Though I enjoyed my time in Korea, I didn't quite love my time there. Despite that, here are 3 major reasons why Seoul IS worth the trip and why you should experience the city to judge for yourself.
A few quick takeaways: 5 days was a good amount of time, download CityMapper instead for transportation routes as Google Maps doesn't work, and sometimes it's easier to communicate in Mandarin Chinese than English!
1. The Food
If you're a big fan of Korean food or delicious and cheap or adventurous foods, then you'll want to go to Korea and devour everything.
We bought sashimi and ate it right there! The vendor provided chopsticks and sauce. You can also have your seafood freshly prepared by the restaurants there, but we had just eaten lunch and didn't feel like paying to sit down. (I had researched prior and read about how the restaurants charge per person to just sit down and eat! It just didn't seem worth it at that time to pay up to the same amount of money as the seafood costs to have the restaurant cook it. There are many TripAdvisor reviewers and blog posts about this if you're interested in reading more about it.)
So many foodgasm worthy street food, random finds, and Korean BBQ!
You can find anything your heart desires and it's all so cheap, so go to Korea if you want to shop til you drop and not break!
3. Only in Korea...
The culture, activities, and sites in Korea are quite unique and you must experience it at least once. My two absolute highlights of the trip was the Korean spa at Siloam and wearing a Korean traditional dress at Gyeongbokgung Palace.