Day 6 (night) in South Korea: Jongno-gu

For dinner, we looked to Google for answers. One restaurant which turned up frequently on search results was called Mukshidonna, which stood for eat, rest, pay and leave – alluding to the fast-paced nature of the establishment. It served tteokbokki, it seemed, and although we already had tteokbokki, we decided to give it a go once again.


Once we arrived, we were quickly led to a table and passed an ordering form. On the form, we were supposed to choose the tteokbokki base (cheese, seafood, bulgogi, budae jjigae), the noodle type and add-ons. We picked the cheese and bulgogi bases, ramyeon and 2 eggs, which came up to 11,000 won – not bad considering that we were sharing!


Soon, a waiter brought over a tray of everything we ordered, set it upon the stove and switched it on, and it started to cook. Contrary to its name, dinner at Mukshidonna was not a rushed affair at all. At any point of time, we were not pressured to finish and leave. In fact, when the doggies came out to have their share, the waiters appeared rather amused haha.


The tteokbokki was head-and-shoulders over those we could get in Singapore, and it was even better than the one we had in Busan. It had just the right amount of chewiness in it. The ramyeon, too, was springy. It did not taste like typical instant noodles, and I actually enjoyed it. The bulgogi beef and egg were delicious as well, coated in the spicy-sweet tteokbokki sauce. Sadly, all this flavour drowned out the cheese, but honestly, we didn’t mind!

At the end of the meal, we unanimously agreed that this was the best meal we had so far. It was great value-for-money, too, given the enormous portion (we struggled to finish everything but we just had to) and the relatively low price (5,500 won per person!). We walked out of Mukshidonna feeling full and satisfied, and by then the sky was already dark, and they were close to closing time. It showed just how much time we actually spent in there.

We went in search of a certain 5,000-won store that we read about, but we couldn’t find it anywhere. We guessed that it had shut down. We then walked along Yulgok-ro, and spotted a few buses that we normally would take home in Singapore. We joked that if we took those buses, they too would bring us home hahaha.


Clara bought a midnight blue tote bag whose looks belied its price (10,000 won), and we browsed through a Daiso. Our legs were already quite sore by then – we had literally been walking non-stop from day to night – so we decided to go back to our room at Doo Guesthouse.


It seemed like my camera (foreground) was still bricked, so I resigned to the fate that we were not going to be able to use it for the rest of the trip. Still, I was impressed with what the iPhone could do – its only true weakness was in low light – so I was not too worried.


Dancer’s hanbok blended in so well with our hanok room!

We went to wash up in the modern-looking toilet, marvelled at the fact that we were watching TV and enjoying the conditioned air in a traditional Korean house, and finally called it a day, succumbing to our fatigue! It certainly was a tiring one!


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