Seoul of Korea

Posted on Posted in Asia, East Asia

South Korea is undoubtedly my favorite country to visit in all of East Asia. I feel as if it shares all the good qualities I like about Japan and China but without much of their hiccups. It’s technologically advanced (land of Samsung) and relatively safe. Communication is not a problem as a fair number of Koreans are fluent in English, even in the country sides. Transportation is efficient and reasonable, but best of all; the food is delicious and cheap. There is something for everyone in Seoul; a plethora of museums for the history buffs, or innumerable clubs/bars for the party animals amongst us. Even the theater folks would be satisfied with the selection of uniquely Korean ‘non-verbal performances’ being offered. What more can you ask for in a vacation?
Truth be told, my infatuation with Korea stems from its awesome food culture. There is nothing I love more in this world than grilled meat. Luckily there is an abundance of gogigui (Korean barbecue) that can be found in every corner of the country. Nothing compares to the the spiciness of Korean food coupled with copious amounts of soju as a surefire way to ignite a good time.
If you happen to be in Korea around the end of July/start of August, make sure to check out the Boryeong Mud Festival. It’s like playing j’ouvert on the beach. It’s a huge party with mud baths, mud slides and mud pits to keep you entertained all day. The mud is mineral rich and used in a lot of cosmetics so your skin will look healthy and supple as you wrestle a stranger in one of the many mud pits.

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