How to start this first entry?
I have been thinking about starting a traveling blog for a long time, but there was just not enough time, not enough content and all the other excuses. I do not know if this blog will turn out good and interesting, but I want at least try it out. English is not my first language, not even my second, so please bear with me. The idea has been sitting in my head for a long time. I love traveling and have an incredible “Fernweh” when I am at home. “Fernweh” is a German word, which can be roughly translated as “Wanderlust” (also a German word, but more familiar to English speakers). “Fernweh” is a longing feeling for a place somewhere far away. No matter how often I go somewhere else and how nice my home is, I cannot shake off the feeling of wanting more.
Where are so many travel blogs out there, why start one now? I want it to be a motivation for myself to dream bigger, to go father and to live the life I want to live. My current boring office job is finally going to an end. Finally there is a chance to start some new adventures and experiment a little.
Let’s jump into it, shall we?
South Korea, Seoul
Where to go, what to see and what to eat?
I have been to Seoul so many times that I am starting to lose count. But this time was quite special, because I arrived with my mom, who has never been to Asia before. We only had four days and I decided to do as much sightseeing as possible without it being too tiresome (failed though). Since Seoul is a very big and dynamic city, new places open and close all the time, but there are a lot of must-sees and must-trys. This was our itinerary:
Seoullo 7017, Namdaemun Market, Gwangjang Market, Namsan Park, Namsan Tower, Myeongdong
We arrived around noon and had to check into our hotel first. Luckily it was right by the Seoul Station and we could enjoy a walk along the new Seoullo 7017 park. It used to be an overpass, which connected the eastern and western halves of the city. It closed in 2015 and was reopened as an elevated public park for pedestrians. Seoullo 7017’s name is a nod to its origins; 70 for the year the overpass was first constructed, and 17 for the year of the reopening as a park. It offers a nice view of the Seoul Station and Namdaemun. There are some nice restaurants along the way, which have great food and some pretty trees and flowers to look at. We actually saw a Hummingbird Moth!
The overpass also leads to Namdaemun Market, where you can shop for souvenirs, stuff and eat some great fish dishes in it’s Hairtail Alley. I recommend trying the hairtail stew (Galchijorim 갈치조림). It tastes phantastical!
After checking in, we went to the Gwangjang Market (광장시장) to meet our friends and try all the different steet food there. The Market is located near the station Jongno-5ga Exit 8.
You can try a variety of local street food for a very cheap price and eat your stomach full before moving for a walk in the Namsan Park, which is not far from the Market if you are willing to walk. Jongmyo shrine is also not far from the Market, but we didn’t go there. Our plan was to visit the Namsangol Hanok Villlage(남산골한옥마을) before going up the Namsan Tower, however we failed to look up the opening hours. The Hanok Village is closed on Mondays!
It is too far to walk to the Namsan Tower or N Seoul Tower, so we took a bus in front of the Hanok Village, which goes all the way to the Tower. The view is great and nowadays you can finally see the new Lotte World Tower in the distance.
You can take a cable car down the mountain afterwards and go to Myeongdong (명동) for shopping, eating and some karaoke fun. You can see Myeongdong when you get of the cable car.
And don’t forget to visit a cat café while there!