Tagged: Seoul

Winter at Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace
During my friend and my trip to Seoul, we made a stop at Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest palace built by the Joseon Dynasty.  As we stepped out from the subway station, we were surprised and greeted by the fresh snow.  It was so beautiful and tranquil, walking around in the snow.  Even though it was cold, it was refreshing to see this palace from a new perspective.  This was my third time visiting; the previous times were during the humid and rainy summer.

What I Ate in Seoul

I hope you’re not reading this while you’re hungry or late at night, because just posting all these pictures made me crave this food again.  This is almost everything I ate during my Seoul trip and let me tell you, I was in food heaven.  This was probably the best part about my trip to Seoul.  Korean food is one of my favorite cuisines and I was super super excited to finally be able to eat some again (and not to mention, I finally got to eat spicy food!).

Bulgogi – This was hands down the best meal I had during my trip.  I was in food heaven.  The beef was so fresh and tasty and the broth, that was boiling in that bowl, made it even more delicious.  If I could eat this everyday, I would.  Bulgogi

More Bulgogi
Bulgogi
Galbi – More delicious meat!  I’m not a big fan of thickly sliced meat, but I must say, this meat was on point.  It was so tender and juicy.  I would eat steak more often if it tasted like this all the time.Galbi
Samgyetang – This was our most expensive meal during the trip at ₩25000 ($24 USD – I’m sure we could have found a cheaper restaurant though).  The main ingredients in samgyetang are ginseng and a young chicken, boiled together to make this healthy soup.  This was my first time eating black chicken!  Samgyetang

Hotteok – Street food at its best.  I love love love hotteok.  It’s fried dough with a sugary, nutty filling.  I would eat like ten of these if I could.  Hotteok

Pork Ribs – I didn’t actually eat this, but here’s more BBQ for you!
Samgyepsal

Soondubu – This is my number one favorite Korean dish.  This spicy, soupy, tofu-y goodness is so delicious and warming, especially on a cold winter night.  This was the first meal we ate and it was such a great first meal.  The restaurant, in Myeongdong, makes its own tofu, which was a plus.  I love when restaurants make their own ingredients, because you can taste the freshness.  I had soondubu three times while in Seoul and I wish I ate it more.  I need to find a place here that serves soondubu….
Soondubu
Sweet Potato Latte – Did I ever tell you that I love sweet potatoes?  Well I do.  I wasn’t a big fan of the ones in the states, but Asian sweet potatoes are the best.  This is basically a sweet potato in liquid form. 
Sweet Potato Latte
Boba – And of course, I had to stop for boba.  There were so many shops and I haven’t had it since my first Osaka trip.  I was having withdrawals.  Boba

A Journey Back to Seoul

Seoul
Seoul
Seoul
Seoul
Seoul

Seoul

I’m leaving for Seoul on the 22nd and I’m super excited to go back!  I can’t believe that my trip is almost here.  Just awhile ago, my friend and I were going back and forth about where to go during winter break and I made my first plane ticket purchase ever.  I studied abroad in Seoul in the summer of 2011 and I had such a great time.  Living in Seoul for those two months was my first time to travel abroad without my family.  I was a little nervous at first, but once I touched town in Korea, I totally loved it.  It just confirmed that I love traveling and I wanted to live abroad.

I hope to visit some sites that I wasn’t able to visit when I was there the first time and to also revisit some of my favorites.  I can’t wait to eat Korean food (I’ve been missing spicy food so much) and surround myself with kpop.  This is my first time to travel during winter, so it’ll be a different experience and a major challenge (hello, extremely cold weather).  Hopefully I won’t turn into a popsicle!  I will probably look like a marshmallow in my pictures, so don’t laugh.  I don’t know how to dress for the cold….

Do you have any recommendations for winter activities in Seoul?  How exactly do you dress for the cold?

For more pictures from my Korea trip, check out this post.