Home' A Plus Magazine : Jan 2013 Contents Where to eat
• Byokjae Galbi Authentic beef
barbecue. 1-4 Yangjae-daero 71-gil,
Songpa-gu (Bangi station). 2415-5522.
• Doore Modern takes on bibimbap and
other traditional cuisine. 5-24, Insa-dong
4-gil, Jongno-gu (Anguk). 732-2919.
• East Village Bistro & Gastropub
Tteokgalbi, ssambap and other beef
dishes. 736-9 Hannam-dong Yongsan-
gu (Itaewon). 2790-7782.
• Sanchon Vegetarian set courses. 30-21
Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu (Insadong).
• Sawore Boribap Healthy traditional
cuisine. 610-5 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu
Where to stay
• Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul Urban
oasis. 5-5 Jangchung-dong 2(i)-ga, Jung-
gu (Dongguk University). 2250-8000.
• Doulos Hotel Reasonably priced
rooms in nice area. 112 Gwansu-dong,
Jongno-gu (Jongno 3-ga). 2266-2244.
• Holiday Inn Seongbuk Popular
business hotel. 3-1343 Jongam-dong,
Seongbuk-gu (Gireum). 2929-2000.
• IP Boutique Hotel Trendy and
stylish address. 737-32 Hannam-dong,
Yongsan-gu (Itaewon). 3702-8000.
• JW Marriott Hotel Luxury overlooking
the Han. 19-3 Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu
What to see
• Bongeunsa 1,100-year-old temple in
the city centre. 73 Samseong-dong,
Gangnam-gu (Samseng). 2511-6070.
• Korean Folk Village Outdoor
history in the suburbs. 107 Bora-dong,
Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do,
(Suwon). (031) 287-1332.
• Lotte World Huge indoor amusement
park. 40-1 Jamsil-dong, Songpa-gu
• Namdaemun Largest traditional street
market. 49-1 Namchang-dong, Jung-gu
• Seoul N Tower Lookout built on
Mount Nam. 1-3 Yongsandong 2(i)-ga,
Yongsan-gu (Chungmuro). 3455-9277.
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This page (from top): The National Folk Museum of
Korea; Gangnam district; Workers at a street food stall
in Myeong-dong; a nightly light show with a dancing
fountain on the Banpo Bridge
Seoul Forest park, a project designed to give the
city a much-needed central lung.
Further north is Gyeongdong, with its large
herbal medicine market offering roots, herbs,
fungi and leaves. Northwest of the central area
is Mapo, home to the lively Hongdae area near
Seoul is split by the Han River. Many historic
and attractive bridges cross it (as do some gar-
ishly modern ones). The Banpo Bridge, built in
1982, has a nightly light show with dancing wa-
ters -- the world's longest bridge fountain mea-
suring 1,140 metres. Visitors can enjoy the foun-
tain and night views aboard a cruise ship .
Korea was a monarchy until 1910 when Em-
peror Sunjong was overthrown by the Japanese,
who had assumed control of Korea in 1905 and
deposed his predecessor Gojong in 1907. A num-
ber of palaces and other royal relics remain.
The grandest is Gyeongbokgung, built from
1394, which ser ved as the main palace of the Jo-
seon Dynasty until 1910. Highlights within the
palace grounds include the National Folk Muse-
um of Korea and the Hwangwonjeong Pavilion.
Seoul's most comprehensive collection of ar-
tifacts can be found in the National Museum of
Korea. With more than 135,000 exhibits in 18
halls, the institution traces thousands of years of
settlement on the peninsula. The History in Glass
exhibition showcases 3,000 years of glassware
from the Mediterranean and West Asia until 17
Seoul has some of Asia's best street food,
including dumplings, noodles, fish cakes, rice
snacks such as tteokbokki, sweet pancakes and
endless varieties of grilled meat. Specialties
include sundae (blood sausage) and beondegi
(steamed or boiled silkworm pupae).
One of the unique qualities of Korean cuisine
is the number of banchan, or side dishes; up to
12 can accompany a meal. Korean food can be
spicy: popular condiments include kochujang
(chili pepper paste), kochukaru (chili pepper
f la ke s), daenjang (soybean paste), garlic and gin-
ger. Wash it all down with likeable Korean lager
such as OB or Jinro brand soju, an easy-drinking
spirit made from grain or potatoes.
Koreans are intensely proud of their most
recognizable food, kimchi -- actually a pickled
condiment and side dish. For those who want to
eat Gangnam style, don't miss the Kimchi Field
Museum in the COEX Mall, which offers tasting
sessions and kimchi-making classes.
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