Our last full day in Seoul and the first thing I did upon waking was to check on my camera! Right before bed I did a quick google search on how to minimize water damage and one of the suggestions was to open all the compartments and leave it to dry out in a warm place. Thanks to the heated floors in the guesthouse our room was so nice and toasty. When I turned the camera on (knowing it was risky to do so) I was beyond relieved it was working as good as new, YEAH!
Of course I had to ring Matt to tell him the good news and ask him if he thought it was ok to use…he suggested I didn’t but I couldn’t help it!
We paid a quick visit to Gyeongbokgung Palace, for me this wasn’t as impressive as Changedeokgung Palace which we visited a few days earlier, but we still enjoyed walking around and Eden found ample things to jump off!
I laughed when a few young girls asked to have their photo taken with Eden, however wanted me to do it with my camera!
From Changedeokgung we walked down to Gwangwamun Square where they were having some funeral exhibition or information event on…we didn’t look around however Eden did want to get her photo taken with someone dressed up as an elephant.
We continued walking until we reached Cheonggyecheon; a 10km long stream which flows from Gwanghwamun Gate to Dongdaemun. We didn’t walk the entire length but the few km’s we did we very much enjoyed.
Eden particularly loved throwing money into the wishing well and crossing the stream via the huge stepping stones. I guess this is a great place to visit at night; something we will have to do if we ever return to Seoul, which I really hope we do!
By this time we had worked up an appetite which worked out perfectly since the next stop we had planned was what Eden had been waiting all weekend for…Hello Kitty Cafe.
Of course it took us a little while to find and when we did find it there were tears…Hello Kitty was no longer, just 2 weeks earlier it closed down.
Thankfully I noticed a sign that said it had relocated but I didn’t know where and every person in the vicinity didn’t know either or they didn’t understand me.
Determined to find Hello Kitty we walked to the nearest tourist information centre and I was so pleased that as soon as I asked about it they knew exactly where it had relocated to…only a 10 minute walk from the original location, phew!
Eden was SO excited when we finally found it.
We ordered a few refreshments, they were ok. Then we looked around for the restrooms as we had seen photos that the toilet seats were Hello Kitty themed. Sadly it seemed when they relocated they opted for more traditional toilet seats.
While we are both pleased we found it I don’t think Eden thought it was all that great in the end, neither did I although my expectations weren’t as high as Eden’s were. If you have a die hard Hello Kitty fan then I would say its must, if not, then I would skip it; maybe visit the one located in Seoul Incheon Airport while waiting for your flight instead!
We then took our time strolling the streets of Hongdae admiring all the street art and watching the various dance crews being filmed; I assume Hongik University students working on assignments.
Our next stop was Mustoy Cafe. This place is awesome and while I was apprehensive about taking Eden here as the recommended age is 7+ I am so pleased I did.
The lady (maybe the owner?) was so helpful and expressed her concern with Eden only being 4 and saying that she would probably need a lot of help from me.
Mustoy Cafe is the home of Muskky and Musppy. Basically you pick either Muskky (boy) or Musppy (girl) a white ceramic doll which come in a variety of sizes and then depending on if you want to take it home or leave it the price changes.
Of course we wanted one to take home so Eden’s cost a little more.
You are then given a little card where you sketch out your design and once you are happy with it you copy it onto your white ceramic doll using a colored permanent markers.
Once Eden had finished the lady was so impressed saying that children under 7 really struggle with the concept of drawing onto something 3D but Eden understood it completely.
In fact she was so impressed she encouraged me to expose Eden to many different varieties of art and gave me a list of places I should take her to in Seoul; if only this wasn’t our last day here otherwise I would have.
After paying for our Musppy we walked over to the Hongdae Free Market; an art market which is held each Saturday between March & November. This was actually the last one of the season so I am not sure if the crowds were normal or not but this place was happening. Located in the Hongik Children’s Park, artists were selling all sorts of goods too many to write here but if your in Seoul between March & November…go, its awesome!
The final stop was a trip to Children’s Grand Park. I had heard many great things about this place and it looked amazing, unfortunately for us by the time we arrived it was getting dark and really cold.
We did manage to get into the last Peter Pan animal show of the evening. It wasn’t in English but was still very enjoyable; although after the 30 minute show Eden asked me when the show was going to start!
Once we got out it was pitch black so instead of looking for the rides or animals we decided it was time to head back to Myeongdong for dinner before heading back to pack up for our trip home in the morning.
It was such a brilliant weekend with Eden and 2 weeks on we still talk about and I know I will treasure the memories made forever.
Usually after a trip the thing I look forward to the most is sleeping in my own bed, this time it was most definitely getting to see my other two loves who were waiting for us in the arrival lounge, yay!