This is my quick guide to Seoul. It was my first trip to abroad, I was super excited about everything, and to be perfectly honest, I can’t remember everything and don’t have many photos but I’ll try to tell you about my experience in general.
First of all, must-see, must-do things, recommendations, etc.
- Public Transportation: It’s super easy to travel in Seul, with subway. You have t buy t-money card and put credits in it, it’s available almost everywhere. Also, there is a transportation app which shows you the shortest way to your destination. Signs are both in English and Korean (or Chinese/japanese in some places, not quite sure) so it’s really, really easy to get lost, unless you’re a relative of Roronoa Zoro.
- Food: How should I explain this.. Food was both positive and negative side for this country (for me) Korean BBQ is the most delicious thing I’ve ever eaten (sorry mama) and it was quite cheap. But since I don’t eat pork, it was hard to find food for me, sometimes. But when I did, and when it was BBQ IT WAS HEAVEN. For pricing, let me tell you this. At our first night, we went our for dinner. As 5 hungry tourists, we digged BBQ, went full in no time without bread (with only meat) guys also drank Soju, beer etc. and check was about 100.000 won (about $100 ) I wasn’t quite satisfied with fast food restaurants (tacobell, mcdonalds etc) but traditional food was quite delicious.
- Shopping : I haven’t been to many shopping trips before Seoul, so I can’t compare, but think I can say that Seoul was amazing about shopping and satisfied me :3 City is amazing if you are looking of electronic gadgets, make-up supplies, contact lenses or clothes. If you are willing to buy cosplay supplies (fabrics etc) you will be pleased. I’ve also bought toys, anime figure, manga etc.
- Culture: to be perfectly honest, I didn’t have enough time to fully understand Korean culture, but what I saw was amazing.
- Esports and games: Korea is kinda the capital of eSports. I’ve been to Worlds finals in 2014 and it was amazing. Also visiting PC bangs (pc cafes) could be a different experience for you if you are not used to it. Also, cosplayers are amazing, you can see Spiral Cats Team and other amazing cosplayers at eSports events.
- Seoul is a big city, but don’t be afraid to get around. Even if you are lost or late, taking a taxi won’t cost you much, so, don’t worry.
So, there are also negative sides, unfortunately;
- Food: Like I said before, finding halal food was kinda hard to find sometimes. There were food shops but going to the other side of the world and eating Turkish food didn’t seem fair to me
- Language: If you know what you are doing you probably won’t have any problems. Koreans at shops etc. know a little English and it’s not that hard to talk if what you are asking for is simple. But if you don’t know where to go to find spesific items it can’t be hard if you don’t know their language. Since I’ve travelled with people who had spent so much time on Internet to visit right places, I didn’t have any trouble.
Pro tip 1: Don’t give tips. It’s offensive in Korean culture. Try to be nice.
Pro tip 2: Pocket wifi will save you. You can rent it at airport
Pro tip 3: Download Seould transportation app, it will help you A LOT! Also get a T-money!
So, now tons of photos and places to see :3
So first day, we went to see the Ghibli exhibition. It was in a shopping mall (I-Park Mall ) And it was amazing. It was probably temporary but it’s still purrfect. If you can’t afford a visit to the Ghibli Museum in Japan, just hunt for this exhibition, maybe it will visit somewhere near to you.
Also, Korean Folk Village (KFV) is one of the must-visit places. It has an amazing atmosphere ! You can also see traditional Korean stuff. If you have no time for museums (or you don’t feel like it) this can be your place! It’s quite refreshing.
Gangnam is kinda over rated if you ask me. But it’s fun to dance at Gangnam style platform, which had lights and a huge Gangnam style sign and it plays the song when you press the button. Don’t be ashamed, we know that you’ve listened to the song. It was the guilty pleasure of 2012 anyway :)I
Itaewon (was way much better. It’s where young poeple hang out. We went Itaewon twice, there are tons of places to eat, drink and go shopping!
Myeongdong is another place and it’s pretty good for shopping, I’ve got most of my make-up stuff from there.
Like I said before, it was my very first trip to abroad so I don’t have much photos, or notes from the trip. So I’ll be finishing this “guide” with photo dump. peace out!