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- Why hello there, I'm currently
in the middle (laughs).
Oh why hello there.
You'll have to excuse me.
I'm in the middle of reading one
of my favorite Korean novels,
in the city of Seoul.
And today, I'm going to be sharing with you
some of the best things you can do
on your trip to Seoul.
So without further ado, let's get started.
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Now this is a city like I have never seen before.
It's this hyper advanced Asian city
that loves poop emojis and loves spicy food.
I think not.
From its' Korean barbecue restaurants,
its' vibrant, alcohol infused nightlife,
and of course its' love for everything
that is cute and weird, I have never
seen anything that quite compares to South Korea.
After just shy of a week in Seoul,
these are the 30 things, facts,
and places that I can't pronounce,
that you need to know about before
arriving in this incredible travelers destination.
Starting with number one, the lightening fast internet
at affordable rates.
From the moment I arrived at the airport
I was extremely excited.
I had options to have unlimited internet
on my phone for an entire month,
at basically the price I would pay
for the most basic entry level plan in Canada.
But the amazing thing was, that fast internet
is not just limited to your phone.
It's also in the hotels, the hostels,
wherever you go, you can get huge files
uploaded very quickly.
And that makes me very happy.
The second thing you need to know
is that Seoul is a massive, gargantous,
monolithic city, with sides separated by a river.
It can actually take you quite a bit of time
to get from one side to the other.
There's two main areas we stayed in
there's Gangnam and there's Hongdae.
I wanna again reiterate that I'm gonna
struggle to pronounce a lot of these names.
So if you're gonna be that person
in the comments section any you're gonna be like,
"He didn't pronounce it properly."
Well, I know you're not perfect either, so try me.
Now Gangnam is this very hosh posh,
kind of Hollywood style side of South Korea.
It is beautiful.
It is lit with neon lights.
And it definitely is a place that I recommend you check out.
But I must say that while it was beautiful
it's definitely much more the local
South Korean side of things.
And while that can be an amazing thing
it can also make things a little bit more difficult.
To best explain that I'll give you
the other side of the equation, which is Hongdae.
Hongdae is the university town in South Korea
and things are a bit more compact.
It's easier to walk from place to place.
You still have that beautiful vibrancy.
You got the night markets.
You got amazing shopping, affordable prices in some areas.
While the accommodations is probably
gonna be around the most expensive
you'll find in South Korea.
Now, with that being said though,
it is worth every penny.
Hongdae is the place that I recommend you stay in.
Because if you're an English speaker
it definitely makes it easier to get around.
There was more places that had English menus.
But there's still going to be a bit
of a language barrier, which brings me
to point number three.
The language barrier is sometimes
quite real in South Korea.
Most people don't really speak English that well
and I don't speak Korean that well.
From time to time it can be hard
to order from a restaurant, talk to a taxi driver.
Another thing that makes it challenging
is they have their own completely unique alphabet,
which, mind you, is actually a very cool alphabet.
I mean, just look at that.
Very cool, Korea.
Now that we're in the 21st century
one of the things we've become reliant on
is our phones, on Google maps, on Yelp,
those GPS based apps that help us get
from place to place.
Finding the best restaurants, the best bars,
figuring out where to go, how to get there,
and something that really made Korea
challenging for me was the fact that GPS
is kind of like, disabled here.
It's the only country in the entire world
that does not have Google Maps.
Even their friendly neighbors to the North have Google Maps.
Now the reason they don't actually have it
is because of that very same reason.
Apparently South Korea wants to limit
how much of the GPS and map systems
are publicly available.
There are some Korean equivalents,
but the thing is they're not currently in English.
With that being said, I was able
to use Google Maps to some extent.
It just won't really show you how long
it takes go get from place to place.
You can still see your blue dot walking around the map
because it won't show you where to walk.
I found that it was a little bit helpful for bus routes
because when I needed to do a long distance
I could still see which way the bus station was.
I could still see which direction it ran.
Even though it didn't give me an accurate
time estimate, I was usually able to
somehow use that a little bit.
I wanna talk about a place by the name
of Common Ground.
Now Common Ground is the shipping containers
that have been turned into a very trendy place
to get a coffee, get some food,
and do a bit of shopping.
One morning we started off our day here.
And these are some of the restaurants
I highly recommend you check out.
So Allie's explained that, essentially,
there's a vacuum created by this.
And it's sucking the water upward into this cup here.
Oh, you can flush it, like a toilet.
Oh, here we go, ohhhh, coffee magic here folks.
Look at the mushroom on top.
And six hours later it is ready.
Kati doesn't even like coffee
but she can appreciate the craft.
I don't always drink black coffee
but with this style of coffee I would.
It's a solid cheese block.
- No, it's red.
- [All] Ohhhhh!
- Oh my gosh, it's like a golden brick of life.
I love cheese.
I love bread.
I love this.
That's like four dollars.
So this coffee was four dollars.
There are so many cool places to eat here.
And, and it also brings me to my next point
which is Korea's love for everything
that is cute and weird.
I'm so sick of the world telling me
what I can and can't do, it's time to fly.
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So, I've never in my life seen this before.
But I just got handed a guide on how to care for a Marimo.
These are 40 year old Marimos,
but they didn't always start off so big.
They're basically a giant algae ball or plant.
Those little guys right there are about
one month to one year.
- When do they start talking and saying, "Daddy."
- [Man] I don't know if they ever do.
And of course, you could get some slime.
I'm having way too much fun in here.
Bit of a focus called Wiggle Wiggle.
- We will now take our relationship to a next level.
- We spent about an hour 1/2 to two hours
shopping at around three or four
of these stores in Common Ground.
(he barks)
Now before I get a noise complaint,
I figured I'd move on to the next point,
which is that you must check out
the nearby coffee shops.
If we find it, this is truly a hidden gem.
This is so cool.
Hidden in the midst of all the repair shops,
all the mechanics, is like this converted garage
that's become this really trendy coffee shop.
Baesan Coffee and Column Coffee.
And these are these incredibly trendy,
hipstery, very
Oh, Matcha's really big here in Korea.
- I have no idea what it is, but it's amazing.
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Bay-be coffee shops.
Now on to the next point.
I wanna talk about transportation.
And I know this next comment might be
a little bit controversial because
I've just watched three YouTubers
review on South Korea and they all said
that the metro system was cheap, affordable,
and easy to use.
Okay, so here is the situation with transit
from somebody who can't speak Korean
and can definitely not read it.
It is very challenging.
The metro system here is a bit of a nightmare.
Nothing was written in English.
None of the locals fully understood what we were saying.
And we couldn't use Google Maps to tell us where to go.
So we got in the metro anyways, just to test it out.
And yes, it was very efficient.
It was actually super quiet, super clean.
The quietest metro system I've ever taken.
But we ended up going in the wrong direction
and there was no English signs to tell us otherwise.
And that would be the last time
that we tried using it, on our entire trip.
Buses were actually still usable,
as I said before, using kind of
a primitive Google Maps, I was able to figure out
where the pickups were and if they
were the right bus, based on the numbers.
But because we were in a big group of four of us,
we actually spent most of our time taking taxis.
And here's some great news for you,
wanting to travel South Korea.
We are not setting foot in another bus or metro system.
Taxis are so cheap.
We just took one that was probably about 15
20 minutes and we paid around six US dollars.
Starting around three dollars and having
the meter raise very slowly, it's sometimes
even cheaper if you're in a big group
to take a taxi for the short distance.
Also, do not bother with Uber unless you want Uber Black.
Because that's the only version they have available.
And unless you're made of paper money
then it's not for you.
Now, a bit of information on prices.
I would say South Korea is definitely
a bit more expensive than your average Asian city
but not as expensive as, let's say, Tokyo.
So some prices that you should know about
are of course, going to be the transportation,
which I've already shared a little bit about.
Now, going on to accommodations.
Hostels can be as cheap as 10 dollars a night,
whereas if you want a mid to entry level hotel
you're looking around $50 US a night.
If you want something nice, like we had
in the Gangnam District, we stayed at Glad Live,
Glad Live and it was $90 US a night.
It was absolutely beautiful.
But it wasn't necessarily the most centrally located hotel.
We also stayed in Hongdae.
So for $80 US a night, this is where we're staying.
It's called Twins Guest House.
It's in a more expensive area by the name of Hongdae.
It's in a great location.
We got this bed, we got an extra bed.
And this is all ours.
We got a knock on the door, they're like,
"Yes, sorry, we put you in the wrong room."
It's still nice.
- We still have, I don't know what
they call this, vanity?
- Little makeup station.
There's one bed and there's Kati's bed.
And the bathroom.
Hongdae will be a bit more expensive than Gangnam.
But I wanna reiterate that I do think
Hongdae is probably the best bet
for most people wanting to visit South Korea.
Now, as for the price of food,
well that will be discussed a little
bit more throughout this video.
But you can find very affordable food.
Like as cheap as $5 to $6 dollars for an entire meal.
You can find a massive platter of local food
for $10 US dollars.
So I did find that food in Korea was reasonable
to even sometimes being quite cheap.
Now my next tip, find a local guide if you can.
Maybe you have a friend who lives in South Korea
or your friend has a friend.
Take an opportunity to reach out to these people
because it is a bit of a more challenging
place to tackle, being such a large city
with sometimes a bit of a language barrier.
But if you find those local guides,
that is where you'll find your local gems.
And thank you to Hian for being such
an amazing guide to us.
She showed us so much of the city.
Now later that night, we actually met up
with Hian and she showed us this traditional
style Korean restaurant.
And this is something I highly recommend to you,
is to find a traditional meal.
Mmmm, traditional.
Everyone's taking their shoes off.
The great thing about it, is that
it'll stretch your taste pallet.
You're gonna be trying things that are incredibly spicy.
You're gonna be trying plates that you would
normally consider to be hot plates
but they're gonna be given to you
as cold noodles or cold soups.
You're gonna be trying foods that you probably
didn't even know existed.
Sitting on the ground, some of us have our legs folded.
Some of us are not flexible to fold our legs.
So I just have my legs completely straight.
- Some or just you?
- Just me.
This right here is so good.
I didn't love every single piece that I tried
but at the end of the day, because you have
so much variety, you do find a few key pieces
that you really enjoy.
And that's what travel's all about.
Pretty sure that meal was about $10 dollars per person.
Very affordable and we ate so much
that well, I literally had to drag Kati out.
She ate a bit too much.
Now another big thing that defines South Korea
and Seoul is definitely their drinking culture.
They know how to drink.
One of our nights out with Hian, she taught us about Soju.
Basically, what it is, it's a clear spirit,
typically distilled from rice and grains,
usually around 20% alcohol.
And this is the most popular drink
in South Korea, hands down.
Not only is it popular, it's actually
the most dranked drank in the world, apparently--
- Apparently.
- On average, a Korean will drink about
13.7 of these shots every single week.
Now I'm not here to make any judgements but.
Now on to the next point.
You don't just stop there at the Soju.
Soju is just like the pure form of the drink.
But what better way to celebrate
than to make it a bit more of a social drink.
The best way to do that is to make a Somac.
What that is, is basically take your Soju
and now mix it up with your beer.
- [All] Whoa!
- And you've got a Somac.
That's so good.
It's like the perfect compliment.
There's tons of different ways you can mix it up.
But the way that Hian had taught us,
was either to take a chopstick,
a fork, a utensil of some sort,
and basically just jab it in.
And up and down, up and down.
And right there, you have your first Somac.
Now, not only do you need to know
the drinks you're gonna drink,
but you also need to know the rules of the game.
When you'll be having a full dinner like this
people will basically be, cheersing,
every five minutes, every 10 minutes.
- [All] Cheers!
- Every Soju bottle has a number
between one and 50, underneath the lid.
What you can play is the guessing game.
I know the number.
You're gonna guess the number.
And I'll tell you if it's higher or lower.
In this case we're gonna play,
they get to give away an entire drink.
- Six.
- [Man] It's higher.
- 23
- Yes, yes!
- Christian!.
(they applaud)
- 14.
- Yeah!
(they applaud)
- Another way to play it is that
when you pull off the lid from the Soju
there's often a long aluminum little tail.
If you twirl it up, make it into a harder tail,
if you break it, the person to your right
has to drink their entire drink.
- Oh, so I wanna break it.
- The loser's gonna drink a whole Somac.
- Break it, break it.
- [All] Yeah!
- [Man] That's it, that's it!
- [Woman] Level three, level three.
- Level three!
These are some games that we played
and they made our nights that much more fun.
For all my team ge-lox ladies,
you're in luck because South Korea
is a cosmetics heaven.
Kati went absolutely crazy, from the different
skin care, facial treatments,
everything you could possibly imagine.
South Korea is the place where you will find it.
Now not only does she have fun with it.
We also both went and bought some set of eye contacts.
They don't improve your vision.
But they do change your eye color.
They change the size of your pupil.
All this for $20?
Oh my gosh, oh my gosh.
(he laughs)
- I look so weird.
(he laughs)
- [Man] Oh my gosh.
- This is scary.
- [Man] Oh, you look beautiful.
- No, I look scary.
Alejandro hasn't seen me, so I want to film his reaction.
- Ewwww.
(she laughs)
- This is one of the widely accepted
beauty cultures, here in Korea,
is to get colored eye contacts.
It's gonna match my shirt.
- [Woman] You seem so scared.
- I just hate putting things in my eyes.
- [Woman] I know.
- [Lady] No, no, no.
No, no, no, no, no.
- She's gonna help me.
- [Lady] Okay, no, no, no.
(she laughs)
- [Woman] Did you get it?
- No, it's so hard.
I think I got it.
I can't.
- [Lady] Come on.
- I'm gonna hold my breath, okay?
- I can't believe it.
We tried for hours and I just, I had to give up, I couldn't.
On to the next note.
That is that Korean shopping is some of my favorite.
I have found so many unique clothing pieces,
statement pieces, and the awesome thing is
they can be found, actually, relatively affordably.
So we did shopping at a couple different
areas throughout our trip.
One of the many designer areas is Garosu-Gil.
This is one store I really liked.
They have some super cool trends
that you will not find in North America.
And this store right here, called Around the Corner,
it's about mid price but they have
a huge selection of awesome Korean clothing.
I wanna find unique statement pieces
that don't break my wallet.
That are relatively affordable.
And that's where I found my best luck
was in the walking street of Hongdae.
Hongdae has so many incredible, hidden shops.
Some of them are underground.
Some of it's knock off but some are just
truly original pieces at a relatively low price range.
So I got a hat, I got some Velcro shoes.
They're back, everyone.
Bring back the elementary school fashion.
Everything's shockingly cheap.
These shoes are about $35, hat's $20.
I got a really awesome jacket for $30.
So the cool thing is you can negotiate
with the different stores.
Some of them, that are more like pop up shops.
Leave some room in your luggage
and you'll definitely leave with some great value.
I also just remembered one thing
that was a little bit weird about the shopping, though.
Usually there's only one size.
There was no small, medium, and large.
Typically quite baggy, that's the style in Korea.
And one thing I, particularly, struggled with
is that often you're not actually allowed to try things on.
I asked a lot of the service clerks why.
And they actually said it's because of makeup.
But I'm a guy so I guess maybe Korean guys wear makeup.
I don't know.
I shopped so hard that when I had
to leave Korea, I was wearing about
10 bundles of clothing on top of me.
My luggage was at least 15 kilograms over weight.
Kati has like eight jackets on,
four pairs of shorts over top.
In most circumstances I would say I look like an idiot
but honestly, in Korea, I kind of just
look like a K-Pop star.
I'm looking pretty fresh.
Got some denim over denim.
Ladies, watch out.
This is going down as the most stressful
check in of life.
Oh my gosh.
Most certainly, one of my favorite things about Seoul
was the food experience.
It is definitely a foodies destination,
if you know where to go.
And luckily, we had an incredible Korean barbecue,
where it was all you can eat, it was reasonably priced.
So you take a bit of lettuce, a bit of salt,
a little bit of spice.
Gonna wrap it up, bon appetit.
Hmmm, a little hidden gem.
This is interesting.
Like this delicious, creamy dessert coffee.
It's so good.
Everything looks so good.
- I can't remove them.
- Perfection.
- Very spicy, he did like this.
No, it's like.
- [Man] It's a lot spicy.
- It's very spicy. - It is.
That was one of the best meals.
We spent about $14 maybe even $13 US dollars per person.
I think that's incredible value.
If you've never had this before,
if it's done right, it'll blow your mind.
This is a must have when you come to Seoul.
- It's very interesting.
- [Man] It tastes like a real tomato.
Do you like it?
- No, of course not.
(he laughs)
- And so even though the tomato wasn't for me,
I'm excited to try mine.
I got the sweet pumpkin.
You got the peach.
- I got the peach.
- Oh, ladies and gentlemen.
This is peach, this is pumpkin?
It tastes like a PSL.
- It's my favorite.
- Another thing you need to know about,
extending on to the food is street food.
An you can find it in a lot of the touristy areas
from Hongdae to Insa-dong.
- So I don't know if this is Korean
but it's called tai-a-key.
And it's basically like a waffle in the shape of a fish.
It's so cute.
Like, this one has the mouth open.
So they put ice cream.
We have to try it.
- Oreo, honey, ice cream, all together.
Oreo, honey, and ice cream.
- [Man] Yeahhhh, all the best things in one fish.
And the incredible thing is, once again,
it's relatively affordable, for the most part.
Now one of the questions a lot of people have,
"Is South Korea safe?"
And unfortunately, it's really just not.
As much as I would love to get behind
the country and say that this is a safe destination
where you can be at peace, it's just not the case
ever since the dropped bear incident.
The mortality rate has risen 3,016%
in the past year and 1/2.
And it's only expected to rise from here.
For the most part, South Korea, exceptionally safe.
It's the kind of place where Kati
and myself, whoever, can walk alone at night.
Two thumbs up for me.
Because safety is cool.
Now, how's the weather?
Well, from what I could see, it's actually very mild.
It's kind of similar to where I used
to live in Vancouver, Canada.
It's got its' fair share of rainy days.
It can occasionally get snow.
It can have those beautiful hot days in the summer.
Now this one's a little bit of a random one
but it could come in handy for you.
There's lockers in the subway stations.
One night when we decided to go out
we actually went down to the subway lockers
to try and drop all my bags there.
And because it's such a safe place to do so,
I had no problem with leaving my camera
gear in a random, paid locker.
It's a cool little side fact, that could
come in handy for you.
Something crazy you can do in South Korea,
that I never got a chance to do
is actually eating octopus, that has just freshly
killed is a strong word.
Let's say, freshly been ended.
The cool thing about it, is that
because its' nerves are still going off
they literally will latch onto you.
And so some people have actually died
trying to eat this octopus,
because it grabs onto their throat.
But that just kind of raises the excitement of it all.
So I you wanna try something new,
eat a semi live octopus.
Now Korea is full of traditional experiences
mixed with somewhat touristy experiences.
Luckily Kati and I brought the best
of both worlds together.
- Look, my waist, it's so beautiful.
- [Man] It's so flattering.
- I feel like a cupcake.
- How do you say, "very cute," in Korean?
- Keo pa.
- Keo pa, now I don't know about you guys.
But I absolutely hate tourist attractions.
So, luckily, we've been able to keep
things super local today.
And we're going off to show you
the traditional side of the town, so let's go.
Looking good guys!
Looking good.
This is not just a thing that Kati and I
decided to do, you'll actually see tons of people
wearing these very, very cool traditional outfits.
Looking good, guys.
- Thank you.
- [Man] No, not you.
- It's very pretty, actually.
I like the colors.
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- Now this is something that kind of shocked
me a little bit, and that's that
we really didn't see that many tourists in South Korea.
The only place where we saw the occasional tourist
was actually in Hongdae.
And even at that, it felt predominantly local.
When there's too many tourists around
you kind of dilute the real culture.
And I never felt like that was
the experience in South Korea.
On to the next point.
And that is themed cafes.
- So gross.
- I gotta be honest, I don't know how I feel
about eating somewhere, where they're
associating themselves with poop.
And here it is.
This is Seoul's only poop cafe.
I just got myself a rose latte.
I gotta say, if you wanna take a photo
with a toilet bowl latte, this is a really,
really tasty latte.
I'm actually surprised to be saying that.
Theme cafes are definitely a big thing
to do here in Seoul.
You've got cat cafes, which are seen, now, everywhere.
But I highly doubt you've seen the next cafe
I'm going to show you.
The second you check in, they tell you
you have to remove, basically anything that's shiny.
I kept on a few bracelets and he comes
running over and grabs onto my bracelet.
That is the best thing I've ever seen.
He's checking my pockets.
Literally, first thing he did is slip
his hand into my pocket and he's grabbing
the receipts in there.
Can we get one?
- I want one.
- [Man] Bubble butt, bubble bubble bubble butt.
- He's so cute, so soft.
(relaxing music)
- There's a fight for Pride Rock here.
(raccoons hiss)
Oh, traffic jam.
He just activated pancake mode.
Now with all the Soju, Somac, Somac,
and all the other drinks that come with it,
of course, the night life is bound to be big.
Unfortunately, we never had a true big night out.
It's definitely something I would
love to go back and experience.
But from what we saw, walking around
on a weekend in Hongdae, there was tons of bars
that were just bumping.
I wish we had gone to a K-Pop club or something like that.
It would have been really cool.
But again, there's always another trip ahead of me.
For all you foodies out there,
look no further than the 7-11,
to try some very unique pieces
that I've only found in South Korea.
Alejandro went online and searched
for the best Korean snacks.
If you come to 7-11, you gotta get this right here.
This is oh-bu chip.
This smells like Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
This is a must have.
The taste you can see
And lastly, we've got the classic oh-bu chip.
Cheesy burrito.
And one thing that I actually kind of liked
was their banana milk.
The first sip kind of threw me off a little bit
but by the second and third, it really grew on me.
If you want a cool Instagram photo
then check out this library right here.
Inside of the Coex Mall, it's also
right next to a Gangnam style monument.
Now whenever I travel, I like to have
a base understanding of some of the cultural
norms wherever I'm going.
And in South Korea, there's some very unique ones.
The first one is called manner hands.
So everyone get your manner hands here.
Getting touched on the arm, on the hip,
anything of that sort can actually
be very uncomfortable unless it's invited.
A lot of the time you'll see South Koreans
when they take a photo together
and they don't know each other very well,
they'll actually have a hovering arm.
But the gap is actually not accidental,
it's intentional, because those are manner hands.
Another extension is that you actually
don't go in to shake with an older person's hand
unless it's been invited.
And if you do, it's best to use two hands in a shake.
You have to pour with two hands.
- [Lady] A respect time?
- Yeah, like respect a person.
- Here Christian, I'll give it to you with one hand.
- Oh, ho, ho.
A fascinating conversation I had with Hian our guide,
was actually about the way she interacts
with other locals.
She was saying that most people
actually won't talk to one another on the street.
It's kind of a weird thing to talk to a stranger.
If you desperately need directions,
don't be afraid to ask somebody,
but for the most part it's not something
that's closely integrated into their culture.
There's usually a bit of a divide between strangers.
Three, two, one, An-yo.
Now guys, the most important point
of all the 30 points is right here.
So listen up closely because you cannot
go to South Korea without knowing this.
You must never, never, never,
otherwise it could be the last time
you ever go to South Korea.
Five days in South Korea was just not enough.
It was an incredible trip.
But I only got a small glimpse
of what this monolithic city has to offer.
I would love to go back sometime soon.
I really wanna make a comprehensive guide,
to actually show you the best places to go.
But if you have anything in South Korea
that you recommend, I would love to hear your feedback.
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I always post my videos on Saturdays.
So I will see you right back here on the next Saturday.
And as always, let's get lost again, in the next one.
(he barks)


關於首爾的三十件事 (30 Things to Do and Know about Seoul - South Korea Travel Guide)

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Pedroli Li 發佈於 2019 年 7 月 6 日
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