Discovering Yongsan

A lot of people just like to stick to the main attractions of a city when they go traveling. For example, if they go to France, they just stick to going to the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.

I, on the other hand, love to explore the portions of cities that have been untouched by tourists. That little coffee shop that no one knows about? I’ll find it. That street hidden from the main road? I’ll walk it. That little pond with the beautiful view and peaceful atmosphere? I’ll sit by it and reflect.

Yes, of course I will go visit the main attractions of the city I’m visiting; however, I always like to experience what those native to the city experience and enjoy in their everyday life.

And that, is what I found Yongsan to be like. It was that part of Seoul that remained mostly untouched by tourists.

The way I can best describe the part of Yongsan that I explored is that it is a “village” within a bigger city. You are surrounded by smaller houses, but with Seoul’s bigger high-rises as the backdrop.

View of the houses in Yongsan

One morning, I found myself wandering through its streets. It was a quiet day and only the sound of the birds could be heard.

View of houses in Yongsan
View of houses in Yongsan

To be completely honest, I didn’t really have a destination in mind. I just wanted to explore and see what I could discover.

A mural of a part of Seoul

I came across coffee shops, murals, grocery stores, and even an old lady who hardcore judged me (whyyy?).

Cafe Good News in Yongsan
A neighbourhood marketplace

And what made the view even better was that I could spot Namsan Tower in the distance!

Seoul during the day with Namsan tower looming in the background

So, the next time you go traveling, in addition to visiting the main attractions, consider exploring areas of the city that are not crawling with tourists. I can assure you that you will love it!


Interested in reading more about my Korea adventures? Check them out here.