This week, what was supposed to be an innocent trip to Kinko’s turned into a lovely stroll around Deoksugung. Walking around Deoksugung was so peaceful and gave me such a cool relief from the sticky summer air here in Seoul. I spotted many beautiful l things along the way and I of course had to document it all. If you head to this part of Seoul near City Hall, you will be sure to find a lovely cafe, sculpture, gallery or restaurant along the way.
I ate a delicious chicken panini from a little cafe called ‘Le Pul’ and really enjoyed the familiar feeling the interiors gave me. Definitely check out the cafe if you are ever in that area and in need of a cheap and quick fresh lunch!
On my way home, I was desperate to quench my thirst so I stopped off at the General Drink Shop in Gwangwhamun. I had just been to Kyobo Book Store to stock up on my sticker collection and buy a new Moleskine diary. I loveed this drink, I ordered a Lemon Jasmine Ice Tea. YUM! And also, how cute is the cup it came in? Love it.
Planning a trip to Jeju Island and not sure what food to put in your belly or which restaurants to check out? Well, nor was I until I created this detailed list of some of the places we visited in Jeju back in April. Wait, that makes no sense. Oh well, here’s some amazing food we ate in Jeju and I thought my readers would enjoy seeing it!
Dodu Fresh Burgers – 도두후레쉬
Dodu Fresh is located conveniently near Jeju airport. It is the perfect lunch spot if you are waiting for your hotel in Jeju City to open up for a 3pm check-in. We enjoyed our burgers a 5-minute drive away by the water and had to compete with the wind while eating. I would definitely recommend the cheesy fries. I chose to eat the Shrimp burger and it was GOOD! I could honestly go for one right now.
Store Hours: Opens Daily from 9:30 am to 7:00 pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
We found out about Noraba Seafood Ramyeon by looking at a restaurant brochure from our hotel. My husband knew immediately that it was his destiny to drive there and eat ramyeon. I’m glad we did because it was such a great experience.
We ordered two of the classic Noraba Seafood Ramyeon dishes (mild) and a Lunch box set or ‘Doshirak’ with rice and other goodies. My husband regretting getting the mild version because there was no spice at all. I enjoyed it but also would have liked a bit more bang.. in my mouth?
Pro Tip: We went to Noraba on a Monday and had to wait at least 45 minutes to eat. It is a very efficient system with sign ups and number calls etc. I would suggest you prepare for a waiting time. Outdoor and indoor seating is available!
Store Hours: Opens every day from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Galchi Jorim is a staple Jeju Island food specialty and is a ‘Hairtail fish Soup’. It is sometimes a sweet dish full of delicious fish, tofu and plenty of vegetables. For me, this place was a little too spicy, but having the Nurungji (scorched rice) dish really helped!
One thing you should also try in Jeju is an ogyeopsal BBQ! Unlike Korea’s regular, boring meat, samgyeopsal, this pork has 5 layers of meats and fats instead of 3! I’m not saying you need to go to this specific restaurant, but if you head to this general area in Jeju City, you are bound to find a great restaurant to eat Ogyeopsal. This was so delicious… but my memory of the food was somewhat clouded by the soju we drank with it.
There you have it, all the foods we ate on our Jeju honeymoon back in May. For more food related content, be sure to follow along with my Instagram page. Also, check out our YouTube videos about Jeju Island to see the food in action!
If you’re like me and you have a penchant for Japanese architecture, art and serene water features, then I have found the museum for you. Jeju Island is full of art and design if you know where to find it. Luckily for you, I have written this post to give you a hint. So, all you art lovers should head to the Bonte Museum the next time you find yourself wandering around Jeju Island wondering what to do with yourself. Here are the details:
The museum houses a range of contemporary and traditional art which breaks up the viewing experience nicely. You can wander from a room full of historical Korean artefacts and then head into Kusama Yayoi’s Infinity Room. The design of the museum frames the surrounding beauty of Jeju beautifully with its concrete walls and water features. It is no wonder that the word ‘bonte’ means original form
With five galleries, a cafe and a gift shop, everyone is bound to find something to love about Bonte Museum! Let me know about your travels by following me on Instagram, YouTube or by leaving a comment below!
We travelled to Bonte Museum in part 2 of our Jejumoon (Jeju Honeymoon) series. But watch them both here and don’t forget to subscribe!
Is it the water? Is it the clean(er?) air? Is it the… people? I am not sure what it is, but each time we go to Yeosu to visit my husband’s family, we eat the best food in the world. I am always too full to fully enjoy it. It just tastes so good? So, if you are in Korea and you don’t know what to do on your summer break this year, go down to Yeosu. I would recommend staying at the Amort Hotel on the beach. Enjoy it and thank me later.
If you’re looking for a spot to snap some cherry blossom pictures this weekend, then head to Yangjae-cheon. It is located in between Yangjae and Yangjae Citizen’s Forest station. Beautiful any time of the year, the cherry blossoms that are now lining the stream are in full bloom. This area is not too crowded and you are guaranteed to take a good photo. Can you really take a bad photo in cherry blossom season, though? Scroll to the end of the post to find the location!
Take the line 3 Subway to Yangjae Station and walk to the stream
Or, take the Shin-bundang Line to Yangjae Station or Yangjae Citizen’s Forest Station
Hello Korean Picnic readers, old and new! It has been a while since I’ve sat down to offload the words in my brain onto my blog. As I write this, I am uploading a video I made last week of our glamping anniversary trip. I have become excited about YouTube and blogging again recently. My many dilemmas about quitting have ceased for the moment and I am enjoying the creative process more than ever. I have my cup of tea by my side as I watch the fourth season of The Crown.
Last week, my husband and I decided to celebrate our one year marriage anniversary by going glamping! We don’t typically do adventurous things because we prefer the comfort of a warm house and a computer or screen in front of us, but we thought we would branch out of our literal comfort zones. However, that branch lead us to be very cold and very achy from shivering from being so cold. In hindsight, we probably should have double checked that the heater was on!
We chose to stay at the ‘On the Rock’ glamping site located in Gapyeong (northeast of Seoul). The site itself was full of spaceship-like glamping pods. They overlooked the picturesque mountains of the Korean countryside. Each pod had a patio for BBQing and bush dancing. The site was also featured on Arch Daily, so I was smugly excited to stay somewhere that was approved by the architecture and design community.
Glamping has become a big trend in South Korea and there are many locations around the country. If you are living here, or planning to come in the future, I highly recommend grabbing a group of friends, buying every piece of meat at the grocery store, and having a glamping experience for yourself.
Please scroll to the end to watch my YouTube video! PLEASE! I beg of you. Not really, it’s totally up to you. But please watch it. And subscribe. And also like the video… but no pressure. Have you been glamping before? Were you as cold as we were? Let me know!
I am so excited to finally be putting this all out into the world. About 2 months ago, I was asked by Coffee t&i Magazine if I could write about some speciality coffee cafes here in Seoul, South Korea. I of course jumped at the opportunity and got to work straight away… without realising just how difficult it would be to visit 5 cafes, take photographs, film clips for my YouTube channel, write the article and then gather all of the information for each cafe squeezed in over one weekend whilst working full time… But I have lived to tell the tale and I am so excited to be sharing it all with you today. If there was one thing I learned through all of this, it’s that bloggers, vloggers, writers and travel influencers definitely don’t have an easy job, they’re just great at making their craft look so simple.
Although this wasn’t a paid opportunity, writing and taking photos is something that I have always enjoyed for myself. My philosophy as a foreigner living in South Korea is that I should take any opportunities that come my way because it can only help me learn and grow. I have been accumulating skills in so many different areas because I have allowed myself to take on so many exciting projects this year and I know that someday my hard work will reward me… somehow… who knows!
The issue of the magazine was launched a few weeks ago but sadly, the online version is not currently available. I will insert all of the information about the cafes that I went to here as well as some images that I took on the day and images from the magazine! I hope that in the future I can write some more articles… or not. I can always just stick to my day job which is also pretty fun.
Cafe #1Duke’s Coffee Showroom
Cafe #2Perception Coffee
Cafe #3 Motif Coffee
Cafe #4 Scene Coffee
Cafe #5 Raw Coffee Stand
The Magazine Issue!
Not enough content for your eyeballs? Well, it’s a good thing I filmed the whole experience and put it on the internet! You can watch my vlog down below. For all media inquiries, please visit the work with me page here on my blog or get in touch via Instagram.
Hello Internet! This month’s Global Seoul Mate Challenge was based on three different categories: Colourful Seoul, Retro Seoul and 24 Hour Activities in Seoul. Here are my recommendations for this month’s challenges. Don’t forget to follow my Instagram and YouTube to keep up with my future GSM posts!
Colourful Seoul – The Cafes of Seongsu
Seongsu was one of the first places I went to in Seoul that felt grungy and dirty enough to almost be Melbourne. With so many cafes to explore, graffiti to be seen and shoes to be.. worn(?) – Seongsu is famous for shoes.
Retro Seoul – Style Nanda and Retail Interiors
Style Nanda is one of the many brands in South Korea that take Visual Merchandising to the level a little higher than extra. This flagship store in Myeongdong is the lovechild of Wes Anderson and Andy Warhol.
Other Korean brands that love their retro inspired VMing include Åland, Ader Error, Gentle Monster and Chuu. Can you think of more!?
24 Hour Activities in Seoul – Seoullo 7017
The Seoullo 7017 bridge at exit 2 of Seoul Station is a great spot to go any hour of the day or night! Have you seen this spot before? I hope Seoul continues to become greener and greener as it continues to grow and develop into the future city that we know and love.
360°VR Seoul with Cha Eun-woo
To see more of Seoul, enjoy these 360°VR Videos with Cha Eun-woo. For English subtitles, just click on the Closed Captions icon.
Hello Jo So Ko readers! I hope you all are doing well and becoming the best version of yourselves and remembering that it’s okay that you don’t get along with everyone, we can’t all be the Paul Rudd’s of the world. I wanted to post some images from July’s Global Seoul Mate challenge now that I have a little pocket of time and energy for blogging.
In July, we were asked to explore the area of Songpa in Seoul which is located right next to Gangnam. If you’re not familiar with the Geography of Seoul, Gangnam and Songpa are both ‘gu’s’ which basically means they are boroughs or districts of Seoul. We were first asked to go to the Songpa Tourist Information Center which overlooks Seokchon lake and is right next to Lotte World Tower (South Korea’s tallest building…for now).
At the Tourist Center, you can get all of the information you need about the Songpa area (home of Lotte World, Lotte Tower, Jamsil Baseball Stadium, Olympic Park and so many beautiful trails and open spaces). You can also take photos in front of a green screen and pretend you’ve travelled all over Korea in mere seconds. To print out the image, you can pay 1,000 won ($1) or just have the picture sent to you like we did.
For this month’s challenge, we could choose to explore the Lotte Aquarium or the Lotte Tower Sky Deck. They both seemed like great options but I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to see some otters and jellyfish. I wanted to take this time to thank the Seoul Tourism Organisation for being so kind and hospitable throughout this year’s challenges. I was reluctant to do this challenge at first because it seemed like a lot of effort, but I really challenged myself to complete all of the tasks and I was grateful to be able to enjoy this new experience in Seoul.
If you are interested in becoming a Global Seoul Mate in 2021, go to their website and keep on the lookout for any updates about applications. From my memory, I applied for the 2020 program in January. You can also follow me on instagram to see future GSM posts and updates about the program. Keep scrolling to watch my YouTube video of the entire experience…or don’t watch it. I’m okay either way! Stay safe, wear a mask and have a great week ahead!