Han Ok Gol Village, Waffle House, shopping

Sunday was the 5th day of my friend’s Seoul vacation with me as tour guide. We got a late start, having stayed up late the night before. The first thing we did was get some lunch at a Korean Chinese food place. Chinese food in Korea is quite different than it is in America.

Then we went to Han Ok Gol Village, a collection of homes from around 1900 located near Seoul Tower and Namsan. At 6:00 we saw a Korean folk dance with lots of noisy drums and gongs. This was interesting for a while, but the highlight must have been the crazy old man who kept trying to join them. He would be pushed or pulled away, sit down for a minute, and then try again. He wasn’t a very good dancer.

If you have a group of ten or if they happen to have enough people who have signed up, you can try traditional Korean tea, mask making, calligraphy, or other things on select days from 2:00-4:00. This is also at Han Ok Gol Village but we didn’t try it.

Then we went to Waffle House near Sookmyung Women’s University (and my home) for a snack. This place is famous for waffles, but you can also get a good milk shake (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry) for 1,200 (about $1.20), or bing soo. Bing soo is a popular Korean desert consisting of shaved ice, soft ice cream, plus toppings like fruit and red beans.

Then we went to two busy shopping areas, Myeong Dong and Dongdaemun. Both places had many more women then men and much more clothing for women to buy but men can do some shopping here too.

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