Our third day in Seoul is the busiest yet, which is saying a lot. We were ambitious, you see, and trying to fit all the “must-visit” in our short visit. For this day, we were planning to visit Bukchon Hanok Village, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, and Everland. Four big places in a day? We were just asking for our very tired feet and numerous (mis)adventures in a single day.
We started our day late, based on our standards and itinerary. Around 8AM, we were just arriving and getting lost in trying to find Bukchon Hanok Village. Bukchon Hanok Village is home to hundreds of Korean traditional houses called “hanoks” and thousands of Seoulites, as well. Without having it said, it’s a must to be respectful and non-disruptive when visiting.
There are eight “photo spots” in the village. Just the best looking “instagrammable” place. We didn’t really find them as we walked around that morning, aka we were lost as usual! Hahaha. We even just followed a tour group at one point to visit two or three of the photo spots in the village. Just walking around the place makes me wish we book an Airbnb in one of these hanoks instead. Maybe next time!
After we had our photos taken and had our fill of hanoks, we went to have breakfast at one of the nearby mom and pop shop. I didn’t have photos but I’ll definitely come back to the place and will blog about it next time! The price was so affordable. It’s like 2000-2500 KRW (PHP100) for a box of chicken pops and the cheese ramen was amazing! Yum. Can’t wait to come back!
How To Get To Bukchon Hanok Village: Get down at Anguk Station and go through Exit 3.
We then walked around fifteen minutes to reach Changdeokgung Palace. Entrance fee is worth 3000 KRW (around PHP140). Changdeokgung Palace is one of the most popular palaces in Seoul. It was the second royal villa built after the construction of Gyeongbukgung Palace and is currently the most well-preserved palace out of the lot.
The place was huge. It has the public palace area, a royal family residence building, and a rear garden. The garden area has a separate entrance and fee. If we had the time, we would have gone in but alas, we didn’t. Amazingly enough, we also met people from work (and college) that were in line to visit the garden when Yuna and I took a peak!
How To Get To Changdeokgung Palace: Get down at Anguk Station and go through Exit 3.
Afterwards, we took a bus to Gyeongbokgung Palace. We weren’t sure which bus stop to go off at so obviously we went down one stop after the palace! We walked our way back and found a hanbok rental shop along the way. We didn’t let the opportunity pass us by and rented some hanboks. I’m pretty sure it was around 10000 KRW (PHP480) for a six hours rental AND you can enter Gyeongbokgung Palace for free if you’re wearing a hanbok! Yay!
Related: You can rent your hanboks via Klook for a hassle free transaction!
Gyeongbokgung Palace is my favorite. It was very beautiful and huge too! I don’t think we have toured every spot in our limited time. There were also a lot of tourists and locals around but with how big the place is, it doesn’t feel too crowded. We also managed to take some photo with the guards!
Fun fact: The National Palace Museum of Korea is located south of Heungnyemun Gate, and the National Folk Museum is located on the eastern side within Hyangwonjeong Gate of the palace. You should give them a visit if you have the free time!
How to Get to Gyeongbokgung Palace: Get off at Gyeongbokgung Station and go through Exit 5.
After we returned our hanboks, we went to our last destination of the day: Everland. I did say we were very ambitious with our itinerary! It was already a few minutes past 2 PM at this point lol. We did have a few minutes to spare waiting in Gangnam for the bus that will take us to Everland so we were able to try out some street food. They never fail to just amaze me!
Everland is one of the two most popular amusement parks in Korea – Lotte World being the other one. Everland has rides for all ages and have areas which shows the “theme” of the season. It was around Halloween during our visit so pumpkins were seen all around. Aside from all of this, Everland also has Zootopia (that we never got to visit!). Zootopia is said to show over 2000 animals of 201 species – even a cutie pair of pandas!
Anyway, we bought our tickets from Klook so we have to claim that first. (By the way guys, I’m not sponsored to say this but Klook is one of the best travel discount site I use!) We got the regular day pass and a Q-Pass for the T-Express – which is the world’s fourth steepest wooden roller coaster! I super recommend getting that. It was already around 3PM when we stepped foot inside Everland and oh, my god. The amount of people is just insane! In all my theme park experiences, I have never seen this crowd of people in one place. The place was just packed to the brim.
The T-Express line alone is almost three hours long! I’m so glad we had the Q-Pass. Overall, we really did just manage to ride a whooping number of 3 rides! Gah. We didn’t even manage to buy any snacks. We were just go, go, go all the time and it was freezing when it was approaching nighttime – the coldest we experienced during our Korea trip! We didn’t really have any photos taken even if we stayed until closing time…
How to Get to Everland: Travel to Giheung Station on Bundang Line and transfer to Everline. Get off at the last stop on Everline and take the free shuttle bus to move to Everland and Caribbean Bay.
Going back to our Airbnb is another story altogether! There is that bus that will take us back to Gangnam but it’s a really long line so I had the brilliant idea to take this other bus that will take us into this other bus station. Turns out that bus ride is an hour long and we might not even catch the train stations open!! Believe me when I say that once we stepped off the bus, we were off running! We were an hour away from our Airbnb and the taking the taxi is just… THANKFULLY, we made it in time. As soon as we stepped inside the train, the doors closed! *wipes sweat*
*end day 3*
Lol, just kidding. We arrived in our Airbnb around 2AM already – after buying some rice meals from Family Mart. We were all wired from our (mis)adventures, hunger, and the fact that we know we should be up at 5AM tomorrow to catch our 6AM train to Nami Island. But we made it! Don’t you worry. Read it all unfold on my next post which will be up next week!