One of my favourite things about Seoul is its abundance of animal cafes. A part of the culture for years, more recently opened cafes have branched out from the traditional cat and dog themes to more unusual pets like raccoons, owls, and beyond. However, I have deliberately avoided these more ‘exotic’ cafes for fear of poor animal welfare – plus, a friend took her dad to the raccoon cafe and he was bitten, subsequently requiring stitches and several hospital check-ups. Of course, dogs and cats can be similarly mistreated, but due to their domesticity, I don’t really have any problems with their […]
In Korea, once something – be it a tv show, food, place, or anything in between – becomes popular, pretty much everyone here begins indulging in that thing. You see countless posts strewn across social media on any given day depicting everyone’s interaction with said craze, and it’s a phenomenon unlike anything I’ve experienced anywhere else in the world.
These days, whenever I inform my family and friends of my latest adventures here in Korea, they’re rarely surprised. So many wonderful yet crazy opportunities have come my way in the past six months that, when I recently told them I had managed to snag myself and four friends a free weekend away exploring 전라남도 (Jeollanam-do, South Jeolla Province – the south-west of Korea), they were excited for me, but weren’t particularly amazed. When I added that it would be filmed by MBC, they remained blasé; after all, my parents mockingly asked, just how many times have I been on television here […]
[Day One] I woke up early the next morning and caught a bus to the entrance of 우면산 (umyeonsan/Umyeon mountain), where Eunju, Julie and I would start our second day of Seoul exploration with a short hike and lunch. We ended up only walking for a short time before accidentally stumbling upon the very peaceful 대성사 (daesongsa/Daesong Temple), which with beautiful views across Seoul seemed like as good a place as any to stop and eat. However, the local wasp population decided to make our picnic as difficult as possible, and it wasn’t long before we just gave up and […]
With the start of a new school year rapidly approaching, I knew I wanted to get out of Seoul a couple more times and explore some other places before the end of the summer. The first of these trips was to 양양 (Yangyang), chosen by my friend Min. It’s actually just down from Sokcho, which I had visited a few weeks before and loved, so I was excited to see a little more of this beautiful area on the East coast. To save a bit of money, we aimed for one of the cheaper buses, which run less frequently. This therefore meant […]
This summer, I’ve been incredibly lucky in finding exciting opportunities completely by accident. It recently happened again; while searching for things myself and a friend could do in Seoul one bored afternoon, I quite by chance came across a free ‘K-Pop Experience Programme’. Naturally, this sounded right up my street, so I clicked on the link and found out that it was a tour and dance class at SM Entertainment (the company that manages most of my favourite Korean artists)’s building at COEX Mall. Even better, it was organised especially for foreigners by the Seoul Tourism Organisation, which meant that it […]
My friend Julie, who I know from university back in London, is currently taking an intensive Japanese language course in Japan. It was her birthday last weekend, and she decided to come and spend it in Korea with myself and Eunju. Because of her lessons, she could only be here for a couple of days, so we did our best to cram in as much as possible in the short amount of time we had. She arrived late on Thursday night and went straight to Eunju’s house, where she would be staying, so I arranged to meet them the next day. […]