The weather was looking a bit grey and overcast for our third day in Seoul; I had checked the weather prior to leaving Okinawa and knew there was a chance of rain so packed a rain coat for each of us. We left the guesthouse early, although this morning it wasn’t because of lack of sleep but rather we both had early nights and had gotten plenty of sleep, yeah!
I had originally wanted to spend the day visiting the Heyri Art Valley, it looks absolutely amazing and I knew Eden & I would both have a fantastic time checking out the quirky galleries and dining at a few of the cafes but last minute decided that doing something local would be optimal and this way we could fit more in.
So instead we jumped on the subway and headed for Naksan Park. When we left the guesthouse it was dry, however as we exited the subway at Hyehwa the rain had started; we didn’t let that stop us though.
I really loved the Daehangno area that we walked through before getting to Naksan Park and secretly hoped we would end up back here when more of the cafes were open so we could indulge in yet another hot chocolate!
We walked our way through Naksan park until we reached the city wall then we followed that down to Ihwa Maeul; a village of murals known as the Naksan Public Art Project.
This place is totally awesome, every corner we turned we were greeted by another beautiful, fun or interesting piece, sadly the rain was starting to take the shine off for us as we were also getting pretty drenched and I decided I needed to find somewhere sheltered to put away the camera.
We walked down the gorgeous mosaic steps and stopped to admire them when a lady, speaking the native language, started what sounded like yelling at Eden. She then proceeded to rough handle her coat and hood since Eden wasn’t wearing it and quite obviously she didnt agree with this. Eden had been wearing it, but decided (for whatever reason) that she no longer wanted to.
In the end I simply asked Eden did she want her hood up, with fear in her eyes she replied a quick no. I ended up having to shield Eden and tell the lady a very firm NO. The lady then started ranting at a passerby and continued on her way muttering the whole time.
The passerby, an elderly gentlemen walked up to us, gave us both a nice smile and his umbrella. Super kind but now we had an unwanted umbrella. Eden held it for all of 2 minutes and then she said “could we go find him and give it back”.
By this time the rain was falling harder and I still hadn’t managed to find enough shelter to put the camera away which, for the most part, was under my raincoat. We decided that while we wanted to keep walking the alleys of Ihwa Maeul we needed to find somewhere dry.
We stopped at the first open place we came across, I am so sad to say it was a Dunkin Donuts; especially after walking past all the other funky cafes earlier that morning. Hot chocolates ordered as well as a donut for Eden and a disgusting sweet tomato & potato muffin for myself; so not what I thought I was ordering, we sat and somewhat dried ourselves off. It was here that I discovered something that kind of put me in a bad mood for the rest of the day and I just wanted to cry…
My camera wasn’t working. Despite keeping it under my coat it still got wet and the buttons were malfunctioning, I was incredibly sad!
Not wanting to let the rain or my camera issues ruin the rest of our day we had to come up with a new plan as a trip to Children’s Grand Park (which was meant to be our next stop) I think would have been miserable in the rain.
The first thing that popped into my mind was Lotte World, I so wished it wasn’t because I know there are so many other fun indoor places for children at a fraction of the cost but for some reason this is what came to mind and I knew Eden would enjoy it.
Lotte World is a Korean version of Disneyland with chipmunk like characters instead of Mickey & Minnie. I didn’t tell Eden where we were going, but when we got there a huge smile spread across her face and she asked me “are we going here!” full of excitement.
Of course I was immediately reminded that my camera was out of action as I saw a million photo opportunities.
We managed to ride a few rides but unfortunately Eden was 1cm too short to ride on the majority of them and after conquering Space Mountain at Disneyland in Hong Kong she wasn’t really interested in doing the rides for her height.
After a quick lunch at one of the many fast food style restaurants we caught the Christmas Show; this was the highlight of Lotte World for both of us.
Once Eden rode all the rides she was interested in/allowed to ride we swung by the souvenir shop where I said she could pick out one item; she picked a dragon and named her Lydia. The sweet kid also wanted to buy her sister a toy but since we had already spent way more than I wanted I said no.
We caught the subway back to Myeongdong and it was upon exiting the subway that we had our second (and thankfully last) run-in of the day.
As we stepped off the subway a janitor was mopping the floor, as soon as he caught a glimpse of Eden he wanted to touch her hair (as soooo many people did throughout our stay) she got such a fright when he did touch her head from behind that she went to run and slipped and fell backwards on the hard concrete floor. What made it worse was that when I looked at him he was smiling.
I said a quick “what on earth” grabbed Eden in my arms then started to walk away, however as I started to walk a young college student (Korean but studying in Malaysia) who had been chatting to us on the subway went up to the janitor to confront him, eek!
Thankfully only a few heated words were exchanged and I am pleased that I couldn’t understand any of it!
Day 3 really wasn’t going the way I had planned at all so I had high hopes that our last activity wasn’t going to be a let down…
I arranged for us to see the Nanta Show and I am so pleased I did. This nonverbal show, which has been running for 15+ years is set in a kitchen; kitchen utensils are used for drumming, contains magic tricks, full of music and humor as well as audience participation; thankfully we weren’t picked!
It was such a fun 90 minutes and if you ask Eden what her favorite thing to do in Seoul was, she will say it was the “cooking show” and I don’t blame her.
After the show we found a delicious restaurant and order a spicy chicken/rice dish (can not think of the name). If you don’t tell Eden something is spicy she usually eats it no problem, I was a little nervous to see how she would do with this dish because it was pretty hot. She noticed the heat but more so on the rice; which was odd because they were both cooked in the same paste, so she opted for the chicken and really enjoyed it.
We made the short walk home but not before stopping for a “32cm twist ice-cream cone” Eden got about 3/4 of the way through it and then asked for some help…which I was more than happy with!
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