Ben and I went to the Richmond Costco to get the tires replaced. There is no appointment booking for the tire service. We were advised to go earlier, before the center opens at 8:00AM.
We went out before 7:30AM that morning and we were greeted with a great sunrise. There were already a few people in line. After we dropped off our key for the service, we went to look for a place for breakfast on foot. Ben suggested Kongee King or Buffet at the River Rock Casino.
We settled with the Buffet at River Rock because we thought we can spent more time there.
The place is spacious.
Ben asked for a table with the view of the water.
Candies decor at the buffet area.
Here are some of the food that we had. Egg Benedict with taters. The taters were buttery. Continue reading
I am taking a short break from the Seoul travel series for a few local restaurants review.
This is a group meeting that ended with dim sum lunch on the last Friday of the month.
This time, we had dim sum at Kalok Seafood Restaurant at Union Square.
Since there was 16 people in our group, we had a big table instead of 2 tables we initially booked. We were seated under the crystal lamp.
Table setting with white ceramic dishes and plastic chopsticks.
Here are the dishes that we shared. Home Style Fried Vernicelli with BBQ pork and shrimp.
Duck Meat Fried Rice. Continue reading
We had dinner in Myeongdong again.
We settled with a ramen restaurant, Kenzo Ramen.
We had a Stir Fried Noodle which turned out to be like Yakisoba served on a hotplate.
The Kenso Ramen had a kimchee based broth. Not so good.
The meal came to KRW20500 (CAD20.50).
After visiting Namsan, we went to check out Insadong.
Insadong is famous with its traditional stationery shops, calligraphy demonstrations and handicrafts shops.
The sculpture Draw a Stroke by Yoon Young-seok symbolizing Insadong.
Another street view of Insadong. Continue reading
After having lunch at Gwangjang Market, we took the subway to Namsan. With the height of 860 feet, it’s a great place to take in the view of downtown Seoul’s skyline.
We took the cable car ride up to Namsan. Round trip for two was KRW16,000 (CAD16).
The Namsan cable car service is wheelchair friendly with a capacity of 20 passengers.
An elevator connects the Seoul Metropolitan near the entrance of Namsan Tunnel Three up to the cable car station. Continue reading
After exploring the Cheongyecheon Stream, we went to the Kwang Jang Market.
Gwangjang Market was previously known as Dongdaemun Market.
Gwangjang Market is another traditional street market with more than 5000 shops.
Here are some of the stuff you’ll find in the market; traditional Korean clothing.
Artificial food. Continue reading
Finally, we had a day with good weather.
Ben brought me back to the Cheongyecheon Stream to have a closer look. You’ll be amazed how clear is the water.
This 10km creek flows from west to east through the downtown Seoul.
Some decorations at the walkway on either side of the stream.
An emergency staircase to higher ground in case of flooding.
Crossing the Cheongyecheon Stream.
We decided to have dinner at the neighbourhood again.
We went to a BBQ restaurant. They serve hot towel before the meal, a good start.
It is a charcoal BBQ for more authentic flavour.
We had pork belly and beef.
The server actually helped us with the BBQ. When the meat is done, she cut them into small pieces for us. Continue reading
After changing back to my walking shoes, we had lunch at another neighbourhood restaurant near our hotel.
This restaurant serves four banchans.
We had Tofu Soup. It came with purple rice with beans, a healthier version.
We also had a grilled fish. Continue reading
Entrance fee to the palace was KRW3000 (CAD3) per person.
The royal guards.
The National Palace Museum inside the palace houses relics, artifacts and royal treasures from the palaces of the Joseon Dynasty and Korean Empire with a 500-year of history.
Heungnyemun Gate is the second inner gate into Gyeongbokgung Palace. Continue reading