Korea 2023 Day 2 - SEOUL TOWERNov 14, 2023 2 min read
You could say the difference is like night and day 🥁
We got the kimbap, of course. Also some kimchi fried rice and cold soba noodles.
Comes with unlimited kimchi and pickled yellow radish. I fell in love with these radishes when I had them in Japan. Helped myself to several servings of them 👌
We came across a few of these exercise parks. This one’s empty but the others were all full of the elderly doing a bunch of random movements. Still better than sitting around all day.
N SEOUL TOWER
It’s not that tall up close. It’s no Skytree.
We didn’t go up to the top since it costs money and it seems like we can already see the whole city from the ground anyway. We just wandered around the shops and restaurants for a bit while we rested from the climb. My dad got some macarons from a dessert stand but it seems like they were just taken out of the freezer because they were really hard.
This cafe had a cat corner.
Coming from Hong Kong, it sure is nice to not have to dodge cars trying to run you over.
Also the pedestrian crossings make bird tweet noises like Japan.
Starfield Coex Mall
The one photo everybody takes here.
The famous “must visit” “biggest library an online reviewer has ever seen” Starfield Library.
My sister warned me to be prepared to be “whelmed”. And, yeah, it’s a thing.
It’s not actually a library. Most of the books aren’t accessible (if they’re even real) nor was anybody there to read. It’s mainly a coffee space and tourist attraction.
My sister said it’d probably be worth a visit since she gets to go shopping at the same time.
I didn’t realise how ubiquitous K-Pop was before coming here. I thought it would be more like the idol culture in Japan but it’s EVERYWHERE. Every shop had some sort of K-POP collaboration going on. I kept hearing the same song being played everywhere too, it got stuck in my head for weeks.
Video stolen from CNN
I didn’t try going out those doors but if I did I could have seen one of those “3D” billboards and a statue dedicated to the Gangnam Style song.
They also opened a new Starfield Library in another city recently (Jan 2024) that looks way cooler.
*googling the chance of a North Korean attack*
We didn’t wait long before my sister came back. She “didn’t vibe” with any of the shops there.