Seoul strikes me as a city of contrasts, fusion, and thriving diversity. For one, it is a megacity bustling with modernity. Several times I found myself ogling the legion of buildings that converge in the city. Triumphs of advanced engineering. The city’s transportation system is very efficient. Its railway system, I’ve read, is one of the most advanced in the world. This simply makes travelling around the city a pleasant experience for travelers who opt to explore the city on their own.
The existence of temples, palaces and museums within the city center will take you to a seemingly different place, giving you a different experience of what seems like a throwback to old Korea.
We were lucky enough to witness and experience the 2nd Kimchi Festival during our visit. They put up a humongous place dedicated for Kimchi making, exhibits of Kimchi’s history, and everything about Kimchi. Certainly, this national dish has its deep roots and is considered part of Korea’s cultural heritage.
It would be a farce to leave South Korea without visiting Nami Island. Or so they say. This world-renowned island accommodates thousands of visitors in a day, visitors who want to see for themselves how God blessed this Island with such beauty. As for us, we couldn’t help taking pictures of the colorful autumn leaves that paint the trees. After minutes of walking, we decided to rent a bicycle to explore the whole island.
Although we left the island with heavy hearts and extremely tired feet, we brought with us nothing less than memories of pure beauty.