Bringing Jeju to Seoul – Innisfree Jeju House ain’t your average beauty store

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I absolutely adore Samcheongdong. The streets are filled with cute and unique cafes, and it’s just so much fun to muse over them as you stroll around. That very fact can make choosing the perfect cafe quite a difficult task. If you’re not a fan of making that choice, look no further, and check out the Innisfree Jeju House.

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Korean makeup/skincare powerhouse Innisfree has been on a roll lately. They’ve already won the hearts of fans from and outside of Korea with their innovative usage of natural ingredients from the Jeju Island. They’re also known for their adorable environment-friendly packaging and immaculately crisp and clean store interior. Innisfree, as my sister would put it, is really something extra. Continue reading

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5 Ways to Enjoy Han River

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The iconic Han river is a majestic body of water that stretches along the length of the beautiful Seoul city. If you live in Seoul, you may have seen it countless times while driving along the river, or crossing one of the many bridges that connect north and south Seoul. The Han river can also be a great place for a quick getaway from the city. So here are five ways to enjoy your Han river experience: Continue reading

May Things in Seoul: The 6th Great Korean Beer Festival

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6th Great Korean Beer Festival poster (www.facebook.com/greatkoreanbeerfestival)

The Great Korean Beer Festival is coming back in May for its 6th edition. The festival will span from May 4 – 8 (good thing it’s during the 4-day weekend), showcasing an impressive selection of local and imported beers and drool-worthy food to pair with your drink. Some of the breweries featured are Gorilla Brewery, Weizen Haus, Magpie Brewing Co., to name just a few.

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April Things in Seoul: Cherry Blossom Festivals

If you’re gonna be in Seoul in April, you’re in luck because cherry blossom season has returned! During the first and second week of April, you’ll witness Seoul transform into a sea of gorgeous pastel pink. Locals and tourists will fill the parks and the streets to see the cherry blossoms before they fade away, which is usually followed by Summer… And we’re not quite ready for that yet.

If you’re looking for more than just pretty flowers, here are two cherry blossom festival you can check out this April:

Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival (영등포 여의도 봄꽃축제)

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Paint the town: Seoul’s hidden gem, Ihwa Mural Village

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There’s something about murals I love so much. Maybe it’s the sheer size of it that delivers just as much impact to viewers. A few weeks ago, I checked out the Ihwa Mural Village, which has given me incredible photo ops to post and share on the blog. Perched on top of the hills near the busy, hip Daehakro, the Ihwa Mural Village is a harmonious juxtaposition of contemporary wall art blended in with the walls that house the friendly residents. It was one of the warmer days in April when I went and naturally, there were a lot of people out to enjoy the art under the sun. Continue reading

Street Market Therapy

Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 presetI love street markets. Not only do they have a great variety of fresh produce and yummy street food, it is always a great place for people watching. In Korea, you can always find a local street market nestled between the residential areas. Korean street markets might be a bit overwhelming at first – people shoving, ajuhmmas yelling (not at you, of course), usually highly congested – but I think it’s a great way to get away from the city life and experience a different aspect of the Korean culture.

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Cafes & Cuteness Overload!!!!!! (a.k.a.) Samcheong-dong

If there is one skill I wish I possessed and had full command of it, it would be photography. Why? So I could capture all the little artsy and modern corners of places like Samcheong-dong.

A few weeks ago, I decided to take my mom out for a nice mother-daughter bonding afternoon. My mom suggested that we check out this place called Samcheong-dong, and promised me that I’ll love it. And you know mothers are never wrong, right? I absolutely loved the place.

We decided to go right after our church service on Sunday, since it’ll be on the same subway line (Line 3). We got off at An-guk station, and it was just a short walking distance away from the exit. And the weather could not have been more perfect. It was a sunny, comfortably warm mid-September day. Sunnies necessary.

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