Experience Seoul, South Korea, Like Juan Pablo Galavis on 'The Bachelor'
From its glistening lights to its centuries-old history, Seoul, South Korea, will captivate you from the moment you put your foot to the ground.
The capital of South Korea, Seoul is a hub for all things culture, cuisine, technology, music, and more. When in Seoul, you’ll be able to experience cutting-edge and state-of-the-art amenities, all while soaking up the country’s vast history. Use Seoul’s mix of past and present to your advantage as you and your loved one look to make your relationship blossom even more.
Juan Pablo Galavis traveled to Seoul on Season 18 of “The Bachelor,” and here’s how you can enjoy the city just like him.
Getting to Seoul requires some long plane rides, but many carriers, including Asiana Airlines, offer direct flights from select U.S. cities.
You’ll have a number of hotel options at your fingertips in Seoul, but to have the true “Bachelor” experience, look into rooms at the Millennium Seoul Hilton hotel. It’s located in the heart of downtown and just minutes away from the city’s central business district.
As soon as you arrive and check in, you’ll want to put on your best walking shoes and hit the city!
Group Date: Are We in Harmony?
K-pop has taken the world by storm, and this genre of music has hit the mainstream globally. K-pop listeners are some of the most fervent fans around, so what better way to experience that dedication than to join in?
Juan Pablo and the ladies ventured to YG Studio, the center of the K-pop scene in South Korea. They met one of the biggest K-pop groups at the time, 2NE1, where they learned choreography and joined the band for a show at a major mall.
Although the probability of you and your dates joining a major K-pop group onstage for a concert may be low, there are still ways to embrace the music in a romantic way. Try setting up some speakers and have a dance party with your dates. Whoever shows off the best moves gets extra time with you! Maybe you’ll even get some time to slow dance together, too. Don’t forget to give that special someone a rose after such a fun and active day.
One-on-One Date: Find Your Seoul Mate
Seoul has so much to see and do, and the best way to experience the city is to see it by foot. Head over to one (or more!) of Seoul’s famous outdoor markets and try some famous street food. Dip into local delicacies such as mung bean pancakes, kimchi, and more. Many of these markets also sell clothes, so you’re bound to leave well-fed and well-dressed after your visit!
When you’re tired from all the walking and eating, be sure to stop by a traditional Korean teahouse for a pot of fresh tea and some nibbles. Be sure to clink cups and cheers to your day filled with exploration and expanding your horizons together. Cheers to a day as sweet as your tea!
Group Date: Hitting the Right Notes
You can’t go to Seoul without checking out some world-class karaoke bars! Before you and your group do that, though, head back to some outdoor markets and try even more street food that you didn’t get to taste on your date the other day. Don’t be afraid to stop and take photographs, get pedicures, massages, and boat around. Just be sure to save up enough energy for your night of singing!
Get your big group together and karaoke the night away. Maybe you can even sing one of the K-pop songs you learned on your other group date!
Some voices may be better than others, but it’s the effort that counts. Is there someone who hits a high note in your heart? Use this opportunity to see who you harmonize with the best, both emotionally and vocally.
The South Korean capital is a charming city for history buffs, foodies, shoppers, and explorers alike. It’s a romantic city that you and your loved ones will remember and cherish as a part of your Seoul for years to come.