Hanbok & Bag: One Day Hanbok
Occasion: Exploring historical neighborhoods of Seoul, Korea
I spent most of my fourth day in Seoul exploring the city. I went to Buchon Hanok Village where I took a tone of pictures and met some lovely people (Koreans, Chinese, French, and Malaysians). After resting for 30 minutes at a cute coffee shop, I made my way to Seoul Museum of Art. I was so exhausted from the heat and the walking I did earlier that I didn’t even look at the exhibits. I just sat in the “rest area” and skyped a friend.
After an hour of talking and resting, I went back to the university district (idae/이대) because I really wanted to see and take pictures of Yonsei University. Getting to Yonsei took longer than I expected because I kept getting lost but I was able to find it with the help of some nice locals. The campus was so pretty and I wish I had more time to explore it but I had to leave because I was meeting Hailey (my friend who came to pick me up at the airport) in Hongdae. Once I met Hailey, we walked around Hongdae for a while and then we decided to grab a bite at a popular restaurant that served western style foods. Later we went to a coffee shop that recently opened in Hongdae called You Are Here Cafe, by Eatyourkimchi and talktomeinkorean (youtubers). After enjoying some yummy macarons and a lovely conversation, we headed home.
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.
On my second day in Seoul one of my roommates (Esra from Turkey) and I decided to go to Namsan Park to see Seoul Tower. 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.
It was so nice walking around and taking the subway while doing some people watch. I was specially mesmerized by the lovely fashion depicted by many young Koreans, I couldn’t help but stare away. I’ve always been a fan of Korean fashion but seeing it “live,” so to speak, was pretty nice and I kept thinking that I wish I could have brought a bigger luggage so that I could do some major shopping. After about 20 minutes of riding on the subway we made it to Namsan Park. We could see the top of Seoul Tower from the Park and we thought that it was close enough for us to walk there but we were greatly 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).
The ride on the subway felt very weird since every thing was new and I was so exhausted that I sometimes didn’t know what was happening^^. An hour and a half later I checked in my hostel and met some of my roommates, (my room was a 6 bed female dorm with a shared bathroom and it was super cute).