You’re humid, hot and hectic but I’m enjoying it so far!
As my younger sister is taking an exchange year in Seoul it is the perfect time to visit. I didn’t know much about the city beforehand but after some research I’m excited for the many things to do, see and eat.
Here’s what we’ve been up to:
We went to Paju and visited Mimesis Art Museum designed by Álvaro Siza. Stunning!
If you only go to one museum in Seoul it should be this one, the bus ride only takes 30 mins from Hapjeong.
Make it a day trip and stop by:
Heyri Art Village, a cultural community of writers, artists, architects etc., which is visible
in the many interesting buildings, book shops, cafés and galleries.
PS. I also wanted to go to Paju Book City but messed up the directions and didn’t have wifi..
If you’re in this area and you’re a book lover – please go!
Nice cafés are everywhere in Seoul and there are plenty to choose from.
My favorite, Avec El is a cute café and mini-shop combined, tucked away in a residential neighbourhood.
MMCA – National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. Incredible and well worth the visit.
In the same building is Anthracite Coffee.
aA Design Museum, a museum dedicated to furniture design ! — but to my disappointment it was closed
while preparing for the upcoming exhibition.
Instead I settled for a coffee in the lovely and huge café where they have all kinds of design
chairs spread throughout.
The Leeum Museum houses both traditional and contemporary art.
The subway is convenient, easy and clean.
As you can see they also provide for super cute subway cards :) Lots of things here are just simply cute haha.
We checked out Common Ground, a shopping mall made out of containers.
The clothing is trendy, young and fun – not really my style but it goes well with the concept of the mall.
Don’t let the name QueenMama fool you – their store is actually great and has a nice selection of
clothing, skin products, homeware and kitchenware.
On their top floor is Manufact Coffee where you can enjoy your drink at a large communal table under bright skylight.
The National Museum of Korea is huge, beautiful and will take up a few hours of your day.
Another café, Luft, where the concept seems to be Hawaii in Seoul with some seating areas is set in a ‘swimming pool’.
In Hongdae you’ll find Sobok, a place for ice cream made of brown rice, milk and grains. Mmm.
A delicious vegan spot. There’s not a lot of salad at Korean restaurants so you definitely
begin to crave a huge bowl of vegetables.
Details of Gyeongbokgung Palace.
My sister <3
Next to Gyeongbokgung Palace you’ll find Insa-dong and Bukchon Hanok Village.
These three areas make a good 1-day itinerary.
Insa-dong is a street filled with plenty of traditional tea houses. Of course we had to
stop by one and we chose 반짝반짝빛나는. Above is a green tea set, a cold drink and persimmon smoothie.
Bukchon Hanok Village – an area with narrow streets and traditional korean houses dating
back to year 1600. People still live in this area so you have to be respectful and quiet.
There were a lot of tourists around when we were here so I would try to avoid the crowds
and go during odd hours if possible.
Here’s a poop pancake from Insa-dong by the way.
This is with chocolate, they also come with red bean flavor.
One In A Million Café Pink and picturesque, like most.
There are several parks you can go to that overlooks Han River but we went to this one that
has a view of Mapo Brigde. Located next to Yeouinaru Subway Station.
We brought a blanket, watched the street artists perform and enjoyed the breeze.
Blüte Café filled with greens, flowers and a large seating area both in- and outdoors.
Being real tourists and visited Namsan Tower. The view is pretty stunning with the urbanized city of Seoul built on hilly grounds and then surrounded by incredible mountains.
We ate more at..
– Plant A tiny vegan restaurant with yummy food and a selection of cakes. Try the soba bowl.
– Sulbing The best bingsoo aka shaved ice can be found at this chain you’ll find in every neighbourhood.
– Loun Shabu Shabu 로운샤브샤브. It’s not that I’m not exploring by going to another chain restaurant but this place is just really good you guys.
– The very best dessert will cost you 50 cents and can be found at most markets and grocery shops, this Melon Bar Ice Cream is heaven haha.
I’m excited to explore more of the city!
Let me know if you have any recommendations :)