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Zen Kimchi’s Dark Side of Seoul Tour!

You can only have so many nights out in Hongdae. We were looking for something unique to do with our friends on a Saturday night in Seoul. We had heard of the ZenKimchi food tours from fellow YouTuber Noe, who also went on the Dark Side of Seoul tour. He enjoyed it, so we decided to go for it! Last time we were in the U.S., we went on a walking ghost tour of my hometown and we enjoyed it a lot! We thought it would be even cooler in a huge city like Seoul. It definitely was!

Joe from Zen Kimchi

Bongwonsa Temple


While up in Seoul, we had the great idea to hike up Mt. Ansan at 5 am or so. This meant getting up at about 4 am and catching a taxi to the mountain to meet up with Simon Bond and the legendary Robert Koehler. Robert knows pretty much everything there is to know about Korea and especially Seoul. He was kind enough to take us up to the top despite the early rise and the lack lustre sunrise that morning.

The Dondaemun Design Plaza


When it first opened I wondered what exactly it was. This spaceship-like building has landed right next to one of Seoul’s historic gates adding an interesting touch to the area. It should fit with the surrounding fashion stores and cafes but it somehow doesn’t. That being said, it is one of the coolest buildings that I have ever seen.


The 2014 Seoul P&I Show

In order to fit all the photos on the exhibit space, they had to drop the size down. I am still happy with the print

In order to fit all the photos on the exhibit space, they had to drop the size down. I am still happy with the print

Intro to Makgeolli Brewing Class May 10th!!!

We were so excited about last April’s enthusiasm for the class, we simply had to follow it up with another!  Actually this is the first class that will kick off […]

문래창작촌 | Seoul Art Space | Mullae-dong, Mullae Line 2 Part 2

문래창작촌 | Seoul Art Space | Mullae-dong, Mullae Line 2 A rainy...

Finally got out to Jongmyo Shrine (종묘) in Seoul. Kind of silly...

Finally got out to Jongmyo Shrine (종묘) in Seoul.

Seoul Cherry Blossom Festivals in Review


Spring is here again and my senses are over joyed  as I take in the warm sunshine,  blooming trees and delightful  smells of blossoming flowers! Could there be a better time of year?

There are a plethora of spring  flowers blooming in Korea with average spring temperatures from 45-70 degree fahrenheit  (5- 20 celsius.)  The flower stealing the show of course being the Cherry Blossom!

Intro to Brewing Makgeolli Class April 19th!

Spring is in the air, and we have been in the Susubori lab brewing a lot recently.  There’s nothing better than having a cold, fresh batch of homemade makgeolli in the fridge to enjoy on a warm spring evening.  So it’s time to have another Intro to Brewing Makgeolli class to share the knowledge on how to make you own springtime brew!  As ever the class will be taught by our expat makgeolli experts Becca Baldwin and Dan Lenaghan, and you will be able to take  home your very own batch of makgeolli.   Here are the details:

Bridge of Life

사랑해주세요 - Please love me or Love me....

Trick Eye Museum

Trick Eye Museum


My sister recently visited Seoul and I made sure she had the trip of a life time.  We had lots of great adventures, but on her last day  here we had a full itinerary including:

  • Drinking Tea with King Sejong
  • Swimming with Olympic Athletes
  • Climbing bamboo with pandas
  • Learninf to levitate
  • Hitting the jackpot
  • And much MUCHHHH more!

Impossible to do all in a day?  Well who can argue when we now have the Facebook pictures to prove it!

Nu Look Plus (누룩 프러스)

Name: Nu Look Plus (누룩 프러스).

Location: Myeong Dong

Saint Patrick’s Day in Seoul, 2014


When you live in Korea long enough expecting public holidays from home to fall on their usual day or date becomes a waste of time. Really. Anyone American will be familiar with Thanksgiving falling on a Saturday, and even the Superbowl the night after. Irish, like myself, are now most familiar with a Saturday Saint Patrick’s Day, and yesterday was no different from other years (except for last year and the year before when Paddy’s Day actually fell on the weekend…which kind of ruins my point), the day of Ireland and it’s ‘ness was transformed from its early weekday schedule to a much more alcoholic friendly Saturday.

Underground Selections


In the Myeong-dong Underground Shopping Mall, Seoul.

Steampunk Art in Seoul

This weekend I shall be taking the KTX train north to Seoul for its Steampunk Art Unfurled: Art of Victorian Futurism.

The showing will take place across from Seoul National University. Do click the Bing Map link to see the location.

I went to a palace themed coffee shop in Hongdae, Seoul, Korea...

I went to a palace themed coffee shop in Hongdae, Seoul, Korea called 공주가 사는 궁전같은 카페 (“Where a princess should live”). The coffee shop has individual tables sort of hidden away, mostly meant for couples, but I saw a few groups of females there as well.

"Bitter, Sweet, Seoul": Korea's Capital City Through the Eyes of the World

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the premier of "Bitter, Sweet, Seoul," the Korean capital's first ever global crowd-sourcing film project.

I arrived at the premier at Seoul Cinema not knowing what to expect of the film. I was aware of the "Seoul, My Movie" campaign, as it was heavily promoted throughout last year, but I was skeptical of the final product.


Seollal aka Korean's New Year aka Lunar New Year is around the corner and now that I'm in Korea there are MANY things I would like to do, but still, I have no plans for this year's 4 day Holiday.

1st of all, Seollas is the Lunar New Year and is one of the most celebrated Holidays in Korea -as well as Chuseok-, this year Seollal falls on January 31st of the Gregorian Calendar, this marks the beginning of a new year, unlike December 31st, this date is not a date to go our partying with your friends, it's about Paying respect to our ancestors and gather around with your family to catch up, most Koreans travel to meet their family, Hanbok is used for this day and games are played when the family is together but even if you don't have plans to celebrate this important holiday, you should be ready.


A fun activity to do in Seoul is to walk along the stream,...

A fun activity to do in Seoul is to walk along the stream, Cheonggyecheon (청계천). It’s a 5.8 km (or 3.6 mile) walk. In the summer, I prefer finding a shady spot to sit in and dip my feet in the water.  In the winter, I’d just walk quickly along the stream as it’s really cold outside.

I recommend starting in Cheonggye Plaza. You can get there from Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 5 or City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1 & 2), Exit 4.

One of my favorite places to hang out in Seoul is a cat bar...

One of my favorite places to hang out in Seoul is a cat bar called 묘한술책. I try to stop by every time I’m in Hongdae. It’s a place you can drink alcohol and hang out with a bunch of cats! The owners, 조아용 and 장재영, are super friendly and nice. They’ll chat with you or they’ll leave you alone to read or play a game. Also, they’ll play any music you like. I’ve spent hours just requesting songs. Just so you know, 재영 really likes Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Selcas time!

Hi everyone!

I was wondering what have I been doing these past 2 weeks that I forgot to blog, well, not really forgto, but I didn't have the time to do it properly and I honestly don't know what I've been doing...I know we've been busy and had to run to busan for an almost 2 days trip but other than that, I'm not exactly sure what's going on, I have stories to tell but those will be left for a different day.

Today I will just talk about my latest hobby, this is something that now I do while I ride the bus, subway or just killing time while going from one place to the other: SELCAs, selca comes from Self-Camera aka selfies, my sister told me about this great app called CYMERA and this app can be linked to your Cyberworld account (like the Korean version of FB).

While Gangnam Style isn’t as big as it was a year ago,...

While Gangnam Style isn’t as big as it was a year ago, it’s still well-known in Korea. I finally did the horse dance outside of the Gangnam Subway Station. Have you?

The Maoul Bus*

I walked up and down the street looking for the bus stop on the opposite side of the street. Where I was going was only four stops away in that direction, but I soon realised that the bus only went in the opposite direction, which left me a good fifteen stops away. I bit the […]

Mexican Food, Korean Style

Mexican food, or at least its Americanized, cheese-drenched iteration, is nearly impossible to find in Korea.  Since Ric and I were used to weekly visits to La Carreta or Pancho Villa’s when we lived in Lenoir, the lack of comida mexicana in our lives is definitely an issue.  While tortilla chips and salsa are readily available, most of the time our needs for tacos and burritos are best satisfied at home.  Even though the love of my life is an ace in the kitchen, sometimes my desire for things like sour cream or a mojito drive us to seek out Mexican restaurants.  After many, many meals that were varying degrees of disappointing, we have come to this conclusion–Pancho Villa’s in Lenoir, NC, needs to open a Busan branch.

However, since the likelihood of that occurring is slim-to-none, we present, for your reading pleasure, four brief reviews of Mexican restaurants in Korea that had some redeeming qualities.

We’ll start with Busan:

Ssamziegil (쌈지길) is the place to shop in Insadong. There are...

Ssamziegil (쌈지길) is the place to shop in Insadong. There are multiple floors connected by a spiral-like stairway. There are plenty of little shops and cafes to buy Korean trinkets.

Location: Anguk Station, Seoul Subway line 3, Exit #6 (towards Jongno Police Station). Enter the Insadong one-way street of Crown Bakery & GS25, and go straight 100 meters. Ssamziegil will be on your left.

Migrant Workers Assembly December 15th- Seoul

The Migrant Workers Assembly will take place on December 15th in Seoul in commemoration of International Migrants Day. For more information please download the event poster here.

migrants poster

Masters in Computer Science student wants Internship/Job in Seoul


I'm currently searching for a position that I could possibly get before travelling to Seoul.  I would like to work in an internship or Graduate position with a company that does Web/Mobile Development or I'm willing to do other positions that are related to modules/subjects I've studied at university.

I would like to travel to Seoul in Feb, 2014.  I'm currently at the end of my Masters in Computer Science course.  I don't have an undergraduate degree in Computer Science. The course I am doing is a Skills Conversion course.  Nonetheless, this hasn't stopped me from doing well in some topics.

If anybody can contact me in regards to any positions or provide with any online resources such as websites that can search for these fields, I'd be extremely grateful.

Here is my LinkedIn account:

Seoul's nightlife

I've been thinking about What to wirte lately, apparently been in Korea for 3 months and doing lots of activities is draining me and I just can't think what to blog about... sad, I know :(
Even from the sky Seoul looks very alive 

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