Thankfully city sights are easier to navigate to compared to the countryside.
Bongeunsa is a pocket of calm and tradition within the city.
|Cherry blossoms + old buildings|
After Bongeunsa we made our way to the next major sight in Gangnam - Royal Tombs.
|Royal tombs of the Joseon Dynasty|
It might actually be peach or something, but all pink blossoms are cherry blossoms to me.
|Much bigger than it looks|
I think the royalty buried here will be shocked by how the country has changed since their reign.
Lots of Koreans come here during lunch break.
On the walk back to Hotel Cappuccino I passed this charming events space.
Love these typically Korean neighbourhood roads.
It was raining as we left Hotel Cappuccino we so hailed a cab. There's special cabs with English-speaking drivers.
'Where are you from?' the driver asked.
'But you look Asian.'
Then we had to go through the whole Malaysian-Chinese-British-born-Chinese spiel.
After checking into Crown Park Myeongdong (we decided to stay in Myeongdong so we didn't have to lug our shopping around), we headed to Myeongdong for lunch.
I'd heard of Myeongdong Gyoza and seen it on blogs as well as my friends' Insta, so when we passed by and there was no line (it was 3pm, after all), I decided that we were meant to lunch here.
The restaurant was tight and only offered a few menu items, which made ordering a breeze.
After being served we looked around for chopsticks and spoons then realised they were in a drawer built into the table.
After lunch it was raining in earnest so we ducked into the Ediya Coffee opposite for hot drinks and dessert.
|Hot fruit tea|
It was 8 seconds.
I went in and bought a lot - both Mei and I were shocked at the bill. I was so focused on shopping I didn't pay attention to the PA system notifying customers of a chance to enter a lucky draw to meet GD.
So I paid for all my shopping in 1 receipt, and only got 1 entry!
Back at Crown Park Myeongdong Mei and I took turns in the toilet - not sure if it's from Myeongdong Gyoza.
When I showed off my 8 seconds purchases to Mei and Martica (who joined us at night) the response to my basic V-neck T-shirts and skinny jeans was, 'Err, you could've bought the exact same items in Australia.'
But my floaty white top and high-waisted ripped denim shorts got nods of approval.
To soothe our tummies we had yogurt drinks in the evening. (It's something I enjoy doing on holidays - going to supermarkets and buying snacks, especially yogurt.)