Articles by Emma O'Flynn

Book Street, Nampodong

By Emma O’Flynn

2013-08-21 19.11.022013-08-21 19.12.38

Nestled in the narrow little streets just beyond Gukje Markets, is the cute and quaint, and adeptly named Book Street.  This place is all about the books.  Tiny little stores are stacked from floor to ceiling with books and magazines of every shape and size. Though the selection of English books available is pretty limited, it’s more about the ambience, then any serious book shopping!   The odd coffee shop and vintage store are also thrown in the mix.


콩 밭 ㅔ (Kong Bat Eh) Korean Buffet, Nampo



By Emma O’Flynn

2013-06-16 13.38.37

When it comes to dining out in Nampo, budget vegetarian options are pretty limited. So this little place was a great find, even though it’s not strictly vegetarian. Located in the basement, with a very unassuming entrance, Korean Banchan (side-dish) Heaven awaits. One does not go to this place for the Kimchi Jigae, or the Dwen Jang Jigae (although they are pretty good!). The major selling point for this restaurant is the buffet of sides that you can help yourself to, as much as you heart (and stomach) desires.


Loving Hut’s Nampodong Location

 

By: Emma O’Flynn

Calling all vegetarians!  Life in Korea can be challenging as a vegetarian, even more so as a vegan.  So when friend introduced me to Loving Hut in Seomyeon, I was thrilled!  And then I was equally devastated by it’s recent closure.  The following week I was summoned to a teacher’s lunch, and as we all piled into a couple of cars I was informed that we were going to a vegetarian restaurant.  Now, when a group of Koreans announce such a thing to me, I take it with a pinch of salt!  Perhaps they mean no beef or pork, or perhaps only small pieces of meat mixed through the dish, but not PROPER vegetarian!!!  So imagine my utter surprise, and delight, when we pulled up at a Loving Hut!


Overnight in Siloam Jimjilbang-Seoul

 

BY Emma O’Flynn

Busan!  Great city, all the trappings, fun place, right on the ocean, fabulous!  And there’s even an airport!  Our very own Gimhae airport with flights to…hum…not that many places actually.  And hold on, the prices are craaaazzzzy!  We all have had, or will have, that experience of trying to depart dear Korea for vacation or otherwise.  And let’s be honest, the selection of flights from Gimhae is ‘lacking’ (unless of course, you wanna spend 36 hours in transit at various locations across the globe).  So you’re forced to fly from Incheon, and your flight departs at stupid o’clock in the morning, or returns stupidly late at night…watcha gonna do?  Well my fellow waygooks, there is a convenient and cost effective solution!


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