UNITE with Tomorrowland 2017: South Korea

UNITE with TomorrowlandSouth Korea
Hosted at:  Incheon 문학경기장

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WOW WOW WOW GUYS!!!!
It was always my dream to go to Tomorrowland and when I heard they were doing an event with Tomorrowland called ‘UNITE with Tomorrowland’ in Korea, you best know I bought the tickets as soon as they were available. It was the first year that UNITE was hosted in Korea so I was really excited to go. Also, since I didn’t make it to UMF this year I had to do something to make up for it.

 

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My boyfriend and I left Seoul around 6:30pm from 강변 (East Seoul Bus Terminal) and arrived in Incheon around 7:30ish? The bus ride was exactly an hour so it wasn’t too bad and the views were good because the weather was A+ that day.

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After arriving at the Incheon Terminal, we took the subway to our hotel. We took 인천1호선 to 예술회관역 and came out of Exit 2.

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After a 10 minute walk from the subway station we made it to our hotel. It kinda just looks like a huge cereal box though…lol

Hotel The Designers:  Incheon

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We entered from B1 and took the elevator to the first floor lobby. Actually, when we were checking in we got really nervous because they said they didn’t have a reservation under our name. So I was getting ready to fight someone because I prepaid and it was already deducted from my bank account….

**(Thanks to my dad) I learned to always print the receipt and confirmation page of any reservation just in case something like this happens. So I made a folder and had like three seperate documents that showed what we paid, what room we reserved, and the nights we reserved them for.

After 10 minutes they found our reservation. Apparently it was because we reserved through an app that gives discounts and the ‘app reservations’ were not in their database but like a seperate folder on the computer??? I dont know but it ended up fine so whatever.

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So after finally getting our room keys we took the elevator up to go check our room.

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I was really happy about being on the 13th floor because I associate higher floors with better views of the city. We had a fairly good view, especially at night, so I was happy (the pictures came out bad so… no pictures of the view sorry).

There was a huge tub in the middle of our room so we were really confused? lol but the room was spacious and clean. It was perfect for just a one night stay.

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Anyways, by this time it was already like 9pm so we took showers and got ready to go to UNITE. We didn’t really care to see the first 3 DJ’s, as long as we made it to the stadium by 12am to see Far East Movement and the DJs after them.

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We decided to go to a nearby 포차 at like 10pm to pregame in the most Korean way ever, drinking soju and eating dried ramen LOL

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FINALLY WE MADE IT TO UNITE!!!!!

We arrived around 11:30 so we got to see some of Justin Oh’s set, which was actually a really good set. It was just a bunch of remixes of popular songs right now but like pumped everyone up for the next DJs.

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So we ended up giving in to buying drinks, but they were cheaper than expected. I had a gin and tonic and my boyfriend had a vodka and tonic (we made both of ours doubles because we can) and it was around $16.

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I was most excited to see Knife Party live and he was soooooo good.

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We made it to the front of the crowd and were really close to the stage!!!!!!! I thought it would be hard to get there but everyone was so nice and just let us through?? thanks guys lol

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 At this point I think we were all just waiting for the satellite connection to Tomorrowland in Belgium to see KSHMR, Armin Van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and Alesso.

It was like 3:45am and everyone was already dying and taking naps on the ground using pizza boxes for pillows lol. Mind you, UNITE started at 8pm and ended at 8am…. 12 HOURS!!! I was only there for like 4 hours and was ready to sleep. I have no idea how the people who got there at 8pm were still functioning.

My boyfriend and I stayed for a little while to watch KSHMR’s set, but decided to leave around 4:45 am because we had to check out of our hotel early in the morning.

I wish I had more pictures to share of the actual event but honestly I was having too much fun and wasn’t worrying about taking pictures… BUT I encourage everyone to go next year if you’re in Korea!!!

~sawol2

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A day in 익선동 Ikseon-dong

매력적인 익선동 ♥

I finally made the time to go visit a neighborhood in Seoul that I’ve been wanting to go to for a while. My co-worker had told me about a place called 익선동 (Ikseon-dong) a month or so ago and immediately put it on my bucket list of places to visit.

익선동 (Ikseon-dong) is an up and coming neighborhood in Seoul that combines traditional Korean architecture/buildings (한옥 – Hanok) with modern shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. 익선동 is not only known for its scenery but also for its good food, coffee and tea shops. The area itself is very small, but still worth the visit.

After visiting 익선동 with a friend for dinner and coffee, I told myself I should come here at least once a month. Honestly, if I could, I would move here. I definitely fell in love with this charming and relaxing neighborhood.

 

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Where you can enter the neighborhood right outside of 종로3가 Stn. Exit 4

The area is located right outside of 종로3가 (Jongo 3-ga). You can take Line 1, Line 3, or Line 5 to get to 종로3가 (Jongo 3-ga).  After you’ve arrived at 종로3가 go to Exit 4 and then immediately cross the street. If continue walking straight, you will run into a 한옥 (hanok) village, also known as 익선동 (Ikseon-dong).

 

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There is a cute map of the neighborhood showing all of the places you can visit in
익선동.

 

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After looking at the map, which honestly didn’t help us much (it was just cute lol), we decided to walk around until we found the café we were looking for. If you are looking at the map, we took the alley on the right (pictured above↑). We went on a Wednesday afternoon, so there were not as many people which was really nice.

The art and greenery that you can see throughout the village was one of the main reasons I loved 익선동 so much.

 

I don’t know if this was someone’s personal residence but I was really tempted to walk in there lol. It’s just so cute with all the flowers and traditional architecture.

 

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Café 그랑 (Graang)

I realized that many of the tea and coffee shops in this area would not only function as a café, but also as a bar or pub.

I didn’t get a chance to go in this particular café, but I definitely want try this place next time I come back. The café’s name is  그랑 (Graang) and they sell coffee, tea, desserts, beer and cocktails, which is all of my favorite things in one place (minus the beer, I can do without lol).

 

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Right now, it’s a trend in Korea to have dried flowers as a decoration or to give as a gift to your girlfriend/friend. Many cafés in Seoul are decorated with dried flowers, even the teachers at my school decorate their classrooms with dried flowers. You can walk down the streets of Seoul and see random vendors selling them in various colors and sizes. I’m all  about this trend though because I love dried flowers. I even have to two bouquets of dried flowers hanging in my room right now, both gifts from my boyfriend (thanks bb).

 

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An entrance to another one of the many cafés I need to try.

 

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A look down one of the neighborhood’s alleys. On the left was a really cute plant shop selling all sorts cacti, plants and, of course, dried flowers because it wouldn’t be Korea without dried flowers.

 

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While I was walking around I happened to stumble on this cute dog and his/her owner and honestly if this picture doesn’t make your heart happy I don’t know what will. Look at how happy the pup is!!!!

That’s pure love right there♥

 

This was yet another cute café I ran into. I’m not quite sure but I think the concept of this café was a sort of workshop café where you can make things? by hand while drinking coffee. But then again at this time we were really hungry and looking for food so I just snapped some pictures because it was cute, even though I didn’t know what it was. I’m pretty sure they sell coffee though?? lol

 

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The entrance to the workshop? café and a cute couple with matching shoes~

 

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싫어;;

(‘I hate summer’)

I related with this poster on a personal level because I also hate summer…

 

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Maybe it’s because I live in a city and there’s barely any greenery, but I really appreciate plant heavy places so much these days.

 

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Old and New Korea vibes

 

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Would you like some beer with that coffee? Whether you’re looking to get lit or to just wake up, TEUM’s got you.

 

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As we were on our way out I saw this cute little house in one of the corners of the neighborhood. I was really curious to see if the inside was renovated or left as is, but I guess I’ll never know.. lol

Overall, in my opinion, 익선동 is definitely somewhere you need to visit if you’re in Korea. There’s so many places to explore for a such a small neighborhood. Also, so many places to take pictures. The only thing I regret about going to 익선동 was that I didn’t dress cute that day so that I could take pictures… (hence no pictures of me there). Next time I go, I need to dress cute so that I can match the neighborhood’s aesthetics and take pictures. I know some of you out there know what I’m talking about lol.  I highly recommend visiting 익선동, so go go go!!!

~sawol2

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Who am I? What is sawol2?

Hi.

To explain simply, I’m just another exchange student turned ESL teacher living in Seoul, SK. After attending 연세대학교 for a year and returning back to the states I only had one goal and it was to get back to Seoul. Here I am, 2 years later, living the life that I had always dreamed of.

I wanted to make a blog not only to share all my photos and travels with my friends and family back home, but to show those who’ve never thought about visiting Korea how beautiful and intriguing Korea can be.

Oh ya, my friends call me 사월(Sawol). So I will be going by Sawol on my blog as well. Why Sawol? The ‘technical’ Korean translation of my name Apryl is 사월 (사=4 and 월=month), meaning the 4 month of the year. I had a friend start calling me Sawol one day and thought it was cute so I kept it. I add the 2 at the end of my name because in Korean 2 is 이 (‘ie’? lol) and in Korea when you call your friends by their name you can either say 사월아 (Sawol-ah) or  사월이 (Sawol-ie). So, instead of spelling my name out as Sawolie, I use a 2 at the end of Sawol becoming Sawol2 (Sawol-ie, 사월이).  Hope that made sense?

Anyways, my blog will mostly consist of posts about cafés, food, travels and really anything I find in Korea that I would want other people to see or go experience. I’m also willing to answer anyone’s questions about Korea. Thank you.

~sawol2