I decided 2012 would be the year I would return to Korea. The last time I was there I just graduated Junior High.
After a 14 hour flight, we landed in Incheon airport, we rushed to get to the train station to make our 6pm train to Busan. We missed it because of being delayed in SFO. (Grrr….) After finding out that all other trains were sold out going to Busan, we went to Seoul and found a hotel to stay for the night.
We were so jetlagged that we missed dinner. The next we woke up at 3AM and had to keep ourselves occupied to not think of our hunger. At 7AM, we decided to wander around and find some food. Since our hotel was near Namdaemun market, we headed over there and found a small alley way of restaurants.
Our first meal in Korea, Kimchi fried rice and spicy rice cakes (dukbokki).
After our meal, we finally made it down to Busan and met up with my aunt and her family. My aunt lives Geoje-do, the second biggest island off of South Korea. She took us around the island and neighboring islands. Below is a picture of one of the Buddhist temples we visited. In Korea, they were celebrating Buddha’s birthday which happened to be on May 28th this year.
A meal in Geoje-do, the restaurant specialized in oysters. Since it was not oyster season, they did not serve any raw. It was all cooked oysters but still delicious. We had oysters six different ways, either steamed, in a salad, fried rice, mixed with spicy sauce, etc.
After spending some time in Geoje-do, we headed over to Jeju-do with my aunt. Jeju-do is one of the natural 7 wonders of the world and is the biggest island off of South Korea. It is known as the “Hawaii” of South Korea. It’s such a beautiful island based off volcanic formations with such attractions as lava tubes, submarine rides, horse back riding, folk villages (that people still reside in!), and teddy bear museums.
Jeju-do is known for their black pig. I am not a fan of pork so Yap had a plate of pork belly from the famous black pig.
Another meal in Jeju-do, king crab…..that was amazing!! They took the bell part of the crab and made fried rice with. I hate the bell part of the crab but as fried rice it was actually good.
It was such an amazing start to being back in Asia. It was also fun because Yap has never been to Asia. It was fun to see what he thought (mostly good) and to experience Asia as an adult was so much more fun. We had some challenges, Yap is a big guy and sitting on the floor and eating was difficult, but we totally embraced the culture, the people, and the food (duh). We were excited to go to Japan. The frenetic pace and more amazing food was exciting us for more new experiences. I have never been to Japan so I was really looking forward to seeing what it would be like.
After Jeju-do, we hopped on a plane to Osaka, Japan. And thus began our 1 week journey in Japan.