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10 Things I Will Miss About Japan (and 1 Thing I Won’t)

25 May

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6. Vending Machines

Vending Machine

Cigarette Vending Machine

Holy cow, there is just no way to describe all of the things you can get in vending machines here in Japan. Continue reading

48 Hours in Seoul: Day 2

24 Feb

48 Hours in Seoul: Day 2

An Itinerary for Getting the Most From A Too Brief Trip

See the introduction here.

See Day 1 here.

Note that all directions & prices were true as of mid-late 2012; I haven’t check back since then. I’m headed back this summer, so I’ll look and see then if I can. 🙂

Itinerary Summary–Day 2

  1. 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. *** Breakfast at Myeongdong 
  2. 10:00 a.m. -11:30 p.m. *** Namsan Tower and the Cable Car
  3. 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. *** Lunch in Coex Mall
  4. 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. *** Shop and visit the Aquarium in Coex Mall 
  5. 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.***  Korean National Museum
  6. 5:30 p.m.- Whenever you leave *** Shop and enjoy Dondaemeun 

I tried to leave enough time for travel between each stop, but this means you may have a little more or less time depending on how long it takes you to move from one place to another.

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Breakfast/Shopping: Myeongdong

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Why?

Most touristy places in the city aren’t going to open up this early, so this is a good time to wander around and grab some  breakfast if you’re an early riser.  Myeongdong actually opens up pretty early because it caters to tourist shoppers; in fact you may hear people calling out in Japanese, since most of the tourist come from Japan.   Myeongdong is traditionally considered a shopping central for all fashionistas.  It’s got purses, clothes, glasses, beauty supplies, shoe stores, beauty parlors, etc.  Honestly, I preferred some other places more for actual bargain shopping (note that this is where the upper crusts shop as well; we’re talking Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana stores) , but it is an awesome place to grab coffee of a morning.  They have plenty of pastry/coffee shops like Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, etc.  Plus, the stalls are fun to wander if they’re up before you leave, and you can sometimes walk away with a handful of free stuff from the hawkers. If you’re low on funds, maybe save your shopping $$ for later though. Continue reading

48 Hours in Seoul: Day 1

5 Feb

48 Hours in Seoul: Day 1

An Itinerary for Getting the Most From A Too Brief Trip

See the introduction here.

See Day 2 Here.

Itinerary Summary–Day 1

  1. 8:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. *** Gwanghwamun Square
  2. 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. *** Lunch in Itaewon
  3. 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. *** Shop in Itaewon
  4. 5:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m. *** Dinner at a Korean BBQ (It’ll be 5 before you get there)
  5. 8:40 p.m.-9:10 p.m. *** Take the Hangang Ferry Cruise
  6. Head in for a good night’s sleep/Party all night.

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History: Gwanghwamun Square

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Why?

Gwanghwamun Square is both amazing and one of the most important things to see while in Seoul.  You don’t have time to visit every major palace and museum in Seoul, but this palace both palaces and museums in one spot.  The Square itself is fascinating; because this is such an important place politically and culturally, the streets are lined with different political protests.  When I was there, you saw a long row of cages marked with signs protesting North Korea’s treatment of its citizens.  It is quite literally a square,  in the center is a long grassy strip with two large, very famous statues.  Then at one end you will find Gyeongbokgung Palace.   Continue reading

48 Hours in Seoul: Introduction

4 Feb
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Seoul, South Korea from the Namsan Tower

48 Hours in Seoul:

An Itinerary for Getting the Most From A Too Brief Trip

Are you looking for history, culture, nature, great food, good shopping, and a little taste of Korea?  Well, Seoul is definitely the best place for all of these things!  In fact, Seoul has so many amazing things to do that you could spend years there and still never see everything (I spent 3 months and barely cracked the surface). But sometimes you don’t have forever to spend in a place. Continue reading

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