24 hours in Seoul (Ladies Edition | Shop, Eat, See)

What if you only have 24 hours in Seoul? You must be wondering what you can do and how you can utilize your time. My good friend, Grace, visited me in Korea and she had only 24 hours in Seoul. Exactly.24.hours! So I decided to travel with her and see Seoul in this 24 hours!

Check out our itinerary for 24 hours in Seoul (Shop, Eat & See) :

Day 1 –

  • Check in Triangel Guesthouse in Hongdae
  • EAT | Dinner @ Piggy Bank BBQ Meat (홍대 돼지저금통)
  • Rest ZZZ

Day 2 –

  • Breakfast @ Triangel Guesthouse
  • SEE | Trick Eye Museum
  • SHOP | Hongdae Shopping Street
  • EAT | Snack – Churros
  • EAT | Lunch @ Kyochon Chicken
  • -> Move to Ewha Womens University
  • Coffee @ Life Coffee Company
  • SEE | Ewha Womens University Main Gate
  • SHOP | Around Ewha Womens University area (Clothes & Cosmetics)
  • -> Move to Seoul Station
  • SHOP | Grocery Shopping @ Lotte Mart, Seoul Station
  • -> Move to Hongdae
  • EAT | Myth Jokbal (미쓰족발)
  • Leave for Incheon Airport via Airport Railroad AREX

— DAY 1 —

First of all, when we return to Seoul from Sokcho, we head straight to Hongdae to check in to Triangel Guesthouse. The owner, Kris, waited for us at the guesthouse to hand us the room key and did some explanation.

Triangel Guesthouse is certified by Korea Tourism Organization to be a safe accommodation in Seoul and is also listed in the Stay Safe Korea.

Triangel Guesthouse

Triangel Guesthouse

After that, we head out to the happening area of Hongdae for dinner! It was around 9pm when we left the guesthouse, thinking that the restaurant should not be crowded since it’s already past dinner time. But, we were wrong! The restaurant was full house when we arrived and we waited for about 15 mins to get a seat.

So we have decided to have some Korean BBQ meat at this very famous restaurant in Hongdae. Well, if you have read travel articles/guides written in Chinese (from China or Taiwan), or Thai, you might have come across the recommendation of this unique Korean BBQ meat restaurant. (Because we found it from Taiwanese travel guide.)

[DINNER] Piggy Bank BBQ Meat (홍대 돼지저금통)

Piggy bank BBQ meat Hongdae

Salted Grilled Pork Meat (소금구이)

  • BEST MENU –  Salted Grilled Pork Meat (소금구이)

From the photo below, it is the fifth from the top. (1 person – 200g – KRW 12,000)

Hongdae Piggy bank BBQ_Menu

Hongdae Piggy bank BBQ_Menu

Hongdae Piggy bank BBQ meat 2

The meat will be cooked on top of the stones

When we first saw the photos and reviews on internet, we love it and have decided to go to this restaurant! This place is really unique as they use the stones to cook your meat (instead of the stove). We both love this place so much and give it ⭐! The BBQ meat tasted really delicious too. So, if you are looking for special BBQ meat, do check out Piggy Bank BBQ Meat Restaurant (홍대 돼지저금통) in Hongdae!

We ordered 2 sets of Salted Grilled Pork Meat (소금구이) – Total KRW 24,000.

Piggy bank BBQ meat

Piggy bank BBQ meat Restaurant @ Hongdae

Opening Hours

16:30 – 03:00 (open till midnight!)

Address

331-1 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul


— DAY 2 —

1) Trick Eye Museum & Ice Museum

If you are traveling with children or good friends, this is a must-visit place in Hongdae. Trick Eye Museum (Seoul branch) is located in Hongdae, just behind the Hongdae shopping street. You can take alot of nice and fun pictures here.

Trickeye museum_hongdae

Just have fun in Trick Eye Museum!

You can also download the TRICKEYE app, and take photos or videos using their app for special AR effects!!

Trick eye app

Trick eye app

The admission fee has already included Ice Musuem. So, you should go inside and take a look too. Don’t worry if it is too cold, just 5 minutes will do, since the entrance fee is already included. The standard admission fee is KRW 18,000 for adult, but you can get a discounted ticket at Trickeye 3D Museum in Seoul – Klook Travel .

Ice museum hongdae copy

Ice museum

Address

B2, Seogyo Plaza, 20 Hongikro 3-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Contact Number

02-3144-6300

Opening Hours

09:00 ~ 21:00 (Last admission at 20:00)

Ticket Price

Adult – KRW 18,000
Children – KRW 12,000


2) Shopping @ Hongdae Shopping Street

You can find almost everything in Hongdae Shopping Street. Buy clothes, cosmetics, glasses, bags, mobile phone case, etc! We bought some stuff from the big Olive Young shop in Hongdae.

  • TIPS: Show them your passport and you can get immediate tax refund (min purchase KRW 30,000)
  • Read more about Shopping in Hongdae

Getting Here

Hongik University Station (Airport Railroad Line, Seoul Subway Line 2, Gyeongui Line) Exit 9. Walk straight till you see Mc Donald’s, then turn left.


3) Must-eat snack in Hongdae – Churro 101

Churro 101 hongdae

Churro 101

So, apparently the churros is really delicious. Last year, My Canadian friend came to Korea and when we went to Hongdae, he bought churros from this store too! Try Churro 101 if you like churros.

Churros_Churro 101

Churro 101 Menu

Churro 101 hongdae_2

Churro 101 Menu

Churro 101 hongdae_3

Keep Calm and Eat Churros

Opening Hours

11:00 – 23:00

Address

128 Eoulmadang-ro, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul


4) Lunch @ Kyochon Chicken

I have been living in Korea for 2 years and I have not eaten Kyochon Chicken. CAN YOU IMAGINE THAT?? All of my friends who came to Korea told me that they have tried Kyochon Chicken or MUST TRY Kyochon Chicken. Grace has eaten Kyochon Chicken in her previous trip to Korea and she said that this is a MUST-EAT chicken in Korea!

Yes, so we went to Kyochon Chicken for lunch.

Kyochon Chicken hongdae

Kyochon Chicken – Hongdae branch

Kyochon Chicken - Hongdae branch

Kyochon Chicken_Interior

Kyochon Chicken

Kyochon half-half original flavor chicken

  • Kyochon Ban-ban Original – KRW 16,000

*Ban-ban means half-half in Korean. They will serve with 2 flavours – gan-jang (soy sauce) & spicy.

OMG. THIS IS SO GOOD. FINGER LICKIN’ GOOOOD!

I fell in love with Kyochon Chicken at the first bite. ❤ Grace and I finished everything in the basket and it was just too satisfying. Oh! Kyochon Chicken has many branches and you can even call for delivery. (RECOMMENDED TOO!)

If you live in guesthouse, ask the owner of staff to call and order Kyochon Chicken delivery for you. Best to eat it at night (and with a can of beer, of course). 🙂

  • If you are staying in Triangel Guesthouse, you can ask Kris (the owner) for help. He will definitely help you (I am sure). But please don’t wake him up at 1am to order delivery for you, ok? 🙂 He has a new born baby to take care of and will need some good sleep after 11pm.

Opening Hours

12:00 – 24:00

Address

6 Yanghwa-ro 16-gil, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul


5) Ewha Womens University – Shopping

We ended our lunch around 2pm, and took the subway to Ewha Womens University, which is just 2 stations away from Hongdae. We first went to a small but popular (on SNS) cafe to grab a cup of coffee and headed to Ewha Womens University to take some beautiful photos of the campus.

📍 Life Coffee Company

Life Coffee Company at Ewha Womens University

Life Coffee Company

Life Coffee Company_Menu

Life Coffee Company_Menu

Life Coffee Company

Insta shot outside Life Coffee Company

  • Life Milk Tea – KRW 3,500

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Opening Hours

08:00 – 20:00 (Weekdays)
12:00 – 18:00 (Saturday)
Closed on Sundays

Address

24 Ewhayeodae 2ga-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul

Location -> http://naver.me/xHov7pjz

Life Coffee Company_Ewha Womens University

Cheers @ Ewha Womens University

Next: SHOPPING!

We highly recommend Ewha Womens University area for shopping, especially if you want to buy cheap and pretty clothes!

You can find nice top for KRW 5,000 per piece, or KRW10,000 per piece. KRW 20,000 for a set of pretty dress.

Shopping at Edae

Look at the shopping bags!

  • If you have short time in Seoul but wish to shop for clothes (for female), I highly recommend Ewha Womens University area to you!

6) Lotte Mart, Seoul Station

After we were done with shopping at Edae area, we took the subway from Ewha Womens University Station > City Hall Station > Transfer to Seoul Subway Line 1 to Seoul Station.

To get to Lotte Mart, get off at Seoul Station Exit 1. Walk out from the station.

WHY VISIT LOTTE MART? 
Most travellers want to buy local products/ food when they visit Korea. In Lotte Mart, you can find almost all the snacks, ramyeon, soju, coffee, etc!! The best thing is that you can get special promotion – Eg. Buy 2 free 1, buy 1 free 1, etc. You can even have food tasting here. Try it before you decide to buy.

  • TIPS: Show them your passport and you can get immediate tax refund (min purchase KRW 30,000)

Opening Hours

10:00 – 24:00


7) Dinner @ Myth Jokbal (미쓰족발)

This is another MUST-EAT Korean food when you visit Korea. This is a special request by my friend, Grace, because she wanted to try some food that Koreans like to eat. So we chose Jokbal – pork trotters (??). It was my first time trying this dish in Korea too! We ordered the real garlic jokbal because we love garlic. Look at the photo below. There are alot of garlic on top of the jokbal. So, if you don’t like garlic, you can order the Original Jokbal.

Myth Jokbal_Garlic Jokbal

Myth Jokbal_Real Garlic Jokbal – KRW 35,000

Myth Jokbal (미쓰족발) is a famous jokbal restaurant located in Hongdae. It is usually very crowded. We waited for about 15 mins, to be seated. If you see people waiting outside the restaurant, remember to get a number from the machine. Don’t just stand there and wait. 🙂

I did some research on Naver before coming to this place. Many koreans recommended the Real Garlic Jokbal, that is also the reason why we ordered that. Because we want to eat like local people.

Myth Jokbal Hongdae

Myth Jokbal (미쓰족발) Hongdae

Myth Jokbal Menu

Myth Jokbal Menu

  • When you order the main menu, you will get free handmade noodles + kimchi soup. DELICIOUS!
  • We ordered Real Garlic Jokbal – KRW 35,000
Myth Jokbal Free salad and 3 types of sauce

Comes with Free salad and 3 types of sauce

Myth Jokbal noodle

Free handmade noodles with kimchi soup

Last but not least, our photo! This was the last photo we took as we ended 24 hours adventure in Seoul. Grace left for Incheon airport after that.

Dinner at Myth Jokbal Hongdae

Last photo of the trip

Opening hours

12:00 – 04:00

Address

123-1 Eoulmadang-ro, Donggyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul


If you only have 2 days or just 24 hours in Seoul, this is how you can plan your itinerary. However, this is a Ladies Special Edition for Shopping, Eating and Sightseeing. The main course is SHOPPING, so guys may not find this useful. But, you can refer to my FOOD GUIDE for your trip.

EAT LIKE A LOCAL in HONGDAE

  • Piggy Bank BBQ Meat (홍대 돼지저금통)
  • Kyochon Chicken
  • Myth Jokbal (미쓰족발)

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Others:
> Wifi Rental in Korea:  4G WiFi (KR Airport Pick Up) for South Korea from WIDEMOBILE – Klook Travel

> AREX Express Train Discounted Price: AREX Incheon Airport Express Train One Way Ticket in Seoul – Klook Travel

> Check out other Seoul Activities from Klook Travel

> Highly recommended 1 day tour from Seoul – Panmunjom and DMZ Join In Tour

[Hongdae] Triangel Guesthouse | SAFE STAY KOREA

Where is the best area to stay in Seoul? I highly recommend Hongdae area which is in “Mapo-gu”. Two weeks ago, my friend and I stayed one night in Triangel Guesthouse, which is located in Hongdae. My friend, Grace, only had 2 days in Seoul and we decided to stay in Hongdae because she knew that we could find almost everything in Hongdae – restaurants, cafes, fun things to do, shopping street, street performances etc.

I got to know about Safe Stay Korea campaign which is a project under Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) to promote safe places for your stay in Korea so that you can have a pleasant and safe trip. Their aim is to foster a positive image for Korea through providing information about safe accommodation services to business owners and travelers visiting Korea. So, basically, if you book accommodation that is listed in Safe Stay Korea program, you don’t have to worry that the place is unsafe or illegal. There are two types of accommodation listed in Safe Stay Korea – hanok and guesthouse & homestay.

Grace and I really love cozy guesthouse so we have chosen to stay 1 night in Triangel Guesthouse which is located strategically in Hongdae (near to Airport Railroad Line exit!! *BONUS*)

Triangel Guesthouse

Triangel Guesthouse

Before we make booking, we went to Triangel Guesthouse FB Page to check out their photos and reviews/ comments. Most of the guest mentioned that the owners are really friendly. This is the main reason why we decided to book Triangel Guesthouse.

Triangel Guesthouse brochure

Triangel Guesthouse Info

Triangel Guesthouse

Triangel Guesthouse Hongdae

Triangel Guesthouse info

Triangel Guesthouse Info

Triangel Guesthouse directions

Getting to Triangel Guesthouse

On the day we were supposed to check in to guesthouse, the owner Kris called me to confirm our arrival time so that he can prepare the key  for us. (SO NICE!). Grace went to the guesthouse for check in first, and I went there about 30 mins later. Actually I didn’t get to meet Kris on the first night but Grace had some conversations with him and she told me that Kris is really nice! I was really looking forward to meet him in person so that I can talk to him too.

We booked the double room with private bathroom. The room was spacious and we love it! This place feels like home. The whole guesthouse is just so cozy.

Triangel Guesthouse, Hongdae

Triangel Guesthouse, Hongdae

On the next morning, we had the breakfast that was prepared by the owner. It was a good meal! This may seem pretty simple and plain, but it does give you a homey feeling. It feels like as though my parents made me breakfast. 🙂

*FREE BREAKFAST*

Triangel Guesthouse breakfast

Breakfast @ Triangel Guesthouse

Triangel Guesthouse breakfast

Yummy breakfast

Triangel Guesthouse breakfast time

Breakfast time

(P.s. I love the muffins!)

I met Kris in the morning and had some conversations with him. (YES.. can practice my Korean). He mentioned that most of his guests are from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, and sometimes from European countries too. He operates this guesthouse together with his wife but she just gave birth so she was taking care of the baby in their house. By the way, his wife is a Chinese. If you don’t speak Korean, don’t worry! Kris speaks good English and his wife can speak Chinese too. 🙂

  • HE IS SO NICE AND FRIENDLY. REALLY!! I give 5 stars!⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • This guesthouse is certified by KTO so it is very SAFE ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Triangel Guesthouse certified by KTO

Triangel Guesthouse certified by KTO

I have stayed at many guesthouse in Seoul and I did not really have the chance to talk to the owner like this. I hope to return to this guesthouse again next time, when my friend or family come to Seoul. 🙂 Of course, I want to meet his pretty wife too!

Triangel Guesthouse travel info

Travel information / brochure is available

This guesthouse is really near to Hongik University Station Exit 6, where the Airport Railroad AREX exit is. If you have heavy luggage to carry, don’t worry! This place is near. You don’t have to drag your heavy luggage and walk too far. Besides that, you can also find AREX Travel Center in the subway station – for baggage delivery (to airport), baggage storage. RAON baggage storage service is also located near Exit 6. There is also an E-mart24 in the station near to this exit. If you need to buy anything, visit E-mart 24!

Hongik Univ Station Exit 6

Get off at Hongik Univ Station Exit 6 > Triangel Guesthouse

Hongik Univ Station Exit 6

Hongik Univ Station Exit 6

RAON Baggage storage

RAON Baggage Storage Service

Around this Guesthouse

Hongdae shopping street

Hongdae shopping street

For booking

Room Info

  • Spade Room (single room and shared restroom)
  • Diamond Room (double bed, and shared restroom)
  • Clover Room (2 to 3 person, twin bed + pull out bed, and private bathroom)
  • Heart Room ( 2 to 4 person, twin bed, and private bathroom)

Address

2F, 181-2 Donggyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Getting Here

Hongik University Station (Airport Railroad AREX line, Seoul Subway Line 2 or Gyeongui Line) Exit 6. (Walk about 3 mins)

 

 

I LOVE my stay in Triangel Guesthouse and I wish to return to this place again. If you are traveling alone and looking for a nice, cozy and SAFE guesthouse which you can interact with the owner, I highly recommend Triangel Guesthouse! If you are traveling with family with don’t speak Korean or good English but speak Chinese, you can also come to Triangel Guesthouse since Kris’ wife is a Chinese. ^^

I had a pleasant stay in Triangel Guesthouse and I am sure you would agree with me after staying here.