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Last day in Seoul with video

I had a lovely time in Seoul, and wish I could have stayed just one more day. There were so many charming shops and cafés near my little hanok (traditional house).

I’ll share a few short videos of more places that I told you about. Remember in my last post, I mentioned Shin’s Old Tea House in Insadong? It’s one of my favorite haunts in Seoul. I forgot to share a video that shows just a little of its charm. There are traditional tables and curios in a kind of garden patio atmosphere, even though it is enclosed. Check it out:

VIDEO: Shin’s Old Tea House in Insadong, Seoul. I’m drinking iced omija tea, one of my summer favorites.

I’d also like to share some video of the heart of the Dongdaemun shopping district, where I did some craft shopping, as well as some photos of the exterior of Gyeongbokgung Palace, where you can see the guards in traditional costumes. It was a hot day so I think they might have been suffering a little!

VIDEO: Cheonggyecheon Stream is part of an urban green space in Dongdaemun, in the heart of the biggest shopping district in Korea. All the buildings you see are shopping complexes.

I had time to visit the lovely Bukcheon hanok village, too, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is full of shops, guesthouses, and cafés housed in beautifully-preserved hanok. You hardly know you are in the middle of one of the world’s biggest cities.

VIDEO: short clip of a few hanok in Bukcheon.

The morning I left Seoul, I had a simple but hearty brunch at a restaurant down the alley from my place, called As Like. The fare and ambiance were in modern contrast to my 48 hours spent in Old Korea. Here’s my plate of perfect shrimp-avocado toast and fresh greens:

Thanks for reading! I’ll be back again soon with my current craft WIPs, and a view of what high summer looks like in my neighborhood. See you again soon!

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