Touchdown, Korea! - Weekend

Touchdown, Korea!

Alexis YapAlexis Yap
Lex in the City

IT WAS an impromptu decision to go to South Korea. I was deciding on throwing a party or going on a solo trip. I ended up “Seoul searching” instead, and it was probably the best decision I have ever made.

Incheon International Airport Is nothing short of magnificent. It is huge, brilliantly designed and kept very tidy at all times. Transportation to the city is no problem as buses and trains pass by every nook and cranny in the city. No wonder they are known to have the most intricately designed transport system in the world.

Grilled Chicken on a Stick (super yummy!), Crispy Fried Chicken on a Stick (to die for!), Bacon-Wrapped Hotdogs, Fish Cakes wrapped in Seaweed Tokkebi Hotdogs, and Kimbap (Rice Rolled in seaweed paper and stuffed with crab, turnip, and cucumber)
Grilled Chicken on a Stick (super yummy!), Crispy Fried Chicken on a Stick (to die for!), Bacon-Wrapped Hotdogs, Fish Cakes wrapped in Seaweed Tokkebi Hotdogs, and Kimbap (Rice Rolled in seaweed paper and stuffed with crab, turnip, and cucumber)

Getting to Itaewon, my Seoul address for the week, took 70 minutes by bus. I arrived at 7 a.m. at an “international” neighborhood indeed, where bars, clubs, and all sorts of restaurants were just closing up and inebriated patrons of all skin colors were having their “night-cap.”

My hostel, SP Iteawon Guesthouse was located on top of the hill, overlooking all of Itaewon. At around P480 per night for a bed on a four people mixed-dorm, I enter my bedroom to see two of my roommates, (a Chinese married couple) still asleep, and my 25-year-old British roommate just settling in from his crazy night out.

Cocktails in a bag! In this picture, I am having a yellow lemonade. They mix in a lot of freshly squeezed lemon juice in Chilsing Cider (a really yummy soda) with a lot of ice. So refreshing!
Cocktails in a bag! In this picture, I am having a yellow lemonade. They mix in a lot of freshly squeezed lemon juice in Chilsing Cider (a really yummy soda) with a lot of ice. So refreshing!

I settle in, freshen up, and take a nap before I begin my food adventure. It was already 4 p.m. when I arrived at Myeong-dong. It is the Disneyland of shopping. Delicious food, fashionable clothing, and the best cosmetics lined the streets block after block.

I haven’t eaten since I landed, so it was time to sample a variety of Korean street food. They had all sorts of food, from seafood, to chicken, to fruits, and other sweets! Check out my photos to see what a wonderland of gastronomy Seoul actually is!

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