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“'A New Hot Spot' There is a forest that passes straight through the city in Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul. This forest is called the Gyeongui Line Forest, also known as “Yeontral Park” for its similarity to New York’s Central Park. Although it was once an abandoned railroad track and considered a nuisance, it is now a new hot spot in Seoul and a rest area for residents with popular restaurants and various things to see nearby. Courses Gyeongui Line Book Street – Gyeongui Line Forest Park – Yeonnam Salon – Dongnam Bangatgan Where books’ imaginations come alive Gyeongui Line Book Street The Gyeongui Line Book Street that sits near Exit 6 of the Hongik Univ. Station (Seoul Gyeongui Line) is a cultural literary space that exhibits the past, present, and future of books. It opened in October 2016, receiving 110,000 visitors so far, and spotlighted as a rising hot spot in Hongdae. The Book Street connects Exit 6 of Hongik Univ. Station (Gyeongui Line) to Waugyo Bridge, and bookstores run by publishing companies are lined up like train compartments. The train booths welcome visitors under the concepts of a literature walk, humanities walk, culture walk, children’s walk, travel walk, and more. Book exhibitions, sales, and signings are often held along the Book Street. This is the perfect place to cool off and relax during a stroll in the city. An amazing reincarnation of abandoned urban railroad tracks Gyeongui Line Forest Park The rusty railroad tracks that made the neighborhood appear to be in ruins and the construction wall that blocked views of the park for a long time were removed and replaced with green grass and trees. The area near Hongik University then began to be called, “Yeontral Park” alluding to New York’s Central Park, and started to become a charming place of rest and hanging out for both residents and visitors. The area around the park is lined with artists’ shops. There are more small cafes and trendy shops in Yeonnam-dong than large franchises, which add to the fun of discovering tasty restaurants amid the deep alleyways. When the sun sets and night comes around, people sit around the Gyeongui Line Forest Park to enjoy beer and busking performances as another way of appreciating Yeonnam-dong. Meeting Seoul’s new-tro past through Yeonnam Salon Throughout the cozy space of this homely coffee shop in Yeonnam-dong are small props and bundles of comic books that remind customers of a comic book store. The desks and bookshelves in the shop make the dessert café look like a neighborhood library. It may be difficult for a large group to visit the café due to its small size. In the summer, milk ice is used to make the light and savory “Assam Milk Tea Bingsu(shaved ice)” and the strong matcha-flavored “Matcha Pudding.” These popular menu items are so popular that they tend to sell out by early evening. The café also offers toast, soup, baked rice cakes, and plenty of other desserts. The café sells cocktails and beer in addition to coffee, making it the perfect destination for a day drink on a date. A special enjoyment on the streets of the hot summer nights Dongnam Bangatgan Before Yeonnam-dong became the new hot spot, a small and run-down mill was recreated into a vintage and mysterious space. The old Korean sign of the cheese and wine bar is charming with well-matching vintage furniture and decorations. The wine bar has a “new-tro” vintage atmosphere similar to that of Eulji-ro, another place that has recently become popular in Seoul, while maintaining the classic touch of Yeonnam-dong. Their main menu items are introduced periodically with recommendations of cheese and wine pairings. There is a variety of cheese types with wine that complements the flavors, and customers should remember that wine is only sold here by the bottle. A second branch opened in Dosan Park in Apgujeong following its quick leap to popularity in the recent years.”
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“For the coffee lover, must visit 3 cafe in Hongdae 1) manufact coffee in Yeonhui area 2) coffee libre in Yeonnam area 3) Talyer Coffee in Hongdae. White plate, Latte tastes good, all staff are gentle and good look : D its little pricy, 2000won will be discounted for take out. #penthaus #casamia-haus is super close from this cafes. 對於咖啡愛好者,必須參觀弘大的3家咖啡廳1)延禧地區的人造咖啡 2)延南地區的自由咖啡3)弘大的Talyer咖啡 白板,拿鐵咖啡很好吃,所有員工都很溫柔和好看:D 外賣的話可獲得2000won折扣。 #penthaus#casamia-haus離這家咖啡館超級近”
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“Taste ‘Korean Food in Traditional Markets’ with Lots of Fun Published Date : Dec. 19, 2019 / Edited Date : Dec. 26, 2019 Taste ‘Korean Food in Traditional Markets’ with Lots of Fun As foreigners of various nationalities come to Korea, interest in Korean food is rising globally. The culinary culture of a nation often determines foreign visitors’ impressions of the country. Visitors can experience K-food anywhere in the city prettyeasily.Let’s look at the following three big markets in Seoul where you can taste a whole variety of K-food favored by foreign tourists as well as locals: Mangwon Market, Seoul Jungang Market and Seoul Saemaeul Market. one in Mapo-gu Mangwon Market A 40-year-old traditional market, Mangwon Market is favored by young people more highly than any other market in the city for its latest systems and modernization efforts. ‘K-food’ here is known for a gourmet trip by young people in particular. It isaplace where not only locals but also foreign travelers can experience various Korean foods most conveniently. Among so many kinds of food here, we recommend tasting homemade pork cutlet at ‘BASAK MACHA.’ Don’t bother to look around to find where theeateryis. There is always a long line of people in front of the place. The eatery offers a variety of menu selections at affordable prices. Its homemade cutlet looks as good as it tastes, as well. Be sure to visit Mangwon Market, one of the city’s threemajortraditional markets, and taste the cutlet that this eatery has grown famous for. BASAK MACHA AddressAddress 64, Worldcup-ro 13-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul PhonePhone +82-2-336-4486 HoursHours 11:00-20:00 (Closed on Tuesdays) two in Jung-gu Seoul Jungang Market With the country going through national liberation followed by the Korean War, Seoul Jungang Market was recognized as one of the three major markets in the capital early on. It has maintained its characteristics throughout all those years. Nearby arenumerouspopular shopping facilities like Doosan Tower and Migliore in addition to Cheonggyecheon Stream. Seoul Jungang Market is visited by a large number of locals and international travelers alike. If you feel like tasting Korean style noodles, youmay welltry kalguksu at ‘Guksuga Joa.’ You can see the chef cooking your meal. The broth made with shellfish tastes very good as various ingredients in it are simmered for hours to obtain a rich flavor. Guksuga Joa AddressAddress 423, Toegye-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul ​PhonePhone 12:00-21:30 every day three in Songpa-gu Saemaeul Market Seoul Saemaeul Market in Songpa-gu is somewhat of an old-fashioned traditional market that opened in the 1970s when merchants and residents felt much closer to one another than they are now. The market still cherished by residents is attracting a numberoftourists as well for the food offered by its numerous eateries. One of them is ‘Color Bunsik’ that opened its doors in the middle of the 1980s. You can taste an array of twigim (deep-fried food). You can go up to a rooftop bar and look outside whileeatingyour food. Another place worth visiting is ‘Namgyeong Makguksu’ which is popular for first-rate makguksu(buckwheat noodle) made with handmade dough. Color Bunsik AddressAddress 3, Seokchonhosu-ro 12-gil, Songpa-gu, Seoul HoursHours 10:00-23:30 PhonePhone +82-10-7358-1172 Namgyeong Makguksu AddressAddress 52-29, Baekjaegobun-ro 7-gil, Songpa-gu, Seoul HoursHours 11:00-22:00 (Closed on Mondays) PhonePhone +82-2-417-0060”
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“The ceo of this cafe won the world coffee roaster championship. Also he has a Cupper certificate from SCAA.”
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“커피가게 동경은 모든 커피를 직접 드립으로 내려 드립 커피 특유의 맛을 느낄 수 있어. 그리고 흔히 비엔나커피로 알고 있는 아인슈페너는 꼭 먹어보길 바라.”
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“망리단길에 위치한 자그마한 규모의 젤라또 전문점 ‘당도’. 앙증맞은 그림이 그려진 젤라또 컵은 SNS에서 인증 대란을 불러일으키고 있습니다. 대표 메뉴 ‘바질 토마토’는 첫 입에 느껴지는 토마토의 상큼하면서도 달달한 맛이 매력적입니다. 이어 바질의 싱그러운 맛과 은은한 풍미가 전해지며 뒷맛을 깔끔하게 마무리합니다.”
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“Yeonnam-dong Moka Pot & Drip Coffee ShopYou can also buy vintage accessories.There are many types of coffee. You can choose your personal taste. Address: 200, Seongmisan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul”
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“This renovated old Korean style coffee shop is the place I go frequently and enjoy nice coffee and rocks gardening view from 2F.”
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“good bakery cafe in Yeonnam and also popular photo spot - this street is full of dessert cafes. You can get the gorgeous shots in this area! must visit! 在延南一家不錯的麵包店咖啡館,也是受歡迎的攝影景點-這條街上到處都是甜點咖啡館。 您可以在該區域獲得漂亮的照片! 必須參觀!”
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“Vietnam Coffee ShopDelicious Vietnamese coffee with coconut and condensed milk. Address: 161-14 Seongmisan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul”
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