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Korea Travel Series Part 18: Day 15 – CALT City Airport in Gangnam (Samseong Station), Jjimjilbang AGAIN and Back to Singapore!

The last episode of Mummy Audrey’s trip to Seoul, Korea with 3 kids and Ahjussi from 1st to 15th Sep 2016.

Links to the entire series HERE.

Day 15 – 15th September 2016 

This is a very important tip!
If you are a shopholic like us and worry about dragging all the luggage to Incheon Airport, this tip will be useful during your trip! Plan well like us and make use of it! Especially if you are taking afternoon/evening flight, you don’t have to waste time and can still do a little more sightseeing before you fly!

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Crazy amount of stuff we have! Can’t imagine dragging these plus 3 kids on an 1+h journey to the airport!

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That’s why we planned to end our stay near this place. This is CALT, which is also known as City Airport. There’s also a City Airport in Seoul Station but we find that too complicated to navigate. This place is a lot simpler and less crowded.

How this place works….
They open really in the morning like 5.30am for you to check in. You can check in anytime before your flight (minimum 3h before your flight). So this works great for us as our flight was at 6pm.

We checked out at 9am, crossed the road to check in. Go up to level 2 to get our passports stamped. And when we arrive at the airport, we can use the special door with priority queue (same as crew)! It is a lot more convenient!

As we wanted to hang around the area a little more before we head to the airport, we decided to lock our hand carry items in the lockers and come back for them later. There’s airport express bus from CALT to Incheon Airport, so we will take that at around 3.30pm. Journey takes around 1h without traffic jam and 1.5h to 2h with bad traffic. It’s better to arrive slightly early at the airport and have a nice meal than the be late for your flight!

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Lockers!

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Instructions available in English, so it’s very easy to operate.

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We chose the largest one which could fit all our handcarry items!

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For more info and to check if your airline allows check in at CALT: http://www.calt.co.kr.

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Breakfast after we check in!

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Walking over (1 train station away) to our favourite jjimjilbang in this area.

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It’s near Seollung Station, around 3 min walk.

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Located at the basement of the building.

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Entrance fees.

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They provide clothes for the common area. It’s cheaper if you are only coming in for a bath and not heading to the common area.

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Nice playground!

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The snack bar

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Snacks!

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We love the eggs!

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Enjoying the playground!

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Entrance to the restaurant.

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Nice restaurant! The food is great!

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Menu in Korean, but you can just look at what others are eating and point. Or use Google Translate!

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Yummy!

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As it was their mid-autumn festival, they served special rice cakes for free! Very yummy! I didn’t know I would enjoy it so much.

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My simple ramyun.

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Very cute play mat for the kids to nap on! Meimei finally fell asleep so I could go explore!

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One of the special heated rooms.

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Payable massage beds.

And it’s finally time to head to the airport.
We were very reluctant! But at the same time, happy to head back to Singapore where I have extra help with the kids and get to rest a little. Meimei is a bundle of energy and it’s really hard to chase after her and keep up with her!

But it’s all worth it. Look at the memories we created with them!

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Last meal in Korea at Incheon Airport before we fly….

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Goodbye Korea! We’ll be back very soon!

 

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Mummy Audrey
Mummy to Big Boy, Baby Oppa & Meimei

Note: Mummy Audrey runs her own online store, www.TLO.com.sg, while looking after her 3 kids ages 9yo, 5yo, and 1yo. Her business focuses on Korean baby products, thus she travels to Korea frequently to source for new and unique products to bring into Singapore. 

Mummy Audrey and her children are available for product/service reviews as long as the products/services are not conflicting with her own products. Do contact her directly at audrey@TLO.com.sg if you are interested for her to review your product. 

Korea Travel Series Part 17: Day 14 – Coex Aquarium @ Samseong Station

Continuation of Mummy Audrey’s trip to Seoul, Korea with 3 kids and Ahjussi from 1st to 15th Sep 2016.

Links to the entire series HERE.

Day 14 – 14th September 2016 

We were starting to get really tired after running around Korea non-stop the past 13 days. As this is our last full day in Korea, we decided to chillax and had to allocate time to pack our luggage. Packing luggage is a battle for us as we will weigh and carefully calculate the total we are checking in to avoid extra charges. Any excess will be shipped back and we needed time to head to the post office if we needed to ship anything back.

Coex Aquarium didn’t seem like a nice place as the entrance was really small and we could barely sense anything inside.

However, after entering it, we were SHOCKED. The place is huge and there’s a lot more than what you see!

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Quick yummy breakfast!

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At the entrance of Coex! We walked around and shopped around before going to the aquarium.

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Lunch before the long walk in the aquarium! This is one of our fave restaurants in Coex!

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This is spicy but the kids loved it!

Before you continue on to the flood of photos, there’s a really nice show and you must make sure to check the show schedule and watch it!

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Entrance to Coex Aquarium!

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She fell asleep! We had quite a peaceful exploration time because she was asleep! LOL!

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They have a very lovely show! We caught it just in time!

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Meimei finally woke up!

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They have diaper change area that’s clean.

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Nursing room – individual cubicles with curtains only. There’s fan as the place is not covered by the central aircon which is really cold.

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Very cute display at the mall!

We were really tired and had to sort out our luggage, so we decided to order fried chicken for the kids and all of us just chilled in the room.

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Meimei totally enjoyed the chips and chicken too!

Where is this?
COEX AQUARIUM –> Samseong Station (Within Coex Mall, B1)
513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 강남구 영동대로 513 (삼성동)

Next up: Day 15 – City Airport, Jjimjilbang AGAIN & Back to Singapore!

Keep a lookout!

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Mummy Audrey
Mummy to Big Boy, Baby Oppa & Meimei

Note: Mummy Audrey runs her own online store, www.TLO.com.sg, while looking after her 3 kids ages 9yo, 5yo, and 1yo. Her business focuses on Korean baby products, thus she travels to Korea frequently to source for new and unique products to bring into Singapore. 

Mummy Audrey and her children are available for product/service reviews as long as the products/services are not conflicting with her own products. Do contact her directly at audrey@TLO.com.sg if you are interested for her to review your product. 

Korea Travel Series Part 16: Day 13 – Lotte World @ Jamsil Station

Continuation of Mummy Audrey’s trip to Seoul, Korea with 3 kids and Ahjussi from 1st to 15th Sep 2016.

Links to the entire series HERE.

Day 13 – 13th September 2016 

So sorry this update came so late! I thought I had uploaded everything but a friend reminded me that we’re not done with the trip just yet!

This is the most tiring day of the trip. But it was super fun!
We spent the entire day at Lotte World from opening till closing! But we forgot to head outside to catch the fireworks at Magic Land. #oops

Anyway, take your time to browse through the pictures and take a look at the video of the parade!

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The Southern Entrance! This is to collect the tickets we purchased online 🙂

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You can see the ticket prices. They have quite a few options if you are just walking around and not taking rides.

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Baby Oppa was really looking forward to this!

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Halloween themed when we went!

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The boys pretending to be ZOMBIES!

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Dress up for little girls!

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Height Matters!

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The difference between the boys! One loves rides while the other is terrified!

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Reasonable priced restaurant! The food was great too! Not too crowded and we could refill the kids’ water bottles.

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Big Boy’s fave – PIZZA!

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Pororo Park! This place is bigger than the one at Coex. Additional entrance fees applies.

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Additional entrance fees applies. You can enter this Pororo Park without entering Lotte World actually. They have an alternate entrance from the shopping mall/ice skating rink.

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Meimei’s fave… All the BALLS!!!

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Sand play!

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Bounce Bounce Bounce!

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Mini indoor playground

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Parent’s hideout within Pororo Park!

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She decided to be a baby again…. But too big for it already!

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The Pororo Park here is huge. Both of us were so tired running after the kids to watch them!

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Back into Lotte World main area to look around.

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I have so many photos of the night parade but the VIDEO says it all!
There’s too much to share about this amazing place! It’s better if you visit it yourself and soak in the fun!

Conclusion about Lotte World: It’s fantastic for KIDS!
However, they are quite STRICT on the height limit for the rides.
Also, we bought discounted tickets online which came as ‘tour tickets’ where everyone gets adult tickets. Certain ride staff were sticky about it and refused to let the kids take the rides without the child ticket. We had to go to their customer service centre to see the manager and get that sorted out. We were informed that this has been improved, not too sure how true as we encountered this again during our Dec 2017 trip.

Where is this?
Lotte World –> Jamsil Station
240, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 송파구 올림픽로 240 (잠실동)

Next up: Day 14 – Coex Aquarium @ Samseong Station

Keep a lookout!

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Mummy Audrey
Mummy to Big Boy, Baby Oppa & Meimei

Note: Mummy Audrey runs her own online store, www.TLO.com.sg, while looking after her 3 kids ages 9yo, 5yo, and 1yo. Her business focuses on Korean baby products, thus she travels to Korea frequently to source for new and unique products to bring into Singapore. 

Mummy Audrey and her children are available for product/service reviews as long as the products/services are not conflicting with her own products. Do contact her directly at audrey@TLO.com.sg if you are interested for her to review your product. 

Korea Travel Series Part 14: Day 11 – Lazy Day! Coex Mall Duty Free, Andong JimDdak & MAD FRY CHICKEN (The BEST Fried Chicken EVER!)

Continuation of Mummy Audrey’s trip to Seoul, Korea with 3 kids and Ahjussi from 1st to 15th Sep 2016.

Links to the entire series HERE.

Day 11 – 11th September 2016 

So, the day started off with us waking up late as we were too tired from all the walking at Seoul Forest followed by shopping at Wangsimni!

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Lazing around

After the kids decided to wake up, we headed to Coex, which was just across the road. Love the convenience of this Gangnam apartment! They munched on grapes again for breakfast and Ahjussi made porridge for us too. Perks of living in an apartment with kitchen.

First stop at Coex: Lotte Duty Free!

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Baby Oppa wanted a photo with the stars!

I wanted to buy some gifts from MCM for our Sure Win Lucky Dip (event for our baby fairs). So this is the right place to be shopping at!

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Do note that photo taking INSIDE MCM is NOT ALLOWED. The staff will be very fast to either cover your phone or snatch it away. Don’t be surprised. If your friends are asking you to help them find something, just show the photo/screenshot to the staff will do.

And Ahjussi went to get some additional discounts or something. I can’t remember clearly. So I hung around with 3 kids while waiting for him to settle that.

He came back and saw this. Guess who got scolded. OOPSIES!

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Mad fun!

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Many cute little displays all over the mall for photo taking!

We were getting hungry so we decided to settle down for something to eat. Too lazy to think, so we just plonked ourselves down at this restaurant serving Andong Chicken Stew.

Turned out… It was SPICY!!! The boys had to down a lot of rice & water. Looks innocent yet super spicy although we requested no chili! Be warned! Not kid friendly!
We bought the boys burgers after this.
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Loads of seafood! Really value for money. 34,000 won per set (can feed 4 but both of us finished it all).

And we were really too tired to do anything else! We headed back to the apartment to rest.

So while the boys enjoyed their free time (TV/iPad), Meimei was busy looking for stuff to play. We don’t believe in bringing many toys along during a trip, so she had to find her own entertainment. Kids learn more when not given toys, this trip really proved this point to us! We were surprised at her stacking skills!

Ahjussi went to tabao dinner. Amongst all the fried chicken we had in Korea (we’ve tried all the ‘branded’ ones that were recommended), this is our ultimate fave! MAD FRY CHICKEN!

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For convenience, Ahjussi ordered boneless drumsticks.

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This is it! I think this is half dozen? He bought other food too. Complimentary pickled radish which we seldom ate.

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Their dips were mouth watering. The boys enjoyed the cheese dip a lot! I preferred their chili dip. Slightly spicy with a tangy feel.

I don’t have the exact address to this place. But if you are near Coex, it is just across the road from 7-Luck Casino’s main entrance. Sharing same premises as Ediya cafe. They apparently have many branches all over Korea, so maybe Google can help you find an outlet near where you will be staying at!

Next up: Day 12 – Pororo Cafe @ Coex

Keep a lookout!

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Mummy Audrey
Mummy to Big Boy, Baby Oppa & Meimei

Note: Mummy Audrey runs her own online store, www.TLO.com.sg, while looking after her 3 kids ages 9yo, 5yo, and 1yo. Her business focuses on Korean baby products, thus she travels to Korea frequently to source for new and unique products to bring into Singapore. 

Mummy Audrey and her children are available for product/service reviews as long as the products/services are not conflicting with her own products. Do contact her directly at audrey@TLO.com.sg if you are interested for her to review your product. 

Korea Travel Series Part 13: Day 10 – Saemaul Sikdang 새마을 식당, Seoul Forest (Great for Kids), Wangsimni Station (Cheap dinner & Indoor Playground)

Continuation of Mummy Audrey’s trip to Seoul, Korea with 3 kids and Ahjussi from 1st to 15th Sep 2016.

Links to the entire series HERE.

Day 10 – 10th September 2016 

We started the day with breakfast in our Gangnam apartment as the kids slept in. We ate very juicy grapes which our host bought for us!

First stop when we headed out was for lunch. This restaurant was highly recommended online when we were searching for food near our Gangnam apartment. Thankfully, it was just a few steps away from our apartment, on the way to the train station.

Saemaul Sikdang  새마을 식당 has many outlets around Seoul. You can simply Google for the outlet nearest to you. 🙂

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Non spicy pork soup for the boys!

Food was affordable if you order the one dish sets. Grilled meat can get pricey.
Ahjussi ordered a stew and I ordered the 7min Pork Stew. It was superb! We kept coming back for more.

Taste wise it was yummy and the boys enjoyed their food. They serve dried seaweed (FREE FLOW) to the boy’s delight. Any restaurant with free slow dried seaweed, the boys will help themselves and flood their rice bowls. And they can finish 2 bowls of rice each when there’s seaweed around.

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They each finished almost a bucket of seaweed at every meal!

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Quick translation for the menu at the bottom:
(1) 7 Minute Pork Kimchi Stew 5,000 won
(2) Saemaul Bean Stew 6,000 won
(3) COLD Kimchi Noodles 4,000 won
(4) Anchovies Noodles 3,000 won
(5) Pork Noodles 6,000 won

After lunch, we headed over to Seoul Forest. This place is amazing! It’s a forest in the middle of the city. Loads to do and see!

How to go to Seoul Forest:
(1) Take the train to Seoul Forest Station
(2) Take EXIT 3
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(4) You can use the elevator
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(5) You will see this once you are out of the station
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(6) See this sign? You can choose to go either ways and you will arrive at the forest. We chose the left side, which happened to be nearer to the Visitor’s Centre (where you can get maps). There’s a convenience store at the Visitor’s Centre and also you can hide there to escape the heat (during summer or hot days).
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(7) Just keep walking and follow the sign.
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We saw this along the way. Interesting rest stop and there’s a greenhouse next to it!

(8) Arrived!
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Visitor’s centre. Too bright for them to smile properly at me!

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Baby Oppa loved the piano! Insisted on waiting for everyone else to move off, then he ran back to play!

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First time seeing a real APPLE TREE!

While I admired the lovely butterflies, Meimei got her first taste of ICE CREAM! And she loves it!

Walking further into the forest, we chanced on the Butterfly Garden.
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Meimei gave us a weird look when we asked her to pose!

 

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Pouting because the boys went with Ahjussi into an insect place and “NO STROLLERS ALLOWED”. She refused to put on her shoes and get off the stroller, so we hung around outside.

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I managed to run in for a quick photo of the insect place.

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As we walked further in, there were rabbits!

And finally, we arrived at the main attraction! Our reason for all that walking!
The deers!

You can feed the deers here!

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Vending machine for deer food.

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Insert 1 x 1,000 won bill. Then press the button (both buttons are the same).

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Food being dispensed!

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Collect your cup of food.

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Looks like dried kibbles and some dried corn kennels.

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Took them a while to realised there were people here wanting to feed them!

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So near!

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Information poster on how to feed the deer!

Big Boy was so brave and he loved it! Baby Oppa wanted to try but he was afraid that the deer will bite him. A previous trip to the goat farm in Singapore didn’t help as the goat nibbled on him and how he has a weird fear of animals.

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My turn! But I was also afraid of them licking my hand. So… Direct from the cup!

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Sorry for the blurry photo. You-Know-Who took this. Anyway, they have stands for you to recycle the cup!

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And of course, please only feed them with the designated feed for their health. Feeding them human food may cause them to be sick!

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We continued our stroll and saw many interesting art fixtures!

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And a wonderful play area! Too bad we were in a rush to check out another place so the kids just had to admire the place instead of play here. We’ll be back again soon!

After a whole afternoon of walking, it was almost dinner time. We wanted to get out of the forest before it turned dark as we observed that there wasn’t much lamps in the forest itself, so getting out before it turns dark will be a better idea. Especially since we are not familiar with the place and needed to refer to the map quite often.

From Seoul Forest Station, we decided to head to Wangsimni Station for dinner and some shopping.

We love E-mart at Wangsimni! It’s our ‘must go’ place when we are in Seoul.

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I waited outside for him and happened to read an article on how others managed to travel in Seoul on tight budget and wanted to try it out too. So we looked around this building and decided on our dinner menu: Gimbab!

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Anyway, we found this really nice indoor playground here at Wangsimni Station. It’s super near the Gimbab place!

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Not a very huge place but good space planning allowed them to pack in a lot of different play areas and activities.

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Price is for 1.5h play. Kids 8,000 won. Adults 6,000 won.

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Such a fun day she fell asleep even before we started to head home!

Next up: Day 11 – Lazy Day! Coex Mall Duty Free, Andong JimDdak & MAD FRY CHICKEN (The BEST Fried Chicken EVER!)

Keep a lookout!

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Mummy Audrey
Mummy to Big Boy, Baby Oppa & Meimei

Note: Mummy Audrey runs her own online store, www.TLO.com.sg, while looking after her 3 kids ages 9yo, 5yo, and 1yo. Her business focuses on Korean baby products, thus she travels to Korea frequently to source for new and unique products to bring into Singapore. 

Mummy Audrey and her children are available for product/service reviews as long as the products/services are not conflicting with her own products. Do contact her directly at audrey@TLO.com.sg if you are interested for her to review your product. 

Korea Travel Series Part 12: Day 9 – On The Grill (Lunch), Han River Cruise, Yeouido Hangang Park, Paddle Boating, Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market (SUPERB!)

Continuation of Mummy Audrey’s trip to Seoul, Korea with 3 kids and Ahjussi from 1st to 15th Sep 2016.

Links to the entire series HERE.

Day 9 – 9th September 2016 
So we bought tickets online for a river cruise and MUST head there on time, otherwise, the cruise will not wait for us!

But since I knew we wouldn’t want to rush around, I book the cruise for 2pm, which means we had to reach by 1.30pm to exchange tickets and get ready for boarding. In case we got lost, we planned to reach there by 1pm, giving ourselves adequate buffer time if needed.

Since we were in no rush and we had to change apartment (to Gangnam area) the next day, we slept late and spent some time tidying up the room before we headed out. Ahjussi went to tabao pizza for breakfast!

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Awesome Bulgogi Pizza! It is made from Korean beef which is premium beef!

So we were too lazy to think of lunch ideas and decided to head back to On the Grill to say goodbye to the Singaporean chef before we left Myeongdong area.

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The boys had Pepper Beef Rice (minus the pepper at our request).

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I had Kimchi Pork Belly Stew (SUPERB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

After lunch, we headed out. The tickets came with specific instructions on where to go, so we took the train and followed the instructions.

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Screenshot of the confirmation email with instructions.

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Thank goodness we decided to leave early. There were 2 interchanges we had to walk through and we GOT LOST! We got off at the wrong station because I didn’t zoom into the app to check which station we were supposed to alight at and assumed. Correct route: Myeongdong to Seoul Station, then to Gongdeok. I saw it as Hyochang instead of Gongdeok and WHOOPSIE! Thankful that Koreans are generally helpful and their signages were clear. Wasted 15min on getting lost!

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At Exit 3 according to the instructions!

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This stall greeted us. Smell really good but er… Not our kind of snack! Pupa and sea snails.

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Left side is the train station exit. The right side is the path towards E-Land Cruise!

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We spotted the signage after walking for a few minutes.

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Head towards the river as per instructions.

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See that tall building? That’s 63 Building. We didn’t have time to pop over, though.

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Spotted a dock or something from far.

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Looks right!

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Yes, it is right!

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Looking for the ticket counter.

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Spotted a signage pointing to the ticket counter. It’s a FRIDAY and it is a hot afternoon, so there weren’t many people around.

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So nice to capture humanless photos because it is usually crowded in the city!

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Found the ticket counter!

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They required us to fill up a form. I guess that is the ‘passenger list’.

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There are fixtures with good photo opportunities!

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I’m loving this photo! Meimei was cranky in her stroller so she didn’t want to take a photo with the boys.

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Big Boy asked for a photo by himself 🙂

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And Baby Oppa wanted one too.

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How could we forget this cheeky Meimei? She’s enjoying the surroundings, pointing and yakking in baby talk.

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Heading towards the dock. Lovely bridge. I think it lights up with pretty lights at night!

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Another bridge with flowers instead.

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In the air conditioned area waiting to board! There are F&B outlets here, so you can come early and have lunch here. We ordered iced drinks as the sun was really scorching that day.

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The cruise arrived! It’s time to board!

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Wondering why the cruise looks so familiar? Because it has been featured on popular dramas like You Who Came from the Stars (My Love from the Stars).

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First thing that caught my eye once we boarded. Nursing room!

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Clean, comfy, well ventilated & private!

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Simple snack counter.

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And looking out of the windows, we saw SEAGULLS!

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Big Boy enjoying himself even before we start to move off!

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Perks of coming on a weekday. So quiet!

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We had the whole Level 1 (air con) to ourselves! They even had a singer perform live! And the only audience was a sleeping Meimei and me.

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And Ahjussi spotted anchovies being sold at the snack booth so that you can feed the seagulls. 2,000 won per cup (around 10 large anchovies).

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Finally moving off!

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The lone passenger who is paying attention…

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Travelling under the bridge!

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Ahjussi trying to feed seagulls in the middle of NOWHERE. LOL!

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Tried & tried but it doesn’t work this way!

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Finally the staff demo to us. We were supposed to stand by the side of the cruise.

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The very pretty and nice staff who entertained the boys! And she said my spoken Korean is very accurate! *ego boost* She also gave each of our kids a balloon! The kids were so happy with the balloons!

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The upper deck of the cruise!

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There’s a signage to inform tourists that you can feed the seagulls, but with anchovies only. Otherwise, the seagulls will be sick!

Feeding the seagulls really require a lot of patience and arm muscle. You have to hold your hand up up up and wait for them to zoom in! The video was sped up in the front part, then slow mo at the end for you to see clearly how the seagull comes here! It felt scary because I wondered if the seagull will bite my fingers off, but don’t worry! They are skilled and I didn’t even realized the anchovy was gone!

And just a tip: Do not wear sleeveless like I did. I was burnt like a lobster that day!

So after the cruise, we decided to stroll along the river. This park we are at is called Yeoeuido Han River Park

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Stairs art at a rest area under the bridge. There are a lot of Ahjummas here having a picnic with their friends!

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Tiles on the pillars of the bridge.

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We walked a little and came across this! Paddle boats!

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They provided life vests and have many sizes available for the whole family!

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You can choose manual paddle boat or the electric boat at a higher price. Ahjussi chose the electric boat because he didn’t want to be the only one paddling. Meimei was asleep so I stayed on shore with her and chatted with the owner. He can speak Chinese very well.

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Pricing information. It’s 40 minutes per round. Electric ones are 20,000 won while the manual ones are 15,000 won.

The boys enjoyed themselves. Paddling for 40 minutes would have driven Ahjussi insane, so please choose the electric one like he did. They totally enjoyed it though Baby Oppa was a little frightened.

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Finally, Meimei woke up! It’s time to play in the vast park!

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Loads of cute and unique structures for photos. The boys really enjoyed posing!

And how can we forget to let the little girl have some fun of her own? She loves chasing pigeons and when there’s a flock of them, she couldn’t resist! The video was made fast, otherwise, you will have a really long video to watch.

We actually intended to head back to the train station and move off from the park to find dinner as there wasn’t much around the park (all residential area).

We walked a little and I got mildly excited thinking I could bump into my fave celebs!

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MBC!!!!! But too bad. Didn’t see any celebs at all.

Disappointed and hungry, I got tired and took a seat to rest. Then decided to ask Google for dinner suggestions around the area.

And something awesome popped up! It’s a NIGHT MARKET by the river, right at the park we were at! So we moved over to find the location of this night market.

It’s called Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market!
Do note this night market only operates on FRIDAY & SATURDAY, from March to October only. 

We were super lucky it was a FRIDAY and we happened to be there!

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Near the train exit, you will see this apartment.

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Turn around and face the river, this is what you will see. Loads of people hanging around as there was a performance at the park that evening.

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Turn left and walk towards the bridge.

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Baby Oppa pointing the direction you should walk to.

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Keep walking.

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Go under the bridge.

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Walk on.

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And a little more.

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You will see this water feature.

So this water feature is apparently very fun! Look at the daredevils!

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This is the place!

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Look out for this sign! We bought picnic mat for 4,000 won (you can get back 2,000 won if you return it). Settled the boys here and Ahjussi headed off to buy makan for us. I told him to get something for the boys first, then we can slowly find food for ourselves later.

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Chillaxing and watching kites in the sky…

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I know we looked strangely out of place but we chose a quiet spot. Who knew that just minutes after this photo, we were surrounded!

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As the sun started to set, the skies turned dark and the atmosphere was so nice!

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By the time we got all the food, it was so dark! Thankfully Ahjussi is like Doraemon! LOL! He dug into his pouch and out came a portable battery pack with a USB lamp!

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A better shot of the boys 🙂

There’re so many food choices, we almost went insane. But thankfully, we saw online reviews and narrowed down our makan choices to a few items.

(1) Steak!
(2) Pineapple Shrimps
(3) Japanese steak rice for the boys

Too many beautiful photos to share, so do click and slowly browse through!

Not to forget… After our dinner, we came across an Ah Ma selling toys. And she showed the boys how to play it, so we purchased from her. I guess playing is the universal language. She explained in Korean, yet Baby Oppa totally understood what she was saying.

We were really happy with the accidental find for dinner! If you are heading to Seoul between March to October, we highly recommend that you try out the river cruise (we took the cruise to nowhere), the paddle boat, just stroll along the river and enjoy the beautiful park, then end off the day with a wonderful pasar malam style dinner by the river!

Next up: Day 10 – Saemaul Sikdang  새마을 식당, Seoul Forest (Great for Kids), Wangsimni Station (Cheap dinner & Indoor Playground)

Keep a lookout!

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Mummy Audrey
Mummy to Big Boy, Baby Oppa & Meimei

Note: Mummy Audrey runs her own online store, www.TLO.com.sg, while looking after her 3 kids ages 9yo, 5yo, and 1yo. Her business focuses on Korean baby products, thus she travels to Korea frequently to source for new and unique products to bring into Singapore. 

Mummy Audrey and her children are available for product/service reviews as long as the products/services are not conflicting with her own products. Do contact her directly at audrey@TLO.com.sg if you are interested for her to review your product. 

Korea Travel Series Part 11: Day 8 – Namdaemun Shopping (babies & kids clothing), Insadong (custom name stamps), even more shopping @ Lotte Outlets (Seoul Station), Octopus & Beef for supper

Continuation of Mummy Audrey’s trip to Seoul, Korea with 3 kids and Ahjussi from 1st to 15th Sep 2016.

Links to the entire series HERE.

Day 8 – 8th September 2016 
Our original plan was to visit the various palaces (all within walking distances to each other), but it rained and we figured out that the palace grounds will be MUDDY. So we just went wherever we felt like today.

Breakfast + Shopping: Namdaemun Market
Want cheap and yummy breakfast? Check out Namdaemun market!

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There are street stalls!

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Our fave drink: Shikhye! It’s a fermented rice drink. Super nice!

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To find the really secret and affordable yummy food, walk slowly and peep into every alley! They are hidden in the alleys!

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Vege Bibimbap! Yummy! And large portion. Their rice is mixed with barley.

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And strangely, we thought we ordered just a bowl of rice but it came with noodle soup and bibimmyeon (noodle version of bibimbap)! Complementary! So for 7,000 won, it was a super filling meal!

And after eating, you can just jump into shopping! How perfect!

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When you see a crowd, GO KAYPO! This shop was selling very nice leather shoes for 10,000 won a pair. That explains the crowd!

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Many different buildings. Pricing varies by stalls. BARGAIN BARGAIN BARGAIN. No need to know Korean, just use calculator or phone to press prices back and forth!

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Every stall has something different. Similarly, every building has something different!

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Another building! It seems endless!

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Our fave PJ & home clothes store is in this building. Nice panties and undies for the kids too!

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Another of our fave!

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This is more like a mini department store. Many cheap stuff outside and inside.

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And my fave are these stalls along the street. 2,000 won for anything you can dig. We’ve gotten really nice dresses for Meimei here! Not to mention, Mickey Mouse pants for the boys and also Paul Frank skinnies for the boys!

Namdaemun market is just a short walk from Myeongdong Station. Or if you are already on the train, just stop at Hoehyeon station instead.

There are other buildings catered to other products (ladies wear, bags, watches, etc etc). But as parents, we were only focused on buying stuff for our kids. We seldom shop for ourselves anymore.

Once we finished our shopping, we walked back to our apartment to drop off the shopping before we headed out to Insadong. Insadong is near Gyeongbukgong. You can try to arrange Gyeongbukgong and Insadong on the same day.

Insadong: Traditional arts & souvenir shopping

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My first stop at Insadong is always to make these lovely stone stamps. The kids each have 2, one in their English names and one in their Chinese names. So this round, I got them as gifts for 2 beautiful newborns. There are many of such shops available along Insadong, we don’t have a fixed place we frequent but we noticed some places give nice book marks like this, and some don’t. So if you want it, do ask (show them this pic) before you commit.

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The stamp takes around 15 to 20min each, so we took a break at a cafe nearby. It was raining anyway, so hiding here for the time being. Enjoying Berries Sorbet while playing games on Ahjussi’s mobile phone.

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When the rain cleared we collected the stamps and went out walking. Looked for lunch and there are many nice restaurants hidden in the alleys. Some are high end really pricey ones while some are more affordable. Menus are usually displayed outside, so take your pick and browse.

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Ssamziegil is a building with many small stores dedicated to unique craft and merchandises.

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The “Poop Bread” always attracts my attention. But the filling is red bean which I wasn’t very keen in that day. They should have choc filling, I think that will sell well with the tourists!

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Nice big artistic space inside. Loads of photo opportunities! There’s a ‘love cafe’ at the rooftop. Ahjussi and I have written sweet nonsense there before and it is so fun to head back and find it every time we visit.

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Very cute displays. The boys got the hang of posing for photos this trip!

Baby Oppa enjoying the hopstotch in the building.

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Maracon ice cream along the way.

And after the nice stroll at Insadong, we headed over to Seoul Station for another round of hardcore shopping!

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Seoul Station: Lotte OUTLETS (loads of stuff to see & buy) & Lotte Mart (our fave). For those following Kdram “Shopping King Louis”, these are the very same steps Bok Sil found Louis (homeless beggar at that time)!

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Left building: Lotte Outlets. Extreme Right: Lotte Mall.

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My fave Choc Bana snack! Chocolate + Crunchy Bites of Dried Banana! HEAVEN!!!!!! I snagged 20 packets of this! *PROUD MOMENT*

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While shopping, if you want to visit the electronics mart, you will need to park your trolley as no trolleys are allowed into the electronics mart. They have large lockers for the trolleys! So cool!

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And with kids in tow, of course, we needed the diaper change room, right? Meimei gave us a mega leaky poonami while we were here. Check this out! They provide wet wipes and guess which brand it is? Of course the top brand in Korea: Organic Story!

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And after shopping and too lazy to carry your stuff back? You can arrange air shipping back to Singapore right here (just beside the cashiers). WARNING: The shipping prices here are a lot more expensive compared to shipping at the post office. Example: One of our 4kg boxes only cost around 25,000 won to be shipped at the post office.

If you like branded stuff, Lotte Outlets will be a good place to shop. If you prefer quality yet affordable, Lotte Mall is the right place for you! Toys, clothes, household items, etc. It is a huge hypermart with everything! We ended up with a lot of toys and clothes for the kids. And food!

We were too tired to head anywhere else for dinner, so we settled dinner at their food court then went back early to pack our now ridiculous amount of shopping (e-mart + Namdaemun + Lotte Mart = CRAZY AMOUNT OF STUFF). Plus we were going to change apartment again soon, so it is best to be as organized as we can!

And FYI: You CANNOT push the trolley to the taxi stand here, unlike what we did at e-mart. So pack your shopping well and be prepared to carry them to the taxi stand (back down that flight of steps).

*** ADD ON ***

Totally forgot about our sneak out for supper! LOL!
Big Boy can be trusted to stay in the apartment on his own and he didn’t want to come along anyway (busy watching his shows on the iPad). So we went out with a sleeping Meimei and an excited Baby Oppa!

 

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Premium sliced beef! 

 

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So we ordered for 2 of us (1 pot + fried rice) and the bill was 28,000 won.

 

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From Myeongdong Station, go to Exit 4. You will see a small road between Paris Baguette & MacDonalds. Walk straight in (you will see an art school building that looks like a boat) and the restaurant is just beside it!

 

Sorry to make you hungry! Blogging about this also made me hungry~~

This is our MUST GO place every trip and we didn’t manage to plan it in this round as the food served are mostly spicy, but we were thrilled to manage to eat it still!

Next up: Day 9 – On The Grill (Lunch), Han River Cruise, Yeouido River Park, Paddle Boating, Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market (SUPERB!)

Keep a lookout!

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Mummy Audrey
Mummy to Big Boy, Baby Oppa & Meimei

Note: Mummy Audrey runs her own online store, www.TLO.com.sg, while looking after her 3 kids ages 9yo, 5yo, and 1yo. Her business focuses on Korean baby products, thus she travels to Korea frequently to source for new and unique products to bring into Singapore. 

Mummy Audrey and her children are available for product/service reviews as long as the products/services are not conflicting with her own products. Do contact her directly at audrey@TLO.com.sg if you are interested for her to review your product.