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Seoul: Itaewon & Myeongdong

Continuing on from writing about my trip to Korea… we went to Santorini, Greece!!

Nah, this was just a mural on one of the subway stations in Seoul. I love when subways dedicate spaces for art. It makes the daily commute much more colourful during drizzly days such as these:

Outfit in front of a mural of Santorini, Greece on Seoul subway station, South Korea: H&M grey men's jacket, Marshalls gold studded shawl, Zara striped dress, Hue ribbed tights.

Outfit in front of a mural of Santorini, Greece on Seoul subway station, South Korea: H&M grey men's jacket, Marshalls gold studded shawl, Zara striped dress, Hue ribbed tights, Alexander McQueen x Puma red sneakers.

Outfit in front of a mural of Santorini, Greece on Seoul subway station, South Korea: Viparo pink leather jacket, Marshalls gold studded shawl, Zara striped dress, Hue ribbed tights, Alexander McQueen x Puma red sneakers.Peeling off the layers for sunny skies and blue waters.

Gold studded shawl on my head.

Blowing on the sails of a painted ship of Santorini on a mural in Seoul subway, South Korea.Whoosh!

We stayed at Hotel Bonbon during our stay in Seoul this time round. Ottie had stayed at Hotel Bonbon before, but couldn’t remember its name besides the fact that he loved talking to the owners. To his delight, we spied Hotel Bonbon situated right across Lotte Hotel when we lodged there the previous week! How serendipitous.

Hotel Bonbon, Seoul, South Korea.

Panoramic view of our room in Hotel Bonbon in Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea.Space was tight, which was what I’d expect for the price we paid for. The good part was that it was very clean and pretty cosy once I got used to the configuration. Clean towels were provided, as were soap and shampoo. Complimentary travel toothbrush packs, razers and bottled water were redeemable at the counter (one per person per day). Being semi eco-conscious, all we required everyday were the bottled water.

Word of caution: there’s no elevator, so those with huge heavy bags might want to beef up. The wife attempted to lug our medium-sized luggage up to level 4, but she was smaller than me and I felt really bad while she attempted to do so at her insistence. I managed to steal it back halfway because she was too winded. I’m stronger than what my stick arms suggest (probably not by much, but still). :p

Panoramic view of the bathroom in Hotel Bonbon in Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea.The bathroom was pretty typical of those I’ve seen in Korea, in which the shower rose would be connected to the basin. One of the things I thought was a waste was that the bathroom walls were frosted. I mean, who needs privacy when one could watch television on one’s porcelain throne?

… I should maybe never open a hotel, ever.

Watching Korean variety show Running Man in Hotel Bonbon, Seoul, South Korea.Catching snippets of Running Man ep. 234 on TV. One thing I’d never experienced before in Korea was that Hotel Bonbon had a dedicated BBC channel! They also had a good number of English channels, which I guess would be unsurprising given that the owners had a good grasp of the language.

Wefie with the manager of Hotel Bonbon, Seoul, South Korea.Ottie and the manager, reunited. He and his family were incredibly helpful and kind, and helped us with the nitty gritty in our itinerary when we were there. Thank you!

Traditional food special tourist zone culture street outside Hotel Bonbon, Seoul, South Korea.Traditional food special tourist zone culture street outside Hotel Bonbon. I had to take this shot because of the Singapore center in the background.

Our first stop when we reached Seoul was Itaewon for dinner and drinks with Ant and Philli (Ant’s younger sis). It would be the first time I’d been to Itaewon, but the night scene was okay for a drizzly day.

Dinner at Taco Amigo Restaurante Mexicano, Itaewon, Seoul, South Korea.Dinner at Taco Amigo Restaurante Mexicano. We ordered a pitcher of lime margarita, and it was strong.

Ottie, Philli, and Ant in Shenanigans, Itaewon, Seoul, South Korea.

Drinks at Shenanigans in Shenanigans, Itaewon, Seoul, South Korea.More drinks at Shenanigans.Needless to say, I was drunk.

We went to a Thursday Party after, but all I could down were bottles upon bottles of water while attempting to score at darts.

The next day was spent at Myeongdong for a very last get-together with Ant, Philli and Tim.

Tim, Ottie, and Ant posing in front of an event promoting Gyeongsangbuk-do in Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea.The irony is strong in this one – we came all the way out to Seoul, only to find that there was a whole event dedicated to Gyeongsangbukdo, the province in which Tim, Ottie, and Ant had spent their last two years teaching.

Wefie in the rain with Ottie, Ant and Philli in Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea.Me, Ottie, Ant, and Philli. IDK what the guys were trying to do. XD

Korean Dessert Cafe in Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea.

Strawberry bingsu at Korean Dessert Cafe in Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea.We had dessert at Korean Dessert Cafe seasonal promotion – strawberry bingsu!

Final photos with Ottie, Tim, Philli and Ant in Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea.

Here’s a few more shots of Myeongdong, mostly because Ottie and I would loiter around looking for food near our lodgings.

Posing with a drawing directing customers to Kimchi-jigae in Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea.

Kimchi-jigae in Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea.Kimchi-jigae. I saw death attempting to eat this for lunch.

Signage at Bulgogi Brothers in Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea.

Dinner at Bulgogi Brothers in Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea.

Dinner at Bulgogi Brothers in Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea.Bulgogi Brothers.

Salmon roll at Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea.

Assorted sushi at Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea.

Salmon sushi at Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea.Some sushi place. Korean sushi has always fascinated me in their cut of fish.

Pasta in a bread bowl at Italian Bistro Bonappetit in Nine Tree Hotel, Myeongdong, Seoul South Korea.Pasta in a bread bowl at Italian Bistro Bonappetit.

Roadside stall selling twistie potato sticks in Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea.

Me with a twistie potato stick in Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea.I finally got to try the twistie potatoes by the roadside! It was so cold that my piping hot snack turned cold about halfway through.

More Myeongdong!

Shops along Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea.

Shopping street in Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea.

Patriotic graffiti in Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea.

Giant MCM store in Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea.There was a giant MCM store. I had to go in to take a look.

Chinese tourists on the road in Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea.

Monday couple Kang Gary and Song Ji Hyo on a billboard advertisement.Running Man’s Monday Couple on a subway billboard.

Cute facades:

Chinese Restaurant in the shape of a chinese takeaway box in Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea.

Window display featuring a collaboration between Dreamworks Shrek characters and facial masks from Olive Young in Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea.

Cute statues of policemen mascots outside a police station in Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea.Even the police post was cute.

Cute batman-painted doberman statue and Union Jack flag bulldog statue outside a store in Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea.

Cute exterior of Hard Donuts, a cafe in Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea.

Ottie and Ren posing in front of a mirror at Etude House with the inscription: All of you are Born as a Princess, in Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea.All of you are Born as a Princess
This was so ridiculous that it would be a sin not to take photographic evidence of it. I could go on a tirade over the princess syndrome, but I’ll save my breath for another day.

Picture with cute statue outside Miss Lee Cafe in Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea.

Taking a portrait with a cute statue outside Miss Lee Cafe in Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea.Outside Miss Lee Cafe.

Cat and dog mascots on the streets of Myeongdong advertising for a Cat & Dog Cafe in Seoul, South Korea.

Garfield cat mascot on the streets of Myeongdong advertising for Godabang Cat Cafe in Seoul, South Korea.

Animated gif of Ottie and Ren's reflection.

This post has been lengthy. But my last few posts on Korea will be worth the wait. :)

OUTFIT
Leather jacket c/o Viparo
Shawl from Marshalls
Dress from Zara
Ribbed tights Hue
Sneakers from McQ x Puma

Outfit photos assisted by Ottie.

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