Soul Searching at Seoul Forest in South Korea


Spring breathes new life into the world around us.

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It is the season where flowers bloom. The leaves start to grow. The withered grass turns green. The birds start singing again. Springtime is the season of new beginnings.

Spring Time at Seoul Forest
Spring Time at Seoul Forest

As travelers start another season of soul searching, here are four aspects in life we should reflect on:

1. Reflect on your personal life.

Soul Searching at Seoul Forest in Seoul Korea
Biking at Seoul Forest

Some people travel to embrace life. Others travel to escape life. Which one are you?

Although traveling gives us an opportunity to have time for ourselves, we must always make time for ourselves even when we aren’t on vacation. Learn to love yourself. Do things that will make you happy. Get to know yourself more by listing the things that makes you happy.

2. Reflect on your relationship with your family and friends.

Soul Searching at Seoul Forest
Walking at Seoul Forest

“Friends come and go but family stays forever”

How’s your relationship with your family? Do you keep in touch with them when you are traveling? Given a chance, would you travel with them?

Travelers don’t stay in one place for a long time. Usually, they relocate after a year or few months. Wanderers often meet different kinds of people in their adventures. Some of them are temporary friends and some are for keeps. Reflect on the people you want to keep in your life.

3. Reflect on your goals.

Soul Searching at Seoul Forest in Seoul Korea
Cherry Blossom Walkway at Seoul Forest

“Are you traveling for work or pleasure?”

When I heard that question, I asked myself “Why do people assume that work is not pleasurable?” Some people enjoy what they’re doing. Others always complain about their jobs. Which one are you? Reflect on the job you have. If you’re not happy, then go. Don’t spend your life in a dead-end job.

What is your primary goal? What do you want to achieve? Do you want to be remembered for the life you’ve lived or the money you’ve made? Another question is, “Do you want to express yourself or impress other people?” What if you don’t have a camera, what if you don’t have any social media account, would you still travel? Reflect on your goals.

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4. Reflect on your relationship with God.

Soul Searching at Seoul Forest in Seoul Korea
Spring Time at Seoul Forest

“But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul” Deuteronomy 4:29

I think that this is the best form of soul searching. You don’t have to visit far places, you don’t have to spend a fortune in booking flights, and you don’t have to make an itinerary. He is everywhere. You can talk to him anytime.

Maybe a prayer and some meditation are all we need to know ourselves.  Am I living the way that God has called me to? Is my life aligned with His plan and purpose? Reflect on your relationship with God.

Soul Searching at Seoul Forest in Seoul Korea
The bridge connecting Seoul Forest to Hangang River

The questions mentioned above are the questions I ask myself during my soul searching. I highly recommend visiting Seoul Forest if you want to have a quiet time alone. More than the beautiful environment, the place has other amenities like outdoor theater, children’s playground, children’s library, butterfly garden, bird observatory and many more. It is perfect for soul searching because the place is not crowded like Yeouido Island, the most famous spring destination in Seoul.

How to go to Seoul Forest

By Subway:

  • Take the Seoul Subway Bundang Line and get off at Seoul Forest Station Exit 3. It’s 5 minutes walking distance to the park
  • Take the Seoul Subway Line 2 and get off at Ttukseom Station Exit 8. It’s 15 minutes walking distance to the park.

By Bus:

  • Take Green Bus with numbers: 2014, 2412, 2224, or 2413
  • Take Blue Bus with numbers: 121, 141, 145, 148, or 463

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About the Writer:

Reasons Why You Should Visit EverlandKarla Obispo, She’s a solo traveler who finds happiness in getting lost. Originally from the Philippines and a graduate of Development Communication, she left her teaching job in an international school to travel and teach around the world. She lives curious, dreams plenty, and loves whole. She’s fond of taking selfies and OOTD’s in tourist spots. She visits one tourist spot every week. Follow her blog and adventures on Travel with Karla.

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