Korea Travelogue: Day 13 – The Min’s Cafe

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Moving on to our last stop for the day – The Min’s 더 민스 located in Apgujeong. You can find the first half of Day 13 here.

This cafe is owned by 2AM member Changmin and I have to admit that I didn’t know he owned a cafe until the girls said they wanted to go here cos BTS went there before *insert cricket sounds* You go to a 2AM member’s cafe to see what the Bangtan boys had. Right…… so anyway we went la because fangirls are like that lol. We walked over from our dinner venue because it was quite near, about 15 minutes away.

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Directions

Take the metro to Apgujeong Rodeo station and exit at Exit No. 6. Walk straight ahead and turn left at the 3rd road. Head down and turn right at the 1st right turn. Walk ahead and you will reach the cafe on your right.

Address for reference: 서울특별시 강남구 압구정로 330

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The cafe is quite small in terms of its seating capacity but you can choose to seat either indoors or outdoors. We took the largest table outdoor as there wasn’t a table large enough for our group of 6 and it was alright because the area is sealed off and we had the heating system right beside us. Changmin’s mum even brought out blankets for all of us and personally put them on our laps to fend off the cold weather.

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Korea Travelogue: Day 9 – Café J Holic & Loco Quan 401 Restaurant

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Hey everyone! It’s the bff here again :P
I’m back because this entry is gonna be about my husband JYJ Jae Joong’s cafe in Myeongdong. Sorry but you have to bear with the fangirling again LOL XD

Some of you may have known that Cafe J Holic is the second cafe that Jae Joong open; the first being Coffee Cojjee which was located in the expensive area of Cheongdam. It was located in the same building as the famous Korea celebrity hair salon The Red Carpet. Coffee Cojjee was really crowded the last time I was there in August 2013. Other than Jae Joong’s fans, there were usually people waiting around in the cafe to spot celebrities who go to the hair salon. But anyway, Jae Joong withdrew his investment in Coffee Cojjee in late 2013 and opened Cafe J Holic in Nov/Dec 2013. Okay, enough with the boring history :P

Directions

From Myeongdong Station, take Exit 6, turn left and walk down the famous Myeongdong street. Just walk straight on the main street to the 3rd T-junction (Nature Republic/Uniqlo being the first T-junction), and turn left into the smaller street. Next turn right into another small street and Cafe J Holic will be on your left. Do look up and spot the yellow signboard as the cafe is located on the 3rd and 4th floor. (Alternatively, you can enter from the 4th T-junction where you will see Laneige; turn left at Laneige then turn left again into the small street where Cafe J Holic will be on your right).

Address: 54-6 Myeongdong 2-ga, Chung-gu, Seoul, Korea (Level 3 & 4)

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Look out for the yellow sign! You can enter the cafe from the MAG/MAG store – walk in and take the stairs up.

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Here we are! You will see a mirror with the “HOLIC SOUL” tattoo on the way up. This “tattoo” is similar to the real tattoo that Jae Joong has on his back which says “TVfXQ SOUL”. Come Cassies, let make a circle, hug and cry T_T

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So… on the 3rd floor, it is where the ordering counter, merchandise and most of the seating is. There is also a smoking room, meeting room, JH room and JJ Room on the 4th floor! (more…)


Korea Travelogue: Day 9 – Infinite Forest/Yeouido Hangang Park

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Hi, I’m finally back from Tokyo and back to finishing up my Korea travelogue entries lol. It’s just such terrible timing that South Korea has been hit by MERS but you can still KIV these places to visit in the future :/

Anyway moving on from the last entry, it was our last day staying at Travellers Planet so we all had some “errands” to run – Jace slept in, Stella went to find the Shinhwa Forest while the rest of us headed to Hangang to find the Infinite Forest. But not before trying out TP’s dish for the week – tteokguk!

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TP cooks a Korean dish every Sunday for the guests’ breakfast and it was tteokguk that day, possibly because it was the first Sunday of the year and Koreans traditionally cook this dish for new year.  I’ve never tried tteokguk prior to this and it was pretty yum. Gonna try and make some on my own because when I looked up the recipe it seemed quite easy and idiot-proof lol.

3 of us made our way to Hangang which is at Yeouido. It was freezing cold and there was no one there obviously. It was my first time at Hangang and we had originally included the Banpo Bridge/Hangang night view as part of the trip’s itinerary but the rainbow fountain show doesn’t show in winter hence we skipped it. Thankfully we decided to search for the Infinite Forest which happened to be located by the Han River/Hangang.

Upon stepping into this “park”, you’ll see a huge patch of empty land filled with branches trees lol. Turns out those trees were planted in the name of their idols by fans – pretty smart move by whoever owns the park I would say to beautify the park for free – and as it was winter time, the trees were nothing but twigs and branches. Fans decorated the trees with ribbons and ornaments to make the trees look more nicer I guess lol.

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Directions

Take the metro to National Assembly Station and come out at Exit 1. Walk all the way straight and cross into park.

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First up would be the Girls’ Generation forest as you enter the park.

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I obviously zoomed in to my favourite member Yoona’s tree :D It was a pretty funny sight cos 3 of us were taking pictures of branches non-stop, some passerbys who were there gave us very weird looks. Oops.

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