Seoul, the Soul of Korea
A friend asked me for my Seoul itinerary, which I went to in autumn 2008. Now I wouldn’t be a good travel blogger if I don’t listen to request, aren’t I? Plus Seoul is also one of my favorite travel destinations ever! Since I left my travel notes in Sydney, I had to do a little detective work on the names of the places from photos and emails and lots of browsing.
Kids, remember to always keep notes of your travel. At that point of time you think you’ll remember it forever it was the best time of your life. But you do FORGET. It’s only human. I do keep travel notes for all my trips and they’re super messy. But all the details are there for future references.
Rendy and I spent 8 days in Seoul, South Korea. My best friend at the time happened to be Korean :), so I stayed at her house the entire time we were there. Her mom was the best host I’ve had ever. We were given whole proper Korean breakfast every day (with rice!). We’re so touched.
Note that at the time I had not invested in a DSLR, so all photos were taken with my trustworthy Sony pocket camera.
The 8 days Itinerary
Day 1: Arrived in Seoul. Night shopping and dining at Insa-dong.
Day 2: Gyeongbokgung Palace. N Seoul Tower at night.
We went to two palaces during the trip. It was really tricky to find out which ones they were just from pictures, but I am now sure that the two palaces were Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung, because they’re next to each other in the center of Seoul, and we went to the most memorable book cafe located just next to these palaces. (so that sort of became my landmark)
Day 3: Lotte World
Lotte World has the world’s largest indoor theme park, noted by the Guinness World Record. Initially we wanted to go to Everland, but it’s further (a bit out of the city) and it’s outdoor so better in the summer.
Day 4: Naejangsan
“Naejangsan is a famous mountain in the Jeolla-do province, and the best mountain in Korea for viewing autumn’s crimson leaves.” according to the website, and it was indeed beautiful! We went specifically to Seoul in autumn for this and the place was highly recommended by my friend. It’s not a touristy place at all so though there were lots of people, they were all locals. I wish I already had a better camera when I was there. It was so pretty and there were plenty of photo ops!
Luckily my friends had a ridiculously good camera, so the following Naejangsan pictures are courtesy of Jeremy Seunghyun Roh :).
Day 5: Changdeokgung Palace
At the time of visit I didn’t know, but Changdeokgung Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage (entry with guided tour only). It’s located just next to the Gyeongbokgung palace I mentioned above.
Korean Folk Village was very fun. It’s a huge complex full of Korean traditional buildings to promote Korean culture and history. Many Korean movies are shot there. I’m not a big fan of Korean dramas, but if you are this would be the place to go! They put the movie / tv series posters everywhere. There were also a few shows throughout the day, like traditional wedding ceremony, Equestrian, acrobatics, and so on.
Dongdaemun is a 24-hour shopping complex. So go nuts! :)
Day 7: DMZ
Day 8: We’re off. Aaaw :(
Not quite shown in the pictures were the two times we went to Korean public bath (wrote a whole post on it too). And of course the myriad of fantastic food we had over there. I’ll show you a few pictures below just as a teaser :)
So there you go, a quick rundown of Seoul! Good luck, be adventurous, and have heaps of fun! :)