Eunpyeong-gu @ Eunpyeong Hanok Village, 1인1상 Cafe, Yeonseo Market

Greetings, everyone!
Here's another updates about my Seoul trip back in December.
It has been about a month since my last post about the food I tried in Seoul, and I am sorry for not updating you all sooner about my travel experiences.
Work has been keeping me busy, and I haven't had the chance to sit down, edit pictures and write the next post for my Seoul trip; nonetheless, I appreciate your patience and support.
I have noticed that many people are traveling to Seoul in April, which seems to be a popular travel month as we have some long weekends going on in Malaysia. 
Therefore, in this post, I decided to share about my trip to Eunpyeong-gu with all of you.
I remember the day we visited Eunpyeong-gu, a small district in Seoul, it was extremely cold and the frigid temperatures made it challenging to spend too much time outdoors.
To be honest, the cold weather during winter season in Korea was too much for me to handle.
Yet, if you are interested in winter sports or activities, such as skiing, then December would be an ideal time for you to experience it.
You can read more about my ski experience at HERE. :)
Well, even though it was freezing cold during our visit to Eunpyeong-gu, I had a fantastic and memorable trip.
The picturesque scenery was so overwhelming that I couldn't resist taking numerous pictures, and in addition to that, there is also a charming cafe and a bustling local food market to visit, which I will share more details in this post, so keep reading to find out more. :)

Eunpyeong Hanok Village

Korea is renowned for its traditional hanok villages, with the most famous one being Bukchon Hanok Village.
As I've been to Korea a few times, I have visited Bukchon Hanok Village twice before, so I wanted to look for a new hanok village experience.
I stumbled upon Eunpyeong Hanok Village from Xiao Hong Shu (XHS) where it said this place is less crowded, making it an ideal place to visit if you are looking for a quieter and more peaceful experience.
Eunpyeong-gu is located in the western part of Seoul, slightly further away from the city center.
We took subway from our hotel located at Euljiro 3-ga to Gupabal station, where you can read my hotel review at HERE, and from the Gupabal station we took a taxi to the Hanok village.

Located at the foothills of Bukhansan Mountain, Eunpyeong Hanok Village boasts a beautiful and peaceful environment that is very different from the busy city areas of Seoul.
As soon as I stepped my foot into the village, I immediately feel a sense of calm and relaxation, surrounded by the natural beauty of the mountainous landscape.

Since the Eunpyeong Hanok Village is located at the base of Bukhansan Mountain, visitors can enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and nature walks.
The mountain has many trails and paths that are popular among hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, as we noticed many ajummas and ajjushis dressed up for hiking when taking the subway.

It was really cold on that day, about -6 degrees Celsius to stay outside, but the visit was definitely worth all my effort.
The snow covering the mountain and the rooftops of the hanok houses made the scenery look even more beautiful and picturesque, especially in photos.
It's really such a great spot for capturing memories and enjoying the natural beauty of the winter season. 

I was thoroughly impressed by all the details of the Hanok village.
Every corner and cranny of the traditional Korean houses had been designed with precision and care.
From the curved roof tiles to the ornate wooden carvings, the attention to details was remarkable. 
As I walked through the village, I  was amazed at the talent and hard work that were put into making these beautiful structures.

Felt so grateful to have the opportunity to experience such a unique and historically significant part of Korean culture.
Well, I think the best part of visiting Eunpyeong Hanok Village during winter season is there is the lack of crowds, which means less photo bombing in the pictures. #haha

There are some souveniers and convenience shops over there, where we can sit down to enjoy a cup of coffee while taking in the beautiful scenery around the village, a perfect way to relax and unwind while exploring the village.  

In addition to the beautiful hanok houses, there is also a local museum to visit to have a chance to learn more about traditional Korean culture.
Unfortunately, during our visit, we didn't get a chance to visit the museum, one of the reason for this was that we ran out of time, and another reason was the admission charges that we didn't want to pay. :)

Must Visit Cafe - 1인1상

I would highly recommend visiting 1인1상 cafe if you're traveling to Eunpyeong-gu.
Out of the few cafes I've been to during my trip, this cafe stands out as one of the best spots.
The cafe is designed with a five-storey concept; although the first floor may seem like a normal cafe, the top floor offers traditional seating and an outdoor area with a stunning view of the Hanok village.

The cafe was quite crowded when we arrived there around 1130am, and the popular spot with a full glass view of the Hanok village was already taken.
So we headed to the highest floor, lucky that it was empty, and we got to choose our preferred seating area. 

We are lucky to get a good seating area that can enjoy a panoramic view of the picturesque scenery while relaxing in the traditional seating

As we were at the Hanok village, we decided to try some Korean traditional cakes.
1인1상 means 1 person 1 drink, so we ordered 3 different sets, and each set comes with different cakes and drinks.
From the left, we had banana rice cake with ice americano, followed by the 3 colours rice dumplings with almond cream latte, and lastly the matcha cherry mousse with americano on the right.

The food we tried at the cafe was not only great, but also unique in its presentation and flavours.
The banana rice cake was a delightful surprise with its soft texture and subtle sweetness, the 3 colours rice dumplings were visually pleasing and tasted delicious with a cup of cream latte, and the matcha cherry mousse was another standout with its rich and creamy texture.
Overall, our cafe hop at 1인1상 was memorable and highly enjoyable.

After we had finished enjoying the atmosphere and food inside the cafe, we stepped out onto the outdoor area to  capture the beauty of the traditional architecture and enjoy in the breathtaking panoramic view of the Hanok village. 

Here's the stunning view of the surrounding Hanok village and the beautiful mountains in the distance.
The view is so picturesque that no words can describe its beauty. :)

It was very cold, but we enjoyed standing there to enjoy the view for a while, truly feeling grateful for the opportunity to witness such beauty with my eyes!

I'm glad that my girl friends enjoy hopping 1인1상 Cafe as much as I do. :)

Yeonseo Market

Lastly, make sure to add a visit to Yeonseo Market to your itinerary when in Eunpyeong-gu.
It's one of the most popular markets in the area, and you'll find a wide variety of local food stalls to choose from.

Whether you're in the mood for something sweet or savory, you'll be able to satisfy your cravings here.
Check out my blog post for the delicious food I tried at Yeonseo Market at HERE.

Well, that concludes my post about Eunpyeong-gu for today.
Despite the extra travel time, I found the journey to be worthwhile as the area is home to many beautiful and well-preserved hanok houses.
And I think I will end my updates on my trip to Seoul here.
If you are interested in the cafes I visited during my trip, feel free to check out my Instagram account @mizhippo, where I've posted some of my favourite.
So, till next time! xoxo

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