Seoul
Place   |   Oct 04, 2015

South Korea was calling and I was extremely excited to visit Seoul for the first time. I heard so much about the mixture between technology and modern architecture on one side, and on the other side the historical palaces and temples from the Joseon Dynasty this city offers.

I decided to stay in the Centermark Hotel which I can truly recommend as it´s not expensive but very clean, with modern rooms and a great location in Insa-dong.

 

Sights

The first day I visited the famous Gangnam street, which is the hotspot for youngsters and hipsters. In the heart of the city this street surely never sleeps. Here you find plenty of fashion stores of all kinds, colorfully illuminated and playing loud music. Young Koreans mostly dress casually and make sure that everything they wear fits perfectly.DSC_0028_2DSC_0039_2DSC_0045_2DSC_0061_2DSC_0075_2

Seoul has some truly beautiful places as well. On the second day I visited Gyeongbokgung, which is the biggest temple and palace area in Seoul and a must-see. From here I walked back to the area of Insa-dong with its small traditional Korean stores selling all kind of souvenirs and handmade articles. In the evening I decided to visit the Cheonggyecheon stream, which during the night is illuminated and full of locals and foreigners having a walk and enjoying the wonderful atmosphere.DSC_0279_2DSC_0261_2DSC_0274_2DSC_0346_2DSC_0344_2DSC_0329_2The next day I took the bus to the Seoul Tower. The bus leaves you directly below the tower from where you can walk the rest of the way up, enjoying a nice view over the city. For those who like to stroll around in the parks this is definitely the place to be. For all shopping addicts, I suggest you visit Samil-no which is very close to Cheonggyecheon and the Dongdaemun market. Here you can find all kinds of beauty & fashion stores. The beauty stores offer an especially great choice of beauty articles as snail face cream, masks, soaps, etc.DSC_0395_2DSC_0391_2DSC_0398_2DSC_0405_2

Food

When in Korea, do not miss out on the food, especially the BBQ. If you want to enjoy the local food I recommend the Byeokje Galbi which is for sure one of the best beef restaurants I have ever tried. It´s quite expensive but worth every cent. Very famous among Koreans is the Mapo Sutbul Galbi and if you are luckyyou might catch a Korean drama or movie star.  Last but not least the Naju Jip (나주집), located in a very nice residential area of Seoul, offers a quiet ambience for dining, with a very high meat quality and a wine I never tasted before: Black Raspberry wine.DSC_0425_2DSC_0014

I always found the people very friendly and helpful, and even though the language was sometimes a hurdle, Koreans always seemed happy to make foreigners feel welcome.

 

Wearing

James Perse t-shirt

Hoss Intropia skirt

Valentino bag

Valentino rockstud heels

Hublot watch

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River Island top

One Teaspoon shorts

Gucci belt

Celine sunglasses

Chanel espadrillesDSC_0154_2

 

Kenzo t-shirt

Guess jeans

Gucci belt

New balance sneakers

Lady Diot bagDSC_0086

 

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