We are down to the last day in Seoul!
No more stopping at convenience stores to buy snacks. No more baths while applying one of the endless face masks you can easily get.
|Saw this brochure - how could I resist a visit to Shinsegae?|
|The yam rice cakes were yummy!|
The purple rice cakes were chewy, a touch sweet with real yam pieces.
After brunch we walked to Shinsegae -
I was a bit surprised by how lovely it was inside Shinsegae - reminded me of David Jones.
The LG food department was charmingly decorated -
We saw this delicious-looking vanilla soft-serve stall O'slo and decided to try some -
I'm always on the lookout for good vanilla bean ice-cream since Woolies stopped stocking my favourite a few years ago.
The sign below explaining the black flecks in the ice-cream from the vanilla beans further increased my anticipation of tasting the ice-cream!
I ordered a Coffee Float. The ice-cream had 2 shots of espresso poured over it (a la affogato) then it was placed inside a fridge for a minute.
The freezing process solidifies the outside of the ice-cream for a crunchy texture.
It's more froyo than the creamy vanilla ice-cream of my dreams, but it was still yummy.
We wandered upstairs while eating our ice-creams.
The decor looks like David Jones' annual flower show.
On the top floor there is a rooftop garden-
|A couple on a date facing the sakura tree|
If I'd known Shinsegae was so pretty and fun I would've allocated time to visit thoroughly.
On our way back to the hotel we passed by an ahjumma ladling shikye (sweet rice punch) into sample paper cups, and I paused to try some because I love shikye. (Every time I enter a Korean mart I buy a can of shikye.)
|High class shikye|
We also stopped by this stall selling cream buns to buy one for the road. I bought a bun with matcha and whipped cream filling, and it was yum.
|We also bought some buns from this Korean bakery|
The staff at the Chosun was really nice and directed us to use the hotel lifts to access the entrance, although it was obvious we weren't staying at the Chosun.
While waiting for the shuttle we saw many American army personnel in uniform arrive and leave, so it must be the hotel of choice for the American army.
Finally the shuttle came and off we went to the airport to return to Sydney.
I realised my dream of visiting South Korea, and although I didn't find it as breathtaking as Japan, it was still a charming trip where I got to do the things I wanted to, like eat fish cakes on sticks, sip hot soup from a paper cup at a roadside stall, see sakura bloom abundantly, visit famous eateries and shop like crazy (it's now 1 year since I visited South Korea and I still have unopened boxes of skincare).
Mei was patient with my random ideas (good) and over-supportive of my shopaholic tendencies (bad).
With news of tensions easing between North and South Korea, it might be interesting to return to South Korea to visit the DMZ (demilitarised zone - if it's still there) and Jeju.
For now I'm happily planning my next trip to Tokyo - another city I've been dreaming of traveling to.