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.
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.
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.The 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.
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.
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.
James Perse t-shirt
Hoss Intropia skirt
Valentino rockstud heels
River Island top
One Teaspoon shorts
New balance sneakers
Lady Diot bag