Wohoo okay kicking off Day 2 in Korea with microwaveable SPAM Fried Rice in our hotel room for breakfast. Bought this from Lotte Mart beside our hotel the night before.
Tastes pretty normal in my opinion so no need to go around South Korea searching to lug this back okay! HAHAHAHA.
New coffee flavoured milk from Binggurae~ Although it did nothing to wake me up lol #caffeineaddict
So we had planned to go for BTS’ concert in Seoul that day. Here’s the thing – the concert was a last minute change to our itinerary and it coincided with our stay in Songdo but since the girls really wanted to go for the concert we made sure each of us managed to secure a ticket before scrapping our plans for Day 2 in Songdo. By the way, we were all seated away from each other because the system only allows 1 ticket per transaction during pre-booking for official fan club members.
Oh and we planned to wear this BTS shirt because we thought many people will do so at the concert but nope, everyone wore normal clothes and we were the only ones standing out by declaring we are ARMYs HAHAHAH! Somehow the practice to wear idol related clothings only applies to SEA countries I feel.
Alright so after 2.5 hours via subway, we finally made it to Olympic Park! So. many. people OMG! And their fan support is really (Y)(Y)
Headed straight to the merchandise stand to purchase the merchandise we wanted and after that we had to collect our tickets at the Interpark tentage beside it.
First K-pop concert experience in Seoul :D
Love how the concert venue has so much more photo taking opportunities than in Singapore lol. We were spamming photos non-stop for close to an hour!
Had to go to another place to find a restaurant to tabao food because the stores at Olympic Park had snaking long queues. My suggestion is that you either prepare food ahead of the concert or do what we did i.e. allocate enough time to go elsewhere less crowded to buy food. Also, the toilet queues were so darn long! Please relieve yourself elsewhere before coming to the venue.
Concert started on the dot. The atmosphere was so amazing because Korean fans are so passionate! They knew every single fan chant and it was so loud and in sync. Dunno what sorcery also lol.
Oh and we are not allowed to take any videos and pictures at all during the concert, even with a mobile phone camera it is forbidden. The organisers are very strict about this and I’ve seen the staff shouting at people to not take pictures and stomp up to them to delete the pictures on the spot. I only managed to take the above pictures stealthily using my iPhone 6 so I was very lucky not to get caught! Do this at your own risk really because they may get you to leave the concert hall if you don’t cooperate by deleting the pictures.
Anyway we made it back to Songdo way past dinner time after the concert because we had to drop by the bus terminal in Incheon to purchase the tickets to Jeonju. Please be a little kiasu and buy the bus tickets before your actual departure if possible because you never know if the buses are full due to whatever festive holiday or whatever.
Tabao-ed Kyochon Chicken and bought some cup noodles back to our hotel before turning it for the night! The next day we managed to complete all the activities in Songdo as planned before heading off to Jeonju so stayed tuned for that :D
Day 14 Itinerary (Part 2)
I’m really on a roll lolol to finish up all the entries. JIAYOU PAULA! Right so we left off the last entry with NIT Coffee. If you realised then, we didn’t really have a proper meal the entire day save for breakfast at the guesthouse and the tteokbokki that we shared so by then we were kinda craving for a full meal. Made our way to Hongdae to meet our dance instructor for dinner. Yes, our dance instructor is from Korea and his classes are all very hard T____T
He chose this restaurant Seoga & Cook and I guess it’s quite popular with the locals because it was full house despite having more than 3 levels of eating space when we reached. Had to wait close to an hour before we were seated, luckily there is a waiting room next to the entrance of the restaurant for people to wait so we weren’t entirely out in the cold lol.
Turns out the place specialises in western fare like pasta and steak and they tasted pretty awesome! I can understand why there was a queue now haha.
There are quite a few outlets of this chain so you can Google to find out whether there is one near you. We were at the second outlet in Hongdae 서가앤쿡 홍대2호점. Address for reference: 서울 마포구 창전동 6-133.
Went for drinks at a cafe (what’s new lol) to just chill and catch-up with each other. He brought along another of our dance instructors so it was pretty fun! We actually brought them some bak kwa and milo as gifts because they stayed in Singapore for some time back in 2013 so hopefully these will remind them of the wonderful times in Singapore. Thanks for the treat 쌤~ See you again in Korea next year hehe.
We then left to our final destination of the day, a dog cafe near Hapjeong Station called Bau House. It was mainly the bad experience that we had in the Busan dog cafe that prompted us to want to go to another dog cafe. The bff and Stella also highly recommended this dog cafe instead as they’ve visited it on their previous trip to Seoul.
Take the metro to Hapjeong Station Exit 3. You will see the BBQ chicken restaurant belonging to Infinite’s Sungyeol once you’ve emerged onto the main road right behind you. Go past the restaurant and turn left into the road. You will spot a black building with Bau House on the first floor. ALternatively, you can choose to take Exit 4 at Hapjeong Station and walk straight until you reach the BBQ restaurant then turn right into the same road.
Address for reference: 서울특별시 마포구 서교동 394-44 제일빌딩 후면 1층
Day 14 Itinerary (Part 1)
Hello! I’m back with Day 14 of my Korea trip. I hope the information I’ve posted so far is useful in your trip planning ^^
First stop was actually the post office because all four of us wanted to mail our excess baggage back to Singapore. In the past I’ve always gotten several emails on how to EMS your stuff back via EMS if you’ve bought way over your baggage limit in Korea so hopefully this will answer your questions about the procedure.
First up, if you do not have your own carton box, you can select the size of your choice and head to the counter to purchase it.
This time around I’ve realised that Korea Post is also providing cardboard boxes lined with bubble wrap so you can choose either the plain one or those lined with bubble wrap. Note that the boxes with bubble wrap only has one layer of bubble wrap, weighs heavier than the normal boxes and costs more so please factor this in when choosing the type of box. My tip would be to go with the normal boxes if you’re just shipping back cosmetics/clothes/food – line you mask packs on the bottom as protection or wrap your fragile items with clothing that is being shipped back as well.
Head to the packing counter where tape and scissors are provided free of charge for you if you buy their boxes. Don’t buay pai seh and use it when you bring your own box ya lol. Super tak glam.
Lastly, seal the box and fill in the EMS form that is available at the counter. For the sender address, you can choose to put in the address of your guesthouse/Airbnb place because that’s what I always do. Bring the box to the counter for International Postal Services and let the staff weigh it. You’ll then pay the charges and then it’s done! The post office staff will then take your parcel away and you can expect it in Singapore within the next 2-3 days.
I am not too sure how the charges go but the rule of thumb is the more heavy your package is, the cheaper it becomes per kilogram. I shipped back 24kg this time round and paid below SGD100 for the postal service. Please do not ship back any liquids like vinegar drinks or alcohol are a big no-no because liquids/aerosols cannot be shipped internationally. You will have to declare what is inside the box and they may check it at the customs so my advice is to just don’t ship any of those items. Just drink all you want while in Korea HAHAHAH!
FYI I was at the large post office in Myeongdong, directly opposite Shinsaegae Departmental Store. This is one of the few post offices that operate for half a day on Saturdays.
Address for reference: 서울특별시 중구 소공로 70 (충무로1가, 포스트타워)
Ok now that we’ve all gotten the EMS shipping done, time to move on with our last full day in Seoul’s activites which is – cafe-hopping!
Headed back to The Min’s once again because Stella wanted to buy more merchandise so off we went to Apgujeong once more. You can read about our experience the previous day here.