Saranghaeyo Seoul Vol. 1

December last year, my family went on a trip to Korea for the very first time. We stayed in Seoul for a whole week and did lots of exploring, eating and shopping. Here’s a rundown of our first two days:

Day 1

My Mom, Sister and I arrived at the Incheon Airport in the afternoon, after a four-hour flight via AirAsia. We stayed there (and had milk tea!) while waiting for my Dad who was on a different flight. When we were all finally reunited, we took the AREX to Seoul, where our guest house was. By the time we’ve arrived and settled in, we couldn’t go and tour around so we just ate out at local diner.

korea food

Day 2

ann guest house

We woke up at almost noon the next day, after making plans at a late hour the night before. We had brunch at our guest house and then left to take the train to our first tourist destination.

At the train station where we arrived, we spotted the Wall of Hope.

wall of hope seoul korea

And just outside, we spotted someone selling these HUGE chestnuts (they look normal in the photo but they’re big IRL).

korea chestnuts

We bought some and snacked on them along the way.

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bukcheon seoul

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We checked out this Korean brush shop where they had so many brushes. I guess the now mainstream brush lettering became popular there first.

seoul cross the street

stone korea

We got kind of lost but thankfully spotted the Tourist Information, who instructed us just to cross the street and walk a few blocks, where we finally found the Changdeokgung Palace.

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My little sister was taking a picture of me with my Instax but I took a picture of her first. 😉

changdeokgung palace korea 3

changdeokgung palace seoul changdeokgung palace

We only took the basic tour package, which was unfortunate because the Secret Garden tour was apparently beautiful. Next time!

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changdeokgung palace korea

So much snow! It was also seriously too cold then so we headed back to Hongik after the sun had set.

paris croissant cafe seoul pastries

paris croissant cafe seoul cakes

Before we retired for the day though, we checked out some pastries at the Paris Croissant Cafe.

That’s it for now! I’ll share more soon! 🙂

Love, Hazel

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4 Comments

  1. Lisa on February 22 at 6:19 am

    Ah, I’m still so jealous you went to Seoul! I’m glad you had a good time. It looks lovely. I can’t wait for you to post more on this blog. Yay!! 😀

  2. Sandra @ Tea Between Books on February 22 at 2:05 pm

    Gaaaaaah I’m so jealous! Visiting a couple of places in Japan and South Korea is my ultimate goal in life. (One I will achieve even if it meant selling of my family). Anyway those pictures are lovely and I’m glad you had a fun time with your family. I’d love to do that with mine but that would end in bloodshed I’m afraid. Also I’m more of a solo traveller. Oh well. Looking forward to more photographs/posts on here! 😀

  3. Alexa S. on March 10 at 6:38 pm

    I think it’s awesome that you and your family got to go to South Korea! I definitely want to visit one day. Loved the glimpse of the palace you shared – it looks like an incredible place to just walk around and enjoy the beautiful architecture.

  4. Jamie on March 26 at 9:23 pm

    Seoul is an awesome place to visit! I’ve been there 4 times and it’s a beautiful city. Your pictures reflect that. 😀

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