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Esmee Wanders

Korea is my La La Land.

La La Land [랄라랜드]: a fictional place where wandering, sleeping, or dreaming minds are metaphorically said to end up.

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A rainy day in Hyehwa.

Hyehwa [혜화]: a vibrant neighborhood, with colorful nightlife and walking streets that are closed off to traffic in the evenings.

Soul searching in Han River.

Han River [한강]: also known as Hangang, is a major river in South Korea and the fourth longest river on the Korean peninsula.

A memorable day at the DMZ festival.

DMZ [한반도 비무장 지대]: short for Demilitarized zone, is a region on the Korean peninsula that demarcates North Korea from South Korea.

A bonding day in Ilsan.

Ilsan [일산]: home of attractions, located northwest of Seoul.

A spiritual day in Itaewon.

Itaewon [이태원]: known as Western town, where all cultures meet.

Attending Korean music shows.

Inkigayo [인기가요]: literally meaning popular song, but also stands for trending music.

A peaceful day in Gwangju.

Gwangju [광주]: also known as the city of light; famous for its rich and diverse cuisine, as well as the birthplace of kasa, a form of Korean classical poetry.

A Hallyu day in Gangnam.

Gangnam [강남]: Seoul's most luxurious district. Gangnam literally means "South of the River".

A hasty day in Busan.

Busan [부산]: the second most-populous city after Seoul, and also the economic, cultural and educational center of southeastern Korea.

A chill day in Dongdaemun & Namdaemun.

Dongdaemun [동대문] and Namdaemun [남대문]: two of the four great gates of Seoul, also known as the rising benevolence gate and the exalted ceremonies gate, respectively.

The day I met Tablo.

Tablo [타블로]: Daniel Armand Lee, one of the earliest and absolute best Korean hip hop artists in the music industry.

Finding BigHit.

Big Hit Entertainment [빅히트엔터테인먼트]: the home of BTS and Homme, founded by Bang Si-Hyuk in 2005.

An exploratory day in Hongdae.

Hongdae [홍대]: the land of youth and parties, known for its urban arts and indie music culture.

Shopping in Korea.

Shopping [쇼핑]: an unofficial practiced form of meditation in Korea.

Leisure in Korea.

Noraebang [노래방]: Karaoke like you have never seen it before.

A stroll in Myeongdong.

Myeongdong [명동]: one of Seoul's main shopping districts and foreigners' personal haven.

A foodie in Korea.

Kimchi [김치]: a traditional side dish made from salted and fermented vegetables, most commonly napa cabbage and Korean radishes, with a variety of seasonings including chili powder, scallions, garlic, ginger, and salted seafood.

Housing in Korea.

Hanok [한옥]: a traditional Korean house that is built while taking into consideration its surroundings, as well as the land and seasons.

Getting around Korea.

T-Money [티머니]: the answer to (almost) all of your transportation problems.

Set your budget for Korea.

₩on [원]: short for Korean Republic Won (KRW), a very spending-friendly currency.

Plan your ideal trip to Korea.

South Korea [대한민국]: the land where every Hallyu fangirl's dream comes to life.

My experience in Korea.

 Fangirl [팬걸]:  a female fan who is obsessive about a particular subject.

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