Seoul ‘Girls Trip’ Day 3; Naksan Park, Ihwa Maeul, Lotte World, Nanta Theatre & I broke my camera

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!

Eden thought these sculptures in Daehangno area were pretty cool

Eden thought these sculptures in Daehangno area were pretty cool

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.

stumbled across these cool street art on our way to Naksan Park

stumbled across these cool street art on our way to Naksan Park

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.

but this beautiful piece was on of my favorites

but this beautiful piece was on of my favorites

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!

Eden doing another flower impression

Eden doing another flower impression

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.

Naksan Park

Naksan Park

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.

Naksan Park

Naksan Park

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.

Looking out from Naksan Park

Looking out from Naksan Park

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.

Eden at Naksan Park with the city wall

Eden at Naksan Park with the city wall

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”.

Naksan Park/City Wall

Naksan Park/City Wall

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.

Seoul Day 3 (14 of 35)

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…

another favorite street art; Ihwa Maeul

another favorite street art; Ihwa Maeul

My camera wasn’t working. Despite keeping it under my coat it still got wet and the buttons were malfunctioning, I was incredibly sad!

Ihwa Maeul

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.

Ihwa Maeul was full fun things to look at

Ihwa Maeul was full fun things to look at

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.

Eden trying to 'sit' on the seat

Eden trying to ‘sit’ on the seat

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.

and on the swing!

and on the swing!

Of course I was immediately reminded that my camera was out of action as I saw a million photo opportunities.

Ihwa Maeul

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.

she thought it was hilarious to touch his bottom!

she thought it was hilarious to touch his bottom!

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.

Ihwa Maeul

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.

Ihwa Maeul

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.

we both loved these steps

we both loved these steps

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.

but we loved these ones more!

but we loved these ones more!

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!

Ihwa Maeul

Thankfully only a few heated words were exchanged and I am pleased that I couldn’t understand any of it!

Ihwa Maeul

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…

Ihwa Maeul

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!

Ihwa Maeul

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.

The last photo I took when my camera was still working

The last photo I took when my camera was still working

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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25 responses to “Seoul ‘Girls Trip’ Day 3; Naksan Park, Ihwa Maeul, Lotte World, Nanta Theatre & I broke my camera

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  2. I really enjoyed the read Hannah, especially the realistic photo’s of Eden against the wall paintings. Great Photography. I can imagine your pain without your camera – lucky it was just surface water.
    I would recommend that you make a hard copy, hard cover bound book of all your pieces of your travels etc some day. It would be an everlasting and enjoyable read for many people.

    • Each year I make a photo book, this year will be my 5th year doing, its a lot of fun and I am thankful to have a (small) portion of my photos printed. Back in 2012 our hard drive died and we lost a big chunk of photos 😦 so I make a point of working on it throughout the year as well as backing up our hard drive regularly-ish!

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  5. Hello. This comment is way overdue. But I really loved your blog post especially the pictures. May I ask what model is your camera and what lens did you use? I really enjoyed reading this. 🙂

    • Thank you so much for the lovely comment! I use a canon 6D and a variety of lenses….the Seoul photos were generally a 24-105mm or a 35mm more recent photos I have been using a 17-40mm.

    • If/when you do go please blog about it! I would go back for this area alone! This trip I actually took my then 4 year old and I plan to take my youngest on a girls only trip when she is the same age, so maybe we will hit up Seoul again, it really is such a great place!

  6. It looks like you had a great time! I love all the graffiti/art – what a colorful place!

    Thank you for sharing it with us at Photo Friday!

  7. Seoul looks like a magnificent city. Your photos make me want to visit. Like to learn more about Asia through your posts.

    • Seoul is amazing, I would love to return although bring the other half of the family this time. A friend just returned from Seoul the other day and we were talking about it, I feel like its an Asian London, while it reminded her of a big U.S. city, like Seattle or something!

    • aww thank you so much! I would love to return to this area, there is a lot more still to see that we didn’t make it to thanks to the rain!

  8. Oh my goodness, what a day of adventures. I find that a lot of Asian countries have major issues with people getting their heads wet, especially children. We were often offered plastic bags to put over our daughters head!!! Thanks for linking up to #wednesdaywanderlust xx

  9. Ouch over the fall. I had also planned to visit Heyri Art Valley during our Seoul trip but never made it there because our baby couldn’t take the cold. Nanta Park looks lovely! But I know my favourite place in Seoul then was Lotte World. Because we were there in the frigid winter and Lotte World had so much to play indoors!

    • oh if you ever go back you should definitely do the art village it was a lot of fun! Eden enjoyed Lotte World, I just felt it was expensive for what she could actually do (cause of her height at the time)

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