For details on Damyang and Boseong, please visit my travel post on The T List here, and for a list of brand cafes in Seoul, visit here.

 

Believe it or not, this was my first visit to Korea and to sum up, it was a relaxed trip full of lovely blooms and greenery as well as delicious food.

Of course, I have to share some of my touristy photos… do bear with me while I indulge in the beautiful backdrops.

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Cardigan: Forever21 | Jeans: Oasis | Shoes: Peter Pilotto for Target

Nami Island.

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Coat: Zara TRF| Jeans: Uniqlo Regular Fit | Shoes: Peter Pilotto for Target

I also visited  two areas outside of Seoul. One is Damyang, which is famous for its bamboo forest. I also stayed at Samjicheong Village, which is one of the cities in the “Citta Slow” (Slow City) movement.

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This is one of the hanoks (Korean historic housing) at the place where I was staying in Damyang – House of Kim Yeong-bong. It’s interesting staying in a traditional house like this, although the room inside is quite modern, warm and clean!

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After Damyang, I visited another county in the countryside – Boseong. Boseong is famous for its green tea leaves and they have a huge green tea plantation opened to public.

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Cardigan: Forever 21| Bag: Furla

This was taken at the pension that I stayed at Boseong - Golmangtae. It is perched on the mountain and has a great panoramic view!

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Red blazer: Massimo Dutti | Denim shirt: Zara

Back in Seoul, I missed the cherry blossoms season by a few days, I believe. Whilst I did not manage to see the magnificent full blooms, I managed to catch a few trees where the flowers have not fallen. This was at the garden of National Assembly Building, near Yeouido.

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Jumper: Forever 21 | Jeans: Uniqlo Ultra Stretch | Shades: Miu Miu

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Visited Gyeongbokgung Palace and then took a walk around Samcheongdong. Samcheongdong is officially my favourite area in Seoul! Love it’s artsy, laid-back vibes with an eclectic mix of historical culture with hipster cafes. There is a Cath’s Cafe there, fully adorned with English floral and strawberry prints.

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Had delicious latte and apple carmelle pie at Retrona Pie.

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Had traditional Korean tea and snacks at Insadong in the evening.

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Top: H&M| Shades: Miu Miu

I even took a 2.5 hour journey to the Korean Folk Village, where many Korean  period dramas were filmed at. This includes the hottest drama “My Love from the Stars”. Apparently, the Joseon Dynasty parts of the show were filmed here.

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My favourite cafe in Korea is OSulloc, which serves green tea from Jeju. The Myeongdong outlet was near where I stayed and I visited them twice! I prefer the stronger flavour of Jeju green tea compared to Boseong’s. The cafe also serves delicious green tea desserts such as the green tea roll cake.

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I also walked around Ewha University and Hongdae area, which is more of student district, with cheaper fashion shops, cafes and street food. I personally prefer Samcheongdong but in terms of street food, the selection at these student districts seemed to be a lot wider and the prices were more competitive than Myeongdong!

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