Isolation has been singular and focused: This means no pulse rifles, no power loaders, no gruff, quip-spouting marines by your side. I played three hours of Alien:
However, after being in North Korea, I wanted to visit South Korea in order to understand the differences between them. It was always a country that seemed a little out of reach and unknown; a country only talked about in great detail by expats.
Plus, with five weeks to pass through the country, I had time for a few hiccups along the way. It lacked a certain buzz that I thrive on in Asian cities. And as I passed through new towns, I realised that locals had told me things prior to my arrival which were filled with an abundance of pride which in itself is beautifulbut which in reality were nothing more than just another nondescript town with one or two areas of interest.
My biggest mistake was in visiting Japan first and the on-going Korea or Japan debate is inevitable, even though its wrong. Japan was incredible and after spending one month there, I was on a huge come down.
I missed Japan and its madness and its juxtaposed politeness. I lamented the loss of the ordered beauty, the eccentricities, the ever-changing landscape and the fantastic infrastructure. South Korea paled in comparison. Following the three year Korean War, which began in when the North invaded the South, the country was to grow into a major economy.
This term refers to the post-war industrialisation of Korea, which saw immense technological advancement, rapid urbanisation including the Seoul subway system in use todaybooming high standards of living and educational reforms, the hosting of huge sporting events including the Summer Olympics and the FIFA World Cup, as well as placing the country on global stage with the formation of international companies including Samsung, Hyundai and LG.
Whilst many remain divided in opinion about his time in power, it is evident the country developed significantly, although rapid growth did come at the expense of culture, tradition and beauty.
South Korea rose from the ashes and became a strong and prosperous nation, albeit at great sacrifice.
They are a nation of staunch hard workers; their children study all day and most of the night ; they are serious yet switched on. THAT is their pride. With all this in mind, I made it a personal mission to NOT immediately dismiss travel to South Korea and leave too early.
It deserved a chance. I cut my four or five weeks down to three and vowed not to leave a day sooner. I knew there were plenty of things to see and do in Korea emitting some level of cultural or adventurous interest and in each destination I tried to find something positive, picturesque or historically relevant.
I grew to love the arty side of Seoul, choosing the funky student-filled Hongdae as my base and enjoying the atmosphere of Itaewon and Gangnam that is best seen when the sun goes down.
From huge markets, old villages, historical palaces, entertainment districts and shopping plazas, there was always something new to try to seek out.
However, it was an important insight into the differing parts of the country and how the experiences of travelling in South Korea vary greatly. Gyeongju was a highlight, boosting huge grassy tombs, temples and gorgeous parkland, surrounded by mountains. Definitely one of the more interesting cities with a lot of ground to cover.
Busan, with its lively beaches and mountainous terrain, was a refreshing and chilled break from the brash Seoul.
I had an incredible few days in the small harbor town of Yeosu staying with my expat friend who teaches there, taking random bus trips to temples and scenic areas I would have otherwise found hard to come by. I also got to meet her high school students, which was an interesting insight into the new generation of Koreans who work so incredibly hard.
Jeju Island was, hands down, my most favourite part of Korea — a stunning domestic holiday spot scattered with stunning beaches and a whole host of UNESCO sites including lava caves, a mountain and incredible viewing points.
I lost count of the number of times expats and former expats told me that you can only really enjoy Korea when people can tell you or show you where to go.
Knowing someone really is key — take advantage of this if you are considering a visit there as they are also the stepping-stone to meeting lots of local people.
Friends, determination, context and an open mind — I made the most of what I had. Would I visit again? Yes, I would travel South Korea again but not for a very long time, and only if it was en route to another destination.
For now, I am content with letting South Korea go, for now.
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