This is Korea. Everything is quick.
The person on passport control me how fast everything worked in South Korea but all the wonderful quirks unfolded over our 9 day visit.
If Tokyo loves it's cute (Hello Kitty is just the start) Seoul is positively obsessed by it. It seems everything is dressed up to look pretty. Rather delightfully, I spotted at least three Minions promotions including the link up with Dunkin Donuts and Lotte shopping centre plus there was a sizeable pop-up shop in another centre too. We resisted buying anything other than practical mugs.
When is a bridge a fountain? When it's Banpo Bridge, which lights up with the fountain each evening and hundreds gather to watch while picnicing with friends. Even the pizza delivery guys bring you food to the location. There's only one thing South Koreans love more than their coffee & cake and that's skincare. I see first hand why this is the beauty capital of the world.
Young people dress up in traditional wear for occasions and festivals so much that we spotted them daily. They were there in their hundreds at the glorious lantern festival to celebrate Buddha's birthday.
As far as quirks go, this is the only metro system where I've seen vending machines for earth quake or fire emergencies.
Here, the coffee shops are the main meeting place and each brand has their own version of cuteivity, one writing 'happy honey' on our coffee cups. Most coffee shops and restaurants gave out buzzers to let you know when you refreshment was ready.
Even Samsung get in on the act with their stunning Samsung D'Lite interactive experience
The canals and squares are filled with entertainment and art while Agra made their India food and art form with 'smoke' coming from their gorgeous food. And they have an amazing library that looks like a book store in a shopping centre.
So if all of that isn't enough to love the place, the people of Seoul wave goodbye to each other, just like I do. So I love them a little bit more.