3 Reasons To Go To Seoul, Korea

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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.

 Fresh sashimi and octopus from Noryangjin Market. Yes, the octopus still moves after it is cut up!

Fresh sashimi and octopus from Noryangjin Market. Yes, the octopus still moves after it is cut up!

Click to watch the Instagram video of the octopus moving!

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.)

 The "old" building of Noryangjin Market

The "old" building of Noryangjin Market

 Next door, the "new" building of Noryangjin Market

Next door, the "new" building of Noryangjin Market

 All-you-can-eat BBQ called Ungteori in Myeongdong for 14,800KRW - cheap! But you only get 2 cuts of meat: pork or beef.

All-you-can-eat BBQ called Ungteori in Myeongdong for 14,800KRW - cheap! But you only get 2 cuts of meat: pork or beef.

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So many foodgasm worthy street food, random finds, and Korean BBQ! 

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2. Shopping

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!

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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. 

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 Salt room at Siloam. The entire room was filed with salt!

Salt room at Siloam. The entire room was filed with salt!

 Bibimbap at Siloam

Bibimbap at Siloam

 Siloam Korean Spa - each sauna room is at a different temperature and features a specialty. For example, "Jade Room" and "Salt Room". There are many more rooms at Siloam Spa!

Siloam Korean Spa - each sauna room is at a different temperature and features a specialty. For example, "Jade Room" and "Salt Room". There are many more rooms at Siloam Spa!

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Read more on my day as a princess in Korea: Wearing a Hanbok in Gyeongbokgung