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Traveling Korea: Seoul

Even though February is the shortest month of the year, it was one of the most exciting. I had another visitor from the States, and took my first trip to Seoul, something I’ve been wanting to do for a while.

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Friday: Seongnam

Jared flew in on a Friday EST, so arrived on Saturday night. Wanting to maximize my time in Seoul, I went up on Friday and spent the day first day outside of the city. While Jinju is a decent sized city, it’s nothing compared to Seoul. Even though I wasn’t right in center city on Friday, I could feel how much bigger and busier it was.

I spent the day in Seongnam. There was quite a bit to see and do, but the first thing on the list was ice skating. I hadn’t gone in two years, so it took a few minutes for me to figure out what I was doing. But I got the hang of it.

After ice skating, I wandered around outside, and got to see the Lotte World Tower, the fifth largest tower in the world.

Of course, I visited some coffee shops on this trip and made it a point to find great vegetarian food. For dinner, I found an Indian restaurant, and finished off the night with a few drinks nearby.

Auntie Anne's in Seoul

Saturday: Seoul

Saturday I crossed the river into the city. One of the things I really wanted to do on my Seoul trip was get new glasses. I had heard that getting glasses in Korea is fast and inexpensive, so I thought why not do it while in Seoul?

Once I got off the subway, I wandered around down the Main Street of where I was until I found an optometrist and went right in. It was empty, and they were able to help me right away. I opted for some blue light reflective lenses, and for both my frames and lenses spent 70,000 won, which is about $65 USD. Plus, I got my glasses within half an hour!

Knowing I needed to get some homework done, I found a Starbucks. I spent a good chunk of the afternoon on the third floor near a window overlooking the busy street below. Even though I was doing homework, I was having an amazing time.

When it came time for lunch, I made my way to a local vegan restaurant. Sadly, they closed at 3pm and wouldn’t reopen until 5pm. I wandered around a bit more, and finally decided to get back on the subway. On Friday I has seen a Shake Shack, and found one closer to where I was in the city. Even though it wasn’t what I originally wanted, it was excellent all the same.

After my late lunch, I decided it was time to head to the airport. There is a subway line goes from Seoul to the Incheon Airport, taking about an hour. I had some homework to finish, but knew I could get it done while I waited for Jared to land. Sunday would be the final day in Seoul, and I couldn’t wait to see another one of my friends.

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