My first month back in Seoul has been a blur of seeing friends, exploring old hangouts, and transitioning into my new job and apartment.Transitioning back into working life after taking a six month sabbatical through Asia was a bit rough. After Asia, I went home for the longest time in three years.
Being home was amazing and it was so great to reconnect with friends and family. For a while, I thought that maybe I would stay and settle down. However, the wanderlust bug hit again and I found myself on a plane back to Seoul, Korea.
My New Job
My new job has less working hours than my previous job. It’s at a hagwon in Gangnam, and I am teaching an adorable group of eleven seven year-olds. They test and try me on the regular, but working with kids continues to be one of the most rewarding experiences. Sticky finger painting, giant bear hugs, and dancing to Disney tracks take up the majority of my day, but it’s great.
Where I Explored
I visited the Klimt Exhibit at S- Factory, and it was absolutely stunning. S-Factory is located in Seongso-dong, and the current exhibit is by Gustav Klimt, a Viennese artist. The exhibit is very interactive and fun, and I got to meet up with my old pals Lisanne and Jeff from Chaptertravel!
11, Yeonmujang 15-gil
Da Vinci Codex
Going to museums in Seoul is one of my favorite things to do, and the Da Vinci Codex museum did not disappoint.
The Da Vinci Codex exhibit at Culture Station 284 really takes a modern twist on Da Vinci’s collection scientific recordings. Each artist offers a contemporary perspective to Da Vinci’s philosophies.
1, Tongil-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 중구 통일로 1 (봉래동2가)
I had been to D Museum before for their spacial illumination exhibit and was very impressed. Currently, they are featuring YOUTH from February 9th to May 28th. This exhibit is an exploration of freedom, passion and rebellion.
It offers over 240 works, some seemingly reminiscent of a tumblr post. However, I liked this exhibit and found the photography quite beautiful and inspiring.
5-6, Dokseodang-ro 29-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Le Petit France
Le Petit France is a tad touristy, but it still makes a great day trip from Seoul. The concept of Petit France comes from the book The Little Prince, which is one of my personal favorites. Everywhere you turn there are whimsical stars, butterflies, and flowers.
It is quite easy to reach, as tourist buses run from Gapyeong Terminal every 30 minutes or so.
1063, Hoban-ro, Cheongpyeong-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 가평군 청평면 호반로 1063
Where I Ate
Myeongdong is pretty touristy, but you can’t beat the skincare deals and the street food. Also, where else in the world can you get an ice-cream this big? Just don’t go on a hot day; it will be all over your clothes in an instant. 😉
Light blue line, Myeongdong station.
If you want to try some cheap Korean food in a more authentic setting, Gwanjang Market is the place to go! Sit yourself down for some live octopus, freshly fried Korean pancakes, or (my favorite) bibimbap.
88, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 창경궁로 88 (예지동)
Where I Drank
Always a personal favorite, Club FF is one of my favorite places to see live music and chill out. With only a 5,000 won cover on show nights and an unlimited cocktail hour from 11-12, you simply can’t beat it. Plus, I love the unpretentious vibes this place gives off- very few bros in sight.
서울특별시 마포구 서교동 407-8; Seoul, South Korea 121-210
SOAP SEOUL is a newly opened club in Itaewon, and it is quite the happening spot. The cover can be a bit pricier at 20,000 won, but if you get on the guest list beforehand it is significantly cheaper. The music ranges from hip hop to EDM depending on the dj.
Yongsan-gu, Itaewon-dong 132-3, B1
Seoul, South Korea
*Spam is not considered ‘meat’ here. Getting kimbap with ‘no meat’ will often include spam and/or crab. It WILL be gross and you WILL attempt to still eat it by pushing it out with your chopstick.
*Kids are weird. My students this year are a particular breed of cray, but they make me laugh everyday, sometimes to the point of crying.
*Sometimes you just have to make the best of situations. When I arrived in Korea, my hagwon varied alot of from what the agency told me (surprise). However, trying to have a positive attitude has helped.
*Having two crazy people with terrible hair in charge of nuclear weapons is really terrifying.
Check out my recap of my 14th month in Seoul here.