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Korea Day 4: Nami Island + Petite France + Myeongdong

Korea Day 4 Nami Island + Petite France + Myeongdong; Richel Goes Places

My last day in Seoul is my favorite. We had visited Nami Island, Petite France, and Myeongdong – all while taking our time! Autumn season was just starting but we have a taste of the leaves changing colors and the cool wind. Plus the food trip we had in Myeongdong is definitely one for the book! Ahhh, I just can’t wait to be back in Korea!!! Almost there!!!

(I’m not counting our fifth day as we were just literally in the airport the whole time!)

Despite our completely tiring third day, we woke up refreshed! Three hours of sleep but everyone was up and about and we made it to our 6AM train ride to Gapyeong Station. By the way, to make sure you get seats and know the timeline, you can easily book online. We rode the Yongsan-Gapyeong route as it was nearest to our Airbnb. (You can sign up with my link to get $40 off your first Airbnb booking!)

STORY TIME: we were completely lost on how to take the KTX to Gapyeong Station. It was only about a few minutes before our train was supposed to take off so we were asking strangers. There was this Korean man who didn’t speak English but he literally guided us right into the gate! Talk about going out of your way! Gamsahamnida!

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When we arrived in Gapyeong Station, it was really foggy and cold. I can count on one hand how many other people were around. To reach the pier where we’ll be taking the boat to Nami Island, we still need another ride. The best option is via bus but we have to wait another thirty minutes for that so instead, we took a taxi. It was a fifteen-minute ride and if there are four people sharing the taxi, the price is not that bad.Korea Day 4 Nami Island + Petite France + Myeongdong; Richel Goes Places


Travel Tip. If you want to go explore all that Nami can offer, you can take the Gapyeong City Bus. Operations start from 9AM to 7PM and you can stop at Nami Island, Petite France, and The Garden of Morning Calm with just one pass! The ticket costs 6000 won and you get unlimited bus ride within the day. There’s also the schedule posted in each bus stop but it generally comes by every 30 minutes.


We then took a short ferry ride to Nami Island after paying the fees. And, oh wow. The place was beautiful. There were only a few people around this time so we really took the time to walk around. The leaves aren’t entirely orange yet as autumn is just starting, but it was still fun to catch a glimpse of it on some part of Nami Island.Korea Day 4 Nami Island + Petite France + Myeongdong; Richel Goes Places Korea Day 4 Nami Island + Petite France + Myeongdong; Richel Goes Places Korea Day 4 Nami Island + Petite France + Myeongdong; Richel Goes Places Korea Day 4 Nami Island + Petite France + Myeongdong; Richel Goes Places Korea Day 4 Nami Island + Petite France + Myeongdong; Richel Goes Places Korea Day 4 Nami Island + Petite France + Myeongdong; Richel Goes Places Korea Day 4 Nami Island + Petite France + Myeongdong; Richel Goes Places Korea Day 4 Nami Island + Petite France + Myeongdong; Richel Goes Places Korea Day 4 Nami Island + Petite France + Myeongdong; Richel Goes Places Korea Day 4 Nami Island + Petite France + Myeongdong; Richel Goes Places Korea Day 4 Nami Island + Petite France + Myeongdong; Richel Goes Places Korea Day 4 Nami Island + Petite France + Myeongdong; Richel Goes Places Korea Day 4 Nami Island + Petite France + Myeongdong; Richel Goes Places Korea Day 4 Nami Island + Petite France + Myeongdong; Richel Goes Places Korea Day 4 Nami Island + Petite France + Myeongdong; Richel Goes Places Korea Day 4 Nami Island + Petite France + Myeongdong; Richel Goes Places Korea Day 4 Nami Island + Petite France + Myeongdong; Richel Goes Places Korea Day 4 Nami Island + Petite France + Myeongdong; Richel Goes Places

 

We mostly just let our feet take us whereever it wants to go. If I know how to ride a bike, I’d definitely rent one to be able to explore the island better. We also did have a quick snack along the way!

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After taking the ferry back to the pier, we went on the Gapyeong City Bus to Petite France. It only took a couple of minutes and you’ll know you’re in the right place as soon as you get off the bus. You’ll have to pay 10000 KRW before stepping foot inside the place.

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Petite France really looks like it’ll fit somewhere in France. It’s a small village filled with pastel colored townhouse. It’s also hugely influenced with Little Prince as references to the book is all over the place. There’s also a doll museum inside that was really creepy. Then again, I just can’t stand porcelain dolls.

We also had some snacks in here – sausage, and chicken pops… Frankly, the food was disappointing. I can’t wait to have a full meal by this time.

We were only able to spend around an hour in Petite France as it was starting to rain. We decided to take the bus back to Gapyeong Station and headed to our last stop of the day and our whole Korean trip, Myeongdong!!

We started our Myeongdong adventure with having a legit Korean bbq dinner. We ate at Wangbijib. Service was really fast and everything in the menu looks good. Legit, I still remember the taste of the meal I had. It’s a bit on the pricey side (our total bill was almost 100,000 KRW) but it was worth every penny! I definitely recommend this if you have the change to spare.

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After stuffing ourselves full – can’t remember how many times we asked our side dishes to be free – we finally roamed the streets of Myeongdong. We weren’t able to take lots of photos but what we did was:

  • ask for samples from various shops #noshame
  • ate street foods
  • bought a year stock of face masks
  • ate street foods
  • random make-up items
  • cute socks (only 1000KRW each!!!)
  • ate street foods (Gyeran-ppang is my fave!)
  • bought souvenirs from Lotte Mart

We were even supposed to go to Namsam Tower after Myeongdong but we already have a lot of bags in hand so we decided to go home. Our first and last night in Myeongdong is my definitely favorite out of my entire trip and I just can’t wait to go back.

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32 Comments

  • Reply
    Rejoyce Canaynay
    May 14, 2018 at 1:22 PM

    The nextime I visit Korea, I will definitely visit Nami. Hahahha! And the food, it looks really yummy. If only we like korean bbq back then we could have enjoyed our dinner when we were in Myeongdong. Will take note on that restaurant for future reference, tho it’s a bit pricey I think its worth it naman, looking at your photos makes me want to it korean bbq tuloy. Hahaha!

    love,
    rej | rejcanaynay.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      May 15, 2018 at 11:05 AM

      It is a bit pricey pero the best kbbq experience pa rin yan sakin! Tho sana makahanap ako ng mas affordable restaurant for my next visit hahaha

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    The Nerdy Me
    April 15, 2018 at 11:48 PM

    It looks like you had lots of fun during this day. That food looks simply delicious! Also, such a nice place to spend the day. Now I kind of really want to explore Korea.

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      April 17, 2018 at 2:06 AM

      Ah yes! Everyone keeps mentioning the food and now I’m craving for it!

  • Reply
    Emily
    April 15, 2018 at 7:14 PM

    Wow, Nami Island is beautiful – so much to explore and you got so many wonderful photos! Is it bad I’m particularly drawn to the Korean bbq? it looks so yummy!

    Musings & More

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      Richel V.
      April 17, 2018 at 2:04 AM

      Believe me, every time I look at my photos of Korean BBQ, I get hungry! It’s insane!

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    Mile High Dreamers
    April 15, 2018 at 8:13 AM

    It looks like you guys had so much fun! I love that you bought ‘a years stock of face masks’. That sounds like a dream. Can’t wait to hear more about your adventures!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      April 17, 2018 at 2:06 AM

      It was such a steal! I can’t help it. I still have some of the face masks I bought from this trip! 😀

  • Reply
    Nancy
    April 14, 2018 at 2:08 PM

    The island looks gorgeous! Love how you’re welcomed with all of those leaflets strung to the fence. It’s so cool to see how everything is set up. Those skewers look delicious!!! You are living the life with that Korean BBQ meal!

    exquisitely.me

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      April 17, 2018 at 2:05 AM

      Thank you! The skewers were pretty good! But nothing beats Korean BBQ. Ahhhh, want to give it another try!

  • Reply
    Missy May
    April 14, 2018 at 1:31 AM

    From the look of these shots, one can only tell that y’all had a great time and experience. Awesome!

    https://www.missymayification.co.uk

  • Reply
    coatandcoffee
    April 13, 2018 at 11:46 PM

    I’ve been dying to go to Seoul! Looks so amazing and beautiful! Sounds like you had a great time. 🙂

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      April 17, 2018 at 2:05 AM

      It was a great time! Can’t wait to go back! <3

  • Reply
    Alyssa
    April 13, 2018 at 8:52 PM

    I’m planning to go to South Korea this year, your post made me more excited!! 🙂

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      April 17, 2018 at 2:03 AM

      AHHH! I’m excited for you too! It’ll be so much fun. <3

  • Reply
    Kate
    April 13, 2018 at 8:38 PM

    Gorgeous photos! I loved reading this post so much!
    -Kate // http://www.classyandkate.com/reverse-bucket-list-things-ive-experienced/

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    Kanra Khan (@optic_chiasma)
    April 13, 2018 at 12:05 AM

    Wow this was such a fun post to read! I loved the photographs you shared and it looks like you had a fun trip!
    I’m curious about what kind of souvenirs you purchased though!
    Kanra Khan

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      April 13, 2018 at 1:41 AM

      Thank you! It was definitely lots of fun. I didn’t manage to take photos of what I took home but it’s basically a lot of Korean snacks and noodles, make-up, face masks, and magnets!

  • Reply
    Zoë
    April 12, 2018 at 8:57 PM

    These photos are amazing! It looks like so a beautiful place!! xx

    http://www.richelvergara.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      April 13, 2018 at 1:44 AM

      It definitely is, Zoe. Thanks!

  • Reply
    Chiara Costigliolo
    April 12, 2018 at 7:57 PM

    lovely trip and amazing pics!!!!
    kiss
    Chiara – http://www.shesinfashionblog.com

  • Reply
    Mija
    April 12, 2018 at 11:16 AM

    Street food is the best! Living vicariously through you, what an amazing trip – I have always wanted to try AirBnB but have been nervous staying at someone’s house!

    We haven’t started to plan our vacation this year yet but when we do I’ll keep in mind your AirBnB link!!!

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      April 13, 2018 at 1:47 AM

      I’m starting to prefer airbnbs over any other option. You get a bigger place in a cheaper price! Plus you can get your own kitchen and everything. I love it.

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    Audrey
    April 11, 2018 at 10:47 AM

    I’m so thankful for kind strangers, especially when I’m visiting a new place and feeling especially vulnerable <3 // omg that statue of the person nursing(?) the person. That is SOME statue. // Petite France seems so charming! I'd be creeped about by the dolls too haha. // ALL THE FOOD <3 That'd definitely take up most of my itinerary. I mean, whenever I travel, food always takes up much of my itinerary, but I feel like it'd be especially so in Korea 😛 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      April 13, 2018 at 1:52 AM

      You don’t even have to include it in your itinerary. The food will come to you!! Hahaha. Street foods where all around, as well as with cafes and restaurants! You’ll never be hungry in Seoul.

  • Reply
    Nika
    April 8, 2018 at 10:55 PM

    Sobrang ganda sa Korea! Your photos are lovely, Richel! I think this is the first time I have seen photos of Petite France from anyone I know. Didn’t know it was a tourist destination in Korea. Will surely take note on this. Hopefully, I can visit Korea as well! Next year, crossed fingers! 🙂

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      April 13, 2018 at 1:53 AM

      Aww. Thank you, Nika!! I take it as a big compliment kasi I love how you edit your photos haha. Hopefully you can get to visit soon too! Would love to see Korea through your eyes.

  • Reply
    aicsthetic
    April 8, 2018 at 7:25 PM

    Hi Richel!

    I’ve been reading your posts about Korea. I’m excited to go! Thanks for giving out info because I’m planning our itinerary. Wew.

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      April 13, 2018 at 1:48 AM

      If you want me to share my itinerary with you, let me know! When are you going?

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