Seoul is probably the most well-known city in South Korea. With its foreign-friendly places and various attractions, it’s definitely the most visited city of South Korea. Even though I don’t reside here, I try to visit whenever I have some vacation time. There are lots of great touristy stops one can see. You can even find places where the old Korea meets the new.
Personally, I’m not a touristy person. Rather than going to tourist locations and taking many pictures, I rather just hang out with the locals and do what they do daily. When I go to Seoul, I mostly visit friends. Still, this most recent vacation, because I couldn’t leave the country as I originally planned, I decided to check out some of the top places to visit on my list.
Regardless of the terrible weather, I took some time to capture some of the places I went to.
Hongdae is a hotspot in Seoul with lots of things to do. It’s great to go shopping, hang out, play, and eat good food. Not gonna lie, every time I go to Seoul, I go to Hongdae at least once. It’s fun and always busy. So if you’re looking to have a good time and maybe aren’t sure what you want to do, I would totally recommend going to this place. It has many options that you can choose from within a short walk distance. These days because of the corona, everything closes around 9pm, so my friends and I couldn’t do as much as we wanted, but we still had fun.
If you watch ANY Korean drama, you may have seen this river. It’s actually always been on my bucket list to see the river. Still, I didn’t realize just how long the river actually was. I yet haven’t found the place where the classic “jump scenes” are shot, but I’m gonna find it one of these days. Unfortunately, the day we went to see the river, it wasn’t a gorgeous day, but it was still lovely.
Lotte World Tower
This place is known to be the tallest building in South Korea and the 5th tallest building globally. The elevator you ride is high-speed and has cool reflective screens that play a cute video to distract you from the fact that you’re soaring upwards. But, your ears pop on occasion, so if you’re sensitive to that, I’d recommend you to bring a piece of gum. I went to this place alone, which, personally, made it insanely awkward and slightly dull because there were a ton of families and couples there. Plus, I had no one to take pictures of me in cool picturesque places, but it was still pretty cool. I also went on a cloudy day, so I didn’t get to get a clear view. I would totally recommend going on a clear day or night (I love city lights, so I went at night). I think you can see out to certain countries if you go on a clear day, but don’t quote me; I didn’t see anything 😅. I just saw this cool map-type thing and figured that’s what it could mean. 😂
And you’re going to want to go with someone. You’re gonna want someone to take pictures of you or with you for sure! I think the attendees were surprised that I came alone. (They were all like, “just one?😯”) 😂 It’s rare to see people going to places alone in Korea, and it was my first time going to a touristy place alone, so the atmosphere was a little awkward to me. It’s also challenging to find many solo activities that are entertaining anywhere, I think. So, I recommend you bring a friend along if you don’t have a S/O. This was supposed to be a rejuvenating solo trip, but I don’t know if I will do it again. Just as I suspected, I don’t particularly enjoy solo travel.
Here are some picture highlights of my short vacation. It ended too quickly😭.
Well, that was my short yet much-needed vacation. I have one more day out here before I have to go back, so I’m going to try to make the most of it. Then I’ll go back to creating regular content~
Until next time,
See ya around, friend~~