|Buam-dong, Seoul, South Korea|
One area of Seoul that many non-Koreans don't know about is Buam-dong. To Koreans it's fairly popular but since it's not the easiest to get to, Koreans settle for Samcheong-dong, which is nice but very crowded on weekends.
How do you get here? I made the mistake of thinking that it was close to Hongje Station after looking on Naver maps. I knew it was a bit of a distance but I thought I could walk there. After about 20 minutes of walking, I finally took a 7-minute taxi ride. Oops! Therefore, I wanted to find a way to make it easier for you. I was able to get assistance from the website www.seoulsecrets.net, which provided me with the directions:
"Take the subway to Gyeongbokgung Station (Line 3) and come out of Exit 3. Walk straight for about 100 meters and look for the second bus stop (not the shuttle bus stop). Take either the #1020 (green bus) or #7022 (green bus). Take one of those buses for 6 stops until you reach the Buam-dong Community Service Center. You'll be able to hear it in English, so make sure that you're listening carefully. The bus journey will take no longer than 10 minutes."
Once the taxi driver dropped me off at the top, I really had no idea where to look. I saw an area that was right dab in between Inwangsan to the south (close by on foot) and Bukhansan to the north. Quaint little restaurants, shops, and cafes were nearby, so I started doing my own exploring.
I was a bit hungry, so I wanted to find a place to eat at first. I followed the main road that leads to Gyeongbok Palace and saw a cute Italian restaurant called Da Pasta (a name that made me smile) on the east side of the street.
|Da Pasta Italian Restaurant|
|The interior of Da Pasta|
|My carbonara dish|
|First Floor of Club Espresso|
|Second floor of Club Espresso|
|A chocolate croissant with my iced cafe latte|
|Inwangsan in front of me|
|On the way to the Seoul city wall on Inwangsan|
I wasn't sure what kind of view I would get from the top but lo and behold I got some great shots of Seoul from here. As I looked over the wall, this is what I got to see...
|A view of Bukhansan from the Seoul City Wall on Inwangsan|
|A view of N Seoul Tower from Inwangsan|
|Another shot of N Seoul Tower as I was coming down the mountain|
Scott Worden (The L.A./Seoul Guy)