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Coffine Gurunaru | 커핀그루나루

So this is one of 'em chain coffee-stores that also offer legit mojitos and cocktails, where I tasted one of the best sweet-potato lattes I've ever had! Purple's their defining colour. I've only so far tried one of their beverages. Everything else on their menu is the same as any of the other chain coffeehouses. Was grabbing a hot… Continue reading Coffine Gurunaru | 커핀그루나루

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Café Mamas | 카페마마스

Edged alongside local eateries in the central business district of Jung-Gu, this diner was packed during the lunch hour, with loads of people still waiting for tables when I left!  Café Mamas is amongst the popular franchised coffee houses in Seoul that offer a European brunch menu consisting of salads, paninis and soups. They serve a corporate crowd from neighbouring office towers… Continue reading Café Mamas | 카페마마스

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SEOUL DIARIES 022: SEODAEMUN PRISON 서대문형무소역사관

Seodaemun Prison History Hall: a former prison since 1908 that housed anti-colonial activists during the Colonial period. After colonial era ended in 1945, South Korean government housed prisoners at Seodaemun until 1987 when it was replaced by a facility in Uiwang City, Gyeonggi Province. The main hall has three floors of exhibitions. Here, you can… Continue reading SEOUL DIARIES 022: SEODAEMUN PRISON 서대문형무소역사관

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SEOUL DIARIES 021: DONGNIMMUN GATE 독립문

In late 19th Century, the King was many-a-times escorted through Dongnimmun Gate, thereafter to demonstrate personal reception towards visiting Chinese envoys. Dongnimmun is 独立門 in Mandarin, the gate that signifies independence and free will of a country's people. Built in 1897, the gate served to concretize South Korea's sovereignty.   Planted aesthetically in areas surrounding the independence gate are… Continue reading SEOUL DIARIES 021: DONGNIMMUN GATE 독립문

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SEOUL DIARIES 020: SIJEONG CITY HALL

Found: fresh fruits at Sijeong's Yeongchun market! Got myself this box of seasonal strawberries which were so fresh and sweet. The ahjummas at the market even let you taste the strawberries before any payment. I've had really good strawberries in Germany earlier this week as well. Good food makes me feel so blessed to be… Continue reading SEOUL DIARIES 020: SIJEONG CITY HALL

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SEOUL DIARIES 019: A DAY OF ARTS AND CULTURE

March 24, 2014: DAY FIVE Itinerary [09:00AM] Arrive at Anguk Station [09:00AM] Explore Insadong streets: from Anguk Station, walk towards Jongno-3-ga via Gwanhun-dong, and back towards Anguk Station via Gyeonji-Dong [11:00AM] Lunch @ Miss Lee Cafe 별다방 미스리, Insadong [12:00PM] Bukchon Hanok Village 북촌한옥마을 [01:30PM] Coffee Break @ Cafe 5Ci Jung 까페오시정 [02:15PM] Explore Samcheongdong, walk back towards Insadong (Anguk Station) [02:45PM]… Continue reading SEOUL DIARIES 019: A DAY OF ARTS AND CULTURE

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Cafe Comma | 카페꼼마

For book-lovers like myself, this is somewhere akin to heaven! With a two-floor occupancy, this cafe boasts more than 3,000 books stacked from floor to ceiling, with a ladder allowing visitors to peruse the books on higher shelves. Run by Munhakdongne publishing group, Book Cafe Comma is known in Seoul for its investments in talented young writers. Most books in-store are sold at half-price. Some of them are not even available anywhere… Continue reading Cafe Comma | 카페꼼마

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Cafe Miz Moren | 카페 미즈모렌

When I take my coffee black with no sugar, I know I'm tasting the results of seriously good cocoa beans.  If like me, you loathe the acidic aftertaste that only milk or brown sugar can eliminate, and you would much rather down a dozen cups of cappuccino or caffe latte over multiple espresso shots, you'd be glad to know that gourmet black coffee can… Continue reading Cafe Miz Moren | 카페 미즈모렌

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Paul & Lina’s Living Cafe | 폴엔리나 리빙까페

Doubling as a furniture store, Paul & Lina's is a place patrons do purchase chopping boards and pepper shakers with sweet potato lattes. The sign says it all: furniture, fabrics, coffee and desserts. Though small, this underrated cafe seems loaded with ornaments and homeware for sale. The owners are a homely couple with an elementary school son who was… Continue reading Paul & Lina’s Living Cafe | 폴엔리나 리빙까페

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SEOUL DIARIES 018: SAMCHEONGDONG 삼청동

At the peak of Bukchon Hanok Village overlooking Samcheongdong, I couldn't wait to get to its bustling streets! Samcheongdong is geographically the lane right next to Bukchon Hanok Village. It is the trendy mash-up neighbourhood with hipster cafes, luxury goods, private art galleries alongside traditional Korean diners. Not a showroom for cars but an art gallery. In Seoul, many motor… Continue reading SEOUL DIARIES 018: SAMCHEONGDONG 삼청동

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CAFE 5CI JUNG | 까페오시정

Post-lunch coffee at Cafe 5Ci Jung is akin to spending the afternoon at a friendly neighbour's home. A very warm welcome awaits you the moment you step through its doors, right up till you leave its premises. Each barista made an effort to greet every guest, and never seemed to stop smiling. I was further impressed when the… Continue reading CAFE 5CI JUNG | 까페오시정

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SEOUL DIARIES 017: SSAMZIEGIL ARTS AND CULTURE 쌈지길

Indeed, Ssamziegil is the 'Special Insa-dong within Insa-dong'. This arts and cultural heaven is made of over 70 shops, including handicraft and souvenir stores, art galleries, restaurants and eateries. Following a spiral-like staircase, you'll arrive at Haneulmadang at the top of Ssamziegil, where you get a really good sky-view! Found: the legendary DUNG-BREAD! Bread shaped like… Continue reading SEOUL DIARIES 017: SSAMZIEGIL ARTS AND CULTURE 쌈지길

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Miss Lee Cafe | 별다방 미스리

My first shake-em-up Korean lunchbox meal, also known as dosirak 도시락! At Star Cafe Miss Lee (별다방 미스리): I didn't exactly shake it, because the lady who served my lunch told me I didn't have to unless I wanted the egg yolk to explode, and I dislike my rice soaked in yolk. But damn, this was sooooo… Continue reading Miss Lee Cafe | 별다방 미스리

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SEOUL DIARIES 016: SNAPSHOTS @ INSADONG

You know you're in Insadong when traditional imperial-entertainer masks are sold at every corner. And you find loads of antiques at pretty good prices. There's the occasional fabulous art gallery. And tourist traps with iconic Korean souvenirs. Not forgetting name-stamps! I think these are just so cute. When I get to graduate school, I'm getting one… Continue reading SEOUL DIARIES 016: SNAPSHOTS @ INSADONG

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SEOUL DIARIES 015: ART @ CHEONGYECHEON STREAM

Discovered this underground cave of an artwork gallery at Cheongyecheon Stream 청계천 and thought it was worth a mention! Don't miss it if you're strolling along the picturesque waterway.   xoxo, Viktoria Jean

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SEOUL DIARIES 014: CHEONGYECHEON STREAM 청계천

For serenity and peace in Seoul's busy boulevard, Cheongyecheon's mini waterfalls, crystal clear stream and quiet walking lanes is where I found clarity for my thoughts. Honestly this 8.4 km / 5.2 miles long stream wasn't as grand as what I had in mind, but still a picturesque sight in the city! Many couples were seen holding hands, strolling leisurely as… Continue reading SEOUL DIARIES 014: CHEONGYECHEON STREAM 청계천

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SEOUL DIARIES 013: BUKCHON HANOK VILLAGE 북촌한옥마을

For history buffs who wish to experience a well-preserved slice of Korean history, Bukchon Hanok Village is where you need to be! The residential district of Bukchon (literally meaning north village) housed high-ranking government officials / nobility during the Joseon Dynasty. Here, traditional Korean houses known as Hanok (or Joseonhouses) were re-built or re-furnished from the olden days. Tourist information centers are tactfully located in all… Continue reading SEOUL DIARIES 013: BUKCHON HANOK VILLAGE 북촌한옥마을

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SEOUL DIARIES 012: ART @ ANGUK STATION

The thing about travelling alone is this:  you've got to find ways to entertain yourself. Every empty street and silent alley is a selfie moment... or in my guesthouse room, every morning, before I see the world. On my way to Insadong and Bukchon Hanok Village, I captured these paintings at Anguk station's underground platform. To… Continue reading SEOUL DIARIES 012: ART @ ANGUK STATION

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SEOUL DIARIES 011: SOONDAE 순대

Introducing Korea's traditional blood sausage: What it is: pig's intestines stuffed with fermented soybean paste, glutinous rice, kimchi, cellophane noodles and pork blood. To this date, I can't believe I had eaten this!! It's pig intestines and I actually finished this whole plate of SOONDAE without knowing what it is!! Having walked across Han River… Continue reading SEOUL DIARIES 011: SOONDAE 순대