Seoul, South Korea

안녕하세요! Today I am taking to you to probably our favorite place in the world. Seoul, South Korea, the land with centuries old Buddhist Temples, kpop idols, and rich food. I traveled to Korea in March when the weather was still a little chilly, but it was nice. I stayed in a hotel in Hongdae called Hotel The Designers. The Hongdae region is known for its urban art and Indie music culture vibe. My hotel was a block from the Hongdae Art Market and street shopping. Myeongdong wasn’t far either which is another great shopping area. Seoul is a paradise for shoppers; it had everything from skincare products, cosmetics, fashionable clothes, shoes, pottery, almost anything you can dream of. I loved street shopping. It was so much fun looking at everything and I got some great clothes and gifts for family and friends.

Also, street food is always fun and good. It’s a perfect snack while shopping or just sightseeing in Seoul. I had some amazing hotteok (sweet pancake) while in Gangnam. When I got to Seoul, I was nervous about getting around. I knew a little of the language, but not nearly enough. However, transportation in Korea is like being in the future. It was so easy getting around. Seoul is universal. They have Korean, English, Japanese and Chinese on the bus to let you know where the next stop is. The subway station is magical! It was so easy to get around and they even had an English map which was so very helpful.

Fun Fact: when picking a hotel, try to find a hotel near the blue line subway station. The blue line can get you almost anywhere in Seoul!

Next let’s talk about sightseeing. Want to see the entire city of Seoul? Be sure to go to N Seoul Tower or Namsan Tower. It’s located in Namsan Park and the tower reaches 480 meters. This is the very place to enjoy spectacular views of Seoul. You can take a cable car to the top or hike up the top. I personally hiked both up and back down. Namsan tower is also famous for their love locks so don’t forget to put your lock up among the many others. Be sure to grab lunch at the café; it’s a buffet style and has some great food.

Now that we’ve seen all of Seoul in one view, let’s head down to Bukchon Hanok Village which is a traditional Korean Village in Seoul. This village is composed of lots of alleys, hanok and rich culture and amazing restaurants. So Bukchon Hanok Village took us back in time, and let’s say we aren’t ready to leave yet. So head over to Changdeokgung to experience the “Five Grand Palaces” built by the kings of Joseon. The beautiful architecture will surely feel like you have traveled back in time. Be sure to take lots of photos!

Of course, for my fellow kpop fans, be sure to check out YG Entertainment, JYP and SMTown. I personally only saw YG because it wasn’t far from where I was staying.

Fun fact: I happened to randomly find it while walking around after visiting the beautiful Han River.

If you have time, be sure to head to Gangndam and shop and eat. It can get a little crazy at night with people partying and stumbling around. I had the pleasure of witnessing that.

My trip to Korea was a dream. I most definitely did not want to leave and I’ve only touched the surface. Experiencing the culture and food and just seeing the city was amazing. It was my first overseas adventure that I went on alone. There is still so much more I want to see like Busan, Jeju Island and more temples. I plan to go back in January.

Until our next adventure 안녕히 계세요.

~XO, Niki

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