South Korea Beach

I love to travel. I like to go on a trip at least once a year. Usually I go somewhere warm when Winter seems to drag on forever. It’s been a while since I’ve been out of the country though and I was reminiscing through some old photographs. During my senior year of college I went on a trip with my roommate, April, and a handful of students attending the College of Business at my University. It was such a great experience! I strongly suggest anyone who has the opportunity to, take advantage and study abroad. Even if the cost seems high, the adventure is priceless.

I’ve selected the best photos from my trip to South Korea in 2010. Ugh, that sounds so long ago! We also went to China, but I decided to break them up because I have so many pictures to share. I couldn’t fit them all into one post!

First and foremost, food! As you know, I love food. But it was actually difficult for me to get use to the Asia cuisine. It’s nothing like your Chinese takeout here. I think I stuck to vegetables and items I could recognize for a week. The duck was pretty good. I wouldn’t mind having that again!

I will tell you right now, I am NOT down with the Kimchi! Sorry.

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Our hotel was located on the coast with a beautiful beach view. Unfortunately, it was too cold to go swimming. I never think of Korea as a beach destination, but if you think about it… it’s on the peninsula. If you’re planning on traveling to East Asia, be prepared to sleep on the floor. Yes! Good thing I was younger back then. Some hotels just had a large open room with mats to sleep on. However, the toilets were some of the most advance I’ve never seen!

We were only in South Korea for a week, but had a ton of activities packed in. The most impactful – when I went to the boarder between North and South Korea. There was this chain-link fence covered in ribbons. Each ribbon represents a prayer for a loved one.

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Visiting the DMZ (Korean Demilitarized Zone) was cool and scary at the same time. There always seems to be tension between North and South Korea. The day before we arrived, North Korea launched a underwater missile at South Korea. Crazy right! Unfortunately, it’s not an uncommon thing. Without giving you a whole history lesson… At the end of World War II Korea fell victim to the Cold War. The Soviet Union occupied the norther region and the US occupied the south. They were unable to unite, which lead to the Korean War in 1950. As a result, we now have two Koreas. One is under communist rule, the other is a democracy, and the DMZ separates the two.

North Korean police at DMZDMZ

The last stop – The Blue House. Which I think is the equivalent to our White House. It’s located in Korea’s capital of Seoul. It’s the house where the president of the Republic of South Korea resides. We couldn’t get that close, but it was still cool.

The Blue House South Korea

Seoul was incredible. It’s the biggest city I’ve never been in. In fact, I think it’s one of the top five largest cities in the world. The trip was amazing. Well worth the days of trains, planes and automobiles to get there. My biggest takeaway from this whole experience – Get out! The world is much bigger than your circle of friends, your town, even your own country. There’s so many different ways to live life.

Kala


Read about the other part of my trip in China.