May in Seoul – Part 1

N Seoul Tower (남산서울타워)

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As I stayed in Chungmuro (one stop away from Myeongdong), I walked and took the cable car to N Seoul Tower. Round-trip cable car price is around 8,500 KRW.

Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을)

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Direction: Anguk Station Exit 1 or 2

Bukchon Hanok Village is a village filled with culture and art. Several shops that provides rental of Korea traditional wear, Hanbok (한복), are located around the village. There are different types of traditional dresses such as the clothing for Emperor, scholar and more etc.

After exiting the station, I walked for a while and saw experience center for Hanbok experience. They charge 20,000 KRW for 5 hours of rental. Changing to the traditional wear was quick thanks to the professionals. They did the hair and provided accessories for you too. While walking in the village, you will find that some hanboks worn by people are shorter or shinier, I shall assume those are modernized hanboks in order to allow easy movements. Even though those modernized hanboks look nicer in pictures, I preferred traditional ones, something that I could feel a connection for its history.

Did you know by renting Hanbok, you can enter Gyeongbokgung Palace for free? YES, IT IS TRUE.

Gwanghwamun Gate (광화문)/ Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁)

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As mentioned above, you can enter the Gyeongbokgung palace for free if you are wearing hanbok. If not, you have to pay 3,000 KRW. There is a Changing of the Royal Guard Ceremony! It takes place at 11 AM and 1 PM and each ceremony takes around 10 minutes. You can take pictures with the guards too.

As I walked into the palace, I saw a lot of people in Hanbok and swore everyone was beautiful in those clothing. It tempted me to take pictures with the males who are wearing as the Emperor or scholar, especially with those foreigners. As tempting as it was, my shyness prevented me from doing so.  I was taken aback when two foreigners complimented on how pretty my cousin and I were in traditional hanboks. They even took pictures with me (I still can’t believe that).

Common Ground (커먼그라운드)

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This is one of the hipster places to go in Seoul if you are looking to take insta-worthy pictures.

Direction: Konkuk University Station Exit 6 and walk straight.

Cheonggyecheon Stream (청계천)

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Certainly, I understand why this place is so popular among couples. It gets pretty chilly at night and the lights at the stream sets the atmosphere just right. It even gave me the idea that I should go back with a boyfriend next time (NAH, IT WON’T HAPPEN). There were a flea market and food carts so drinking and eating near the stream was perfect.

Thanks Nature Cafe

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My cousin and the sheep

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We all heard of dog or cat cafe, but sheep cafe is uncommon to see. However, in Hongdae, one of the busiest streets in Seoul, you can find a sheep cafe, Thanks Nature Cafe. If you are not attentive, it is easily to miss this interesting cafe.

I heard that this cafe got popular after the virtual married couple Leeteuk from Super Junior and Kang Sora from Korean show ‘We Got Married’ visited this cafe.

The friendly and caring boss regularly checks on the sheep and clears the feces away. Cafe admission users can freely pat and feed the two sheep! If it is the feeding time, the boss will pass you the food and you can feed the two sheep directly. One is called Anna (female) and the other is Sam (male). When I patted them, it felt so weirdly comfortable. It felt like I was touching the material of my winter coat, but something more thicker and softer.

You can freely interact with the sheep while waiting for empty tables in the cafe. They have drinks, waffles, and Korean shaved ice (patbingsu) on their menu

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Patbingsu (Korean Shaved Ice)

Directions:  Follow the directions on this link

Read my next Part 2 post on Ewha Womans University, Yeouido Hangang Park, Haneul (Sky) Park, Shopping in Myeongdong/Hongdae, and food I had in South Korea.

Read my post on Busan 1-day trip on Busan Gamecheon Culture Village and Gwangalli  Beach

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