Jeju Style Noodle, Jeju Gogi Noodle!!
This restaurant is located on the way to my wife’s parents’ house so we used to love to visit this restaurant on the way to her home before. We didn’t expect much but it was really good when we had what they served. Their main dishes are Gogi(meat) noodles and I was told that they were Jeju-do style. I haven’t had noodles in Jeju Island yet but if it’s Jeju style, I must have loved it.
Their menu is mostly quite expensive especially for the amount. That’s because they serve only Jeju style dishes and drinks. I would say that it’s not a typical Korean noodle but it’s very distinguished Korean traditional food. It is definitely different from I have had so far but differently good.
My choice was the Jeju Gogi Noodle, a soup version and I really loved it. It’s getting cold these days so I’d like to go visit again for its hot soup to feel warm inside.
It was definitely my preference, my favorite kind.
My wife’s choice was the Bibim Gogi Noodle, a hash noodle kind. I don’t know why but I guess that ladies in Korea prefer this kind.
I took some bites of it and it was quite good but I wouldn’t recommend it in the winter.
Please check the information below if you’re interested in visiting the restaurant that I visited for these noodles.
Address : 72-10, Pyeongchang Munhwa-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Phone Number : 02-395-7979
Operating Hours : 11:00 ~ 22:00
[Menu and Price]
Jeju Gogi Noodle : KRW 8,000
Bibim Gogi Noodle : KRW 8,000
Momguk : KRW 10,000
Dombe Gogi : KRW 18,000
G-Star, The Global Game Exhibition!!
Most people love games. I mean, who doesn’t? You might not be interested because you’re too busy but I would say everyone loves games. Video games, PC games, mobile games, the game industry has been rising and developing all the time. And there is a very big annual game festival in Korea which is called G-Star.
Unfortunately, this Game Exhibition finished in November of this year. But they hold it every year around this time so you can try to visit there next year if you want. G-Star provides the attendees with the opportunity to explore the PC or Online Game Zone, Mobile Game Zone, Arcade Game Zone, Console Game Zone, Event Stage, etc.
Look at those people. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people visit this event!
You can see professional models with many different game costumes. No wonder they got so many guys there.
Many of the hardware companies displayed their high quality products. This laptop could run most of the newest games because of its high specifications.
These are the graphics cards which can make your PC run high-end games. This is the most important part for your PC to run your PC games.
Someone was playing one of the high-end online games in the booth and he had no problems to play it with Geforce GTX 10 Series graphics card equipped.
This event was originally held in Seoul Kintex but it was relocated to Busan since 2009. If it was in Seoul then I would have visited because I love games very much. I assume that many of you live in Busan so if you’re interested, go visit for yourself. It must be really fun out there.
Here’s some more information about this event. But just remember that it’s finished this year.
Event Period : 14 -17 November, 2019 (N/A)
Location : Busan Exhibition and Convention Center, Busan
Operating Hours : 09:00 ~ 18:00
Admission : KRW 10,000 (Adult) / KRW 5,000 (Youth)
Credit Source : https://www.gstar.or.kr/
Mega Size Multi-Complex Mall ‘Starfield’ in Hanam!!
Eatopia, Shinsegae Department Store, E-Mart Traders, Electro Mart, Toy Kingdom, Molly’s Pet Shop, Hanssem, BMW/MINI, Aqua Field, Mega Box, YP Books and so on and so on. Are they familiar to you? And can you believe that you can see them all in one place? Many of you know that the list is for quite popular brands in Korea and they’re all gathered in a mega size hypermarket which is called ‘Starfield’ and this one is located in Hanam City.
Starfield Hanam is the size of 70 soccer fields according to them. Can you imagine? You can spend your whole day when you enjoy visiting this place. I was told that they’d prefer to be called a ‘Shopping Theme Park’ and I would say that it makes sense. It offers many fun rides for visitors to choose from and wonderful shopping experience. Inside the mall, you will find not only shopping spaces but also fun and unique areas to please you.
I got these shots from their homepage. Have a look and imagine how big this would be.
If you get inside, you’re going to see that it’s really huge. It seems like it takes forever to walk to the end.
I can’t swim so I don’t think I like this place but it is also very popular for most people.
I think I introduced this one earlier on my previous blog. Guys would love this place, right? You can see all the electronics in here. I always love to drop by this place even if I’m not buying anything.
I could see the Hyundai Car Exhibition as well with the latest model displayed. It was nice to see that.
It’s not all. You saw only a few of the places in the pictures. Like I said, it is a huge place for shopping and entertainment. Families, lovers, friends, everyone will love this place. There is only one problem. When you drive there on the weekend, you’ll see that it’s like hell. So you better not drive there on the weekend if possible. I’m planning to visit there again with my wife this weekend. But we’re taking the bus this time, haha.
Below is some more information if you’re interested in visiting this place.
Address : Starfield Hanam, 750, Misadae-ro, Hanam City, Kyonggi-dol
Inquiries : 1833-9001
Operating Hours : 10:00 ~ 22:00
Credit Source : https://www.starfield.co.kr/hanam/main.do
This Coffee Shop Is From Joseon Dynasty!(??)
Hanok means a traditional Korean house and they’re designed and built in the 14th century during the Joseon Dynasty. And there’s a coffee shop that is built in Hanok architecture in Seoul and I’d love to visit there very often.
This coffee shop is located in the entrance of Jingwan Temple and it’s in the middle of Eunpyeong Hanok Village. That’s probably why this coffee shop is designed that way. It is such a peaceful and quiet place there. And of course it’ll be a great idea if you bring someone here for your date.
This is what this coffee shop looks like. Looks very Korean-like and beautiful architecture.
Like I state above, this coffee shop is located in the entrance of the temple surrounded by mountains and there’s a Hanok Village nearby so you’re going to feel that the air is much cleaner with a great view provided.
I always had an Americano so I can’t say the most coffee is better than other coffee shops. But my wife said that she loved most of them better.
Below is some more information about this coffee shop.
Address : 10, Jingwan-gil, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul
Contact Number : 02-356-3631
Operating Hours : 10:00 / 22:00
Homepage : https://www.instagram.com/cafe_volgasim/
Americano : KRW 4,900
Latte kinds : KRW 5,000 ~ 6,800
Ice Cream : KRW 5,000
Korean Potato Pancake, Gamja-jeon!!
Do you like pancakes? I do love pancakes. But I mean, Korean style pancakes. Especially the one that is made by smashed potato mixed with pancake powder on a frying pan. It’s called Gamja-jeon, the Korean potato pancake and when it’s cooked it turns to golden brown. It’s so crispy and yummy. It’s already making my mouth water.
There should be a lot of different recipes for making a gamja-jeon but I don’t care as long as it’s a gamja-jeon. According to the ingredients and taste, it can be plain gamja-jeon, dried shrimp gamja-jeon, squid gamja-jeon and there are more and more. You’re still going to love the plain one. You know why? Because it’s potato.
Sorry we took a bite before I took pictures. Sorry I couldn’t help it. This one was the most delicious gamja-jeon that I have ever recently had.
This one must be the plain kind and it’s still really good. Remember, it should be golden brown.
Doesn’t it seem to be such a good snack for everyone, even for kid? I’d prefer having beer with it.
This kind has squid which can make it so special. You’re love its texture and taste. Gees, I’m getting hungry.
Please check the information below if you’re interested in visiting the restaurant that I visited for Gamja-jeon.
Address : 15, Hyeondeungsa-gil, Jojongmyeon, Gapyeong-gun, Kyonggi
Phone Number : 031-585-1219
Operating Hours : 07:00 ~ 20:00
Your Eyes Can Be Tricked By Art!!
There’s an art which is called Trick Art or Trick Eye in Korea and it’s usually about paintings with skills of deceiving your eyes. It’s not very easy to describe it until you see them with your own eyes so you might want to see the examples below right at once.
This kind of art actually contains AR(Augmented Reality) effect or 3D illusions. There are several galleries or museums in South Korea for this art and one of them is located in Seoul which has been awarded with the 1st place among Seoul Tourist Attraction by an American Travel website in 2014.
I like it already, haha. Spooky!
You can imagine what picture you would take from this. You’re going to be an angel!
This can be such a good decoration for facilities. I like it.
It looks like he’s communicating with the turtle through the glass.
This one looks so real. Is it really a painting on the street? It’s like they’re floating in the air.
How much could this be different when you see it with your own eyes? I know it’s an illusion but it still looks like a real earthquake. Try not to fall down.
Visiting one of these places will give you very impressive and unique experience. This can be quite a good date if you have someone to bring. Simply saying, this technique turns two-dimensional paintings into three-dimensional images through the use of optical illusions. According to them, paintings on museum walls, floors and ceilings come alive. Sounds like it’s really fun there. You want to try?
Here’s some more information about one of these museums in Seoul.
Address : #B2 Seogyo Plaza 20 Hongikro-3gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Located : Near exit 9 of Hongik University Station, line 2
Operating Hours : 09:00 ~ 21:00
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Underground Shopping Malls at Subway Stations!!
Have you been traveling by subway a lot in Korea? You must have noticed that there are so many shopping malls underground on the way to the subway stations. It is very normal to see them as long as the subway stop is underground and big enough to have many exits. So you can actually stop by if there’s anything interesting to you.
I would say that it’s really convenient to shop at those malls because they’re connected with the subway system. You can buy most of items there at reasonable prices but you better bring some cash because some of them don’t accept credit cards.
You can see a lot of accessory shops and they’re mostly very cheap.
Most of clothing they’re selling is very trendy so you can catch up with the trend in Korea.
You can see the shops literally on the way to the subway station. So sometimes it’s annoying because people can be blocking your way.
Most underground shopping malls are very folksy, friendly and trendy and prices are very reasonable compared to department stores. Some of them are really popular for young people. Gangnam station, Express Bus Terminal station in Seocho-gu, Buypeong station in Incheon, Jungangno station in Daegu, there are many popular underground shopping malls connected to the subway stations.
Below is the information of the Gangnam station underground shopping center for an example.
Address : Underground, 396, Gangnam-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Subway : Gangnam station, line 2
Operating Hours : 10:00 ~ 22:00
Credit Source : http://english.visitkorea.or.kr
Unaksan in Gapyeong
We made reservation just one day before and went to a pension for last weekend which was located in the Gapyeong area. We made no plans but set up everything and just went there. I was hoping that it could remind me of the time when I was on my honeymoon.
The pension we stayed at was in the middle of the mountains but I’m not very much for hiking so I didn’t try to hike there. Besides, it was freezing there. It was just meant to be for refreshing my body and mind and it actually worked. There was a spa bathtub inside, I better not show you the pictures though.
This place was like a town with many of pensions and hotels gathered on the mountain. You can see the sign of ‘Welcome’ and ‘Goodbye’.
The name of the mountain was ‘Unaksan’ and I could see many hikers visiting this place. It was a shame that the weather wasn’t very clear at that time.
There was a terrace in the front and we could see an outdoor Japanese style bathtub. But we didn’t use it because it was really cold and it was so opened out there.
Can you tell what this is? This one was a hut standing separately but privately and it was for Sauna. A sauna is like a small room designed to experience hot steam inside so you get sweaty to feel refreshed. Sadly, it wasn’t operational so we didn’t use it either.
Below is some more information about the place that we stayed.
Address : 55-343, Hyeondeungsan-gil, Jojong-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Kyonggi
Contact Number : 031-581-1185
Check In/Out : 15:00 / 11:00
Homepage : http://www.vieweye.co.kr/
Kimchi + Pork Belly = Duruchigi (?)
Did you know that Kimch and pork are the perfect match for most of the Korean foods in Korea? Yes, they do love eating them mixed and it’s most Korean people’s favorite recipe. Duruchigi could sound like ‘beat up all the way round’ in Korean. But it actually means ‘stir-fried’, the way how it’s cooked and I also love that cooking way for myself because it’s really easy.
This is the way how it looks like when it’s cooked. This can be a spicy dish based on Kimchi you added.
I visited a Korean restaurant when I was abroad. We ordered Kimchi Duruchigi but it tasted nothing like what I knew. Yes, it’s Korean food. It can’t be the same.
This one doesn’t look very spicy and I would prefer this kind.
One of the restaurants served Kimchi Jjigae(which is similar to stew) after the main dish. This one is loved by everyone in Korea.
And below is the one that I recently visited and enjoyed very much for Duruchigi. Why don’t you go for it for yourself? This restaurant is also for Samgyupsal, the pork belly.
Address : 76, Seongan-ro 3-gil, Gangdong-gu, Seoul
Phone Number : 02-470-9032
Operating Hours : 15:00 ~ 24:00