Visiting the ER in South Korea

I had a non scheduled visit to the emergency room when I was in South Korea. Quite an experience. It was during Chusok, one of the most important holidays in South Korea, so I had no choice but to go there.
That was the first time I went to an emergency room, so I was in panic mode. 
First, I was surprised I couldnt find any person who spoke in English. I know they dont need to, but I always find people who speaks English everywhere.

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The Doctor and nurse were  grumpy because I couldnt communicate, that made me feel worst, I kept saying  sorry I dont speak well korean in korean, but I know the medical staff work so hard, so I cant blame them  and  not everything is negative,  I dropped a cotton they gave me on the bed. The cotton was red like blood, so the sheet had red stains like blood. At that time I felt so sick  I didnt care, but an older korean man next to my bed called a nurse and asked her to change the sheet of my bed. None of his business, but he decided to help me. I was very thankful,   he moved his hand like saying its nothing. 

After that visit, I realized how well organized was the emergency room.  I didnt wait long to get a bed. Eventhough I had a traveler’s insurance, I paid with a credit card because  my insurance was not accepted.  At the end it was $180. I needed a report of my emergency for the insurance company and it cost me $20 more. An appointmemt with the Dr ( not emergency room) is around $20.
Health care in South Korea is good and not so expensive , but I hope I dont  go to the ER again.

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Line Store Seoul

Line store in Seoul South Korea. A big Brown bear for taking pics at the entrance.

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The store has two floors. You can find the store in Myongdong.

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Many stuff

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It is interesting if you are a line fan.

I bought some souveniers there ,
you can get it from $2 aprox.

Festivals in Korea

There are many festivals throughout the year in Korea.  Go to the website of visit Korea to check for specific dates.

I went to some festivals and here are some pictures.

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Lantern Festival in Seoul, very cool!

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I dont remember the nameof this,  but it was light and music in Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Fireworks in Seoul, I dont recommend this one. It was very crowded, people pushing.

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Rice festival Icheon city

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Very interesting and lot of makgeolli and food.

There is also Kimchi festival in Seoul, check it out^^

Mexican Food in Seoul

If you miss mexican food, try these restaurants in Seoul.

Mariachi, this is a small restaurant in sinsa, close to the station and next to a movie theater.

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Food was really good. I had chicken tacos and a burrito.

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Vatos is a great restaurant to go with friends or your significant other. Also in sinsa.

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Good decor

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Good food, mix of mexican and korean food.

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They have lunch menu.

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Grandes margaritas!!!

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Then Julio is a mexican restaurant in Gangnam. First time I went was delicious, but second time was so so.

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It is always crowded, so go early.

Mexican food is popular in Seoul^^

Street Food Korea

I have to admit, I was hesitant. I always think I will get sick if I eat street food, but it looked soooo delicious, I gave it a try.

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Here you can see fried vegetables , rice cake, hot dogs.

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I tried Tokbokki and fried food. The fried food was too oily, but the tokbokki was good.

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It was a good experience and I didnt get sick. I saw many office workers eating here as well. I spent like 3 dollars, very cheap.

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My favorite street food is cup chicken, for 2 dollars you can get this cup full of spicy fried chicken. Some chicken shops sell this.
Who wants chicken?

Seoul Coffee Shops

In love with coffee?  You can find these coffee shops in many neighborhoods in Seoul.

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Angel in us Coffee, fell in love here.
Sometimes called Angelina coffee.

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A Twosome Place

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Tom N Toms Coffee

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Ediya coffee, one of my favorites and not expensive.

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Hollys Coffee

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Caffe Bene, really good^^

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Hello Kitty Cafe, cute^^

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Starbucks

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The Coffee Bean

There are also many small beautiful  coffee shops.

And how about tea? Next post^^

Coffee Time Korea

When I arrived in Seoul, I was very surprised of the number of coffee shops. Ive never seen so many in any other city. I thought Spain had a lot of coffee shops, but Seoul wins.

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Coffee shops are the place to meet your friends, study, date, relax , work, text,  etc. Even fight (  I saw a couple  fighting and nobody said anything, probably because they were around 60 years old)

Koreans adore their coffee shops and sometimes  spend more money in coffee than a meal. Actually it costs almost same, 4 or 5  dollars aprox for a capuccino, but in college, cafeterias
meals are 3 or 4 dollars.

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My language teacher always said, koreans are crazy about coffee.

Of course there is also Starbucks.

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Most korean coffee shops are very similar to Starbucks.

When I lived in Spain I always had coffee with a croissant or a spanish pastry. The barista was not young at all and from the entrance, I could smell the toasted coffee. I miss that.

In my next post I will write about the coffee shops.

Bars in Seoul

Going to a bar in Seoul is so much fun and not only means drinking. South Koreans are used to drink and eat. Many bars have lots of food to order in their menu like fried chicken, pizza, fruits even korean soups.

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Wawa Bar
Most bars are full of  people at night time.

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Sweet potato fries

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Kind of pizza without dough, delicious

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A waiter preparing a drink

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Beer Clock Bar

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Monitor to order menus

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Makkolli, drink made from rice. Not as strong as Soju. 

There are many bars in Seoul with different decoration and prices. Drinking soju, makkolli and maekju ( korean beer) are not expensive, but imported alcohol is very expensive.
Dont forget to try Soju bomb, is like sake bomb, korean beer with soju^^

Seoul Zoo

This place is next to Seoul Land which is an amusement park. The subway takes you directly to the main entrance, the subway stop is Seoul Grand Park.
Lot of different animals and plants. This zoo is very big, so I would recommend to go in the morning or early afternoon.

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The bears are waiting to  catch some food. Lots of bears in this zoo.

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Entrance of Zoo

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Taking the elephant train

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This area reminded me of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Entrance fee is very inexpensive aprox 3 dollars.

Seoul Tour

Quick tour around Seoul

Namsan Tower

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Great view of Seoul at night time!

Gyeongbokgun Palace

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Royal palace of Joseon Dinasty and biggest one.

Gwanhwamun Plaza

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Here you can see the statue of King Sejong father of the korean alphabet. It is in the same area as Gyeonbokgun palace.

Insadong

Close to Gyeongbokgun palace.

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This is the place to buy souvenirs, there are many shops, cafes and restaurants!

Myeongdong

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This is my favorite in Seoul. Lot of shops and cafes.

Dongdaemun

For shoppers.
Lot of clothes and accesories.

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Dongdaemun Design Plaza or DDP, looks like a big UFO.

Jamsil

You can find a big mall and many shops. Also Lotte World

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Lotte Mall

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There is an amusement park, Lotte World and ice rink.

Hongdae and Gagnam are also interesting if you have time. Itaewon is the international district , many international restaurants, but nothing else.