For Day 5 in Seoul, we headed to Itaewon. Itaewon is known to be a district where you find a lot of expatriates. It is even called the “Special Tourism District” to highlight it as a destination for internationals tend to hang-out. When we got out of MRT, suddenly it snowed! It is such a pretty sight! Snowflakes were on our hair and eyelashes. It was slowly falling from the sky. It felt romantic and poetic.
We searched for Hamilton Hotel because I researched that most of the food establishment are found behind the hotel. The brown bricked hotel was easy to spot. There was indeed a lot of restaurants behind Hamilton Hotel. After a walk on the block, we settled in a BBQ meat restaurant owned by a Caucasian guy called the Rusty’s Smokehouse. It has several floors with narrow wooden stairs. We got a set with pulled pork, marinated beef, buns, sweet potato mash and potato chips. My husband got a beer for himself.
It was a delicious lunch. I definitely recommend you visit to visit Rusty’s Smokehouse.
It was still snowing when we left Itaewon and headed to Myeongdong to N Seoul Tower. It was a long steep walk going to Namsan Park with the pouring snow.
When we finally reached the area where we bought tickets for cable ride to Namsam Park. It cost 8,500 KRW Round Trip per person. The cable ride was crowded but good thing we were at the sides of the cable car so Naj and Fynn can see the surrounding going up.
Reaching there, I got already the N Seoul Tower Observatory tickets through Klook. It cost $9 per person. My kids again got free pass.
Up in the observatory, you get to see Seoul in 360 degrees view. It was a bit foggy through the observatory glass though. There was candy corner on the observatory and Naj was estatic when he saw all the different colorful candies. Of course, we have to buy him a small bag of candies to eat while enjoying the view.
We eventually went down from the tower. There were padlocks with writings on them in the area before going up the tower. It called the love locks similar to that one in Paris. We came prepared. I bought two padlocks for us to placed our names and interlock each other for goodluck.
We headed back to Myeongdong for dinner. But roam around the area first. I bought some sheet masks for myself. We also tried the Castille Cake because we found a long queue on their kiosk. We say it must be good. It is a soft sponge cake that it large enough to be our morning breakfast. We looked for a bbq grill to eat.
We found one somewhere Myeongdong. Ahh, we love Korean BBQ. My hubby got some bear to go along with it. He like eating the juicy bbq meat with rice while I like it wrapped in lettuce leaves with some of the Korean side dishes tucked inside of it.
The staff and owner were so nice. They took turns carrying Fynn so we can eat. It was definitely a happy meal for us. We went back to our hotel, full and satisfied of our beautiful snowy day.