Tuesday, January 20, 2015

#746 - Dragon Hill Spa & Resort / Seven Luck Casino / 또오리

When in Korea, do like the Koreans, go to any jimjilbang and relax.

Went to Dragon Hill Spa & Resort! Entire entry taken w S3 because I didn't want to get caught. Didn't know if phototaking is allowed inside.

We were given keys, towels and a set of attire and had to take off our shoes to put them in lockers.

They have different levels for men and women and also a place where both genders can gather together. More pictures of the place later.

So I took the lift up (they have separate lift areas for the different genders) and this sight greeted me.

 Each turn has many lockers for us to place our stuff.

This is also the changing area where I saw many ajummas walking around stark naked and I had to admit, it was a little shocking. But my reaction went from shocked to okay to normal.

It does feel a little weird though, but none of them seem to care... or they pretend not to hahaha.

 Horny substance removal.... Yeah those bumps on faceeee luhh yknow.

Common area where there were a lot of rooms with different degrees of heat and also a cold room.

We chilled in the middle of the area and got some eggs/sikhye (some Korean rice beverage which tasted like barley) to share. And of course, playing games that had eggs knocking on our foreheads. I am super bad at games so... 真的很痛的 lehh!

Y'know we always watch Korean dramas then we see people doing their towels like these in jimjilbang? Nobody does that here lor lolol. This was taken in my hostel room.

In one of those rooms, nothing inside, just a lamp and you just lie down and perspire haha. If I didn't remember wrongly, you are supposed to like go to the lower temperature room first then subsequently go to the higher ones so that your body can get use to it or smth. 

 Escaped halfway because it was too hot and I think my phone probably couldn't take it too.

 Favourite room! Best room to go after perspiring so much in the other rooms. But I don't think that is recommended lah, like drastic change to the body temperature. At 8-10 degrees celsius, it gets really cold after a while.

 Some green tea air bath room which was good for resting? But awkward much because EVERYONE there has a partner to hug/cuddle. 此地不宜久留.

We all got out there after a while and then headed to the respective male/female sauna areas.

That was where everyone gets naked and soak in water of different degrees. No photos allowed of course, but there were many different pools with different functions. Like e.g. water that has what medicinal benefits like ginseng. Even had the recommended timing to soak in. There were hot saunas too like 61 degrees celsius wtheck. I opened the door and faster closed it.

It was a great experience I guess, I mean this is not something one'd get to experience in Singapore. And I don't know, but I think I can't stay in such place for too long? Like I started feeling light-headed after a while. And my friends said I looked really pale at the end. Hahaha.

Dragon Hill Spa & Resort
40, Hangang-daero 21na-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Nearest Station: Yongsan Station, Line 1
Go out from Exit 1. Walk out and turn right, spot the resort in the first picture!

Went to some casino after that because we had some free chips!

And this is my first time in a casino. Quite interesting lol even though this was a rather small one.
It's for foreigners only and passports of course, is required for entry.

 Free food from the casino - Abalone Porridge. Just have to get the food coupons from dealers.

Seven Luck Casino
서울특별시 강남구 테헤란로87길 58 (삼성동)
Nearest Station: Seoul Station, Line 1 or 4

Had some duck meat BBQ during the last few days in Korea w Korean mates. It was something new, because it's always chicken or beef we are BBQ-ing.

Some chewy savoury pancake w kimchi fillings.

They really can drink... This is not even all of those they drank man.

110-522 서울 종로구 명륜동2가 205
Nearest Station: Hyehwa Station, Line 4

Two more entries till the end of my Korea travelogue (I think).
Till then, X

Sunday, January 18, 2015

#745 - Korean Food / Naksan Park

I think I cleared most of the photos in my cameras except maybe for Nami Island and the Gangchon Railbike one. Digging through my camera photos.

Joined the friend's project group clique for lunch for 2 days back to back !

Hyehwa has yummy food! Like Baburger which I think I had a lot of times simply because it's yummy and filling.
Bab = Rice. So basically they have a lot of burgers for you to choose from like ham/kimchi/chicken/scrambled eggs and such and instead of bread, they have rice instead.

Plus it cost around 2000-2500 won which is worth it! Always eat the scrambled egg w chicken and mayonnaise one. (Y) No photos because I cannot find lol.

The Korean classmates brought us to this eating place v v near SKKU side gate, like at the front corner only (I know how to go if you throw me at the side gate but dk how to describe the exact directions in words) for lunch!

Goodness in one pot!

 And I like how Koreans don't waste the gravy and add rice to fry them. Polished the whole pan off. :P

 The other day we went to the eating place next to the eatery above and they have yummy food too. Something like budaejjigae but the drier version lol. Got luncheon meat, one of my 最爱! SHIOK. :D

And because this entry is only on food, I shall throw in some other photos as well. Went to Naksan Park which was near where we stay (Hyehwa) to walk walk (and feed mozzies).

 It was close to 8pm when the photo above was taken. Can you believe it? Korea time is GMT+9. Their sky usually darkens around 8plus! Makes me feel like it's still early the whole time I am there.
 This long stretch is the Seoul Fortress Wall if I am not wrong. And apparently the King 2 Hearts filmed an episode here.

 Namsan Tower so far awayyyyy.

Naksan Park (낙산공원)
54, Naksan-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 
Nearest Station: Hyehwa Station, Line 2

Saturday, January 17, 2015

#744 - Myeongdong Kyoja / Sinseon Seolnongtang

Have been lazy to type things here lately, actually edited most of the photos, they are just waiting to see the light. And since I feel more efficient and also wanted to clear my backlogs, 我回来了.

STILL at Korea, tonight's it about food in Myeongdong! Okay only blogging two here actually.

Read a few travelogues while preparing for the Korea trip and saw that many recommended this place, Myeongdong Kyoja (Gyoza).
They have 2 branches in Myeongdong and I think the one we went was the second one.

It is a restaurant which sells gyozas which are similar to the xlbs we know, except without soup, as well as handmade noodles akin to that of our Singapore's banmian.
Dumplings which were filled w meat, it's pretty good. (Y)

Really look like banmian right! They called it kalguksu aka chopped noodles, maybe like 刀削面? Tasted really different from what I expected, and it takes a while for me to get use to. But this bowl of noodles would definitely be perfect on a rainy day. :)

Food to share for 4, saving space for second round hehe.

Myeongdong Kyoja (명동교자)
29, Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (Myeong-dong 2-ga)
Nearest Station: Myeongdong Station, Line 4

For second round, we had this yummy seolnongtang (설농탕) introduced to us by Siwon, our facilitator-friend in Korea!! It's basically ox-bone soup w beef slices served w a bowl of rice! Damn good! Like you add the rice in and eat together. Omg I want it now. T.T

Didn't have a photo of the shopfront, but see the top of the photo above. The half face laoahpek cartoon! Spot him and you'd know you are at the right place lol.

A simple dish can make me so happy. Hahaha.
Oh and you can add the salt provided accordingly to your taste.

But I am not sure if the standard is the same for all the branches because even though the Myeongdong one was good, the one at Hyehwa (tried it again the day before I left because I don't want to crave for it) was bad. Like we added a lot of salt already but it was still bland. D:

I like the kimchi too! Like it's the very fresh and crunchy kind, not those ferment very long one although I know many say kimchi are supposed to 放越久越好吃. To each his own.

This restaurant has many outlets in Seoul and is opened 24 hours too, perfect for late night suppers where you don't wanna have something too sinful. ;)

3-1, Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 
Nearest station: Myeongdong Station, Line 4.
Go out from Exit 8 and head straight 300m along Myeongdong 8-gil Road. Turn right in front of Woori Bank. Walk a little more and you will see the shop on the right.