If you are thinking on visiting some other places rather than Seoul, Gyeongju (경주시) might be a good choice. The city offers many historical sites from the Silla Dynasty such as Seokguram Grotto, Bulguksa temple, the Royal Tomb Complex, the Cheomseongdae, which is one of the oldest astronomical observatories in East Asia and the Anapji royal pond garden. I have been to all of these sites before and they are all interesting, but if you have limited time, I recommend visiting these three: Anapji, Seokguram and Bulguksa. I wish I had photos of all of these attractions, but the first time I was there I had a really old camera and the photos are not presentable. This time we picked the day with the worst weather and it was raining cat’s and dog’s by the time we were finished with Seokguram and on our way to the Tombs. All sights are in the open and it was not worth getting soaked in the rain.
My favorite Buddhist Temple in Korea is located in Gyeongsangbuk-do (경상북도) and is called Unmunsa (운문사/ 雲門寺) or “Cloud Gate Temple” in English. It might be less known among foreign tourists, because it is not easy to reach. However I love this temple especially because of it’s beautiful location amid lush forests and mountains. There are buses going there from Daegu Nambu Terminal and from Cheongdo Bus Terminal, but it is more convenient to go there by car and enjoy some great scenery along the way.
Dongdaemun, Han River, Hongdae
Blogging about our vacation makes me want to go back there. I wish we had more time and did more sightseeing on the last day in Seoul, but my mom was tired, the weather wasn’t all that good and we had to meet our friends.
We started by eating in an Italian restaurant in front of our hotel. There are some really great places around Seoullo! I had Squid Ink spaghetti for the first time. It was unexpectedly delicious. Probably the best spaghetti I ever had! I cannot remember the name of the place, but it is located in front of the Seoul Station. There are other restaurants and cafes in there (great burgers too!), so it is worth a look if you are visiting Seoullo 7017 (18, Toegye-ro, Jung-gu | Daewoo Jaedan Bldg., Seoul 04637, Südkorea).
The other side of the river
COEX, Lotte World Tower, Gangnam
I wish we would have done something different instead of going to COEX, but I wanted to visit an aquarium with my mom. To be honest, COEX is not the best choice, although they do have some impressive sea life in there, but I think a lot of the fish tanks are too small. I honestly felt bad for all the animals at some point. COEX itself contains convention centers and exhibition halls as well as a shopping mall with a lot of restaurants. It is easy to find, there are two subway stations which come in question:
Where to go, what to see and what to eat?
Palaces on Foot
Gyeongbokgung Palace, National Folk Museum of Korea, Bukchon, Changdeokgung Palace, Insadong und Deoksugung Palace
Starting from Gwanghwamun Square (광화문광장) at 9 in the morning, which is a glorious sight on it’s own, we went to Gyeongbokgung palace (경복궁) first. Which was closed because it was Tuesday…fail. But we managed to get in on the next day.
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: