Day 2 Itinerary:
05:30 Wake-Up Call
06:30 Departure Hongdae Hostel
07:30-10:00 Yeouido Park and National Assembly
10:00-12:00 COEX and Kimchi Museum
12:00-02:00 Est. travel time Everland
22:00-24:00 Est. Travel time back to Seoul
01:00 Lights Off
|a customer service agent who approached us and assisted us|
we met mr. kim, a retired government employee, who was then working in a non-government organization at that time. he was kind enough to accompany us to the yeouido station's exit. he gave us his calling card just in case we'd be needing help during our stay in Seoul.
|with mr. kim, our good samaritan =)|
after some joint efforts, we finally know how to read the 8-lanes (in 2010) of Seoul Metro Subway. i studied (a heavy word for that) Seoul Subway months before the trip but it was different in real life. here i share my preparation of our trip in Korea.
|we read, agreed, then explored|
going out of Yeouido exit and after like a lifetime struggle how we could come out from that seemed like a tunnel subway, we felt hungry! we stumbled upon a tent selling gimbab. barely four hours from our first taste of authentic Korean streetfood, we fed our stomach to start the day right (somehow)!
we just strolled along Yeouido, full of admiration of the beautifully manicured landscape, amazed with the flowers that we saw for the first time in our lives, striking a pose anywhere, stopped by at a starbucks and some of the funky buildings and just feeling the breeze of late spring. it was sunny but cold.
|the colorful COEX|
By 10am, we left Yeouido and headed to COEX, just in time for the mall's opening. we enjoyed the route - it felt like finding the light at the end of the tunnel. every opportunity, we continued striking a pose. after a quick look at the mall, we decided to take our brunch and then headed for some learnings about Korea's famous fermented radish in kimchi museum.
check my blog here for our morning activities.
|joining the koreans on the street|
after lunch, we took the subway again to Gangnam station to take the bus going to Everland.
it was like going to a place of nowhere again. finding the landmark that i got from a blog and KTO was a challenge. the landmark that i was looking was somehow small for a "landmark". anyhow, we enjoyed walking along the streets, our heads turning left and right from the malls to the restos, and our eyes stopped for a while at the bargains and cheap finds along the streets.
|cheap finds outside Gangnam exit near bus stop to Everland|
the ride to everland seemed like forever! we saw the direction signage "Everland" but the bus kept on going. i counted the travel time - seemed like beyond than what i expected but i hold on to my notes and kept trusting that i got it right! this bus should surely bring us to Everland.
and so the avatar brought us to Everland! check my blog here.
|the avatar tree in Everland|