Seoul Survey: Thoughts

This was our third time to go to Seoul, South Korea for a visa run. I remember the first time we came to Seoul after being in China and we were just like, “wow!” Each time we go we find something new. This past trip I wrote down some thoughts as we spent four days there. Here they are:

  • Credit! You can use your credit card everywhere, including the taxis. We used a card the entire trip with the exception of the street market vendors. (No, I am not endorsing credit cards.)
  • It is always a weird feeling eating Taco Bell in Asia but it taste the same!
  • The street markets are filled with people! One area we went to claims to get 1.5-2 millions visitors daily! It really was incredible.
  • The city layouts are a lot more different from China. China has what I call the “communist block” layout. In Seoul you didn’t see anything like that.
  • I can buy real Red Bull there!
  • We tried speaking Korean during our time there. The people seem to enjoy that we were trying. We used an app for that. I was also surprised how many words sounded like Chinese and how many people could speak a little English.
  • There were many noticeable church buildings in the city with crosses on top. At the same time there were many places that had places to offer incense etc. to idols.
  • WiFi! The internet at the hotel was incredibly fast and there was wi-fi all over the city. You just needed to buy a day pass and you had wi-fi access wherever you went.
  • The electrical outlets were different and we couldn’t use American or Chinese plugs. The hotel gave us free adapters.
  • The shopping district was really worth a visit to see tons of people, not really kid friendly.
  • We saw people carrying gospel signs, preaching and giving out tracts and/or literature at the markets and airports.
  • Seoul is expensive.
  • A lot of the shopping areas were catered for Chinese people.
  • We went to a Premium Outlet that was nicer than ones we have been to in the States.
  • The North Korean and South Korean tension still exist and is very saddening though South Korea is making money of it in tourism. I would have liked to spend more time in the DMZ area but many things were closed because of the holiday.
  • All of us agreed that Seoul was like an American city in Asia.
  • The appearance of the gospel was present (churches, street preachers). I am sure a city of it’s size still needs more laborers. I would think one would need to consider it in the same way they consider an American city, meaning is this a key city to spread the gospel from vs. I am bringing the gospel to people who don’t have it.

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