July 13, 2013
Fireworks over Wonhyo Bridge – Han River, caption by Olivier Le Rille, National Geographic
Written by Jana Lazarevska
A year passed since I was an exchange student in Seoul, South Korea. It was an incredible adventure filled with new friendships and intensive studying. As time goes by my memory gets overwhelmed by new events and obligations chasing after me on daily bases. But, even though some puzzles of my memory started to fade away there are those bits and pieces that are simply unforgettable. So, here are the most amazing places I had the chance to visit while in Korea that will stay engraved in my memory forever.
1 . Han River
I believe that every traveler has their own way of exploring new places. For me, exploring new surroundings goes hand in hand with understanding the daily life of people living in the area. I tried to live and breathe like a “Korean” and create my own little life there. Basically, that’s how the Han River turned into my favorite getaway place. I’m certain there is something magical in that huge blue surface that splits Seoul in two parts. It’s no wonder that there a lot of vast parks and bridges scattered along its flow. If you like nature, long walks, picnics, fun bicycle rides or just a calm place to chill out you cannot miss this place!
2. The Cherry blossom street
I’m sure you’ve seen at least one of those movie scenes where a couple walks along that amazing street surrounded with cherry trees. The cherry blossoms look like little clouds colored in baby pink, and the petals that fall as the couple walks by are even more gracious than snowflakes. Well, in mid-April, on a street near Han River, you can experience that amazing move-like scene which, I have to say, is even more glamorous in real life. Don’t get me wrong, even though it’s very romantic, I believe it is even better to walk along this street alone. It tickles your imagination!