A few weekends ago, we took Jacob to see Seoul, and it ended up being one of my favorite trips to Korea’s capital city. We fell more in love with this city, and we are going to miss it when we leave.
Oh, yes! Pig feet are a popular dish in Korea. And surprisingly they are quite tasty. After the meat market, we headed to Seoul square to go ice skating with our friends at the outdoor rink. It was a lot of fun, but there was about a quarter of an inch of water on the surface of the ice. We were very careful not to fall down. After ice skating, we headed to Myeongdong to go to the Dr. Fish cafe for a foot cleaning/massage given by little fish. A Dr. Fish cafe is a place where you can drink coffee, and then head upstairs to have your feet nibbled on by fish! It felt really weird. The best way to describe it is little electrical bites at different places all over your feet. After the fish experience, we ate some delicious Mexican food and headed to bed at a Jjimjilbang called Spa Itaewon Land. This Jjimjilbang is unique in the fact that you can rent private rooms.
The next day we headed to Seoul Tower for a view of the city. We took the cable car up to the base of the tower… After we got to the base of the tower, we found you can pay extra to go all the way to the top. When all was said and done, I’m glad we went to the top. The view was definitely worth it. The top of the tower was circular with windows on all sides giving you a 360 degree view. Many of the windows had signs indicating the distance and direction of major cities around the world. We will be traveling to Hong Kong in 3 weeks! I guess sending a love letter from the top of the tower is pretty popular. Lunar New Year wishes were written out and attached to displays. There was a great gift shop at the base of the tower. Love locks were a big deal as well too. After Seoul tower, we headed to Insadong, the traditional shopping area in Seoul. On our way, we stopped by some underground art stores and made a few purchases. The traditional paintings we purchases were painted on hanji, traditional Korean paper. We try to collect artwork from each country that we visit, and we are very happy with these finds. Our favorite is the one in the middle.We made it to Insadong, and little did we know, there were a few delightful surprises waiting down the road for us. First off, we found an antique shop located down a little side street. It was a really neat shop. Jared and Jacob were really excited to find several traditional Korean long tobacco pipes. The shop owner told us that the pipes were about one hundred years old. These were perfect souvenirs. We also noticed antique books being sold. I love Insadong. It’s very artistic, and I could spend all day browsing the artshops. There is a ddong (poop) cafe located on the top level of the spiral shopping mall in Insadong. It is a poop themed coffee shop. Have you ever drank your coffee from a toilet? After Insadong, we headed out to explore the neighboring area. We stumbled upon Bukchon Hanok Village, a traditional village full of ancient settings and art. It was absolutely amazing to just wonder around the streets. It felt as if we had stepped back in time. I loved all of the art stores. I really wish I had time to stop by and make a bracelet at this little store! What a great last trip to Seoul, right? It’s still hard to believe that our time in Korea is wrapping up so quickly! We have 2.5 weeks before we head out on our big adventure. Stay tuned as I catch up on some last minute blogging before we leave. You still haven’t seen our pictures from Jeju, or Muju!