After an amazing two weeks in Korea, I have now arrived in Shanghai, China! But first, a recap of the last moments of my journey in Seoul, because it was full of great memories and fun that I doubt I would get to experience again.
My college friend and I met up in a trendy area in Seoul called Garosugil. It’s a place filled with hip cafes, shopping spots, and it’s just a really nice place to walk around and have fun. I was a little bummed that it was raining that morning, but fortunately the rain stopped after we had dinner and the weather was actually pretty nice afterwards!
Lunch was at a place called Vatos Urban Tacos. It’s a Mexican restaurant with a little Korean twist – very hip with pipe designs and modern decor throughout the whole place. We ordered the spinach mushroom quesadilla, shrimp tacos, and best of all, kimchi fries! I loved how the kimchi tasted with the Mexican seasonings.
We walked around/shopped for a bit, and a memorable place would be this little store that was a physical version of a famous online store called Bagazimuri. I loved the variety of items that they had and the mood inside the store.
Next we decided to go on a quest to find this famous dessert cafe that serves Oreo shaved ice – since both of us were dearly craving shaved ice, we were tempted to go into the myriad of dessert shops throughout Garosugil, but we chose to look for this little semi-underground spot to taste the unique ‘bingsoo’ (Korean shaved ice).
We did find it, and it was totally worth it.
Mmmm. Those little Oreo pieces stuck inside cookies and cream ice cream atop a bed of soft shaved ice soaked with milk!!! The best. Yum.
Waiting for me at home was a giant chunk of ice cold watermelon – there’s nothing like a juicy watermelon to quench your summer thirst!
The rest of my trip consisted of mostly food (along with a total of five movies at the theater haha), and I’m not ashamed to say it 🙂
This was called oyster bibimbap, with a side of seaweed soup. It was scorching hot but that much more delicious!
This was another bibimbap with fresh vegetables including alfalfa sprouts.
This was a vegetable pancake sold in Namdaemun Market. My grandma and I literally waited in line for thirty minutes just to buy these. It was a little too oily, but I could see why people wait in line for it. The cruncy outside combined with the savory noodles and vegetables packed inside is a perfect combination!
The next day my aunt, uncle, cousins, and I headed to an area called 강촌 to go on rides and have some fun time, but because it was a National holiday in Korea, the traffic was just AWFUL. We ended up spending nearly five hours in a poorly air-conditioned car, but the place we stopped by for lunch specialized in cold chicken noodles, which I had never tried before (good food is always good enough for me). I never imagined chicken in cold noodles, but it was surprisingly delicious and and really liked the sweet and sour taste of the broth.
Sadly, we gave up our journey to 강촌, but we got to go on a motorboat on our way back, which was such a thrill!
For dinner we went to a fancy restaurant specializing in duck and ordered smoked duck with pumpkin and mushrooms as well as hotpot! And the best thing about this place was the free all-you-can-eat dessert bar!
This trip to Korea was just so amazing, and I’ll never forget the fun adventures I had. Deep talks and bonding time with friends and family aren’t shown in these pictures, but I’ll always remember them too 🙂