We sat Asiana Airlines from Singapore to Seoul and then took the 1 hour plus bus ride to the Intercontinental Hotel at Coex (Something like our Suntec City and Convention Centre but much bigger). We arrived early and with nothing to do before checking in, we went across the street and take a peek at the temple just across the street.
Built in the 10th year of Shilla King, the temple was refurbished and renamed Bongeunsa from the original name – Gyeonseongsa. The temple was shifted to its current location during the Joseon King Myeongjong’s Reign. Bongeunsa （奉恩寺）loosely means temple of gracious offerings.
The temple has a fairly huge compound and half of it is taken up by a huge car parking lot. Still the entrance to the temple is very grand with a long and wide passage out front with a artificial stream running on the left side that the pigeons had a great time bathing in the cold.
Inside the compound, there are chantings and praying with devotees sitting around the prayer hall right at the top of the mount and there is a chanting service happening as we approached.
Sinsa-Dong, Gangam-Gu, Seoul
After lunch, there is some free time so we went to do some window shopping at Sinsa-Dong. An area that is full of small boutiques, cafes, hair saloons and restaurants along narrow lanes, the closest cousin would be Holland Village and Haji lane. When it comes to street shooting, Sinsa-Dong has many well designed shops to explore. Top of my list has to be Gentle Monster’s Showroom.
Designed and renovated to look like a dilapidated European home, the whole place provides space to showcase Gentle Monsters’ rather high end sunglasses. After all they are used in major fashion catwalks. The details afforded by this place is enough for an avid photographer to stay and shoot. Perhaps using their sunglasses as props.
For those who uses LINE messaging, there is a LINE Friends shop too where you can buy small toys in the form of Cony the rabbit and Brown the bear.
Coffee lovers would love Korea for sure as the coffee culture is strong in this part of town. We hankered down in CoffeeSmith with its very impressive shopfront. In truth, the coffee standard here is definitely very good and is comparable to Melbourne that’s for sure. Never sick of their coffee and the quality never drop even at rest stops during the trip.
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