Hanok stay (Korea traditional house)

Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul is the perfect destination for those seeking to learn about and enjoy the beauty of Hanok (traditional Korean-style house).

Therefore I chose to stay in Bukchon to experience staying in traditional korean houses. I made my reservations easily through email.

To get to the location is actually quite easy too but blame it on my bad sense of directions. I didnt get it right…. walked for about 15-20mins and all I could see is only shop houses.

According to the instructions given from the website, it says 10mins from Anguk station. @.@

Anyway its impossible to get there in 10mins! At least 15mins I would say.

A Korean came to my rescue and brought me to the place. There are kind souls everywhere πŸ˜€

Bukchon Guest House

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Did you noticed something?? Take a closer look…!

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When past meets future~~ lol

I finally get to use this! Electronic password lock! Surprisingly at a traditional house instead of a modern house.

The room is cosy and but a little small. I love the blanket lol, its so clean, thick and warm with a scent of detergent.

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The traditional paper-pasted windows makes me feel a little unsafe haha but overall its a pleasant experience for me. ^^

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Cafe culture in Korea: Pet cafe

1) Pet cafe : Dog cafe , cat cafe

2) Capi Capi loom loom: Rilakkuma Cafe

3) Hello Kitty Cafe

4) Drama cafe

Korea have the most unique and interesting cafe (in the world..?)

1) Pet cafe ~~

So far I have been to all these cafes listed above in Korea and my best choice is still dog’s cafe although im in love with all of them! I have been to more than 4 pet cafes in just 2 weeks lol.

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My favourite one is located in downtown Daegu, because its a 2-in-1 cafe! You just need to purchase a drink at 8000won and you can visit both the cat and dog cafe~~ if my memory is still working well. I think dog cafe is at level 2 and cat cafe at level 1 πŸ˜€

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The dogs are really friendly and there are bound to be 3-4dogs wanting to catch your attention. When you are seated, they will just climb up to your lap so that you can pat and stroke them. It will then be a good photo opportunity hehe and on top of that they are reallyyyyy cute!

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6 dogs came to sit on my lap in just a few minutes!

They are so adoooorable!!

Cats are more realistic creature lol. They only come to you if you have food or drinks.

tsk tsk… lets see the evidence lol

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See what i mean!! After that day, I realise i’m more of a dog person. ^^

PS, that day was the first time that I am not afraid of dogs.. at ALL!

Tip: Language might be an issue in Korea, so if you are looking for pet cafes do look out for words like 고양이 (cat) or 강아지 / 개 (dog) 카페 (cafe)

Homestay in Korea

I had my first homestay experience in October 2012 and I can say it is a rather exciting experience for me. I was traveling alone back then and being someone with a bad sense of direction. I am so proud of myself that I managed to find the way and carried my 20kg luggage to the host’s house by myself.

The homestay that I went was from an apartment, high-rise building style with corridors and lots of neighbours. Its like a longggggg corridor with more than 10 families staying at the same level. When I stepped in, there are μ•„μ€Œλ§ˆλ“€ 3 ajummas(middle-aged womens) chopping spring onions in the bedroom watching typical korean drama.

One of them came out and welcome me, and so I started speaking to them in my broken basic Korean. She is really friendly and nice, we chatted for more than half an hour before I head out to the streets to begin my tour. She was really surprised by my Korean standard (although its very bad) but she kept saying and repeating 였! μ™œ μ΄λ ‡κ²Œ 잘 ν•˜λ„€? (Oh, Why can you do it so well?) hahaha making me awkward and so I just smile it off.

Then… she handed me room key, I was rather disappointed as from the influenced from Korean drama. I was expecting all the door-lock in Korea houses to be locked in electronic password lock style.

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sadly, it isnt..

Anyway, here comes my princess room!

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Alright so the day.. I had a really long night and slept like 4am!! Guess whattttttt!! I was waken up by my host ajumma at 8am in the morning…. she knock on my door hard and told me to have breakfast?! It was really really nice of her to do prepare breakfast for me. Honestly, I was dead tired but I couldnt make myself to refuse her kind gesture So I dragged myself out of bed and was greeted by my first ever korean breakfast.

Ta-dahhh

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This dish is called λ–‘κ΅­ (ddok-guk) which means rice-cake soup.

I only slept for 4 hours, I just got out of bed, my mind and body is still in a sleep mode. Seriously, I have no appetite at all. To me… at that point in time, this rice-cake is one of the hardest thing to bite and swallow in this world.

I really tried my best and I still couldnt finish it up. It was my first morning with the host and I felt really bad. I cleared up the soup and kimchi though and ate 3-4 pieces of the rice-cake. For the next 2 days, the ajumma didnt wake me up anymore :S I guess she understand that I am the kind that sleeps late and skip breakfast

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I deserved it.

Anyway… looking forward to my next homestay in December 2012… if the world doesnt ends πŸ˜€