October 25 was our last day in Korea. We left the hotel at around 9 in the morning and took the subway going to Ilsan. It took us more than an hour to get there. In Ilsan, we had a bit of difficulty looking for Misarang Pizza. We walked several blocks away from the subway station and after 30 minutes or so found what we’re looking for.
When we finally got there, we decided to have lunch. We ordered chicken wings, bulgogi pizza and French fries.
Then we decided to split up because some of us needed to buy some stuff to bring home to the Philippines. My friend and I went to a public market near our hotel to look for a hanbok (traditional Korean dress). It was our ultimate dream to own one. However, we had a major problem. Even though, we studied basic Korean language, Hangul, we still had difficulty communicating with the locals. We had trouble understanding when they were speaking rapidly. It was a good thing that they had calculators to tell us the amount of an item.
In the first store that we visited, the hanbok is made to order and we cannot possibly wait because we are already leaving that night. In the second store, a hanbok costs 150,000 won. We decided to look deeper into the market. And so we visited a third, a fourth and a fifth store. And then we chanced upon this ajuhssi (uncle/mister) who was busy arranging his merchandise. We asked how much a hanbok costs and I literally jumped when I heard that it’s lower than 100,000 won. I forgot that I was to ask for a discount but…yeah, I was so excited that I found a hanbok that is within my budget. I would have loved a purple hanbok but the design that was there did not match my taste. I chose a hanbok which has bright colors – green and red. My friend was able to find a hanbok too – a red and blue one.
When we got to our hotel, our driver was already there to pick us up and drive us to the airport. On our way to the airport, I was fortunate enough to take this photo of a Korean sunset.
Our flight was at 9:35 in the evening and so we had time to roam the shops. Moreover, I had the chance to see Kim Myung Min’s Oral B advertisement. Yay!
We left Seoul before 10 in the evening. Again, like in my previous travels, I had difficulty getting some sleep. I was more than relieved when we landed in Manila. I love Korea but there is no place like home.