Nami Island

Hello everyone!

Instead of a video this time, we decided to have a blog post on Nami Island because, unfortunately, we didn’t get a lot of good footage (Lila’s battery had died a quarter way into the trip), BUT we did get some pretty cool pictures.

Our trip to Nami Island was a month ago today. Wow! Time just flies by too quickly ㅠㅠ

Anyways…

Nami Island is known for its appearance in the drama, Winter Sonata, with actors: Bae Yong Jun and Choi Ji Woo.

Beautiful, isn’t it? haha

We left pretty early in the morning, around 8:30 AM. We expected to get there around 10 AM, but we just missed the train and had to catch the next one, which came after 15 minutes. The entire trip took about 2 hours, and then we had to wait for the bus to take us to the area. Honestly, we could have walked, but since we weren’t sure which way to go, we thought taking the bus was smarter.

When we got there, we went straight to the zip lining ticket booth, and then found out that the waiting time was 4 hours… Online, it did say we should have went early, and we thought we were going to get there a lot faster, but we thought wrong. However, Lillian stated that no matter what she wanted to zip line to the island, and that was one of the main reasons why she came to Nami, so we all just decided to wait the 4 hours…

Since we had so much time, we decided to grab lunch first. The specialty food around Nami is Chicken Galbi (닭갈비) and Buckwheat Noodles (막국수). It was delicious and although we did not have it, we highly recommend you try to order frying the rice with the leftovers. It is just an extra 2,000 won, but we were way too full.

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After lunch, we walked around the area. In addition to zip-lining, there was bungee jumping. It was amusing watching people jump and it was nice listening to the thrilling music they played as everyone took their turn to jump.

Finally around 3 pm, it was our turn to go on the zip-line. After buckling in, the staff pushed us down and we soared across the river towards Nami. The view was so amazing. It’s too bad we couldn’t take a video of us zip-lining.

On the island, we walked around. Many people rented bikes and rode around the island, but since we were in a bit of a time crunch, we decided to forgo it and just explore by foot.

 

There were restaurants had different types of Korean food, like Seafood Pajeon (해물파전), Bibimbap (비빔밥), etc. There was so much to try, but our stomachs couldn’t take all of it, so we just had 해물파전 and 비빔밥. It was sooo good. There were also red bean buns that you could eat (pictured on the right side). It is a bit on the pricey side, but is made fresh with a traditional cooking style, so try it if you can.

After about an hour and a half, we had to rush to take the ferry back. It was really nice. Luckily we were able to get good seats at the back of the ferry to see the river one last time.

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Last Thoughts:

There were all sorts of other activities to do there that we couldn’t do because of time. If we could go back, it would be nice to try some of the crafting activities, bike riding, and just explore more of the island and its beauty.

Overall, we highly recommend going to Nami Island, at least once. It’s so beautiful. If you do want to do zip-lining, plan to go early, very early, like before the place even opens. It’ll save you time and you’ll get to explore more of the island.

As always, if you have any questions or would like to know more about our trip to Nami Island, feel free to send us a message! ^^

– Lila & Lillian

Prices:

Zip-lining: 38,000 Won (this includes entrance to Nami Island)

Entrance Fee: 8,000 Won for Foreigners

Bike Rental: 3,000 Won for 30 min, 5,000 Won for 1 hr. (single)

6,000 Won for 30 min, 10,000 Won for 1 hr. (couple)

10,000 Won for 30 min (family)

Directions to Nami Island:

By Subway: Gyeongchun Line, Gapyeong Station

From Gapyeong Station, cross the main street to get to the bus station. Look for the bus that goes to Nami Island (남이섬). It should take about 10 minutes.

Cost: 2,550 Won

You can also take a taxi from Gapyeong Station to Nami Island. It would cost roughly 3,3000 Won.

By Shuttle Bus: Pick up location at Insadong/Namdaemun

This is a direct shuttle bus to Nami Island. It is recommended that you reserve seats beforehand.

Cost: 15,000 Won (round trip), 7,500 Won (one way) for Adults

13,000 Won (round trip), 6,500 Won (one way) for children.

Busan | Jagalchi Market

Another short post ^^ This time on the Jagalchi Market in Busan!

Photo Credit to Korea Tourism Organization

This market is one of Busan’s best attractions. For those who love seafood, this is the place to visit. There is both an inside and outside to the market where there are a variety of fish, crustaceans, etc. You can buy the fish cooked if you wish, or you can buy it to take home to cook or take it to one of the many restaurants inside the market to have it cooked for you.

I would recommend finding the type of fish or seafood you want to eat before going. It really helps when looking around the market. For us, we didn’t know anything, so it was a bit confusing, and we didn’t know where to go. Lillian wanted to eat tuna and salmon sashimi, but it wasn’t available at this fish market. There was only white fish(i.e. flat fish). We ended up going into a restaurant and choosing from their menu.

It was a little expensive (30-50,000 Won), but the food is fresh and very delicious.

This is similar to what we had. It totally slipped our minds to take pictures ^^;;

We got the Seafood Stew (해물된장). It had squid, octopus, shrimp, and clams. It was a little spicy, but not too bad. Lillian had no problem with the spiciness, but she did burn the roof of her mouth. Overall, we would say it’s definitely worth the price. The cute waiters were an added bonus. Hahahahahha.

Hope you guys enjoyed this short post. Stay tuned for our next post! If you have questions, or would like to learn more about Busan and the Jagalchi Market, feel free to to contact us.

– Lila & Lillain

Food In Seoul | Coreanos in Itaewon

If you’re looking for global foods with a more authentic taste, Itaewon is the place to go. Itaewon is known as the foreigner’s district. You’ll find restaurants with different types of food from all around.

Coreanos is one of the few Mexican restaurants in Seoul that serves authentic Mexican food, or as authentic as you can get in Korea. There were a lot of American soldiers there, so it seems be one of the popular restaurants for foreigners.

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They have burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and more. It is a little on the pricey side, but considering that it is difficult to find this anywhere else in Korea, it’s worth the price you pay.

Plus the view is really nice! The nice weather helped (even though it was a little hazy that day).

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The food looks and tastes amazing. The staff were really kind and some of them spoke English as well. And the decor of the restaurant gives off a really nice atmosphere. We highly recommend going here at least once if you like to try the different foods in Korea.

 

**Sorry for the late posts again. Midterms are finally over, so we should get back to posting on a regular basis.^^

 

– Lila & Lillian

Noryangjin Fish Market | 노량진시장

This morning, we went to the Noryangjin Fish Market, located near the Noryangjin Station (노량진역) on subway line 9, either exit 1, 7 or 8. If you take exit 7 or 8, you will have to go up the stairs and across a bridge. We took exit 8 and had to do this. It is possible to take exit 1, but we took a wrong turn.

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This is the entrance of the market. 

The smell of seafood is really strong right as you enter the market, so it’s not recommended to go if you don’t really like fish/seafood.

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There are so many stalls!! But they all had really similar products for similar prices.

 

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Live Octopus (상낙지)!! We bought 3 to eat. It doesn’t really taste like anything, but it’s more about the experience ^^;;

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More stalls

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Angler/Monk Fish that was cut open

There was so much. We didn’t really know what to get. Really recommend going with someone who has experience or can at least speak fluent Korean. When we were walking through, they assumed that we were all Chinese. It was funny (since I, Lila, get this a lot), but Lillian was kind of salty because of this.

We ended up buying a sashimi (회) platter, oysters, eel, and octopus. To cook the oysters and eel, we went upstairs to a restaurant. It was pretty empty when we first got there, but as it got closer to noon, the place started filling up.

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Sashimi Platter!! It was prepared beforehand by the stall owner, so we were able to eat it first. The rest of our food came out afterwards.

Overall, this was a good experience. I would definitely want to go back with someone who knows their way around the market. It would add more to the experience, because we would be able to communicate better with the stall owners, and hopefully get the better quality fish/seafood.

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That’s all for now. Due to our schedules, we won’t be able to post up a video until later in the week. But make sure to stay tuned for that!

Hint for our next vlog~~ Tropical Fish on Apple iOS 9.3Tropical Fish on Apple iOS 9.3Tropical Fish on Apple iOS 9.3 (oh, the irony ㅋㅋㅋ)

– Lila & Lillian