Seoul Part I

I have wanted to go to South Korea since I was about 10 years old, simply for the stationery; over the years my reasons have evolved to include wanting to go during autumn to see South Korean foliage in all its glory. After months of booking and planning my birthday trip to South Korea, the day had finally arrived.

A few films and a short nap later, we had arrived at Incheon Airport and took the AREX straight to Seoul station.

Before we knew it, we had arrived at our home for the week. A quick shower and a change of clothes later, we were out the door, heading our way to meet our family friend and her university friend for dinner. It was exactly what we needed after 11 hours of travel, good company and great food. 

The number one item on my list of street food to try was hotteok. A melt in your mouth pancake, filled with melted brown sugar and cinnamon to a honey like consistency with crushed nuts and seeds. We all know where I wanted to go straight after dinner...

After strolling around the Myeong-dong area we headed home. Our second day arrived and it was the day of the BTS concert. Our morning began queuing to collect my ticket. 

Once collected, we headed straight to the Gangnam area so we could go to COEX for the rest of the day. Food and shopping come to me!

The concert was as magical as you can imagine, if you'd like to have a look at the highlights, you can check it out on my instagram 'Concert' highlights: TheAmandaNote

The rest of the evening was spent catching up with friends, eating/ drinking and jamming out in the best karaoke session. So. Much. Fun.

Our third day began with a much needed lie in and a swift exit from our Airbnb to Namsan Park. San means mountain so technically it is Nam Mountain Park.

We walked up the incline and saw gorgeous views of the city. 

Before we went inside to get the lift to the top of Namsan Seoul Tower, I had to stop and chill out with my fellow pandas. Whaddup homies?

On the top of the list of priorities lies food so lunch was in order.

Korean food has got to be one of my favourite cuisines. Filled to the brim we made our way to the top. 

The view speaks for itself.

We eventually made our way down after looking out to Seoul from one of the best vantage points in the city. 

We then made our way to Gyeongbokgung Palace which was the main palace of the Joseon dynasty and is the largest of the five grand palaces. 

The traditional architecture in the midst of the bustling city just made it that much more special and beautiful.

The band performing at the palace was the icing on the cake to this great day *chef's kiss*.

This did not do any justice to the sunset that evening. South Korea made me fall in love with it very easily! I Seoul You.

After a day full of exploring a small part of the city, we needed some time to chill out so we headed to a nearby cafe, Cafe Onion Anguk. Definitely check it out, if you're in the city. The staff are so kind and make such good pastries and beverages. I soon learnt how warm and friendly the people of this country are.

The rest of the trip will be up soon so until then, that's just a note from me.
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