Then, we visited the Seongup Folk Village, where we got a chance to see how traditional villages looks like and also they were hard-selling their traditional medicine too after we got a short tour around the village. Apparently, one of the villagers head had a horse so strong and fast that like a Ferrari and when the horse passed, they made medicine out of his bones which is said to be good for your bones. One of the hard-sell point. Those health products are too expensive for us young people to afford so I think most of us young ones tuned out.
After stuffing ourselves, we head to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum! I have not been to the Malaysia’s branch in First World, Genting but I think they’ll both have similar exhibitions, I’m not sure. Apparently, we’re suppose to cover one floor of the museum only because the local tour guide was screaming at us to go back to the bus but I guess she gave up after seeing that most of us ignored her. -insert Success kid meme-
To be honest, I was more excited to visit the Teddy Bear museum! All thanks to Goong/ Princess Hour, which is more widely used, this drama was one of the few K-dramas I watched back in high school which sort of made me go Korea-cray for a while. Thankfully the craze has died down since last year! Sadly, the museum was having some renovations done so most parts of the museum was closed. WHY??? T_T It’s was a downer because I didn’t get to see the Goong inspired teddies, which was the sole reason I am going to the museum.
Next, we made our way to a cultural centre where we learned to make Kimchi! I definitely OD-ed on kimchi throughout the trip but not all the restaurants we went to has nice kimchi which was surprising because you expect Korean eateries to have way nicer kimchi than the imported ones and occasional handmade ones back here. Heck, some restaurant kimchi were so bad, I rather eat the ones we can get from the supermarket here.
Before we headed off to dinner, we visited Yongduam Rock, a volcanic rock formation that resembles a dragon rising from the sea or something. Can you spot the dragon head?
After checking out the next day, we flew back to Seoul. Had lunch at Dolphin Seafood Buffet which was not that amazing, heck, there wasn’t much seafood to begin with and there were some drama at the buffet line too, thankfully, it didn’t involved our group. Then, we were brought to a duty-free beauty shop that’s especially for tourists that was selling things from UGB and other brands which were not that cheap, about 25,000 won at least. Not many of us bought things from the shop, but I bought a bb cream puff and a sleeping mask from Nuganic, which was so good that I am very upset that I couldn’t get it anymore. So, the local tour guide was criticizing the more commercial brands such as Etude House and The Face Shop the whole way saying that we youngsters are paying for things that are not good for our skin compared to the ones being sold in the duty-free shop. Annoying much? Then, we made a stop to a seaweed factory (SEAWEED FOR THE WIN!!!), that’s where we went cray. I think we bought more than 15 packs of seaweed in assorted flavours. Later, we visited the Han River.
We checked into COATEL Chereville located in Gangnam, where we will be staying for 2 nights. It’s a pretty spacious boutique service apartment with amenities such as a kitchen, washing machine and a dryer too.
The following day, we visited the Ginseng factory, where obviously they were hard-selling their ginseng products which were out of our buying range, only aunties and uncles were convinced and has the card to pay the high price. Local tour guide was persuading us young people to share and get a box of ginseng to nibble on but yeah, she gave up.
Best timing ever, was the moment our bus stopped outside Gyeongbok Palace and it started snowing!!!
We visited the National Folk Museum which was inside the palace grounds. Another speed through tour thanks to the tour guide who saw her favourite group was sleeping through her explanations, like literally dozing off in public.
We were then dropped off at Lotte Duty-Free Mall, where most of us bought loads of beauty products for family and friends. Warning, the Laneige counter is one of the most crowded so be prepared to wait a while. I was looking for the 3CE shop but I couldn’t find it until the last minute as we were leaving the mall. Then, we had to gather at Myeongdong. I’ll be back for 3CE one day! So we got about 3 hours to shop around Myeongdong and we saw signs to a Dog Cafe so once we reach the cafe, we were greeted by a unhappy-looking waiter which didn’t even allow us into the cafe so that just gave us a really bad impression if it wasn’t enough already. Shopping was so much better here, loads of accessories shop selling affordable earrings, necklaces and phone accessories. My younger sister went cray cray at the Innisfree shop. Also, entered a Missha shop and the salesgirl gave me a basket with a free mask but seeing that I didn’t buy anything, she immediately took the mask with the basket away from me with a sour face. Great customer service.
Back to the hotel after our shopping escapade and spent the whole night packing! We bought a lot of mask and beauty products that even our luggage is filled to the brim.
On the last day, we headed to a Chinese food buffet for breakfast. Apparently (somehow I think I overused this word for this two post. My apologies because I can’t help being sarcastic.), it’s one of the best places for chinese food according to the local tour guide. She must really have bad taste in food because it was bad, hence, no pictures. After that, we headed to Sinchon Lady’s Street where all the women universities are. We didn’t realize that the certain group was debating with the tour guides to just head straight to the airport because one of them wanted to have more time to shop at the airport’s duty-free. -_- Luckily, the local tour guide was not stupid so she finally let us off the bus after wasting everybody’s time. We were at the street pretty early so many of the shops were not open yet but we managed to do some last minute shopping.
Our last pit-stop was the wholesale mall selling local-made products. Boy, that place is mayhem! Packed with so many tourists who were fighting like cats and dogs for biscuits and chocolates. We bought two copper pots, ramen, brownie cakes, tea for me of course and more snacks! There will be people helping to pack your items into boxes to survive the plane ride back. Had another bad experience with a certain bunch of tourists from a certain big country. To be honest, tourists from that country put quite a damper on the trip too whenever they’re around.
Then, it was to the airport, too bad we couldn’t extend the trip to travel more by ourselves because we haven’t seen everything. What made me pissed was that the local tour guide was passing out feedback forms to each group and stood by to make sure that we feel bad and give her our dishonest review about her. She’s one sneaky b**** because she passed the form to the most blur person in my group which is the beau so the beau had to give her good reviews even when she has done nothing good. So frustrated, I would have given her really LOW and BAD marks if I had that form.
Had lunch at Lotteria before checking in. It’s like the healthier version of Mcdonald’s. It was a nice goodbye meal before flying back to KL. In conclusion, I will never ever want to see the local tour guide and that kinda of family ever again. I think I can never travel in group tours. Yes, it’s great that accommodations, food and main tourist attractions are all settled but it’s always a rush, there’s no flexibility, you meet stupid people and you can’t extend your trip. So are you a fan of group tours or making your own travel plans?