By some twist of fate and some hoping and praying, I miraculously was able to go back to Seoul, South Korea for Spring Break. This trip was my second time going back to this marvelous city and I was beyond excited! Living in a small town for most of my life, I think that I always dreamed of big city life and Seoul is that city. There is just something about Seoul that draws me in. Maybe all the cafes? Maybe it’s the all city lights? Wouldn’t doubt it if it’s all the cosmetic stores! Seoul has a special charm that makes me never wanna leave her.
Going back to Seoul, I was surprised on how well I quickly adapted to the subway system again. Living in Texas, we don’t have these types of transportation systems and some people might find it difficult to navigate. Riding the subway was very convenient and I would even admit that I would pick riding the subway over driving a car any day! Also, I’ve noticed that people in Seoul drive very differently that here in Texas! I was so surprised when I would see some cars drive up onto the sidewalks and park on the sidewalks. It’s easy to say that sometimes I was scared of the drivers in Seoul!
Another thing that I love about Seoul is that some of my good friends are from there! I am always so happy and overjoyed when I am able to visit with them. I met them at my school when they were studying abroad here and just kept in touch with them. Having friends from the native country has its perks as well! My friends definitely helped me while I was there. They recommended great places to eat, cafes to go to, historical places to see, the best places to shop and so much more. But also it’s always great being able to see my friends that I rarely get to see now. Advice for having friends abroad: Get the Kakaotalk app! It’s a smartphone messenger app for free calls and text! This app has helped me keep in touch with my friends in Seoul.
Shopping in Seoul is definitely something I couldn’t pass up on this trip! Especially those that are interested in cosmetic brands like Etude House, Missha, SkinFood, The Face Shop and more. Literally these are on about every corner of Seoul! Everywhere I walked I would see some type of cosmetic store and I would be lying if I said I didn’t love it. Apparently I went during a really good time because these stores were having a 1+1 sale on certain items. For example at Missha, some of their BB creams were a part of this sale and when I purchased one BB cream, I would receive another one for free. This sale was Heaven on Earth to be honest! The products I was most excited and curious about were Etude House’s Sweet Recipe line. The packaging and appearance of the items were so cute and definitely caught my attention. I bought a few items from this line and will review them soon.
One of the best things about Seoul is definitely the food. I was able to eat Kimchi Jjigae and I must say it was once of the most delicious soups I have ever eaten! I would recommend eating it while in South Korea. I was finally able to eat Naengmyeon while on this trip. Naengmyeon means cold noodles and literally you eat cold noodles! Normally I wouldn’t like eating something cold but these were good. Along with the Naengmyeon, Bulgogi was served with the dish. In my opinion, Korean food is some of the best food I have ever eaten.
If you ever get the opportunity to go to Seoul, I would recommend going for sure. Seoul has many various things to offer to people and adventures to have. Some places I would recommend when visiting Seoul are Myeongdong, DMZ, COEX Mall, Lotte World and Namdaemun Market. A great website to visit to learn about more places to visit in Seoul is Hi Seoul, Soul of Asia. Infinitely yours, Seoul.
Super Junior (슈퍼주니어) & Girls’ Generation (소녀시대) – SEOUL (서울) – This music video is from two Korean pop groups Super Junior and Girls’ Generation. They teamed up and sang this song about Seoul and the music video highlights some areas of the city itself.