First Ride on the Seoul Train!

April 11-12, 2015

Kevin and I woke up extra early on Saturday to take the 8:30am bus to Seoul. The express buses in Korea are really high class. We opted for the “excellent” grade coach since it’s only about a dollar more than the “general” and it was amazingly comfortable.

Excellent Coach

There is a double row and there is a single row with a small aisle in between. The overhead compartments open and close as if you are on an airplane. The seats are extremely wide and not only have little foot rests under the seat in front of you, they have extended leg rests as well. The seats recline pretty far back but since there is so much space between the seats, you don’t feel too cramped. Everyone has an assigned seat. The buses to Seoul from Cheongju run about every 10 minutes but we reserved our spots earlier in the week to ensure we got on the bus we wanted.

We arrived in Seoul around 10am and were able to successfully purchase our T-Money card and figure out the subway from the bus terminal to our hostel. We dropped off our bags and walked to the next metro station away, City Hall, where we met up with a good friend from college and his girlfriend. We had a great time exploring Seoul with them and eating some killer pork belly kbbq! See below for some highlights from the weekend.

Follow the rainbow road

View of the Namsan Tower through the smog-filled sky.

View of the Namsan Tower through the smog-filled sky.

 

We found the Sungnyemun Gate, the South Gate of Seoul that was originally erected in 1398 but has since undergone restoration and repair after much destruction.

We found the Sungnyemun Gate, the South Gate of Seoul that was originally erected in 1398 but has since undergone restoration and repair after much destruction.

Old meets new. #juxtaposition

Old meets new. #juxtaposition

Walking through the crowded streets of Myeongdong

Walking through the crowded streets of Myeongdong

Taking a stroll by the river walk.

Taking a stroll by the river walk.

Changing of the Guards at Gyeongbokgung Palace

Changing of the Guards at Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace

I can’t wait to visit again and explore Seoul some more – there is so much to see and do!! Also, I’d like to note how crazy it was to see so many foreigners. Cheongju isn’t exactly a tourist destination and unless it’s a Friday or Saturday night, we don’t run into other foreigners very often. Everywhere we turned in Seoul, it was a melting pot of cultures visiting from all over the world. Very cool place!

5 thoughts on “First Ride on the Seoul Train!

  1. Awesome photos. Love the old and new together. Some places remind me of downtown NYC. Looks like from your photos that it would be a great place to visit. (How long did you say the flight is from D.C. to Seoul???)

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  2. Looks like you had a lot of fun! Saturday was such a nice day for a day out in Seoul. I biked along the Han River and had chicken & beer delivered to our picnic – it was so much fun you should try it next time 😀

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