Seoul, South Korea
With the limited time we had for this trip, our plan was to get on the plane at 1am from Bangkok and sleep through the flight to Seoul and then arrive at 8am for a full day of exploration. Not a bad idea if you are a robot and do not require a good night's rest!
The flight was fine and we slept most of the way. We found our hotel and luckily convinced the front desk to check us in early, way early. The nice shower was much appreciated and we got changed for the day. It was cold in Beijing, super HOT in Thailand, and now freezing in Seoul. We walked around a lot and here's what we did.
|Street shops right outside of our hotel|
|More stuff along the alleys|
|Food vendors galore|
|Many, many choices|
|We got something warm for our bellies|
|Emergency kits in the subway|
Bukchon Hanok Village
We took the train to visit Bukchon Village, a historic neighborhood with traditional homes dating back 600 years ago! Time well spent here, highly recommended! Great walk through the alleys and amazing views of the city.
From Bukchon, we walked to Insa-dong, a very modern district full of unique shops and cafes, and way too many coffee shops!
|With all that steam, we had to try their dumplings!|
|More food stands|
We got back to the hotel and crashed pretty hard. My friend, Yekang, met us later that evening to take us out to a Korean BBQ dinner around Myeong-dong where we stayed. It's been ten years since I've seen her so it was a nice surprise we got to spend time with her.
|Busy night life|
|It's all about the late night snacks|
|Hanging out at my friend's house|
The next morning concludes our trip in Seoul as well as this entire trip including China and Thailand. How time flies!
|The ultimate corndogs!|
We certainly packed our itinerary for this trip but had some of the best memories going from place to place and doing something different each time. Beijing was better than expected and The Great Wall is now off my bucket list! We will have to go back to Thailand to spend a little more time seeing family and eating more tasty dishes. South Korea was refreshing and we will be back for sure! Time to go and plan more adventures!
In case you missed the other posts, here they are:
Asia Trip 2012 - CHINA
Asia Trip 2012 - THAILAND