Seoul Part III

Our sixth day in South Korea started at Thanks Oat which is in Mapo-gu, Seoul. The quaint cafe specialises in yoghurt and granola but also makes bagel sandwiches, as well as various hot and cold drinks. 

The food and drinks were delicious; I don't think I've ever had a bagel better than the one I had here so if you are in Seoul at any point, definitely check this place out.

Soon after, we made our way to Changdeokgung Palace to meet our friend who was taking us to specifically see Huwon secret garden, also referred to as Biwon. Despite it being "secret", it spans approximately 60% of the palace grounds.

Many of the trees are over three centuries old as artificial landscaping has been minimal and the area has been left untouched to upkeep the Joseon dynasty gardening design.

If anyone likes the TV show Kingdom, they may remember this landscape as it was used for some scenes of the show. 

The gardens were closing so we made our way out and headed towards Ikseon-dong. Our friend really wanted to take us to this area and I am so glad she did. 

We stopped at Cafe Oyatkkot to rest a bit after exploring the gorgeous grounds of the palace.

We then meandered our way in and out of cute shops and past busy restaurants until we reached the one our friend chose for us- an early birthday dinner treat. The food was ridiculously good. Thanks for a wonderful day Eonnie!!!

Hearts and bellies full after a great catch up, we explored some more of the area and made some purchases before heading back to the Airbnb.

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