Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Seoul: The Soul of Asia

Apparently that’s the new slogan for Korea tourism.  Wandered around Namdaemun today.  My strategy when exploring Seoul is this:

  • Begin with a target destination
  • Attempt to get there via Metro
  • Once I’m within the general vicinity, I wander aimlessly for hours
  • When my feet get tired, I find a main road and walk until I find a subway station.
  • Once I find a station, I figure out where I am, and how to get back to Koroot.

It seems to work pretty well for me, though I’m not sure I would recommend this approach to everyone.  A downside is that when I find a cool place, chances are, I’ll never be able to find it again.  In 2007, I found this awesome wholesale pet clothing store, and I’ve always searched for it on my subsequent trips to no avail.


  1. Sounds fun, but at the same time scary. For a graduation trip im planning on going to South Korea with my family. Is everything in Korean? like the signs and stuff? (-Grace Yoo student)

  2. Getting lost is a great way to explore!

  3. It is really hard to find the same store again. You walk arond walk around and accidently find the place you want to go. But it is always fun to go there, look around, and eat food~!

  4. We both have the same strategy when exploring a city! No expectations!

  5. This reminds me of the show How I Met Your Mother. One of the characters finds an amazing burger joint in New York City and has spent years trying to relocate it-- if you watch the show I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. You're an impressive explorer and I'm sure you had a blast even if you couldn't find the shop you were looking for.

  6. I always wanted to visit this place and I know I will one day.
    I might very well want to get lost like you did ( Grace Yoo's student - Vy)

  7. I was lucky I had my Cousins to show me around. (Grace Yoo's student)

  8. On that particular trip you stayed in a "Koroot"? What area was it in Seoul?