Category: 3DoryinKR2013

Gaepan 개판 by Shinhwa’s Minwoo

[!!!!] Gaepan have officially closed on 29 November 2016. It’s been a great 7 years for Minwoo’s family. Lots of memories created too. For me, I bring most of my favourite people there to have a meal as well. It’s been a total of 23 trips and many of them makes me a happy person because the food is just so yummy just so tasty. I missed the egg roll alot because I don’t think I can or able to find one that taste this good. Thank you Gaepan :) 

[Last Travelled in March/April 2016]

I have been wanting to blog about this “a-must-visit-restaurant-every-korea-trip” since my first visit in 2013. But, I thought, I must leave the best to the last. And, I really want many people to try their SUPER DUPER YUMMY Cheese Egg Roll and Chicken Stew, and yes even their Lunch Box is nicer than any other restaurants I visited! :)

(Note, if you have bought “Oppa! Take me to Korea!” travel book, I have guest-feature in the book on Gaepan too! I’m also 1 of the creative designers behind this awesome travel book too!)

Every Korea trip since then, is a must visit to Gaepan! I checked my swarm for the address and realise, I actually check-in for 19 times! Hence, you can imagine how many foods I have tried here before listed my favourite dish here! :p

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#exterior of the restaurant, not-those-glam-restaurant, but something very friendly-casual-looking type!

 photo P3180377 copy_zps5sgra2hm.jpg#Gaepan will be very very crowded on during March, as SHINHWA usually have their anniversary concert during march, and fans from all over the world will be heading here for a lovely dinner/supper :D

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Menu have in english and chinese these days to cater to foreign fans! :) You know, you cant underestimate the power of SHCJs!

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#Kimchi stew :)

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#Seafood Egg Stew

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#hot plate squid!

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#gaepan egg pizza!

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#Potato Pancake

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#Seafood Pancake

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#Lunch box that most of my friends like! :)

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#MUST ORDER!!!! CHICKEN STEW!!!

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#EGG ROLL WITH CHEESE, is a must eat too!!!

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 photo P3180380 copy_zpsu95guihe.jpg#First visit to gaepan with my favourite friends #3doryinKR, this happened during 2013, where we embarked a wonderful 39 days journey together! :) No photos of us, dunno why :P But we visited together for at least 11 times!!! :p

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#with half of six+one :) the clearest photo of all the blurs one :p oh yeah, there’s Joie too! :)

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DIRECTION TO GAEPAN 개판 (Sorry for the low and bad lighting for direction)

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#you will pass by Canon on your right :) Continue to walk straight :)

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#continue to walk straight, you will see a Paris Baguette on your right too! Continue to walk straight :)

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#turn right here! :)

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#continue to walk straight (you are actually walking towards Dosan Park direction) :)

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#Turn right till you reach the T junction! :)

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#you should see the bright lightbox here! :)

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#and yes, you reached! :)

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Gaepan 개판
Address:서울 강남구 신사동 647-4 1층
Contact: 02-515-8381
Operation Hours: 7pm – till last guest leave
Subway: Apgujeong Rodeo Station Exit 5
*This restaurant belongs to SHINHWA’s Minwoo’s sister. She is often in the restaurant, and if you are lucky, you might meet celebrities there too. There’s once when I was there, I saw BEAST’s Yong Jun Hyung! :) Pretty much of lucks and love! <3<3<3

*If you like SHINHWA like I do, and wish to visit places that they visited before, read here! :)

Hashtag #thankyouhellosihui if you visited this restaurant via my guide :)

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Gangwon Day Trip: Sea Train (바다열차)

[Travel in April 2013]

I remembered watching this Sea Train ride from a taiwanese travel show on tv and I was quite excited to share this with my travel companions of the upcoming trip. And apparently, Carol knew about it too, maybe we watched the same show or so. So, we find that this Sea Train was pretty interesting as the seated are all facing 1 side where you get to see the pretty scenery. So, yeah, we managed to go during our #3doryinkr :) Wow, its been 2years coming 3 years ago! :) Its been a wonderful 2013.

 photo P4152351 copy_zpsbmxsuswc.jpg#here’s our bus ticket from Express Bus Terminal. Please check the timing schedule.
Because in order to catch the train at Samcheok Station at 12noon, we had to catch the 7:10am bus! :)
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#take note of your bus number because there’s rest stop and there will be many many buses there! :)

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#our reserved tickets for seatrain! :)

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#apparently, we were the maknaes during the train ride! :D

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 photo P4152389 copy_zps1owwk8xj.jpg#짬뽕순두부 Handmade tofu in spicy broth! Its so awesome!!! :)
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 photo P4152396 copy_zpsdckrp8wx.jpgOur Daytrip to Gangwon/Samcheok-si
Your accommodation > Express Bus Terminal Station
Take a bus from Seoul Express Bus Terminal > Samcheok Station
Seatrain from Samcheok Station – Gangneung Station
We had our lunch at 동화가든 (Fairytale garden)
Took a cab back to Gangneung Bus Terminal
And take a express bus back to Seoul Express Bus Terminal :)

*Operation hours had changed from the time I took. Please double check with the bus terminal schedule while planning :)

Price
Seoul Express Bus Terminal to Samcheok Station: 17,400won
Seatrain: 15,000won
Gangneung Bus Terminal to Seoul Express Bus Terminal: 21,500won

Lunch @ 동화가든 (Fairytale garden)
Address: 309-1 Chodang-dong, Gangneung-si, Kangwon, South Korea

BEAST’s Cube Cafe and Studio

[Travel in March 2013 – December 2015]

[!!! •  Updated on 20 February 2016] Cube Entertainment have shifted to Seongsu, Cube cafe is currently located at the level 1 of their new office building. Note that, the cafe now is currently renovating! :)

Every trip I will pay a visit to Cube Cafe, first their drinks are pretty not bad, and its a great place for a rest before heading to my favourite restaurant – Gaepan (which I will shortly share this place). And, of cos, it will be even awesome to see BEAST here too. If not, having a drink will be equally good and awesome :)

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#a large poster of the current artist promoting – at that point of time is Hyunseung from BEAST :)

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#cube is in pretty mint and pink. I quite like the colors!

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#more spacious and more seats as compare :)

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#new showcase area of their official merchandise and concert merchandise. you can get them here too! :)

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After ordering our drinks, we started to tour around the new revamp cafe :) and one of the best thing ever, there’s WIFI here too! :) Pretty good wifi teeheehee… my cousin downloaded a bit of dramas here too hehe!

So, we headed over to the “Showroom Area” :)

 photo IMG_1632 copy_zpsvumnydru.jpg#a common practice for the fans to do Rice Support for their idols. They will support their idol via doing donations for the needy – such a great practice that I think it shld widely spread around the world. In short, you doing a good deed! :) And during my May trip, its was 4Minutes – Gayoon’s birthday + BEAST’s Hyunseung solo comeback! :)

 photo IMG_1634 copy_zps6y34i7xo.jpg#Showcase of CUBE artists’ album and their signature cup PLUS cube cafe cup sleeves! :)

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#cup sleeveless through the days of their artists’ comeback or fan supports during their birthdays :) *Very thoughtful!*

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#hyunseung solo album introduction wall decal :)

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#BEAST albums

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Outdoor POP ART decals :)

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#during my december trip, Junhyung Birthday banner was up! :)

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The FOOD in the cube! 

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#my cousin and I picked something that is CUBE’s specialities plus something that will be great for summer! The drink from cube now is much bigger, no they doesnt have Black Tea Latte anymore T.T Cheesecake frappe is pretty interesting and tasty, my cousin loves it alot :) – It does cost more now as well, but my cousin think is worth because the cup is so much bigger haha :)

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I supposed to blog about the cube cafe when I first visited it in 2013, but I didn’t have the chance? or maybe I was too busy? Maybe I wanted and always love to keep the best last? That why Cube Cafe posting have always been delay. But, since I have already prepared to blog about the cube cafe back then, I thought will be interesting to share here to give everyone a recap how the old cube cafe look like. My cousins love the new cube cafe because its more lively and cheerful. Something very different. I love the new cube cafe color too. mint x pink is nothing but awesome. But, the old cube cafe looks very much like “CUBE” more. But, they removed the handprints from the old cube cafe. And, I missed out Dongwoon’s thought I will be able to take the picture the recent May trip but T.T its all gone!

– Old look of Cube Cafe

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#during August 2013.

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#during december 2014

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#during january 2015 (I got to see Junhyung birthday support + Yoseob birthday support)

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#March 2015, during Gikwang birthday!

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#and yeah to Gikwang birthday sleeve! :)

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#old cube cafe, where its no longer looking like this :)

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#cube cafe interior.

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#cube cafe’s toast, where they no longer sell it now.

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#cube cafe’s brownie with ice cream – they no longer sell it now.

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#brownie was a great birthday dessert for the birthday girls! that day was shumin’s birthday! :)

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#my last day on january where I get to see dongwoon at cube cafe! lucky me! :)

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Remember I mentioned about the handprints? They have all their cube artist handprints there.

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#merchandises corner where you can grab some of them back home! :)

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#throw an surprise event with carol that year for her birthday too :) Together with dooly hehe!

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CUBE CAFE & STUDIO

Subway: Apgujeong Rodeo Station Exit 3
Direction:

Walking RouteExit 3 you will able to see MCM, walk straight till you see the beautiful Dior Building on ur right, that very traffic junction next, turn left and continue to walk straight till you BaskinRobbins and turned left and continuing walking and you will see CUBE Building on your right, continue walking…. You will see JYP building on your left, turn right and you will reach Cube Cafe

Bus RouteExit 3, Take the bus 143/362/240/4318 and alight the next stop. Cross the road and walk into the street beside Baskin-Robbins. You will see CUBE Building on your right, continue walking…. You will see JYP building on your left, turn right and you will reach Cube Cafe

To visit any BEAST related cafe, read here

YAY to Chocolate Tree

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I always have friends asking me about Korea itinerary, Korea accommodation and everything in between. Yes, I love Korea, I been to Korea quite a lot. Lucky 7, yes 7, and all of them were Free & Easy. I have to thank all my travel companions to be really awesome. There’s times, where my friends will made effort looking around for nice places to visit, while others did a great research on accommodation as well. Everyone plays a part in planning which I really think this is why a trip is successful.

During my 3rd trip to Korea, which was my longest trip ever – 6 weeks with my dory. We were a little worried about our accommodation because its a long 6 weeks for 3 pax. All thanks to Carol, who found our favourite accommodation till date – Chocolate Tree (CT) via some reviews online. We contacted CT via email, everywhere was pretty smooth since its all convey in English.

So, 3 months passed, and we were all ready to head for our longest trip ever. Definitely, we were a little worried about our guesthouse, because 1) Its our very first time staying in Sinchon and 2) If we doesn’t like the guesthouse, it will be a straight 6 weeks of discomfort. Many thoughts since we boarded the plane, but trying our best to look positive that nothing can be worst.

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We reached CT without hassle, pretty happy that its not too difficult to get around Sinchon as well. CT is located pretty near the main road, which I really really like. Some of the guesthouses I stayed were really far away from the road, and took about 15minutes walk along the dark alley. Hence I really like the location of CT. Our guesthouse check-in time is around 2pm, and we were pretty early (10am). Hence, we won’t be able to do any check-in but CT offered us to keep our luggage so that we will able to come back later. 3 of us, actually were heading straight to the concert venue at Olympic Park and will be only back at night. So, we were really delighted after a crazy-high-session of 3 hours straight concert without any sleeps from our midnight flight to find our luggages seated in a all clean and neat room.

Look like, my previous worries were gone. The first impression was awesome enough that all these were taken of. CT wasn’t the biggest guesthouse I stayed, but definitely a comfortable and clean one. In the morning, we will definitely greet by the CT Staff (CTS) with a cheerful voice, and at the end of the tired shopping day… we will still greeted by them. How nice? Its my first time where guesthouse staff was so friendly and always bring smile to us.

Reason why I was back again in August 2013, December 2013, March 2014 and my most recent trip December 2014?

 photo PC243943copy_zps0a90dcb7.jpg#CT is really very clean and neat. They have everything we need :)

 photo PC243944copy_zps53c701eb.jpg#and they have awesome TV for us

 photo PC294577copy_zps7dc4b9c2.jpg#I watched MBC Variety Awards LIVE straight from the tv. Not only that, I can even watch Running Man, Shinhwa Broadcast, We Got Married that was probably 1 year ago too!

 photo PC243947copy_zpsfd33e506.jpg#I know some of my friends like to load their photos to FB etc, but really lazy to bring 1.2kg laptop along? CT have computer for you! Perfect? ^^ I do have friends need hair dryer during their trip, but to be honest, it does takes up space too right? And worry no more, they have it for you! Yeah! :) Extra heater for the room, if you really worried about winter :)

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#The toilet might not be as big as hotel’s, small but acceptable. Most importantly, its really clean.
And friends, they have lovely hot water. You doesn’t need to bath in cold water :)

 photo 20150102_104221copy_zps14c39f94.jpg#I always hate to pack bottles and bottles of shampoo, facial wash and body wash. They takes up so much space, and bring it back home – waste of my luggage space too. Especially, most of my Korea trips are at least a good 2 weeks. So, I am so happy that CT provide all these… and they are in prestige brand like DOVE and TFS :) I no longer bring bottles of all these to all my Seoul Trips! Yuppie!

 photo 20150102_104242copy_zps9a15db40.jpg#AND, they have WIFI for each room too! Something that I can’t live without. Korea wifi is so much better than you ever can imagine :)

 photo 2015_0101_192310_005copy_zps3e51854b.jpg#Common Area for everyone! Where you can prepare your breakfast which they provided Bread/Egg/Jams/Coffee. And not forgetting, CT even prepared some nail polish for their female guests too!

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 photo 2015_0101_192324_006copy_zpsb09f19ee.jpg#Washing Machine at no cost, is really important for long trip! :) You need to wash your clothes, I am very sure ^^ Thank goodness for the Dryer too! Its 500won for 15mins :)

 photo 2015_0101_192253_003copy_zps14e11b1d.jpg#Common Area, which we used quite often because at times, you have friends in different rooms. And you want a bigger place for chats and food – i mean chicken and coke :p

 photo P3230817copy_zps9402a608.jpg#and this happened to us one of the day! :) And, best of all, we have the awesome tv for us to watch Shinhwa Broadcast :)

 photo PC264064copy_zps11ce5089.jpg#Did I always mentioned that I think CT Jajangmyeong Delivery is really one of the best we ate? Every trip we will order jjm delivery with help from CT :) Its really nice. Please order! :) Aigoo, I want it now too! :(

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#First meal of 2015, Thank you Eric :)

I remembered, a few times during my stay at CT, they really helped me a lot which not all guesthouse have such friendly boss and staff. I guessed CT trained their staff really well. They are all very proactive, helpful and always smiling :) That could be why, I don’t feel worried staying in a foreign country and always think they give their very best to help us. I remembered, we have a few problem the other trips when we need to book our sea train tickets, Thomas actually helped us to book, even paying in advance for us. Thomas even helped us with purchase of WOLFM cap hurhur~ And at times, late night, we actually asked help from Haein and Mei to call for delivery too *I miss eating Kyochon Honey Chicken & Chicken Mania*

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I have to really praise Cho who helped us with the order and our ‘greedy’ request too. It was 31st December that day, my cousin and I was heading out in the morning and won’t be back so early because we were heading for Dongwan’s Starlight Concert that starts at 10pm. Since it is a countdown concert, I guessed we won’t be able to ask help from the staff when we are back. Hence, in the morning, I have ‘troubled’ Eric (once again) to help us order the chicken before they knocked off work and left it in the pantry. I will collect it when I came back from the concert. Eric offered to place it in the room, if we doesn’t mind (how nice, I mean, they doesn’t mind going up 3 levels and leave it there!). I also requested for a chicken mania calendar if possible. Back in our room at around 2am odd, we found the food smell deliciously on our dressing table, and Cho whom was really thoughtful to put the can of pepsi in the fridge to keep it cold! And, because of our greedy request for the calendar, Cho asked for posters for us since the store have run out of calendar. Thank you Cho, I didn’t manage to see you in person, but really thank you so much for helping and being so extremely thoughtful too!

And, of cos, Eric the boss of CT really have been the nicest host ever during all my Korea trips! Eric have really helped us at all times – from carrying the heavy luggage up, and down the stairs when we leave for airport. Eric even helped us with the 4D movie booking, and, keke, the photo card ticket as well. You know your guesthouse owner doesn’t need to help you to this extend, but ERIC did! :) Thank you Eric. Thank for being such a nice host :) See you soon!

(I’m glad to introduce CT to some of my friends. They loves it and become a regular too ^^) 

For More Information: http://www.chocolate-tree.co.kr
Address: 서울시 마포구 노고산동 109-91 초콜릿 트리
Nearest Subway: Sinchon (Line 2) / Seogang Univ (Gyeongui Line)

명동교자

Myeongdong is a street of skincare and fashion, where you will definitely visit whenever you head over to Korea. But, in between the shopping, I am very sure that your hungry stomach will growl and you need a meal. If its at night, street food is usually your number 1 choice, how about when its lunch time? The answer will be Myeongdong Kyoja! I love the place when Im visiting there in group of 3-4 persons, so I can get to order all 3 items from the menu.  And with no fear, the kalguksu’s noodles are available for free refill! Omg! How I wish, the soup does come for free refill too, its too tasty with flavourful broth that you can’t stop tasting it. hehe.

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Address // 29, Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (Myeong-dong 2-ga)
Address // 서울특별시 중구 명동10길 29 (명동2가)
Specialty // Kalguksu
Operating Hours // 10:30AM – 9:30PM
Website // http://www.mdkj.co.kr

Seoul: Hermès Cafe Madang

My #3doryinKR trip was pretty long, and as a cafe addict, I need to gather a list of cafes I wish to visit.
And definitely, Hermes Cafe Madang is one of them.
It’s located at the basement of Hermes store, where you can shop at Hermes and have a tea time at their cafe.

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Hermès Cafe Madang
Address: 서울 강남구 신사동 630-26 (630-26 Sinsa-dong Gangnam-gu Seoul )
Website: http://stores.hermes.com/Asia/South-Korea/Seoul/Hermes-Dosan-Park
Tel: +82-2-3015-3208
Subway: Apgujeong Exit 3

P.S. Pardon the photos in this entire entry, because it was taken way ago, and not using a better camera. But, I really wanted to share this place! :)

Beans Bins Coffee 빈스빈스커피

Beans Bins Coffee served one of the best waffles in Korea, and this is well-known even between Koreans too. Kyungbin brought Cin to have this awesome waffles during her previous trip, and I heard so much from her that we need to put this in our itinerary! Strawberries, Waffles they got to be one of my favourite combination for dessert. Nothing can beat waffles with strawberries, seriously.

The outlet that Kyungbin bought Cin to was the Samcheongdong’s while we had ours at Myeongdong after a “tiring?” shopping day :)

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