Traditional Korean meal friends shared with 2 friends (I’m not that greedy!).
I’m so excited to finally write this post after a little break- have had a lot on with a new job and my new business; www.realmoftreasure.com, which I did a post about last year. 2013 was also the year that I fulfilled one of my dreams, visiting South Korea and Japan. I spent most of my time in South Korea, with a designer friend who showed me the coolest paces in this uber trendy country. Yes you heard right, South Korea is modern, fun, and very hip- not to be confused with North Korea which could be a separate universe. Sadly whilst the neighbouring people in North Korea endure terrible suffering with a nutjob dictactor, South Korean’s are lucky enough to enjoy a normal life and I can only hope and pray that one day the North will be the same (unlikely to be something accomplished by Dennis Rodman). Despite the occasional threats of war from the North which aren’t really taken seriously, South Korea is extremely safe, and the people were friendly and welcoming. Seoul, the capital city has a perfect mix of old traditional heritage sites juxtaposed against a modern urban setting with an abundance of chic bars, restaurants, shopping malls and edgy architecture. Here are my South Korea highlights and my post on Japan and a mini breaks to Dubai and Paris will be coming soon.
Spicy Octopus cooked on my table
Shared giant chicken and noodle dish
American brunch- with green tea ice cream with waffles for an Orienal twist
Fashion / vintage
Traditional Kanok houses
Beautiful Gyeongbok Palace in the city centre
Close up of the palace in the day
Stunning traditional clothes / jewellery and ornaments from the National Museum of Korea
Traditional Korean dance show
Random English names of bars / restaurants – Loved seeing the London influence and the bizarre cat cafe (which are coming to London soon I’ve heard- the irony).
Innovative interior of a restaurant
Love the design of the worlds largest church, Yoido, with over 1 million attendees.
The view from my friends apartment block (my South Korean residence) roof terrace
Psy is a big deal here
I escaped the city to visit the amazing Spa in the mountains, Resom Spa Castle which had green tea, and Chinese herb infused spring water pools with steam rooms and Saunas- heavenly!
Wishing I was back there! Oh well the rainy London will have to do for now.