Believe it or not, this guy everywhere in Seoul! On gigantic video billboards, television, radio, everywhere! In case you don't know who Psy is (which I doubt), watch the youtube link. As a trivia: he already ousted Justin Bieber's number one slot on youtube.
|Tree-lined Gargosugil in Gangnam|
What capped it was my flight on board Korean Airlines from Seoul to Chicago where I had an allergic reaction from the meal served. My body developed rashes, my lips and eyes puffed up and I had difficulty breathing. When I asked the flight attendant for antihistamines, she handed the first aid kit and kept screaming that the airline didn't have any. She only stopped screaming when I said that I may sue the airline if I got worst in Chicago. That's when she called the purser, who then called the captain, who then requested for a doctor and yes, I was given a shot of antihistamine and an oxygen tank sat next to me throughout the rest of the flight.
I am pleased that Seoul has changed in the last five years. The people are much friendlier, can converse in English, smile a lot and they look generally happy. There were English-speaking guides strategically located in the tourist sites to help out foreigners find their way around.
|Male standees all over|
If you haven't been to Seoul, it's definitely worth a trip. Do plan to stay at least four to five days to shop, eat and see the sights. The flight form Manila is only four hours.
Five things to do:
1. Sights - there are five palaces to choose from - UNESCO world heritage sites Gyengbokung and Changdeokgung are my top picks. Visit the Cheonggyehcheon restored stream on a weekend to check out the market (we were lucky to spot a filming crew).
2. Shop - check out the specialty shops in Gargosugil Street in Gangnam; for antiques, celadon pottery or wooden masks in Insadong, the malls in Meyongdong (do get your BB products in Lotte's Duty Free shop); and visit the night markets- Dongdaemun, Yongsan (electronics).
3. Facial or massage - there are lots of spas! Go for a massage, facial and you may even want to get an eyebrow or eyeliner which may last for 2-3 years.
4. Eats - of course, the best thing to do is to enjoy eating! Do try their ginseng-ginger chicken, arirang, kalbi, my favorite spicy tofu stew called soondubuchigae, bibimpap, Sunday brunch in Gangnam and don't forget to drink soju (Korean vodka)!!
5. Night light - check out Itaewdon reminded me so much of Lai Kwai Fong, Hongdae (lots of college students) and Gangnam.