I never had a favorite season until I’ve experienced autumn in Seoul. Living through the all-humidity-almost-no-oxygen summers and too-quick-its-gone-once-you-blink winters of Dubai, seeing and feeling autumn is really astounding if not a life-changing experience. All those leaves in auburn, scarlet and golden colors are so breathtaking it’s almost like poetry.
Writing this gave me all kinds of dramatic and nostalgic feels; I’m literally pep-talking myself right now into not booking that promo ticket to Seoul for November lol. I’m certain that South Korea has a lot more incredible fall foliage’s to offer besides to what we’ve seen, the sister and I are looking forward to coming back for new discoveries. For now, here are the places we’ve been to and will definitely go back to, our must see places for chasing autumn in Seoul.Read More »
Being more of a nature person, I didn’t include any indoor touristy places in our itinerary when we visited Seoul last autumn, even War Memorial nor Lotte World. However, due to ze sister’s persistence and since we are staying around the area, we ended up visiting Trick Eye Museum in Hongdae. Surprise surprise, despite my reluctance on staying in a confined area, the visit was a hit if not a success.Read More »
I haven’t been able to write these past weeks because of this time-consuming-attention-grabbing-stress-inducing-but-money-earning thing called WORK. Not that I’m complaining, even with my five pounds of eye bags and stress level that has gone past the milky way, I will still work hard so I can travel harder. Soon.
You know what’s the best part of travel besides travelling itself? It’s reminiscing. The part when you recollect and look back on the entire time that you’ve spent without worries, away from the stress, living THE life. It drives you to work even harder and earn more to do it all again. It’s a deliciously bitter cycle that makes all the eye bags worth it. 🙂
The sister and I have deliberated quite long time whether we’re going to Everland or not. Me being the opposing side in this hullabaloo, thought that we had to forego Everland because its too far and its too cold, the sister thought it would be a waste of opportunity if we skip Everland and concede to laziness. After lots of worthless punching, kicking, sneering, mocking and disparaging each other (nope we didn’t fought that much. LOL) she had me at Lee Kwang Soo and Running Man (shout out to those who knows what I’m talking about, haha!) then, Everland it is. Yay!
We’ve dedicated a whole day to relish and appreciate the attractions in the South Korean’s version of Disneyland. We early birds woke up early to catch the early train, with no breakfast and all uncertainties, off we go to the subway station. Here’s how we’ve reached Everland from Hongdae with only 2 transfers.
While we’re now back to the norms aka working our butts off to save up for our next travel, in my subconscious, I’m still sitting in a bench alongside my sister in Naksan Park, surrounded by autumn, peacefully sipping coffee as I watch life pass me by. (#takemeback #seoulinmymind #blessed Lol)
Petite France was originally not a part of our plan, someone just told us to “drop by” Petite France after exploring Nami Island, as it is “nearby”. Yes we did “dropped by” however, we are quite appalled how “near” it was from Nami Island. 😛
What is the first thing that pops to your mind when someone mentioned South Korea? Mine is Nami Island. Of all the blogs that I’ve read while preparing our itinerary, Namiseom is the most recommended, endorsed and applauded. It’s arguably the most popular romantic destination for tourists and locals. Be still my autumn-starved heart as Nami is one of the must-see fall foliage destinations. 😀
To avoid the horde of tourist a.k.a. for a more peaceful photo-op, we woke up early as the travel to Nami Island is roughly 1 hour and 30 mins from Hongdae (our home away from home in Seoul). Here’s how we’ve reached Nami via subway following the directions from our ever-reliable app – Seoul Mapway.
Growing up in a tropical country and working in a country that is mostly summer even in winter, we have limited seasons to experience i.e. dry season, wet season and drier season. LOL. So experiencing fall for the first time was like an oasis to our deserts and a warm food to our hunger. 😛
I’m particularly looking forward to visiting Mt. Namsan when we were in Seoul. Why? Because autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile. 🙂 Mt. Namsan means nature, beautiful walking trails and trees, trees that have auburn, scarlet and copper leaves, warm colors that brings feast to the eyes and peace to the heart. Please be warned as what you will see in this post are trees, leaves, and mostly trees.
On our second day in Seoul, following our planned itinerary, with our four layers of clothes and our resolve to wander where the wifi is weak (though wifi is never weak in Seoul) off we go to Gyeongbok Palace for oppa hunting! I mean, sightseeing. LOLs.
We were in Seoul the last two weeks of November 2016. The plan is to go the first week so we can enjoy the best of autumn, things happened and the trip was moved two weeks after. We don’t have much expectations as we’ve read somewhere that the last weeks of November are when the season transitions from autumn to winter, meaning leaves have fallen and the weather is expected to be gloomy.
As the proverbs say, every cloud has a silver lining, indeed it has. 🙂
When we arrived, autumn is in full bloom. (Hallelujah!) Bursting in autumn colors, yellow, red, brown and orange leaves are everywhere! As my sister calls it, the last of autumn – it was nothing short of wonderful!!!