Korea Travel EP1 Going Home, Seoul Korea

I grew up in Seoul, Korea. For me, going home involves a 6,000 mile journey across the Pacific Ocean, from Los Angeles to Seoul. How far do you have to travel to go home?


Seoul is a bustling metropolitan city with over ten million people. I call Seoul, “New York on steroids”.

Literally, this is the city that never sleeps. There is always something going on in this skyscraper jungle.

With all the bustle going, for me, going home means one thing, spending time with my family and friends and eating good food together.


Also, going home means eating a massive breakfast prepared by my mother. Culturally, it’s very much engrained in Korean mothers to express their love by feeding their children well. My mom being a prime example, I ate like a king throughout the entire trip.


So, I wanted to share some of my trip with you to show you what life is like in Korea. Enjoy the fall scenery and the bits of tasties in the video.


The Holiday season is here. If you are travelling, or going home for the holiday, have a wonderful trip! Be grateful that you have a place that you can call home, and miss. I believe it is nice to have something to long for.


Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!


Hungry Gopher



In this episode, you’ll find:


  • A delicious breakfast, featuring baby octopus stirfry
  • Korean street food, spicy rice cake (ddeokbokki)
  • 8 pounds of Sun-dried Korean peppers getting milled
  • Colorful changing leaves of Korean maple trees
  • Salt water eel bbq


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4 Thoughts on “Korea Travel Ep.1 Going Home, Seoul Korea”

  • Hey Hungry Gopher! Welcome back, and glad that you shared your video with us. Someday I wish to visit S. Korea, and enjoy the many dishes, yum! Any pointers you may be able to share in preparation to visiting Korea, and what food I must try when visiting there without fail? Also, any book or website, (besides yours!) you’d recommend to get pointers, too? It will be a while before visiting, I am learning the language! So, just torturing the local Korean speakers, and gathering information. Again, congrats on your e-book!

    • Hi Mutt47,

      Thanks a lot! That’s so cool you are learning the language. I think an open mind and good attitude goes a long way =). Lonely Planet is usually my trusted guidebook when I travel overseas. Also, I like a YT channel, Smiling Seoul – https://www.youtube.com/user/delightful123
      It’s interesting to hear her perspective about Korea.
      Oh.. currently they provide 24/7 phone service to help tourists in Korea. I used it almost every day when I was traveling countryside last time I visited. It was free and very helpful.

      I hope this helps. When you get close to visit, ask me again. Perhaps I’ll have more info.

      I look forward to having a conversion with you in Korean in the future =)



  • I grew up in Korea until I was 6 and moved to the states in 1981. I plan on going back soon, but the one thing I want to do is to find the place where I was born, and/or, grew up right before I left. I can picture it, but do not know if it is still there. Is there a person or company I can contact to help me?

    Thank you

    • Hi Jae-Hwan ssi,

      I did a quick research in hope to find an answer to your question, but I wasn’t able to find a good resource.

      One resource I can think of is to contact Korea Travel Hotline. The number is +82-2-1330.
      It’s a free 24hr/365 day service provided by the Korean government. I called them a couple of times a day to get help while I was traveling in Korea in 2015. Many times, they even researched to answer my question and texted me back with the answer.

      I hope this helps.

      Best luck finding out what you yearn for,


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