For the Japan part of my trip, it was only Adrienne, Orson and I because Alvin unfortunately had to go back to Hong Kong since he didn’t have much vacation days 😦 Since it was my first time in Japan I wanted to maximize the places I visited so we decided to go to Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo. Continue reading “Osaka 2013 – Shinsaibashi, Dotonbori & Kuromon Market”
Samcheong was suggested to us from Adrienne’s friend Christine because it was an area that is famous for its Bukchon Hanok (Korean traditional houses). It is a bit of a tourist attraction within itself other than the hanoks because the area houses a lot of art galleries, and speciality art/antique stores. Continue reading “Seoul 2013, Day 5 – Samcheong and Itaewon Freedom!”
Since the day before we didn’t get much time to walk around and check out the shops at HongDae, we decided to go back the next day. Adrienne and I actually meticulously planned out where we wanted to go / what we wanted to do per district and for HongDae we listed out a popular Trick Eye Museum, a restaurant and a cafe which were run by 1TYM (a korean hip hop group) members. To be honest, I had forgotten about these 3 places by the time we were in Korea since we had planned our itinerary weeks before the trip. Continue reading “Seoul 2013, Day 4 – Ice / Trick Eye Museum & Han River”
Still wanting to eat a “Korean” breakfast we decided to hit up the local KamJaTang restaurant near our airbnb apartment. The price for pork bone soup is relatively the same as the ones we have in Toronto, but of course, the taste is much better in Seoul! The broth is less salty (less MSG), and it had more meat and vegetables. We’re still not sure if this is really what Koreans eat for breakfast, but there were some other people at the restaurant so that seemed good enough for us. Continue reading “Seoul 2013, Day 3 – Gyeongbokgung and HongDae”
Finally I embarked on my 2 week Korea and Japan trip!
My travel buddies for this trip were Adrienne, Alvin and Orson (Adrienne’s family friend). Adrienne, Orson and I were scheduled to land 2 hours earlier than Alvin so we were waiting for him to join us at our airbnb hostel. To this day I still don’t understand why, but Alvin never went on the airport wifi so he was basically MIA for 3-4 hours making us very worried. Because we had no idea where he went and when he would arrive, Adrienne and I trekked out to explore and get food to bring back. Our attempt at ordering take out was one of the biggest communication fails I have ever been a part of. Continue reading “Seoul 2013, Day 1 & 2 – Arrival and shopping at MyeongDong”