Dessert Places in Korea: 설빙 (Sulbing)

Looking for a place to cool off? Check out the prominent dessert chain 설빙 (Sulbing)! They have all sorts of awesome looking desserts to beat the heat. They specialize in 빙수 (bingsu), which is a finely shaved ice dessert, but they have so much more to offer! Continue reading “Dessert Places in Korea: 설빙 (Sulbing)”

Karting in Korea: Paju Karting Land

Those looking to get a little adrenaline fix can check out Paju Kart Land (가트랜드). I’m actually a pretty big gear head myself back in the states, so I was excited to check out this place. The facilities and karts may not be (nearly) as good as their U.S. counterparts, but you can’t be too picky in a country where most people forgo fun to get an overly robotic education/job. I went there with the meetup group Karting Lovers. Check them out if you want to explore this track and others around Korea! Continue reading “Karting in Korea: Paju Karting Land”

1600 Pandas: An Epic Pandamic

With the gigantic rubber ducky having said goodbye to Seoul for quite a while now, the city has been a bit lonely without any animals made by artist these days. Luckily though, Seoul will be home to 1600 paper mache pandas, as a campaign to raise awareness on how many actual pandas are left in the wild. You have until the end of July to see them! You can click here to check out the main site.

Simply head out of exit 2 Jamsil Station (잠실역) and head south, make a left before the lake, and you’ll see it towards the left near the lawn area. Continue reading “1600 Pandas: An Epic Pandamic”

Restaurants in Korea: 미사리 밀빛 초계국수 (Misari Milbit Chogyeguksu)

After riding tandem bicycles with the visually impaired for Seoul Bean at Paldang Dam (팔당댐), we went to eat 초계국수 (chogyeguksu) at 미사리 밀빛 초계국수 (Misari Milbit Chogyeguksu). I heard it was a specialty in the area, so I was pretty excited to try it. Continue reading “Restaurants in Korea: 미사리 밀빛 초계국수 (Misari Milbit Chogyeguksu)”

Paldang Dam (팔당댐): A Beautiful Countryside Bike Ride Area

Went to another Seoul Bean event riding tandem bikes with the visually impaired. Since it was the last event of the season the center decided to take a bus to the beautiful Paldang Dam (팔당유원지) area! It was a very beautiful route through forests and tunnels, so different from riding on the Han River. Continue reading “Paldang Dam (팔당댐): A Beautiful Countryside Bike Ride Area”

Seoul Cheap Eats: 타꼬방 (Takkobang)

Takoyaki is an amazing snack for those in the mood for a little pick-me-up. For those who don’t know, takoyaki (타꼬야끼/たこ焼き) is actually a Japanese snack consisting of small pancake balls stuffed with octopus pieces topped with sauce and other toppings to make for one very flavor-packed experience. You can grab them fairly quickly as long as there’s no line. One of my favorite spots for takoyaki is 타꼬방(Takkobang) Continue reading “Seoul Cheap Eats: 타꼬방 (Takkobang)”

Seoul Cheap Eats: Pizza School (피자스쿨)

Looking for cheap pizza but don’t have a Costco nearby? Pizza School (피자스쿨)  may be your salvation in a land notorious for expensive pizzas. They may not be nearly as good as Costco, but they’ve been a long time staple for people like me who don’t want to spend a premium on pizza. To get an idea, you can get a reasonably large 12″ whole cheese pizza for only 5000 won! Continue reading “Seoul Cheap Eats: Pizza School (피자스쿨)”

Restaurants in Seoul: 마산아구찜(Masan Agujjim)

Looking to get an introduction into various high-quality Korean dishes in one meal? Look no further and check out 마산아구찜 (Masan Agujjim) near Mapo Station (마포역)! They offer a delicious, well-balanced set menu called 한상차림 (Hansang Charim), albeit there’s no agujjim. The style is similar to Bonjour (봉주르), but the dishes are fixed and more diverse. Not sure if they give out free refills for their entrees either (I was too full anyway). Continue reading “Restaurants in Seoul: 마산아구찜(Masan Agujjim)”

Seoul Photo Spots: Banpo Bridge (반포대교)

Banpo Bridge (반포대교) is the result of a citywide beautification effort resulting in the world’s longest bridge fountain, coordinating streaming water and lights to music in rhythmic manner. The show plays all week, with peak times being at night. Be sure to check the schedule and directions here and beware there are no shows in the winter. It’s similar to Cheongyecheon Plaza, but is obviously quite a bit more dynamic! Continue reading “Seoul Photo Spots: Banpo Bridge (반포대교)”

Restaurants in Seoul: 북창동순두부 (BukChangDong Soondubu)

Despite being in Korea for a total of 8 months now, it has come to my attention that I had yet to eat the popular soft tofu soup, soondubu ( 순두부)! I had to set things straight as my friend Sophie invited me to this very popular chain with locations all over Korea. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy this popular dish, LA BukChangDong may be just the place! Continue reading “Restaurants in Seoul: 북창동순두부 (BukChangDong Soondubu)”