A week in Seoul

Seoul Travel Blog

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We landed at the airport and collected our luggage. The airport is quite something (as airports go) with a cacti garden and incredible modern architecture that made you feel like you’d been transported 100 years into the future. It was also very quiet and with hardly anyone around.

We hopped on board the AREX airport express train to find it empty and spotlessly clean. We took the train to Gimpo Airport and changed to the subway into central Seoul to the area we were staying and alighted from the train. After getting a little lost we made it to our guesthouse to be greeted by Danny, our host. He showed us around his house and took us to our room. It was a lovely place, with a beautiful bathroom containing two showers, two baths and a sauna!

We settled in then went exploring.

Seoul is an amazing place. Like other capital cities it is very large, but Seoul feels more open, clean, modern and friendly.

We stayed in Seoul for a week, relaxing and exploring the city. It was a real contrast to China. Our first impressions upon entering a supermarket were ‘oh my goodness, they actually sell cold milk and cheese here!’ Our guesthouse, called the Open Guesthouse, was fantastic and is highly recommended to anyone staying in Seoul.

Some of the highlights of our time in Seoul:

Seeing Cheonggyecheon; the 6km man-made river that runs through the city.

Visiting the Chungbu market, which sells dried fish, fruit, vegetables and more.

Getting lost in the side streets and watching life go by.

The electronics market, where you’ll find consoles and games galore - get your haggling hat on though!

Walking down Insa-dong, looking at the gifts and souvenirs and eating the world’s spiciest chicken kebab stick (it was so hot that my eyes were streaming and I had to lick the inside of the empty ice cream carton Fab was holding in the vain hope that it would reduce the fire in my mouth.

When that didn’t work I had to down half a litre of Powerade. It was spicy!)

Visiting the Gyeongbok-gung palace.

Relaxing in Seoul Forest Park, finding Go boards made from tree stumps, feeding the deer and acting like kids on the slides and swings!

Watching the b-boys in the Hansung University district.

Chilling out at a skatepark masquerading as a normal park.

Discovering the culinary delights of Lotteria - the Korean answer to McDonalds.

Tasting kimchi (Korean pickled cabbage) and having a great meal at a local restaurant where no-one spoke English so we ordered by pointing at the plastic dishes of food outside the restaurant!

Visiting the sprawling Nandaemun Market place.

Watching Transformers II and laughing that the locals cheered and clapped at triumphant parts of the film.

Taking the high speed KTX train to Busan (300km/hr)

Seoul is a fantastic place - there is so much to do and see, spend a couple of weeks there and get a good feel for the way of life.

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Seoul Hostels review
Unforgettable, friendly and helpful.
Located just a few minutes walk from the subway station, this guest house is ideally placed. The owner, Danny, is so friendly and helpful and you i… read entire review
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