So, randomly last night my friends and I decided to go to a Jinjabang (Korean spa). A Jinjabang is a public bath and spa. They have hot rooms (saunas) with different temperatures and cold rooms with different temperatures. This floor is also where you would sleep. Oh and the floors are heated!
They have rooms where you can sleep on the floor, there is a common area were you can sleep (co-ed) and there is also cubby holes where you can sleep. But unfortunately I didn't get a picture of the cubbyholes to show, next time I will. This is a picture of us hanging out in the hot room!
So today on my itinerary I had Myeongdong and the Lantern festival. Unfortunately, because of the ferry incident near Jeju Island the festival was turned into a mourning procession to remember those that perished.
So we decided to go to Myeongdong and just take it from there. Myeongdong is a large shopping area and a big tourist destination. Also it is very very busy! This is a place to go if your feeling the need to shop and aren't liking the Korean brands you see everywhere. I made the mistake of getting there around 5pm, which was not a lot of time.
Today was another early rise day. But we weren't going far, we were going to Suwon which is just the next city over. The itinerary was Yongjusa, Yungneung Royal Tomb and Mount Gwanggyosan. Yongjusa was built by King Jeongjo to protect his father, Prince Sado's tomb. But, King Jeongjo moved his father's tomb to Yungneung. Yongjusa was then turned into a Buddhist temple.
At Yongjusa temple you are able to do a temple stay. A temple stay is an overnight stay at a Buddhist temple, where you participate in Buddhist rituals. You can also take part in a tea ceremony with monks, meditation, hiking, lotus lantern crafts, etc.
One of the things I really wanted to see while in Korea was the Cherry Blossoms. But since the weather is unpredictable I actually missed the trees at their peak, which was last weekend. But, we decided to go anyways to see what was happening there.
First, we stopped in Seoul because we need to catch the subway there. We walked around for a bit because it was really nice outside and we wanted to go to some stores.
So today, I went to another Fortress with my co-workers, but in Seoul. This one is called Namhansanseong. This fortress is HUGE. It is 480m above sea level and is 12 km in length. I only got to do 1/4 of the fortress, which took about 7 hrs when you factor in stopping to take pictures.
Before the hike started we saw this lady cooking Silkworms and Hotteok (Korean pancake with cinnamon inside). Obviously I did not try the cooked silkworms but I did get Hotteok which was delicious.
So, when I came to Korea I only had half a bottle of my clean and clear toner left. So now it's done.I never really liked it because, it always dried out my face but made it shiny at the same time. I do have combination skin, so my skin is really dry but oily at the same time.
The facial moisturizer I use is ponds; which makes my face extra oily because it is a dry skin cream. I need moisture in my skin but this cream has TOO much moisture. By the end of the day my face always looks so greasy and I hate that.
I always heard Koreans had the best facial products so I really wanted to try it out. So I looked up The Face Shop online to read about the products they sold, since I know Koreans use a lot of product with bleach in it. I found a couple different brands that interested me but I wasn't about to buy them all.
So last Thurs my co-workers too ma to this all you can eat Korean BBQ place, called Mammoth. So far, the Korea BBQ places I have been to have been the some old pork and a little bit of thinly sliced beef plates which you order by portion, so it's not very cheap and it gets kind of boring!
Mammoth on the other hand is heaven! Basically this restaurant is all you can eat. So, you actually get up and grab your own meat from a fridge. There are about 13 different types of meat, some season, some pork, some chicken, some beef. I love being able to have something different finally!
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