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Gyeongbokgung, Korea: People, Place, and Food - the three elements that accompany us on our travels.

Updated: Nov 9, 2023

People, places, and food form a trinitarian companion for travelers. When you venture to new destinations, encounter unfamiliar faces, and savor novel culinary delights, commence with a sense of grace; it will invariably lead you to a state of gratitude and joy. Traveling is not just about visiting new destinations; it's about building connections, learning, and embracing the simple joys of life – all while savoring the delicious food that brings us together. So, as you set out on your own adventures, remember these lessons and let gratitude and joy guide your path.

Embracing the Blend of Old and New: Our journey began with the vibrant pop culture of Korea, symbolized by a picture of Blackpink on the wall. As fans of Korean music and dramas, we felt an immediate connection to the country and its people.

Our stay at The Shila Seoul #theshilaseoul perfectly encapsulated the harmony of tradition and modernity that defines Korea. Just like this nation that cherishes its history while embracing innovation, we can learn to combine our roots with creativity to foster progress and personal growth. The synergy of history and the future can lead to a more fulfilling journey, both as individuals and as a society.

Dining Like the Gogwihan-Nobles:

One of our most memorable experiences was dining at a restaurant that served dishes once exclusive to the nobility. Gomtang soup, with its rich flavor and health benefits, made us appreciate the privilege of enjoying such cuisine. This experience reminded us to be grateful for the moments when we get to indulge like nobles and appreciate the culinary heritage of a new place.

Savoring Simplicity with Common Fare

Sometimes, the simplest meals provide the most profound joy.

We savored dishes made from millet, barley, and buckwheat in a traditional Korean setting. Sitting on the floor, surrounded by mud walls, and enjoying a meal served with kimchi and rice wine connected us to the heart of Korean culture. It was a reminder that joy can be found in simplicity.

Blending the Old and New in Breakfast

At Parkview Shila,#parkviewshila we experienced the perfect blend of the old and new. The breakfast buffet offered a fusion of tradition and modernity, mirroring Korea's ability to celebrate its heritage while embracing contemporary innovations. It taught us the importance of appreciating the beauty of both worlds.

Playful Snacking in Insadong

Eating a poop-shaped cookie at a world-famous poop cafe in Insadong was a quirky yet delightful experience. It highlighted the fun side of travel and the importance of embracing the unexpected. Sometimes, the most unconventional moments can become cherished memories.

Exploring the Vibrant World of Korean Street Food

A visit to Korea would be incomplete without indulging in its vibrant street food culture. From young to old, everyone enjoys the colorful and delicious offerings. It's a testament to the power of food to bring people together, transcending boundaries and differences. The bustling streets are a melting pot of young and old, filled with colors and flavors that tantalize the taste buds. One iconic destination for street food enthusiasts is Seoul's century-old Gwangjang Market #gwangjangmarket, a historic gem that continues to thrive. Additionally, Myeongdong #Myeondong stands out as one of Seoul's most popular, unique, and innovative hubs for street food offerings.

Three valuable lessons that apply not only to travel but also to life in general

Build Relationships with People: Engage with locals and fellow travelers, as meaningful connections can enrich your experiences and broaden your horizons.

Learn from the Places You Visit: Immerse yourself in the culture, history, and traditions of the places you explore. Be open to learning and embracing new perspectives.

Be Grateful for the Food You Eat: Food is a universal language that can bring joy and foster gratitude. Whether you're dining like nobles or savoring street food, take a moment to appreciate the culinary experiences that enrich your journey.

In the end, our Korean adventure was a reminder that travel is not just about visiting new destinations; it's about building connections, learning, and embracing the simple joys of life – all while savoring the delicious food that brings us together.

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