July-August 2014

Maybe most of you didn’t realize that the biggest airport in Korea (one of the largest in the world too) is not in Seoul, but in Incheon. Incheon is around 1 hour away from Seoul.

I walked to Chinatown and explored Jayu Park area. There is a mixture of Japanese, Chinese, and Korean in this area. You can also find a road with walls on its side that has history painted on it.

Japanese atmosphere in this area

Japanese atmosphere in this area

Missionary monument in Jayu park

Missionary monument in Jayu park

Main gate of Chinatown

Main gate of Chinatown

The history road

The history road

What to eat?

Jajangmyun. This is Chinese noodle with black sauce. It's somehow Korean, but brought by Chinese

Jajangmyun. This is Chinese noodle with black sauce. It’s somehow Korean, but brought by Chinese

Mango bingsoo. Bingsoo is shaved ice. Lots of Koreans like mango bingsoo as it's really refreshing in summer time

Mango bingsoo. Bingsoo is shaved ice. Lots of Koreans like mango bingsoo as it’s really refreshing in summer time

Original patbingsoo. Shaved ice with red beans and red beans. I like this one better than the mango bingsoo. Maybe because it tastes original :D

Original patbingsoo. Shaved ice with red beans and rice cake. I like this one better than the mango bingsoo. Maybe because it tastes original😀

Live octopus. Do you see what the auntie is holding? Yes. She will chop that baby octopus and you will eat it while it's still wriggling

Live octopus. Do you see what the auntie is holding? Yes. She will chop that baby octopus into small pieces and you will eat it while it’s still wriggling around

Another thing I did like a Korean was an overnight in jimjilbang. Jimjilbang is Korean style public bath. Normally it costs around KRW 6,000 – 8,000. Take a shower, bath, relax in sauna, eat some charcoal baked eggs, drink black soy milk, then sleep on a mattress provided there. Hmmm….

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