Posts tagged South Korea
The Book Lover's Guide to Seoul

There are so many ways you could travel through Seoul that would keep you well occupied—you could cafe hop, temple hop, follow the flowers, discover the world of K-beauty, find the hidden gems, do the tourist things or go off the beaten path. The options are truly limitless.

An upward trend when traveling through Seoul these days is bookstore browsing, and as an educator and library lover, I am here for it! Here’s a list of some of the can’t-miss spots for your trip.

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A Special Custom Beauty Experience: The Etude House Color Factory in Myeong-dong

If you’ve been following along on our Stories, you’ll know that one of my best friends (B from this series!) came to visit for a nonstop whirlwind week through Tokyo and Seoul. Hosting as an expat usually means going to the same tourist spots time after time—which is better than it sounds as you get to see those places through the seasons and ‘for the first time’ each time—but I wanted to fit something a little different and more special into our already packed schedule.

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Hani Lavender Farm in Goseong, South Korea

It’s easy to get caught up in Seoul. There are so many distractions—interesting neighborhoods (see 1, 2), pretty cafes (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), traditional sites (see 1, 2, 3, 4), beautiful blooms (see 1, 2, 3, 4). And that’s not even beginning to scratch the surface.

But the best parts of South Korea, in my opinion, are the ones outside of Seoul.

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June Roses at Seoul Grand Park Station

Maybe controversial, but Andrew and I find standard roses overrated. Of course, I’ve never met a flower I didn’t like, and roses are the flower of June, so I still woke us up bright and early to head down to Seoul Grand Park Station where the Theme Garden was supposed to be overflowing with them (and the whole city is overflowing with them, so that’s saying something).

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Following the Flowers in Seoul in Spring

One of the things I love about living in South Korea is that there is a true spring—not the straight from frigid winter to summer with a brief fall and back again we’re used to in the northeast in the States.

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