An autumn getaway in Seoul

It was a mini-break for me during late September in 2014 when I hopped on the plane to Seoul to savor the refreshing autumn air, fill my stomach with good food and embrace the local culture.

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I love this ginseng chicken soup (samgyetang) at Tosokchon to bits! The tender white flesh stomached a wholesome goodness of glutinous rice, red dates and ginseng in it, absorbing the unforgettable herby flavors. The broth was rich, nutritious and simply heaven!

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Gyeongbokgung Palace of the past still looking elegant in the present.

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Some of the traditional houses which retained the old Korean flavors in architecture.

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I was at the Demilitarized Zone in the border village of Panmunjom, South Korea. South Korean army guards standing at the Demarcation Line facing North Korea on the opposite.

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Looking at North Korea in the distant from the border. I think this was the furthest I would probably go to get glimpses of life in North Korea.

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Spotted this billboard at Dorasan Station. “Not the last station from the South, But the first station toward the North”- a brief but poignant message towards Korean Reunification.

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There are four tunnels being discovered under the border between South Korea and North Korea. Only the third tunnel is open to visitors where you get to walk down a long and steep path into the tunnel. These tunnels were dug as a plan for surprise attack by the North Koreans on South Korea.

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Now back to something light and happy. I had some lovely macarons at the little Antique cafe *eyes twinkling like fairy lights*

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Beautiful minty macaron served with nutty ice-cream.

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Zesty orange macaron wrapped up fluffy ice-cream with generous sprinkles of nuts and gelatin.

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Another not-to-miss food in Seoul- DUMPLINGS! Known as mandu in Korean, these little delicacies burst with rich porky flavors as you bite into the thin flour wraps. Try them at Myeongdong Gyoja.

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These knife-sliced noodles (Kalguksu)  were springy, and the broth was splendid.

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Fresh fried potatoes and orange juices- what’s not to love?

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Don’t miss Cookin’ Nanta when you are in Seoul- a perfect blend of musical, comedy and acrobatics which was everything exciting, fun and humor.

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Watch how chopping boards, knives, saucepans and all things which clink and clank are brought to life in Cookin’ Nanta.

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