Korea Travelogue: Day 14 – Seoga & Cook, Bau House and BBQ Chicken

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Day 14 Itinerary (Part 2)

I’m really on a roll lolol to finish up all the entries. JIAYOU PAULA! Right so we left off the last entry with NIT Coffee. If you realised then, we didn’t really have a proper meal the entire day save for breakfast at the guesthouse and the tteokbokki that we shared so by then we were kinda craving for a full meal. Made our way to Hongdae to meet our dance instructor for dinner. Yes, our dance instructor is from Korea and his classes are all very hard T____T

He chose this restaurant Seoga & Cook and I guess it’s quite popular with the locals because it was full house despite having more than 3 levels of eating space when we reached. Had to wait close to an hour before we were seated, luckily there is a waiting room next to the entrance of the restaurant for people to wait so we weren’t entirely out in the cold lol.

Turns out the place specialises in western fare like pasta and steak and they tasted pretty awesome! I can understand why there was a queue now haha.

There are quite a few outlets of this chain so you can Google to find out whether there is one near you. We were at the second outlet in Hongdae 서가앤쿡 홍대2호점. Address for reference: 서울 마포구 창전동 6-133.

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Went for drinks at a cafe (what’s new lol) to just chill and catch-up with each other. He brought along another of our dance instructors so it was pretty fun! We actually brought them some bak kwa and milo as gifts because they stayed in Singapore for some time back in 2013 so hopefully these will remind them of the wonderful times in Singapore. Thanks for the treat 쌤~ See you again in Korea next year hehe.

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We then left to our final destination of the day, a dog cafe near Hapjeong Station called Bau House. It was mainly the bad experience that we had in the Busan dog cafe that prompted us to want to go to another dog cafe. The bff and Stella also highly recommended this dog cafe instead as they’ve visited it on their previous trip to Seoul.

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Directions

Take the metro to Hapjeong Station Exit 3. You will see the BBQ chicken restaurant belonging to Infinite’s Sungyeol once you’ve emerged onto the main road right behind you. Go past the restaurant and turn left into the road. You will spot a black building with Bau House on the first floor. ALternatively, you can choose to take Exit 4 at Hapjeong Station and walk straight until you reach the BBQ restaurant then turn right into the same road.

Address for reference: 서울특별시 마포구 서교동 394-44 제일빌딩 후면 1층

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Korea Travelogue: Day 14 – The Min’s, Miss Gong Tteokbokki and NIT Coffee

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Day 14 Itinerary (Part 1)

Hello! I’m back with Day 14 of my Korea trip. I hope the information I’ve posted so far is useful in your trip planning ^^

First stop was actually the post office because all four of us wanted to mail our excess baggage back to Singapore. In the past I’ve always gotten several emails on how to EMS your stuff back via EMS if you’ve bought way over your baggage limit in Korea so hopefully this will answer your questions about the procedure.

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First up, if you do not have your own carton box, you can select the size of your choice and head to the counter to purchase it.

This time around I’ve realised that Korea Post is also providing cardboard boxes lined with bubble wrap so you can choose either the plain one or those lined with bubble wrap. Note that the boxes with bubble wrap only has one layer of bubble wrap, weighs heavier than the normal boxes and costs more so please factor this in when choosing the type of box. My tip would be to go with the normal boxes if you’re just shipping back cosmetics/clothes/food – line you mask packs on the bottom as protection or wrap your fragile items with clothing that is being shipped back as well.

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Head to the packing counter where tape and scissors are provided free of charge for you if you buy their boxes. Don’t buay pai seh and use it when you bring your own box ya lol. Super tak glam.

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Lastly, seal the box and fill in the EMS form that is available at the counter. For the sender address, you can choose to put in the address of your guesthouse/Airbnb place because that’s what I always do. Bring the box to the counter for International Postal Services and let the staff weigh it. You’ll then pay the charges and then it’s done! The post office staff will then take your parcel away and you can expect it in Singapore within the next 2-3 days.

I am not too sure how the charges go but the rule of thumb is the more heavy your package is, the cheaper it becomes per kilogram. I shipped back 24kg this time round and paid below SGD100 for the postal service. Please do not ship back any liquids like vinegar drinks or alcohol are a big no-no because liquids/aerosols cannot be shipped internationally. You will have to declare what is inside the box and they may check it at the customs so my advice is to just don’t ship any of those items. Just drink all you want while in Korea HAHAHAH!

FYI I was at the large post office in Myeongdong, directly opposite Shinsaegae Departmental Store. This is one of the few post offices that operate for half a day on Saturdays.

Address for reference: 서울특별시 중구 소공로 70 (충무로1가, 포스트타워)

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Ok now that we’ve all gotten the EMS shipping done, time to move on with our last full day in Seoul’s activites which is – cafe-hopping!

Headed back to The Min’s once again because Stella wanted to buy more merchandise so off we went to Apgujeong once more. You can read about our experience the previous day here.

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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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