A January in Seoul

In January of 2014 I went to Seoul for a month. I was offered a month of free tuition, free accommodation and free Japanese classes as compensation for my experiences at this school.

One of the first days, I visited Namsan Tower (or N Seoul Tower, its modern name) with a classmate. Namsan Tower is on top of a mountain, and from there you can see the city from above. Reaching the top can be done by foot or by cable car. We decided to use the cable car, but to get there we had to get to about halfway up the mountain first. There were once again two options: by bus or by foot, of which we chose the latter. Once we got to the top by foot and cable car, we realized the weather wasn’t all that great so we didn’t go inside the tower itself. There was already a great view from outside the tower anyway. Other than the view, we were also surprised by the amount of love locks up there. It’s crazy why people would buy and hang them there.

Love locks at Namsan Tower, Seoul

Love locks at Namsan Tower, Seoul

Love locks at Namsan Tower, Seoul

Love locks at Namsan Tower, Seoul

View from Namsan Tower, Seoul

The next week, I invited another Belgian girl at the school to try out a place claiming to sell Belgian fries.

Belgian fries in Seoul

They served even water in Hoegaarden glasses…

Water in beer glass in Seoul

Their fries were okay. Not great, but not bad either.

Belgian fries in Seoul

I looked the place up on the internet and apparently it’s a chain store that has stores all across South Korea. Interesting… A few days later, a friend and I were at a coffee shop, where we spotted this fantastic display of Konglish.

Strange English in Seoul

On the night of the 20th of January, a French guy and I were at the coffee shop. We were chatting and suddenly realized snow was starting to fall. It wasn’t much but we were glad to finally have some snow. Yay.

First snow in Seoul

First snow in Seoul

First snow in Seoul

First snow in Seoul

First snow in Seoul

The next morning the snow had melted once again, but it had left a few traces.

First snow in Seoul

Day after first snow in Seoul

In the last week, we visited the National Folk Museum with a few teachers and students from the school, but that’s a story I’ll tell you next time.

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