What happens when you fall in love with a city?
It feels like falling in love with a person. You play the first time you met over and over again in your mind until sequence then becomes your favourite thing to watch. Much like love at first sight, everything gets rose-tinted rendering your senses severely compromised. How do I know this? Because I recently lost my heart to a city. And no, its not Delhi. My quarter of a century long affair with Delhi has come to a halt and the city to be blamed for it is - Seoul.
The first time I went to Seoul was in 2010 when my father was working there, I spent over three months exploring the city and places around. We would spend the weekdays at coffee shops and weekends having dinner with friends. From attending an authentic Korean wedding to having my first ever Jjimjilbang experience, I would sum up my trip as 'better than expected'. I spent the following years completely obsessed with all things affixed with a 'K' (K-pop, K-drama, K-beauty et al).
As stars align for lovers, they did for Seoul and I too, and I was all set to explore the city all over again.
If your heart doesn't flutter as easily as mine then let the people of Seoul do their magic on you. From the young and crowded Hongdae to the tourist-y Nami, lovers are everywhere! Along with a high aegyo quotient, couples are often spotted matching their outfits, sending an effortless f**k you to unimaginative couples everywhere. Just people-watch at a popular street in Seoul and your eyes will animate into heart emojis within 10 minutes.
If roaming the streets aimlessly isn't for you, then there's a hopelessly romantic place where lovers come out to flaunt their invincibility - the N Seoul Tower. When the communication tower was built in 1971 on the Namsan mountain, it was the first of its kind and until the construction of Lotte Tower, Seoul Tower was also the highest point in Seoul.