Seoul Diary

Saturday, 18 October 2014

As much as I love Hong Kong, I was very excited to escape to Seoul during reading week. My friend and I had been talking about going to South Korea even before we got onto the year abroad, so actually realizing our plans was pretty surreal. Seoul was everything I expected and more. The street style was on point and I've never seen so many well dressed students in one place before. You're also never far from a great coffee shop either. I didn't take that many photos since I was just having fun wandering around but here are the ones I did take.


One of the first places we went to was Samcheongdong, a more traditional and very pretty neighborhood. There are lots of old buildings, cute little shops and of course places to eat and drink coffee. It was a nice place to go in the morning since it was pretty peaceful even with all the tourists.




I couldn't not take a picture of this adorable, sleepy dog.


This is Myeongdong, one of the main shopping areas. See all the beauty stores in the photo? There are multiple stores of the same brand around here. I bought quite a lot of Innisfree products, which is quickly becoming my favourite Korean beauty brand, and also a couple things from Etude House. You don't really need to come here if you need makeup/skincare though, since you can find these stores pretty much everywhere else including in the subway stations. Also, you get a lot of free samples and offers when you buy products in Korea!


We went to Dongdaemun for the night market and ended up hanging around the design plaza which we recognized from Korea's Next Top Model. The architecture is really cool and it lights up nicely at night.


We stayed in a hostel near Ehwa Woman's University. If you're looking for cheap shopping, here is the place to go! There were lots of stalls selling clothes from 5000 won which is a bit less than £3.


My friend spotted Coffeesmith in Hongdae which was a drama location. I'm not sure which drama or the specific Coffeesmith but if you're a drama fan you can come here. We also saw a Coffeesmith in Garosugil.  


We wanted to see the Cheonggyecheon around night time so we headed over to Gwanghwamun station in the evening. I liked seeing all the traditional buildings among the modern ones.


The Cheonggyecheon!


Digital garden.


We looked around Garosugil on our last day, which is another pretty area of Seoul. This place is filled with boutiques and coffee shops. The prices can get expensive here, but there are some affordable places too.


Well that was my brief trip to Seoul. I highly recommend visiting. It's got a great mix of old and new so whether you want to see old palaces or shop like you've never shopped before there's lots to see. It's also really easy to get around on the subway and people were helpful if we had any questions or needed directions. I'm definitely coming back some day.

10 comments

  1. Oh I want to visit so much! Your pics are great and I recognise Coffeesmith too! Though I'm not sure from which drama either. I wanted to go to Seoul next year...but it might have to be the year after now...

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    1. I really should ask my friend again what Coffeesmith was in...
      Also, you have to go when you get the chance! You'd love the fashion and cafes!

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  2. Beautiful pictures! Did you get the chance to visit one of the Cat Cafe there? My friend said that it's been pretty popular and the cats are just beyond adorable.

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    1. No I didn't! I'd love to go to one to play with the cats!

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  3. Sigh South Korea is definitely on my list of places to visit especially since I always dreamed of living out a Korean drama love story. We actually have some cute little Korean style cafes around LA so it's kinda cool because I can go and pretend...

    You look so cute in your little grid print dress and moto jacket! And that dog is so cute too

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    1. Thanks Tania! Haha my friend and I joked around acting out some dramas. I'd love to visit LA some day too!

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  4. This looks like such a fun trip! I've never been to South Korea before, but I'd love to add it to my travel list!

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    1. You should! There's so many things to see and do :)

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  5. Oh wow! What beautiful pictures! I will have to add it to my ever expanding travel hit list. The architecture is stunning from the traditional english esque buildings to that amazing one that looks like a space ship! I'd love to see what you bought home as souvenirs from your trip!

    Em x

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    1. Yes definitely go to Seoul! I also can't recommend Hong Kong enough too!
      That would have been such a good idea for a post. I'll think about doing that next time I travel.

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