I'm in South Korea! This it It!
I uttered these words to myself as I got out of the exit door of the arrival hall of Incheon International Airport. The sting of cool air into my skin woke me up that I was indeed breathing Winter, the season that I chose to chase this time after I barely chased Spring three years ago.
I looked for the bus ticket booth for the Airport Bus to my hostel in Seoul - the very first thing that I cannot remember doing when I was here with some friends in Year 2010. We were issued tickets upon boarding the bus. On my way to Seoul, I hardly kept my eyes open as I was swayed from the tiredness of getting my reports done and directly heading to the airport without any sleep and even bath from all day's work. It was a bit uncomfortable not being able to freshen up and there I was traveling in this cold country on my own.
|Ticket Booth outside Arrival Hall 12|
After I finally found my way to Four Seasons House, the warmest hostel I've experienced for my first three days in Seoul, I got back my confidence in going around Seoul once more, this time on my own. I dropped my bags in the reception area (with check-in time at 2PM) and with a bit of excitement, I looked forward to this different experience, wanting to get off things from my bucketlist. I braced myself to kick-off my solitary travel.
|KBS Station Main Road|
|My Day 1 Planned Itinerary (and it was changed, of course!)|
But my first day was like getting a feel of the South Korea again. Amidst the difficulty coping up with weather and sleepiness, things started getting familiar.
The Subway - Reading the Map and Knowing the Exits and the Transfers
Seoul Subway and the key cities Incheon and Busan have the most sophisticated yet tourist-friendly subways - it's easy to transfer from one place to another but transfers can be tiring sometimes. It's like walking through streets and intersections underway.
The Traditional Houses and the Familiar ClayPots
Korean architecture always fascinates me - from those stylish wall-in cabinets to wooden chairs, from the dressers to the charming decorations in any part of the house, and even the half-rounded bed that I saw from the Korean series, "He's Beautiful". The unique features of Hanok are always charming for me. It was always one of the most memorable memories in Korea - my Hanok stay. I even thought of having it as an inspiration for one of the themed rooms in my bed and breakfast hostel years from now.
.. and more of these that I finally said, "Annyeong Korea! It felt great to be back!"
The Korean StreetFood
|in one of the streets in Hongdae Area|
The Cute and Cheesy Pairs of Socks
|I regret much that I haven't got one pair for myself.|
K-Pop Idols and Drama Actors/Actresses Souvenirs EVERYWHERE!
|Can you guess who they are?|
The Electronic Door Access
|I happened to scramble the number combination on my 2nd night and I thought I'd be waiting outside for somebody to come. :-(|
So after I checked-in and had my quick nap, I took my most yearning bath and found my steps along the road in Hongdae and had my late afternoon snacks at the coffeeshop of the famous feline in the planet earth, Hello Kitty.