6 Ethnic Enclaves of Seoul

Not all of Korea feels Korean.

Korea is approximately 96% ethnically homogeneous, but also serves as one of several central business and international relation hubs for all of Asia. Similar to large cities in the USA, Seoul also has different ethnic enclaves with authentic foods, residential housing and services dedicated to their respective nationalities.

Here’s a short description of where to find these ethnic enclaves and some things you can find there:

20 Scrumptious and (sometimes) Strange Korean Meals

Ok, so I’ve spoken before about my ‘Top 20 Weird and Wonderful Korean Snacks’ which I’ve had the joy of trying while living in Korea. Now I think it’s the time to look at Korean meals, which I’m pleased to say have been on the whole, a positive experience. That is, after we learnt the names of some Korean foods. Let’s just say that our first meal here was a bit of a disaster- not knowing what anything was, we picked a random item off the menu, and ended up with a ‘jjigae’ (stew) that was so spicy we were sweating by the end (despite it being about 5 degrees in the restaurant). We went home with runny noses and burning mouths to down about a litre of milk each. Good times.

On Looking At A Bag Of Chips


The Chinese logogram for beautiful, 美, is a picture of a man, 人, wearing a goat headdress, 羊. Thousands of years ago someone thought there was nothing more beautiful than a guy wearing a dead goat on his head.

THE Chinese Restaurant

We've always called it "The Chinese Restaurant". Chef Laney Xiang says the name is something that is tonally unpronounceable for me. The hanja for the place is "Chinese Food Things" but that is up for debate since the characters have various interpretations. The one thing you do need to know that this is the best Chinese food in Daejeon, not Korean-Chinese or American-Chinese but Chinese-Chinese.


Daejeon Access was informed of this nice outdoor Chinese restaurant in Dunsan and we decided to check it out.

They offer a nice selection of meats, but the prize is their lamb skewers! The lamb is accompanied by fresh grilled green onions and peppers. In addition, they have nicely seasoned chicken wings and Tsingtao beer (big bottles for 3,000 won).


The other day I found myself running through the streets of Gyeongju in search of a bathroom, after consuming two cups of coffee and about a liter’s worth of water over the course of an hour. I burst into my wife’s parents’ house through the unlocked door, said hello politely, and then asked where the bathroom was far too politely, shifting to a higher register reserved only for old people or customers—but there was pleading desperation in my voice, and my calmly-surprised mother-in-law consented at once.

I whipped off my shoes, dashed inside the bathroom, and pissed for far longer than I usually shit.

When I emerged my brother-in-law cracked some kind of a joke, and the Korean woman I was teaching at the time, a friend of the family, refused to translate.

A week later I asked him what he had said, through my wife.

“You broke the toilet!” he replied.

Amateur Language Study Adventures

Yesterday I came down with what was probably Swine Flu and shortly began thinking and speaking almost entirely in Korean, which did not help me a great deal when I happened to find myself listening to the pronouncements of a Korean doctor late that afternoon, hiding my gaping mouth (through which I was gasping, slack-jawed, like an inbred country boy) behind a hospital-provided medical mask; lucky for me this doctor spoke flawless English, which she revealed by translating my high temperature from Celsius to Fahrenheit without being asked. I was running a fever of about a hundred and one.

Korean’s A Bitch

There are at least two different kinds of ands in Korean—I say at least because with this language the rabbit hole is truly infinite—one and for verbs, hago, and one for nouns, gwa. An incredibly expensive cafe just five minutes away from us (where they have the nerve to charge eight dollars for a cup of exceedingly normal coffee) is called Schumann gwa Clara; and a very common word you’ll run into in Korean sentences is mok-go, meaning ate-and, because mok is the verb stem of mokda, eat, while da is just a basic form of is, which you have to change to go, and, if you want to take a trip down conjunction junction.

From Comics To Chinese To Ancient Egyptian To Korea And Back Again

-LZONE-international party every Friday at 8pm.

Repeats every week until Wed Apr 13 2011 .
Friday, March 25, 2011 - 20:00

Introduction of LZONE
LZONE is a language cafe and international complex for foreigners

and Koreans.

We open LZONE between 4 P.M. and 10 P.M.(Mon-Fri), between 2

P.M. and 8P.M.(Sat, Sun)

Language Studies every hour every day.
(Korean, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and English)

Especially, we have an international party every Friday at 8pm.
(It's only 15,000 won for the entry
and it includes a free cocktail&unlimited beer,Juice,Snack)

We have a really really big promotion for foreigners and I hope you

come over and take this advantage.
(Firstly, contact Andy on 010-9528-2212)

LZONE is located 4th Floor across from thursday party at KyungSung

University Station.

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