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Chiara, private guide in Seoul

HELLO, I’M CHIARA

I live in Seoul.
I work in Seoul.

About me

My name is Chiara and I'm 26 years old Italian. At the moment I am living in Seoul and Studying Korean as it is one of my biggest passions. I've living in South Korea for several months before, in 2017 and 2020, as an exchange student. I have a bachelor's degree in Korean studies and a Master's degree in Cultural Anthropology. I love art, photography, and food, as well as trying new things. What got me the first time I visited Seoul is the fact that the city seems to never sleep. The streets are never empty and in the most popular neighborhoods, like Sinchon, Hongdae, and Gangnam Itaewon, the night seems to never fall on the city. Seoul is also the city of live performances. Now you are just lazily walking around and the next moment you are witnessing the “busking” phenomenon. Although Seoul might carry the “made of concrete” kind of reputation, it is surprising how many green spaces you can find hidden between skyscrapers, such as the Ansan Mountain, Cheonggyecheon Stream, the Olympic Park, Seoul Children’s Grand Park, and many others. But if I had to choose a peculiarity that could summarize what Seoul is, I would say it is the place where tradition and modernity merge most bizarrely and beautifully. And this is something that can be fully understood only by visiting the Royal Palaces, such as the Gyeongbokgung or the Changdeokgung, fragments of history arising from the modern skyline of the capital of one of the fastest growing countries of the last decades. For the history buffs, we can visit the "ancient side" such as the well-known history of the 3 kingdoms (Silla, Goguryeo, and Baekje), as well as something on more recent historical events, such as Japanese colonization which left a heavy mark on Korea's culture. If you prefer modern culture I can share everything I know about the K-pop culture and origins of the Hallyu wave: the busking culture I've previously cited, K-dramas settings, the coffee shop culture: in general all those things that have to do with the idea of South Korea that has become popular through mass media. For a more adult public(but also for the previous target of course), could be interesting palace-visiting while renting traditional clothing. This could allow exploring Korea's tradition through buildings, wearing, and history. Visiting museums and exhibitions could be great as well. Of course, food must not be forgotten, and I think people should absolutely try the conviviality of foods like samgyeopsal or budaejjigae, where everyone gets to share food from the same pot while cooking it together. I can't wait to meet you and share my love of Seoul with you.

  • Seoul, South Korea
  • English, Korean, Italian
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • English, Korean, Italian
About me

My name is Chiara and I'm 26 years old Italian. At the moment I am living in Seoul and Studying Korean as it is one of my biggest passions. I've living in South Korea for several months before, in 2017 and 2020, as an exchange student. I have a bachelor's degree in Korean studies and a Master's degree in Cultural Anthropology. I love art, photography, and food, as well as trying new things. What got me the first time I visited Seoul is the fact that the city seems to never sleep. The streets are never empty and in the most popular neighborhoods, like Sinchon, Hongdae, and Gangnam Itaewon, the night seems to never fall on the city. Seoul is also the city of live performances. Now you are just lazily walking around and the next moment you are witnessing the “busking” phenomenon. Although Seoul might carry the “made of concrete” kind of reputation, it is surprising how many green spaces you can find hidden between skyscrapers, such as the Ansan Mountain, Cheonggyecheon Stream, the Olympic Park, Seoul Children’s Grand Park, and many others. But if I had to choose a peculiarity that could summarize what Seoul is, I would say it is the place where tradition and modernity merge most bizarrely and beautifully. And this is something that can be fully understood only by visiting the Royal Palaces, such as the Gyeongbokgung or the Changdeokgung, fragments of history arising from the modern skyline of the capital of one of the fastest growing countries of the last decades. For the history buffs, we can visit the "ancient side" such as the well-known history of the 3 kingdoms (Silla, Goguryeo, and Baekje), as well as something on more recent historical events, such as Japanese colonization which left a heavy mark on Korea's culture. If you prefer modern culture I can share everything I know about the K-pop culture and origins of the Hallyu wave: the busking culture I've previously cited, K-dramas settings, the coffee shop culture: in general all those things that have to do with the idea of South Korea that has become popular through mass media. For a more adult public(but also for the previous target of course), could be interesting palace-visiting while renting traditional clothing. This could allow exploring Korea's tradition through buildings, wearing, and history. Visiting museums and exhibitions could be great as well. Of course, food must not be forgotten, and I think people should absolutely try the conviviality of foods like samgyeopsal or budaejjigae, where everyone gets to share food from the same pot while cooking it together. I can't wait to meet you and share my love of Seoul with you.

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