Food review: Palsaik Samgyupsal Sinchon

In Korea, there are many Korean bbq restaurant available but we find Palsaik Samgyupsal is quite unique. Instead of one flavor, they served 8 different flavours of bbq pork. We visited this bbq restaurant in Sinchon after visiting Gyeongbokgung palace.

How to go there:
Visitors need to take the train to Sinchon Station and take exit 6. Continue to walk straight until you see 7-11 and turn left. Please look out for KIA Motors building on your right side and you will see Palsaik at the right bottom corner of the opposite building.

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Since we arrived around 2pm, there was not many visitors inside the restaurant. On one corner, there is also a counter showing how many days this restaurant had opened. Palsaik Samgyupsal also provided photo property like funny hat, funny headband, funny glasses etc for visitors to take photo. Our daughters really liked it and they straight away using it and asking us to take their picture.

We ordered set of 8 flavors bbq pork for out lunch.  8 flavors of bbq pork are: Ginseng, Wine, Pine leaves, Garlic, Herb, Curry, Miso Paste and Spicy flavor. Besides 8 flavors bbq pork, Palsaik Samgyupsal also provided a lot of side dish (banchan) and soup stew.

In Palsaik Syamgupsal, there will be a server who will help you to prepare the meat. At the same time, he will also turn on the fire below the soup stew. When the meat is fully cooked, the soup stew will also be ready as well. The server will cook the pork meat in 2 batches – 4 flavors at one go. After visitors finished eating the first batch, the server will clean the pan and cook the remaining 4 flavors.

The pork meat is so tender and since most of the flavor are not spicy, my daughters can eat the pork meat except the Hot/spicy one. Every flavor has unique taste and you need to eat it wrapped inside perilla leaves together with rice, chili and rice.

Overall, the bbq is very nice and the price is also cheap (30,000 KRW per set). Side dish and rice are provided for free. You just need to tell the server if you need to top up the rice or the side dish. We will definitely come back to this restaurant when we visit Seoul next time.

 

 

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Loft Hotel Review

Loft Hotel was our base hotel when we had our 2 weeks holiday in Korea. Although it is only 3 stars hotel, we love it so much. It’s a beautiful hotel and there are a lot of eateries and mini markets nearby the hotel. Not enough with one, we found 2 mini markets nearby hotel.

Hollys coffee and Hongkong Banjum is just located across the hotel (3 mins walking distance). Paris Baquette can be reached within 5 mins walking distance.
If you are bored with hotel breakfast, there is one small restaurant beside the hotel selling Korean porridge. At night, Korean bbq restaurant is open beside the hotel. Visitors can find variety of Korean food around the hotel including tteokbokki, gimbap, gamjatang, fried chicken and cola etc.

For the room itself, we booked Deluxe twin room for our stay. The room size is so spacious and there is separate bathroom inside the room. Bathtub, toilet bowl and shower are placed in separate area. Interior inside the room is modern, designed as a romantic bedroom. Loft hotel also provide a music player with romantic CD song. The atmosphere inside the bedroom is really romantic.

Breakfast spread is limited and the menu is always the same every day. After few days, we are getting bored with the breakfast.

Subway station (Dangsan station) can be reached by foot around 10-15 minutes. Loft hotel also provide free washing for their guest, which is pleasantly surprise us. Hotel guest can hand over one bag of dirty clothes every day for free washing.

The thing that we like:
-The interior of the room
-Spacious of the room
-Cd player and romantic CD song
-Everything is clean
-A lot of eateries nearby hotel
-2 mini markets nearby hotel
-5 minutes walking distance to limousine airport hotel
-One bag free washing every day

The thing that we don’t like:
-Quite far from subway station
-Limited breakfast spread
-Dim lighting inside the room

Overall, we love to stay in Loft hotel and we are willing to come back to this hotel. If you are relax type of traveller, romantic type of traveller, love to eat and do not really mind to have hotel location a bit far from centre of Seoul, I believe that you will really love this hotel.

South Korea Day 15: Annyeong Korea

We woke up at 5 am to catch airport limousine bus nearby our hotel. After taking shower, we quickly checked out and walked to the nearby bus stop. We only need to walk 5 minutes to reach the airport limousine bus stop.

From Dangsan, visitors need to take bus 6008 to go to Incheon airport. The bus stop is located opposite of Dangsan Paris Baquette store.

At 6.20am, the bus arrived at the bus stop and we reached Incheon airport at 7.20am. The journey takes about 1 hour from Dangsan to Incheon airport.

We returned the rental wifi router at the airport counter. Since we had not have our breakfast, we bought Quiznos sub for breakfast.

At 9.40am, our plane took off to bring us back to Singapore.
See you next time South Korea. We really enjoyed our two weeks holiday in Korea. We hope that we can come back again for the 3rd time to explore new area/province in South Korea.

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South Korea Day 14: Namdaemun and Dongdaemun Market

We woke up quite late today. After went around South Korea for 13 days, we agreed to have relax day for shopping. We visited Namdaemun market, Shinsegae department store and Dongdaemun market at relax pace.

Namdaemun market is the largest market in Korea selling various goods. Our focus this time is only visiting shops selling girl clothes and Alpha stationery store. Most of sellers selling made in Korea clothes although some of them also selling made in China clothes.

The made in Korea clothes quality are superb although the price is also expensive, almost the same with Singapore price.

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We also stopped by at Shinsegae department store. We bought 3 packages of Tteokbokki (2 spicy, 1 medium spicy) and Bibimbap spicy sauce.

At Dongdaemun market, we bought mainly souvenirs and T-shirts. Here we met very nice Ahjumma at souvenirs shop. My daughter talk to her a lot while we chose the souvenirs and T-shirts.

At 6pm, we went back to Loft hotel to pack our stuff and ready to go to Incheon airport tonorrow morning.

South Korea Day 13 (part 2): Insadong, Ssamziegil and Cheonggyecheon stream

After exploring Gyeongbokgung palace, we went to bbq restaurant near Insadong area for lunch. It’s called Palsaek Samgyeopsal (팔색삼겹살). Our review on Palsaek Samgyeopsal can be found here

Next, we visited Bukchon Hanok Village, a Korean traditional village which has a lot of alleys and hanok (Korean traditional houses). This area is preserved to show a 600-year old urban environment. Traditionally, Bukchon Hanok village is an area where Joseon dynasty high officials and nobles lived.

Make sure to grab a map of this area and the map shows eight photo spot in order to get nice spot within Bukchon Hanok village area. Bukchon Hanok village has extremely beautiful traditional architecture and it’s well spent afternoon to experience one of Joseon historic site during our holiday.

After exploring Bukchon Hanok village, our leg is getting tired. It’s time for relaxing and strolling around Insadong. We visited Ssamziegil which houses a lof ot fashion, galleries, craft, artwork, restaurant and snack stores.

The top floor of Ssamziegil is a place where couple should visit. It’s called “Wall of Love”, similar to “Love Lock” area in Namsan Tower. Couples can post their love message on the wall.

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One unique store that you should visit in Ssamziegil is a poop bread. It’s located nearby the entrance on the ground floor. We chose chocolate filling for the poop bread…We also visited Poop cafe or Ddong cafe at the top floor of Ssamziegil. The food and drinks here are served in cute toilet shaped mugs and plates. Some of the food also resembled poop in iconic form hahaha. What a creativity from the shop owner!

After Insadong, we went to Cheonggyecheon stream. Cheonggyecheon Stream passes close to Deoksugung Palace, Seoul Plaza, the Sejong Center, Insa-dong Street, Changdeokgung Palace, and Changgyeonggung Palace, allowing visitors to easily visit major tourist sites after a leisure stroll along the stream.

For dinner, we eat pizza at nearby Mr. Pizza outlet before heading back to Loft hotel.

South Korea Day 13 (Part 1): Gwanghwamun Square and Gyeongbokgung

Our first stop for the day is Gwanghwamun Square. This area is very popular for tourist and also Koreans. Beside as tourist attractions, Gwanghwamun is also the center of business in Korea. There are a lot of offices around Gwanghwamun square.

There are two statues on Gwanghwamun square. The first statue belong to King Sejong. King Sejong considers as one of influential Korean King during Joseon dynasty. King Sejong is best remembered as the inventor of Hangeul, the Korean alphabet. During his reign, he consolidated the basis for ruling the Joseon Dynasty by incorporating Confucian philosophy of politics. Furthermore, he led the nation’s great strides in agriculture, literature, science and technology.

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The second statue belong to Admiral Yi Shun-sin. Admiral Yi Shun-sin was a Korean naval commander, famed for his victories against the Japanese navy during the Imjin war in the Joseon Dynasty, and is well-respected for his exemplary conduct on and off the battlefield not only by Koreans, but by Japanese admirals as well.

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Not far from King Sejong statue, there was a stall for people to wear Hanbok, a traditional Korean dress. It’s free of charge and visitors just need to write their name and their origin country.

Gyeongbokgung is one of five Korean palaces which is located nearby Gwanghwamun Square. For me, Gyeongbokgung is the most beautiful and the largest among all five Korean palaces.

If you visit Gyeongbokgung, please also consider to see their Royal Guard changing ceremony. It’s an opportunity to see a rare traditional scene in Korea. Make sure to prepare your camera and take a lot of photos. The guard colorful uniform and the ceremony are really unique and pleasure to see.

 

South Korea Day 12 (part 2): Myeongdong and Seoul Namsan Tower

After short rest at Loft hotel, we continue our journey to Myeongdong. Myeongdong is one of famous shopping district in Seoul. In Myeongdong, visitors can find a lot of products for sale includes shoes, accessories, clothes and cosmetics.

Myeong-dong also has family restaurants, fast food, plus Korean, Western and Japanese dining options as well as Korean street food. Many restaurants in Myeong-dong specialize in dongaseu (pork cutlet) and kalguksu (noodle soup). Other businesses in the area include hair salons, banks, money changer and theaters.Based on our experience, money changer in Myeongdong has the best exchange rate in Korea. When you visit Myeongdong, you can also get a lot of cosmetics freebies like face mask, face serum etc.

Our dinner in Myeongdong was at Myeongdong Kyoja, kalguksu restaurant that already in business for 40 years. Although their menu choice is only 4 dishes, but a lot of people visiting Myeongdong Kyoja and the seats are always full.

With full tummy, we went to Seoul Namsan Tower by foot from Myeongdong. The walk takes about 15 minutes in slightly uphill street. The effort are fully justified when we reached Namsan Tower.

It’s a must see landmark of Seoul. The top of tower is almost 480m above sea level and you can see the whole Seoul from tower observation deck. The Seoul night view from Namsan Tower is very beautiful and awesome. At that time, there was not so many visitors so we can took a lot of pictures with unobstructed view.

Before we headed back to our hotel, we visited the “Love lock” and everyone of us (including our children) wrote our love message on the lock and lock it on “Love Lock” area.

In our opinion, Namsan Tower was cool and pretty. The view was amazing and the cable car ride was fun. Visitors will like the “Lock Love” area a lot because they can write love message to their loved one.