Sitting at an airport and getting ready for my next adventure. It had me thinking of my last trip to Seoul, South Korea and how much I craved to get back their real soon. To be honest I have already visited the city on three separate occasions but I still yearn for more Korean. It was that good.
Thinking of Seoul had me jotting down what makes that country so special and why it would appeal to so many other travellers (try and forget about the bullshit in the north). Hence, I turned my reminiscing into a blog post while waiting in transit.
As with any Asian country, the culture is what makes the destination. South Korea is no exception as it is rich and proud of its strong heritage. From their manners, food, family values, history and their traditional dress (hambok), South Korea is full of culture and strong ethics.
In an everyday life, South Koreans are busy folk and always move with an urgency. It comes with city of Seoul. On the streets, you look out for yourself, doors won’t be held open for you if you are standing two feet behind another person and on those crazy train rides, you need to push and shove to get anywhere or you may miss out.
Don’t take it personally, it just comes with the hustle and bustle of a busy city. The Korean are astonishing people and very respectful. They show manners to their elders with respectful words and politeness in everyday life.
The modern city will knock you for six. From the gorgeous sky rises to the stunning landscapes that are well designed within the CBD, the valley is an example of that.. There is honestly no boring bits in the city, with their walking streets, side alleys with fascinating hidden restaurants that really are a treat. Seoul, South Korea is a city that truly never sleeps.
Seoul maybe modern, but it does not forget about its proud tradition and astonishing history. There are many major temples in Seoul that are grand in design and the landscsped gardens are stunning. A day is not wasted when you spend only a few bucks to stroll the grand temples that is saturated in hundreds of year of fascinating yet sad history. Make sure you visit one of the major temples, or all of them, during your stay in Seoul.
Lush landscapes within a city
As mentioned previously, the landscapes and gardens within and around the city are beautiful. How a big city like Seoul, with millions of population, can get it so right and quite mesmerising and a Credit to whoever is responsible for the glorious layout. No matter the seasons, Seoul is always looking fabulous.
Asian food of any variety normally rocks and of course,Korean food is no exception. Try their sizzling Korean barbiques, bulgogi (marinated beef), or a fulfilling rice noodle soup and that is only scratchingcat the surfacr. You will find a great range of delicious foods to eat in Korea. For more information t ake a look at my top 5 foods to eat in Korea for further advice.
Family fun is assured in Seoul and the surrounding areas with the large number of attractions that would delight any traveller to the East Asian country. Everland, just a little out of Seoul, matches it with any theme park in the world with its thrilling rides, entertaining shows and the Safari Park is a real hit. In the city itself there is the indoor theme park, Lotte world that needs to visited, along with numerous other parklands and attractions.
If you are an acid sports fan like me then South Korea has you well and truly covered. Soccer, baseball and Taekwondo are the big three amongst a large range of sports to be entertained with in Seoul. To attend a professional al sporting event is full on value for their dollar as fan interaction is taken to another level.
If you love to ski or snow board the slopes, South Korea are full of mountain ranges with plenty of thick snow to go with it. Generally starting in December and running through to April, the ski fields are alive and buzzing, and the best bit some of the famous slopes are only a couple of hours from Seoul. I highly recommend Deogyusan National Park in Muju for an epic winter thrill.