[Travel in December 2015]
I have tried this stir-fried baby octopus dish at Inchang Octopus and one of the restaurants at Jegi-dong (octopus alley). I am so impressive with how chewy, how soft, how juicy it were. It was then, I really think the journey to jegi-dong or guri is too far and I need to find a place that is within Seoul, and best to be within mapo-gu area. So, here’s one I found in Sinchon! Hurrrray! :)
Our food came shortly after ordering! Yummy! We supposed to order 3 serving as there’s 3 of us, but they were SOOOO NICE and let us ordered just 2 serving instead teeheehee! Told you, koreans are really nice and helpful and not forceful! :)
Then we were so full but the table next to us was eating something very photo-worth. And tiffani was sooo nice to help me to ask them if I can took a photo :) Thank you! :P
AND, OUR MEAL INCLUDE THIS RICE & EGG TOO!!! Oh My God! But, we were so full to even have another serving! But, the waitress insisted that we should also have this rice too, so in the end, we gave in and ordered 1 serving to try this rice :p
DIRECTION TO 쭈꾸미 블루스
Sinchon Station Exit 5
(Sorry, I cant remember the operation hours, but be there before 10pm is better!)
Hashtag #thankyouhellosihui if you visited this restaurant via my guide :)
[!!!!] 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 :)
[Travel in December 2014]
My second visit to Everland since 2012, was still excited as before. I’m a great fan of theme park, not because of the ride, but because of the happy vibes :) Everything seems to be so magical and happy ever :) No worries just being happy! hehe. And this time, we went to their zootopia! :D Animal time yo! :DDDD Love the cold, very cold weather in December! :D
Address: 199 Everland-ro, Pogog-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Direction: Bus 5002 from Gangnam / Take Metro to Everland Station
Discount: Tourist who took Asiana flight till end of 2015
[Travel during December 2014]
If you are planning for a winter trip to Korea this year, you might want to consider The Garden of Morning Calm for its Lighting Festival. This festival will only for 3 months annually, so when I confirmed my trip to Korea last year…. I had to visit here! :)
Its takes quite a long journey to travel down, I remembered buying drinks to keep myself warm in the subway while heading over :p I’m very thankful that in Korea, we get to drink on the subway, and surprisingly, there’s no litter around. Sometimes I wish, my country have more civilise people who love their country more.
#After the lighting festival, we headed over to Jaksal for our favourite peanut chicken! :) Thanks Mavis & BF for the treat too! :)
아침고요수목원 The Garden of Morning Calm
Lighting Festival 오색별빛정원전
Address in English: 49, Chungnyeong-ro 45beon-gil, Sang-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Address in Korean: 경기도 가평군 상면 축령로45번길 49 (상면)
Lighting Festival only available during Winter from December to mid March :)
Direction: Subway to 청평역 Cheongpyeong Station & walk to the Bus Terminal to take Bus 31-7 to Garden of Morning Calm ^^
alternative, you can cab over to The Garden of Morning Calm from the train subway that cost roughly 15,000won+-.
[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
On my last day of my winter trip, despite not wanting to be back so soon… I wished to cover more cafes :) At this point of time, Cin was sharing this cafe – The Street which located very near to Cube Cafe (which I will be visiting after this) that maybe if I have time, I can go for a drink. My last day was pretty much cafes day + searching high and low for Honey Butter Chips! Honestly, I have no idea this cafe is owned by 2PM or JYP or so… because you can’t find much traces of them here except they located pretty near! Nevertheless, artists under JYPE had share this cafe on their SNS, and one of the biggest event was (2PM) Taecyeon Birthday Party was held here too. Well, whether its owned by JYP or 2PM, I thought its a pretty nice place to have a small bite or salad here :)
A cafe is worth visiting not because who owned it, or who endorse it. The most importantly is either the food/drink are nice or the ambience is good and comfy.
#lucky quote. I met BEAST Dongwoon that day at cube after here. Thank you whoever come out with this hehehehehe!
The Street Cafe Bistro Seoul
Address: 청담동 125-18, Seoul, Korea
Hours: Daily 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Tel: +82 2-547-8898
Subway: Apgujeong Rodeo Station
Direction: If you know your way to JYP/ Cube, instead of turn left upon Baskin-Robbins, continue to walk straight and you will find the cafe on your left :)
[Travel in 2014 December – 2015 January]
#more than 20,000 led roses to create this beautiful flower bed :)
Dongdaemun Design Plaza LED Rose Garden
Extended Period: 18th April 2015 – 30th May 2016
Hours: Anytime, close on Monday.
Admission: Free, Rooftop
Subway: Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 4 ,5), Exit 1