Travel Diary: South Korea

By Seyra Rico - 3:22:00 PM

Will finally blog about my South Korea trip! You don't know this, but I don't celebrate my birthday. There was a time when I went totally off grid for my birthday. I turned off my phone, and ate alone. I started planning my solo trip barely a month before my birthday. And then I have to pass all the requirements (application for Korean visa was easy and free, but you have to physically go the their embassy), ask my parents for permission, and researched everything.

So right after International Working Women's Day, I booked a hostel in Itaewon-dong, and made my itinerary. I checked the weather, and it was 14°C, not bad right? I know I can rock my shorts. But when I got there past 5am, I am in for a shock. The temperature was -2°C! My face hurt and wearing a face mask was a must. So that very first day, I decided to go to Gangnam and Hongdae to shop for winter clothes. I got myself boots, long sleeves and thermal socks. I thanked myself that I brought my trench coat at the very last minute. I made a quick calculation and told myself I should stop counting my money now and just save so I can make a trip back to the airport after a few days.

Seoul was incredible. I stayed in Itaewon, a tourist neighborhood. Even if it was the dead of a winter and everything seemed gray, it was lively and beautiful. It's actually the second country that I would visit again.

It is entirely different to the Philippines, with their efficient transportation system and yummy street food (seawood and tempura for less than PhP80? My god.) I never got cat called, nor did I experience street harassment. I can wear my white jeans and sneakers without fearing it will turn dark gray after a few minutes. It's what you'd want to happen in the Philippines, but without its capitalist track. I can speak a little Korean, so I can ask directions and have my picture taken. And some people will reply, "So you're alone?" when I do. In English. It was funny but also empowering. It went like that for four days.

I'm glad that I chose this country for my first out of the country solo trip. And I will definitely come back.


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First photo I took upon arriving in Itaewon

South korea seoul travel
Walking in college neighborhood

South korea seoul travel

South korea seoul travel
Gangnam! Don't buy here, clothes are expensive here!

South korea seoul travel

South korea seoul travel

South korea seoul travel

south korea seoul travel

South korea seoul travel

South korea seoul travel
The fist and last successful attempt at self-timing of my photos

South korea seoul travel

South korea seoul travel

South korea seoul travel

South korea seoul travel
First selfie for my first out of country solo trip!

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