11 Oct Second Time’s A Charm: A Trip to Seoul
Andrea F. couldn’t get enough of Seoul that she visited South Korea’s capital city twice. Here are the highlights of her trips that you might find helpful in your own South Korean escapade.
Who would not think of ‘Gangnam Style’ when South Korea pops up in a conversation? This highly viral song took everyone by storm when it was released in 2012, making it one of the most watched YouTube videos of all time (2.9 billion views to date!). Also, South Korea has a special place in my heart because of its innovative cosmetics and skin care products. Honestly, just the thought of hoarding them made me excited to visit Seoul…again. More than its catchy K-pop songs and beauty items, Seoul is a great cultural getaway, with a lot to offer.
I have been to Seoul twice. The first time I visited the country, I went to Gyeongbokgung Palace, which made me feel like I was in a medieval Korean village. Built in 1395 during the Joseon Dynasty, it is the largest of Seoul’s Five Grand Palaces. Visitors can wear a Korean traditional dress called ‘Hanbok’ and take photos with the Royal Guards (these men are as motionless as rocks!). At Gyeongbokgung Palace, your dream of portraying a Korean princess role in a K-drama can come true, even just for a day.
The N Seoul Tower, or more commonly known as the Namsan Tower, is one of the most romantic spots in Seoul. You and your partner (or friends) can purchase a padlock and attach it to one of the ‘love lock trees’, to symbolize your unbreakable love for each other. You can also enjoy the magnificent panorama of Seoul’s skyline, and have a ‘snack date’ at their mini store.
Ancient palaces and romantic sceneries aside, my favorite part of my Seoul trip was shopping! South Koreans are known for their bold style and sometimes, out-of-the-box fashion trends. They have a knack for interior design, too. During my second trip, I was able to visit a lot of malls. Ideally, June and July are the best months to visit if you want to shop for the summer collection. Starfield and Galleria Mall are definitely worth a visit if you’re looking to buy luxury clothes and bags. If you are into some serious shopping, you can visit apM Place, Doota, and U:US, where you can find quality and stylish clothes at reasonable prices. There’s something for everyone!
Seoul is amazing; I could go on forever. I chose these places because it made me see Seoul’s mix of old and modern charm. But, more importantly, it gave me a glimpse of how traveling can improve your diversity and cultural understanding, and Seoul did not fail me.
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About the Author:
Andrea F. is a fashion enthusiast working in the retail industry. She loves traveling, and considers it a passion more than a leisure activity. She has been to a lot of Asian countries, and is planning to conquer Europe next.