Travel Diary: Seoul, Korea (Day 3)

On my third day in Seoul, Esra (my roommate from Turkey) and I spent the morning shopping for gifts  in Namdaemun Market. I wanted to buy so many things but I had to stick to my budget because I wasn’t planning on being broke in Taiwan and I didn’t have much space left in my carry-on luggage. After a brief stop at the market’s “food court” for about half an hour, Esra and I split up for the day; she continue shopping while I went back to Namsan Park to visit the Hanok village since I didn’t get to go last time.

At the Park, I met a French family of Guadeloupian origin and we had a pleasant conversation (in French). They told me that they were visiting from Paris and that they’re having a good time in Korea. They were a bit confused about me speaking French since I told them that I was visiting Korea from the US. I told them that I was born in the Congo and lived in Belgium for 5 years (French is spoken in both countries) and this seemed to have answered their question.

After walking around the village, I decided to have a traditional Korean cultural experience. I bought a ticket (for $3.50) to the cultural center where I got the chance to try on a very beautiful hanbok (Korean Traditional dress). Later I decided to go visit Ewha Woman’s University. When I got out of the subway station (idae/ 이대 station) I realized that I was starving and got some delicious and cheap street food. While I was eating, I met a very cool young Korean guy with whom I had a very nice conversation (in English). He asked me tones of questions regarding Korea and  Africa, he was very interesting!

Once I got to Ewha, I went crazy taking pictures because it was such a pretty sight. I ended up meting three female French tourists, two were of Guadaloupean origin and one was of Hispanic origin. They were super nice and we had a great conversation. They were telling me about their trip, about their love of Kpop, and everything in between. It was getting dark and we were hungry so we decided to crab food in Hongdae, the heart of Seoul’s youth culture.

Walking around Hongdae was super fun! There was a lot to do such as shopping, eating, listening and watching performances; it was almost impossible to get bored in there! Shopping in Hongdae was super cheap! I got a pair of super cute heels for $10!!! Oh how I wished I had more space in my luggage and more money ^^!! We ended up eating at a popular grill type restaurant which was alright. Then we walked around a while before going home.

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