Day three of my Korea trip and we’ve been to two cities that day–from Busan to Seoul via KTX. You can read about our transit HERE.
Love how charming the city is!
13 Myeongdong 7 Gil,
Jung-gu Seoul South Korea
We stayed in Hotel 28. A boutique hotel that has an understated luxury decked with film related interiors. The manager even told us that there was an Hermes chair donated by the luxury brand itself to the hotel owner who is either a film fanatic or worked in the film industry.
Yup! There’s Din Tai Fung on our hotel.
And here’s the room I shared with Kisty Mea.
Complimentary Nespresso and mini bar too which they refill every day!
This is my ultimate dream tub! Took advantage and used it every night during our stay.
Myeong-dong is one of the primary shopping districts in Seoul. The two main streets meet in the center of the block with one beginning from Myeong-dong Subway Station (Seoul Subway Line No. 4) and the other from Lotte Department Store at Euljiro. Many brand name shops and department stores line the streets and alleys. Common products for sale include clothes, shoes, and accessories. Unlike Namdaemun or Dongdaemun, many designer brands are sold in Myeong-dong. In addition, several major department stores have branches here, including Lotte Department Store, Shinsegae Department Store, Myeong-dong Migliore, Noon Square and M Plaza. The department stores carry many premium labels and other fashionable goods at reasonable prices.
Myeong-dong also has family restaurants, fast food, plus Korean, Western and Japanese dining options. Many restaurants in Myeong-dong specialize in dongaseu (pork cutlet) and kalguksu (noodle soup). Other businesses in the area include hair salons, banks and theaters.
2-22 Myeongdong 2ga, Jung-gu
For lunch we went to Andong Jjimdak which serves steamed chicken with andong sauce. We all agreed how delicious the steamed chicken with sweet and spicy sauce was. It comes with glass noodles but we love our carbs so we had it with rice too. Yum!
INNISFREE GREEN CAFE
3, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu,
Seoul, South Korea
Innisfree flagship store is located in the center of Myeongdong.
The first floor of the store is all about Innisfree products.
When you’re in Korea you must visit an Innisfree store!
I have this thing for scents so I immediately zoned in at the perfumed diffuser area!
I brought two kinds and if my baggage allowance permitted it, I would’ve hoarded! Heehee
Innisfree has everything covered when it comes to beauty. From skincare to bodycare, to makeup too!
I tell ya an hour isn’t enough to go through everything.
Cute hand cream by birth month! Too bad no more August!
And one of their best sellers: Volcanic Pore!
One of the best masks I’ve ever tried. If there’s one thing you need to try from Innisfree it would be this! 😉
Aaaack they have a customise your own palette wall!
As well as a choose your own cushion case! GRABE LANG!
The second floor is Innisfree cafe which also has a VR area which anyone can try.
The Innisfree Green Cafe offers delicious and healthy dishes. Whether you love tea or coffee, there’s a treat you can indulge in whether you stay before or after shopping for your favorite Innisfree products.
My moment with my matcha. Heehee.
Aaaaaah I wanted to take home some of these but the won’t be as good na by the time I get home.
I can’t resist cafe treats! This spread I shared with Ava & Sarah were so good!
All smiles because I was able to shop and sip at Innisfree’s flagship store in Myeongdong.
That citrus hot tea was surprisingly soothing.
And if you can’t decide on what to get, try these: banana walnut toast and apple cinnamon toasts! Both so good!!!
With Ava of Artsy Fartsy Ava & Sarah of Fashion Eggplant.
Walked around Myeongdong before we went to our last stop for the day.
It’s really a place to go shopping. Lots of brands both local and international as well as shops set right in the middle of the street.
Late in the afternoon food stalls set up shop. One thing I wished I was able to do while we were there is eat all the street food! We didn’t have enough time and space in our tummy that afternoon because we were scheduled to have buffet dinner. So I took a few photos hopefully I get to try all of these when I come back.
Strawberry covered in chocolate
Lobster. OMG!Sweet and sour pork which I smelled a mile away!
Cuties spotted along Myeongdong
Indi Brand is a popular local brand in Korea which Tricia and Sarah recommended. We spotted this somewhere in Myeongdong as well.
When in Korea, shop at Olive Young. A Cosmetic Korean Shop offering authentic Korean brands of cosmetics as well as other global brands. Such a haven for skincare & makeup junkies!
They also have food and I love how each product’s tag shows the calorie count.
83-5, Myeong-dong2-ga, Jung-gu
7F, Nun Square, Seoul, Korea
Though I wanted to try the street food along Myeongdong, I wasn’t able to because I was preparing my tummy for a feast! We had a buffet dinner at Todai. Yep. That’s my first round of plates. All four of it! Wasn’t able to take a photo of my second round as well as my dessert because we were pressed for time. Hahaha.
300, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu,
Seoul Sky, set to be the third highest observation deck in the world. Opened April of last year, the observatory is located on the upper floors (117-123F) of Seoul’s tallest building, Lotte World Tower. Seoul Sky is designed with the concept of “The Beauty and Pride of Korea.”
Even before opening, Seoul Sky is drawing in attention by breaking three Guinness World Records. The sky deck on the 118 Floor will be the “world’s highest glass-floored observation deck.” The Sky Shuttle elevator is being recorded as both the fastest double-deck elevator, with a speed of 600 meters per minute, and the elevator covering the longest distance.
Visitors can board the elevator to Seoul Sky from the lobby levels on B1 and B2. Seoul Sky will provide a complete view of the entire city through the glass walls on all sides. On clear days, visitors will be able to see as far as Songdo, Incheon and the Yellow Sea.
Didn’t miss out on a photo with the Seoul Sky cutie mascot!
Seoul view from the tower.
with my fellow mommas Sarah and Ava. The floor of the viewing deck becomes transparent/see through every few seconds so if you’re scared of heights, walk on it when it’s frosted!
There’s also a scheduled show inside the tower.
South Korea ready for the Winter Olympics!
After a long full day on our way back to Hotel 28, I together with Ava & Sarah passed by Mc Donald’s. Usually I like to other something on the menu which they only they offer in that country. For Korea it’s criss cut fries and mozzarella sticks. YUM! We also saw Tricia and Crissey in Mc Donald’s. No group photo because we were too deep into our skincare and Korea stories. Hahaha.
Called it a day! Thanks again KTO Manila and Fly Pal for letting me experience Korea!
Writing the rest of what we did in Seoul on a mother post.
[…] Anyway if you’re planning to stay somewhere in Jung-gu and would want to shop til you drop I highly recommend Hotel 28. It’s a boutique hotel that is really within the shopping district that is Myeongdong. You can read more about it HERE. […]