If you enjoy nice views and a nice cup of coffee, you might want to definitely head over to the Rainbow Cafe, which has a fantastic view of the HanGang River. The Rainbow Cafe isn’t too big and there’s no parking so you might want to think ahead and go on a less busy day using a taxi or bus. However, there is a bus stop right by the Rainbow Cafe. For me, I was walking the HanGang river and noticed an elevator to the Rainbow Cafe. Yes, you can get there by visiting the HanGang river too. The Rainbow Cafe is open from 11AM to 11PM so plan accordingly! The Rainbow Cafe offers about 30-40 seats, certainly a nice place to quietly write blog posts like this one. Next time I go to Korea, I will spend a bit of time at Rainbow Cafe while doing some blogging. Why not? I love working on stuff while enjoying nice views, who doesn’t? There’s 360 degree views of the HanGang river and city of Seoul. Of course, coffee is good too, I ordered some freshly made ice latte, it was really delicious. Not too over-priced either. I thought this was the … Continue reading
Just when you thought, “it would be easier to move if they made a moving portable elevator”, Koreans make it. The other day I was walking and noticed this moving portable elevator that was moving stuff to an aparment. I can’t understand why they don’t have this in America. This is definitely going to save me some time moving and stop people from clogging up my apartment’s elevator or destroying things while moving. They used to actually have an elevator that was attached to the roof of most apartment buildings back in the day when I used to be a kid in Korea, now they have this, certainly much better idea. In Korea, labor is so much cheaper, especially for things like moving. On the other hand, because labor is so cheap, you won’t get rich being something like a plumber or electrician.
The other week, I happened to be walking by a Korean high school by Apgujungdong and decided to take couple photos to share with you. This is a typical Korean high school, made with bricks with 3-4 levels, sand soccer/basketball field, fountains, and some room for teacher parking. No, don’t expect your high school kids to drive to school like in America, that’s never going to happen, it’s so “wrong” in Korean culture. Of course, in most parts of the U.S., you can’t even “survive” without a car so let’s say it’s different. Soccer is the most popular sport in South Korea, that’s why the soccer field invade the center of the sand field while basketball courts are put to the side. In Korea, there’s no really option to build 1-level buildings, especially in Seoul where land in scarce. Some parts of Seoul are as expensive as luxury mansions in New York. This is what typical fountains look like in a Korean school. This is the guide for teachers to park, you can only park here on certain days when your license number ends in the numbers shown on the chart. It says, “Dreams come true.” Apgujungdong is actually one … Continue reading
On my last visit to Korea in February 2011, my friend’s cousin introduced me to the best Makkoli bars in Seoul, Korea. I could tell by how he drank the Korean rice wine and he took me to some of the best Makkoli tasting bars in Seoul. One of the Makkoli bars we went was called Tri-cycle (세발자전거). This Makkoli bar specializes in Paldo(팔도막걸리) Makkoli. Paldo Makkoli is actually made of 8 different types of Makkoli from 8 different regions in South Korea. (Above chart shows you which region of South Korea the Paldo Makkoli is from.) FYI, Makkoli you will taste in South Korea is going to be much better than if you have the exported Makkoli in the U.S. or elsewhere in the world. The main reason behind is that the best Makkoli in the world have a “perfect” temperature controlled environment from its Makkoli factory to the consumer at Makkoli bars. Exported Makkoli loses this special taste, something you can only taste within Korea. Also, Makkoli is without a doubt the healthiest alcoholic beverage in the world with live yeast and 100 times more good germs than yogurt for the same serving size. So, for this visit, … Continue reading
Another favorite food of mine is the SeolLeongTang (설렁탕), it’s a Korean beef soup that’s made from beef bones. They actually boil the beef bones (a certain part of it) for over 12-24 hours and the beef soup gets its taste. It’s supposed to be really good for you after a hard workout since it has a lot of protein. You mix the soup with some rice and enjoy it. There’s also some noodles in it too. Most restaurants will serve SeolLeongTang with side dishes and while still boiling hot in a earthy bowl that keeps it hot. It’s especially great during winter months when it’s freezing cold and you need a good, hot meal to keep you going. Now I talk about it, I think I am going to go get some. For those of you in the U.S., most Korean restaurants actually sell this so you can enjoy it too. But certainly it tastes better in Korea. I tried this particular SeolLeongTang in Insadong, Seoul, Korea. I highly recommend it.
Korean economy has certainly gotten better over the last 20 years or so and now Korean motorcycle cops get to drive some nice bikes like a BMW or Harleys. Not sure why Korean cops chose to drive foreign-made bikes but most likely because they like them. Not all motorcycle cops get to drive the nicer bikes but the higher-ranking police do. BMW and Harley bikes are pretty popular in Korea and I will have some more posts on that soon too. By the way, motorcycle is called “Auto-buy” in Korea. Not sure why but it’s called “auto-buy”. [오토바이경찰] (Mr. officer guiding the traffic near Kang Nam station.)
PatBingSu is probably the most delicious Korean ice cream/yogurt, it’s the most delicious (and healthy) delicacy you will try in Korea. What is PatBingSu (팥빙수)? It’s a mix of milk, shredded ice, sweet beans, and lots of fruit (and sometimes candy). You usually eat PatBingSu during summer because it gets so hot and PatBingSu will cool you down quickly. Also it’s very good for you because most of the ingredients are fruit and vegetables. Even KFC, McDonalds, and Burger King in Korea will sell PatBingSu during the summer so the next time you are in Korea, don’t forget to try PatBingSu. To eat PatBingSu, you can eat a little bit at a time or mix it all up like how I like to do it and enjoy some delicious Korean yogurt. In Korea, they actually sell PatBingSu ice shredding machines so you can make it at home too. My mom used to make them for me when I was younger, this is something you cannot miss. Usually you can’t find PatBingSu during winter months but if you are there during non-summer months, you can go to Rossi Mango at COEX mall in Seoul, Korea to enjoy it like I dido.
If you visit Korea during the cold seasons in the fall and winter, you will see many trees with clothes on. Why? In the fall and winter, Korea gets pretty darn cold, especially when it snows. Sometimes this can kill younger, smaller trees so Koreans like to give their trees some clothing using some hay. This will protect the trees from freezing and dying. It’s a very familiar scene if you happen to go to Korea in the winter. Tree Clothing – [나무 옷] – Na-Mu-Ot For really small baby trees, it gets a nice hay-hat treatment.
Honestly, watching sunset in the city of Seoul is very hard because there are so many building everywhere and so little view. Unless you are on top of a building, mountain, or the Han River (which goes across the middle of Seoul), you are not going to see too much sunset. I have the pleasure of walking the Hannam bridge, which goes right over the Han River, and took some photos. What I really enjoy is the city atmosphere mixed with the river and the sunset. Korea definitely has its own kind of sunset, something I will miss greatly when I am back in the States.