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YongSan Electronic District in Seoul, Korea!

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YongSan (용산) District in Seoul, Korea is the oldest and the biggest electronic district in Korea.   Now there’s a bunch of districts in Seoul with focus on gadgets but YongSan District is still the biggest gadget land in Korea. Here, you can find anything from a PS3, smartphone, electronic parts and anything that’s electronic. If there was something like a Silicon Valley in Korea (where consumers can buy gadgets on the cheap), it would be called YongSan (or is it is). I used to come to YongSan often when I used to live in Korea as a youngster to pick up PC components.  Here, there’s no real set price on anything, you need to “haggle” your way. Sometimes, you can pick up electronics for fractions of the price.  One time, I picked up an audio PC card at 75% off its retail price. Of course, tourists must be even more careful as the retailers here will over-charge you if they know you are a tourist.  But don’t worry, you just need to shop around, there’s like a hundred stores selling the same thing, just find the store with the lowest prices. At YongSan, you will find a ton of … Continue reading

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Samsung Galaxy Zone in COEX!

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In Korea, you will find more Galaxy Zone stores than Apple Stores, mostly because Samsung is a Korean company and they literally run the country with their latest gadgets such as the Samsung Galaxy S Android smartphones and Samsung Galaxy Tabs. This Galaxy Zone is located in COEX mall in Seoul, Korea in the Samsung District.  (Yes, can you believe it?  There’s a district called “Samsung” district!  That’s not, there’s condos named after “Samsung” and etc…etc…) The Galaxy Tab Android tablets sold in Korea support over-the-air DMB TV, this is actually better than anything we get here in the states because it’s actually over the air.  DMB is not supported in the U.S. (yet) due to frequency issues with the FCC. There’s even Galaxy Zones in the middle of the mall, these are actually mini-booths showing Samsung’s new products.

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GopChang – Korean Dish – Pig and Cow Intestines!

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(GopChang (곱창) is fully cooked with potatoes, onions, and other vegetables for flavor.) On my last travel to Korea, I had the pleasure of enjoying one of the finest dishes of Korea, GopChang which is pig and cow intestines full of cholesterol. This isn’t a dish for most first-time westerners but it’s certainly worth a try as it actually tastes really good. There’s actually two types of GopChang, pig intestines and cow intestines.  Cow intestines in my opinion tastes better and it is indeed more expensive.  In this case, we ordered a mix of each. Koreans love fresh cooked food and that is why for most cooked meats, you cook the food on a grill right on the table and eat it while it’s still hot and fresh, that’s the Korean way. Because the smell of cooking GopChang can get on your clothes and also oil can splatter, the GopChang restaurants in Korea usually provide you with a kitchen aprons you can wear like my friend is doing here. Also, these restaurants that sell GopChang only sell GopChang.  Most Korean restaurants only sell what they are good at because there’s so much competition.   And no, you won’t find that … Continue reading

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Cheonggyecheon in Seoul, Korea [Part 3]

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Here we see the Korean traditional Janggu (장구), basically Korean drums. Here’s Korean flute or trumpet of some kind. Here’s another instrument, I believe this is the Kkwaenggwari (꽹과리). This is the traditional Korean dancer with a loop on his head.  Basically he will make it spin, spin, and spin more for some awesome effects. Here we have another Korean national sport, sorta like Japanese Sumo, called Ssireum (씨릉).  Ssireum is still very popular in Korea and widely televised nationally in South Korea. More Korean traditional dancing drummers. Some kind of traditional Korean acrobatics. The Tortoise and the Hare story is widely known in South Korea. Here’s traditional Korean kite, made from rice-paper and bamboo sticks. See Part 1 See Part 2

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Cheonggyecheon in Seoul, Korea [Part 2]

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Here, we see some Chinese dragon floats, cool. This is all Chinese floats, looks like local Korean elementary school is taking a fieldtrip to Cheonggyecheon. As we walk further, we see… Jesus! and Budda, hanging out together.  Actually this is quite true in South Korea where there’s majority Christians and Buddhists. And yes, we see statue of liberty and Leaning Tower of Pisa. These lamps light up at night for a good show, too bad I wasn’t able to make it. (next time!) Here we see a bunch of Korean floats. These are traditional Korean statues, I think a bride monster on the left and groom monster on the right. This is a float of the Korean wedding dresses. Go back to Part I

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Cheonggyecheon in Seoul, Korea [Part 1]

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Cheonggyecheon, is a new, renovated part of Seoul, Korea. Cheonggye is actually the name and “cheon” means “stream”. At Cheonggyecheon, you will find a bunch of cool floats that light up at night. Although I didn’t have time to be there at night, here’s some photos I took for you to enjoy: This is where the Cheonggye stream starts with floats. Here’s some of the more famous Korean living things. See Part 2 See Part 3

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Super Large Korean Brush!

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On the streets of Insadong in Seoul Korea, I was walking and spotted this super large brush.  I believe this is what they used back in the day (like since 3000 years ago) to make signs and whatnot.  Pretty cool huh? And check out some of other varieties of traditional Korean brushes this store sells. Click Here for the GoogleMaps GPS location of Insadong in Seoul Korea.

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Han Woo – “Real” Korean BBQ!

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Han Woo is a local, native cattle/cow, it has a slightly lighter color than regular brown cattle. In South Korea, Han Woo is very expensive as there’s not so many of them but Han Woo is one of the most delicious beef in the whole world, in my opinion. Han Woo beef also boasts the lowest cholesterol levels in beef in the world and also has, believe it or not, plenty of Omega 3 fats, that is unbelievably good beef. The Han Woo, compared to some beef in the U.S., is much more smooth and tasty. Of course, you can only get Han Woo in Korea, they don’t export it. In South Korea, most people eat either Australian imported beef or the Han Woo. Australian beef isn’t bad either but it’s certainly not a fresh as Han Woo. In my recent trip to Korea, I had the pleasure of eating Han Woo, it is indeed very good. If you are steak-addict like me, you will certainly make sure to eat some Han Woo, “the real Korean BBQ” they call it, in Korea. Also, most Korean BBQ restaurants will use “real”, fresh charcoal, not some kind of gas like here in … Continue reading

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