I spent most of my fourth day in Seoul exploring the city. My first destination was Buchon Hanok Village. I wanted to visit this traditional area of Seoul after seen a few youtube videos where I met local and international tourists (Koreans, Chinese, French, and Malaysians). After resting for 30 minutes at a cute nearby coffee shop, I made my way to Seoul Museum of Art. I went back to the university district (idae/이대) because I really wanted to see and take pictures of Yonsei University. Continue reading “Travel Diary: Seoul, Korea (Day 4 & 5)”
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 didn’t have space left in my luggage and I also didn’t want to be broke during my trip to Taipei, Taiwan which was a few days away. After a brief rest 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 were visiting Seoul from Paris and seemed to be having a good time in Seoul. They were a bit confused about me speaking French since I told them that I was visiting Seoul from the US. I explained to them that I am Congolese-American but I spent some time in Congo and Belgium prior to moving to the US (French is spoken in both countries) and this seemed to have eased their confusion.
On my second day in Seoul, one of my roommates (Esra from Turkey) and I decided to go to Namsan Park. I was very happy to go sightseeing with her because she was a great navigator and taught me how not to get lost on the subway. As we made our way to the park, I found myself admiring the lovely fashion depicted by many young Koreans. I’ve always loved Korean fashion so it was a bit difficult for me not to stare. After about 20 minutes on the subway we made it to the Park. As we explored the park, we could see the top of Seoul Tower and thought that it was short walk away…We were very much mistaken!
After a pleasant straight 12 hours flight from San Francisco International Airport to Incheon International Airport, I arrived in Seoul, Korea on Aug 9th! I couldn’t believe it and I was super exited to meet my friend (Hailey) who lives there and to explore the city! After clearing through customs, I meet up with her and we took the subway to my hostel (Yellow Brick Hostel 2).
During my visit in Seattle, my friends suggested we take a trip to Vancouver, BC.. My adventure in Canada didn’t start in Vancouver but in Richmond. We went to the Richmond Night Market to taste some awesome Asian food. We tried street foods from various countries and interacted with the locals. Although we only spent an hour and half there, it was still very fun! After we left the market, we went straight to our rental apartment which was located in Chinatown.
The next day, we went on a mini tour of the city. We visited GranVille Island, Gastown and Yaletown. After our fun but exhausting adventure in the city, we decided to spend the rest of day at home. We cooked dinner and watched a couples movies before calling it a night. On our second day, we went on a bike tour of Stanley Park. The tour was very interesting but biking up this mountainous park was a struggle. I was having the hardest time keeping up with the group and I started contemplating quitting before things got worse. I didn’t think I would make it to the top but I pushed through the pain and somehow managed to reach the mountain peek. We ended our day by visiting Shannon falls which are located in Squamish, BC. On our last day, we did some shopping and had lunch in downtown. It was a great way to explore and admire this beautiful city before saying goodbye.