Such A Beautiful Glass Artwork, Glass Castle in Jeju Island!!
Jeju Glass Castle is Korea’s first registered museum exclusively for glass and it’s established in 2008. They say “The museum reflects the gift of nature and clean environment of Jeju in the transparent and clean glass works.” You’ll see that it’s true since everything is made from shaped glass. You’ll experience more than whatever you can imagine. You can also experience ‘glass blowing’ which is a very traditional technique for making glass and it’s only available in Jeju.
The delicate collection is divided into indoor and outdoor sections, each with their own variety of delicate glasswork. The indoor sights include a towering green glass beanstalk in the center of the exhibition hall, a room full of mirrors where visitors can get lost in their infinite reflections, and even a glass bookshelf with glass books. The exterior garden features amazingly naturalistic figures such as a glass waterfall, glass flowerbeds, and a lake made of mirrors with fish.
You’ll get lost in the Magic Mirror Room. You can also see the Jack & the Beanstalk in the center of the hall.
Oh, these are Stone Harubangs, the famous Jeju guardian figures. And they’re made from glass, too. I like it.
They’re small Glass Town and Sea Story. Can you believe that they’re all made from glass? They’re very pretty and colorful.
Now you can see the Glass Gate with a huge wine glass. You can also see the beautiful Jewelry Falls with the huge wedding ring. This can be such a great spot for wedding proposal.
They’re called Glass Lake and Gold Glass Toad.
You can see many glass flowers and glass trees in the garden. There is also Magic Forest.
The Jeju Glass Castle Theme Park is such an attraction for the whole family. You can get some more information below about this place if you’re interested in visiting here.
Address : 462, Nokchabunchae-ro, Hangyeong-myeon, Jeju City, Jeju-do
Inquiries : 064-772-7777
Admission : KRW 11,000 (Adults) / KRW 9,000 (Students) / KRW 8,000 (Children)
Operating Hours : 09:00-19:00
Homepage (English) : http://en.jejuglasscastle.com/
The Biggest, Oldest Market in Korea, Namdaemun Market!!
Namdaemun Market is a large traditional market selling everything and it’s one of the oldest continually running markets in Korea. The streets where the market is located were built in a time when cars were not even running. You can find quality leather goods, clothing, crafts, imported goods, utensils, electronics, and traditional oriental medicines at really affordable rates. Once you get there, you’ll get lost in a maze diving yourself into shopping.
Seoul City announced plans to renovate the market in 2007 and reconstruction and renovations are still being continued. Most of the clothes here cost between 10,000 to 20,000 KRW. Many retailers buy their items, particularly clothing, at wholesale prices, to resell in their own stores in other sites. During the day, you can see locals shopping for groceries and household items. At night, Namdaemun becomes a night market from 11pm until 4am every day.
Namdaemun is also called Sungnyemun and it’s one of the Korean typical castles. When you get to the market, you can get a guideline brochure at the information booth.
You can see so many people in the alley. And it’s not hard to find foreigners among them.
There’s an exchange booth here. No wonder we have so many foreign visitors here.
You can’t even imagine how many different kinds of street snacks you’ll be able to see there. I didn’t even know them either. They look so appetizing.
You can also see so many restaurants that have been introduced on TV. I would say this is the place where people are living their real lives.
I got this information from their homepage. They have more than 10,000 stores and 300,000 visitors each day. Wow, that’s a lot.
Here’s some more information about this place if you’re interested in visiting here.
Address : 21, Namdaemunsijang-4gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Location : Near the Exit 5 and 6 of Hoehyeon Station, line 4
Operating Hours : 00:00 ~ 23:00 (Shops close at their close time.)
Contact Number : 02-753-2805
Homepage (English) : http://namdaemunmarket.co.kr/index.php
Cheap and Delicious Makchang Restaurant! Samggi Makchang!!
I already introduced ‘Gopchang’ before and as you know now, it refers to beef small intestines and it’s quite expensive in Korea. I always thought ‘Makchang’ was almost the same as Gopchang but it’s not. Besides, I just found out ‘Makchang’ is not beef but it’s pork. It was actually shocking to me because I believed that it was beef for my whole life. Anyways, we recently visited this Makchang restaurant and it’s so strongly recommended. That’s the purposed of posting this blog.
We accidently found this place when we were taking a stroll in our neighborhood and saw so many people waiting in line. It was impressive and it was located only 3 minutes away from our home on foot. I didn’t know until we tried there that this place was one of the must-go restaurants in the Cheonho Station area. I can tell you only 2 words for this place. Cheap and delicious. No wonder they always have so many people waiting in line. And we are lucky to have this restaurant near our house.
This is the sign of the restaurant. As you can see, they always have many people.
When they serve for our table, we were so happy to see it. They look so appetizing
It was grilled already by them so it didn’t take that long before we could eat them. Yes, we cheered to ourselves.
We ordered some side menu. They were Bokkeumbap (fried rice) and Ramen. They were cooked by their recipe and they were so good too.
This is the menu for this place. Makchang usually costs much more expensive than this. You should know that.
Please check the information below if you’re interested in visiting the same restaurant that we visited for grilled Makchang.
Address : 10, Olympic-ro 77-gil, Gangdong-gu, Seoul
Location : Near exit 2 of Cheonho Station, Line 5 & 8
Phone Number : 02-470-2572
Operating Hours : 16:00 ~ 01:00
[Menu and Price]
Makchang Gui : KRW 10,000
Yangnyeom Makchang : KRW 11,000
Cheese Makchang : KRW 14,000
Spicy Ramyeon : KRW 3,000
Boggeumbab (Fried Rice) : KRW 2,000
Near the Lake! So Beautiful Hotel & Resort!!
I’ve been hearing about the reputation of a hotel located near Cheongpyeong Lake in Gapyeong city. So I tried to book it a couple of times but I always failed. It is called ‘Midas Hotel & Resort’ and its view is awesome since it’s in the middle of mountains and it has the lake view right in front of it. We’ve been considering to visit a great hotel in Korea once again since we came back from our honeymoon but it wasn’t easy to arrange one. I guess and hope that this hotel could be a great replacement.
The only difference should be that this hotel is in Korea. I know the view would be very beautiful but typical beautiful that you can see anywhere in Korea. It was really exotic when we were on our honeymoon so this can’t compare. Still, this hotel could be the best replacement of our honeymoon memories. I’m determined to visit and spend some nights at this hotel sometime soon.
This is the best image of describing this hotel. It’s located near the lake, in the middle of mountains. This can’t be bad.
This is the gate and you can get to the lobby through the hallway. The lobby seems very big and modernized. I like it.
The room seems a bit small and cozy. But I was told that all of the rooms have the lake view. It must be beautiful.
They provide some coffee and tea. I don’t like those kinds though.
In the evening, you can have your own barbeque party at this site. The building itself seems very nice.
In the morning, you’ll be eating breakfast at the dining room. It doesn’t seem to be buffet type but I like it already.
You can take a stroll along the path. It must be really peaceful and mind refreshing.
Below is some more information about this place if you’re interested in visiting here.
Address : 2245, Bukhangang-ro, Cheongpyeong-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Kyonggi
Contact Number : 031-589-5600
Check In/Out : 15:00 / 11:00
Homepage : https://www.midashotel.co.kr
Korean Actor’s Amusement Park! Doori Land!!
I was recently told that Doori Land had reopened only a few days ago and it’s a small amusement park run by the Korean veteran actor Im Chae-moo. Most Koreans would probably recognize him since he’s been acting for decades in Korea. I actually didn’t know that this amusement park existed and I was also surprised that Im Chae-moo is the owner of that park. So I did some digging and found some information about this small theme park.
Doori Land is located in Yangju City, Kyeonggi Province and it was established in 1990. Im Chae-moo spent about 13 billion won to build this park and he decided to run this park without taking admission. The park is about 9,900 square meters and had 10 rides including Viking and bumper cars. Now they charge 20,000 ~ 25,000 won for admission and 3,000 ~ 4,000 won is also charged to enjoy a ride. Hmm, that’s not cheap. Doori Land suspended operations for three years because of financial difficulty but it’s now being reopened.
This is the sign of the park. It has very childlike colors. You can also see the fare for rides.
Fun Clown? This one must be a ride for only young kids.
This ride is called ‘Spaceship’. Yeah, have fun flying!
You can obviously tell what this is. This one also looks like it’s for young juniors.
Oh, I used to love to ride Bumper Cars when I was brought to a theme park while I was still a kid.
Yes, this is what I expected. They have Viking at least. It looks like it’s designed for adults as well.
They also have a park inside. It seems very peaceful with grass and trees.
Honestly, I’m getting embarrassed since I started getting to know about this park. This theme park doesn’t seem to be right for couples or adults. It is designed for kids only, under 8 or so, I guess. I don’t know if I would have a chance to get there unless we have our own child. Sorry that I have to say this, ha. But if you’re still curious about this place, please look at the below for more information.
Address : 120, Gwonyul-ro, Jangheung-myeon, Yangju-si, Kyeonggi-do
Inquiries : 031-855-8515
Admission : KRW 20,000 (Adults) / KRW 25,000 (Juniors)
Operating Hours : N/A
Homepage (Korean) : http://www.dooriland.co.kr/
For Your Local Shopping! Cheonho Rodeo Street!!
Since I moved to my current place, one of the things that I like about this area is Cheonho Rodeo Street. It’s like a street market with many vendors and many shops for almost everything as well as many must-go restaurants. It is a place for trendy young people and it’s also good for your memories. Besides, this place becomes a nightlife attraction at night so it looks fantastic when you take a stroll after the sunset since this street is also full of bars as well.
I would say that I was lucky to move to this place. I’m not originally from Seoul and I used to live in the Guro area for a while which is totally opposite to this place. I don’t know why I’m feeling this but I feel the air in this place is cleaner than Guro and it's a more small-town feeling because it has more trees. Seoul has quite a typical big city coldness but I feel most comfortable that I’ve ever felt before in Seoul. Maybe that’s because I started my marriage life in this place. Cheonho Rodeo Street gives more joy to me.
It could be just a typical street in Seoul. So many shops and cars in the alley. Oops, sorry I didn’t know that there was a sign of an adult shop in the picture, ha.
My wife likes to pick up flowers at this shop. And the prices are very reasonable.
It’s also fun with shopping at these stores. More trendy and also cheaper.
We just dropped by a sneaker shop. We could see that most products were on sale.
This is the night look in this place. The Korean sign says ‘Cheonho-dong Rodeo Street’.
There are so many young couples and people at night. Sadly, I’m not young enough anymore but I still enjoy wandering this place at night.
There are more shops and bars open at night with more people. It has so many nightlife attractions but it’s still attractive during the daytime as well.
Here’s some more information about this place if you’re interested in visiting here.
Address : 9, Cheonhodae-ro 157-gil, Gangdong-gu, Seoul
Location : Near the Exit 5 of Cheonho Station, line 5 & 8
Operating Hours : 24 Hours (Shops close at their close time.)
Chicken is Always Right!! Yangnyeom Chicken!
Have you been to any countries that have such a fast and convenient chicken delivery service like Korea? Have you eaten any fried chicken better than Korea? Because I’ve been told that many foreigners love Korea’s chicken more than any other countries. Fried chicken menu and its delivery service in Korea have been really loved for a long time and there has always been competition so the quality has been getting better and better. It’s a shame that the prices have also gone up, too though. There are mainly two kinds of chicken. One is normal fried and the other one is yangnyeom fried.
Yangnyeom chicken is the sticky form of fried chicken including huge amounts of sauce and it’s like a heart attack for most people. It can be street food found in any shopping area or you can order one for delivery. There is also a type sold in cups with chopsticks so that you can walk around and have it on the go. This type is called Chicken Gangjeong. It can get a little messy with all the sauce, but don’t let that stop you. Trust me. You have never had chicken that tastes this good. I told you before. Chicken is always right!
There are many different kinds of chicken menu now in Korea but these two are the main types of fried chicken loved the most.
If you want two types at the same time but have difficulty choosing then you can order ‘Half and Half’ service. You’ll get served half normal fried and half yangnyeom fried.
This type is called Chicken Gangjeong and it’s more likely a street food. This type is cheaper than delivery service because of its size and it's takeout.
There are so many different fried chicken brands in Korea but this has been always my favorite. It’s called ‘ㅂㅂㅋ’. I changed it into the Korean letters so please find that out yourself, ha.
Below is some more information about the place that I order fried chickens most of the time. Chicken places are everywhere so you can find one near your place as well.
Address : 14, Jinhwangdo-ro 31-gil, Gangdong-gu, Seoul
Phone Number : 02-476-5582
Operating Hours : 12:00 ~ 23:00 (Delivery Service Hours)
Homepage (BBQ Official) : https://www.bbq.co.kr/main.asp
[Menu and Price]
Normal Friced Chicken : KRW 18,000
Yangnyeom Fried Chicken : KRW 19,500
Half & Half Fried Chicken : KRW 19,500
Very Popular Chinese Noodle Invented in Korea, Jjajangmyeon!!
Did you know that jjajangmyeon is a Chinese food that was invented in Korea? So jjajangmyeon is like a Chinese-Korean food and it’s been loved so much in Korea since it was invented. Jjajangmyeon is a noodle dish topped with thick black sauce made of chunjang (Chinese bean sauce) and sliced pork and many other fried vegetables. On the 14th of April in Korea, which is called ‘Black Day’, many singles eat jjajangmyeon since it’s black. That's funny, ha.
You can also go to the Jjajangmyeon Museum that is located in the Chinatown in Incheon and learn about the history of Jjajangmyeon. I was told that the museum is the birthplace of Jjajangmyeon and it was the first restaurant. So this museum features displays on its origin and the tour takes about 40 minutes to complete. Once you complete the tour, you’ll leave with an appetite and realize you’re heading to one of the real jjajangmyeon places.
This is the gate of Chinatown in Incheon and you can see red everywhere. It’s very much like China.
You can easily see the signs or directions of Jjajangmyeon Museum so it’s not very hard to find.
Inside the museum, you can see some models of eating jjajangmyeon. That was interesting.
This display looks kind of creepy. Is it the demonstration of a family eating jjajangmyeon at a Chinese restaurant in 1980s? I don’t know. They look very unnatural.
You can also see the whole process of making jjajangmyeon..
The price of jjajangmyeon was very low in the beginning but since it gained explosive popularity, the price kept going up.
You can also see the history of instant jjajangmyeon in Korea. I didn’t know that there were that many of them in the history.
Below is some more information about this museum if you’re interested in visiting this place.
Address : 56-14, Chinatown-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon-si
Inquiries : 032-773-9812
Operating Hours : 09:00 ~ 18:00 (Every Monday off)
Admission : KRW 1,000 (Adults) / KRW 700 (Junior) / Free (Children under 12)
Homepage (Korean) : http://www.icjgss.or.kr/jajangmyeon/
Enjoy Cheese Activities at Imsil Cheese Theme Park!!
Do you like cheese? And would you like to learn how to make cheese if you have a chance? And would you like to know more about Korea’s cheese history? Because my answers for them are all yes. When you go to this theme park that is called ‘Imsil Cheese Theme Park’, you’ll be able to get the answers for them and you can also enjoy foods made of cheese. The park has a few ‘cheese experience’ centers where you can make cheese, a milk processing factory, a local specialty shop, two restaurants and a science lab for making the best cheese.
This theme park is located in Imsil-gun, Jeollabuk-do which is almost 3 hours away from Seoul. The Imsil Cheese Theme Park was opened in 2004 and it’s like a cheese heaven where you can learn everything about cheese and they also have the Cheese Playland where you can play with goats and some other animals. You can stroll the walkways checking out the cheese-wheel buildings and various cartoon statues. I was told that Imsil became the mecca of cheese in Korea.
You can see a very big sign of the theme park at the parking lot. It is a cheese shape.
This is the map of the theme park. It’s a shame that they don’t provide other languages.
Some spots are filled and decorated with flowers even the bridge. I think it was in front of the cheese castle. That’s what they called it, ‘Cheese Castle’, ha.
This is the photo zone with cartoon figures. I couldn’t tell what kind of cartoons they’re from though. It must be better for young children.
This display is about the process of how to make cheese from milk. It was fun and very educational.
I was amazed by the model of this because it looked very real. He’s the Belgium priest who came to Imsil and started to make his own cheese. And that was the beginning of the Korea’s cheese history.
This is the Cheese Playland and you can have fun in here with feeding the goats, sliding the slides and watching flowers.
Below is some more information about this theme park if you’re interested in visiting this place.
Address : 50, Doin 2-gil, Seongsu-myeon, Imsil-gun, Jeollabuk-do
Inquiries : 063-643-2300
Admission : Free (It costs KRW 18,000 ~ 37,000 for special experience courses.)
Operating Hours : 10:00 ~ 20:00 (Tue ~ Sun)
Homepage (Korean) : http://www.cheesepark.kr/