So I ended up going to Korea because I had a friend that was living there with his parents for the summer. I absolutely loved it there! One thing I’m really guilty of is just lumping “Asian culture” all into one category but this is completely unfair of me. Korea is very different from China. Because China has had such a large impact on Asia when it comes to traditional culture and language, I saw tons of traditional Chinese characters and the one temple that remains in Seoul had very obvious Chinese influence but these were the only aspects of Korea that reminded me of China.
When I arrived in Korea, I had a very hard time getting through immigration because I didn’t know the phone number or address of the person that I was staying with. Luckily, a really nice Korean girl overheard what was happening and pretended to be a mutual friend and let me use her address to get into the country. I have no idea what I would have done without her.
After I got through immigration, my friend took me out for Korean BBQ! It was so delicious! After spending a week in Korea, I’ve decided that I like Korean food much better than Chinese food.
The next morning we woke up and climbed a near by mountain. You could see all of Seoul from the top, it was so beautiful! That is another thing that I love about Korea, the geography is beautiful and there are so many green things. Even throughout the city there are hills everywhere, tons of trees, and even grass that isn’t just for looking (you can actually walk and sit on it)! It reminds me a lot of Madison in that way.
We spend the rest of the day touring Seoul. We went to a fish market, a flower and plant market, and then we went to an area that had tons of little shops and restaurants. The fish market was really cool, there were so many crazy kinda of fish and the vendors were very nice. They loved that I was taking pictures.
The flower market was interesting too, there were tons of little bonsai trees and really exotic flowers.
The area with tons of little shops was really cute. Because it was a slightly touristy area, there where tons of Chinese people there. My friend and I stopped for tea in this adorable place very similar to Dobra Tea in Madison.
There aren’t a lot of historical places in Korea since it was pretty much burned down during the Korean War but we did go to one temple, Gyeongbok Palace. It was beautiful with the mountains in the back ground but it was very similar to most of the temples in China.
Of course I experienced a lot of the night culture of Seoul, most of which I will not blog about because what happens in Seoul, should definitely stay in Seoul and hopefully never resurface. One really cool thing about night life in Seoul is there is a silent disco in a park. You can rent headphones and there’s a DJ that plays music that is sent to all the headphones. It’s such a fun experience but it’s incredibly hard to describe. It’s something that everyone should do at least once in their life.
I will say that be best part about Seoul is the people you meet. I will be going back there for sure because of the incredible people I met.
If I individually mentioned everyone that made it amazing this blog would be a bit long but I have to mention one girl, Bo. Bo is one of the most kind, amazing human beings I have ever met in my life. Saying goodbye to her was really hard even though I only knew her for five days. She is officially my Korean sister. On my last night there she took me out for Korean BBQ, we did a photobooth, went shopping, and then of course got drinks at Thursdays. I miss her so much and can’t wait for us to have vacation days that line up. I will definitely be going back to Korea to visit her and she will hopefully come to China to visit me.
Thank you everyone for making Korea amazing! I love you all.