Here is the first of three travel blogs I will be posting. I just thought it would be too much information to pack into one single blog, because in reality all three destinations that I visited are so different and they each deserve their own! To begin Ben booked this trip for us back in Summer 2017 and was my birthday gift from him. Here we go…
Korea – Everything you thought Korea would be… is exactly what you thought it was going to be haha. Aka .. Soju, Korean BBQ, Rice Cakes, Fried Chicken, and a shit ton of face masks.
Cost: $1000 CAD Spending Money | $870 CAD Airbnb
Duration of stay: 7 Days
Favourite restaurants: Korean BBQ (listed above) & Ice Cream at Baekmidang (best soft serve I’ve ever had. Don’t get the soy it’s just not the same)
What I loved about Korea
– Cheap face masks, Cheap food, Cheap shopping
– Korean BBQ er day!
– Fish cakes every corner you turn! (The street vendors are the best!)
– Bath house scrub loll (read below)
Food you have to try in Korea
– Raw Crab
– Moving Octopus (It’s actually not that bad… I ate 3 pieces)
– Korean BBQ … DUH!
– Fried Chicken
– Street food – after 4pm in Myeongdong
Where did I stay – Airbnb – Gangnam
Gangnam was a nice area and had both rowdy areas with amazing food and also was quite enough that if I wanted to get away from all the craziness I could do so. Many people stay here for their first time visiting Seoul. Next time I think I would stay in Hongdae just because I like the shopping and late night eats. Our airbnb was a 5 min walk to the Gangnam train station. We fit 4 people in our airbnb and I think that would be the max I would do. I personally hate crowding, especially since there was only 1 bathroom lol.
No need to tip! Most countries in Asia do not have a tip option.
Site seeing and things to do
I personally don’t like doing touristy things that I know have a huge ass crowds cuz I rather eat and shop. Here are the few things I would highly recommend doing:
Siloam Spa – $ – Bath House & Body Scrub
You have to try this place out! It was an unreal experience and both Chelsia and I came out feeling like a new born baby. If you’re afraid of being naked in front of other women (men have their own area) then I would not suggest doing it, but whatever they don’t know you lol. The baths are great but I would highly recommend trying the full body scrub. They have old ladies that scrub you down and scrub all your dead skin off!! It’s not THAT painful but you feel amazing afterwards. and no they don’t scrub your pussy.
Meerkat Cafe – $
I knew I wanted to pet Meerkats so I found this place in Myeongdong. Its called a cafe but you don’t actually eat or drink there haha. It was about $12 CAD to enter and play with the Meerkats. I like that this cafe was not super busy and also have baby kangaroos, cats, and a racoon. It was the only chance I would ever get in my life to be this close to these live animals and be able to pet them so I would totally suggest going for the experience.
However, one of the best place we went to was actually the ‘second’ spot that the ‘Worth It’ guys hit up in Seoul. We went to the first and second places featured in their video and thought the second place was amazing. link to video
Fried Chicken – $$
Guys… I don’t usually say chain restos are amazing (except churches chicken) but this Korean fried chicken joint was solid.
Cute Cafes – $
I made a quick stop in this area called ‘Mapo-gu’ to visit this cafe called ‘Zapangi’ because the front of it had a vending machine as a door haha. However, all around this are were a bunch of cute cafes and shops next to each other. I wish I spent a little more time around here and spent the afternoon cafe hopping.
There is tons of shopping to be done girl. BRING YOUR PASSPORT – If you bring your passport they deduct the tax to your purchases if you spend over a certain amount.
Face masks and beauty products – Myeongdong
Style Nanda shopping/roof top cafe – Myeongdong (You’re gonna get tons of cute instagram photos at this place)
Clothes – Ehwa (styles are similar to Aritzia & Oak and fort)
If I were to visit Korea again I would most likely want to see Jeju Island and Busan. I hear the people there are more friendly and chill.