S. Korea 2016

Good afternoon all! This year my sister and I have planned on ticking Korea off of our bucket list and so, a few a took a 15-hour flight with layovers all the way to said country.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t write every single day when I was there in Korea. It has been very busy and I did not have a lot of time to write. However, today I want to update about the things I have done over the last couple of weeks since I went and hopefully, it will give you an insight into this beautiful country that is Korea!

So, when I first arrived we took the train to Daegu and stayed a couple of days. In that time we went to Daegu’s downtown and visited many small local clothes shops that were very beautiful and nice. Many of these shops sold a wide variety of clothes that many main street brands wouldn’t even consider (and I actually think they are way better.) There were many things that really surprised me too. For instance,the respect people have for each is on a whole different level. Most of you will probably know that the Korean language has a formal and informal way of speaking but did you know that the way you do things also needs to be considered? For instance, you cannot lift your rice bowl and cup it in your hands around it while eating? This one really shocked me because at home I would normally do that out of habit to get the remaining rice out of the rice bowl and into my mouth. Another thing is you always have to wear slippers when in the bathroom even when you are taking a shower!

Anyways, since I went there I am grateful for the amazing opportunities I had to be able to see these amazing destinations. At Korea, I visited four places in total and even though my vacation was short I was able to see just as much and do some shopping along the way too!

Daegu

This city is not as big as Seoul but it has its own significance. It is the fourth largest city in Korea and a fun fact about it is, it is hotter than the Korea’s biggest city. This is because Daegu is enclosed in mountain ranges that stop the winds from blowing into the area making it warmer- an average of 30-35 degrees if you want to know. Daegu’s downtown is the highlight of it and definitely  worth exploring. Beautiful shops and cafés line every street and corner and none of them disappointed me. It was nice to see the change of not having well-known brands like Hollister, Abercombie and finch, Zara, H&M etc. Instead, they had little shops that sold more beautiful and better clothes. This always makes me think how overrated these brand names are.

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Busan downtown

Busan

Busan was our next destination. It is a famous tourist place beside the sea with beautiful views of beaches and lovely breezes. It was definitely cooler than Daegu and Seoul combined. Here we visited the “Busan Sea Life Aquarium.” Honestly, it was a good experience however I would say it was not the most enjoyable aquarium I have visited. It was mostly directed at younger children and quite small in size.

Here in Busan, we couldn’t miss Gamcheon Culture Village that had the prettiest tiny houses.


Jeonju

Jeonju was a small town we visited,it was so small you could walk around it in just a single day! The allure of this town was its traditional Korean clothing that people could wear around the village. There I got to try on my first Hanbok. They also had fried octopus and squid which I tried and was Delicious!

Seoul

Last but not least was Seoul.I was able to stay here for at least four days before I went on the return flight back home.

While I was at Seoul I has the chance of visiting the Royal Palace. It was super big and amazing but super hot too. I would not recommend people going there in summer in the 30℃ plus heat because you will literally be roasted alive. However, even so, I did have an amazing time. It’s always very interesting to see what people of status used to live in years ago.

Going home was a somewhat bittersweet. At the same time, I was so glad to go back home and I realized how much I missed it. Other than that I am looking forward to seeing what is in store for me next summer and where I will go. Maybe solo? Any ideas people have for a perfect solo country?

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