27th April 2013, Saturday
The next morning, we woke up early to catch a bus to Seorak. Anyway, we saw the breakfast spread at the pantry and we were already missing Sylvia’s pantry. Sigh. I miss the bagels!
Beautiful cascading cherry blossoms overlooking Seorak-san
Once we got down at foothill of Seorak, we were greeted by beautiful cherry blossoms. Then, everyone starting to snap photos away! We were simply overexcited coming here! I for one, was super excited. We went to buy ticket to enter the Sogongwon Park, then walked towards the cable car’s booth to get our cable car tickets. We have to wait almost an hour for this. So it’s advisable to go to the ticketing counter, get your tickets then, camwhore all you want later.
The walkway around the waiting for cable car area
The place here is simply too scenic. I was glad that the girls encouraged me to slowly walk up to the peak, which we did! It was just a short hike – which I dislike. But, the hiking up was worth it. Haha. So here are some of the photos taken.
We almost didn’t want to leave this place! It’s very soothing and calming to see the river flowing, with view of endless mountains, a few shrines and pristine white pebbles.
We ended our stay in Sokcho earlier than expected. Since it’s going to be a 3 hour journey back to Seoul, we decided to go back earlier. After all the walking and hiking, I was very tired. Haha. So, I slept throughout the journey back to Seoul.
We checked in Boa Guesthouse in Hongdae because we couldn’t get a room at Lilian’s usual guesthouse – Ann’s guesthouse due to uncertainties. Actually, we planned to go to Joenju for a visit, then perhaps spend a night there but we didn’t get the free bus tickets going there. So, we booked last minute accommodation at Boa Guesthouse.
The very delicious Andung Chicken!
So, after checking in, we walked about Hongdae and found a place for food. The Andong chicken! It’s something like our Malaysian version of three cups chicken but, slightly spicier, with added Korean glass noodles. It was so delicious, we almost licked the wok clean! Towards the end of dinner, we supposed to ask for a bowl of rice to be added into the wok, still with gravy to clean up the wok. Somehow, we were full by then, so we didn’t ask for rice.
We were walking about and found it’s a good place to shop. Since Hongdae is a student area, we might get cheaper things here. Anyway, we were simply too exhausted to try anything so, we decided to call it a night after having a cup of coffee from Blanc.