I will be on the plane to Washington DC by this time tomorrow. It’s just three months, I know. But due to all the hectic things happened around me during the past few months, or last two years, it feels like really a big deal and I guess it really is a big deal.

I should be excited the whole time after get out of the cubic farm, but I’m having ups and downs every single day. Because of uncomfortable time at home, self doubts, and I guess I am just mentally tired. Getting out of the comfort zone is a hard thing as it is, no matter how hard it was. But I am sure all these will be long gone right after the second I put my feet on the airport bus.

What’s the face of my Seoul before I leave, I wonder. Let the photos speak for me.


Rainy day, at the bus stop near Gwanghwamun. And palace behind. This is really typical view of Seoul. Palace and pagoda on the background.



Rainy season in Seoul. Colourful umbrella is really popular thesedays.
Rainy day


All gloomy Seoul downtown. Near Jongro. All the buildings and big signs..

Rainy Seoul


Just a random art at Sejong Culture centre
Ramdon art


Admiral Lee’s statue. He was a really brave leader
Admiral Lee


Concert add. “Will you marry me?”


A farmer taking a break


Starbucks coffee in Korean sign at Gwanghwamun city square
Starbucks in Korean


Construction. Sadly, this is another typical view of Seoul. Construction everywhere. Why and what you might ask? That, I don’t know.
Construction, typical Seoul


Exhibit for Korean war


Bibimbab restaurant. Bi-bim bap-. Or, “Blah blah blah”, according to my friend Miss Meaghan


Little town bus, full of highschoolers
Town bus, full of highschoolers


A map of my town and its bus.
Map of my town


My favourite cafe in Seoul. Caribou coffee at Sinchon
My favourite cafe


My table at this moment, except the coffee is all gone
working, reading and coffee


The world map I saw yesterday. Nowadays I see various forms of world map everywhere I go. I guess Universe is speaking to me now.

The world map





19 thoughts on “My Seoul, Its Face before I Leave.”

  1. You are breaking out Juno! Doubt is a luxury you can’t afford, nor do you need to spend precious time worrying. You will be awesome sauce on ape banana sandwich! Can’t wait to see more!

    1. Thank you rafiki! Yes, I don’t have time or space to handle doubt right now. My inner self is just too valuable to deal with doubts. You are right.
      Can’t wait to actually do “What’s up Tibbetts?” while kicking their door off and giving them a lavalamp at the same time.

  2. Nice photo essay of Seoul. I love the umbrella pic. Don’t worry about all the worries you have now. I’m sure you’ll have a great trip to the US.

    1. That blue kitty was something I Wasn’t expected 🙂 What a random art. Thanks Lori. Hopefully our paths cross this summer in Maine!

    1. Most of the photos I took was quite blue, must be weather and maybe my view of the day. Looking forward to see its face when I get back.

  3. A nice photo essay. It reminds me of when I lived in Seoul. As you mentioned, the ongoing construction is a big part of the city. My first teaching assignment was in an old traditional neighborhood in Guro that was totally wiped out for modern high rise apartments after I left. Anyhow, best wishes and when in Chicago you should try a deep dish pizza from Giordano’s – it’s devine! As you’re about to leave Korea I’m set to return again for the first time since 2009. Bon Voyage!

    1. Giordano’s! I guess that’s really famous place? It’s on LP guidebook and as well as many friends from Chicago. I will try that!

      Are you going back to Korea, for teaching again? Where would you be?

      1. Indeed,coming back as a teacher. I’m not certain which city yet because I’m recruiting through the public system EPIK and they place teachers all over the country. My preference though would be in Incheon, Pusan or a satellite city outside of Seoul. I’ve taught previously in Seoul, Bundang and Daejeon. I would enjoy teaching in Seoul again but the salary is unfortunately less because its the first choice amongst teachers. I find out next week where I’m going. Hope you’e having a great trip in the US so far!

  4. I love the lady with the umbrella. That cat sculpture is strange, is it see-through?

    I always feel teary and nostalgic before I’ve even left a place, I’m terribly sentimental.

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