10- second takeaway: Seoul is Korean culture at its peak with a promise to please your tastebuds. Think K Pop, K Culture, Beauty products and everything you hear of S.Korea. Also, state of the art infrastructure, convenient connectivity through the city, flavourful food, boutique coffee shops & pop bars. Seoul is so Metropolitan while being so rooted culturally at the same time. Experience the best of both worlds in this beautiful city.
Trip Type: Culture & Food
In all honesty, I’ve always wanted to explore East Asian countries & culture but somehow more shiny destinations ended up attracting me. Such a shame, I know!
But as life always has, it gives you surprises & I had an opportunity to visit Seoul for work. I tried to make the best of my 4 days in the city & tried to explore as much as I could.
Did you know that Seoul is the third largest metropolitan, its humongous. I went to the city with no expectations & almost no research as it was quite a last minute trip.
From the time I landed at Incheon Airport till I reached my swanky Ritz Carlton room, I came to be in awe of the infrastructure of this city. The beautiful roads, side walks, cycling lanes, hilly roads making the view amazing, what was not to love.
Going around the city is very convenient with the metros in the city.
Below is my list of must do’s if you’re visiting this lovely city with the most beautiful people I’ve ever met:
- Korean Barbecue is an art form in itself. The traditional ways & format of the Traditional Barbecue will make you forget Texas Barbecue. You must try the local barbecue here.
2. Watch the guard changing at Changdeokgung Palace
3. Visit the Gyeongbokgung Palaces & the sites around.
4. Get lost in the beautiful Bukchon Hanok village
5. Shop for Korean cosmetics- an absolute must are brands like Tony Moly, Missha, Etude among many others.
6. Head to the Gangnam street to experience the K-Pop culture.
7. Eat, eat and eat more- Kimchi, salad, Kalguksu, Samgyetang, everything Korean is yummilicious.
8. Try the local boutique coffee shops
9. Check out the small bars along alleyways near Gangnam street
Suggestions while visiting Korea:
- Like most Asian countries, everything is in Korean. Hence, take prints of names, addresses, subways, hotel and other important numbers.
- Get a T-money card if you’re going to use the subway & bus. This will help you save money & time.
- Wifi is all over Seoul so not much to worry on that front
Have fun & Gomawo until next time 🙂