The main highlight of our trip was getting to go visit the Joint Security Area (JSA), which is in the DMZ (Demilitarized zone). Visiting this area really helped us feel the divide between the two countries. It felt surreal to get this close North Korea, a country I never thought I'd be able to get this close to and have watched some crazy documentaries about. It's also something that Nate and I feel may not be around our whole lifetime and we wanted to take advantage of being able to visit this area while we still could.
We took an hour and a half bus ride from Seoul up to the DMZ. Much of the road towards the JSA border runs parallel to the Han River, which separates the two countries. It’s was crazy to be sitting in a bus with views of North Korea passing by out your window.
Nate and I arrived in Seoul the Saturday after Thanksgiving weekend 2016. Seoul, South Korea's capital, is Asia's 4th richest city. It is a bustling metropolis, filled with both skyscrapers, modern subways, old Buddhist temples and palaces, street markets filled with delicious, unique Korean food dishes, and cheap souvenirs, all with a dash of k-pop culture. Nate and I were excited to explore this beautiful city.
We got spoiled this weekend since Nate was able to use his Hilton points for our vacation :) #nicehotels Unfortunately, Nate and I both were coming down with a cold. Our bodies may have been in a bit of shock from the cold weather compared to our island Okinawa weather. So since we got in late Saturday night, we decided to stay in and relax our first night and enjoy the lovely view from our corner hotel room.
Megan Bond - AUTHOR
Just a girl raised in California and loved exploring Southeast Asia with my husband! We're back in the States but still exploring the world as much as we can!