My Favourite Things is a precursor to TC’s Treasures. Starting in November 2016, all My Favourite Things posts will be known as TC’s Treasures.
It’s the first Tuesday of November, and it’s time to do Raisa and Eirene’s wonderful link-up, My Favourite Things. Unlike last month, my favourites didn’t really change, nor did I encounter anything “new” to rave about. Instead, I decided to focus on my favourite things about living in Seoul. Enjoy my list on why I love living in Seoul, and hopefully I’ll be back next month for something more varied and new!
Prime Public Transportation
Seoul, like Tokyo, has an amazing public transportation system. It’s cheap, reliable, and convenient. Heck, even the taxi can be pretty reasonable! I’m glad it’s good because I don’t have a car and having those allow me to go about my daily life without one!
Kickass Korean Food
Kimbap, bibimbap, kimchi . . . mmmm. Korean food is definitely a favourite of mine, and I have easy access to them here! Sure, I eat a lot of other cuisines, but Korean food will always hold a soft spot in my heart.
Abundance of Alleys and Markets
Seoul is the land of “alleys”. There’s the Toy Alley, Pet Alley, Shoe Alley, Baker’s Alley, et cetera. There’s a whole neighbourhood dedicated to tteokbokki. Myeong-dong has like 228632 cosmetic stores. Then there are your big-name markets like Namdaemun, Dongdaemun, Yongsan Electronics Market, Gwangjang Market, Cheongnyangni Market . . . no matter how long I live in Seoul, I could never fully explore all of these places.
I admit to being a cafe lover. Seoul has hundreds of independent cafes all over the city, and I like checking them out. However, I’m also a creature of habit, and if I find a cafe I really like, I always return to it. Cafes are where I like to come with friends to hang out, or I come by myself to read on my Kindle or work on my Chromebook.
Lastly, safety. I feel super safe in Seoul. I’m comfortable going around the city on my own. I can walk around at 10 o’clock at night, and I wouldn’t feel scared. I’m not saying Seoul hasn’t any crime, but it’s low enough to where I just feel safe.