A rainy day in Dongdaemun

Today I arrived in Seoul at 8am after spending the last two days travelling from England to Finland and from Finland to Korea. I had a good experience flying with Finnair and I would do it again, despite the hassle of a long wait between connecting flights.

When I arrived I located the desk to collect my Sim card (which actually had no indicator to say it was there for that purpose it was actually a collection point for train tickets) Luckily, the lady at the desk was very helpful and they set it up for me. They also provide the key to open the sim card tray which is good because I lost mine last year in Korea!!

I used my tmoney card from last year and topped it up with 10,000 won. The train from Incheon airport to Dongdaemun was easy (only one stop) and the walk from Dongdaemun History and Culture park station to the airbnb was short. I love my little apartment and I have a view of the design plaza from my window!

Being so closeby that was the first place I decided to explore. This is a lovely area to walk around and I ended up walking down a long canal before heading back to Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Even though it was raining there was something so peaceful about walking down the canal and hearing the water flowing alongside you.

After that I returned to my apartment, stopping off at a Sulbing restaurant to eat this masterpiece and enjoy one of my favourite parts of Korea. The cafe culture. I love everything about dessert cafes. I’m probably going to go to one every day. I love it.

I then decided to go have a nap because it had been more than 24 hours since I last slept. I’m not sure what time I went to sleep but woke up around 7pm and went out again when it had started to get dark.

One thing I didn’t realise was that in Dongdaemun History and Culture Park this week there is some kind of music festival. When I arrived there were lots of street food stalls and market stalls selling jewelry and accessories (I bought myself a nice pair of sunglasses!). There were live music prrofrmances scattered around the area and there was one performance that stood out so I stayed to watch the rest of it while eating my ddeokbokki (my favorite Korean dish of spicy rice cakes).

Lastly I walked around the area and enjoyed the night scenery. I don’t live in a city so I really love getting to see all the bright lights and I find city views so beautiful. I went back to another cafe to get a strawberry yoghurt smoothie and then I returned to my room.

Tomorrow I am going shopping in Myeongdong for skincare products and going to look around Hongdae before picking my friend up from the airport. Check out my instagram story for whats going on during my travels! See you later for another blog post.

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