Month 15 in Seoul has been a huge learning experience. The party scene here is getting old for me, and so I spent lots of time exploring and visiting new places. I’ve learned a lot about myself this month, and have accepted that I am in a different place than I was last year at this time. Big changes are on the horizon, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
Where I Explored
Style Nanda Pink Hotel
The popular fashion brand, Style Nanda, recently opened their third flagship store in Myeongdong, Seoul. This whole store is set up like a hotel from the 1950’s and is perfectly adorable. There is wide selection of cosmetics, clothing, and jewelry. There is also a cute little rooftop cafe with giant, ruffled pillows to relax and enjoy a drink on. Check out this shimmer stick by StyleNanda, it is perfect for highlighting.
66-2, Chungmuro 2-ga,
Jung-gu, Seoul Korea서울특별시 중구 충무로2가 66-2
I went to see Todd Selby’s exhibit, the Selby House. Selby’s work is quite interesting, with his photography series being my favorite. His goal was to turn the ordinary moments in life into something extraordinary, and I think he succeeded.
21, Jahamun-ro 4-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul T. 02-720-0667 F. 02-720-0665
Bukhansan National Park is beautiful and there are many trails to explore! It takes about two and a half hours to get to the peak, and is fairly challenging. It gets more difficult as your near Baegundae Peak, so come prepared for some climbing and scrambling up the mountain!
Address: Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
Seongbuk-gu, Gangbuk-gu, Jeongno-gu, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul-si
경기도 의정부시 , 서울특별시 은평구, 종로구, 강북구, 성북구, 경기도 고양시
Metro Line Number 3- Gupabal Station (Exit 1)
Where I Drank
Volstead is a Mexican restaurant by day, and a cocktail lounge by night. They are famous for their Volstead tonics, which is a gin and tonic with cucumbers in it. It is possibly my favorite place to get cocktails in Itaewon, and has a very chill and relaxed vibe.
Address: 116, Bogwang-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 용산구 보광로 116)
Suzie Q is my favorite little dive bar in Seoul. They have an extensive collection of records, cheap drinks, and unlimited snacks. The woman that works there is also super lovely and always brings a smile to my place. Come here to chill out, enjoy a beer, and listen to good music.
Address: 410-3 Seokyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea
Where I Ate
I love Plant, and I’ve been visiting there more recently for their healthy and vegan meals. Try the tempeh sandwich and one of their delicious smoothies!
Address: 20, Itaewon-ro 16-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 04391, South Korea
WinK is fast becoming one of my favorite places to eat. They offer wine specials, awesome brunches, and have card games available to play. The owner is super nice, and he also runs WinK Travels.
What I Learned
- I learned that doing a silent yoga/meditation retreat is no easy feat, but I’m damn proud of myself for completing it.
- Being a vegetarian in Korea sucks. Kimchi and white rice gets real old, real quick.
- It’s important to let go of the things that no longer serve you, regardless of what others’ opinions are.
Read about month 14 in Seoul here.