My second trip to Asia was supposed to be all about Japan. I was not planning on visiting Seoul, Korea but the idea of not going back to this vibrant city didn’t sit well with me. I left for Seoul on the 25th of May after spending 4 days in Tokyo. My flight to Seoul was pleasant but I was feeling a bit anxious about getting to my Airbnb apartment. Last time I came to Seoul, my friend Hailey picked me up at the airport and accompanied me to my hostel. This time, Hailey was out-of-town and my other friends weren’t available to pick me up, I had to figure it out on my own. In addition to stressing out over transportation, I had to pick up my pocket WIFI and get a T-Money card (subway card) before catching the last train to the city. Luckily things went smoothly and I made it to my place in one piece.
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).