One of many stores on 가로수길 (Garosugil) with the nicest interiors and exteriors

One of many stores on 가로수길 (Garosugil) with the nicest interiors and exteriors

Breakfast at Cafe Able, a British-themed cafe off Garosugil

Breakfast at Cafe Able, a British-themed cafe off Garosugil

Crazy beautiful building in 청담동 (Chung Dam Dong) neighborhood

Crazy beautiful building in 청담동 (Chung Dam Dong) neighborhood

Only a month old, Queenmama Market is huge, with every floor selling different kinds of product

Only a month old, Queenmama Market is huge, with every floor selling different kinds of product

Manufact Coffee on the top floor of Queenmama Market

Manufact Coffee on the top floor of Queenmama Market

The bottom floor of Queenmama Market featuring homewares

The bottom floor of Queenmama Market featuring homewares

LINE FRIENDS Store was quite the place

LINE FRIENDS Store was quite the place

So crispy and delicious 깐부치킨 (Kkanbu Chicken) – nothing beats Korean fried chicken!

So crispy and delicious 깐부치킨 (Kkanbu Chicken) – nothing beats Korean fried chicken!

Warm chestnuts sold on the street

Warm chestnuts sold on the street

Lattes to go and grilled cheeses at Independent Coffee

Lattes to go and grilled cheeses at Independent Coffee

Common Ground, stores inside giant container boxes and a cool place to hang out

Common Ground, stores inside giant container boxes and a cool place to hang out

Acne Studios Jacket, COS Top, R13 Denim, Adidas Sneakers, Saint Laurent Hat, Chloé Bag, Gentle Monster Sunglasses, Larsson & Jennings Watch

Acne Studios Jacket, COS Top, R13 Denim, Adidas Sneakers, Saint Laurent Hat, Chloé Bag, Gentle Monster Sunglasses, Larsson & Jennings Watch

One of many Gentle Monster stores we visited, their interiors are conceptually exceptional

One of many Gentle Monster stores we visited, their interiors are conceptually exceptional

Thanks Books (땡스북스) with really nice selection of books

Thanks Books (땡스북스) with really nice selection of books

Korean BBQ dinner at 삼거리 푸줏간, a restaurant run by YG Entertainment

Korean BBQ dinner at 삼거리 푸줏간, a restaurant run by YG Entertainment

Best Vegan ice cream ever at 소복 (昭福, SOBOK)

Best Vegan ice cream ever at 소복 (昭福, SOBOK)

The liveliness of Hongdae neighborhood at night

The liveliness of Hongdae neighborhood at night

It's been three years since I've been back to Korea, in which the last time was for our wedding ceremony in Sept 2012. We didn't have much time to explore on our last trip for preparations took priority. This trip was also quite busy due to family time and other obligations, however we were able to visit many more neighborhoods and just get a bit lost in the city. Seoul moves at such an incredibly fast pace that it's really interesting to see the city transition over time. The abundance of eateries, shops, and sights to see never fail to excite me here – there's just so much to take in everywhere you go! Hopefully next time we visit Korea we'll be able to visit my parent's hometown of Busan (Korea's second largest city) – Haeundae Beach there is the most famous in the country and all the local shops have such fresh sashimi and seafood.

Stay tuned for Seoul Travel Diary Part 2 (didn't want to overwhelm you with too long of a post!) bc I have so much more to show you!

Photos by Hoon Kim and I

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