Seoul First Impressions: 汉城的第一印象

Last year, roughly around this time, I went to Seoul, Korea to see Shakell, my old roommate from college. This was one of our DREAMS! We were both Asian Studies majors: She specializing in Korean and me specializing in Chinese. We would stay up watching K-dramas, wondering if we would ever get to see the famous N Seoul Tower and eat fresh kimchi. I can’t believe we made it happen. Down below are my first impressions of Seoul. Was it like I imagined?!

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Seoul First Impressions – 汉城的第一印象 k

  1. Mosquitoes are mutant!!

  2. Seoul has more coffee shops/cafe’s than convenience stores

    cute coffee cup in Seoul Korea

  3. Seoul’s life is Chicken and Beer, Coffee Time, Shopping, Fashion

4. THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH GARBAGE CANS! It’s like trying to find pokemon.

 

5. Their night markets are much cleaner than China’s! Kimchi Pancakes for LIFFEE! My fave: Gwangjang Market

6. Their Tourist Information is on point! Each major area has it’s own tourist center and corresponding maps!

 

7. Koreans love hip hop! I love hiphop. SO that means I love Koreans. Same equation goes for dancing.

You can find them in Hongdae ***where I booked my accommodations for most of the nights. Best Subway Access!!!

random korean girls dancing in the Hongdae University/ Shopping District
Random Girls dancing at Hongdae

***NOTE: Are these dancers above really good?  To be honest the choreography is simple. Korean girl dances use about 25 of the same moves. The difficult part about these dances are 1) THE TRANSITIONS and 2) The guts to be very “sexy”(while sweating) in front of a huge group of strangers

Korean Cass Beer dancers at Hongdae University/ Shopping District
Cass Dancers at Hongdae

8. Beautiful Beaches. Clammy Clams. Savory Sashimi. *** not in Seoul, in Incheon, but still close 😀

I will definitely visit Seoul again when I need my Kimchi and Hiphop fix in Asia. China expats know China’s DJ’s need work. One day I hope to go back all super fan girl ish and see my love Chanyeol. Until then.. What are some of your first impressions of Seoul? Leave a comment below!

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  • wow super impressed with the taobao account! i relied on my chinese colleagues to order me stuff the whole time i was there. are you able to read well enough to understand it, or do you just make educated guesses?

    • Some I can understand but some I make guesses. As long as I recognize a few characters I can kind of infer what the product is!

  • Elizabeta Kuzevska

    Very nice pictures. I wish to visit Seoul after reading your post. Thanks for sharing.

    • toochineseforu@gmail.com

      Thank you for reading! I’m glad you liked it!

  • Elizabeta Kuzevska

    Very nice pictures. I wish to visit Seoul after reading your post. Thanks for sharing I’ll share this to all my socials.

    • Tyra Skinner

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for reading 😀

  • I’d love to go there one day. My boyfriend loves starcraft so he is always hoping to go there one day, looks like there will be plenty for me too 😉

    • Tyra Skinner

      Hehe you guys must go! It’s a wonderful city! International, hip, and different 😀

  • I’d love to go there one day. My boyfriend loves starcraft so he is always hoping to go there one day, looks like there will be plenty for me too 😉