SamjeongdongWe hopped into a taxi with my wife and my brother and siter in law making our way to Samjeongdong. Samjeongdong is one of the still standing oldest parts of Seoul. This is a must visit place during your stay because it can give you the idea of what the city used to look like before the Japanese invasion during which many palaces and historical buildings were destroyed.
If you’re travelling alone and do not speak Korean there are tourist guides in this area that can help you make your way around and better understand what you are seeing. Of course this being Korea there are free WiFi hotspots even here in the older part of the city.
Tteokbokki LunchSamjeongdong is located on a hill which overlooks a great part of the city. We took about an hour to look around, after which we made our way down the hill to have lunch. Of course we had Korean food, this time we had Tteokbokki. Tteokbokki are small rice cakes that have a nice and chewy consistency. They are usually topped with a red spicy sauce which I like a lot and I would reccomend you taste them. You can find them in almost any Korean restaurant in Seoul.
Papingsu After LunchAfter lunch we stopped for a traditional Korean desert to complete the meal. We stopped at a small store on our way to the Seoul palace which serves Patbingsu. The desert is made by ice flakes garnished with various syrups and toppings. The original recipe calls for beans as topping. Surprisingly it’s very enjoyable. I had never had beans in a dessert before.
Unfortunately opening hours are only from 9 AM to 4 PM so we weren’t able to go in all the way, but we will go back either tomorrow or Saturday before going to the airport.