After enduring the overwhelming, but exciting scene of Seoul, we decide to jump on a plane and get away, yet stay within Korean borders. An hour later, we arrive on the resort island of Jeju, often called the “Hawaii of Korea," which I later discovered was in regards to all the honeymooners and not the close resemblance to the Hawaiian islands. After two short days, Jeju leaves a taste of sun, beauty, and bliss. Away from the hustle and bustle of Seoul, it is the perfect island getaway.
While in Seoul we decided to take a day long tour up to the border of North Korea and visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). This high-militarized area has become a tourist attraction for both sides. When you think about it though, it's a weird feeling knowing that you are going to visit a location where technically two countries are still at war and multiple militaries are facing off.
When my friend, Colleen moved to Korea to teach English and then offered me an invitation to visit, I immediately jumped on the opportunity for my first trip to Asia. Colleen lived in Chuncheon, which is about an hour busride from Seoul, but we spent a sleepless, but fabulous weekend in South Korea's bustling capital, Seoul. The city is larger than New York City (with all its boroughs combined) and has the full magnitude of the Manhattan high. The food and the culture of eating was my favorite part about South Korea. Korean restaurants back in the States do a great injustice to the reality of the tastiness, cheapness, and large quantities given at Korean meals.
Overall, I really enjoyed Seoul: it's lively, the people are nice, the city is ultra-modern and high-tech with traditional, ancient palaces and homes situated amongst the city buildings. The food, however, is what makes Seoul and Korea a top-notch destination.