Sunday, 25 September 2016

Seoul | Chuseok

     After I explored to the east of Seoul, in the Chuncheon and Gapyeong area, I returned to the city for the next two nights of my trip. There's so much to see and do in a city the size of Seoul, and I only had a day and a half, so I had planned in advance and decided to focus on just one area this time round, and tick off several of the most popular tourist sights. I had booked a hotel in the Myeong-dong area, on the north side of the river, and pretty central to everything I was going to see. On my first night there, after returning from Chuncheon, I more or less went straight to bed, since all my activities were great, but did leave me pretty tired! I was up early the next day though to start exploring the Korean capital.

Gyeongbokgung palace, Seoul, South Korea

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Chuncheon & Gapyeong | Chuseok

     So even though I've only been in Korea for a couple of weeks, I've already managed to do quite a lot of adventuring! I got lucky, because there was a public holiday last week (my vacation days suck, so I have to look forward to public holidays!) for Korean Thanksgiving, known as Chuseok. It's quite an important holiday apparently, and locals will often travel to visit their families, and we all get three whole days off. Add the weekend on to this, and I had five days to go exploring! Most other public holidays are just one day, or sometimes make a three day weekend depending on when they land, but five days is rare, so I was keen to take advantage and use the time to get out of Busan for a bit. So, on Wednesday morning, I jumped on the high-speed KTX train and zoomed up to Seoul in three hours. Seoul is also only an hour long flight from Busan, so it's possible for me to visit in in a regular weekend, so I decided to use the extra time to explore the areas around Seoul, as well as some of the city itself.

Guseong waterfall, near Cheongpyeongsa temple outside Chuncheon, South Korea
Guseong waterfall, Cheongpyeongsa temple

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Outfit - Sheer Fantasy

     I have new shoes! This is extra exciting for me, ok, because it is so difficult to get shoes my size in Asia, both Hong Kong and Korea. I've been wearing the same shoes for months, but I was in Seoul last week and the Forever 21 there stocks my size, so I've replaced my old ankle boots with this nice, new pair. Not everything was in my size, so I'll probably be ordering more online or whenever I'm back home, but these are good for now! The cardigan thing I'm wearing here was also a recent purchase, but from a couple of months ago now. I got it for taking travelling, as it's so light that it's perfect for when it's hot but you need to cover up. It was my go-to for temple visiting, when shoulders need to be covered, and I opted to wear it with this dress for work, since the dress shows my bra straps otherwise (I wouldn't care normally, but it's not ideal for work). It's still fairly warm here in Korea, but the temperature is starting to drop, so I probably won't be wearing this one for much longer. The dress has been a good standby for work for a while now, I'm just mixing things up with my accessories this time.

Sheer Fantasy | outfit of black and white striped skater dress, sheer black fabric cardigan, and brown suede heeled ankle boots

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