A few days ago, A posted her “Top 5 Things to do in Seoul” – click here if you haven’t read her post!! – and I have to say that even though A and I are close friends, our preferences can be quite different when it comes to traveling. I prefer outdoorsy, nature-related activities and sight seeing over going to a theme park. And, I’m a HUGE fan of animals too while A
hatesdoesn’t really like animals! :'(
So if you compare her latest post and this one, you will realise that our highlights are quite different. On top of that, I had the chance to visit Jeju Island as well, so my highlights include things to do there!
We hope that this can widen up your perspective on South Korea and give you more ideas of what you can do there!
To make things easier to follow, I will split my post into 2 pages.
Page 1 – Highlights in Seoul
Page 2 – Highlights in Jeju Island
(More) Things to do in Seoul
It has been about 8 months since I visited South Korea but I can still remember Samcheong-dong clearly – an artistic street that should not be missed by anyone!
The street is filled with traditional houses and art galleries. Exploring around Samcheong-dong definitely won’t bore you as there are just so many things to explore – street snacks, coffee shops, restaurants, retail shops and many more!!
What to do at Samcheong-dong?
Try Red Bean Soup (Patjuk, 팥죽) at The Second Best in Seoul
(Seoureseo Duljjaero Jalhaneunjip 서울서 둘째로 잘하는집)
We accidentally found this traditional patjuk shop while walking around the area and we decided to give it a try, as the name of the shop is so interesting – don’t you agree? ;). Patjuk is a red bean soup made with Azuki beans. The porridge is very smooth and it’s not too sweet!
The patjuk comes with homemade glutinous rice flour cake, chestnuts, cinnamon powder, gingko nuts and whole red beans. I do not really like red beans but the 새알심 (Saealsim, or the homemade glutinous rice flour cake) with a bit of the red bean soup was just sooo addictive!! A bite of the patjuk with the rice flour cake will gave that nutty, sweet taste and a chewy texture that went really well with the red bean porridge.
Visit Bukchon Hanok Village
Bukchon is the area where the aristocratic classes lived during the Joseon Dynasty while Hanok means Korean traditional houses so expect to see many pretty traditional houses at Bukchon Hanok Village. The view around the area is so picturesque that you would want to take a picture at almost every turn!
The village consists of many hills and slopes (we were pretty tired by the time we reached the top!) so make sure to bring comfortable shoes / sneakers if you are visiting Seoul!
There are simply too many beautiful shops, cafes and traditional houses in Samcheong-dong so make sure to spend a little bit longer in this area as you would not want to miss any! 😀
How to get here?
- Walk from Gyeongbokgung Palace (it’s about 10-15min walk from there but the palace is huge so make sure you have map / GPS to get to Samcheong-dong). Walk along the stone wall of Gyeongbokgung Palace to the Samcheong-dong Walkway.
- Or go to Anguk Station (subway line #3) and take exit #2
Visit Bau House (Dog House), Hongdae
While I was planning for my Korea trip, my Korean friend told me that there are a lot of animal cafes that I could visit in Seoul. So since I’m a dog lover, I decided to visit a dog cafe in Seoul (FYI, there are cat and sheep cafes too!). It took me a couple of days to find out which dog cafe to visit but I finally decided to go to Bau House due to its location and great reviews!
There are TONS of dogs to play with at Bau House – they have Golden Retriever, Labrador, Husky, Corgi, Beagle, Cavalier King Charles, Leslie and some other breeds that I cannot recall! Visitors can also bring their own pets to the cafe! 🙂
In general the dogs at Bau House are quite well-behaved. Some of them are well-trained too – they understand “sit”, “paw” but of course you have to say it in Korean! 😉 So learn some of these vocabularies before coming to the cafe! 🙂
One thing that is quite difficult to get at this cafe is: a decent picture with the dogs!!
My sister and I took dozens of pictures but only a few turned out well! The dogs kept moving around so some photos ended up blurry :
So if you want to get decent photos with the dogs, buy dog treats and bring a friend who can take great pictures!! xD
How does the dog cafe work?
There is no entrance fee to the cafe. However, you are required to buy at least one drink. On average, the price for a drink is around KRW 6,000 – 7,500. You can buy dog treats as well and it costs around KRW 2,000 – 3,000.
Bau House Location
Jeil Bldg. 1F
Seoul, South Korea
Address (English): 394-44 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul. (Je-il Building, rear entrance, 1st floor)
Address (Korean): 서울특별시 마포구 서교동 394-44 제일빌딩 후면 1층
To get to Bau House:
- Take the train to Hapjeong Station and take exit #3. From the exit, turn right and walk to Yanghwa – ro 8 gil. You should be able to spot the Bau House sign on the ground floor of the Jeil Building.
- Or, just take the cab! 🙂
Website: http://bau.cyworld.com (but only accessible within South Korea)