Updated on September 8, 2015
Picking up where we left off from PART 1 we were in Insa-dong walking through the somewhat touristy street with tons of shops and street food stands.
Our Trip so far!
After walking down and stopping to get a coffee we doubled back up to Yulgok-ro and over to the Palace of Changgyeonggung! This is about a 10 min walk east of Changdeokgung and also incredibly cheap ($1) and expansive!
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The following day we decided to do a little something different than seeing more palaces and looked up the baseball schedule! Joe and I are avid baseball fans seeing 28 Major League Baseball teams stadium around the US and we decided this would be a cool experience. Seoul has 3 baseball teams, the Nexen Heroes, the LG Twins and the Doosan Bears. Two of these teams, the Bears and Twins play at Jamsil Baseball Stadium which is 1 subway stop from the Park Hyatt Seoul, located in the Seoul Sports Complex near the Olympic Stadium. The season had not started yet so we were able to see a free exhibition game!
The game was really entertaining. Not only did we get to see a ball game but the fans were great! Even though this was an exhibition game on an overcast Wednesday people were continually chanting, singing, and doing cheers and dances that everyone seemed to know. After the game we just had to get a cap!
When the game was over we decided to have dinner in the Seoul Tower at Hancook. A little tip, if you are taking the metro to the Seoul Tower make sure you get off at the Myeong-dong stop on the 4 (blue) line. It is just a few block walk from there to a gondola which takes you up to the Tower. We did NOT do this and trusted google maps to guide us and this was a very bad idea. Google maps directions aren’t always accurate in other countries. We ended up hiking up one side of the hill, down the other and back up again to get to the Tower. It took us about an hour walking at a pretty brisk pace…don’t do that, go to the above station.
Although the Seoul Tower is a very cool tourist attraction and has great views in all directions I really can not recommend Hancook which is a Korean restaurant located on Tower 1F which is the first floor of the top level of the tower. This is marketed as a nicer restaurant but is really a mediocre buffet with 1 entree included and no beverage except tea and water. Not only is it pretty expensive to go along with that the service was by far the worst of any place on this entire trip.
The following day was our last in Seoul and it was time to see the main Palace before flying to Vegas! As we had done previoulsly we took the metro to the Jongno historical area to view Gyeongbokgung Palace. This was the first and grandest of the Joseon Dynasty and the seat of power for centuries. Like the other palaces this was very reasonable at 3,000 won (about $3).
Following this we headed back to the hotel and took a free ride over to the the COEX Complex where there is the Korea City Air Terminal. This was actually a pretty cool facility as it is connected to the Coex Mall but is a full airport check in and transfer to the airport. We used it simply as a bus to the airport – which was really reasonable at $15-16 considering it took almost an hour – but you can do everything here! You are able to check-in, and check your bags right there before getting on the bus so when you get there you should only have to get off the bus and into security. We wanted to see how the check-in experience was for Singapore Airlines at the airport so we skipped this but if you have a lot of bag or kids or both this could be really really helpful.
So after a free short ride from the Park Hyatt to the City Air Terminal (its close, you could walk in 10 min) it was time to board a pretty comfortable bus for our 45 min ride to the airport!
Next up Asiana First Class Lounge, Singapore Airlines First Class and more!