On Saturday (a week ago) I went to the dentist to get another little old filling replaced and when I came back Rob suggested we should spontaneously head to Seoul! I was very excited and of course I immediately agreed. We packed our little backpacks and headed to USquare on a hot rainy day. We bought tickets and were on our way 10 minutes later. It was a relaxing uneventful trip up to Seoul. We arrived around 5 and headed straight for the new Dongdaemun Design Plaza designed by Zaha Hadid. I wanted to see the new plaza, but I mostly wanted to see the exhibition of sets from my favourite K-Drama! It was a bit tacky and a bit too full of brand sponsorship but I’m glad I got to see all the sets in real life 🙂 Very exciting. PS. the design plaza is amazing! Such an impressive structure.
Afterwards we got the subway to Hongdae and tried to check into our little hostel/motel which we booked on the bus. Unfortunately booking online a few hours before checking in was not the best idea. The hostel was double-booked but the Brazilian owner kindly led us down the road to a little B&B which he paid the difference for. It was quite awkward accommodation because it was 4 tiny rooms downstairs, with the owner living upstairs! We all had to share a bathroom but it turned out to be fine. We weren’t there for very long after all. I wish I had some photos because it was quite a cute little space with some nice looking breakfast on the table.
After checking in we got ready to go out to meet Pete and Jess. By this time it was about 8.30 and we hadn’t eaten, so luckily we stumbled across a cute little Japanese place in Hongdae. It was quick and had good simple meals. We met Pete and Jess and friends in Itaewon and spent the night drinking and dancing in gay bars (!) We were really tired to begin with but after (quite) a few drinks we had a lot of fun. We headed back to Hongdae quite early (1.30 ish) and walked around taking in the atmosphere. There were some interesting buskers and also a big square full of foreigners and Koreans in separate parts. We sat on the Korean side and watched a cool breakdancing/bboy/rap battle going on for about an hour.
The next morning we ate waffles for breakfast, went shopping in Hondgae for a few hours, walked down all the cute quirky side streets, and ate amazing swiss cheese burgers for lunch. We planned to meet Pete and Jess in the afternoon to go for a bike ride along the Han river, but it started pouring with rain so we met in beautiful Sinsa (Garuso-gil) and hung out in a cafe for a few hours.
We didn’t end up leaving Seoul til about 7.30 and as we left we were caught in a storm with fork lightning! It was a very exciting and relaxing trip and we really hope Hong Kong will have the same vibes (less than 4 weeks to go!)