There's Something About... Seoul, South Korea!
After travelling extensively within China's Mainland and Greater Bay Area regions it was high time that I had a foreign holiday outside of the Middle Kingdom. I didn't choose Seoul, South Korea, it chose me! The capital city of the Republic of Korea called me over during 2018s October National Day holiday, known as the Golden Week in China. Oh SK, that Soju was lethal!
Being outside of China for the first time gave me the thirst to know more about Seoul's super cityscape. The first real day I managed to get to Dongdaemun Market to find some Korean cultural items for my students, at my then Montessori Kindergarten I wanted to ensure my English Corner would showcase bright and inviting learning materials. The previous night left me feeling awful but I forged ahead, taking in the market I was able to get some Korean fried chicken with a beer before I found my cultural items. Heading towards Gyeongbukgung Palace allowed me to find the nearby Josean Era streets, within Seoul's Hanok Village. I took notice of the architecture with its Josean Era style, seeing some ladies wear the national Korean dress gave me those cultural views. I know that I'll return to take a closer look at those historic streets, they are protected and maintained so I have faith that I will appreciate them once again. Heading to the million lights of Myeongdong's shopping mecca, sure I loved the vibrance! Yes!
Keeping this a three photo blog post affair, the final day of my three in Seoul saw me crossing the Han River after a somewhat morning of delirium. I had played some tricks, looking at the bigger picture, I was going to be fine! Getting over to Gangnam had to be done, I tried looking for 'Gangnam Square' but realised quick that I wasn't seeking an experience that was somebody else's dream, no! Getting my Gangnam fix from those towering glass skyscrapers, I saw several 'SamSung' attractions for free! Content with my own serving of 'Gangnam Style' I headed for the HQ of JYP Entertainment. I love KPOP, it was one of the reasons why I had chosen to visit Seoul in first place. Finding that entertainment building I was able to have a sumptuous hot chocolate in the cafe at JYP Entertainment's HQ. The cafe itself had a stage with a huge media screen, I imagined that many an act had performed to a packed crowd of press. Seoul had served me something different because I had taken the care to research. I had one more place to visit! Oh!