A Guide To Korean Drinking Culture

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10 Things You Can Do ONLY in South Korea!

If you’re planning your trip to Korea and have only shopping and eating on your list… pretty good choices. Korea’s pretty awesome for that. But don’t forget to do some unique things you can ONLY do in Korea. Here’s 10 to get you started.

1. Eat a Korean traditional dessert at one of the world’s best hotels

The Shilla Hotel is where Bill Gates, President George Bush, and Michael Jackson chose to stay when they visited Korea and is also the wedding site of many well-known Korean celebrities such as Jeon Ji-Hyun. It has been ranked as one of the top 500 hotels in the world by Travel and Leisure magazine.

In the lobby area of the Shilla Hotel you can find the Library Bar & Lounge, where they serve the Korean traditional dessert called patbingsoo (팥빙수). Patbingsoo is a very popular dessert in the summer time and typically consists of shaved ice combined with condensed milk, ice cream, small rice cakes, and sweetened red beans (or azuki bean paste). Here, however, you will find a variation on this traditional dessert. The shaved ice grains are so fine that it feels like snow powder rather than the usual crushed ice. The real unique addition here though is the 2 whole sliced apple mangoes that are imported from the popular Korean honeymoon location, Jeju Island. Get ready to shell out a few dollars though as this dessert will run around $40. Savoring every bite won’t be a problem here.

For more information: http://www.shilla.net/en/seoul/index.jsp

Shilla Hotel
202 Jangchung-dong 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-856 Telephone +82-2-2233-3131
호텔신라 서울특별시 중구 장충동 2가 202번지 (우: 100-856)
Closest subway stop: Dongguk University (동대입구역), Line 3, Exit 5

2. Attend the largest church in the world

The concept of a megachurch takes on a whole another meaning here in Korea, where, statistically speaking, nearly 1 out of every 10 people living in Seoul is a member of this church. Yeouido Full Gospel Church boasts nearly 1 million church members and its Sunday service can hold approximately 26,000 people with 600,000 people cycling through one of its seven Sunday services. Regardless of your religious background, it is staggering to not only think of the rapid growth of Christianity but also the scale to which Koreans take it.

Get a sense of a strong part of Korean culture by attending one of Yeouido Full Gospel’s Sunday services, but be sure to show up at least an hour ahead of time to get a seat in the main sanctuary. Otherwise, you’ll be watching the service on television in one of the overflow rooms with all the other latecomers.

For more information: http://english.fgtv.com/

150-010 Yeoeuido-dong Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul Telephone +82 2-782-4851
150-010 서울특별시 영등포구 여의도동 11번지 여의도순복음교회
Closest subway stop: National Assembly (
국회의사당엽), Line 9, Exit 1

3. Cross the border into North Korea and safely come back

Do you want to have a picture taken from the most secretive country in the world? Yes, there is a way. By going on the Demilitarized Tour (DMZ) from Seoul, tourists can safely cross the border from South Korea into North Korea and come back. How is this possible? In a town that borders both South and North Korea called Panmunjum, you can enter the Joint Security Area building, half of which is on the South Korean side and half of which is on the North Korean side. By stepping into the North Korean side of the building, you will actually be standing in North Korea.

Additionally, the DMZ tour will allow you to visit some of the tunnels that the North had drilled underground toward the South. Up to now, there have been four that have been discovered (the most recent one being in 1990) and there are believed to be additional yet undiscovered tunnels.

When you are on the DMZ grounds, you can also see North Korean soldiers a couple hundred feet from you. Staring into the eyes of North Korean soldiers from afar is an experience not to be missed and is a grim reminder of the continuing divide between North and South Korea.

Book your tour to the DMZ here!

Visits are conducted by tour group operators only.

4. Do Gangnam style in the Gangnam district

NB (Noise Basement) in Gangnam is a great place to pay homage to Psy’s Gangnam Style song in the Gangnam neighborhood itself. This is the best place in the world where you can strut your stuff to the video that has garnered 1.6 billion views within the past year (hard to believe that this is nearly 5 million views per day). Here you can also get a glimpse into the real meaning of the songs lyric, which satirizes the rich, new luxurious lifestyle of those that frequent the area. Here, the crowd comes from money, is well dressed, and ready to party. See if you can spot the inspiration for Psy’s song lyrics here.

You’ll have to pay a small cover to get in but it’s worth it. Inside there are a mix of spaces, including a bar upstairs and downstairs, a large staircase where you can scope out the crowd, and of course, the main dance floor.

While the majority of the clubs in Seoul tend to play more of the Euro electronica music, NB plays both hip hop and well known commercial songs. Once Gangnam Style comes on, be sure to let the locals know that non-Koreans know how to Gangnam Style too.

For more information: http://clubnb.com/

1308-4 Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu ,Seoul, Telephone: 010-8724-5505
1308-4 서초동 서초구 서울
Closest subway stop: Gangnam Station (강남역), Line 2, Exit 5

5. Stay in a Korean traditional house in the backdrop of the ancient Korean capital

If you venture outside of Seoul during your time in Korea (as you should), Gyeongju is the place to go. Korea used to be divided into three major kingdoms (Silla, Baekje, and Goguryeo) until the Silla kingdom conquered the other kingdoms and made Gyeongju the capital. Gyeongju remained the capital of this region for approximately 1000 years, leading to the creation of a number of archaeological treasures that are well worth your time.

When visiting Gyeongju, there is no better place to stay than Sarangchae. It is conveniently located a 5 minute walk from a beautiful royal tomb park and also nearby Cheomseongdae, the oldest observatory in Asia, which has impressive stonework (imagine a Coca-Cola shaped stone bottle). Amidst the scenery of ancient Korean kings, try your hand at sleeping on the floor of an ancient traditional Korean house just like Koreans did back in the day. Share the experience with others by listening through the paper thin walls or better yet, by meeting them in the courtyard where you can share stories over a nighttime campfire.

For more information: http://www.kjstay.com/content_eng/iboard.cgi

238-1 Hwangnam-dong, Gyeongju, Telephone: +82 54-773-4868
경주시 황남동 238-1번지 (손효자 3길 63호)

6. Visit the only kimchi museum in the world

Where else in the world will you be able to go to a museum solely dedicated to the Korean staple, kimchi? This is a foodie’s dream. Kimchi, or seasoned fermented vegetables, is at the heart of Korean culture and its food and is usually eaten with every meal. Few people also know that there is not only 1 type of kimchi but 187 different documented types, ranging from kimchi of different ripeness levels to water kimchi, cucumber kimchi, and radish kimchi varieties. In addition, it is not uncommon for Korean households to have refrigerators solely dedicated for the storage of kimchi.

Here, you can taste 7-8 different types of kimchi, view bacteria found in kimchi under a microscope and even learn how to make kimchi in the education room. Also, don’t forget to learn about the scientific research showing the health benefits of kimchi, from which Koreans attribute their health and safety levels from the 2003 SARS outbreak.

Located on the B2 level of the Coex mall, the museum can be a little difficult to find. It is small but a great place to try different types of kimchi and not feel ignorant!

For more information: http://www.kimchimuseum.co.kr/foreigner/english/intro.asp

Coex Mall Floor B2, 159 Samsung-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Telephone: +82 2-6002-6456
서울시 강남구 삼성동 159번지 코엑스몰 지하 2
Closest subway stop: Samsung Station (삼성역), Line 2, Exit 6

7. Mud wrestle while enhancing your skin

It is no surprise that a country known for its beauty and cosmetics is also the one with a mud festival started by a local cosmetic company. The Boryeong Mud Festival was started in 1998 to promote the local therapeutic mud, this annual festival has become extremely popular among both locals and expats, drawing more than 2 million people. Held in Boryeong, a town on the western coast of Korea, the Boryeong Mud Festival is a great way to celebrate the summer at the beach before the monsoon season, all while enhancing the nutrients in your skin.

Cover yourself in a thick, gray mud (or even colored mud, which is artificially made) as well as partake in mud wrestling pits, slides, and lots of activities throwing you back to your childhood days. There are also performances from musicians to keep you entertained while you’re there.

While the festival goes on for the last two weeks of July, you probably don’t need to go for more than one or two days. Try to go for the final weekend if you can.

For more information: http://www.mudfestival.or.kr/english/festival/festival1.php

Boryeong, Annually held in the last half of July, Telephone: +82 41-930-3820
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8. Declare everlasting love from Seoul’s most scenic point

If you have ever seen a Korean soap opera before, you know that Koreans are extremely sentimental. It is also no surprise that a pilgrimage of love to go to Seoul’s Namsan Tower gained popularity due to the actions of two television stars. In order to declare everlasting love, the couple wrote a message on a lock, attached it to the fence on Namsan Tower and threw away the key. Now, you can not only see thousands and thousands of locks and love messages here, but you can also create your own. Feel free to purchase your lock or phone case ahead of time or buy them at the gift shop upon arrival.

You can even see small trees that consist entirely of love locks. Try to read a few of the messages to see promises fulfilled (unfulfilled) and to remind yourself of young love. You can’t help but wonder what happened to the future of all these couples.

Solidify your love or make a declaration for a future love. What better way to celebrate a visit to Seoul than by soaking in the beautiful skyline views of Seoul and also by experiencing the sentimental thoughts of love?

Be sure to come close to sunset to get the full experience.

For more information: http://www.nseoultower.co.kr/eng/index.asp

Seoul, Yongsan-Gu, Yongsan-dong 2, Mountains 1-3, Telephone: +82 2-3455-9277
서울시 용산구 용산동2산1-3
Closest subway stop: Myeongdong Station (명동역), Line 4, Exit 3, then take Namsan shuttle bus No. 2, which runs every 15 minutes

9. Eat Korean street food with drunk locals under a packed tent at 4am

Koreans not only like to go out to a lot of different spots when they go out, but they also stay out really late. After going to a bar or a club for a few hours, it’s inevitable that you get hungry. What better place to go to eat than underneath an orange, outdoor tent? These street food tents with plastic tables and chairs are called pojangmachas (포장마차), literally meaning “covered wagon.” Here, you can feel some of the emotions of Koreans as they discuss the events of a long work or school week. Though not a huge area, one of my favorite spots to go is on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night in Itaewon near the subway station. Come by after visiting some of the Itaewon bars or clubs. Even at 4 in the morning, this area is hopping.

While having green onion pancakes (pajeon, 파전) , tempura (튀김), Korean style sushi (gimbap, 김밥) are good choices, I recommend trying some lovely chicken gizzard (dalkddongjip, 닭똥집), spicy rice cakes (tteokbokki, 떡볶이), or Korean style intestines filled with noodles (sundae, 순대). This is also a perfect spot to grab some more cheap beer and soju to keep the night running.

For more information: http://travel.cnn.com/seoul/drink/pojangmacha-guide-039741

Walk outside of Itaewon Station onto Itaewon Road (이태원로) from Exit 2. If you’re coming from a taxi, just get off near the station and you’ll see a few pojangmachas after midnight.
Closest subway stop: Itaewon Station (이태원역), Line 6, Exit 2

10. Eat the trendiest food in Seoul at the food court of one of the most luxurious department stores

Ever been to a luxurious food court? Well, here’s your chance. The Gourmet 494 food court is found in the basement of the high end department store, Galleria, in the richest neighborhood in Seoul, Cheomdangdong (청담동). We’re not talking Panda Express and Sbarro here (not that there’s anything wrong with either), but we’re talking about 23 of the trendiest, most elite, and popular restaurants and chefs who have a spot at Gourmet 494. Recently opened in October 2012, this is already a popular spot.

Do you want sushi from Chef Matsumoto? Then check out Sushi Matsumoto. What about a phenomenal burger from Brooklyn Burger or perhaps a kalbi (Korean sweet short ribs) taco from the hottest Mexican restaurant in Seoul, Vatos? And we haven’t even mentioned Buzza Pizza, excellent artisanal, coal oven pizza, or the hot brunch restaurant Café Mama’s. I would highly recommend trying a smoothie or a Korean traditional dessert, patbingsoo (팥빙수) to finish off your meal.

It’s a pretty simple process. Just pick your food of interest and you’ll be given a buzzer with a number on it. Place it on the radio frequency location on the table and 5-10 minutes later, voila, someone will deliver your food straight to you!

Trust me, this is a good spot. Be sure to hover for seats. Try the bakery end for more seats. And after you’re done eating, why not do some window shopping for high end jewelry?

For more information: http://dept.galleria.co.kr/en/west/only/fnb/gourmet/main.jsp

Galleria Department Store – Basement, Gangnam-Gu, Apgujeong-dong, Seoul,
Telephone: +82 2-410-7114
갤러리아백화점 지하 서울시 강남구 압구정동

Honorable Mentions
-Visit the largest underground mall in Asia (Coex Mall, Seoul)
-Attend the chicken and beer festival in Daegu (Mid-July)
-Surround yourself with cherry blossoms at the Kimhae Cherry blossom festival (late March to early April)
-See the hottest new Asian films at the Busan Film Festival, the largest of its kind in Asia (early October)
-Go to the world’s largest indoor theme park, Lotte World (Seoul)
-Shop in the largest department store in the world at Shinsegae in Busan

Seoul’s 7 Best French Bakeries

Seoul’s 7 best French bakeries

(Originally from CNN.com)

Flaky, buttery, crispy: Bread and pastries that live up to Euro standards

seouls best bakeries

The best chocolate croissants in Korea, from the bakers of Paul & Paulina.

Much Korean bread, the kind epitomized by the ubiquitous Paris Baguette, comes by way of Japan: soft and chewy, filled with red bean and topped with hot dogs.

In recent years, however, Korean bakers trained in France and Germany have opened a succession of small bakeries. In doing so, they’ve stated the European case for bread.

Seoulites get to reap the benefits: massive loaves of bread with crisp crusts and airy interiors, buttery croissants, sourdough, baguettes and lines of pastries are now plentiful in the city.

You can satisfy your craving for fresh bread at any of the places below.

1. Paul & Paulina

This tiny bakery is dangerous for those on a diet.
The chefs at Paul & Paulina have nothing to hide.

Behind a modest display counter, men and women wearing immaculate white uniforms go about their business: they weigh out flour, beat eggs in large stainless steel bowls and roll out dough on the pristine countertops. The silence and precision recall a laboratory more than a bustling kitchen.

What emerges from the kitchen, though, is simply magical.

The pain au chocolat looks like a chocolate snail; buttery layers of dough roll in around a dark chocolate center. The dough is so flaky that it shatters when you bite into it.

The peasant bread has a crackling crust and excellent crumb structure: perfect pockets of air give the bread lightness.

The long line that snakes outside of Paul & Paulina’s actually works in your favor. While there is the agonizing wait, the constant turnover ensures that the breads and pastries that you buy will be fresh out of the oven.

Paul & Paulina’s also now offers customers the option of calling an hour or two to reserve items.

Pain au chocolat, 3,500; Loaf of peasant bread 7,000 (half loaf 3,500)

Monday-Saturday, noon-7 p.m., closed on Sundays and first Monday of each month

344-6 Seogyo-dong Mapo-gu (마포구 서교동 344-6);+82 02 333 0185

2. Le Alaska

One Alaska that is definitely not cold.

Do you ever wonder where the well-heeled citizens of Apgujeong go to get their pastries? Do you wonder if they even eat pastries?

They do, and to get them they come in droves to Le Alaska, a bakery situated on the apt “Rodeo Street” (yes, named after Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills).

Le AlaskaCaramelized elephant ears at Le Alaska.But don’t let the luxurious surroundings fool you — these pastries are affordably priced and delicious.

Though kitchen produces savory loaves dotted with a variety of seeds, nuts and herbs, the pastries are the real specialty.

The wide selection begins with the “Praline,” a muffin-shaped puff pastry filled with chopped, roasted hazelnuts and chocolate.

There’s also the “Tornado,” a flat, crispy elephant ear of caramelized cinnamon sugar that is the perfect accompaniment to coffee.

In addition to the breads and pastries, Le Alaska’s Apgujeong location offers a variety of sandwiches and drinks. The sandwiches include a steak sandwich on their house-baked ciabatta and a ham and Gruyere cheese croissant.

Praline pastry 3,000; Tornado pastry 2,800; Steak ciabatta 8,500

Daily, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

653-9 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu (강남구 신사동 653-9);+82 02 516 5871

3. Publique 

A selection of Publique’s “intimate” offerings.Chef Jang Eun-chul’s 28 years belies his experience. Jang has studied or worked as a baker for more than a decade (the last four in France), and he brings all of that experience into a thoughtful, French-style boulangerie and patisserie called Publique. It’s located on a residential alley in Hongdae.

“Bread is a very intimate and everyday thing in France,” says Jang. “That’s why the café is called ‘Publique,’ because it is a café for the public or the people.”

Jang’s favorite bread is a humble pain de seigle, a French rye bread. Publique offers a variety of breads, ranging from toasted sesame bread to ciabatta to cheese bread baked with Emmental cheese.

Publique has an array of fruit tarts such as apple, pear and apricot, but the chocolate tart, with a milk chocolate base and a dark chocolate layer on top, is the most memorable.

Publique also makes scrumptious little Cannelés bordelais, éclairs and meringues.

Customers can take a seat at one of the al fresco tables or sit inside with a cup of organic Colombian drip coffee.

Seigle de Publique half loaf 12,000; tarts 3,800; coffee 2,000

Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., closed on Sundays  

311-1 Sangsu-dong, Mapo-gu (마포구 상수동 311-1); +82 02 333 6919; blog.naver.com/publiquepain

4. Pain de Papa

The rusk, Pain de Papa’s version of a healthy donut.The tagline for Pain de Papa reads, “The bread your father made for you.”

That’s exactly what Lee Ho-Young, the owner and head baker of this small bakery on a side street off of the famed Garosu shopping road, wants to say with his bread.

Lee makes delicious and nutritious organic breads and pastries along with homemade spreads from figs, peaches, red onions and strawberries.

Pain de Papa also bakes bread made entirely from wild yeast, meaning Lee uses the natural yeast present in raisins to leaven the bread. Leavening the bread using dried fruits can take up to five times longer than traditional methods, but the result is a moist, springy bread with a hint of sourdough flavor.

Pain de Papa makes a variety croissants and brioches.

The most inventive pastry, however, is their take on rusk, a twice-baked bread. Lee bakes spheres of dough with chunks of sweet potato and dried fruits, and then fires them up in the oven a second time with butter to give the exterior a delicious crunch.

The finished product is dusted with confectioner’s sugar. Think of it as a kind of a healthy doughnut.

Rusk, 1,700; natural yeast raisin bread 6,000; homemade jam 6,000 to 10,000

Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., closed on Sundays  

548-5 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu (강남구 산사동 548-5);+ 82 02 543 5232

5. Retro Oven

Flakiness worth traveling for.If you’re one of the moms who send her kids to Hakdong Elementary School, then you probably already know — and love — Retro Oven.

For those of us living in other parts of Seoul, coming out to find this neighborhood bakery near the district offices of Gangnam is well worth the trek.

The bakery offers a familiar spread of croissants, pain au chocolat, plain and herb ciabatta.

But the most surprising item is the Laugen croissant, or laugencroissant as it is known in southern Germany.

The Laugen croissant is the result of a perfect union between a pretzel and a croissant. it has all of the butteriness of a croissant with the slight pungency of a pretzel and distinguishing salt on top.

Retro Oven also offers loaves of “Retro Oven” bread, a soft, simple sandwich bread made with wheat and some rye that is ideal toasted with a spread of butter and jam for breakfast or as the base of a turkey club.

Laugen croissant 2,800; whole loaf of Retro Oven 10,000

Tuesday-Saturday, 12:30-7 p.m., closed on Sundays and Mondays

254-22 Nonhyun-dong, Gangnam-gu (강남구 논현동 254-22) tel. + 82 02 544 9045

6. Maybell 

Come quickly. These will be sold out soon.
Jung Woong, owner of Maybell, used to be an everyday office worker, or salaryman as Koreans like to say, before he decided to quit his job and become a baker.

Maybell came to its location in Itaewon four years ago after a previous four-year stint in the northwest satellite city of Ilsan.

The hearty and crusty loaves did not fit the palates of the Koreans living there, so Jung Woong decided to relocate to Itaewon where he hoped there would be a greater appreciation for his sourdough rye, rosemary rye and baguettes.

The sourdough takes a week to make and comes in sizeable 600 gram loaves.

Maybell opens at noon and closes at 6 p.m. —  or until supplies last.

The latter is an important detail to keep in mind, because the bakery often runs out of bread by four or five in the afternoon.

Baguettes 3,000; sourdough loaf 5,000 Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m., closed on Sundays 

737-2 Hannam 2-dong, Yongsan-gu (용산구 한남2 737-2);+82 02 792 5561

7. Brown Bread

 

 Brown Bread’s mini-bretzels draw a hungry university crowd.

In its display window, Brown Bread posts its baking schedule: pain de campagne (country bread) at 11 a.m., bretzels at noon, rye baguettes at 2:40 p.m., another round of pain de campagne at 3 p.m., and so on.

The baking intervals and schedule allow customers to get the freshest loaves.

The pain de campagne (country bread) from Brown Bread.Located near the front gate of Ewha Women’s University, Brown Bread makes the best bread in the area.

Its brezel, a soft pretzel that undergoes an extended fermentation, is probably its best item. Brezels come in different shapes and sizes — from long like baguettes, to small and round. All are topped with salt crystals.

At 1,000, the soft and chewy mini-bretzels make an excellent snack.

Bretzel 2,500, Mini-bretzel 1,000

Monday-Saturday, noon-7 p.m., closed on Sundays

27-46 Daehyun-dong, Seodaemun-gu (서대문구 대현동 27-46);+82 070 8658 1236

Free Traditional Medicine Experience!

Traditional Wisdom & Modern Technology

In order to cure and prevent from recurrence, Oriental medicine identifies each individual’s constitution and treats patients accordingly.

After detailed consultations,the doctor determines the patient’s bodily constitution and flow of gi.
The doctor then prescribes herbal medicine formulas, and non-surgical treatments like acupuncture and Chuna.

tOriental medicine creates a synergistic effect through effective integrative treatment.
Chuna therapy is a type of chiropractic treatment that uses acupuncture,herbal medicine, and sometimes performed with MRI, CT and other high-tech diagnostic devices. Eastern and Western medicine are combined to show remarkable achievements.

Oriental Medicine in our LivesOriental medicine, which can cure diseases without using a scalpel, is deeply rooted in the lives of the Korean people.

Medicinal herbs can be found in cosmetics, teas,massages, spa treatments and much more.

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Chuna eases the tension on the spine,which is the column of the body, and the muscle, the source of strength, and also helps blood circulation.
It is a type of massage treatment that focuses on the meridian points.
Chuna Therapy
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Acupuncture
If gi, the source of human energy, doesn’t flow smoothly through the body, the body is prone to various diseases.
Accupuncture reduces pain by helping the flow of gi.
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Oriental Esthetics
Various herbal treatments and herbal therapy, ultrasound therapy, and other advanced beauty therapy techniques are integrated for healthier and more beautiful results.
Feel your body getting younger through skincare and increasing your metabolism.
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Herbal medicine uses various herbs proven to be effective. A different formula is prescribed according to patient’s symptoms.

Experience Oriental Medicine Program for Foreigners
Interested foreigners can now experience oriental medicine in a special program that will allow them to try the methods entirely free of charge.

Oriental Medicine Experience Announcement
▶       Time Period: Monday, September 22nd 2014 ~ Saturday, February 28th 2015.
▶       Monday ~ Saturday 10am to 7:30pm
▶       Place: Myeongdong Unesco Building 8th Floor, Experience Oriental Medicine Center
▶       For Foreign Visitors
▶       Experiences include acupuncture, whole body consultation, bath therapy and hanbok experience

Things To Do in Seoul on Lunar New Year <3

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It didn’t work when I pasted it into the box, but here is a list of great things you can do if you’re in Seoul for Lunar New Year – thanks to VisitSeoul.net!

Looks like the Namsan Hanok Village is a good place to go!

For me, it looks like I’m heading to the jjimjilbang! There’s a famous one near my home called ‘숲속에한방랜드”. It’s behind Yonsei University and I’d heard of it many times, but today’s finally the day I can visit!

Happy New Year everyone!!

Saturday Night!

Sometimes Alesia, Bransen (the guy in the photos – and you may see him in other photos! He’s another friend from Hawai’i!) and I go out on Saturday nights for either crazy or mild fun. It was FREEZING on this night, we are talking so cold you feel it in your bones … so we turned in early.

However that didn’t stop us from having bingsu…image

Just some pretty lights outside of Hongik University’s gate.

We went to Mies Container – one of the most delicious places to eat pizza. NOMS. They have a very industrial concept, so they give you a little hardhat when you order.image

Hellz yes… NUMBA 1~!image

We ordered garlic fries as a little appetizer… they are not messing around with the garlic. GOD Now I need to brush my teeth!image

Lemon Beer – only 3,500! Yum! That has freshly squeezed lemon.image

Bacon potato pizza. Enjoy its glory. I believe the price is 17,000 for the pizza.image

Afterwards, I had a sweet craving and we impulsively ran into a little bakery called chocolatyum.

Look at these cute cookies! But I didn’t get a picture – they make an awesome little pecan pie.image

After we bought the goodies, we went for tea and dessert at Solbing. 설빙! Bransen and I!

imageAnd Alesia… as you can see, we are bundled up!

Good times, but I wish it was warmer! When is spring on its way!?

Possible TOPIK Questions (for my practice!)

Possible TOPIK Questions:

< 자연 보존과 자연 개발 >

  1. 자연 보존과 자연 개발 중 어느 것이 더 중요하다고 생각하는가?
  2. 그렇게 생각하는 이유는 무엇인가? (2가지 이상 쓰시오.)

< 직업 선택의 조건 >

  1. 중요하게 생각하는 조건 세 가지는 무엇인가?
  2. 그 중에서 가장 중요하다고 생각하는 것은 무엇인가?
    그것이 왜 다른 조건보다 더 중요하다고 생각하는가?

< 행복한 삶의 조건 >

  1. 행복한 삶이란 무엇인가?
  2. 행복하게 살기 위해 충족되어야 할 조건은 무엇인가?

< 예술 교육의 필요성 >

  1. 예술 교육이 왜 필요한가?
  2. 예술 교육을 통해 얻을 수 있는 효과는 무엇인가?

< 토론에 필요한 자세 >

  1. 토론은 왜 필요한가?
  2. 토론을 잘하기 위해서는 어떤 준비를 해야 하는가?
  3. 상대방과 토론을 한 때에는 어떤 자세로 임해야 하는가?

< 선의의 거짓말이란 >

  1. 선의의 거짓말이란 무엇인가?
  2. 선의의 거짓말은 언제 필요한가?
  3. 선의의 거짓말이 가질 수 있는 문제점은 무엇인가?

< 경쟁의 긍정적인 면과 부정적인 면 >

  1. 현대 사회에서 경쟁이 심해지는 이유는 무엇이라고 생각하는가?
  2. 경쟁이 가지는 긍정적인 측면은 무엇인가?
  3. 경쟁이 미치는 부정적인 영향은 무엇인가?

여러분은 존경하는 사람이 있습니까? ‘내가 존경하는 사람’이라는 제목으로 글을 쓰십시오. 단, 아래에 제시된 내용이 모두 포함되어야 합니다. (2014.1.19)

  1. 존경하는 사람은 누구입니까?
    (* 아버지, 어머니, 할아버지, 할머니 등 가족은 쓰지 마십시오.)
  2. 왜 그 사람을 존경합니까? 존경하는 이유 두 가지를 쓰십시오.

여러분은 지금까지 살면서 하고 싶었는데 하지 못한 일이 있습니까? ‘하지 못한 일’이라는 제목으로 글을 쓰십시오. 단, 아래에 제시된 내용이 모두 포함되어야 합니다. (2013.10.20)

  1. 하고 싶었는데 하지 못한 일은 무엇인가?
  2. 왜 그 일을 못 했는가?
  3. 그때로 돌아간다면 어떻게 하겠는가?

여러분은 다른 사람의 능력 중에서 가지고 싶은 능력이 있습니까? ‘내가 가지고 싶은 능력’이라는 제목으로 글을 쓰십시오. 단, 아래에 제시한 내용이 모두 포함되어야 합니다. (2013.4.22)

  1. 어떤 능력을 가지고 싶은가?
  2. 왜 그 능력을 가지고 싶은가?
  3. 그 능력이 생기면 무엇을 하고 싶은가?

여런분은 살면서 다시 돌아가 보고 싶은 때가 있습니까? ‘내가 돌아가고 싶은 때’ 라는 제목으로 글을 쓰십시오. 단, 아래에 제시된 내용이 모두 포함되어야 합니다. (2013.1.21)

  1. 언재로 돌아가고 싶은가?
  2. 그때로 돌아가고 싶은 이유는 무엇인가?
  3. 그때로 돌아가면 무엇을 하고 싶은가?

Elizavecca Green Piggy Collagen Jella Pack

I can’t think of a product I’ve wanted to recommend more in a long time!
I bought this Elizavecca Green Piggy Collagen Jella Pack on a whim after finding it on sale for 11,500 won (at Boon’s in Myeongdong).

It usually runs for 25,000 won but I’ve found it on sale quite a lot. However, 11,500 won was the lowest I had ever seen. I got it because I had heard it was quite effective so for that price – why not give it a shot!?

WHAT A GOOD SHOT. BECAUSE – this is the product I’ve been waiting for!

I have such an issue with dry skin. I drink ALL the water, I apply ALL the moisturizer, but my skin is like nope, nope, nope. That’s why I turned to doing mask packs every day. But these days, I don’t have much time for them.

Applying this before bed helps you to wake up with moist skin. Applying it before my makeup makes my skin supple and absorb the makeup well. And lastly, applying it gently OVER my makeup freshens my look during the day (without messing up my makeup!)

i’ve been using it for roughly a week and I haven’t had a single “bad skin day” all week.

it’s a jelly material as it mentions and it is lightly fragranced. I hardly notice a smell, but it doesn’t have a sweet one. It comes with a little paddle to break into and apply the jelly. The jelly reforms itself after you scoop it.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING. GO. BUY. TRY! It’s amazing!

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Korea Grand Sale : Happy Shopping! <3

Korea Grand Sale 2015

Korea Grand Sale 2015

 
Date(s) 2014-12-01 ~ 2015-02-22
Website http://www.koreagrandsale.co.kr/en

The Korea Grand Sale 2015 will be held from December 1st 2014 to February 22nd 2015 throughout Seoul and other major cities around the country. International visitors can enjoy discounts in shopping, dining, entertainment, and accommodation at over 28,000 participating stores from 135 companies. Department stores, duty-free shops, outlets, hotels, shopping centers, supermarkets, and traditional markets will offer a variety of shopping benefits, such as promotions and coupons for international visitors.

General coupons and venue-specific coupons are available for download on the website.

Venue specific coupons include places such as ESPOIR, ETUDE HOUSE, NATURE PUBLIC, OLIVE YOUNG, LOTTE DEPARTMENT STORE and more!

The Korea Grand Sale is not just a discount period, but a time where one can celebrate both traditional and modern Korean culture. You can attend a variety of events, win prizes and even see a K-Pop concert that will take place in honor of the festival!
For more information and questions, please visit the Korean Grand Sale’s official website. (www.koreagrandsale.co.kr)