Saturdays in Seoul (ep. 1) - Bongeunsa Temple + The Great Korean Beer Festival
Hey everyone - Happy May!
It's a new month, which, for me, means new projects, new goals, and to kick it all off, a new video (and it's quite possibly my favorite video I've ever made).
Welcome to "Saturdays in Seoul"... A new vlogging venture.
...and, this time, my boyfriend Andrew is along for the ride.
Though we still have quite a bit of work to do as far as our coordination goes, (in more ways than one... watch 'til the end to see what I mean...), overall, we had a great Saturday and are really excited about creating more of these to document the rest of our time in Seoul.
*No Andrews were harmed in the making of this video*
Where we went
In episode one, Andrew and I start our day at Bongeunsa Temple, a calm oasis in the middle of the bustling city. It's my favorite time of year to visit the temples in South Korea... because the rows of lanterns are already hung for Buddha's birthday, but the hoardes of tourists aren't lined up to snap photos with them... yet...
Avoid the crowds and head there early, or stop in at night to see the lanterns all lit up.
By cab: 봉은사
By metro: Bongeunsa Temple Station, Exit 1. Cheongdam Station, Exit 2.
Great Korean Beer Festival
After exploring the temple, we wandered over to the Great Korean Beer Festival, conveniently located by the COEX mall just across the street. If you missed it this weekend, don't worry - this year's beer festival is everyday from 12 p.m. until 10 p.m. through May 6th.
COEX is pretty massive, and we weren't sure where exactly to go at first for the festival. You'll find this year's festival at the K-POP Square right outside of SMTOWN. Check out the food and drink selection before you go here.
By cab: 삼성역
By metro: Samsung Station, Exit 5 or 6.
When it got a bit chilly at the beer festival we ducked inside COEX's Starfield Library to warm up (and charge my phone). If you're in the area, it's absolutely a must see.
Directions are the same as above.
Unfortunately, the day wasn't entirely smooth sailing. When the hoodie I bought at H&M didn't warm me up, I was shivering so much I was nearly spilling my beer. Then Andrew told me it wasn't even cold outside, so I decided to stop rallying through the day and we headed home... where a full blown fever fully caught up with me. Being the complete perfect human that he is, Andrew got me soup, made us tea, and I was asleep by 10.
Despite this turn of events, it was still an awesome day, and, again, in my opinion, resulted in what may be the best video I've made so far.
Check it out for yourself!
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