Cheonggyecheon Stream Korea

Cheonggyecheon Stream Korea is one of the most popular icons of Seoul city that tourist should not miss. It’s a public place but maintained well and is very clean. Tourists can stay there as long as they want to sit and relax if need to escape from hustle and bustle of the city, without any entrance fee. Cheonggyecheon Stream’s natural beauty was the main reason that attract me the most to visit Seoul city.I could not get enough with the beauty of this place until I came here twice, in the morning and came back here again at night and it’s very safe. The luminous waterfall display at night is super gorgeous. Spare some time here is a must.

Cheonggyecheon Stream Korea

Cheonggyecheon Stream Korea

Cheonggyecheon Stream Korea in the morning

On the way to Cheonggyecheon Stream while I was taking a subway, an elderly man started a conversation with me.Let’s called him grandpa. This grandpa was very  interested to chit chat with a tourist, especially when he found out I am not a local. He explained to me that the priority seats at the Seoul subway train is for the elders (the reserved seats can be found at the ends of each subway train), then for pregnant women there are special seats marked in pink color, located next to the doors (pregnant woman also can wear a pregnant name tag with cute picture).Almost all subway stations have elevators for the senior citizens and wheelchair lifts for users who have disability.

Take the stairs down to Cheonggyecheon Stream from Ogansugyo Bridge

Take the stairs down to Cheonggyecheon Stream from Ogansugyo Bridge

Then he told many passengers nearby which were also old people that very curious with a foreigner. He was the only one who spoke English well and the others could not understand.They asked me in Korean language then this grandpa translate it into English to me. This group of old men and women really excited to help me to get off at the right subway station and afraid that I might get lost boarded the wrong subway station.

Cheonggyecheon Stream at night

Cheonggyecheon Stream at night

I could not stand it and felt shy with their warm attention at me as they kept giving advise for me, I hurry up got off at nearest station. They told me that it was still quite far from Cheonggyecheon stream. I told them that it was fine, I could enjoy the beautiful scenery while walking to the stream and thanked them for their good intention.

Cheonggyecheon Stream Waterfall

Cheonggyecheon Stream Waterfall

Cheonggyecheon River Walk

After took an exit from subway station, I walked slowly to Cheonggyecheon stream. It was very serene along the way and the wind blew against my face.I could also feel the wind in my hair whispering. The serenity was unbeatable here with the little waterfalls. This spot might be a good choice for first date.So, don’t be surprised if you see many couples in love here as Cheonggyecheon Stream is a scenic romantic place. There is one scene from Korean drama titled “Lie to Me” by Yoon Eun Hye and Kang Ji Hwan that was shot in here.(。♥‿  ♥。)

Besides well known for its beauty for couples, Cheonggyecheon Stream also popular as tourist destination spot for worldwide visitors. I saw so many foreign tourists here that day. Cheonggyecheon Stream also helps to provide flood protection,reduces the heat and air pollution, increase number of business and price of properties nearby.

Cheonggye Plaza is behind this icon

Cheonggye Plaza

The stream starts from Cheonggye Plaza and flowing west to east through downtown Seoul. This area has been designated as a vehicle-free zone on holidays from Seoul Government.During the end of April month until the beginning of May, visitors can enjoy exhibitions of traditional lanterns on display for a ten-day period (The Lotus Lantern Festival) to celebrate the birth of Buddha with the bright charming lanterns.This event is very massive with such crowded participants from foreigners worldwide.The lanterns display is absolutely gorgeous.

Cheonggyecheon Stream Subway

To reach to Cheonggyecheon Stream, just go by subway to Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5),then find Exit number 5 then short walk around 5 minutes.
Another way to go there is by subway to City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1) then go for Exit #4 then walk for around 6 min.

Seorabeol Korean BBQ Restaurant at Dongdaemun

This time,in this post, I will write about the yummy Seorabeol Korean BBQ Restaurant at Dongdaemun. Korean BBQ is different from other BBQ that I have tasted before. Korean BBQ is unique and has its own authentic taste that no other BBQ can offer.I have had BBQ at many other countries but I like Korean BBQ the most. I learn from Korean friend that there is a great way to eat Korean BBQ that I can try.

The steps are easy to learn and good to practice which is I take a piece of leaf then put: the garlic , onion, beef, stir-fry vegetables, sauce then wrap them all together and eat it at one bite. It tasted very delicious and somehow they mixed very well at great flavor and didn’t taste weird at all. But, don’t eat BBQ at your first date because the BBQ is too delicious, cannot hide it at all that makes you eat with super large mouth open widely. People should impress their first date well, right?? (✿ ♥‿  ♥)

Seorabeol Korean Restaurant

Seorabeol Korean Restaurant

Seorabeol Korean BBQ Restaurant

My trip to Seoul this time, I chose Seorabeol (Dongdaemun Branch) to taste the famous Korean BBQ. I have walked several places to consider which one should I try but I finally picked this one. Other popular Korean BBQ that you may try such as: Baekjeong Korean BBQ (Branches at Dongdaemun and Myeongdong) or Cha Iyagi Korean BBQ (Insadong).

Front store of Seorabeol Korean BBQ Restaurant. This guy is very kind. He wave hand at me as I took a picture.Thank you,Oppa!! ヽ(^◇^*)/

Seorabeol Menu

Seorabeol has great service. At first, I just have a glance at the sign board in front of the restaurant. The weather was very cold, I thought it might be nice to have BBQ. The young guy with glasses came out quickly and gave warm greeting. During my BBQ time, he was very diligent to walk from one table to another table to check whether all guests are fine with their BBQ. He helped me to switched the black burnt BBQ grill tool a few times and I asked him a new bowl and plate which he gave me very fast. He even told me to have a free coffee that can be refilled as many time as I like and they offer two choices of coffee.The first one coffee taste very light,seems like Caffe Latte and the second one taste more like cappuccino. He was very kind and made my BBQ Korean experience so wonderful. Thank you, Oppa!!

I highly recommend this place and of course will come back to eat Korean BBQ here if I travel back to Seoul next time.I was so impressed with the food and the service here at Seorabeol. If I was not mistakenly remember, there was a Song Joong Ki advertisement in front of the restaurant as you can see from the picture  LOL…(^▽^)

Seorabeol Menu Price List

Besides the meat that I order, Seorabeol Menu also provide many side dishes for guest such as spicy tofu soup, stir-fry vegetables, caramelized onion, garlics, soya bean sauce tofu, cabbage salad, kimchi, perilla and lettuce leaves, free water and coffee. If guest is still not full can also order rice to eat along with the BBQ.

Seorabeol BBQ Meat

I orderd 150g pork belly which cost only 12000 Won. It surprised me that Seorabeol Korean BBQ also provide a huge tasty meat at the grill pan. I was amazed with how good it was the service and the foods at this restaurant. The price was fair and affordable. The food tasted very delicious that made me could not stop eating and fell in love with Korean BBQ. It was love at first sight.The pork belly was very tender and juicy. I cut the large meat with scissors into several pieces after grill it medium rare.The meat fat really smell so delicious that it almost explode inside my mouth.

Seorabeol Pork Belly Menu

Seorabeol Hot Spicy Tofu Soup

After having my BBQ, I drank several cups of coffee there which were free and I went to their toilet which located at 2nd floor upstairs. The toilet was very clean. The restaurant has cozy environment and it was a fun place to hang out with family or friends while having delicious Korean BBQ.

Seorabeol Free Coffee

Just a simple tips from me, before start to grill the BBQ, it will be better to open coat or jacket and keep it inside a plastic bag to avoid the meat smell stick on the coat/jacket after having BBQ.But if you don’t mind with the smell, it is fine to just wear it.

 

Kyochon Fried Chicken at Hongdae (Hongik)

Kyochon Fried Chicken

I dropped by Kyochon Fried Chicken at Hongdae by coincidental. I had a plan before to eat at Kyochon Fried Chicken but didn’t plan to look for Hongdae branch, actually I wanted to eat at Dongdaemun Branch before. I shopped at Daiso and Miniso before felt so hungry. After that, I walked for a while and saw the amazing sign board of Kyochon Fried Chicken that made me starving directly.

Kyochon Fried Chicken has three promises

Everybody loves fried chicken, form adult people until little children, including myself as well. I mean who can resist the temptation of hot crispy fried chicken in the middle of cold wind?? I didn’t think twice anymore and got into the restaurant which was already crowded by local young Korean teenagers. I sat in the corner and ordered one bottle of Soju (to keep me warm form cold weather) and and Garlic Soy and Spicy Sauce Chicken. I counted my plate there were 13 pieces of chickens. The portion was huge that might be enough for 2 people. I was very full and satisfied with the food here.

Kyochon Chicken Beverages Menu

Besides Soju, Kyochon Chicken also serves beer as you can see from the picture. And if restaurant guest does not want to order any drink, Kyochon Chicken also provides free water that people can refill as much as they want.

Kyochon Chicken Menu

Kyochon Menu

There are many options on Kyochon Menu that people can choose such as: Kyochon Boneless Chicken,Kyochon Combo,Kyochon Fried Chicken,Kyochon Half/Half Combo,Kyochon Half/Half Original,Kyochon Half/Half Sticks,Kyochon Honey Combo,Kyochon Honey Original,Kyochon Original,Kyochon Red Combo,Kyochon Red Original,Kyochon Red Stick,Kyochon Stick with many sauce options such as garlic soy sauce,red spicy sauce,honey sauce,Jambalaya sauce, Honey mustard sauce. The price is very honest, ranged between 15,000-18,000 Won .

Kyochon Fried Chicken

Kyochon Chicken Garlic Soy Sauce and Honey

Besides chicken, Kyochon Chicken also gave free fruit side dish which complete the chicken very well. I have no idea what fruit it was but the side dish has sweet sour taste and was very fresh in my mouth after I ate the whole chicken. I could say that Kyochon Chicken could be the best fried chicken I had ever eaten in my life. Kyochon Chicken has tender,juicy meat with thin crispy texture skin that was freshly cooked after ordered that made my mouth watering again and again. Kyochon Chicken tasted mildly spicy, sweet and savory, the sauce and spice mixed very good.If I visit Seoul again next time, there is no doubt I will eat Kyochon Chicken again.

Kyochon Chicken Locations

Kyochon Chicken Locations have many branches at Korea, three most famous branches for tourists are Hongdae,Dongdaemun and Gangnam branches. To go to Dongdaemun branch, just ride metro subway to Dongdaemun Station then find exit 6 and Kyochon Chicken is on second floor of the building just as you exit. Dongdaemun Kyochon Chicken Restaurant opens 24 hours. For Hongdae Branch, just go to Hongik University Station then choose exit 9. For Kyochon Chicken Gangnam Branch direction, go to Nonyeong Station and find Exit 2 then walk awhile.

Kyochon Chicken Cozy Restaurant Atmosphere

The restaurant atmosphere was very cozy and fast service. The foods were served very quickly,it didn’t took too long time and the waitress told me where to get the free cold water. Besides my table, it was a local Korean young teenagers who hangout cheerfully. When I went to queue at toilet, the group of young teenagers were very kind and even told me to go in toilet first although they have waited before my turn. It was very polite.

Kyochon Delivery

I am not sure will it taste the same for delivery because I have never try that before. I only ever try ate Kyochon Chicken at the restaurant. But if you cannot find any seats or restaurant is full at the time you come,why not try for Kyochon Delivery.

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