Senior Project - Beyond Pacific
Day 16 in Seoul
This afternoon, we walked Kayla’s adorable Yorkshire Terrier, Julie, to Banpo Hangang Park. Hangang Park surrounds the Gangnam River, from which you can see the view of the Gangbuk district across the river. Many people bring their tents and blankets to the park, along with their kites, bikes, scooters, etc. It is the ideal place to congregate with family, hang out with friends, and relax in the sun. At night, there are even colorful fountain shows if you wish to see.
(Walking Kayla's dog, Julie, on the way to Banpo Hangang Park)
(Banpo Hangang Park)
(A view of the Gangnam River and the Gangbuk district)
We hung out at Hangang Park for some time before returning to the apartment. From there, we took the subway to the Hongdae region in Seoul. Hongdae contains Hongik University, and it is often regarded as the center of urban arts, indie music, culture, and entertainment in Seoul. The streets were indeed lively, with stereo music, fashion stores, and street food on every corner. We even caught a couple of street performances on our way to our restaurant. These performers are often young dancers or singers, sometimes very well equipped and rehearsed. We joined the crowd by cheering them on, even if they weren’t exactly the best performances we’ve seen.
(A dance group performance on the streets of Hongdae)
Before dinner, we met up with Kayla’s sister Helen, Helen’s friend Young Jin, and Young Jin’s Dutch friend Teunia. Together, we went to Seollaim, where we experienced the REAL Korean BBQ (that specialized in pork belly.) I’ve never tried Korean BBQ back in the States, but from what I’ve heard, it’s nothing compared to the authentic version in the country of origin. Also, here's a trick if you aren't the biggest trick of kimchi: grill it! It's delicious!
(Korean BBQ at Seollaim)
After finishing all the pork belly, our stomachs still weren’t completely satisfied, so we ordered some pork skin. Yes, as reluctant as I was initially, it was worth the experience. None of us knew how to correctly cook pork skin, and while we waited, the pork skin pieces would occasionally make a loud “pop” sound and fling into the air.
After having the best dinner I’ve had in Seoul, we all flocked to Osulloc, a green tea dessert and drink café. We ordered some green tea roll cake, green tea Frappuccino, green tea ice cream, etc. We all sat around a table and shared our exciting and unusual travel adventures.
(Green tea dessert and drinks at Osulloc)
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