Dear readers, hello! I spent a chunk of the Chuseok long weekend in Seoul, which means a lot of new and exciting photos and stories to share with you. Seoul is such a vibrant and exciting city to explore, and I can now say I’ve officially fallen in love with it after discovering the Cheonggye stream- an oasis of green space in the midst of semi-chaos in groovy Insa-dong.
I explored the city at a leisurely pace, but kept busy, visiting Hongdae, Gyeongbokgung Palace and the Palace Museum, Insa-dong, Cheonggye stream, Itaewon, and Namsan hanok village. I’ll be sharing photos and memories in several installments. 🙂
I hopped on an express bus with my co-worker Grace and a few of her friends. The bus was much quicker than normal, and we accidentally overshot things –by the time we realized the bus was on its return loop, we had to wait and get off in Suwon. Ooooops.
Eventually, we made it to our hostel in Hongdae! Right away, I noted what a cute area it was- there are lots of neat little shops, trees, murals, and plenty of little details to take in. Seeing little cafes and inventive shop signs reminded me a little of Melbourne’s creative aesthetic and attention to detail.
The next morning, after some toast and coffee at my hostel, I met up with Megan at Gyeongbokgung Palace- originally built in 1395, and one of Seoul’s most famous historical sights. It was quite impressive indeed, with extensive grounds and beautiful buildings- well worth the journey and the 3000 won entrance fee. This fee included entrance to the National Palace Museum as well, with an impressive collection of royal clothing, furniture, jewelry and the like.