Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Winter Sonata - Feb 2011 Day 3 (Deoksugung, Itaewon & COEX

Sebelum keluar, aku mintak tolong Ray Kim- mamat jaga counter yg paling terror speaking London utk dia bookkan shuttle bus ke mana2 Ski Resort yg dekat dgn Seoul. Ada beberapa ski reasort yg agak dekat dgn Seoul, dekat2 pun dekat 2 jam gak la... Lepas tu teru naik subway ke City Hall Station utk melawat Deoksugung. Plan nak tgk changing guard  ceremony, tp dibatalkan pulak. Lepas round2 kat dlm Deoksugung, naik subway ke Itaewon. Plan nak ke masjid dulu... Tp disebabkan lapar, makan dulu.. Kat Itaewan ni adalah paling senang nak dpt makanan halal dan juga byk restoren halal kat sini. Nak ke masjid Seoul ni kena menapak naik bukit sikit la... Memang agak curam. Lepas solat, perjalanan diteruskan ke COEX aquarium... Arif suka sgt kat aquarium ni...plan nak melawat Kimchi Museum sebelum masuk aquarium tu, tp dah tutup la pulak... Balik smpi guesthouse, Ray Kim ckp dia dah book free shuttle ke Konjiam Resort. 

"Located at the corner of Seoul's busiest downtown intersection, Deoksugung Palace is famous for its elegant stone-wall road. It is also the only palace that sits alongside a series of western style buildings that add to the uniqueness of the surrounding scenery. Deoksugung Palace originally belonged to Wolsandaegun (1454~1488), the older brother of King Seongjong (1469~1494) of the Joseon Dynasty. It became a proper palace when Gwanghaegun (1575~1641) ascended the throne and gave the palace the name Gyeongungung in 1611. Afterwards, the name was then changed back to its orginal title of Deoksugung"


"Itaewon typically refers to the street full of stores, restaurants, and stalls over 1.4 kilometers between Itaewon 1-dong and Hannam 2-dong in the east. Fashion shops specialize in various imported clothes, leather goods, fur goods, handbags, shoes, and antique furniture. Big and tall sizes unavailable in other areas are well-stocked, and experienced tailors offer customized clothes. 

Another one of Itaewon’s many draws is its diverse food culture, which features cuisine from around world. Restaurants right behind Hamilton Hotel form a type of exhibition hall for international foods from Korea, New York, London, India, Thailand, China, Greece, Pakistan, Italy, France, Mexico, Australia, and more. Unique flavors, exotic interiors, and diverse nationalities help to make Itaewon befittingly ‘the global village in Seoul.’"

Japanese Restaurant - Donburi
"COEX Mall is the largest underground shopping center in Asia. It is located in the basement of the Korea World Trade Center, located in Samseong-dong in the Gangnam-gu area of Seoul. The colossal shopping center stretches from Samseong station (subway line 2) in the south all the way to Bongeunsa temple in the north, and is considered to be the best shopping and entertainment complex in the area. 

Along the main route, visitors will find the Lake food court with 16 restaurants (Korean, Chinese, Japanese and Western-style), the event court (where concerts and performances are staged), the Bandi & Luni’s bookstore (where you can find English books on Korean culture and history), and plenty of brand name stores. Visitors can find major international brands of leisure and sports clothing in a section of COEX mall that is operated by Hyundai Department Store. 

There are also plenty of attractions for those visitors looking for a break from shopping. The Game Champ video arcade has 100 of the latest game devices, while the Megabox Cineplex has 16 theaters screening a wide selection of movies. Other popular attractions include the COEX Aquarium, with its water tunnel, and the Kimchi Museum, where visitors can learn everything they need to know about Korea’s favorite food, and even try some of it."

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