[!!!!] 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
#exterior of the restaurant, not-those-glam-restaurant, but something very friendly-casual-looking type!
#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
Menu have in english and chinese these days to cater to foreign fans! :) You know, you cant underestimate the power of SHCJs!
#Kimchi stew :)
#Seafood Egg Stew
#hot plate squid!
#gaepan egg pizza!
#Lunch box that most of my friends like! :)
#MUST ORDER!!!! CHICKEN STEW!!!
#EGG ROLL WITH CHEESE, is a must eat too!!!
#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
Bought so many of my friends here, and some we didn’t actually took photos together too! :p but, so many of them! :) 19 times is pretty much deserve some awards! hehehehehe :p
DIRECTION TO GAEPAN 개판 (Sorry for the low and bad lighting for direction)
Apgujeong Rodeo Station Exit 5 and walk straight! :)
#you will pass by Canon on your right :) Continue to walk straight :)
#continue to walk straight, you will see a Paris Baguette on your right too! Continue to walk straight :)
#turn right here! :)
#continue to walk straight (you are actually walking towards Dosan Park direction) :)
#Turn right till you reach the T junction! :)
#you should see the bright lightbox here! :)
#and yes, you reached! :)
#a photo of the yummy cheese egg roll that you must have in gaepan! :)
Address:서울 강남구 신사동 647-4 1층
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 :)
One of the main highlights of my trip was to visit a strawberry farm. I have researched a few strawberry farms but most of them does not include strawberry jam making. I wanted one that include the jam making + plucking session :) Just when I managed to find Song Chon Strawberry Farm (송촌호반농장), one that needs all the verification in korean and upfront payment first. So, I gotta some help from my guesthouse (Chocolate Tree) owner! :) So, with everything prepared, I just can’t wait for the day to arrive :)
#excited and headed over to make Strawberry Jam! :)
#squeeze and squash~ haha! treat it like a stress ball :/
#added the huge number of sugar *oops*
#cook it cook it cook it! :)
#selca before anything :)
Subway: 운길산 Ungilsan Station
Direction: We took a cab to 송촌호반농장 after exit. We took a bus back from the farm with guidance from the owners :)
Tips: You can visit the Dreamy Camera Cafe after this too.
Its one of my favourite cafe in Korea, if you have some time to for a cafe visit, you shldnt miss this :)
[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 :)
#a large poster of the current artist promoting – at that point of time is Hyunseung from BEAST :)
#cube is in pretty mint and pink. I quite like the colors!
#more spacious and more seats as compare :)
#new showcase area of their official merchandise and concert merchandise. you can get them here too! :)
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” :)
#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! :)
Outdoor POP ART decals :)
#during my december trip, Junhyung Birthday banner was up! :)
The FOOD in the cube!
#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 :)
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
#during August 2013.
#during december 2014
#during january 2015 (I got to see Junhyung birthday support + Yoseob birthday support)
#old cube cafe, where its no longer looking like this :)
#cube cafe’s brownie with ice cream – they no longer sell it now.
Remember I mentioned about the handprints? They have all their cube artist handprints there.
CUBE CAFE & STUDIO
Subway: Apgujeong Rodeo Station Exit 3
Walking Route – Exit 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 Baskin–Robbins 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 Route – Exit 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
My friends as first time visitors in Seoul wanted to give a try to the legendary dish in Korea – Ginseng Chicken. I tried ginseng chicken during my first trip, I don’t find it anything special though. Its till the time when I ate it in Busan, it was the best Ginseng Chicken ever! Twice in Busan and still missing the taste! :)
So, this time, I wanted to find another ginseng chicken place for my friends to try. A place, even I have yet visited hehehehehehe! Its always good to explore and find new places to know if it is good like reviews :)
The First Korea Ginseng Chicken Soup 고려삼계탕
Address: 1, Seosomun-ro 11-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Address in Korea: 서울특별시 중구 서소문로11길 1
Hours: 10:30pm – 9:30pm
Subway: City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 10.
Direction: Exit 10, Go Straight about 5mins and you will see 고려삼계탕 in front of you.
[Travel in March /April 2015]
It’s a cafe you shldn’t missed if you can spare a bit of time travel to Yongmun. A cafe that is away from the city that is filled with love and hope. I told myself I must visit there one day! Few trips happened and passed without visiting, and finally, the day came when we were very near to yongmun for a strawberry jam making! Never regret the journey there because we took many many photos :P
I think Passion is one of the greatest word in the world. Passion make you fall in love, make you depress and give you the motivation to work harder every single day. Sometimes, I asked myself, what do I love the most, so I can give myself the best in the things I do. I do think, I really enjoy taking photos, cafe-hopping and sharing more about the places I love in my blog. And making everything into reality is never easy… and the cafe I went is a mixture of passion and dream. Building a dream to reality – Dreamy Camera Cafe.
#always end an entry with happy photo :)
Dreamy Camera Cafe 꿈꾸는사진기
Nearest Subway: Yongmun Station
Address: 341-13, Jung-won-ri, Yongmun-myeon, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
Hours: 11am – 6pm, closed on Tuesdays
Direction: Get a taxi, and head over to “중원리 꿈꾸는 사진기”. Its about 11,000won (11USD, ~SGD15).
Tel: +82 31-771-3264
[Travel in March/ April 2015]
I was doing some research on cafes in Korea before my spring trip. And I found Mariwhale, I can’t help to share this to Yodolyn because she really like whale relate stuff. She will definitely love it. And, so, we managed to squeeze it to one of day during our stay. So, we went there early for a small bites before head off for a real lunch :p
#the colours are so pretty!
#the reason why we are here~
#yes, the whale macaron cake! Its pretty isn’t it? :) #definitelyphotoworth #definitelydeserveaphotoininstagram
#close up! Honestly, I don’t find it anything special. But its so cute, that its photo worth! Their normal macaron is very cheap just 900won but taste wise, normal. I prefer the one at Friends Line Cafe :)
#and so, with my travel companions too! We probably took 50+ photos in there haha! :p
Hyundai Departmental @ Sinchon (Connected Wing – Uplex)
Address: 서울시 서대문구 신촌로 83 현대백화점 신촌점 유플렉스 4층
Subway: Sinchon Station
Note: Level 4, you can enter via Uplex or Hyundai Department because its connected :)
Hyundai/Uplex Closed: On every month on mondays (varies each month)
(Travel in March/April 2015)
(27 July 2015) Note: They have changed Cafe The Med to HaBrunch. Location will be the same, so you could follow the direction in the blog – Yong Junhyung HaBrunch 하이브런치
(17 December 2015) Note: I have visited the new HABRUNCH cafe, I will update this space soon with new cafe food and photos :)
I have already blogged my visit to HABRUNCH in December 2015, hop over! :)
[!!!] Updates, HABRUNCH will be opened till 28 April 2016, do your last visit there! :)
Anyone who followed me closely on twitter definitely knows I’m a fan of BEAST, and especially, Yong Jun Hyung. And, I was pretty excited to know that his family actually have a brand new cafe business opening in 27 February 2015. The day of the opening, Junhyung actually appeared and giving fan service to the fans who made purchases in Cafe The Med. The cafe serves pretty nice food, I love the pizza its good, the the cheese sandwiches too! :) So, during my march trip, I really hope to have a chance to visit the cafe, and asked my friends to accompany me :) And, so, I went! Yipppppeeee~
#Cafe The Med, a Santorini concept base cafe that give you relax and happiness :)
#The Cafe is decorate with many many Junhyung’s photos! :) So nice, so happy! :)
#designed by @blanc_lunefleur, check her work. She is a talented illustrator! :)
#with junhyung appa, and uncle! :) Junhyung’s dad and uncle are really nice people! The first time I visited the cafe, Junhyung’s dad actually helped me with the serving plates :) So nice right!!!!
#so my friends are so cute about having a selca with the uncle and appa too! :) So keke, we did it! :)
#got this photo from junhyung uncle’s weibo! :) Thank you for the very very nice photo! :)
#visited once with my cousin before the concert start :D
#takeway cup for my favourite black tea latte too :) @blanc_lunefleur design is really cute! :) After looking at all the yummy food, don’t you wish to go there now?
Direction to BEAST’s Junhyung Cafe The Med 카페더메드 (Apgujeong)
# Turn left here at the junction after CGV
BEAST’s Yong Junhyung CAFE THE MED 카페더메드 (BEAST’s Yong Junhyung HiBrunch 하이브런치)
Address: 서울시 강남구 신사동 595-11번지
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm Cafe will be closed on every 1st and 3rd Tuesday.
Subway: Apgujeong Station Exit 3
Direction: Exit 3, walk straight, and turn left at CGV, continue to walk straight for 5mins you will see Cafe The Med on your right :)
To visit any BEAST related cafe, read here