Seoul free transit tour
13 September 2016
No luck for empty seat for the full flight from KL to Seoul on Korean Air. Unfortunately we both didn't get much sleep on this red-eye flight so we were zombies during the transit tour.
Nice benefit of transiting in Seoul...free transit tours. We picked the 5hr tour to Bukchon Hanok Village and Gwangjang market. Last time I visited Seoul was 10 years ago but I've never been to these 2 places so I figured the transit tour would be an easy (and free) way to see some sights and have some Korean street food. But to be honest, the tour was a lil' boring.
Bukchon Hanok Village (Korean traditional village)...a popular filming site.
We were given about 40 minutes to walk around but the main thing was just this street.
Gwangjang market...one of the oldest and largest traditional markets in Korea. Running Man filmed episode 186 here. The food market here is famous for bindaetteok, Mayak (drug) kimbap and meat dumplings but we only tried the kimbap and fish cake here. Most of the stalls sell the same thing so it was quite difficult deciding which stall to eat at. Somehow I felt that this place was too touristy, especially when the ahjumas started speaking in Mandarin...such a turn off. We did meet some nice sellers but you could easily find good street food anywhere else.
We made it back to the airport at 2pm and with a few more hours to spare, we enjoyed a free shower (for transit passengers) and did some craft work using hanji (traditional Korean paper) at the Traditional Culture Workshops. Incheon is another nice airport for transits.
Finally...it's time to say goodbye to Asia and head back to the US. AA's flight from Incheon to Dallas was entirely full but I managed to sleep a pretty good bit. I actually enjoyed the bibimbap and Kimchi fried rice.