Most possibly left my soul in Seoul, again. My 5th time to the city, and still it never fails to impress me. Days were filled with beauteous skies, which would explain the numerous pictures of clouds, that looked as though they were paintings of blue and white swirled and swished together. There’s mouth-watering food on every street, and at such affordable prices. Despite clocking at least 15 kilometres a day in terms of walking, we still managed to gain some weight from all the chomping and chowing we were doing.
Important point to note – the fresh produce in Seoul was the best I ever had, especially the peaches. Perhaps they were in season, but the juices we had there were mind-blowing and ruined anything else we would ever have outside of Seoul. Peach juice, A+. Grape juice, A+ (both red and green). Banana juice, A+. Orange juice, A+. Grapefruit juice, A+. We had to start our days with juices, and how they make it is to just blend the entire fruit with ice. Delish, and remembering this is making me drool.
We managed to score an apartment in Hongdae, which was super convenient. My favorite spots this time around were the streets between Hongdae and Hapjeong, as well as Anguk Station – the streets there were quaint, very interesting to explore, and tons of food.
Can’t wait to head back, but with so many travel destination options, when will my return to Seoul be?
Did you miss me? It has been close to a month since my last entry, and a week since I’ve returned from my three week adventure in Busan & Seoul. It was a whirlwind of days filled with eating mouth-watering meals, walking at least 14 kilometres daily, and meeting new friends from around the globe. Would I do it all again? Hell yes.
I considered making this a longer post, but I decided to keep it short and sweet instead. Here are my Busan recommendations:
- If you’re seeking affordable, clean, reliable and convenient accommodation, look for my host in Busan, Jin! Here’s a link to the studio apartment – everything you see in the pictures are as is, and since it is a relatively new space, everything is clean and brand new, which we loved. Lots of fluffy towels, shower gel and shampoo were provided. We had our own washer, which made things very convenient, and the view from our window was amazing.
- For coffee addicts like myself (and anyone else who can’t deal with Starbucks coffee), I found two spots with great coffee. The first is Bricks Coffee, near Seomyeon Station. Quaint, two-storey cafe – we ordered a cappuccino and a latte, and it was better than what I’ve had in any coffee spots in Singapore. Thumbs up.
- The next is Kavan Espresso – also located near Seomyeon Station (12-14, Jungang-daero 680beonga-gil, Busanjin-gu, Busan). 4 storeys of great interiors, Kavan roasts their own beans and is the perfect hideout to chill with friends or a book for the entire day.
- If you’re looking for a good chunk of beef in the form of a hamburger, head to Fukuoka Hambageu. You get to cook your own meat on a heated small stone, and they serve the best quality Korean beef from Hoengseong. We had such a delightful time cooking our own meat, and since we ordered the lunch special, we also got a huge bowl of bibimbap to share. They have an outlet in Seoul as well, and the address is 333-29 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul.
- For the mall rats out there, you must visit Shinsegae Centum City – the largest shopping complex in the world. Guys, it is so huge that it blew our minds. There’s a spa and ice rink in the building, with a driving range and even a dinosaur theme park/garden on the roof — so epic. It was also right next to the location for the League of Legends Quarters so we were there quite a bit.
All in all, for a first time visit to Busan, the city left a special place in my heart. I loved the daily walks to the train station, as we passed by tiny cafes and florists. The vibe is a lot slower than Seoul, but it also felt a lot safer and less rowdy than Seoul. My next post will be on Seoul, and since I spent 2 weeks there, expect more pictures! ;)