after years of delaying a much desired trip to go to South Korea, I made a mantra for myself to fulfill, "SEOUL 2010". it was like now or never. I thought that if i really don't put my mind to it, and fix my schedule around it, my dream might not be realized. I also wanted it to be a personal trip, aside from just going there to watch a concert or find an artist (well of course, who wouldn't like that). But i wanted it to be an experience that is more intimate and less stressful.
it's been a while since i updated my blog, and what better time but now. It's wonderful to reminisce the 8 days, think about the special moments, and there are so many pictures! but i tried to compile some and show them to you. 8 Days is rather long, so i want to make 3 different entries with themes of 1. sights 2. food and 3. fangirling.
i had my Seoul Searching with kahel_luna
. we've been to other trips before, but what made this one different is my realization that we easily got tired from walking. hahaha. Seoul is a very walkable city, so maybe the hilly geography added to the tiring experience as well. but we're pretty much stomped after a few hours, that we had to take a seat, grab a bite and rest our tired feet XD is age catching up on us? ahhh. 1. Sights
It's all about the details. I've always been curious about the modern meets traditional that I always hear about Seoul, and now that i've seen it... well, it's got a different charm. I tried to compare Seoul with other cities i've been to before and definitely it's got it's own unique vibe. The city didn't strike me as having one definitive aura, bustling like Tokyo, majestic like Prague, eccentric like Amsterdam or serene like Paris. Each area is unique and worth exploring. so maybe the modern meets traditional confused me a bit. but in a good way.
One thing to point out also is that i'm really thankful i can at least read and understand hangeul. it really helped us going around the different areas, and importantly in ordering food!!! there are still establishments and public transportation that doesn't carry english, so .. yes. major plus to learn the language. At the heart of the city is this big castle complex of Gyeongbokgung.
One of the more interesting things about Korean culture is the primary importance they give to their history, which definitely shows in the way they preserve such historical architectures. It would have been cool to explore the Gyeongbokgung grounds wearing a hanbok and re-enact living in Joseon. it's interesting to get lost inside it, especially if you have thoughts of Lee Seon Joon swirming in your head. okay name distraction XDhere's a couple of beautiful architectures inside Gyeongbokgung.
There are areas where you can view the specific rooms inside the palace. It was very interesting to see their chambers and living quarters. what would it be like to live in that era where women just stay inside their homes, sit for hours, read novels, weave laces?
hey there's me inside the palace grounds :)
( SEOUL 2010 is a success! Thank you SkyTeam Flying Blue for the free flight! SEOUL I'M LOVING YOU~ Collapse )