First impressions of Seoul

The best part of moving to or visiting a new country is going out and exploring. You don’t need a plan, you don’t need an itinerary – just your curiosity!

Here are a few of the places I stumbled across on my explorations in Seoul.

A photo of the Han River with a bridge going from one side to another (Seoul)
A peaceful, yet windy morning walking alongside the Han River
Vibrant blue and yellow lanterns hanging above a street (Seoul)
Colourful lanterns hanging over the street add that extra vibrancy as you walk down.
Machine with toys for you to try to win (Seoul)
Who wants to play a game?

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.

James Michener

Plushies hanging from a ceiling (Seoul)
One of the things that I like most about Seoul is the amount of cute things you can find everywhere! Exhibit A.
A snapshot of a few kinds of Korean street food (Seoul)
Finding delicious eats at any traditional market. Cheap and yummy? I’m in!
A sign that reads "Closed, but still awesome" (Seoul)
A familiar feeling during this COVID crisis.
A snapshot of some coca cola in a cup, with garlic knots in the background (Seoul)
Enjoying a fresh drink after a full day of walking around.

Don’t listen to what they say. Go see.

Chinese proverb

There’s no way you can miss this building amidst all of the other dull-coloured ones
A photo of an empty road with an overpass that has grass on it (Seoul)
A photograph of a small street between buildings, with some grafiti on a garage door and motorcycles lining the sides (Seoul).
Sometimes, the back streets are the coolest ones to explore!

The gladdest moment in human life is a departure into unknown lands.

Sir Richard Burton

A building has the words "The Cozy Corner" written on it (Seoul).
Welcome to the cozy corner
Three seats attached to a wall (blue, white, and pink) and a lighted sign that says "I love you so machi" above it
I love you so machi! Do you love me so machi?
A colourful blue building and one with mandala designs.
More colourful buildings found everywhere!

What do you like to do when you first visit a country? Do you also like to go out and explore without a plan? Let us know in the comments below!