Gangnam Seoul Attractions

Gangnam Seoul Kimbap or Gimbap Stall

Gangnam Seoul Kimbap or Gimbap Stall

Gangnam Seoul district is also well known as Kangnam-gu. Gangnam area is located quite far from the hotel that I stayed, but I told myself, I gotta go there no matter what it takes. I was so curious to see Gangnam-gu area as Seoul city is very identical with the icon of Gangnam recently, ever since ” Gangnam Style” song by PSY that became worldwide hit with crazy views on Youtube.
At first,people might get confused with “Gangnam” word, thought that it just title of a song but in fact, in Seoul city, it is a popular district name.

Gangnam name itself means the southern part of the river as it is located near the Han River. Gangnam Seoul is well known as a symbol of wealth, high income and high standard living in Korea, so Gangnam Seoul became one of the districts known for its glamorous lifestyle and very high fashion sense.

Where to Go in Gangnam Seoul

For tourists who searching for shopping heaven pleasure, visit Cheongdam-dong Shopping Street of Gangnam District must be at the top of bucket list, many luxurious branded high fashion stores and handbags open branches there such as Louis Vuitton,Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry, Prada, Cartier, Vera Wang Bridal or Korean designers collections such as Namu by Namuhana, Son Jung Wan and the list still goes on.

After travelers shop until drop, travelers can try having delicious Italian cuisine by Chef Eo Yun-Gwon at “Ristorante Eo” or French cuisine at “Palais de Gaumont” that named after Leon Gaumont and the Gaumont Palace. Parisian cakes and breads made from organic ingredients also available at “Cafe de Paris”, their macaroon price is around 3,900 won with Espresso coffee cost around 10,000 won.

Not to be missed for Korean music fans as well, here is also the center of Korea’s famous music agency office headquarters of K-Pop management companies such as JYP Entertainment, S.M. Entertainment, Cube Entertainment, J. Tune Entertainmentand, and FNC Entertainment.

It was a sunny Sunday when I went to Gangnam, it was so crowded everywhere by youngsters and family gathering. My stomach was so empty since morning as I have not eaten any breakfast yet since morning. Yes, I admit I was wake up too late from my schedule. I was too tired stay up the earlier night before shopping until late night at Dongdaemun Night Market.
So,right after I arrived at Gangnam, my eyes rolled around looking for yummy snacks. Who can resist eye candy here. 〜(^∇^〜)(〜^∇^)〜

Gangnam Kimbap or Gimbap Rolls

Gangnam Kimbap or Gimbap Rolls

I ordered 2 rolls of Korean seaweed rice rolls called Kimbap or Gimbap from one simple stall cooked by a local Korean auntie. She was helped by her two young beautiful daughters to serve foods for buyer. The stall may so small but the tables was very full. They got lots of customers. I almost could not find a chair to sit at. The Kimbap/Gimbap cost only 1000 won if I am not mistaken. With a price like that, the Kimbap/Gimbap was juicy inside and taste so good. There were many choices of Kimbap/Gimbap filling that buyer can choose, I chose one roll filled with Bulgogi (Korean marinated BBQ beef), and another roll filled with Kimchi. Besides Kimbap/Gimbap, this stall also sell many other foods (hot soup with rice, hot fishcake Odeng, stir fried rice cakes Tteok-bokki with red sauce and also many kinds of beverages such as coffee, hot chocolate,and fruit juices)

After I had eaten, I walked around to find another snacks as I was not full yet, still a bit hungry. My eyes were caught by this cool advertisement. A huge poster of handsome Korean celebrity in front of their stall named “Kiss the Tiramisu” ice cream. Whohaa..!! ヽ(゚▽゚*)乂(*゚▽゚)ノ

Kiss the Tiramisu

Kiss the Tiramisu

I forgot why I skip the ice cream stall with that handsome dude advertisement poster but in the end, I did try for this cute adorable tiny cupcakes from stall “Manoffin”.

Manoffin

Manoffin

This “Manoffin” mini cafe has many set menus to offer but I was not interested at all. I only stopped there because I saw this tiny cute cake in white rose design. How lovely was that!! O(≧▽≦)O

Manoffin Cupcakes

Manoffin Cupcakes

This tiny white Rosie cupcakes has soft texture and yummy vanilla cream. Besides cupcakes, their muffin and coffee are also good choice for take away.

What to See in Gangnam Seoul

After having enough for foods,it’s time to look for the massive sensational Gangnam Style icon!!
I was so excited to find this icon of Gangnam. At first,it was just easy to find the Gangnam Style icon but boy, was I wrong? I was lost walking here and there, try to ask local Korean people but I could not speak fluent Korean and they did not understand me so we used Tarzan language when we lost in translation. I almost surrender to search for it, I found myself in the middle of nowhere crowded by local young people who busy chit chat or listen to cell phone, I saw right in front of my eyes, here was the tourist information! Whoa.. I should have asked Gangnam Tourist Information first instead of getting around by myself carelessly.

Inside the Gangnam Tourist Information, there was a young super beautiful girl who looked like a Korean drama actress or girl band member that explained to me where the Gangnam Style icon is located with a map.Don’t worry as she spoke fluent English. She also told me many fun places for tourists around Gangnam area. The map has very complete information plus little image as description so I was amazed.

Gangnam Seoul Style New Icon Stage

Gangnam Seoul Style New Icon Stage

Later on,I did walked awhile follow directions given by the Tourist Information girl, perhaps around 15 minutes. I did not remember exactly..Then..Voila..I did found the PSY Gangnam Style Icon. I was so happy to take picture of the Gangnam Style Icon. It is like a dream come true.(づ ̄ ³ ̄)づ..

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.

 

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