How is everyone back home? Can you believe it’s been over a month already since we left Michigan? Wow, time flies…
We had an awesome time this past weekend! Monday was a national holiday here in Taipei, so we made the most of our long weekend and bounced over to Seoul, South Korea! Freaking amazing. 2.5 hour flight and we were downtown Seoul.
Seoul has been in my top 2 places to visit for quite awhile and it definitely did not disappoint. I don’t know what it is for me, but Asian cities just fascinate me. I love getting lost, trying the crazy foods, people watching, and experiencing life in a completely foreign way. Once again, Seoul did not disappoint.
We stayed in the heart of Seoul in Myeongdong. It was a little touristy, but it was a great, central place to crash for a few nights. The main street and the alleyways are all blocked off for pedestrians, so at night the place is just packed full of people. We were able to sample lots of tasty snacks here and soak up the neon lights of an Asian city.
One of our favorite things to do when we visit a different place is to try and meet up with someone we know who lives there. There is literally no better way to see a new place than seeing it with a local. Back in high school, we went to school with Amy Rhee, Jisoo Kim, and Gavin Na, three Koreans who live in Seoul. Once we booked this trip, I immediately messaged them saying we needed to meet up! Our first night, Amy and Jisoo treated us to a mouthwatering Korean meal. We tried the local drink, Makgeolli, and sampled kimchee, tofu, pork, and squid pancakes. Delicious! We ended the night with a typical hostel night… hanging out with people around the globe, more specifically, Ohio! These two guys have been living in Korea for over a year and we had a lot in common with them. They treated us to a fun night out in Seoul.
The last 2 days were spent sightseeing the local markets, finding our new favorite candy (thanks Adema!), pulling Gangnam style moves, and getting the ultimate tour of Seoul with Gavin in his car.
Even though Seoul is the second largest city in the world, we made it a priority to look for a good hike, Sarah’s pick. We hiked to the top of Namsan Mountain and were blessed with a spectacular panorama of Seoul. Oh yea, randomly, Sarah was wearing her Michigan shirt on the hike(thanks Mom!) and a guy stopped and asked about it. He asked which part of Michigan we were from…
“Grand Rapids!” We said. “Me too! Which part?” He replied. Turns out this guy was from Rockford. How crazy is that?!
Lastly, a highlight of our time in Seoul was roaming the Gyeongbokgung Palace on Thanksgiving Day in Korea. It’s a beautiful royal palace built during the Joseon dynasty situated in Northern Seoul. Breathtaking gardens and traditional Korean palaces filled the grounds. Such an outstanding place to visit and observe a wonderful representation of Korean history and culture.
Kyle and Sarah