Chuseok which is Thanksgiving in Korea fell on this month. Attached to this holiday were 10 days off (for me... for everyone else I think it might of being 5) I decided to stay in-country this time. It was tempting to go away to a far away place near-by. The last two Chuseok holidays I've taken off to Yakushima, Japan. But this, being my last year here, I thought that perhaps sticking around might be fun.
My friend Ben didn't have anything special plan as well, so we teamed up and decided to go to Seoul. I had read somewhere that Chuseok was the best time to travel to Seoul since the majority of people drive AWAY to be with their families in the country side. It has been proven true by yours truly. It really was the best time to travel to Seoul. There were no crowded subways,streets, nor roads. It was quite nice.
|Subway in Seoul during Chuseuk.|
|Never had I seen an underground this empty in Seoul before.|
|This looks more Gwangju than Seoul.|
Ben and I made a day out of it in Lotte World. I realize that as I grow older, another thing I can't stomach is roller coasters. I love them still...only that now, if I feel like throwing up each time. The best part was that even though we had to make a line for some of the rides, we usually didn't have to wait too long, if at all. We even got to go on our favorite ride twice!
|Our FAVORITE ride!|
|Didn't have the stomach for this one.|
|Ben is super excited!|
|Korean soldiers are so cute... and so not intimidating.|
My advice for those coming to Korea, or already in Korea, definitely go to Seoul during Chuseok. It is the best time to have the city mostly to yourself. Especially Lotte World or any other place that would most likely be crowded on any given weekend. It was a lot of fun.
I may of not gone anywhere exotic, but I definitely enjoyed my time off right here at 'home.'