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The one where I make my Mom and Dad’s dreams of exploring the land of Korean dramas come true...and I drag @caldefool along with me. We eat, we sightsee, we shop, we conquer! 🇰🇷

Updated 10 months ago

  • Date
  • Romantic
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  • Dine
  • Cafes & Restaurants
  • Gastronomy
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2 saves

ABC Hanbok

Seoul, South Korea • Recommendation • 12 September 2018

Everywhere near the Gyeongbukgung Palace, you’ll see a lot of people wearing a hanbok because entrance to the palace grounds is free if you’re in Korean traditional attire. Here, we rented our hanboks for KRW7,500 each. They charge an extra KRW1,500 for hairstyling and hair accessories). The ahjummas were so nice and accommodating. There were less people, too, compared to the rental shop below—totally a plus for me!


Second Floor, 6 Samcheong-ro, Sagan-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

서울특별시 종로구 사간동 삼청로 6

7 saves

Gyeongbokgung Palace


Seoul, South Korea • Recommendation • 12 September 2018

I already went here on my first trip to Seoul, but figured my family should see it as well! After all, this used to be the main royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty. It’s amazing how it stands in the middle of all the modern structures Seoul has built since—still one of my favorite things about this city! You can’t help but be in awe of how much heritage they’ve been able to preserve. (Yes, @caldefool was game enough to try the hanbok with me! 😜)


161 Sajik-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

서울특별시 종로구 사직로 161 (세종로)

12 saves

Myeong-dong Shopping Street

Seoul, South Korea • Recommendation • 12 September 2018

If you’re looking for a particular cosmetics or clothing shop in Seoul, chances are it’s here in Myeongdong. There’s too many of them to name, to be honest. A lot of must-try street food can also be found here, which is why it’s so popular with both locals and tourists. We went on a little food trip: Roasted Lobster with Cheese, Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp, Assorted Kimbap, Tornado Potato, and Honey Ice Cream Waffle! Yum, yum, yum!

83-9 Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

3 saves

Line Friends Flagship Store - Myeong-dong

Seoul, South Korea • Recommendation • 12 September 2018

Anywhere there’s a Line Store, expect me to be there!


9 Myeongdong 8na-gil, Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

서울특별시 중구 명동 명동8나길 9

3 saves

Shake Shack - Doota Mall

쉐이크쉑 두타점

Seoul, South Korea • Memory • 16 September 2018

Our first time to try these burgers! We ordered the Shack Burgers, Cheese Fries, and Frozen Custard the first time we were here. @caldefool loved it so much, we went back to try their Double Shack Burger, High Heat Fries, and Dongdaemun Rainbow Concrete (Frozen Custard with doughnut, strawberry jam, and sprinkles). I’m not much of a burger girl, but I enjoyed it! My parents also thought the burgers were pretty good! 🍔🍟🍦


First Floor Doota Mall, Jangchungdanro 275, Jung-Gu, Seoul, South Korea

2 saves

Doota Mall

Seoul, South Korea • Memory • a year ago

After eating lunch, we went around this duty free mall for a bit where we shopped for my brother and sister who couldn’t go on the trip with us. Doota houses a lot of trendy items, so this is a good place to visit if you’re looking for branded clothing, shoes, and accessories.


275 Jangchungdan-ro, Euljiro 6-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

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Seoul, South Korea • Recommendation • a year ago

We ventured to Insadong to visit this cat café, a really cute space located inside a walk-up. The entrance fee is KRW12,000, inclusive of one drink of your choice. (We got Caramel Macchiatto—not the best, but you go here for the cats! They also have tea and juices on the menu.) We had an awesome time playing with the cafe’s furry friends, even though we had to wait about an hour for their siesta to end. There’s no limit to your stay, anyway. The owners were so nice! There are about 20 cats here, I think. Look for Coconut, a monster kitty that weighs about 7kg! Charlotte, Sophy, and Cleo are my faves, too. 🐱


Third Floor, 11-1, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

7 saves


Seoul, South Korea • Memory • a year ago

One of the stops my Dad specifically asked to visit! The Cheonggyecheon Stream, a restoration of the original watercourse from the Joseon Dynasty, was previously covered by a highway after the Korean War. Now, it’s back to its former glory!


Sinseol-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

6 saves

Dongdaemun Design Plaza

Seoul, South Korea • Recommendation • a year ago

I remember spending a whole week here for Seoul Fashion Week a few years ago, and I’m so happy to have gone around again! The space is still 👌🏼, and there’s so much to see. There are so many places to hang out and chill. @caldefool says it relaxed him just being there! Check out the Design Market for cute finds and the Art Hall or Museum to soak up some Korean culture. Their art scene is so rich here! My parents loved hanging out in the in-house café, too.


281, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

서울특별시 중구 을지로 281 (을지로7가)

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Gontran Cherrier(Gangnam)

Seoul, South Korea • Recommendation • 10 months ago

I haven’t been to France yet, so I consider this the best Kouign-Amann I’ve ever had...for now.


397 부띠크 모나코, 서초대로 서초4동 서초구 서울특별시 South Korea

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Mad for Garlic - Gwanghwamun D Tower

매드포갈릭 광화문D타워점

Seoul, South Korea • Recommendation • a year ago

By our last night in Seoul, my Dad was already so tired of eating with chopsticks that he specifically looked for a Western restaurant for dinner. 😆 They took @caldefool and I here, a place they’ve already tried earlier in the week. We ordered Cobb Salad, Sweet Gorgonzola Pizza, Triple Garlic Seafood Pasta, Garlic Sizzling Rice, and Herb Ribeye Steak—all so good! Steer clear if you don’t like garlic, obviously; but if you love it as much as I do, don’t miss out!


Third Floor Gwanghwamun D Tower, 17, Jong-ro 3-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

1 save

Cafe de Paris - Myeongdong


Seoul, South Korea • Memory • a year ago

Another café my Dad spotted in one of his Korean dramas that we *needed* to go to before leaving. 😂 We all shared a Mango Sweet Bonbon for dessert, which was just alright. It’s too sweet for my liking, but when in Seoul!

Second & Third Floor, 40, Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

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