서울시 – Seoul

Three days in Seoul flew by like no time. As a goofy couple, one of our mission in Seoul was explore a Korean trend called “couple clothing”, where couple dress in same clothes. How cute isn’t that! Unfortunately, we left disappointed as we couldn’t find anything. Once back at our hotel, we looked at our luggage and realise that we kind of have very similar clothes already, which gave us a big laugh!

Another mission was to try out at least one skin care product, since South Korea is one of the world leaders when it come to cosmetic and beauty products. Truth is that we did not end up with any golden snail creams, but we did manage to fit some green tea facial masks in our not-so-spacious luggage.

Namdaemun market.

Myeongdong market. Egg bread, a cake dough with egg on top.

Shopping break in Insadong. Black herbal tea with pine nuts and dried apple.

On our second day, we headed out for a mountain hike. The aim was Bukhansan Baegundae Peak, 836m – a good warm up for Everest Base Camp next week! Starting around noon we met a lot of people on their way down, fully equipped with walking sticks, trekking shoes, mega large cameras etc. and we joked about how many northern Asians overdress their hiking clothes on lighter day hikes (this we have seen on our other hikes in e.g. Canada). A few kilometres later, when the slope got twice as steep and our feet stumbled upon the rocky formations, we were not laughing anymore… Nevertheless, 1,5 h later we reached the peak and enjoyed the amazing 360-view of South Korea’s capital city.

Bukhansan Baegundae Peak, 836m above sea level.

View of Seoul from our break at the peak.

On our final day we visited the famous temple Gyeongbokgung Palace, located in the heart of Seoul. In order to honour the South Korean culture, everyone dressed in traditional Hanbok clothes can visit the temples for free. Besides, wearing a Hanbok for a day is a lot of fun so we tried it out! Highly recommended if you are ever to visit South Korea.

Next time you hear from us will be after three weeks in the Himalayan Mountains!

South Korean Princess.

Stroll in Hanbok Village.

King Sejong waving from his throne. Thanks for having us!