Bukchon Hanok Village is a famous spot in Seoul where you can see Korea traditional houses, hanok. Almost all the houses are privately owned so by default you can only look from outside. But last month I had a chance to enter some of the houses and see what’s inside. And it was really fascinating.Continue reading
I’m not really an art kind of person. But several days ago, I saw some interesting pictures on instagram. After a little bit of research, I found out that it’s from Mr. Brainwash “Life is Beautiful” exhibition in Ara Modern Art Museum. I just really like what I saw, so I decided to come to this exhibition. And I like it more than I expected, so here I’ll share how the exhibition was. Check it out~
Back to place to visit in Incheon series! Let me introduce you to Sorae Ecological Park~
Sorae Ecological Park was once Korea’s largest salt field. It was created during Japan colonial period and used until 1996. In May 2009, it was reopened as ecological park. This park has salt field, mud flat, and wetland as the bed of various living creatures and habitat for migratory birds. It enables observation of various marine creatures in marsh. It also has an exhibition hall that presents the information on the facility where salt was produced in the past.
I first read about Incheon Subway Line 2 on modernseoul blog last week. Yup, even though it’s constructed since 2009, it was my first time knew about this. Haha.
I was excited when I read that Juan is one of the station on the new line I saw some construction near Juan but didn’t know it was for this. I thought they only constructed new exit gate. xD
After checking the other stations, I realized that it saves more time and has less transfer compared to the one I usually take if I take airport line + this line from Incheon Airport. Which is perfect because it started its operation on July 30th and I’d arrive in Korea on August 1st! I found more information and got more excited when I knew that this line using unmanned train. Woahh, cool!
Sooo, I tried this line when I came back. I took airport line to Geomam and transferred to Incheon Subway Line 2. There’s roofed walkway for transfer between the lines. It took around 5 minutes to transfer.
This line is using two-car trainset. I was planning to take the most front or back area, but it was quite crowded and I brought heavy luggage so I gave up. I also couldn’t take any video or picture inside the train. But here are some videos I found in instagram:
The aboveground section after Asiad Stadium station:
The train is comfortable and fast. But because it only has 2 cars, the seat is very limited and can be quite packed. Still okay though, compared to other line on its busy hour. Since it’s newly operated, some staffs are seen around the stations to help the passengers.
I only managed to take the route picture on Juan station. ^^v
Geomdan Oryu – Wanggil – Geomdan Sageori – Manjeon – Wanjeong – Dokjeong – Geomam (transfer to airport line) – Geombawi – Asiad Stadium – Seo-gu Office – Gajeong – Gajeong Jungang Market – Seongnam – West Woman’s Community Center – Incheon Gajwa – Gajaeul – Juan National Industrial Complex – Juan (transfer to Seoul Metro Line 1) – Citizens Park – Seokbawi Market – Incheon City Hall (transfer to Incheon Metro Line 1) – Seokchon Sageori – Moraenae Market – Mansu – Namdong-gu Office – Incheon Grand Park – Unyeon.
Seongnam will eventually have a free transfer with Seoul Subway Line 7.
The timetable on Juan Station, Geomdan Oryu direction:
It runs every 3 mins on busy hours and 5-12 mins during normal hours.
This line is not yet included in mobile Subway app that I use, but Naver Map already includes it. Even though when I tried to find a route via mobile app, logo for Incheon Line 2 is still a question mark.
More info about this line:
Hiii! I just came back to Korea again after more than a month in Indonesia. And it’s so hot here. OMG!
So many things happened when I’m away. One of them is new cube cafe finally opened!!! Yeayy! I posted about cube cafe long time ago. And since Cube Ent moved its office, the cafe was closed. It’s now re-opened in Cube Ent new building but with a new name: 20 Space – The Mint Universe. I don’t know why it omits the Cube part on its name though.
Anddd I visited the cafe today~ The new cafe is much bigger than the old one. And on one side, it plays big size video using projector. Sometimes it plays Cube artists’ MV, but not when I came there. Just like the old one, It also has Cube artists’ merchandise display. But there’s only BEAST & BTOB stuff now.
Its main menu is coffee (4000-6500 KRW), but there are also different kind of tea (~5000 KRW), fruit ade, yoghurt smoothie, milkshake (5800 KRW), etc. It also serves Daquoise (1800 KRW) and Bottle Cake (4500 KRW) for you who have sweet tooth.
Since I don’t really like coffee, I ordered yoghurt smoothie. For the price that relatively a lil bit more expensive than other cafes, it has proper size. It’s big! Well, I’m sure we know that almost everyone going here has that “hidden motive”. LOL. So that size is good enough if you want to stay longer.
Talking about “hidden motive”, I saw Pentagon’s Shinwon! Haha. Read so many fanaccount that Pentagon members frequently visit the cafe but didn’t expect that any of them would come when I went there. Perfect timing!
Pentagon is cube’s upcoming 10-member boy group. They’re supposed to debut last July, but because of Cube’s internal problem their debut date is pushed back. Sigh… I watched their reality show, Pentagon Maker, and it’s really fun. They’re crazy and talented guys. I recommend you to watch some of their performances. Here are my favorites: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 .
Shinwon was eliminated after a performance show which the recording I attended. We were asked to vote a team, but didn’t know that the result is used for elimination. Even though I believe this elimination thing is scripted, I felt really bad for Shinwon because I voted for another group. On the last episode of Pentagon Maker they were given mission to revive the eliminated member including Yanan and Edawn: their debut concert must be attended by minimum 2000 people. Which is ridiculous scenario because: First, if you call it debut concert then the album, music video, etc should be done which means the member is already decided. Second, that number is big for a rookie group. And now the debut concert is canceled. I don’t know how they’ll make the 3 members “smoothly” come back after getting eliminated. Sometimes I feel tired with kpop drama. Haha.
Anyway, I hope they’ll debut soon >< Jinho waited for 8 years to debut, he was SM trainee and once debuted under project SM The Ballad. Hongseok was YG trainee and was eliminated in survival show Mix & Match. This debut is something that they’re really long for.
Sorry for the long rant about Pentagon ^^v Please watch their show and support them. Anddd if you want to visit 20 Space, here’s the detail:
20 Space – The Mint Universe
Opens everyday, 10am-10pm.
Address: F2 Building. 83 Achasan-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 성동구 아차산로 83 F2빌딩)
How to get there: Take Seoul Subway Line 2 to Seongsu Station. Go to Exit 1 and walk straight for 300m.
I warned you that flower series has not ended yet. Haha. So here’s another one!
I read about rose festival in Bucheon before. So, I suggested my friend that we should also go to this festival after seeing poppy field in Sangdong Lake Park because they’re both in Bucheon. The festival is annually held in Million Rose Garden (백만송이장미원). For this year, it will be held until June 23rd, 2016.
Another flower edition, yeayy! And it’s not the end, yet~ xD
When my friend gave me a picture of flowers in Sangdong Lake Park and suggested that we should go there, I was curious what kind of flower it is. I think it was my first time seeing that kind of flower and it’s so pretty. I found out that it’s called 양귀비 in Korean, which is poppy in English. I was like.. what?? Isn’t it some kind of drug… How can they just freely grow there??? I searched about it and turned out poppy has so many species, not only the one that can be used as opium source. lol, sorry.
It’s been a long time since I posted the part 1. Sorry for neglecting this series. ^^;; So here I come with part 2!
Songdo International Business District is a new smart city built from scratch in Incheon area. It’s also a part of Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ), along with Cheongna & Yeongjong. The construction started in 2005. Its goal is a city in perfect balance, combining the ideal mix of residential, cultural, business, retail, and recreational environments.
Seoraeseom is one of the artificial islands built on hangang riverside. It’s not that far from the famous Banpo Bridge.
Last week, me & my friend went to Seoraeseom to see canola flowers. We were afraid that it’d be very crowded since it was Sunday, so we went there around 9am. And I guess we were too early. It was really quiet, most visitors were ahjussi & ahjumma passing by after having morning jog and walk. 😀
I only used airbnb twice. But both experiences left me with mixed feeling. The first one was when my sister and her friend came. Because I live in Incheon, it’s inefficient if they stay with me during their trip. Most of the places we want to visit were in Seoul. So, I booked a room through airbnb. It’s quite cheap, less than 140.000 KRW for 3 people a week. The room is actually quite small for 3 of us, but not that bad. We can also use the kitchen, which means saving our money.
During the first 2 days, the host was away. He gave me the password to his apartment. It was like we rent the whole apartment. Hahaha. When he finally came back, he was really nice. He doesn’t speak very good English, but we can still understand him. He sometimes cooked for us too. When he knows we don’t eat meat, he cooked fish for us. When my sister’s friend luggage was broken, he gave his old luggage to her. He also lent them Korean traditional clothes, hanbok.
That’s really nice of him, eh? I thought that, too. I don’t know if he was joking or not, but some of his behavior made me uncomfortable. Our host is a middle-aged man, but he tried to hit on my sister’s friend which maybe almost half of his age. Even called her wife… He tried to make us promise him to comeback next time and just stay there without paying. He said that he will drive us somewhere nice. Kinda creepy for me. I felt like he saw us as some kind of girl who are willing to marry a guy just because he is Korean or he has a lot of money. I was kinda conflicted when leaving review on airbnb. As a host, he’s really nice. But as personal, he offended me. LOL.
The second one was when I had an event 2 hours trip away from my home. The problem was it started really early. Even the earliest bus or subway couldn’t make me arrive there on time. I found a room not that far from the place, and it’s cheap. Since I only need a place to sleep, I don’t really care about the facility. The place mentioned it can cater up to 2 people. So, I booked for 2 people. But when me & my friend arrived there, the bed was actually only for 1 person. I felt sorry for my friend because it was my idea to stay there. We ended up cram ourselves on the bed though. Not to mention it was smell of cigarette when we first enter the room.
But it’s not the worst part yet. It was the first time for the host to receive a guest on airbnb, and he can’t speak English at all. So, we convinced him multiple times that nothing will happen to his room and we only need a place to sleep. In my broken Korean of course, which sometimes took me a lot of time to write. And his informal speech and misspelling made it worse. What’s annoying, he really wanted to know what’s our agenda there. Curiosity kills the cat, dude.
And my guess, he didn’t tell the room owner that he’s re-renting his room to other person. He told us to tell the room owner that we’re his friends if she asks… And you know what, the room owner stays on upper floor and speaks perfect English. We met her because the host asks her to explain about the heater and everything. Crazy guy. Haha.
After these 2 kinda bad experiences, I feel like I prefer the normal guesthouse/hostel rather than airbnb. I don’t waste my time contacting the host about every little thing. And I don’t have any obligation to socialize with the host. *introvert problem* But well, maybe it’s just my bad luck since my priority was on the budget. Haha.