Hey! I read all of your posts of your trip in Seoul and scrolling down your Tumblr I read that you are Filipina. I am Filipina too but I was born and raised in Italy and because the next year I will be 18 years old, my parents will give me for my present a flight for Seoul. I'm curious about a thing though, how are filipinos viewed by koreans? I'll be going to Seoul alone so I'm curious to know how koreans will treat me... Sorry if I take your time
Hi!! Wow,I’m excited for you! Seoul is amazing! I always find myself wanting to go back~ I’m not sure how to answer your question though, I can only speak for the Koreans I have met while I was there. They were very kind and friendly! They are always very eager to help, often going out of their way just to help us, and I am so very thankful for that!
I personally found no difference with how I’m treated compared to other tourists, and also no difference in how I’m treated in other countries I visited. If you’re worried, don’t be!! I find that koreans are very proud of their country and love entertaining visitors who show appreciation for their country too! So come to Seoul with an eager heart and an open mind and I’m sure you’ll have the best time!!
The first time I visited Seoul 3 years ago, there was even one instance where we were at Hongdae area asking for directions to Coffee Prince Cafe… We asked this girl who looked like a university student but unfortunately we couldn’t understand what each other was saying so we both said sorry to each other and she left while we tried studying our map again… A couple minutes later, she actually came back for us! She was so sweet, it seemed like she finally understood what we were asking and she took us to Coffee Prince Cafe herself~ We still couldn’t communicate with each other well so we depended on hand gestures and smiling.
Another story I want to share is during my most recent trip to Seoul. The day we were supposed to leave Seoul, we were running late and so we ended up rushing from our guesthouse to the subway station with our huge baggages. By the time we got to the station, we were so out of breath! Haha! And unfortunately, there was a flight of stairs we had to climb (no escalators T___T) I had a huge bag and a smaller bag at the time and i brought my small bag up the stairs first and went back down for the huge bag. As I was dragging my huge bag up the stairs slowwwwly, an elder man suddenly rushed to my side and brought my bag up the stairs ;____; he was a father with his 2 sons. He didn’t even say a word, he just smiled at me warmly and helped me. He was my angel that day, I couldn’t thank him enough!
I want to share more stories but this reply is getting waaay long ahahaha! Anyway, my point is just, don’t worry about how Koreans might treat you as a foreigner, or as a Filipino :) They’re natural kindness and hospitality will surprise you~~ <3
Oh and if I can give you a tip, if you’re ever lost or if you have questions, your best shot is asking a university student or young professionals in their 20’s or 30’s~ Just, demographically speaking, they’re most likely to understand and speak english well :)