Seoul: Sights + Attraction

Early sakura blooms
Early sakura blooms

We visited Seoul during the Easter long weekend. It was our first time here in Korea. Although excited, I had no expectations. It was freezing the day we arrived. I was wrapped up in Fat Man’s Michelin style jacket but couldn’t help trembling a little when the strong winds blew at me. We took the red eye flight from Hong Kong to Seoul via Korea Air. With barely an hour’s sleep the whole night, we landed in Seoul early morning. As we could only check in at 2pm, we walked around and checked out our surroundings. By the time it was afternoon, we were so exhausted that we napped till late evening.

The next few days passed by fairly quickly. We took a while to get use to the subway in Seoul as there were so many stations that it was literally a maze (to me). I think that it would have helped greatly if we understood written or spoken Korean. While there were many things with English translations, there were many that weren’t. I had to match the Korean characters one by one to determine whether the place / road was what I was looking for at times. Koreans aren’t exactly the friendliest people on earth, especially if you don’t speak their language. However, I notice the younger generation were more willing to help out lost souls like me and Fat Man. I lugged a whole box of Korean food home and still have a pile in my pantry. I also bought enough skincare products to open a shop.

As we are not very familiar with the city, we did not venture to places like Busan and Jeju Island. In a way, we are also a little lazy to explore, though we definitely will the next round. Fat Man declared that this is his first and last trip here as he disliked how rude some people are and was sick of the largely similar Korean food. Perhaps I will travel here alone the next time round, but whatever it is, I will definitely be back at some point in the future.

Came across a store selling all sorts of chicken related items
Came across a store selling all sorts of chicken related items
Nandaemun gate
Nandaemun gate
One of the many cafes we visited in Seoul
One of the many cafes we visited in Seoul
One of the many sock stalls we saw
One of the many sock stalls we saw
Best way to counter the freezing weather
Best way to counter the freezing weather
Fallen pine cone
Fallen pine cone
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