Sarah and I decided to get out of Sinpyeong for the weekend so we packed up the car and headed to Seoul. The drive took 3 hours even though it was only 70 km away. Some advice, leave late at night if you are going to Seoul from anywhere in Korea. But really, it’s always going to take a while to get there.
We booked a hotel in the Itaewon district which our boss told us was full of foreigners. We thought it would be the best place to visit for our first trip, especially if we wanted to get some vegan food. We arrived at the Crown Hotel and parked for the weekend. There was a wedding convention going on at Crown so there were people everywhere. We found our room and were pretty happy with the accommodations. Especially the location and built in side table digital clock.
We mapped out the distance to a vegan restaurant and headed there first. It is called PLANT, and includes a selection of vegan baked goods from the veg in Korea blog Alien’s Day Out. We have been spoiled living in Portland so it was nice to have vegan options again.
After this we left and walked through the alleys. We noticed a lot of “vintage” and antique shops in this area. This particular shop below carried a very racist doll. We were weary of posting this since it is damn offensive, but it should be noted that apparently this is okay in Korea. I guess they don’t know the connotation behind this doll? The antique shops weren’t our thing so we went home to take a food nap.
We went out again later that night. When we walked through Itaewon for the second time it was like a completely different place in the dark. There were foreigners everywhere, and most of them were heavily intoxicated. Was it nice to see Westerners? No not really. It kind of made me feel like I wasn’t in Korea. I traveled across the world to see people from back home that I dislike. That was kind of a bummer. We found a taco bell and went inside. Yeah, we did. It’s not easy being veg in Korea. Inside a westerner stumbled around trying to order food but realized he didn’t have his wallet and stumbled out. We got our burrito fix then walked around some more before calling it a night around 1am. We’re old.
The next day we walked through the Itaewon district again and I shot some more photos. We went to a mall and I shot this from the roof before we headed back home. The drive back only took an hour and 30 minutes.
All in all it was a pretty good weekend. We were only there for a short amount of time but it was nice to be in a bigger city and just a different environment. We will definitely be going back.