Although I am currently looking out into the first few rainy days in Sydney out my window, I thought I'd bring back some some last bits of memories from this past glorious Springtime in Korea. Spring is definitely the most beautiful season to be there, as the whole city blooms with cherry blossoms and the weather makes it perfect for afternoon strolls.
A month ago, I walked around Seochon -- the area on the west side of the old city palace of Gyeongbokgoong -- that has recently transformed from an old residential area into an artsy haven with remnants of true vintage vibes. Because I spent my childhood around this area, I've always preferred this older part of the city in the Gangbook district to its counterpart, Gangnam that Psy's song describes is the most manic party haven in the country. If you are looking to really experience the unique Korean atmosphere, Seochon is the perfect mix of old and new -- with interesting shops, cafes and foods all located beneath the beautiful mountainous historical location.
Of course, I also had to grab my mum's childhood favorite Gireum Ddukbokgi ( oily Korean spicy rice cakes) from Tong-In Marketplace. Visit during lunch time and you can get yourself a platter and buy some exchange tokens for stacks of bits of different yummy Korean food from all the counters in the market. An experience that's also a great bargain!
Every street corner is filled with beautiful analog style vintage stores as well as cafes and galleries in older buildings with a twisted modern edge. I couldn't believe I never knew to go explore this area and I am so glad I discovered it on such a beautiful spring afternoon.