Weekend Adventures in Seoul

Since living in South Korea, I have made it my mission to go out and explore as much of Suwon, Seoul and their surrounding areas as possible. Surprisingly, I have yet to run out of places to visit! The end of March will mark my 7th month living in Suwon. Another 5 more months and I will be back in good old Ontario!

The Saturday before last, I took a trip down to the area around Ewha Women’s University. This is home to one of Korea’s famous women’s university, as well as a hot spot for shopping. This area had an endless number of shops with items ranging from clothes to shoes to accessories. I had fun exploring while I enjoyed some ridiculously cheap shopping and great street food! I got to try candied strawberries, a super spicy chicken skewer and the infamous spiraled potato on a stick, all for under 5000 won. All three were delicious.

If you’re looking for something easy going and enjoyable to do on Saturday or Sunday afternoon, I would suggest checking this area out. There is a lot of cheap shopping and eating to be had!

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The next day, after visiting Homeplus, I decided to check out the Galleria Mall (a short walk from the Homeplus in Suwon). Although I didn’t come across too much on the main level, I did hit the jackpot in the basement. There was a foreign grocery store with all of the food brands from home and more! I didn’t buy anything since I had just done groceries, but I was happy to find out that there was a place close-by that could satisfy all of my needs. There was also a mini bakery which had a few unique items (those which you wouldn’t see in a regular Paris Baguette). Now for the best part! This food court is also home to a Tartine booth! I had only heard of the Tartine in Itaewon which was said to sell delicious cakes, brownies, pies and cookies. Although the pies are a little pricey (about 7000 won), they looked totally worth it. There were an assortment of pie flavours, including butter, pumpkin, apple, pecan, blueberry and cherry pies. Their cookie selection also included oatmeal cranberry, white chocolate chunk, chocolate chip, peanut butter and blueberry. I will definitely be back to grab a couple tarts and cookies in the near future.

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This past weekend, Michelle, Alyssa and I decided to have a girls night out in Gangnam. Alyssa recommended Pandora, which is where you pay 10,000 won (about $10 CAD) and drink all you want! We met up at Gangnam station and headed to Brick Oven New York Pizzeria. We feasted on some garlic fries and shared a Chicken Pesto pizza which was actually pretty good! We then made our way to Pandora around 11. It was a fun night. We drank, danced and chatted away. After that, we grabbed some late night taco bell and got back to Alyssa’s place around 3 am. The next morning, Michelle and I went on a hunt for some real Western breakfast. We found exactly what we were looking for at a restaurant called Butterfinger’s Pancakes. It’s located in Gangnam, not far from exit 10. We did wait 40 minutes to be seated, but it was worth the wait! After examining the menu for a solid 20 minutes, Michelle and I both got the Butterfinger’s favorite breakfast meal. This came with fluffy buttermilk pancakes, a sausage patty, eggs, bacon and hashbrowns. It was EXACTLY what we needed after a night out of drinking. I would highly recommend this place to anyone who is craving a North American style breakfast. The portions are also very generous.

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On Sunday, Michelle and I also visited Namsan (Seoul) Tower and Myeondong’s Catholic Cathedral. We started our off day at 11 am and took a cable car from Myeongdong up to the Seoul Tower. Once we reached the top, we walked around to see hundreds of locks (of love), of course. Also, there was an Art Festival going on, so we got to look at some jewelry, paintings, wallets and other handmade items being sold. Tickets to enter the Observatory Room of the Seoul Tower cost about 9000
won. From this point, we got a full, rooftop view of Seoul. It was nice to see. Following this, we had lunch at Outback. Their lunch special was a fair price and Michelle and I split some Mushroom Risotto and a California Steak Salad. Everything was yummy!

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After lunch, we made our way to Myeondong’s Catholic Cathedral. I have been meaning to check out this Cathedral for a while. Unfortunately, they don’t offer many options for English service. They have one English service on Saturday at 9 am. Nevertheless, it was nice to see and I’m sure I’ll make an effort to head back down during the Easter weekend. The building was quite large and the brick work made it feel very traditional. The stain glass windows also reminded me of the churches at home. Once we were done here, we hopped on the subway/bus back to Suwon.

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That concludes my review of the last few weekends. Who knows what next weekend will bring!

Until then, have a great rest of the week everyone! 🙂

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