travel journal part 5 : Yeosu + Namhae | This is Korea !

Hello everyone ~

Before skipping this very last LONG TIME DUE travel post part of South Korea ( . . . )
here is a short insight to the last days in South Korea !
The trip to the southern part of South Korea was definitely refreshing and soooo worth it !
I recommend everyone to not only come to South Korea to visit Seoul ( which is definitely the most interesting part ) but also other parts of the country !
I will definitely return to discover other cities too for example Busan ~
Anyway – the first thing we did after arriving in the south and after arriving by high speed train was this delicious goodiness of a Korean dish :
Korea is famous for its many hearty and spicy stews and this one was filled up with lots of fish and vegetables and ricecakes !
We visited a small village called 

Namhae

Upon arriving there I felt a very familiar atmosphere there . . . haha not really !
But it somehow looked very western ~
This stone is right at the gates of the small village and tells about the friendship between South Korea and Germany ( or some kind of relationship ) . In the past there used to be a deficit of laborers in Germany since everyone was busy building up the postwar cities . That was when a lot of South Korean went to Germany in order to feed their families back home and also help out in Germany .
The museum in Namhae talks about a lot of South Korean men working in Germany as workers in the coal mines ( which is actually in the area I live ) and women working as nurses .
As a thanks for all their hard work despite the distance seperating the workers from their families , South Korea built this German style village to honor them .
To make them feel comfortable once they return to South Korea .
I think it’s a really nice village and the view is astonishing .
If you are interested in staying short time in this village , you can simply book a stay in one of these cute German style house ~
After taking off from the cute village we visited a buddhist temple far away from cities and noises :
The Boriam Temple in Namhae is truely beautiful .
The walk to the top might be a little breathtaking . . . but the view from the top is sure to worth it !
I have seen a lot of beautiful temples so far and I must admit I am in love with religious places because I can sense the effort and detailing put into everything and the calmness . I just wish that in China there would be much less people and much less noise at such places so you could enjoy the atmosphere much more . . .
JUST LOOK AT THIS DETAILING !
I loooove it it’s so beautiful . I could stare at such patterns and corners for a long time and think about the logic and symbols haha ~
No joke . I would if I had the time I really would !
These eight stones we stapled upon each other in the hopes of a wish coming true .
It is said that upon visiting the temple and the mountain of the Boriam Temple one lifetime wish will come true .
Then you have to staple some stones upon each other and wish for it .
And to not got mainstream like the others with ending the stapling with 4-6 stones . . .
we thought we could make use of the holy number of 8 and staple 8 stones .
Don’t tell me it’s not about who got the most .
I just wanted to sho off my skills or whatever haha ~
After visiting some other beautiful spots ( which name I could not get due to non-english guide ) we had another feast ~
Looking at these foodographies from back then . . . I really wish I could have this again . . .
right now .
STARVING OVER HERE . . . . . .
The next big stop before heading back to Seoul and ending our entire South Korea trip was :

YEOSU

Beautiful beautiful Yeosu but I bet everything could have been much much more beautiful ( and enjoyable ) if only the weather would have been a little less cold .
I remember now with writing this :
Yeosu was about ten degrees warmer than Seoul haha ~
That being said . . . you should know Seoul was about -15 degree . . .
So as a matter of facts it was still too cold for me in Yeosu but I tried to enjoy it anyway !
These photos could look a little more lively after some editing coz obviously there was some light missing here and there :P
But having been there in person I can tell you – it was without a doubt a viewtiful scenery ~
This sign I found somewhere nearby a tourist spot I HAD to take a photo of .
Even at that time I already doubted a little that I would remember all the things I would eat in Korea .
This sign would tell me the names of the most famous local dishes there .
Guess I really did forget the names making this photo worth a lot to me haha ~
Sadly I can’t really remember the ingredients of some of these dishes haha ~
This last dinner in the south of South Korea was soooo good !
It was not in Yeosu but somewhere a little more to the north .
It was right opposite to a reservoir :
I remember paying 30000 Won per person ( which is a lot . . . ) but you could have all-u-can-eat of all the side dishes there !
And these side dishes were AWESOME !
Sooooo much seafood – I love seafood !
After this trip to South Korea I had to eat a lot of super healthy stuff to balance out the super salty and spicy dishes I had in Korea . . . with fruits n fruits n lots of fruits !
And good old chinese soups ~
We went back to Seoul after this dinner and visit of the reservoir .
The next day I got to meet up with a friend I know from back in Germany !
It was a coincidence that he would also visit Korea at that time and he just came from Busan etc. so we had the chance to meet in Seoul ~
We had a nice dinner with spicyyyy squid !
LOVE IT HAHA ~
After that we went to KTV ~
It was a spontaneous decision but it was funny all the way !
And this marks the end of my memorable visit of South Korea !
Finally got to wrap this up !
Look forward to my long-time-due JAPAN TRIP POSTS !
Coming shortly ~
lots ‘n’ lots of love ~
~jen

travel journal part 4 : Seoul | This is Korea ! | Everland safari + Myeongdong Dog Cafe

Hello again ~

I really wanted to share two awesome experiences and places in Seoul that U NEED TO take a look at !

BEFORE I get to this incredibly cute little pug on the top half of this collage I want to tell u about my first ever safari experience which I was able to get at the

Everland Theme Park

 

which lies a little more outside of Seoul but can be reached with train and bus in an hour .
And ( again . . . ) if it weren’t that cold I would have enjoyed it sooo much more than I’ve already done back there .

But super cold weather ( the sun couldn’t possibly warm me up against the freezing wind ) + fast rides on rollercoasters or other attractions just don’t do anyone any good .

It was pretty surprising to me though that there were quite many people in the theme park !

I guess they all wanted to enjoy the really really cooool safari tours there ?

There was a tour with a bus to take a look at a lot of tigers and lions , snow lions , ligers , etc and I was a little afraid first . . .

but they didn’t move much so I was totally fine throughout the tour :)

It’s cool for someone like me who won’t ever get to countries where these animals are at home .

But I did keep in mind that they are held there against their will .

People may want to talk all they want against such an act and I truly DO NO support these things

BUT

it’s not like they hold the animals there and harm them .

People should raise more awareness against the killing of these animals and THAT doesn’t happen in zoos etc .

Instead they are fed all the time and get a lot of love from the staff .

And a lot of small children get to see such great animals in real life and get super excited and happy .

I think things like these also matter :)

First time I ever saw these animals in real life .
Might as well be the last I will ever get this close to them .
SUPER CLOSE .
This giraffes head was right above mine .
How I would have loved to pet it . . . ~
As I was freezing and trying my best to warm up but it was no use . . .
( sorry Geon for taking me to this wonderful place and sorry for being so sensitive to cold :( . . . )
we went back to Seoul and had something super healthy and yummy to warm up again !

Super good KIMCHI !

Of course it wasn’t the super yummy kimchi that warmed us up but the Ginseng Chicken !
I strongly recommend anyone to try Ginseng Chicken like this .
I love it because it’s super good for health and warms you up in cold winter days ~
I also tried this once in Beijing in Wangjing and it was super good there but this one was EVEN BETTER .
There are plenty of places to get this Korean dish so don’t miss it when you visit South Korea ! ! !
We also visited Myeongdong and had breakfast there :
Haha – I super duper rarely ever have breakfast . Instead my first meal of a day is lunch .
This is why sometimes I call this brunch :D
Anyway – it was a good meal ~
I like how in Korean restaurants they like to add some rice to what is left in the wok / bowl at the end and then fry it .
One thing I have to share with those of you who do not know of it :
the best part of these fried rice at the end is the rice that gets stuck on the wok / bowl and gets a little burned .

IT’S THE BEST PART coz it’s super crispy I LOVE IT ~

 

Roaming the streets of Myeongdong we set our eyes on a

Myeongdong Dog Café

which happens to be close to a cat café .
One can’t help but instantly fall deeply in love with those super cute and fluffy and cuddly dogs inside the café !
They were all so cute and it’s really cool and interesting how it’s not us visitors who get to choose the dog we want to cuddle and pet . . . no . . .
IT’S THE DOG WHO GETS TO CHOOSE !
Needs some amount of patience to get a decent photo with the dogs you like when they actually don’t want to stick with you ;A;
OH BUT I REALLY REALLY ADORED THIS LITTLE BUN HERE !

 

OH MY WHY IS HE SO CUTE ? ? ?
I don’t know why but I find pugs so cuuuuute ~

 

They had sooo many dogs but the three different sized pugs were my favourites ~

 

I guess they have a super relaxed life here at this dog café .
But most of them were picked of from the streets actually . . .
I really like how this café didn’t simply pick cute n good looking dogs but dogs that were in need !

 

I always wanted to raise a dog . . . after this experience my urge to want one has grown bigger . . .
I WANT ONE SO MUCH
So that’s it about Seoul I wanted to share with you :)
I had sooo much good food here hehe ~
Look forward to the last part of my Korea trip journal :
Yeosu + Namhae | This is Korea ! part 5

 

A visit to the south part of South Korea !
lots ‘n’ lots of love ~
~jen

travel journal part 3 : Seoul | This is Korea ! | Bukchon + Ihwa | villages of Seoul

Hello everyone ~

this third part of my Korea trip posts will be about one of my favourite things in Seoul :
the cute and artsy villages of Seoul !
I only made it to two of the villages of Seoul but they are both soooo interesting and super beautiful ~
IF ONLY it wasn’t that cold . . . I surely would have enjoyed walking in the small streets longer . . .
But you should always see the bright side of everything like me thinking it’s actually pretty smart to come in winter when it’s so super cold because this way there are only few tourist at all the tourist spots :D
And yeah that was an absolutely correct thought !

Haha . . .

I don’t like being in too crowded places for too long so I preferred it this way :D

The first village I visited was

Bukchon Hanok village | Korean traditional village

The streets here are small and not straight at all . . . walking down those streets make you actually forget you are in such a big metropole .

It’s like you are back in time in an old Seoul ~

I love the atmosphere that these old houses create !

Sooo different from the rest of Seoul yet it is just minutes away from the modern parts haha ~

Rare of me to let myself get photographed by someone else especially all alone in a picture . . .

so this photo which came out quite OK is worth showing haha ~

The next village we visited ( on another day though ) was the

Ihwa Mural village

which is famous for it’s artsy streets and walls and paintings at every corner .
Even the staircases are super cool !

Several artists have made installations + wall paintings + other art creations all across this village .

The streets here give off an entire different atmosphere than in Bukchon Village .

A lot more . . . chaotic somehow but not rundown at all !

Unlike the other village I think photos taken in Ihwa Village would be even more charming with more people on them :P

From the top of this pretty village with steep , really steep streets I could see Seoul at sunset .

Not that far from there we went to the Seoul Tower and Seoul’s highest point of view .

I got to catch this photo hehe ~

At first I only wanted to take a nice photo of the moon which shone soooo bright upon the whole city .

Then I noticed the green highlighted Seoul Tower next to it and wanted to take a photo of both together .

THEN I noticed the beautiful pavillon underneath the tower .

That’s exactly how this photo was made haha ~

I totally recommend any Seoul visitor to take a look at these two villages !

It’s a MUST-SEE really !

I hope you enjoyed this post ! Maybe it will give you some ideas of what to ( MUST ) see when you get to Seoul hehe ~
The next part will be :

Seoul | This is Korea ! | Everland safari + Myeongdong Dog Cafe 

OMG after visiting the dog cafe I think I really want to have a dog now . . . so cuuute !

lots ‘n’ lots of love ~
~jen

Fragrant Hills | one of Beijings TOP spots | Beijing from the top

The Fragrant Hills
This is another great must-stop-by spot of Beijing .

I claim that there is no other better place to get the best new of Beijing !


Though I can’t possibly know that . . . because it’s the only highup place I have been to :D . . .


 

 

You srsly get an all over view of the oh-so-huge capital Beijing !
There is just one condition for you to get access to this view :
 

 

YOU HAVE TO CLIMB 
ALOT


OF 
STAIRS



and walk a loooong loooooong road all the way up the Fragrant Mountains :)

 

You could of course as well pay your way up to the top but I can promise you – once you reached the top after walking for 3 hours maybe ( no joke ) you feel so proud of yourself for not having returned halfway .


I love these kinds of experiences !

They view is lovely and the photos I took can’t possibly fully show you how beautiful that scenery is .

 

Yes – I am telling to go there by yourself haha ~


But let me show you my photos to let you get an idea of how it is like there :)


The weather was so good and the air soon fresh up here ~
You can see a lot of Beijing from here – in case the air pollution on that day is not too bad that is :P

 

But I was lucky that everything was totally fine that day !


 

 

 

As I was making my way up to the top we stopped at some spots to take short breaks and I got the chance to take panorama photos ~
Another chance to show off the iPhones great panorama feature hehe . . .  

 

 

And let me tell you one more thing – the scenery will look soon much better when the leaves are getting red and yellow ( autumn look ) ! Make sure to check that when you come haha ~


Both Geon and me were so exhausted from the LONG walk but super happy when we reached the top haha ~

He denied being exhausted for a long time and I bet everyone could see he was .
Stupid .
That’s how I always call him .
Stupid Geon tsss .
In the end I said that it’s damn human to be exhausted .
I was also super exhausted and thirsty . . . but I saw him being like that and so I told him to take a rest .
OF COURSE I ALSO WANTED TO REST HAHA ~Sometimes it’s better to speak out ones mind even if it’s plain stuff like these haha ~

Love you anyway. . . my stupid Geon  <3

This place is nearby Tsinghua University ( Science Park ) but still a little far off from central – it took us an hour to get there . Or maybe a little more :D ?

But it was worth it and I reaaaaally really LOVED the streets we passed to get to the entrance of the Fragrant Hills Park !



Full of yummy food and stuff – make sure to grab water there ( not expensive actually ! ) before you head to the park !

lots ‘n’ lots of love ~
~jen

Xian trip part 3 | sightseeing Xi’an : Terra Cotta Army

Hey everyone ~
This is the last part of my Xian Trip blogging series :3

 

I was a little busy due to finals this week but now I am finally finished !

Christmas is coming next week ( so soon ? ! ) and I have yet to prepare everything until I leave for Hong Kong next next Monday . . .

I will celebrate New Years with my dad and others in Hong Kong for the first time ~Sorry for taking so long to finish this blogpost . . . even though it’s already weeks ago . . . but this one might be interesting for those who are interested in China’s history :D ? 

Well – don’t expect too much as I am not a historian and I think the internet can give you much more detailed information about the Terracotta Warriors and the tomb ~
I enjoy sightseeing but I must admit that most of the time I don’t know too much of what I see .
The way I do sightseeing is trying to take beautiful photos ( from an architects eye :D ) and THEN do the research .
I do think it might be better the other way round haha but I have always done it this way haha ~
This is one of the few photos with the entire group haha ~
Mirror selfie ftw !

So here some facts for you :
The place these terra cotta figures have been found is part of the ( SRSLY ) GIANT tomb of the emperor Qin Shi Huang .
Emperor Qin was the first to rule a unified China thus the abstruse dimensions of the tomb . AND IT WAS NEVER FINISHED .
You sense some kind of madness here ? Naaaaaaah ~
The tomb is about 2200 years old and so the Terra Cotta Army has been intact for this long time !

Some are in really reaaaally good shape . . . of course most of them needed to be fixed by professionals / archeologists but I guess thanks to this tomb people were able to get to know a lot more about China and the first emperor .

All 8000 warriors ( estimated to be more though ) used to be colored .
8000 is a number you may think you can imagine ? 
Alright then think back of your best try at handcrafting or sculpting something .

Now think of man-size and no tech and 8000 of them .

Just look at the following ones of these well-preserved warriors . . . so detailed . . .

 

And also think of horses . . .
BTW – this is the largest hall with the most Terra Cotta Warriors . The other halls had not nearly as much excavated figures as this one .
In comparison to the other halls this one is also the most beautiful :D
I kind of like this view – in the back you can see that there are no more warriors . Or so it might seem : most of them remain buried or not completely unburied but the corridors of the warriors were once filled . I would love to see such an image . . . !
Anyway ~
To end this short lesson about the Terra Cotta Army some other photos of my group n me haha ~

Cute couple haha ~

Me and Geon :3
Did I ever mention I was highly interested in becoming an archeologist before I had my eyes set on becoming an architect ?

That was the reason I was so stupid to study old latin language instead of french or italian . . .

After walking for so long I think we were all really really hungry :D
These specialities from Xi’an were really cheap n good !
I saw some at the Muslim Street too but didn’t try them there .
These are bread buns filled with a really good but hard to describe filling .

They get their trademark appearance by being flattened and baked in layers of flat round hot stones .

I GUESS I SHOULD HAVE TAKEN A PHOTO OF THOSE STONE POTS . . .

 

More or less that’s pretty much all I saw in Xi’an !

Of course there is SO MUCH MORE to see there but I guess a 2-days-stay is simply not enough :)

I guess there won’t be another blogpost before Christmas so I hope you will have nice and merry days with your beloved ones !
 
 
lots ‘n’ lots of love ~
~jen