The third day in Seoul was a beautiful summer day! We started the day heading out to the Bukchon Hanok Village, a district located between the Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace.
It's one of the few places in Seoul where one can still wander around in small lanes, doting the old, traditional Korean houses. It used to be the place where the civil servants lived, always ready to be called to the nearby palaces. And yes, today it is a place enjoyed mostly by tourists, but if you head there early (and by early, I mean 10 o'clock), it is a lot of fun!
Like dumb and ignorant European tourists, we had breakfast at a European style café that we stumbled across called Wood and Brick. While it is surprisingly easy to get European style products not just in Seoul but just about anywhere in Korea (chains like Paris Baguette and Tous les jours are virtually everywhere), the bakes at wood and Brick were extremely good! Of course we sat outside on their elevated outdoor seating and observed what was going on down below in the street.
I don't know if you have noticed by now, but I really liked Korea! Seoul is probably the safest city I have ever been to. You do not have to constantly worry about pickpockets to the point where my sister said that she was afraid of losing her natural watch-out-for-pickpockets-instinct! However, dear Korea, we have to talk about the amount of plastic and disposable tableware! The waste produced in a single day is massive!!! You can do better than that!
Before we headed over to Hongdae, I just had to take a photo of the most beautiful mailbox ever!
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