam cheong dong삼청동@ anguk station on 13.11.2016. ^^

latteya bingsu café

after a short walk from anguk station, we came to a bingsu café, latteya café.

latteya bingsu cafe

nice ambience, & it was not crowded.

cakes & pastries @ latteya café

there were cakes & pastries..we were not particularly interested.

so we just ordered a green tea bingsu (top photo).

it came with almond flakes, red beans, green tea ice cream, green tea bingsu shavings, and some mocha.

bill – latteya bingsu cafe

 cost was KRW13,000, so not much different from Singapore which cost like S$16+

bingsu @ latteya café

we enjoyed the bingsu. the green tea flavour, the very tasty red beans, mocha & the overall concoction.

I can take this again! but I am actually not a bingsu fan, mainly because of the price. just very happy with ice kachang & chendol, but this was different, & I enjoyed it much also.

c.h.e.f andy

Day 4 – Exciting Gwangjang Market Tour 광장시장 13Nov2016 (Seoul 10-13Nov2016)

café near entrance to gwangjang market @ Jongno 5 station

café near entrance to gwangjang market @ Jongno 5 station

today is our last day in seoul..

we had a fun 3 days going to –

  1. the palaces Changdeokgung 昌德宫 & Changgyeonggung 창경궁 昌慶宮, Biwon密苑secret gardens, and Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫 on day 1 on arrival on 10.11.2016
  2. nami Island 남이선 南怡岛 at chuncheon 春川  on day 2 on 11.11.2016
  3. the adventure = climbing bukhansan북한산 on day 3 on 12.11.2016

today we decided to go first to gwangjang market광장시장 @ Jongno 5 station, then to sam cheong dong삼청동@ anguk station on 13.11.2016. ^^

café near entrance to gwangjang market @ Jongno 5 station

café near entrance to gwangjang market 광장시장 @ Jongno 5 station

we started the day with a cuppa. takeaway at the café near entrance to gwangjang market @ Jongno 5 station.

gwangjang market conveniently located at Jongno 5 station exit

gwangjang market 광장시장 conveniently located at Jongno 5 station exit

gwangjang market 광장시장 is conveniently located at Jongno 5 station exit…

I came here when I travelled alone in 2010 in serach of Korean cuisine (韩国料理), enjoyed every bit…

seafood pancake stall at gwangjang market 광장시장

seafood pancake stall at gwangjang market 광장시장

there were several seafood pancake stall at the gwangjang market 광장시장.

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gwangjang market 광장시장 stall selling assorted sushi & other food

there are the usual sushi & seafood stalls.

jogba-gwangjang-market-stall

meoli gogi (head cheese), blood sausage & jogbal @ gwangjang market 광장시장 stall

the stall that excited me were the ones sellingmeoli gogi (head cheese), blood sausage & jogbal (hocks & trotters).

jogbal-blood-sausage-gwangjang-market-stall

meoli gogi (head cheese), blood sausage & jogbal @ gwangjang market 광장시장 stall

we sat down at one of them. ^^

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blood sausage & jogbal @ gwangjang market 광장시장 stall

I don’t like blood sausage myself. head cheese & what looked like birth intestines (fallopian tubes) were too much for my wife, but she was game for some jogbal (trotters).

jogbal-gwangjang-market-stall

meoli gogi (head cheese), blood sausage & jogbal @ gwangjang market 광장시장 stall

this very enterprising proprietress. business was good here, as was at the other stalls – at least 1/2 dozen of them, likely more..

jogba2-gwangjang-market-stall

meoli gogi (head cheese), blood sausage & jogbal @ gwangjang market 광장시장 stall

they did it with soy sauce, and served like air dried, not swimming in a sauce.

korean-thick-tanhoon

Korean thick tanhoon @ gwangjang market 광장시장 stall

we also ordered a plate of Korean thick tanhoon.

fish-cake

fish cake @ gwangjang market 광장시장 stall

they sell a huge assortment of food, fish cakes & the likes. some stalls sell oden also.

jogbal-8000-won-gwangjang-market-stall

we had a 8000won jogbal @ gwangjang market 광장시장 stall

we ordered jogbal, 8000won.

jogbal2-gwangjang-market-stall

we had a 8000won jogbal @ gwangjang market 광장시장 stall

this the trotters, lower front legs, NOT the hocks, the large thighs which should cost 20,000won & people were eating those in the streets with beer etc at pojangmacha포장마차 (their streets stalls – snack carts)…

this method of cooking gives a firmer texture. I like it. it is not as gelatinous as our usual braised ter kar (pig trotters). I like both preparation actually.

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Korean thick tanhoon @ gwangjang market 광장시장 stall

the Korean tanhoon nice as usual..

jogbal-8000-won-2-gwangjang-market-stall

we had a 8000won jogbal @ gwangjang market 광장시장 stall

these things not my wife’s favourite, but she was game for it, though she wouldn’t take too much of it.

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seafood pancake stall at gwangjang market 광장시장

another of many seafood pancake stall at gwangjang market 광장시장…

seafood-pancake-stall3

seafood pancake stall at gwangjang market 광장시장

generally not my kind of food…just putting a lot of carbs & fried stuff into the stomach…

sauce-raw-crab-ganjang-gejang

ganjang gejang (간장거장) soy crab!

& they have the ganjang gejang (간장거장) soy crab! 

sauce-raw-crab-ganjang-gejang2

ganjang gejang (간장거장) soy crab! & other stuff, salted, cured etc

 & other stuff, salted, cured etc….

korean-ginseng

Korean ginseng

fish-roe-sperm-sacs2

hot pot restaurant selling what looked like fish roe & sperm sacs

& this for some exotic stuff – a hot pot restaurant selling what looked like fish roe & sperm sacs??

fish-roe-sperm-sacs

hot pot restaurant selling what looked like fish roe & sperm sacs

this was what I had when I travelled alone in 2010. really shiok la!

wife of course would have none of it…

seafood-pancake-stall4

another seafood pancake stall at gwangjang market 광장시장

it was a wonderful morning stroll with wife at this gwangjang market 광장시장.

after that, we took the subway to sam cheong dong삼청동@ anguk station.

c.h.e.f andy

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Gwangjang Market 광장시장

Address
88, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 창경궁로 88 (예지동)
Type / Products
Traditional Markets / Silk, dress material, fashion apparel, agricultural and marine products, bedding, handicrafts, lacquerwares inlaid with mother-of-pearls, and more
Inquiries
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-2-2267-0291~5
Homepage
www.kwangjangmarket.co.kr
(Korean only)

Opening Hours:

Day 3 – Jeju Blackpig BBQ @ 제주도야씨 홍대 Jeju Island Meat House at Hongdae on 12Nov2016 (Seoul 10-13Nov2016)

jeju blackpig bbq dinner

jeju blackpig bbq dinner

after a really tiring day climbing bukhansan (7hrs of hiking & some scares), we took the bus then subway back to our airbnb apartment at hongdae on 12.11.2016.

journey alone took 1.5hrs, and we stopped to get a drink & buy some fruits from a convenience store.

제주도야씨 jeju island meat house

제주도야씨 jeju island meat house

we decided to try a new place, 제주도야씨 Jeju Island Meat House. 🙂

jeju blackpig bbq dinner menu

jeju blackpig bbq dinner menu

prices like 50% more than normal pork, seems ok.

ready servings

ready servings

some displays.

jeju blackpig bbq

jeju blackpig bbq

we ended up ordering a platter, i think 600g or something for 37,000won.

being super greedy, to reward ourselves after our great “achievement” climbing bukhansan, we added another like 180g maybe ribeye for 17,000won (server said best selling here).

banchan 반찬 side dishes

banchan 반찬 side dishes

not really banchan but for the cabbage wraps with the bbq meat.

banchan 반찬 side dishes

banchan 반찬 side dishes

anyway we ate a bit, the lady server did a refill later.

water & beer

water & beer

wife ordered the usual 소주soju. water for me. 🙂

jeju blackpig bbq skin

jeju blackpig bbq skin

the server did the skin for us. hmmmm. very good!

jeju blackpig bbq

jeju blackpig bbq

the blackpig (or kurobuta) very good! marbled, fragrant, very tasty. 🙂

jeju blackpig bbq

jeju blackpig bbq

nice eaten on its own but quite nice wrap in lettuce as well.

jeju blackpig bbq

jeju blackpig bbq

the 3 different meats on the platter were all good.

 

jeju blackpig bbq

jeju blackpig bbq

somehow they seem to give us a lot more belly. it’s hard to tell when they mix everything together.

better to order just the platter first, then add any special order afterwards.

jeju blackpig bbq

jeju blackpig bbq

anyway overall dinner very enjoyable…we were satisfied la..& of course if we were to c/w aburiyah here in singapore it’s maybe 1/3 to 50% cheaper still, but i am very happy with aburiyah overall.

제주도야씨 jeju island meat house

제주도야씨 jeju island meat house

some records for myself in case i look for the place in future. cannot really read the address.

there is a korean review here. quite difficult to find the address on these korean blogs…

제주도야씨 jeju island meat house

제주도야씨 jeju island meat house

will certainly be back if around here next visit.

c.h.e.f andy

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제주도야씨 홍대 Jeju Island Meat House at Hongdae

 

 

Day 3 – The Adventure = Climbing Bukhansan on 12Nov2016 (Seoul 10-13Nov2016)

resting before last 50m

baegundae-826m

armed with trekking poles, kit kat, nuts + bought 2 gimbap 김밥, we set off to climb bukhansan on 12.11.2016. ^^

little we know, really really difficult though looked like not difficult for koreans…7yr olds & 10yr olds could do it..& one lady looked like 75/80.

Still we got up to baegundae 白云台 백운대 836m

7hrs very jialat hike

almost died…actually, die-ded, dead already la!

going to gupabal station

going to gupabal station

we decided to go nami Island 남이선 南怡岛 at chuncheon 春川 yesterday on Friday to avoid the weekend crowd.

everyone ready for climbing

everyone ready for climbing

not a bad decision, but it also mean we now go to bukhansan on a Saturday/weekend on 12.11.2016.

we took line 2 from hongdae where our airbnb apartment is, to hapjeong, changed to line 6 to bulgwang, then to line 3 to gupabal.

too-early-la

kind of early, should be in bed leh…

Took bus no 720 from gupabal station to bukjsnsam fortress station

Took bus no 720 from gupabal station to bukhasan fortress station

we took bus no 720 from gupabal station to bukhansan fortress station.
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walking to the bukhansan trailhead

on the way, wife stopped by to buy 2 rolls of gimbap 김밥, and those turned out to be our nectar, our fuel, our substenance!

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walking to the bukhansan trailhead

walking-to-the-trailhead

walking to the bukhansan trailhead

everyone-walking-to-the-trailhead

everyone walking to the bukhansan trailhead

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everyone walking to the bukhansan trailhead

you see everyone walking there (to the bukhansan trailhead), you kow you are in the right direction la…

crowd-at-the-trailhead

crowd at the bukhansan trailhead

wa, you guys need to flag off ah?

which-direction

which direction neh?

both-ways-going-baegunpae-take-the-one-that-says-4km

both ways going baegunpae. we took the one that says 4km

both ways going baegunpae. which one neh?

trail-map

trail map

we took the one that says 4km….

start-of-trail

start of trail

took a few snaps….

going-up

going up

going-up2

going up.

& up we go….

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going up

go….

trail-map2

trail map

piles-of-stones-by-bored-hikers

pile of stones by bored hikers?

looking down at the information centre

looking down at the information centre – the trail head

looking down at the information centre, at the trailhead…

we-hiking-up-there-you-kidding-me

we hiking up there? you kidding me?

you kidding me?

going-up5

going up

going-up6

going up

going-up7

going up

going-up8

going up

up….

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going up

going-up10

going up

go….

directions

directions

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going up

the-peaks

the peaks

we are going to baegundae 白云台 백운대 836m!

the-peaks2

the peaks

the-peaks3

the peaks

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wife bought 2 rolls of gimbap 김밥

luckily we had 2 rolls of gimbap 김밥

gimbab

never knew gimbap 김밥 taste so good la!

 super delicious!!!

lip smacking good!!!

Still 2.6km…we were just 1/3 of the way up…

temple

temple

remember the landmarks..so you know you are staying on the right track…

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still the easy parts

going-up13

going up

going-up14

going up

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going up

going-up16

still the easy parts

din know these were so easy by comparison

 

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going up

Still 1.3km

Still 1.3km

another 1.3km…

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going up

it’s always, going up!

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going up

going-up20

going up

going-up21

keep going

going-up22

going up

going-up23

going up

going-up24

going up

going-up25

going up

what else? going up….

coming-up

coming up

rest stop…

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going up

fresh-air

fresh air

fresh air – in abundance….

difficult parts when the ropes start

difficult parts when the ropes start

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going up

rest-stop

rest stop…I think we took the remaining 1/2 of the first gimbap

we took the remaining 1/2 of the first gimbap…

not there yet la...0.5km + 0.3km the hardest parts

not there yet la…0.5km + 0.3km the hardest parts

not there…not there…0.5km + 0.3km the hardest parts…

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going up

harder it went

harder it went

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going up…steep, rocky

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going up

nice-mountain-view

nice mountain view

rest stop..take as many as you need…

nice-mountain-view2

nice mountain view

another rest point…

nice-mountain-view3

nice mountain view

now we are nearing…

almost-there

almost there = Done 3.7km Another 400m to go

almost there…

done 3.7km another 400m to go

ranger-box

the ranger box

only a short climb now..

map

map

300m-to-go

300m to go…lots of tired feet

another 300m to go…lots of tired feet….

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nice mountain view

nice-view

nice mountain view

the-top

the peak

the peak

the peak

that’s the peak!

it’s a bit overcast…not a totally clear day…

view-from-near-the-top

view from near the peak

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view from near the peak

view all around…

this the last part to the peak & the hardest 50m

this the last part to the peak & the hardest 50m

well, almost there…

almost but not yet…

& obviously when they have ropes it means it is difficult…& today is a weekend/a Saturday, and a huge crowd..everyone wants the rope, going up & coming down..

the-hardest-50m2

the hardest 50m

moral of story = don’t come during the weekend…

if you do, NO gentlemen, cling on to the rope & don’t give way, whether you are going up or down…it is really quite dangerous, you can fall…

it is not always possible of course..there are children…but it means you basicall try to stand still, stay put & once the person you give way passed, cling on to the ropes…

view-from-near-the-top3

view from near the peak

view-from-near-the-top4

view from near the peak

the view all round…

resting-before-last-50m

looking down on the flat area for resting before the last 50m

looking down..

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looking down from the rope waiting for peak hikers to descend after taking photos=the flat area for resting before the last 50m

coming-up-to-resting-for-before-last-50m

coming up to the flat area for resting before the last 50m

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the flat area for resting before the last 50m

top-of-the-world

top of the world ya…

a zen moment

a zen moment

zen2

one more zen moment

baegundae 白云台 백운대 836m...

baegundae 白云台 백운대 836m…

finally the peak = baegundae 白云台 백운대 836m

it was really crowded, so cannot really stay but had to rush through a few photo moments…so really must come on a less crowded weekday..

looking-back-at-the-peak

looking back at the peak on the way down

Very tough going up! so many rocks…many parks needed rope

Going the last 300m to the peak baegundae 白云台 백운대 836m very challenging

the 4km up took us 4hrs…

so basically we started about 10am at the trailhead & it was 2pm when we started on the way down..

it took long because of the rest stops, photos, but also because the last 300m (phots) & especially last 50m (ropes & long queue of people going up & coming down)..

but little we knew coming down & crossing bukhansan was really very difficult course…..

the-oaks

the oaks clinging to the cliffs

we decided to take the route to daedongmun instead of retracing..
the-oaks2

looking back on the way to daedongmun = the oaks clinging to the cliffs

somehow we paid a lot of attention reading up on the route coming up to baegundae 白云台 백운대…and we just assumed going down would be direct & simple…
the-oaks3

the oaks

the-golden-top

the golden top

the-oaks4

the oaks

along-the-wall

we remembered the guide said to follow the fortress wall

coming-down-1-5km-to-daedongmun-gate

1.5km to daedongmun

another 1.5km to daedongmun….

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walking along the fortress wall..

along-the-wall4

walking along the fortress wall..

along the wall we went….

another-1-9km-to-academy-info-centre-this-part-really-really-hard

another 1.9km to academy info centre..

we came to daedongmun…

but that’s cheating!!!!

another 1.9km to academy info centre???? shucks!!!

another-1-9km-to-academy-info-centre2-this-part-really-really-hard

we thought we reached…but it’s another 1.9km…

we thought we reached already leh…

looking-back-at-daedongmun-photo-time-stamp3-58pm

looking back at daedongmun…photo time stamp=3.58pm still another 1.9km of treacherous downhill to go

looking back at daedongmun…photo time stamp=3.58pm still another 1.9km of treacherous downhill to go

this part really really hard….very steep & rocky going downhill…

it was 4pm… we had been walking 6hrs since 10am..& truly fearful of darkness by 5pm…had to travel faster…

at one stage we were considering stopping at the call stops with the map co-ordinates & just call for help/rescue…the problem being that when going up there were like signs every 200m or the like, but coming down we were in wilderness…we were not sure if we were on the right track..if we had missed any paths on the track or had strayed…there were like maybe 3 signs the whole 1.9km??? & even the call stops location were very sparse…

during one part, a man must be in his 60s overtook us going down…& he was the only soul we saw throughout the entire 1.9km!!! we wanted to keep up with him but it was too dangerous, he was travelling too fast & we could fall & injure ourselves if we kept pace with him, which was impossible in any case…but at least during that 5mins or so we knew we were going the right direction…

so-happy-to-arrive-board-no1-bus-to-suyu-made-it

so happy to arrive & board no1 bus to suyu..made it! safe finally!

so happy to arrive & board no1 bus to suyu..made it! safe finally!
bus clock said 1703hrs…means we covered the last 1.9km in 1 hr 5mins! & coming down is so difficult & treacherous…..

no time or heart/mood to take photos

took us another 1hr 10mins on bus(25) & subway to get back to hongdae, happy & exhausted after a full day 7hrs hike!

c.h.e.f andy
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Bukhansan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Highest point
Elevation 836.5 m (2,744 ft) [1]
Coordinates 37°39′39″N 126°59′36″E / 37.6608°N 126.9933°E / 37.6608; 126.9933Coordinates: 37°39′39″N 126°59′36″E / 37.6608°N 126.9933°E / 37.6608; 126.9933
Geography
Location South Korea
Climbing
Easiest route from Suyu Station by bus 1218 or 153 to Uidongdoseonsaipgu bus stop(우이동도선사입구) then walk 2.29km to Bukansan National Park Visitor Center(북한산국립공원백운탐방지원센터)

Day 2 – Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) Raw Sauce Crab on 11Nov2016 (Seoul 10-13Nov2016)

Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab

Ganjang Gejang (간장게장) raw sauce crab

wife had told me how excellent the korean soy crab was. she knew teochews like me like to eat soy crab & raw cockles.

sinsadong’s ganjang gejang alley is the go to place ganjang gejang (간장게장) soy crab! 

these days a bit wary of raw shellfish & seafood & their preparation, so at first i was not too excited, but it is a special delicacy in korea, so decided to try it.

anyhow on the itx train back to seoul after nami island 남이선, we decided to go sinsadong, so took subway line 3 to sinsa station.

wife wanted to walk down garusogil a bit, so we walked there first before proceeding to sinsadong ganjang gejang alley. 🙂

Sinsa-dong's Ganjang Gejang Alley

Sinsa-dong’s Ganjang Gejang Alley

there were many ganjang gejang restaurants.

live crabs @ Sinsa-dong's Ganjang Gejang Alley

live crabs @ Sinsa-dong’s Ganjang Gejang Alley

and all the live crabs in the tanks.

Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab restaurant

Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab restaurant

wife brought me to Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장), the restaurant she came with daughter last time. 🙂

Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장)

live crabs @ Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장)

all the live crabs.

Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab restaurant

Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab restaurant

chinese name for Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) = 普乐酱蟹。

Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab restaurant

Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab restaurant

we were directed to level 2. the restaurant was quite full at 4.45pm.

Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab dinner

Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab dinner

we ordered 2 medium crabs. prices were all quite expensive here. i think 2 crabs about 65,000won (like S$78). quite steep leh!

Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab

Ganjang Gejang (간장게장) raw sauce crab

but the crab was simply fabulous!

Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab

Ganjang Gejang (간장게장) raw sauce crab

meat so sweet, very nice light soy sauce flavour, very tender, delicate.

the flesh came out easily, including the legs. just bite & the meat literally oozes out.

Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab

Ganjang Gejang (간장게장) raw sauce crab

& the roe simply amazing!

Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab

Ganjang Gejang (간장게장) raw sauce crab

this truly an excellent dish.

for me, the best food i had in korea this trip.

spicy monk fish hotpot

spicy monk fish hotpot

didn’t know what to order. everything was quite expensive.

anyhow we ordered a monkfish hotpot. i think small for 35,000won (S$42).

spicy monk fish hotpot

spicy monk fish hotpot

spicy soup was quite good like most korean hotpot.

the monkfish though so so. texture was quite firm, not so tender & flesh was not so sweet.

i guess hotpot was quite a good complementary dish to the ganjang gejang.

the whole dinner came to about 120,000 won (so about S$144). relatively quite steep price to pay in korea. still it is quite a unique dish, so i will probably still do it when i am in korea next time.

c.h.e.f andy

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장)

 

Day 2 – Mr Dakgalbi 닭갈비at Chuncheon 春川 Nami Island Ferry Point on 11Nov2016 (Seoul 10-13Nov2016)

dakgalbi 닭갈비

dakgalbi 닭갈비

after the awesome autumn colours at nami island 남이섬 南怡岛, we were back at the ferry point on Chuncheon 春川.

the next train from gapyeong was 1.30pm. so it was just good time for us to have a dakgalbi 닭갈비 chicken ribs lunch at one of the many dakgalbi restaurants here.

mr dakgalbi 닭갈비at chuncheon 春川 nami island ferry point

mr dakgalbi 닭갈비at chuncheon 春川 nami island ferry point

we picked mr dakgalbi.

they all felt the same to me.another we walked in earlier charged the same 11,000pax.

mr dakgalbi is next to the ‘Topland’ bungee jump tower in the huge carpark area at the ferry point to depart for nami island. while we were dining, we saw one jumper leaping off the bungee tower.

mr dakgalbi 닭갈비at chuncheon 春川 nami island ferry point

mr dakgalbi 닭갈비at chuncheon 春川 nami island ferry point

we walked in at 12pm. there were still a few tables. shortly, it got quite crowded.

dakgalbi 닭갈비

dakgalbi 닭갈비

we didn’t expect much from a dakgalbi dish.

i think we can all cook chicken thighs or ribs better la…anytime really!

but it’s a famous dish in Chuncheon 春川, so since we were here might as well take it. not expensive anyway. 🙂

dakgalbi 닭갈비

dakgalbi 닭갈비

some chicken pieces & cabbage.

did not look like a lot for 2pax but it was enough.

dakgalbi 닭갈비

dakgalbi 닭갈비

not much effort or skill required also.

dakgalbi 닭갈비

dakgalbi 닭갈비

& any meat, belly or pork steak or chicken, all come out nicely with gochujang.

and there were some korean spicy rice cake (ddeokbokki: 떡볶이). ordinary perhaps, but still a gratifying lunch.

c.h.e.f andy

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Mr Dakgalbi 닭갈비

Address:

477-804 경기 가평군 가평읍 달전리 106-2

Daljeon-ri, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, Korea (477-804)

Contact:

031-582-2739/ 010-8773-6601

Day 2 – Getting to Nami Island 남이섬 南怡岛 in Chuncheon 春川 on 11Nov2016 (Seoul 10-13Nov2016)

itx train tickets

itx train tickets

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛 is one of the destinations popularised by winter sonata 冬季恋歌 2002

it’s one of the many korean dramas my family watched (still watches). haha!

we went on a korea tour in 2003 & during winter! covering chuncheon 春川, soraksan, sokcho 束草, yongpyong ski resort, when the children were still quite young.

strangely though, i remembered clearly that our korean driver took us to (to be safe especially driving in treacherous winter roads, we had a personal paid english speaking korean driver & MPV to take us for the entire trip) –

jungdo중도中岛观光地, & according to this link – 

KBS电视剧《冬季恋歌》、电影《娃妮和俊河》、SBS电视剧《父与子》等都曾在中岛取景

Now though nami Island 남이선 南怡岛 is the goto place.

after reading the many good guides on getting to Nami Island 남이선 南怡岛 by several bloggers,

we booked our tickets from yongsan (seoul) to gapyeong (chuncheon) on itx trains(for ourselves staying at hongdae, we find yongsan to be most convenient!).

its quite simple.

go to the link http://www.letskorail.com/ebizbf/EbizBfTicketSearch.do#

enter yongsan & gapyeong in the “Departure/Arrival” boxes,

choose itx-cheongchun in the “Train” dropdown menu,

pick your date & hit “Inquiry” button (they meant Enquiry la…)

be at the ticket window of a korail station early to collect your tickets

be at the ticket window of a korail station early to collect your tickets

be at the ticket window of a korail station early (with passport & reservation confirmation slip) to collect your tickets – like 1/2hr before.

itx train

itx train

train was quite comfortable.

on our way back though, we did not make reservation, so had to stand (sit on the floor) almost the entire journey! it was a friday! so look at the timetable & book your return as well.

gapyeong station

gapyeong station

we arrived at gapyeong station in chuncheong about 9.30am.

commuter bus stop opposite side of road, gapyeong station

commuter bus stop opposite side of road, gapyeong station

we crossed over the road to take the commuter bus. can’t remember the fare. paid with our T-money card.

tour bus stop outside gapyeong station

tour bus stop outside gapyeong station

the tourist shuttle bus cost 5,000 won. we were taking just one stop to nami island so did not need that.

nami island ferry point shops

nami island ferry point shops

there are many dakgalbi (chicken rib) 닭갈비 restaurants at the ferry point carpark area.

we later had lunch at mr dakgalbi. ^^

nami island ferry point shops

nami island ferry point shops

but first to get to the ferry to go over to nami island 남이섬 南怡岛.

ferry to nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

ferry to nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

on the ferry leaving for ferry to nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

on the ferry leaving for ferry to nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

the return adult ferry fare is 8,000won.

view from ferry

view from ferry

view from ferry

view from ferry

view from ferry

view from ferry

view from ferry

view from ferry

arriving at nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

arriving at nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

arriving at nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

arriving at nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

nami island 남이섬 南怡岛 ferry point

ferry leaving nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

ferry leaving nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

arrived at nami island 남이섬 南怡岛 & took some photo at the ferry point.

see here for the awesome autumn colours-

https://chefquak.com/2016/12/08/day-2-awesome-autumn-colours-on-nami-island-in-chuncheon-on-11nov2016-seoul-10-13nov2016/

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛  

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

they also aspire to be secret garden, one with a hundred maples….

what is merlion in nami Island 남이선 南怡岛?

what is merlion in nami Island 남이선 南怡岛?

thye got merlion too? a bit commercialised here…

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛?

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛?

& they have this obsession with naminara republic, make-believe land of fairy tales, & their passport & central bank…

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛...

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛..

nami island

nami island

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

rest stop for coffee & red bean pastry, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

a great rest stop, for coffee & more…

queue for red bean fried pastry nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

queue for red bean fried pastry nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

red bean fried pastry nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

red bean fried pastry nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

a nice treat, very tasty red beans, not too sweet, & hot & crispy dough….

red bean fried pastry stall nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

red bean fried pastry stall nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

red bean fried pastry stall nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

red bean fried pastry stall nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

red bean fried pastry nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

red bean fried pastry nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

fast food factory, can ram up production quite a bit…

red bean fried pastry nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

red bean fried pastry nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

we bought a second one…it was very nice.

red bean fried pastry stall, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

red bean fried pastry stall, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

see again the fallong leaves…in slow mo…

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛 

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

happy mother nursing sculture, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

happy mother nursing sculture, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

happy mother nursing sculture, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

happy mother nursing sculture, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

like this happy mother nursing sculture…

nami island

nami island

nami island

nami island

nami island

nami island

nami island

nami island

another view of this awesome red maple…

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

sake bottles, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

sake bottles, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

sake bottles, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

sake bottles for the wall…

nami island

nami island

we walked to the quiter side of the island.

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

& along the coastline back towards the ferry point.

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

what about the ostrich? nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

what about the ostrich? nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

rows of ostrich toys….

zip wire to nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

zip wire to nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

you can also take a zip wire to nami Island 남이선 南怡岛.

see the 2 black specks?

zip wire to nami island

zip wire to nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

zip wire to nami island

zip wire to nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

it’s a one directional journey from the tower, then by same ferry as we were taking back.

zip wire nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

zip wire nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

back at the ferry point on the mainland.

we checked the itx train schedule…we were in good time for lunch then catch the bus to gapyeong station to take the itx train back to yongsan station in seoul.

c.h.e.f andy

Day 2 – Awesome Autumn Colours on Nami Island 남이섬 南怡岛 in Chuncheon 春川 on 11Nov2016 (Seoul 10-13Nov2016)

how do one begin to describe autumn colours?

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

we were hoping to catch the tail end of autumn splendour in this seoul trip.

at nami Island 남이선 南怡岛, we were rewarded with the embrace of autumn everywhere we turn.

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

red bean fried pastry stall, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

red bean fried pastry stall, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

a nice coffee break..

red bean fried pastry nami Island 남이선 南怡岛 

red bean fried pastry nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

& a warm red bean fried pastry to warm the stomach…

autumn leaves

autumn leaves

autumn leaves

autumn leaves

amidst fallen leaves, falling leaves….

秋的气息

the chilly air,the awesome colours all round, the falling leaves…

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

秋色离靡

endless embrace of autumn everywhere you turn.

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

a red maple in all its splendour…

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

all the ginkyo leaves…

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

we walked along the further quieter side of the island, far from the usual crowd…

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

a delightful stroll.

calm, peaceful, everything in its rightful place.

 

c.h.e.f andy

 

Day 1 – Newmaul Sikdang 새마을식당 on 10Nov2016 – Seoul 10-13Nov2016

Day 1 - korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 – korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

it was quite a long day, since we only slept a few hour on the red eye flight arriving this morning on 10.11.2016.

anyhow, we managed to visit 3 palaces + secret gardens english guided tour.

before that (changdeokgung) we walked insadong & had great lunch at insadong geu jib.

after that (gyeongbokgung) we had Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯, not that great, but still a good experience to try this well know samgyetang place for me.

so after returning to our apartment, we slept for a few hours & got up about 9pm.

wife knew this lorean bbq place just 2 blocks from our apartment. there are lots of eats aound the apartment in hongdae.

Day 1 - newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 – newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

newmaul sikdang 새마을식당  is a chain.

Day 1 - newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 – newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 - newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 – newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 - newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 – newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

customers mostly korean.

but also some chinese, like we met everywhere in the day actually.

Day 1 - sio chiu 烧酒, newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 – sio chiu 烧酒 4,000won, newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

wife ordered her shio jiu 烧酒, 4000won.

Day 1 - korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 – korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

the seaweed soup was tasty. though the best seaweed soup we had was at gwangjang market later.

Day 1 - korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 – korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

wife said this item was very good, the last time she had it with daughter here.

pork ribeye? 10,000won….not sure, but it did not disappoint. really good in fact!

Day 1 - korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 – korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

& this was one of their popular items. 9,000 won. 🙂

Day 1 - korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 – korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 - korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 – korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 - korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 – korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

the usual banchan side dishes, but these more as sides for the lettuce wrap with the bbq meats.

Day 1 - korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 – korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

the bbq neats were excellent.

very tasty. not better than our favourite aburiya here. actyally aburiya is better, but this was less than 1/2 price.

Day 1 - korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 – korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

really tasty, whether eaten as meats or combined with the lettuce.

very enjoyable meal! ^^

the pork slab was especially good. the other meat was like so so, but quite nice when comdined with lettuce & the sides.

a really good dinner for 23,000 won, about S$28, very much cheaper than tosokchon & much more shiok! and a lot cheaper than aburiya too. 🙂

Day 1 - 포장마차 pojangmacha 包藏马车 at hongdae

Day 1 – 포장마차 pojangmacha 包藏马车 at hongdae

after dinner we walked along the streets, and peeped into the 포장마차 pojangmacha 包藏马车 at hongdae.

basically oden, quite similar stuff in japan & hong kong, like what we had in the streets in mongkok, hong kong.

Day 1 - 포장마차 pojangmacha 包藏马车 at hongdae

Day 1 – 포장마차 pojangmacha 包藏马车 at hongdae

the포장마차 pojangmacha 包藏马车 street stalls are quite similar to the yatai屋台 on nakasu island.

satisfied, we returned to the apartment & slept early enough to be ready for nami island the next day.

c.h.e.f andy

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Newmaul Sikdang 새마을식당  

Address :

331-18, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Contact:

▶Homepage : www.newmaul.com (Korean only)

▶Operating Hours :

Open 24/7

Day 1 – Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯 on 10Nov2016 – Seoul 10-13Nov2016

d1-Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

Day 1 – Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

wife’s bringing me to all the places she came with daughter last time. ^^

earlier, we had excellent raw beef salad at insadong geu jib

now after 3 palaces + secret gardens, a good time to enjoy some good food.

d1-Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

Day 1 – Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯 is just a short distance from gyeongbokgung.

d1-Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

the restaurant quite looks like quite big.we were led to an inner hall.

it was closed to 5pm. there was quite good crowd already

d1-banchan side dishes 반찬,Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

Day 1 – banchan side dishes 반찬,Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

there were only 2 banchan side dishes 반찬.

d1-banchan side dishes 반찬,Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

Day 1 – banchan side dishes 반찬,Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

they were laid on the table so help yourself.

d1-Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

Day 1 – banchan side dishes 반찬,Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

quite ok, if limited & nothing special.

d1-Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

Day 1 – Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

wife decided to order a black chicken ssamgyetang. i think it was 23,000won.

d1-Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

Day 1 – Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

maybe the black chicken was indeed sweeter than the normal white chicken.

d1-Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

Day 1 – Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

i am never intrigued with black chicken, hardly take them in singapore, so not much attractions for me.

wife felt there was less soup in the black chicken pot.

d1-Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

Day 1 – Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

i had the normal samgyetang.

i think it was 16,000 won.

d1-Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

Day 1 – Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

both chicken soup were quite tasty, but not specially tasty.

i am not sure if they were any different from singapore korean restaurants, which i have not taken in any anyway.

d1-Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

Day 1 – Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

they used normal rice not glutinous rice, which was usual in samgyetang recipes.

the chicken itself were not that great. not very overcooked & falling apart but also not very tender & sweet.

really, it was nowhere compared with the glutinous rice stuffed chicken soup HK$188 2-in-1 special we had in hong kong on 11.1.2016.

i recorded then that-

the soup was wonderful! ^^

very intense & tasty, & the chicken & glutinous rice were very good too!

& my wife said even my own samgyetang, albeit that i did not have ginseng, was a lot better than this.

i recorded then –

my chicken soup was very tasty (though maybe still not as intense as the wonderful glutinous stuffed chicken soup we had at tao hueng tsimshatsui) & chicken very tender as my friends noted.

so my soup & my chicken were both better!

basically i used very intense, tasty chicken soup & added a small chicken, so both my soup was tasty & chicken was very tender & not overboiled.

& this Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯 was expensive. average of S$25pax for 1 pot of chicken soup each. well i guess it is just as expensive in singapore but other nice food in seoul a lot cheaper la…

so this tosokchon not quit our thing. i would say very average food for relatively expensive prices.

c.h.e.f andy

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Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

Address:

Day 1 – Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫 – Seoul 10-13Nov2016

Day 1 - Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫 with bugaksan in the distant

Day 1 – Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫 with bugaksan in the distant

after leaving changdeokgung & the secret gardens,

we took the subway one stop from anguk to gyeongbokgung & folowed the signs to exit 5. ^^

behind gyeongbokging to the north is bugaksan (북악산-北岳山, 342m). it’s the tallest of 4 mountains surrounding gyeongbokgung, as described here.

Day 1 - Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 – Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

we entered from the left side entrance.

Day 1 - Heungnyemun兴礼门,Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 – Heungnyemun兴礼门,Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Gwanghwamun 광화문 光化門, the palace main gate, is in front (which is to the right of above photo).

Day 1 - Gwanghwamun 광화문 光化門, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫 

Day 1 – Gwanghwamun 광화문 光化門, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

“The four gates of Gyeongbok Palace, arched gates with a gate tower built above a stone buttress, are magnificent additions to this majestic palace compound. Gwanghwamun 광화문 光化門 , the palace’s main gate with a two-story gate tower and a series of three arched gates, is the grandest and stateliest of the four”.

Gwanghwamun was first constructed in 1395 as the main gate to Gyeongbokgung Palace, the main and most important royal palace during the Joseon Dynasty. it was burnt down during the imjin wars in 1592 & later rebuilt.

Day 1 - Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫 

Day 1 – Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 - Geungjeong-jeon ( 근정전 ) 勤政殿, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫 

Day 1 – Geungjeong-jeon ( 근정전 ) 勤政殿, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

the Geungjeong-jeon ( 근정전 ) 勤政殿,was the throne hall.

It was used on the most formal occasions such as royal audiences with all the officials, receptions for foreign envoys,kings etc.

and like changdeokgung, there was a court outside where palace officials stood in designated positions according to their ranks/appointments.

it was drizzling, & getting more than just light drizzle. we did not bring along the daiso S$2 raincoats. i had my parka hood, wife needed an umbrella. we managed to buy one at the souvenir shop for 10,000won, so problem solved.

Day 1 - Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion 庆会楼, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 – Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion 庆会楼, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 - Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion 庆会楼, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 – Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion 庆会楼, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫, bugaksan in the distance

Day 1 - Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion 庆会楼, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 – Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion 庆会楼, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

“The most famous places for relaxing on the ground of Gyeongbok Palace are ⑪ Gyeonghoe-ru and ⑫ Hyangwon-jeong.Gyeonghoe-ru is a two-story pavilion built on an island in the middle of a lotus pond. Its construction was based on cosmic principles espoused by the Book of Changes. The king used this pavilion to entertain foreign envoys or hold large-scale banquets for his ministers”.

Day 1 - we walked by Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion 庆会楼. bugaksan in the distance

Day 1 – we walked by Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion 庆会楼. bugaksan in the distance

Day 1 - we walked by Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion 庆会楼. bugaksan in the distance

Day 1 – we walked by Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion 庆会楼. bugaksan in the distance

we walked by Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion 庆会楼. bugaksan is in the distance.

Day 1 - Taewon-jeon, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 – Taewon-jeon, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

we came to Taewon-jeon, a royal coffin hall where the bodies of a deceased king or queen would lie in state until the burial.

Day 1 - beautiful Hyangwon-jeong, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 – beautiful Hyangwon-jeong, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

turning back, we came to beautiful Hyangwon-jeong & another pond.

Day 1 - beautiful Hyangwon-jeong, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 – beautiful Hyangwon-jeong, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 - beautiful Hyangwon-jeong, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 – beautiful Hyangwon-jeong, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 - beautiful Hyangwon-jeong, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 – beautiful Hyangwon-jeong, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 - beautiful Hyangwon-jeong, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 – beautiful Hyangwon-jeong, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 - beautiful Hyangwon-jeong, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 – beautiful Hyangwon-jeong, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 - beautiful Hyangwon-jeong, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 – beautiful Hyangwon-jeong, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

beautiful place indeed. very peaceful.

Day 1 - Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 – Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 - folk museum, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 – folk museum, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

we walked by the folk museum.

Day 1 - donggung, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫 

Day 1 – donggung, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

The crown prince, heir to the throne, was compared to the rising sun.His quarters was placed on the eastern side of the palace compound and referred to as the Eastern Hall (⑩ Dong-gung).

i just wanted to take the photo to show the raised heated floor & the 2 chimneys by the side.

Day 1 - Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫 

Day 1 – Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 - Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫 

Day 1 – Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

after a very fulfilling 3 palaces & secret gardens guided tour in as many hours or more, we were ready for some good eats.

wife wanted to bring me to tosokchon for the ginseng chicken, so we adjourned for some good food. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

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Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫 

Transportation

Subway

Gyeongbokgung Station (Line3, Exit 5)
Gwanghwamun Station (Line 5, Exit 2)

Bus

Gyeongbokgung West:0212,1020,1711, 7016, 7022
Gyeongbokgung Southeast: 1020,109,171, 272, 602, 602-1 (airport bus),606, 7025, 708Gyeongbokgung
Southwest: 9708
* For details refer to the City of Seoul webpage (http://bus.seoul.go.kr).
* No smoking and no pets are allowed on the palace grounds.

palace map & tour course

Hours&Admissions
Hours  January through February 09:00~17:00(Final admission at 16:00)
 March through May 09:00~18:00(Final admission at 17:00)
 June through August 09:00~18:30(Final admission at 17:30)
 September through October 09:00~18:00(Final admission at 17:00)
 November through December 09:00~17:00(Final admission at 16:00)
 Closed on Tuesdays
Admissions  Regular Tours
Age 19~64: 3,000 won / 2.400 won ( group, 10 or more )
Age 7~18: 1,500 won / 1,200 won ( group, 10 or more )
* Free: Children(Ages 6 and under), Ages 65 and above
* With the purchase of a book of Combination Tickets (adults 10,000won, Youth 5,000won), one admission for each of the five different Palaces is available within three month. (Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace – the Secret Garden included, Changgyeonggung Palace, Deoksugung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine).