“Other countries have something called a ‘historic downtown.’ It would have been nice if the areas starting from where Jongno-gu office used to be, and from Junghak-dong to here had been preserved as a historic downtown, but the only thing left is this one alley. Back in the day, these roads weren’t paved, either. I used to play marbles and Ddakji* here. At that time, I probably would have wondered why people came here for sightseeing and what there was to see in this neighborhood. Originally, it was just a few Hanok-style houses in front of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. Now, one of my buddies’ houses turned into a cafe, one a restaurant, but one is still a house with a front lawn. I had no idea it would turn out like this. The atmosphere is still good, and it’s calm.” “Are you going to keep standing here, looking?” “Just look at this line… it’s quite cool, isn’t it?”
*Ddakji is a traditional Korean game played with folded paper tiles.
“다른 나라는 구 시가지라는 게 있잖아요. 예전에 종로구청 있는 데, 거기부터 시작해서 중학동부터 여기까지 구 시가지로서 보존을 했으면 좋았을 텐데, 이제 이 골목길 하나 남은 거예요. 여기가 예전엔 포장도 안 되었죠. 제가 여기서 다마치기도 하고 딱지도 쳤죠. 옛날엔 (왜) 여길 관광 하고 다닐까하고 생각했었겠죠. 이 동네가 뭐가 볼게 있을까 하고요. 원래 현대 미술관 앞에 그냥 한옥 몇 채 있었죠. 이제 친구놈들 집이 하나는 카페가 되었고, 하나는 음식점이 되었고, 다른 하나는 아직 마당이 남아있는 집이에요. 이렇게 될줄은 몰랐어요. 분위기는 아직도 좋지요, 차분하고.” “여기 이렇게 계속 서서 보고 계실 건가요?” “그냥… 이 선만 봐도 멋지잖아요.”
Today we wanted it to be a little educational for the kids. So Johnathan and I decided to take them to The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. We went to the one in Jongno-gu in Seoul. @destinysplayhouse
Seoul: Nagwon Instrument Arcade by Seoul Korea Via Flickr: Proclaimed as the largest music mall in the world, Nagwon Instrument Arcade in Seoul’s central Jongno-gu district is the premier place in Seoul for purchasing musical instruments. Conveniently located close to Insa-dong and Tapgol Park, the building has stores and stores selling all kinds of musical instruments from pianos, guitars, accordions to traditional Korean instruments too. Fans of classic movies will appreciate the cinema on the fourth floor dedicated to golden oldies, and in the basement an expansive market can be found.
Jongno 3-ga Station, Line 1, 3, or 5, Exit 5.
After our late lunch at Tosokchon we headed out to see the
Bukchon Hanok Village. We rode the bus even if it was kinda near if your a walker but if not I suggest you take the bus. The
Bukchon Hanok Village is on the other side of the palace where
Tosokchon is located. We got off at
Samcheongdong is full of art galleries and cafes. We walked around and enjoyed every single concepts of stores they have there. A hip place for the everyone to appreciate.
I'm going to Seoul for 10 days in March! So yes please make a Seoul visitor tips/places to see master post!
Ok let’s see
There is SO much to see in Seoul, no way I can list everything but here are a few places I visited myself or recommend visiting: Myeongdeong, Insadong, Hongdae, Itaewon, Gyeongbukgung/Gwanghwamun, Dongdaemun, Hyehwa/Naksan Park/Ihwa Art village, Seoul Forest, Ttukkseom Hangang Park, Gangnam, Bukcheon Hanok Village, Samcheongdo, Ehwa, Gwangjang Market, Namsan Tower, (more shopping places: Garosugil, Apgujeong Rodeo Street, Cheongdamdong ((clothes can be €€€€ tho^^))
Obv there’s not just a lot to see but also a lot to do! You can visit museums, galleries, rent a bike @ hangang, order chicken and picnic at a park or hangang, go to a jimjilbang, try all the streetfood, go clubbing, visit a cat/dog/sheep/whatever they have cafe, go to a noraebang, visit flea markets, try on traditional clothes (either for free or pay for photoshoots) or try on a wedding dress instead?, discover all kinds of cafes,hike a mountain, go to the Everland theme park if u wanna, visit temples and ssamzigil for handmade gifts, go to a hair salon and get a straightening perm lmao.. idek.. . just research a lot! ((:
Learn how to haggle ! I haggled a lot at dongdaemun (inside the malls), hongdae and ehwa.. and unless it’s not a sale item you’ll probably get a discount if you ask (sometimes just 2k won if you pay in cash sometimes more if you’re good or just lucky!), maybe do some aegyo (I’m talking to the girls here haha), if you can, talk in Korean! I just know very little Korean but basic stuff like “It’s pretty but I don’t know, it’s expensive, etc.” was VERY helpful. But well, don’t worry sometimes English is enough too (: Ah! Idk about other cosmetic stores but etude house has a discount app (you can ask someone there to help you register) but you won’t get any samples (ask anyway maybe you’ll get one haha)
I recommend getting the citypass plus card at incheon airport/when you arrive (don’t forget to take a metro map with you).
I think this is universal but don’t buy drinks in clubs! Very expensive! Same goes for booking a (vip) table but you’d need to know Korean for that anyway.
Finding the right place to eat at can be quite confusing (and sometimes also quite expensive) if you don’t have any Korean friends who’ll help you out, especially in the evening.. Always take a look at the menu outside (if they have one outside^^) here’s a little guide, I don’t really have any tips since I had friends who most of the times ordered for me and knew the best places. (idk why I wrote this point lmao I’m just saying)
Get a currency exchange app!!! Don’t exchange too much money at the airport. I exchanged money at the bank in Seoul once but they took around 10k won and the second time I went to an exchange shop(?) (Hongdae and Myeongdeong have a lot) and their fee was around 3k? idk but it was much less.. anyways always ask for the fee beforehand and use the app!
((For ma ladies: remember, you don’t have to talk to every Korean guy who comes up to you! js))
let your host/hotel staff write down the street name and number for you in case you wanna use a taxi to get back (remember some drivers don’t know any English!) and if you wanna know how much a taxi ride approx costs just ask the driver before getting in (basic Korean would be helpful in this situation). You can pay with your citypass/T-money card if u wanna. (edit: don’t take the black taxis, they cost more)
Check the dates for markets at e.g hongdae, very interesting, get a painted portrait they’re beautiful and you’re helping out a student ((:
If you’re outside and need help and you can’t find someone who speaks English (imo usually they do know at least a bit though) try to say excuse me in Korean and do use e.g google translate for single words or even google images if you’re searching for e.g a pharmacy.
Bring medicine with you, for headaches and diarrhea mostly. I ate
Yukhoe/육회/raw beef meat for the first time there and my stomach didn’t like it at all haha.
You’ll have free wifi basically everywhere but still not always so if you want fast wifi all the time I recommend getting a pocket wifi egg/device/whatever it’s called. Oh! Also what I didn’t know before is that you can recharge your phone at cafes/restaurants! Sometimes they’ll have charging cables but just bring your own anyway. Simply go to the counter with your phone and ask them to charge it.
Ok that’s pretty much all I can think of right now (will add points either from you guys or when I remember more) and I’m sorry if most of it isn’t helpful but I’m just sharing my thoughts if you don’t mind ^^’
from @redeemtheyears: Express terminal in seoul has the cheapest clothes! and it is HUGE, i couldn’t even finish it in day! The best Ginseng chicken soup was from Toksochon (토속촌) Ginseng Chicken Soup 5, Jahamun-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 서울 종로구 자하문로5길 5 (체부동) and the best fried chicken is at KyoChon near Gangnam, 1309-8 Seocho-dong (8 Gangnam-daero 69-gil) There are lots of cafes at Samcheong-dong that sells good food, desserts, snacks. And for Tteokbokki (Spicy Rice Cake), try those at Sindangdong Tteokbokki Town (신당동떡볶이골목) My favourite barbecue pork place is Palsaek Samgyeopsal (팔색삼겹살), it is 8 different flavours of pork and the staff will help you with it
@hamahannah said: Hello! The only other things I could think of was to try and download the subway app! That helped me a lot when I was in Korea! They have it in English and you can download it for Apple and Android phones! Another trip is to try and pre-purchase an external battery for your phone! My phone dies really quickly and it is really handy to have an extra battery with you that way you don’t have to worry about finding a plug! :’D (You can find them on Amazon or in Korea for around $20 or less!
What’s happening fam squad. I’m in Seoul, currently on an inspiration trip with Samsung. It’s a pretty rad city, and they’re doing a sick job of showing me around. I’m also not nearly as confused and lost as I assumed I would be. Billy Murray you really scared the shit out of me in that movie. WHAT FINE TRAINING SIR. It is hard to review things though, bc most of the restaurants I go to’s names are written in shapes and lines. But I did go to a new spot with a name I could read called Bover Lounge. It’s really modern and rad. The food is presented in a super Asian way (a good thing) and is all mega delicious. The walls are a really chic grey with gold trim. My friend was siting against that wall during lunch wearing a grey sweater and gold glasses. I took a photo of him. It looks great.
Tip: food is great. Can’t go wrong with the korean styled or american styled dishes. Tip: Everything is served with a twist, but in a good way. Not the gross way.
Korean mung bean pancakes are so simple yet so damn tasty!
Every time I visit Seoul, I try and hit Kwangjang Market to try out versions from a few different vendors, and this time, I may have found my favorite joint yet! And as it’s right smack dab in the middle of the market, I’m not sure how I missed it before. Well, actually… maybe I do know how, as it’s the smallest stand in the market, just a husband and wife team toiling at a tiny table…
She cooks while he sits to the side and grinds the mung beans into batter…
Valentine’s Day Event!! Tomorrow, I’ll be giving chocolates that I prepared myself to the 12th, 55th, 112th, 177th, and 230th customers who will eat waffle and coffee at #Andhere (Address: Daehangno, Jongno-gu, Dongseung-dong, 31-14)!!