Seoul, South Korea

For the July 1st long weekend, I took a trip with my parents to Seoul. The last time I was there was when I was 2, so this was really a first time trip for me.

We stayed near the famous Ewha Women University which has a beautiful campus.

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And visited Gyeongbokgung Palace which is in the centre of Seoul. It was built as the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty but was razed by the Japanese in the 16th century and again in the 20th century so most of the palace is recently rebuilt.

I thought these guards were fake
I thought these guards were fake, till they pulled out their sword when my mum got too close to them.
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Palace grounds, very tranquil given it is in the heart of Seoul

Nearby the palace , the tourist station also offered costumes for us to dress up in.

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Here are us in royalty costume. All those hours watching Joseon era dramas , this is awesome!

So all these cultural things were pretty neat, but lets be honest. If I wanted to see palaces and nice universities, there are better ones elsewhere. The number one thing to do in Seoul? Shop and Eat!

No one really wants to see all the face masks and clothes I bought, so let me show everyone some food photos.

The first night we went to Noryangjin Fish Market, where we bought King crab, giant shrimp and clams at the market for 100,000 Won ($100 USD) and was led to a restaurant where they cooked the food which costed 30,000 Won ($60USD). Interestingly we had to take off our shoes and sit on the floor to eat. Halfway through my parents couldn’t handle that and the workers gave them a mini stool.

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Now I don’t normally like crab because I don’t think the effort put in to eating the itty bitty meat in the leg is worth it. But the crab was huge and sooooo juicy, fresh and good.

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Giant shrimp
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My dad, who hates anything bones and peeling was having a foodgasm.

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The 2nd night we eat fresh BBQ eel, which was 60,000 Won total ($60 USD). This is an incredible price considering eel with one half piece of eel anywhere else costs $20 USD.

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On our last night , my pescetarian mother (normally only eats seafood) finally relented and let us eat BBQ meat. For 33,000 Won ($33 USD) we got 8 chucks of pork meat with a Kimchi hotpot. So much meat! So delicious! Even my mum sampled all 8 flavours of pork!

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Other foods we ate were:

Pork bone soup which is what Seoul is known for:

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Kimchi Pancake:

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Waffle for lunch:

20140629_152615 Flavoured “Snow”, which is all the rage in Korea:

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And all the street food around Seoul:

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And that’s all. I literally ate and walked 20km a day shopping. It was a very nice eating shopping vacation. But next time I go back to Korea, I will probably be either rock climbing and on a snowboarding trip…or plastic surgery trip since everyone in Korea does it and walks around all wrapped up in bandages like it is totally normal.

 

mcOverland

Hong Kong. Travel. Climb. In that order.

One thought on “Seoul, South Korea

  1. This brought up my memories! Buying some of those delicious street food and nibbling at them while sightseeing in the city.. Unforgettable moments of my life… And I love the way your dad eats, so cute!

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