Korea Trip 13 – 20 May, Day 7

Got to hurry up and finish blogging on the Korea trip before I forget certain details! Sorry for the wait!

We were taken to a restaurant called “Tourist Restaurant” that serves China food and our tour guide even said that this restaurant might satisfy our palette better than the usual Korean food or hotel buffet breakfast. What he doesn’t know is that Singaporeans are NOT from China and we do not prefer China food to Korean food. It was one of the worst breakfasts we had in Korea.

We were brought to Bukak Palgakjeong to see the scenery of some mountains and a certain real estate that has very good feng shui and is one of the richest estate in South Korea according to the guide. I don’t see how that place has good feng shui though, because the houses there don’t really look like they’re for the richest people in Korea. Can’t really see much from the picture below too.

There wasn’t really much to do so we took our time to take some pictures and be sad that our days in Korea were soon coming to an end.

Our next stop was at the nearby Cheongwadae museum. It’s also known as the presidential museum and it has a set that looks like the presidential office where you can sit on the chair and act like you’re the president of South Korea, Lee Myung Bak.

Michelle’s mom went to strike a pose as an example!

There is also apparently a “must-take” picture outside the museum where you can see the lucky mountain and the fountain and what-nots. I don’t really believe in these stuffs but hey, no harm right.

Before we left, they made sure to bring us to certain tourist places such as the Ginseng shop. We were taken on a tour with explanations about the miracle properties of ginseng like its the best thing in the world. They then brought us to this room and closed the door so we can’t leave and we had to listen through a sales pitch in which one box of ginseng costs about USD$1165. Like seriously?!?! We just ate some samples and left.

Lunch was my favorite again. Shabu Shabu Buffet!

This time round I made sure I whack the pork until I’m shiok. Here’s a video of Michelle testing her hand at shabu shabu =)

master shabu chef from Michelle Law on Vimeo.

We were then brought to The Face Shop after lunch where we were told everything there was tax free already and when compared to the prices in Singapore, it’s really cheaper by a lot. Some of the other people from our tour group obviously were waiting for this chance to pounce on beauty products and a couple of them spent more than $500 each. It’s amazing really. I just helped my aunt buy some cream and bought a couple of face masks for the relatives and myself. I really don’t think it works though.

Anyway, my next adventure is at Lotte World! It’s happy time for me because I can sit all the thrilling rides.

We were only given 5 rides to sit but it was more than enough actually. We went to queue for French Revolution, which looked deceivingly like some mild roller coaster but actually turned out to be quite an exciting one (for Michelle’s standards). Too bad no videos/pictures though.

We did however take a video of the Waikiki Wave which we sat too!

wakiki wave from Michelle Law on Vimeo.

The most exciting ride that I sat there was the Gyro Drop! It looks really scary at first because it’s a free fall from quite an impressive height, but the view from above was really worth it and when it drops down, it’s not that scary. The wait is probably more exciting!


gyro dropping from Michelle Law on Vimeo.

Looks like the Disney Castle right!

We had our own dinner at Lotte World in which we ate Sapporo hot ramen, which is nongshim instant noodles with a bit more ingredients.

Anyway, the highlight was post-dinner activities! It was about 8.30pm or so when we reached back at the hotel and we immediately chionged down the Myeongdong because we heard there’s H&M and other good shopping places there. It was the BEST shopping place we’ve been to in Korea. There were so many shops all around, big names one as well as pasar malam style shops along the streets. It was such a huge place that we sort of lost our direction. Bought many stuff there for relatively cheap prices and if I were to go back to Seoul again, this would definitely be one of the destinations to go to!

That concludes Day 7 of my 8 days tour in South Korea.

 

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