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

Busan | Sweet Stream Cafe

Hello everyone!

This past weekend, we were in Busan~~^^. We have a lot of footage and photos to share with you, but due to our schedules, we may not be able to upload our vlog until next week. Until then, we’ll be uploading some posts as sneak peaks.

Starting with…the Sweet Stream Cafe. There’s nothing really special about this cafe, but it was really cute and the atmosphere was really nice (the background music was Yiruma’s River Flows in You). The owner was very kind as well.

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It was located at the bottom on the Gamcheon Cultural Village Hill, right by the bus stop where we could take the bus to the Jagalchi Market.

While waiting for the bus, we decided to cool off with smoothies and charge our dying phones, haha. We also got a waffle as a small snack. It was delicious.KakaoTalk_20160504_010400710

This cafe was a perfect place to take a short break before moving on to our next location: The Jagalchi Market (자갈치 시장) and the BIFF Square.

Hope you guys like this short post.Stay tuned for more sneak peaks ^^

– Lila & Lillian

 

EVERLAND!!

Everland is one of the biggest amusement parks in South Korea. Like Disneyland, there are a variety of rides, restaurants and activities. As mentioned in our vlog, we purchased our tickets through Trazy (Link here) for $39. Prices may vary depending on the time of the year.

It took us about an hour and a half to get there by bus. The bus was arranged by Trazy, so it was super easy to get to and from Everland. We got to Everland around 10:30am and left at 6:30pm, so it wasn’t a whole lot of time, but if you use your time wisely, you’ll get to go on some pretty awesome rides. We went on a total of 6 rides, which was a good amount given the time we had. Some of the waiting lines were over an hour (yikes), but it was worth it ^^

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This was the shuttle bus that took us from the parking lot to the entrance of the amusement park.

There was a zoo there with different animals like fennec foxes, mongooses, etc. and a petting zoo with guinea pigs and sheep, but not much else. All of them were so cute.

For food, there are different kinds of amusement park snacks like chicken on a stick and corn dogs. There’s also ice cream.

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And as always, there were plenty of souvenirs. I was tempted to buy them all (**says Lila haha). We did buy headbands. They were 8,000 won (~$8) each. I ended up buying 2. The panda one was too hard to resist…look at how cute it is. Who could resist that?

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Anyways, if you check out our vlog, you can see more of our trip to Everland. It was a blast! We highly recommend going if you do travel to South Korea. It’s a great place to go with friends and family.

To find out more information on the park and how to get tickets, check out the official website: http://www.everland.com/web/multi/english/everland/main.html

And as posted above, we highly recommend checking out Trazy.com for some awesome trip deals.

Please feel free to message us if you would like to learn more about the trip and our experiences. If you have any questions, we’ll try our best to answer them.

– Lila & Lillian

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

Gwanghwanmun Plaza and Insadong

Sorry for the last posts ^^;; School work has been picking up and midterms are in a week, so we will be slow to post things up. 죄송해용~! This post will cover our trip to Gwanghwamun and Insadong.

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If you want to see the heart of South Korea, the Gwanghwamun Plaza and Insadong District are the places to go. The Gwanghwamun Plaza (which I mentioned briefly in my highlights in our first vlog) consists of the Admiral Yi Sun Shin statute, King Sejong Monument, Gyeongbokgung Place and Cheongwadae (Blue House) all on one road.

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So, we couldn’t mention it in our vlog, but we actually explored the Gwanghwamun Plaza first ^^ since it was right in front of the subway exit that we came out of.

Underneath the monuments of Yi Sun Shin and King Sejong, there are museums where you can learn about what each of the men contributed to Korea.

Time for a short history lesson! ^^

Starting with Admiral Yi Sun Shin- he was a navy admiral, responsible for leading the Korean navy through many battles with the Japanese during the Imjin Wars. His most notable battle was the Battle at Myeongnyang, where he was able to defeat 31 of 133 Japanese ships, with just 13 ships of his own. (**I-Lila- highly recommend watching the movie, The Admiral: Roaring Currents or 명냥, about this battle.)

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Admiral Yi Sun Shin- Picture Credits to Korea Tourism Organization

Next, King Sejong- he was one of Korea’s greatest Kings. He carried out many progressive reforms, and one of his most notable creation was Hangeul (한글), the Korean writing system. Before Hangeul, only scholars and the rich were able to read and write, as the writing system was based on the Chinese writing system. Thanks to his creation, many more Koreans were able to learn how to read and write, and this led to the advancement of the country. During his reign, Korea was stable and very prosperous.

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King Sejong- Picture Credits to Korea Tourism Organization

After these museums, we headed to the Gyeongbokgung Palace. At the entrance of the Palace, there are palace guards, pretty similar to the ones in London at the Buckingham Palace. They didn’t move one bit.

Luckily, at the time we arrived it was time for the guard change, so we got to see a short performance. If you watch the vlog, you can see a short clip.

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Afterwards, we headed into the Palace (Entrance Fee is 3000 Won).From the entrance to the Main Hall, there is a straight path, which leads right to the King’s throne.

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From the Main Hall, we continued exploring the different parts of the Palace. It was very beautiful. The weather that day was really nice, so it made the experience even better ^^

We also got to see a traditional musical performance by students (again, you can see a short clip in our vlog). It was a really interesting performance. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to see the entire performance due to time constraints, so hopefully we will get to watch another performance if possible.

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Insadong is just a short distance from the Gyeongbokgung Palace. Like mentioned in our vlog, Insadong is the place for those who want to see a variety of tradition Korean items and try traditional foods, etc.

There is a variety of street food and snacks. The first 2 pictures below are 똥빵, if literally translated- poop bread. There are 2 types of filling: red bean and chocolate. Super tasty-we highly recommend trying it. It’s only 1,000 won (~$1)

 

The picture above shows the process of making 꿀타래, Dragon’s Beard Candy (interesting name, haha). The candy makers are really entertaining. Again, video included in our vlog, so make sure to check it out. We hope you guys enjoy it just as much as we did ^^

There are also many places to shop. You can also go to a Trick Eye Museum, try on traditional Korean clothing, and watch performances during certain times of the day. There’s so much to do and not enough time in a day.

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Overall, it was a really fun day, and we would love to spend more time in Insadong and see the other palaces in Seoul. Hopefully we’ll go back before the end of the semester. We highly recommend visiting these two places if you have time-it’s definitely worthwhile.

Stay tuned for our super late vlog ^^

– Lila & Lillian

HOW TO GET THERE:

Gwanghwamun Plaza: Located on Subway Line 5 (Purple Line), Gwanghwamun Station, Exit 9

This will take you right to the main strip of the Gwanghwamun Plaza where you can see the King Sejong and Yi Sun Shin Monument.

Insadong: Located on Subway Line 3 (Orange Line), Anguk Station

If you visit the Gyeongbokgung Place, it is just a straight walk to the Insadong District, if you take a left from the main entrance.

 

Korean Pop Dance Workshops

Hi guys!! I hope everyone is doing well. Since our vlog is late this week, I (Lila) decided to put up another blog post.

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m a huge fan of Kpop-I especially love SHINee (샤이니) ^*^ (in case you haven’t heard of them, you should go check out their songs. Recommendation –> Married to the Music)- but I’m not so good at dancing, so I decided to take part in some K-pop Dance Workshops.

So far I’ve gone to 2 different workshops. The first one was last week where I learned Red Velvet’s Dumb Dumb. You can check out the song below.

We were in a small studio, and there were about 20 of us, so it was pretty cramped, but it was still really fun. I don’t know if this choreography is my style, but since I can’t really dance to any kpop song yet, it was a good start. I had fun and our instructor was really nice.

My 2nd workshop was yesterday. I liked it a bit better just because there were fewer people, so there was more room to move freely. The song we learned was Twice’s Ooh Ahh- the dance break. It definitely is not a dance style I’ve done before, but I like that it’s different. You can check our the song below. The dance break starts at 2:45.

I would love to share pics with you guys, but since there are other students in the pictures, I would like to get their permission before I put up pictures of them.

If any of you are in Korea and would like to take these dance workshops, feel free to contact me. ^^

– Lila

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