We met with our new host at Jukjeon Station which is in Bundang or the Yellow line of the Metro. It is also near Dankook University where some Korean celebrities studied before. We arrived quite early however it was raining really hard and we were planning to either go to Suwon Hwaseong or Everland for this day. However, I don't think we would have enjoyed it as it would have been very wet and we will be doing lots of walking if ever. So me and my friend decided to wait for the rain to stop and just roam around Jukjeon so we can still say that this day did not go to waste.
It was around 3PM when the weather looked okay. It was still raining a bit, but we needed to do something so we went window shopping around E-mart and Shinsegae which was beside Jukjeon station, Exit 1.
Shinsegae is known to be the oldest department store in Korea and houses some expensive Korean and international brands such as Louis Vuitton, Alexander Wang, Prada, and the like. As expected, I was not able to buy anything as everything was just way too expensive for my wallet. :(
|The Shinsegae in Jukjeon|
We then headed to Jukjeon Cafe Street as it was quite near from Shinsegae and E-Mart. To go there, just go to E-Mart's third floor where you will be able to see a branch of Outback Steakhouse. Take the exit from there. You would be able to see a bridge that will lead you straight to series of restaurants and cafes. Our landmark was the coffee shop Homestead Coffee as per VisitKorea's images.
The place is very cute, the design of the shops are quite artistic and would make you want to go inside, however the prices of the coffee would range around 3,000-6,000 won a cup. But of course, being the "frugal" person that I am, I had to check on the prices first before we go in. Eventually, we settled in with a coffee shop called 'Stamp Tree.'
|We went it looked cozy inside|
|I got a kiwi drink - not much of a coffee drinker|
After our drink, we roamed around the place. Not sure if it was cold because I was wearing tights or maybe because it rained hard earlier that day. After some minutes, I saw a small place that sells Korean street food and lots of people were going in and out of the place so I thought, why not. Of course, we had to sample the "must try" street food of South Korea!
I ordered Kimbap, Tteokbokki and Sundae. I should have ordered more food but these three were the most popular and lots of Korean people ordered the same thing so I settled with these.
Lastly, we got Sundae 순대). Guys, this is not an ice cream sundae - and also not pronounced the same way - i think calling it "blood sausage" would do justice to how it tastes like. It is made by boiling animal intestines that are also stuffed with noodles or animal blood. You can also add some salt to add more taste. I have also heard there are different dishes made with the sundae but (un)fortunately never got to try one. It reminds me of the Filipino dish Dinuguan, which I never really liked, so yeah you should know how my review on this one. I was able to eat ten-twelve slices but I never got to finish the whole plate.
Overall, it was a pretty cool experience. The place where we ate had refillable danmuji and water which was nice. Not sure if you can get the same perks if you eat on the street stands. We got home quite early, hoping that the weather would be nice the next day.
|happy tummy nevertheless!|