As many places I've been to in Seoul there is just as many I haven't seen, like Hapjeong for instance. I always go to Hongdae which is right beside Hapjeong. I love exploring new neighbourhoods because I always seem to find something new and interesting. Hapjeong was no different. Jung and I walked through different streets which were reminiscent of Osaka's Dotonbori, with the large figures on the restaurants.
There were lots of cute colourful restaurants in this area too.
I thought Edae had a lot of cafes but there are so many in Hapjeong as well. This is a great area for restaurants, bars and cafes. In the summer this would be a great area, there are so many places with open patios. Just walking around there's so much to see, it did not feel like Korea.
We just kept walking around looking for somewhere to eat, but we wanted to make sure we all the possible options, so we kept walking around. We happened to see this store, "Gentle Monster". Koreans have the weirdest names for things! It looked really interesting and we had no idea what it was, so I wanted to check it out.
This is what you saw from the street. It looks pretty enticing! Especially seeing the "free" signs.
It turns out its actually a glasses store. They sell sunglasses and fashionable reading glasses.This store has the wackiest sunglasses and glasses. You will never seen these kind anywhere else! I took a selfie with a pair I thought were funny looking. I thought this merry-go-round was real, but it's just for show. It does move though but you're not allowed to sit on it.
After the store, we continued on our search for food. There were so many different themes in this area; we walked by Japanese restaurants that looked like they should be in Japan, we walked by a restaurant with the Brazilian flag in the window, Mexican restaurants that were very colourful, British style pubs, and some other ones. Then we came across this building. It reminded me of a building you would see somewhere in Europe. So, we decided to go closer and check it out then found out it was a Czech restaurant. I know I shouldn't be surprised, but Czech food in Korea? I was not expecting that one! We had never had Czech food so we decided we would try it out.
These figures were right outside of the restaurant doors, the woman is a little creepy.
Here are some pictures of Castle Praha. The decor is very medieval, it looks very European though.
Since we stumbled on a Czech restaurant it only makes sense to have a full out Czech meal. We ordered Czech beers to go with it. For my main I ordered the pork wiener schnitzel topped with cheese ($20) which came with potato, salad and sauerkraut. Jung ordered beef goulash ($29) which came with potatoes, onions and bread. I have to say I was VERY impressed with the food. It was so delicious! The beef goulash was soooo tender, and potatoes were delicious. The schnitzel was also very delicious. The servings are actually fairly large so we ended up just sharing our meals and we didn't end up finishing any of the plates. I want to go back there again!
After our meal we wanted to go to this cafe called Galapagos. We heard that they have sugar gliders at the cafe and wanted to see it.
Well we ended up running into a tortoise as we came in. It was pretty big. It just walks around the place.
When we walked in we saw an empty cage, but no sugar glider. We ordered teas thinking maybe we would see it later, I got vanilla and Jung got blueberry. We sat around for a good while and still no sugar glider. We were actually bummed out because we came to this cafe for the sugar glider, but it was no where to be found. Hopefully the next time we go we will see it.
As we sat drinking our teas we started to plan our next move. We were thinking dr. fish, or find a fun photo booth and a movie at veatbox. Veatbox is having your own surround sound system in your chair at the movie theater. Sounds pretty cool, huh? So we finished our teas and headed to Myeongdong. On the way we can into this gorilla holding flowers and decided to have fun with it.
I saw some people taking selfies to the the Myeongdong main walking street in the background so I wanted to try it but my front facing camera sucks!!!! Ughhh!
Anyway we thought there was a dr. fish here but we couldn't find it. We search for the photo booth and could not find it either. So we gave up. We were going to just find something to eat then see a movie, but on the way to do that we passed the information center so we went in to ask about dr. fish and the photo booth. The dr. fish's closed down but there was a photo booth, so we got directions and went. We were so happy to find it!
This one is a lot smaller than the one we went to in Japan. Also, it is pricier. It cost us 7,000 won ($7) and in Japan it was $4. It was just as fun as I remember though! Although there isn't a lot of props. There were a few hats and some wigs that looked really old. But it's so much fun!
After our picture fun we went to find food. The lady at the information center told us about some places that are popular in Myeongdong, one of them was a rib place called James Cheese back ribs. It's a bit expensive though. For ribs with cheese it is $160 per person. If you take a look below that was the meal. What they do is put cheese and corn on a pan then put the ribs on top the heat it up. Once the cheese is melted you put some on the ribs and eat it. Yes it is very fattening but it is very delicious. At first I thought it wouldn't be enough food but I got full fast because of the cheese. Now I probably have some clogged arteries! If you're in Myeongdong try it out!
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