onwards to seoul

June 11th, 2013 / by / in: travel / 1 Response

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After Hiroshima, we decided to go to Seoul for a couple days. I’ve been to Seoul before, but it’s a city I love. It would have been easier to fly out of Fukuoka because the airport is so accessible, but since we booked it kind of last minute, Hiroshima ended up being a better option. The Hiroshima airport is about 45 minutes from Hiroshima Station, but it’s easy and inexpensive to hop on the the airport limo bus. The bus comes approximately every 20 minutes.

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The Hiroshima airport bathroom stalls had the weirdest revolving doors I’ve ever seen.

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I’ll just take this moment to say that I love Asiana Airlines. When we checked in for our flight, they moved us to a row with an empty seat so that we had the row to ourselves. You may also remember my amazing flight last year on an Asiana 747.

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Yes, this is a boring economy meal. But the flight was a mere ONE HOUR. How many airlines give you food on a one hour flight?!

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I just thought it was really hilarious that Dokdo was so prominent on the map. Whatever, Korea.

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Airport meal, but we were so happy to eat spicy food! (Japanese food is… not spicy. Ever.)

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Another meal of fried mandu (dumplings) and mouth-burning tteokbokki.

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We’d gone on the Korean Night Dining Tour with O’ngo last time we were in Seoul, so we decided to do another tour with them. This time we did a day tour, and there were no other participants so it was basically a private tour. I’d recommend the Night Dining Tour over this tour though, just because I thought it was more fun. But that might be because night tour involves alcohol.

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The tour started with a Korean seafood pancake cooking demo. I’ve been buying the premade pancake mix from the Korean supermarket in Toronto, so I was surprised to find out that making the pancakes from scratch was wayyyyyy easier than I thought.

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Next up, the very delicious Korean snack, hotteok. I ate a million of these while I was there.

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They come off the griddle piping hot and filled with brown sugar and nuts and they’re soooooooo gooooooood.

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Spicy things everywhere.

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Something you don’t see in Japan too often.

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This lady could make a roll of gimbap in about ten seconds flat.

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Gimbap! It’s sort of similar to sushi, but the rice doesn’t contain vinegar and the roll is coated in sesame oil.

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Korean sweets!

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More Korean sweets.

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My best friend, the mandu.

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Few things are better in life than a mandu filled with a giant shrimp (note the shrimp tail poking out).

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Another one of life’s pleasures, Korean barbecue.

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This meal came with nine or ten different kinds of banchan (side dishes).

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Banchan!

Okaaaaay, this entry has too much delicious Korean food so I’m going to stop now. Seoul (for me) is kind of like Tokyo — you can wander into almost any restaurant and leave happy. I might just have been starved for spicy food from living in Japan, but I wasn’t disappointed by anything I ate in Seoul. Also, coming from Japan, everything in Seoul seems shockingly inexpensive. We had meals that included a variety of dishes and banchan for less than $10 total for two people. I love you, Seoul.

Next entry: I VISIT THE DMZ. Dun dun dun.

 


1 Comment to onwards to seoul

  • Rakel says:

    Wow!! Finally found someone with all of my bgorakcunds! :D I agree the stares can be intimidating at first, but once things settle, you really come to love being mixed!

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