When I studied abroad at Yonsei, blogs were my go to destination for information. Blogs helped us when we were sick of dakgalbi or lost in the middle of Samcheong Dong. Blogs helped us find SM and JYP. These bloggers know best because they write from experience. They've walked down that road across from Yonsei and Ewha and bought those 1,000 won socks with GD's face on them, so sit back and listen to what they have to say young grasshopper! It will definitely save you a lot of time and frustration. Here are my top 5 favorite blogs for studying abroad in Korea. #1 Best Seoul Food Guide: Lacrymamosa
I started reading this blog after it came up first for several Google searches on certain Korean foods in Sinchon. It also has great guides for cafes and restaurants all over Korea and other places in the world. Run by two bloggers: Lacrymamosa is your go-to-food guide if you're studying abroad at Yonsei or Ewha. Though it's not a complete list (I don't think that exists) there are some really great suggestions for all types of must try foods in Korea, such as a traditional tea house in insadong, Shabu Shabu and Jimdak. The photos are all breath takingly delicious with clear directions on how to get there.
Now the interesting connection I have with this blog is that a friend I made at Yonsei, who was also on exchange, showed me her friends' blog one day and it turned out to be this one! I was so excited it felt like you knew someone who knew a celebrity you know? So yeah I'm 2 degrees of separation away from these awesome girls. They're such an inspiration, I'm sad I didn't have a chance to meet them in person.
#2 The Sentimental Blogger: Hybrid Seoul
For most of us who study abroad in Seoul, we are full of anticipation before, caught up in the moment during, and reflect on how we've changed after. Emerline's intimate journal posts on her study abroad experience are extremely touching and relatable. Few bloggers let us in that far into their world. I've mentioned to her before that I love reading her blog on a rainy night with some hot tea beside me. This blog is the ultimate comfort read.
I followed in her footsteps and went to Café Oui in Hongdae. It feels exciting yet strange to have read about a place and then actually sitting in it.
#3 The Full Experience: Jamie Liew
Jamie Liew has got to be the cutest blogger ever. Not only is she gorgeous but her personality shows through in her posts with the use of cute emojis. Reading about her experiences always makes me laugh because she includes the randomest and funniest things. Why is her blog the "Full Experience"? Because she has so many posts about Korea...LIKE A LOT so she has experienced almost all of it (I'm quite envious). It's a great guide for when you're writing a list of things to do in Korea. You can read through her very entertaining experiences for some ideas. I still have a lot to put on my bucket list.
#3 The Best FAQ: A Little Seoul Searching
This blog is mostly on Ewha Woman's University but some of the posts are useful for all Study Abroad students in Korea. This blogger has been the most helpful in covering FAQs like: What to Pack, University Resources and How to Apply for the Gilman Scholarship. She's really nice about answering other questions readers might have and all the information is really well organized. I do think the theme she currently uses is a little hard on the eyes but the content is still fantastic. It also makes me envy Ewha students sometimes because they get to use their own photos for their ID card while I got a distorted passport photo on mine. (It's really ugly I had to scan my ID face down every time I went to the library)
#5 My Friend's Blog: Finding My Seoul
Yeah...that's me in the picture but it's not my blog because you're on my blog right now... <.<
Yoora is a dear friend I met while studying abroad and I just had to include her blog in here because I'm such a good friend (hur hurr jk). But really she has some great straight forward content on our experiences in Seoul (and her current experiences without me T_T). So If you want to read up on what we did together or follow her new adventures then I suggest you check out her posts because I will be forever behind on my Vlogs.
That concludes my list of 5 awesome reads! Tell me what you think about them in the comments after you take a look. And if you've started your own study abroad blog I would love to read it! Please link below :) Again let me know if you have any more questions through twitter and check out my YouTube Channel