South Korea has been one of my top and dream destination when talked about traveling. I assume you probably know how I am deeply attached to the Kdrama industry. As a matter of fact, I have said it countless times in this blog and in my social media platforms how Kpop world greatly affects my emotions, and somehow, my lifestyle.
I have grown to be a lady who always sees my life in a Kdrama situations. Funny it may seem, I have lots of imaginations and dreams relating to my Kdrama craziness. I would sometimes (always) imagine my love story falling into the same nature how Kdrama evolves and a lot of stuff and funny things to say so.
If you’re a gal like me, I know you are, and wanting to visit South Korea in the nearest future this post is dedicated to you!
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1. The moment I set my foot on the ground of South Korea, the conversations (Hangul) that I used to hear in the Kdrama scenes were finally in reality. I felt that I was on the television or a minor cast on the set. The feeling seems to be surreal! The way they deliver their melodic sentences gives me a greater feeling of excitement. Small cute kids would call their parents with a sweet voice of “Ommmmaaaaaa” or “Opppppppppaaaa” and couldn’t stop myself to watch them as they pass in front of my face while waiting for our luggage. I can literally watch locals from there!
2. I don’t want to sound negative about this, but we really had a hard time communicating with the locals. There are a few would understand basic (the most basic) English but the accent was present and strong too. Our target locals when we want to ask for something (directions, most of the time) were mostly college students. Although, older generations are very helpful (I can say so) but we can not understand them. They speak freely their language as if they were expecting that we understand it. What we have to do is to keep vowing our heads as a sign of gratitude and assuming that we understand them too!
3. Seoul is a shopping destination of all sorts of makeups and skin care that you like. From each subway stations, there is a stall of a makeup brand and a dedicated street (Myeongdong) where a place for makeup brands and fashion clothing is lined up in there. HEAVEN!
4. People mostly are fashionable. They have a good sense of fashion styles relating to the weather. They dress really well, smart and simple.
5. Coffee shops are everywhere. On the go or cute cafes, name it. From each corner of the street, you’ll have an access to coffee. You’ll see mostly locals would carry iced coffee as well, it’s like a cup of macchiato is part of their outfit. Most of the time I blend with them, given the fact that Mr. Lucky gave me full access to coffee! Lol.
6. Prepare your feet. A lot of walking is waiting for you. We managed to visit each location through subway hopping from each station to another station. To reach your certain desired spot you may have to walk for about 10 minutes and explore the area by means of walking too. I mean, we are traveling and that means a lot of physical activities surely be required. Some streets are inclined to 20 – 30 degrees up and down, surely you have to be prepared for this.
7. I’ve seen a lot of extreme public display of affection from the locals. From the stations to the streets, to shopping centers and even inside the train, there are young locals who would deliberately show his/her affection towards to his/her other half. I’ve seen a dozen times of exact scenes of these. The first experience was kinda awkward but as the day goes by I got used to it. What I mean of “extreme public display” is more of a hugging situation when you say goodbye to each other. Do I need to elaborate more?
8. Seoul is a combination of a modern and traditional culture. The country has preserved most of the Palaces where Kings and Queens of Joseon Era lived. Part of their tourism attraction is to experience to wear their traditional hanbok and from there, you can roam around the city as much as you like.
9. The food is undeniably awesome! Korean meal always consists of varieties of delicious side dishes. Number one on the table is the presence of Kimchi, then followed by different pickled vegetables.
10. I didn’t see any Oppa (cute guy in my definition) in my sight. Trust me, I widened my eyes on this and fully focuses on each guy’s faces. Lol I don’t know why I didn’t see any.
I personally enjoyed my dream vacation, I have finally witnessed in reality what I’ve always binge-watched in TV. I do not generalized my observation but somehow, it has to do with the actual life scenarios in Korea.
If any of you have the same experience or thoughts on your first time visit in Seoul, let’s chat in the comment section below!
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