Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Everysing (Myeongdong)

Category: Attraction - Hallyu
Nearest Subway Station: Myeongdong (Line 4)
Distance from Subway Station: 140 meters (Exit 6)
District (gu): Jung-gu
GPS: 37.561278,126.984111

Everysing is a karaoke center (or as Koreans call it "noraebang") owned by SM Entertainment. In addition with providing karaoke rooms for visitors, Everysing also sells exclusive merchandises featuring artists under the SM Entertainment company. Conveniently located just above SPAO in Myeongdong it is worth a visit for SM artists' fans. (source)

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Ewha Womans University

Category: Attraction - Other
Nearest Subway Station: Ewha Womans University Station (Line 2)
Distance from Subway Station: 327 meters (Exit 2 or Exit 3)
District (gu): Seodaemun-gu
GPS: 37.560143,126.945477

Why visit a university? Why not? Especially one as beautiful as this. Founded in 1886, this university is the largest female educational institute in the world. The campus is made up of beautifully preserved old buildings and new, modern underground campus that blends in with the hilly landscape of the university.

And hear this ladies, the road heading towards Ewha from the subway station is filled with many shops selling trendy clothes, cosmetics, shoes, bags.. you name it! All with affordable price catering the students' budget. Some actually say that you should visit Ewha first before Myeongdong or Dongdaemun. So do slot a visit here when you are in Seoul :) (source 1, source 2)

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Friday, October 19, 2012

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Namdaemun Kalguksu Alley

Category: Restaurant - Seafood Restaurant
Nearest Subway Station:  Hoehyeon (Line 4)
Distance from Subway Station: 47 meters (Exit 5)
District (gu): Jung-gu
GPS: 37.558219,126.976971

This is the other famous food street in Namdaemun and the famous dish here is kalguksu or knife cut noodles. The broth for kalguksu is usually only made with anchovies, kelp and shellfish but you should ask in case other meats are used in it. Located in a small alley very near to Exit 5 of Hoehyeon Station, the alley is filled with many stalls serving the same kalguksu menu and barley rice bibimbap (boribap). These dishes also come with a free serving of bibim naengmyeon. The price for kalguksu is only around 4,500 KRW so not only they are filling, but cheap too :)   (source 1, source 2)

Go inside that clear plastic door.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Spicy Hairtail Fish Stew (Galchi Jorim) Alley

Category: Restaurant - Seafood Restaurant
Nearest Subway Station:  Hoehyeon (Line 4)
Distance from Subway Station:  195 meters (Exit 5)
District (gu): Jung-gu
GPS: 37.559841,126.976966  

Tired of only eating kebab when going shopping at Namdaemun Market? How about a proper meal with spicy fish stew, rice and vegetable side dishes? Make your way to the Galchi Jorim Alley then.

This alley is one of two famous food alleys in Namdaemun. Hidden behind shop fronts, making your way to this alley is half the challenge. The other half? Enduring the spiciness of this dish and taking out the many small bones on the fish. As always check out the sources for pictures and more descriptions! (source 1, source 2)

When you've reached here, walk straight until you find many restaurants cooking their galchi jorim outside their doors.

UPDATE: I found out that alcohol may be used in the preparation of this dish from this article. Please ask first whether they used alcohol before ordering.

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Stir-Fried Baby Octopus (Jjukkumi) Alley

Category: Restaurant - Seafood Restaurant
Nearest Subway Station: Jegi-dong Station (Line 1)
Distance from Subway Station: 311 meters (Exit 6)
District (gu): Dongdaemun-gu
GPS: 37.577056,127.030735  

One of the most remarkable things about South Korea's food culture is the existence of many specialty food alleys. When a restaurant becomes popular for a particular dish, other restaurants open in the surrounding area serving the same dish. Featured here is an alley specializing in spicy stir-fried baby octopus (jjukkumi bokkeum). Baby octopuses that has been marinated in spicy chilli paste will be brought to customers' tables to be cooked. This dish is apparently very spicy, so only those who dare should try :)

Some restaurants in this alley have the option of serving the dish with samgyeopsal (pork's belly meat), but the restaurant shown below (Mokpojib Na Jeong-sun Halmae Jjukkumi / 나정순할매쭈꾸미) only serves jjukkumi bokkeum. So for Muslim travellers, do go to this one! (source 1, source 2)

Mokpojib Na Jeong-sun Halmae Jjukkumi
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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Sindang-dong Tteokbokki Town

Category: Restaurant - Seafood Restaurant
Nearest Subway Station: Sindang Station (Line 2, 6)
Distance from Subway Station: 214 meters (Exit 8)
District (gu): Jung-gu
GPS: 37.563387,127.015068

One of Korea's most famous street foods is tteokbokki. It is usually eaten as snack that can conveniently be eaten while walking. However in one street tteokbokki is considered as a proper, large meal to be shared. In Sindang-dong Tteokbokki Town, there are many restaurants serving this recipe. Served in a metal wok, customers are supposed to cook their own tteokbokki with the prepared ingredients. In addition to the usual rice cakes in chilli paste, tteokbokki here is also served with ramyeon noodle, fish cakes, fried mandus, boiled eggs and also onions and cabbages. Some restaurants also have seafood tteokbokki option.

Most of the restaurants in this street are open 24-hours, so you can get your spicy rice cake fix anytime you want. (source 1, source 2)

NOTE: Please read the comment by the reader "N" below, and make your own decision. I am not endorsing any restaurant in this blog (and of course I am not guaranteeing that every restaurants listed is totally halal). The listing is meant as a guide. Every final decision should be yours.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Dongdaemun Grilled Fish Street

Category: Restaurant - Seafood Restaurant
Nearest Subway Station:  Dongdaemun Station (Line 1, 4)
Distance from Subway Station:  365 meters (Exit 8)
District (gu): Jongno-gu
GPS: 37.570306,127.006349

If you are done eating only Indian food and want something a little bit more traditionally Korean or want to taste some fresh grilled fish, make your way to the famous Grilled Fish Street at Dongdaemun. It is a small alley near Cheonggyecheon stream and filled with several restaurants selling the same grilled fish menus. You just have to pick any restaurant and point to the fish you want. The fish will be served with rice and vegetable side dishes. Price is around 6,000 KRW per fish. (source 1, source 2)

That small alley? Yeah that's the place.

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