My trip to South Korea was a unique and enchanting travel experience. One of the reasons to visit the country was that I have heard so many good things about it, yet not many people have visited the place. South Korea encompasses a mixture of night life for those night owls, amazing shopping for the shopaholics, beautiful sceneries for the hiking enthusiasts, endless eating for the foodies. Not to mention, its ability to preserve its strong cultural roots amidst the rise in modernism and consumerism is another factor that makes South Korea such a unique and wonderful country to experience.
Out of all the cities I visited in South Korea, ‘Seoul’ was the city I stayed longest in and to which I would call ‘home’. I spent a total of 6 days here and though you may think that was a long time, there was so much things to do and see, those 6 days felt like a breeze.
3 Reasons to Love Seoul
1. It’s delicious and colourful array of complementary side dishes and food. From kimchi, to tea infused egg, mushrooms, radish, salad, anchovies, bean sprouts, tofu, eggplants and other random dishes I put into my mouth without knowing exactly what it was, it was an interesting experience. It also made sure that I always had my daily intake of vegetables. Don’t be afraid to experience different types of food that you are not used to and ignite your taste buds if you do get a chance to visit Seoul. The food in South Korea was hands down just amazing. Although many of dishes we ate are available in Sydney, the quality and the price was obviously much better in Seoul.
2. Its culturally rich tradition and custom. What I really love about Seoul is that its culture is so unique, with a portion of its history influenced by the Chinese and Japanese invasion, as well as the division from North Korea. Its ancestral roots, together with its history, is what makes the people of Korea such a collective, supportive, respectful group to each other and also to foreigners. This is reflected through the activities we engaged in Seoul, as we visited different palaces and learnt about its past, the DMZ border between North and South Korea, different types of Korean food and lack of non Korean food forced us to really immerse ourselves within the Korean food customs and culture.
3. Shopping. From the shopping I have been to so far (Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China & Taiwan), Seoul was (and still is) by far my favourite. It has everything a shopaholic, bargain hunter or just a window shopper, would ever dreamt of. South Korea is known for its affordable, yet high quality clothing. I remembered when I went to Taiwan, the shop owners would boast about how their garments or products was ‘Made in Korea’. You can find anything and everything you ever want, not just in the clothing department, but elsewhere in silver or handmade jewelry, to branded or custom made hand bags and accessories, to other very creative design objects which I love.
Will you keep you updated on my next post on my trip to Jeonju!