Golden Week! The one holiday that Japanese people actually take off (…mostly, it seems).
I went to Seoul, South Korea with my Kumano ALT friend Summer, and best travel buddy, honestly.
Well, first we went to G-Dragon’s solo concert at Kyocera Dome in Osaka on Saturday, 4/29. It was the same venue that Big Bang performed at. GD unfortunately injured his foot while jumping around during the encore, but he’s a trooper and pulled through until the very end.
Then, we chilled at Larissa’s in Nabari until our flight on Monday, 6 p.m. It still blows my mind how Korea is only 2 hours away by plane! That’s probably less than going to Tokyo for those of us from the Deep South!
We arrives around 8 p.m. and headed straight to our hostel in Hyehwa, a great place to stay — young people town, cafes, restaurants, street food, some shopping, and banks to exchange our money.
The Seoul metro system is great, by the way. Color-coded and easy to figure out. All you need is this and you’re good to go!
We sorted our money, where we wanted to go the following day, and just had tea that night.
4/30 (Tuesday): Slow morning, with great coffee and then Thai food for brunch in our town. Then headed to Namsan Park, popped by Namdaemun market, eventually found Seoul Tower and went up the mountain via cable car. Checked out what the shopping’s like in Myeongdong and Dongdaemum and kinda got overwhelmed, then headed back to Hyehwa.
5/1 (Wednesday): Ehwa University area for coffee and breakfast and shopping in a more relaxed setting (college area, so cheap! And small unique boutiques). The campus is really pretty. Then went to Gwanghamun, checked out the area with the statue and the castle, saw the guard performance, headed to Insadong where we had soft tofu soup in a tiny sit down kind of place hidden away, then souvenir and omiyage shopping. And the best tea I’ve had in a lovely tea shop. Omijicha (五味子茶) has become one of my favorite teas.
5/2 (Thursday): Got lost but eventually found our way to Bukchon Hanok Village, Insadong again and another tea shop. Gangnam for a late lunch at Yeolbong, Se7en’s restaurant. And of course, so we could claim we’ve been to Gangnam. Namdaemun but things were closing, Dongdaemun for some serious shopping (finally!) until midnight, then collapsing back in our hostel and packing up.
5/3 (Friday): Back to Ehwa for breakfast, final shopping (facial products from innisfree and a small suitcase for me), last boba, and then back to Seoul Incheon Airport for our flight at 4 p.m. Landed back in Osaka at 6, back to Nabari, and then the long train ride back to Owase the following day.
*Pictures and more details to be added to this post later. Just wanted to summarize the days.