South Korea

Posted: May 2016
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Seoul is a mix of everything – from neon lights in Myeongdong to traditional temples, from skyscrapers in their CBD to the latest k-pop dance on the streets, from palaces & pagodas to mountains & waterfalls down in Jeju, South Korea is a fascinating place to travel with two little Beans!

Chapters

At-A-Glance

When our second little Bean just came around, we whisked him off on his first trip – and he was less than 3 months old. We were showered with so much love as we went around Seoul, the locals stood up readily to give up their seats for a nursing mama and they looked at him adoringly as he looked back at the world with love. This was a special memory for us as the first trip out with two little Beans in tow!

Main Highlights

City Sights: We had a mix of everything – shopping at Myeongdong, eating at Dongdaemun Market, to sight seeing at Gyeongbokgung Palace!

Nami Island: Located in Gapyeong, Nami Island is around two hours from Seoul. It is full of gorgeous scenery, like European-style buildings and the Garden of Morning Calm and it inspires many K-drama casting locations, including the snowman of Winter Sonata!

Noryangjin Fish Market: Open 24/7 – and if we are here early enough, we can catch the fish auctions in the morning! With two little Beans in tow, we weren’t able to do that but we came in the afternoon to dig into all kinds of marine creatures from the stalls

Lotte World Mall: Four floors of an indoor theme park – it was magical seeing “hot air balloons” floating around the mall. There was even an outdoor theme park Magic Island – we went outdoors first in the morning and came back into air conditioning in the afternoon!

Everland Theme Park: This was Seoul’s version of Disneyland and while we were not acquainted with its characters and language, we could feel the love! The hospitality of Koreans just embraced us and the evening fireworks were out of the world, right in our faces!

Jeju Island: South of Seoul, just like Sentosa to Singapore (except that this is a flight away) – Jeju is a touristy island with all sorts of food attractions and mystical highlights. One of the must-dos include a hike up to the Sunrise Peak (or Seongsan Ilchulbong) which can be done in less than 2 hours!

Photo Reel

Nami Island (2 hours drive, North East of Seoul) Seoul City Sights Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market Lotte World Mall Jeju Island (1 hour flight, South of Seoul) Everland Theme Park
Nami Island (2 hours drive, North East of Seoul) Seoul City Sights Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market Lotte World Mall Jeju Island (1 hour flight, South of Seoul) Everland Theme Park
Myeongdong:

Mad little girl running down busy street in Seoul

Cat Cafe:

Feeding the cats and the little Beans at the cafe

Dongdaemun Market:

Walking down a wet market with lots of delicious local eats

Musical world:

Four stories of indoor theme park at Lotte World

Hot air balloon:

Check out the floating “balloon” that circles the top of this building

Little fingers:

Would you hold me like this for the rest of our lives?

Gyeongbokgung Palace:

Where the little girl watched how big girls dressed up

Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market:

Look of amazement on the little princess face

Afternoon nap:

Sauce anyone?

Feast:

Eating down the town – some of these sea creatures are bigger than our little Beans’ faces!

First pet:

She got her first tattoo – a pink pet rabbit on her wrist!

Kisses:

Nothing like a couple kiss, with two little Beans between us

Water ride:

Mourning for the loss of her pet rabbit after a wet water ride

Finally at Everland:

Tucked away in Yongin, Everland is the Disneyland of Seoul – full of fun rides and characters that greet us in warmth

Horse riding:

Our little Bean was proud to take on the animal on her own

View from the top:

This hike is one of the must-dos in Jeju – it takes less than 2 hours to hike through Seongsan Ilchulbong

Mysterious Road:

… where gravity works in weird ways

Gaetkkak Jusangjeolli Cliff:

Overlooking beautiful cliffs

Trick Eye Museum:

Which breast is real?

DMZ:

Bringing two little joyful creatures to a “war zone” – if only everyone thought like little children

Soldier smiles:

… yet the princess looks on warily

Bukchon Hanok Village:

Historic village dating back almost 600 years, there are lots of beautiful Korean traditional houses (also known as Hanok)

Nami Island:

Just 1-2 hours away from Seoul, this little island is a natural paradise that has picture perfect scenery all around

Winter Sonata:

Tracking down the snowman casted in Winter Sonata

Art around Nami:

Giant sculpture of breastfeeding – apt for champion mama and our little Bean

Family:

Our only family picture – off a street mirror along Nami

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