Jassie goes to OPPA LAND! (Day 3)

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To be honest, I really did have a hard time b/vlogging about day 3 because there were a lot of times where we were prohibited from taking pictures and videos. Regardless, here are the things I'd like to share to you guys.
We were booked in Sejong Hotel for the next 2 days. I really like the proximity of the hotel because it's literally located in the middle of Myeongdong - Korea's famous marketplace. I never had difficulties thinking about where I could shop, eat, lounge, etc. because we were at the heart of the city. If you're planning to stay in Korea, I highly suggest that you look for a hotel in Myeongdong, it doesn't have to be Sejong Hotel. 
However, if you're able to plan your trip way ahead of time, and if you do have the budget, I do recommend that you stay in Sejong. Their staff is one of the most accommodating people I've met! They offer a ton of facilities such as: Duty Free Shop, Gym, Sauna, Sky Garden and a lot more!
In the bustling Myeong-dong shopping district, this posh hotel is 2 km from the 14th-century Gyeongbokgung Palace. 
Featuring elegant wood furnishings, the modern rooms come with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as safes, minifridges, and tea and coffeemakers. Luxe suites offer separate bedrooms, and living rooms with couches. Some quarters have views of Nam mountain. Room service is available.
Free breakfast is served in a casual buffet restaurant. Other dining options include a bakery, and Chinese and Italian eateries. There's also an art gallery, and a rooftop garden with city views, as well as a spa area with a gym and a sauna.
Address: 145 Toegye-ro, Chungmuro 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2-773-6000

After we had an awesome breakfast, we dropped by ODBO Cosmetic Shop to check out some new products and to buy some makeup items that I've been eyeing on for quite some time. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take pictures and record videos while we were inside the building. 
Afterwards, we headed to Seoul Kimchi Academy where we learned about how they process seaweed and of course, prepare kimchi. I was not able to document the seaweed preparation mainly because it's confidential. 

We learned a lot about how to make kimchi - from the ingredients down to the application process. I was really hyped about this activity because I love to eat this spicy side dish. Knowing how to prepare it from scratch is very useful for me too!
Your stay in Korea wouldn't be complete if you don't try wearing their traditional dress - this activity goes in all out-of-the-country trips you've planned out. You can rent out some traditional dresses from Seoul Kimchi Academy after your quick Kimchi lesson. There are also fun props and backdrops if you're feeling a bit artsy for the gram. 
Address: Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
For lunch, we dropped by Baekje Samgyetang because we just had to try their, well, Samgyetang (Ginseng Chicken Soup). I suggest that you try Samgyetang because the main ingredient of this dish is one of Korea's pride - Ginseng.

Address: 50-11 Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
We also shopped at Paju Premium Outlets. This is a shopping district filled with international and home-grown brands. This is very much similar to our very own BGC in Taguig.

Address: 200 Pilseung-ro, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Phone: +82 1644-4001
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 10:30AM-9:00PM

Our next destination was One Mount Snow Park. Summer is approaching Korea and I actually felt the summer heat too. For fun, we headed to the snow park too cool off a bit. 

Address: 300 Hallyuwoldeu-ro, Daehwa-dong, Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Phone: +82 1566-2232
Hours: Monday - Sunday, 10AM-6PM

I just had to see DONGDAEMUN DESIGN PLAZA (DDP) because who wouldn't be in awe of it's view? Why, you ask?

- DDP selected as one of the "Top 52 Places to Visit in 2015" by the New York Times
- Was the most Instagram tagged location in Korea in the year 2015 
- Was included in the list of the top 5 most popular places according to Korean Facebook users in 2015 
- Was the filming location for the SBS drama "You Who Came from the Stars," the KBS2 drama "Producer," and the MBC drama "She Was Pretty." 

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) is the newest and most iconic landmark of the Korean design industry. Located at the center of the Dongdaemun area, the DDP will serve as a key venue for design-related shows and conferences, exhibitions, and other events and gatherings. 

Designed by world renowned architect, Zaha Hadid, DDP is the world’s largest atypical architecture. The DDP is comprised of five halls: Art Hall, Museum, Design Lab, Design Market, and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park. The Art Hall is the primary launch pad for the Korean creative industry. The hall is a key venue for conventions, trade shows, exhibitions, fashion shows, concerts and performances. The Museum Hall brings together Korean design and global trends. The Museum Hall is comprised of five sections: Design Playground, Design Dulle-gil(trail), Design Museum, Design Exhibition Hall, and the Design Rest Area. The Design Lab serves as an incubator for rising Korean and international creative product designers. The Design Market is a multipurpose space that combines culture, experiences and shopping. This hall is open 24 hours a day to provide added convenience to visitors of Dongdaemun Market, the town that never sleeps. 

The Dongdaemun History & Culture Park is the newest park in downtown Seoul. The park gives a glimpse of how the area was once used as a military training ground during the Joseon dynasty. The park seamlessly extends onto the rooftop of DDP, making it a truly unique park in Korea.

We were not able to visit all of the attractions in DDP because we had to catch up on the main event of this trip. 

Address: 281 Eulji-ro, Euljiro 7(chil)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone:  +82 2-2153-0000
Hours: Monday - Sunday, 9AM-7PM
For a KPOP fanatic, visiting KLIVE is a must! This place is filled with KPOP merchandise and your breath will be taken away by the holographic performance. 

The fantasy world K-live, in the imaginary “Hallyu City”

K-live is the world's first dedicated K-pop hologram performance hall. Combining Korea's top K-pop contents and digital technologies, K-live provides new things to see and fantastic experiences. The vivid sense of reality given by high-resolution images, and the grandeur of a 270 degree panorama view that fills your field of vision, combined with the dance performances of popular idol groups and the cheer of K-pop creates an experience of unrivaled joy.

The K-live theater is located in the imaginary “Hallyu City.” The Middle Age-themed pavement blocks, streetlamps here and there, the dusky atmosphere with the stars glittering far in the distance make for a dreamlike atmosphere.

When the clock tower behind the enormous variety of K-pop star products strikes the hour, K-live comes alive. Clowns emerge from the terraces jutting out of the walls in front of the theater, and guide the people from the square to the theater.

In the hologram theater, audiences meet Joker the Card Fairy, the jukebox engineers, and the performers searching for Psy, entering into the fantasy world of the hologram concert.

K-live also has various digital attractions like the AR show, Star Giant tower, Secret Window, and Star Lounge, where audiences can create charming memories.From the star-studded K-live terrace is visible the unique nightscape of the huge spaceship-shaped Dongdaemun Digital Plaza(DDP). How?about a photo to the backdrop of a major Seoul attraction?

K-live dreams.
We hope all visitors to K-live forget reality for a moment, and enjoy the dreams and pleasures of fantasy.

I was really happy seeing GD perform. I couldn't keep myself from smiling all throughout the show! It's unfortunate that I can't show you what happens inside the performance hall, but maybe it could stir up your curiosity and finally decide to book a ticket to Korea ASAP. All I can say is that all your fanatic needs will be granted if you visit KLIVE.
Address: 264 Eulji-ro, Euljiro 6(yuk)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

And that's all for day 3! Stay tuned for the last 2 days of my South Korea trip for this year!

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