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Day #03 Stairs, 설렁탕 and loads of rain

This is the day I rediscovered that Seoul is a land of stairs of different kinds – steep, high, uneven, narrow – you name it. I lost track on the number of stairs I have to climb each day. (I need to climb 4 floors to get to my dorm)

For your information, the following photo is the stairs of exit 2 at Gwanghwamun station!

This is my favourite snack in Korea!! But it’s terribly expensive D: ~4,500won for 6 mini brownies.

Lunch is 설렁탕! Tried it for the first time and I LOVED IT! My friend told me it’s something that foreigners either like or hate and usually the European people think that it has a weird taste. It’s a very traditional Korean food and it was super good. The portion is scarily big too and basically you have loads of soup, beef, rice AND noodles. You are supposed to dump the rice into the soup and eat it that way.

A random photo of the subway if you are interested in how it looks like!

A sneak preview of KU! It was raining heavily and the winds were strong, so I was blown left right center before I had the chance to explore more!

Some graffiti in the student union building!

I haven’t been speaking much Korean (since I’ve been out alone) and I haven’t been dong anything Korean too. D: mmm but I guess the photos are more interesting right? I’ll probably post about Korean only when the lessons start! ^^

Any places you will like me to cover? 😀 Please let me know of interesting places to go too! I’m still very very new to Seoul~!

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    8 August, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    i just realized that we’re in gwanghwamun ytd as well OTL we keep on missing each other! market o brownies are the best but will rip you off if you buy it everyday! korea’s nit just abt stairs! the long escalators as well! it’s kinda scary if it’s too long and high..

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      9 August, 2011 at 6:51 AM

      hahaha! i’ll go broke if i have it everyday. but it’s sooo yummy D: i think singapore has longer escalators! havent seen any that beat them yet. xD maybe i havent found them yet!

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    8 August, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    cafes? keke
    i <3 my coffee and cafes…

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      9 August, 2011 at 6:51 AM

      I’m less coffee but definitely cakes!!

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    8 August, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    i <3 설렁탕 too .:)

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    9 August, 2011 at 1:58 AM

    I LOVE your sharing… It looks soooo interesting!

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      9 August, 2011 at 6:52 AM

      thanks!! will definitely share more often~!

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    9 August, 2011 at 7:24 AM

    OMG you shared SO much stuffs Shanna, this is just amazing thx about that.
    I just can’t answer to everything I want because it would take too much time and that’s almost 2 in the morning here lol but I’m really happy that you find your way in Korea.
    How about the language ? Can you say whatever you want ? Do you understand everybody quiet well ?
    Usually I tend to understand better than what I can say (especially the first day in Korea, Mainly because I think that’s really complicate to practice the speaking when we don’t live in the country when the rest (understanding, writing, pronounciation) is way easier).

    Your post about how to use your smartphone in Korea is extremely interesting.

    I’ll stay tune to follow your adventure and hope that it will stop raining.
    But you know, as I said to a Korean friend of mine yesterday, the weather is terrible here in France too so I really don’t know where the sun is at the moment (except in placing it stay all the time like Singapore lol).

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      9 August, 2011 at 7:34 AM

      glad you enjoyed the posts! ^^ makes me even happier when I’m writing them~! I think it really depends on my mood of the day. When I’m energetic and more focused, i can understand almost everything and say quite alot. When I’m tired or zoned out, everything becomes white noise and i’ll go 아~ 음~ at the person.

      hahaha it seems like its raining everywhere! Heard the weather isnt good in England too~ I need the sun D: D:

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    9 August, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    the staircase pic reminded me of the time when I was in Seoul. My friend and I really had a hard time climbing up and down alot alot of staircases. I remember there were staircases everywhere in the subway stations, at each entrance and exit and there were staircases too to transfer from one line to another, which were unheard of in Singapore.. Maybe it’s the case that we’re too spoiled here in sg, but I swear I’ve never seen so much staircases in my entire existance!! And omg, the old folks could even walked and climbed faster than us, which really put us to shame =.=”

    Did u notice too that the only group of folks that took the subway elevators are the older generations? It’s a stark contrast to how we do it here in Singapore, We were too ignorant then , so it’s no surprise that we attracted unwanted glares from the 할머니 and 할아버지 when we joined them in the lifts too..oops ^^

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      9 August, 2011 at 8:14 PM

      haha!! yes I’m overwhelmed by the number of stairs. and we are too spoiled by how easy it is to transfer trains. granted, our subway lines are wayyy less complicated, but even the larger mrt transfer stations like douby ghaut has real decent escalators, travelleters (i dunno how to spell) etc.
      keke yeahh i learnt that last year when some others wanted to take the lift! omg the 할머니 scolded us O.o

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    15 August, 2011 at 3:34 AM

    You should also cover Yonsei and Seoul National University 🙂

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      15 August, 2011 at 10:31 AM

      I’ll probably do so~! 😀 I love exploring universities 😀

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