When I decided to move to South Korea I had mixed feelings on whether or not I would want to live in Seoul. I have friends that have either lived in Korea or visited Korea and lots of people shared their opinions on Seoul when I told them I was moving to Korea.

I would hear the following:
-It’s polluted
-It’s over populated
-It’s an amazing, bustling city
-You’ll have the greatest chance of meeting Western friends

The list goes on and on honestly about what I heard regarding people’s opinions, either based on their experience or the experience of a friend of a friend that then they would in turn share with me.

I choose not to live in Seoul for a number of reasons. I am happy with my choice to be in Ulsan, near the coast for the year.

But, I am excited to continue to visit Seoul throughout the course of the upcoming year.

Here is a snapshot of my first visit to this amazing capital, and largest city of Korea.

GF Food

By far I would have an enormous amount of choices to eat compared to where I live. This city, like most enormous, metropolitan cities, has a variety of food options including Western food choices like TACOS. Who doesn’t love tacos every day?

These are tacos from Vatos Tacos in Itaewon.  (1, Itaewon-ro 15-gil (2nd Fl)
Yongsan-gu, Seoul) I cannot wait to visit this place again.  Be prepared to wait if it is the weekend or you are with a large party, but I found it absolutely worth it.  I miss guac and corn tortillas oh so much!  For a country that puts corn on EVERYTHING, I have yet to see corn tortillas in my city.

I also had a margarita the size of my face and couldn’t have been happier about it!

NIGHT LIFE

I had a ball over our Chuseok break staying out way too late, drinking soju, and dancing the night away!  It was exactly what the doctor ordered.

One of my favorite things about Korea is you can drink anywhere.  It is very normal to go to 711 or any convenience store and drink outside of the store.  Many of the stores have tables outside and it is a welcome past time in Korea to sit and enjoy drinks outside.  I adore it.

Itaweon is full of fun night lift and street parties galore.  I even found gluten free beer!

HIKING

Get out of the city and go hiking!  Korea is full of amazing beauty and I am thankful for that!  If you are tired of the hustle and bustle of Seoul, you can head to a number of different places to get your nature fix.  We went to Bukhansan National Park to take in the breath taking views of the fall colors and the city.  It was only about an hour bus ride from where we were staying in Itaewon and I highly recommend it!

Stay tuned for my Gluten Free Guide to Seoul, which I will be continually adding to throughout my year in Korea!

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