Korea Times

The Korea Times, an English Newspaper in Korea, recently wrote an article titled ‘Must do’ activities for tourists in Seoul. The writer of this article contacted me to let me know that she had used a quote from my ‘Namsan Tower, Makgeolli, and Jimjilbang = Awesome Day!‘ blog entry in the article.  Awesome!

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Going to Sanggojae

Someone asked me for directions on how to get to Sanggojae, the house featured in Personal Taste.  I just want to add that you can’t go into the house.  You can only stand outside the house.

There are lots of other beautiful houses in the area that you should check out.  Make sure to bring your camera!! The hanok village is really a beautiful place!  And you’ll have a great view of the city, as this area is situated on a hill.

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Going to Music Shows in Korea

I’ve received a LOT of e-mails from you guys asking me how I got to watch these music shows.  I thought I gave enough information in my blog posts, but I guess not?  In this post I’ll try to give as much information as I can!

M-Wave (click here for website)

M-Wave is a pretty new music show which airs on Arirang TV all over the world.  Since it’s new, not a lot of the REALLY famous people appear on it.  However, there may be one or two well known artists/groups that appear each episode.  You’re probably thinking, “Then what’s the point of going?”  The point is you can get it.  Not a lot of people show up.  So it’ll be pretty easy for you to get in. Continue reading

1st Shop Coffee Prince and Babtol’s

Anneka and Louise came to visit me in Hongdae while I was still living there.  We all wanted to go to the Coffee Prince cafe where the MBC drama ‘Coffee Prince’ was filmed.  I’ve walked by the cafe a few times but I never went inside.  I’ve heard stories about it being expensive and the taste nothing to boast about.  However, since Coffee Prince is one of my favorite Korean Dramas I HAD to at least go once.

Getting there is easy.  Just a bit of walking from the subway (map at the end of this blog entry).  I have to be honest and say I was a little disappointed.  There were no princes.  The waiters were all women.  The beautiful flower painting on the wall was a sticker that was starting to peel off.  The menu seen in the drama isn’t the real menu, which means they raised the prices of everything.  The chairs were cheap and flimsy.  You weren’t allowed upstairs.  Some of the walls were covered with black paper which I think was to prevent fans from writing on them….but it made it look really unprofessional.  The lighting inside was bad, so my pictures came out crappy.  The outside of the building was kind of dirty.  When we were posing with the Coffee Prince sign there were flies everywhere and it kind of smelled bad.

Am I being too negative?  I had really high hopes for the place….Sorry.

On the positive side, it was cool to see the autographs of all of the cast.  You could buy Coffee Prince merchandise.  Our peach iced teas (one of the cheapest items on the menu) were realllly good!

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Today’s Blog

If you haven’t seen it yet, here is the episode I recorded for Arirang’s program Today’s Blog.  How many kpop idol groups do you spot in this video?

I was really nervous about watching it and of course I’m criticizing things that I said and did….but overall I’m really happy with the way it turned out.  Thanks again to Hyunwoo Sun and Arirang TV!  Be nice in the comments!  ^^

I hope you guys enjoy it.  As you can see, they had me lie a little about my blog.  In the episode I say that the main purpose of my blog is to post pictures/videos about k-pop idols but you all know that this isn’t true. The purpose of this blog is for me to keep a log of my stay in Korea and to also give tips, advise, and information to people wanting to come study abroad in Korea..  I’m sorry if you are a new reader of my blog and came here to find a blog centered on k-pop and idols because you won’t find much. Yes, I do have some pictures of idols, but they’re not the purpose of this blog.

Anyways, welcome to my new readers.  Leave a comment and say “Hello!” ^^

Namsan Tower, Makgeolli, and Jimjilbang = Awesome Day!

Anneka left to go back to Australia the other day.  T.T  She’ll only be there for three weeks, but that means by the time she gets back I’ll be studying for my final exams and we won’t have much time to hang out.  *depressed*

During my one week vacation between spring semester and summer school Anneka, Louise, Cheryl and I took a trip to Namsan tower.We took the bus there again because its just much easier!  We went later in the day because we wanted to stay and watch the sunset and the lights in the city to come on.  Unfortunately for us the smog level that day was kinda high, but we still enjoyed ourselves!

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Filming for Arirang TV Program

Thanks to Hyunwoo Sun I got the chance to be filmed for an Arirang TV program called “Today’s Blog”.  I spent the entire day today filming–minus the two hours that I had a Korean exam (oh my god we’re not going to talk about that hahaha).  I think the program is only about 5 minutes long, but we shot SO much footage!!  I can’t imagine how much footage was used for Lord of the Rings….that movie is friggen LONG!

Anyways.  My episode is going to be all about Korean Pop Idols.  I was kind of worried about doing this topic because I’m not the best fan in the world.  I don’t buy all the CDs and posters (I would if I wasn’t jobless T.T), I don’t know the names of all the members of all the groups, I haven’t memorized all of the lyrics, and I thought a group of Super Junior fans was “Elves” not ‘”E.L.F.’s”.  Oops.  Sorry Anneka >.<  However, I think I did OK!  With a little fudging here and there (like stealing Anneka’s posters to decorate my room) we made it look like I was a more of a K-pop addict than I am…and I’m already a crazy fan, so u can only imagine! haha.

I met the PD (producer) and camera man at COEX mall just before 10.  They ran through with me again what they wanted to film me doing while we waited for the mall to open at 10:30.  The first part of our filming was to take place at Evan Records.

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Hanok Homestay Program

(Updated with a few extra pictures by Jamie!   ….and corrected some spelling errors >.<)

This weekend I had the opportunity–thanks to Hyunwoo Sun!–to participate in a Hanok Homestay program by HomestayKorea.com.  Here is rundown of the program via their brochure because I’m too lazy to re-write everything yesterday that WordPress deleted on me!  Anyways, haha:

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to live in a traditional Korean house (“hanok”), now is your chance to find out. Participants in this exciting new ‘hanok stay’ program will learn how to make traditional Korean food, enjoy the chance to try on “hanbok” (traditional Korean apparel) and be treated to a guided tour of Bukchon Hanok Village. Each participant will also stay overnight with a host family in their traditional Korean-style residence, where they’ll learn even more about the local culture while also enjoying warm Korean hospitality and experiencing the unique lifestyle of hanok residents. Don’t miss this chance for an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind cultural experience.

Tour itinerary (2 days and 1 night / Up to 20 participants)
Date: Every Saturday (From May, 2010 to November, 2010)

14:00 ~ 16:00
○ Walking tour of Bukchon Hanok Village (English and Japanese narration)
@ Bukchon Hanok Village
16:00 ~ 19:00
○ Lessons on how to make Korean traditional dishes (kimchi, bulgogi etc.) – Chance to try on a hanbok; free entry to the Tteok (Rice Cake) Museum
@ Institute of Traditional Korean Food
19:00 ~ 22:00
○ Hanok stay (1 Night)
– Activities will vary depending on the host family but may include demonstrations of Korea’s traditional tea ceremony and/or calligraphy lessons
@ a Homestay House
09:00 ~ 10:00
○ Breakfast:
Western-style (toast, coffee, milk and cereal) or Korean-style (soup, rice, side dishes)
@ a Homestay House

Cost: 65,500 WON (VAT included)

□ Advisory
○ Owing to the age and traditional design of some hanoks, room and shower facilities may not meet
Western residential standards.

I met M.J.–she is who you should contact if you want to participate in this homestay. See the VERY bottom of this post– and the other participants at Anguk station (orange line, exit 2) before starting the tour of the Bukchon Hanok Village.

(Note: The photos in this blog post were accidentally deleted. I have tried to add them but, but 5 years later it was difficult to remember which photos belonged to which houses, so please forgive me if there are photos in the wrong places. I tried my best!)
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Ilsan Lake Park

No school or work today because it’s a Korean national holiday! Today, May 5th, was Children’s Day!

Today I went with my language exchange partner, Eunyoung, and her friend Sun to the Ilsan Lake Park in Ilsan.  Ilsan it right next to Seoul.  From Yonsei we hoped on the red 1000 bus (meaning that it goes outside Seoul) and in about 30 minutes we arrived.  The walk to the park isn’t long.  Maybe 10 minutes?  I don’t know exactly how to get there because we took a detour to Sun’s neighborhood before heading to the park.

The weather was pretty cloudy, but the temperature and humidity were high.  The park was packed!  There were tons of families there (and couples too!) having picnics, walking, riding bikes for two, flying kites, etc.  We walked around the park talking for quite a while.  And it was a good thing.  We were working off all the calories we were about to eat.

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Proceed to see my stalker pictures of cute children and other random people.  Haha.

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