Location: Taoyuan International Airport, Taoyuan, Taiwan
Song: Hunter Siegel (Feat. Kai) “Let Me Love You Right”
After three years of trying to get them to come, the rents finally came to Korea! It was all or nothing. If they didn’t come this time around, they’d be on their own when they do come. They arrived on a Wednesday afternoon and we left together Friday night. For two and a half days, I tried to show them the most important places I could think of but I really wished they came a bit earlier. Nonetheless, it was a very memorable time for me because I was able to show them the country that took care of me for the past three years.
I started off the day by getting my top braces off. I happily waited for this day after being told a week before that I would need one more week. I didn’t mind only because I actually did love my braces. At first, I thought I would miss the bling on my teeth but after a few minutes of them being off, I felt so free. I could eat my meals without having to worry about how much food was stuck in my braces or if my tongue would get caught.
By the time I was finished at the orthodontist, it was already 1:00pm. My parents were to arrive at 4:30pm and because I really didn’t have anything else to do, I decided to hit the airport early. I ended up doing some face mask shopping at Olive Young while I was there since I had accumulated quite the CJ-One points to get me 10 free masks.
When the time finally arrived, I made my way to the arrivals hall (which I’ve never been to since arriving in Korea). I had figured that my parents would come out around 5:20pm after going through customs and baggage claim but they ended up coming out at around 5:45pm. Talk about a long ass wait! But regardless, I was so happy to see them and couldn’t wait to grab our first dinner together in Korea~
We made the trek to our Airbnb near Insadong and after dropping our bags off, we ate dinner in the area. I ate way too much because I had only eaten one meal that day =/ My parents really enjoyed the meal because they’re meat lovers. Afterwards, we called it a night because we had to wake up early the next morning to head down to Busan.
Thursday was our day trip to Busan. We started the morning early and grabbed the 8am KTX that arrived in Busan at 10:44am. The first thing we did when we got there was grab some food! We went to get some famous Busan pork rice soup (돼지국밥) at 본전돼지국밥 just outside Busan KTX station. It was a great brunch meal as it was not too heavy on the stomach in the morning.
Afterwards we visited Gamcheon Village as suggested by a friend. To get there, you simply grab the subway to Toseongdong Station. Head out from exit 6 and turn right at the intersection. You’ll see a bus stop a few minutes away and you can take the 1-1, 2, or 2-2 local bus. Most people who grab the bus will get off at the village so just follow the crowd. You’ll most likely spend at least an hour at the village as there are lots of shops and scenary to see.
You can also do the stamp hunt there. For 2,000won, you can purchase a special map (at the information booth right at the entrance of the village) that has 9 places you need to find in the village. Once you find the place, there will be a stamp there that you need to collect on your map. There are 2 places that will give you a postcard prize. Sadly, I couldn’t find all the places so I don’t know what you get when you finish the whole thing.
them stairs though
After spending time at the village, we went to Dongbaek Island and Haeundae Beach before heading to Jagalchi Fish Market for dinner. By the time we got back to Seoul, it was 11:30pm, which was a nice time to go to bed.
This day was a sad day not only because it was my parents’ last day in Korea, but also mine. We made this day “shopping day” so what better place to bring them than Myeongdong. Myeongdong is one of my favorite places in Seoul even though it can get hectically crowded. There’s an abundance of stores, restaurants, and cafes to go to so you can just spend a whole day there. It’s also walking distance to Insadong and Gyeongbok Palace area (if you want to take a leisurely walk around), which was exactly what we did.
with the one and only
We had left our luggage at Seoul Station and I highly suggest it if you have a lot of baggage. The prices are reasonably cheap and you can go grab them on your way to the airport via the Airport line. The luggage storage shop is on level B2 (same level as where to buy your ticket if you take the Express Airport line). It closes at 8pm but you have to grab your luggage by 7:45pm.
We ate dinner at the Lotte Mall food court in Seoul Station, said our final goodbyes to Seoul, and headed to the airport early. Sivmui and Freud came to visit me at the airport and we got some coffee and bread to eat. After checking in and grabbing our boarding passes, we went through security. It was a tearful goodbye but nonetheless, one that I’m grateful for.
I’m so happy that my parents were able to make the time to come to Korea, knowing how important it was for me. Although it would’ve been nice if my sister was also able to come, I’m grateful for this time. As we travel around Asia these following few weeks, I want to be able to create more memories before heading back.
Until next time.