For our 4th and final day, we decided to have some good food, stroll around, and have a last minute shopping with our remaining Korean won. The past 3 days had been very good that we actually do not want to go home anymore.. Seoul is such a good, friendly, and cute city.
For our last day, here are the things that we did:
1. Brunch at Myeongdong Gyoza
Myeongdong Gyoza (“Gyoja” in korean) is one of the most popular restaurants in Seoul. Their menu has only 3 dishes every winter/autumn. (1) Mandu (steamed dumplings), (2) Bibimguksu (cold noodles with chili paste), and (3) Kalguksu (knife sliced noodles). All of these dishes are 8000 krw each.
The whole place is super full of people! Long lines that stretches outside the store, fully booked tables, and super busy staff! The good thing is that Myeongdong Gyoza has a very good and efficient system and staff so you can eat in no time.
Since we wanted to get a worth of what we lined up for, we ordered all of their menu items – 2 Kalguksu, 2 Mandu, and 1 Bibimguksu- all for 40,000 krw.
Overall, the food is authentic and good! Mandu has a freshly made wrapper and juicy filling. The Kalguksu has a rich but clean tasting soup. The Bibimguksu might be slightly different, spicy, and weird for Filipino taste.
I suggest you to try Myeongdong Gyoza. Just take note though that their servings are really big and is actually enough for 2 people already. The lines start to form by around 11 am.
How to go: From Myeongdong station, take the exit #7. You can follow the map below for the directions.
What to order: My personal preference is Mandu (steamed dumplings).
Cost: 8000 krw per dish
Other details: Store hours is 10:30 AM to 9:30 PM
2. Namdaemun market
For our last minute shopping, we decided to stroll around Namdaemun market. The place is known for selling cheap and bulk souvenirs, and even food and clothes! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take pictures of the streets, but was able to take pictures of the streetfood!
This is where I bought the nailcutter keychain souvenirs, as well as my one big pack of seaweed! The stores will allow you to taste different flavors for free!
The Face shop branch in Namdaemun also sells products with lower price compared to Myeongdong when we went there. Imaging buying the famous primer, and BB cream for 50% cheaper than Myeongdong price! And come to think of it, the Myeongdong price is already 20%-30% than Philippines price! Amazing right? Just wish that the Namdaemun branch will also be on sale when you go there.
How to go: Take the train and alight at Namdaemun station. Follow the directions towards Namdaemun market.
What to buy: Everything! Souvenirs, clothes, food, or you can simply stroll and buy what you want!
3.) Incheon International Airport
Our last stop is of course, the airport. We are really, really sad to leave Seoul, but it’s life- goodbyes are always a part of every journey. The only thing that remains with you are the wonderful memories.
Incheon Airport is very big and clean! There are also lots of stores that sells stuff for reasonable prices. There’s even a convenience store that sells food with the same price outside airport.
If you have extra waiting time, you can pass by the Korean Cultural Heritage center for free craft workshops. We tried it, and during that time, the project is a Korean kite. Cute souvenir right?
How to go: From Myeongdong, you can easily go back to Incheon Airport by going to Sejong Hotel (near Myeongdong station exit # 8). Take the bus 6015 or tell the driver that you are bound to Incheon Airport. The ticket costs 10,000 krw, and travel time is around 1 hour.
And this is the end of our budget travel in Seoul! Hope you’ve learned several things that you can reapply in your budget trip! If you have any questions, feel free to comment and I’ll answer rightaway!
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For other posts, you can refer to my Budget Travel in Korea series.
- Korean Visa Requirements and How to Apply?
- Part 1 – Seoul Korea Budget Travel – DIY Guide
- Part 2 – Seoul Korea Budget Travel – Itinerary and Budget
- Part 3 – Seoul, Korea Budget Travel – Day 1 – Changdeokgung Palace, Samcheong-dong, Bukchon Hanok Village, Namsan Tower, Dongdaemun Market
- Part 4- Seoul, Korea Budget Travel – Day 2 – Nami Island, Namdaemun Market, Myeongdong Cat Café
- Part 5 – Seoul, Korea Budget Travel-Day 3 -Self Bar, Everland
- Part 6 – Seoul, Korea Budget Travel-Day 4 –Namdaemun Market and Incheon International Airport
- Part 7- Seoul, Korea Budget Travel – Cat Café in Myeongdong
- Part 8-Seoul, Korea Budget Travel – Myeongdong Gyoza Food Experience!
- Part 9- Seoul, Korea Budget Travel-Notes and Personal Learnings about South Korea
- Myeongdong Wonder Dogs Cafe
- Funtastic Tours Korea- Affordable tours and Nami Island + Petite France experience
- Hongdae Foodtrip -Must try Restaurants and Coffee Shops