Turning 29 in Seoul! (Day 1)

I wanted to do something different on my 29th birthday, so I decided to spend it abroad. It originally was supposed to be a solo trip but my sister wanted to go to Seoul too, so she decided to go with me. πŸ™‚

If you will recall, I already went to Seoul last year, so the goal of this year’s trip was to go to the places that I wasn’t able to go to the year before, and to also show my sister the things that I loved most about the city. This was our itinerary:

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Gyeongbokgung Palace & Korean Folk Museum

Because it was a Sunday, everything was free, but also there were more people. Apparently there was some festival going on in the Folk Museum, so there were booths and lots of kids going around. It was cute actually, because the booths were about teaching kids traditional Korean things, from handicrafts, to playing musical instruments and whatnot. My sister and I still got to take our fair share of photos though. πŸ™‚

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Cheonggyecheon StreamΒ 

On our way to Gyeongbokgung, we passed by this stream which was just a few blocks from our hotel.


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Myeongdong

The highlight of my day was definitely shopping in Myeongdong. We were lucky enough to have arrived during the Great Korea Sale so everything was dirt cheap! My sister and I ended up buying tons of cosmetics (which we had to pay extra baggage allowance for hahaha.) I did some Christmas shopping too, because the prices were too good to pass up!

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Itaewon

Last stop for the day was to have coffee in Itaewon. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as alive as the last time I was there because it was a Sunday night. Anyway, my sister got to have her people-watching fix, and I got to study. Yes, study. Hahaha. Call me crazy, but I left right before midterms season started so I had to spend time studying even while on vacation.

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