And since it was already lunch time, I went back to Hongdae (the place where I stayed on the first day), to have lunch in and Indian Restaurant – “Sitara”. And yes, although I was in South Korea, I was hunting for some Indian or Mediterranean cuisine. For 9 months now, I stopped eating pork and I just could not stand having any touch of pork on my diet. I found a lot of vegan restaurants, however I had difficulties finding them since most of their names were written in Korean alphabets. Language differences cannot be denied, and I was afraid of me asking for no pork, might end up being served with one.

After lunch, I went straight to Eunpyeong-gu – one of the districts in South Korea, and looking at the map, it is located towards the North. I had to be in this place, because this is where my Airbnb Booking was located.

I was very lucky to have found Jun Ho’s (my host) listing at Airbnb.com, where I was only charged PHP1271 instead of PHP2286 after using up some referral credits for referring some friends to Airbnb. If this is your first time booking through Airbnb, you too can get as much as PHP1100 (or equivalent $) discount towards your first trip by signing up through this link.

Jun Ho’s Place, near Bulgwang Station

Should you visit South Korea, aside from Maru Hostel, Hongdae, I would also recommend Jun Ho’s place; it is very accessible through Bulgwang Station. It was just about 20-30 meters from the subway station, very safe and secured since it is at the 6th floor of a condominium building. Everything is furnished, including some charger adapters. You might just have to bring a small towel, since there isn’t one provided. They operate in a self-check-in system, where the instructions are clearly provided after approval and confirmation of booking. Self-check-out is also automated, which should be at 10AM the following day. There are also a lot of restaurants and convenience stores nearby, and best of all a mall that opens around 10:30 AM is also just a walking distance. Here’s an easy guide on how to find this recommended place!

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Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)

Since I already have some free time, I went to Dongdaemun Design Plaza. I was also looking for a traditional Korean Fan, and I was referred to this place by the waiter at Sitara Indian Restaurant. This place, according to: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr, “has a meaning of Dream, Design, and Play. It holds various exhibitions, fashion shows, forums, conferences, and other domestic and international events. Registration for touring the architecture is available on-site and other event schedules and kid program information are available on the website.”

According to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki, “is a major urban development landmark in Seoul, South Korea designed by Zaha Hadid and Samoo, with a distinctively neofuturistic design characterized by the ‘powerful, curving forms of elongated structures’.” “The DDP has been one of the main reasons for Seoul’s designation as World Design Capital in 2010. Construction started in 2009 and it was officially inaugurated on March 21, 2014.”

Their operating hour is Tuesday-Sunday from 10AM to 7PM with extended hours of up to 9PM during Wednesdays and Fridays. This landmark is very accessible since it is connected to Seoul Subway through “Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station”. There are also a lot of shopping malls and duty free shops around the area, including stalls that appeared to turn into a street market at night.

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