I’ve always wondered what it was like to stay in one of the traditional Korean hanoks in Seoul, you know, sleeping on the wooden floor with a padded mattress, a pillow and duvet in a windowless box-size room, sit on the floor with legs folded and have breakfast or dinner with Korean folks. My ideal lifestyle for a bumster like me.
Arriving late in the evening from Hong Kong to Seoul, my brother Ken and I booked an overnight stay at Moon Guest House in Anguk before we moved to another accommodation at JW Marriott in Dongdaemun, we shared a small room without a fuss, it was a perfect opportunity for sister to brother pillow-talk catch up. Thankfully, we both had a good night sleep, however, due to time constraints, and we were unable to explore the guest house and experience the traditional way of living, we checked out in the morning and left our luggages behind, had breakfast at a nearby cafe, and then enroute to Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을), a few minutes walk from the guest house and Anguk Subway Station, we arrived there early to avoid influx of tourists from China. Many snaps later and being told to hurry up and move on by a group of impatient ajummas (middle-aged woman), we left Bukchon and strolled through Samcheongdong (삼청동), a quaint neighbourhood characterised by small cafes, restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, and hanok-style residential buildings tucked away in quiet alleyways leading up to tree-lined main street of Samcheong-ro. It was another surreal moment for me. You know what? I would absolutely love to live there!
Stay tuned for part 3!
Have you missed part 1, click on the link to read Seoul visual diary: Cheonggyeong Palace and Daeonsil.