Cooler breezes have blown in and the nights are getting chilly while the days still get pretty hot. It’s always rough dressing for such weather. I’ve constantly been putting layers on and taking layers off and I think being pregnant makes me extra hot so, this year dressing for this weather is even more difficult because usually I would be a bit chilly, but I’m suddenly hot when no one else seems to be these days. Only a month or so to go before we get to meet our little bundle of joy. Yesterday, she had her first hiccups, which meant my belly was bouncing up and down every 20 seconds or so for more than five minutes. It wasn’t the most comfortable feeling and too bad I couldn’t tell her how to hold her breath to get rid of them, but what an interesting thing. I’m not one of those women that thinks being pregnant is the such a beautiful, joyful or wondrous occasion. It just is what it is. The past few months of feeling her move and kick and everything else she’s been doing is just a collection of very strange sensations and yesterday was just another to add to the list. Very strange sensations.

September On the Go: Chuseok with friendsI took on a substitute job for a couple weeks at a community center near my house for a couple hours everyday. I hadn’t ever visited a community center while living in Korea. It was great. They offer so many different classes from yoga to English to ballet to math for all different age groups at a fraction of the cost of going to an English academy or going to a Yoga studio. Of course, everything is taught in Korean aside from the English classes, but the center is a great option for people that want to take up a class in their area and meet people from their neighborhood as well. It seems a lot of newer mothers take their little ones there too for introductory classes to different things to see what their children are interested in. Looks like I know where to go later to meet some other moms and babes.

This month we also celebrated Chuseok, the Korean Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, we couldn’t go down to Busan to be with the family due to my husband’s schedule. Fortunately though, quite of a few of his friends also couldn’t make the trip south so we invited them over for our own little friends Chuseok get together. I got to rest, along with the other girl in the photo as we’re both pregnant and just a couple weeks apart, while the guys all cooked up the grub. It was a very nice way to spend the holidays. If you’re an indie musician fan in Korea you  may recognize some faces. Yohan and Heullang of Pia came over and Taejin from Wiretap in My Ear/ Yeonnam-dong Dumb & Dumber along with my husband who is of course in Every Single Day. What a star studded event! (That was so sarcastic.)

This month, the doctor recommended that I try to take it easy a bit more and eat more protein because I’m not that big and neither is the little one inside of me. We’re just on the smaller end of the spectrum and the doctor said it’s nothing to worry about just yet, but if I can try to put on some more weight in the next month that’d be good. I’m a very active person so, taking it easy is quite difficult. If I have time to sit, I have time to do something more fun than sitting. My husband is much more concerned about this than I am as I always work along the thought that my body will tell me what it needs or wants. I think my husband is also just coming from a very Korean perspective that a pregnant woman in her 7th month shouldn’t be working whereas I figure this is the best time to work if I have the energy and the time. There was a compromise, hence my substitute job for just a couple hours a day and I took up a bunch of crafts to keep my fingers active when I was home so I’d feel busy when I was just sitting around the house the rest of the time.

I finished up knitting a blanket I had been working on for a few months. I hope that this will be our baby’s blankie. I then found some information on how to make my own bibs and sewed up 22 of them. I of course don’t need that many, but I know five women that are pregnant right now so, I have gifts to give them too. Then since I was on a roll, I made some new pillow covers for the pillows on our couch and found a pattern to knit up these adorable little baby booties. Now to find more little crafts I can dig into.

I hope I’ll be able to get out and about a bit this month to enjoy the Hi Seoul Festival and some other events before the baby comes, but we shall see. Just sixish more weeks to go!

September On the Go! Cooler breezes have blown in and the nights are getting chilly while the days still get pretty hot.

I’m in the process of compiling a book of family stories with old photos for the next generation of babies to come in our family. Along with getting ready for the baby to arrive in approximately seven weeks, I’ve been pretty busy and not blogging as much. Sorry! Since my sister and I are both pregnant and I have quite a bit of time on my hands, though not that much energy, I decided to try and remember and contact the family members and get them to remember some of their favorite stories about us as kids, about our parents as kids, etc. I hope that the book will end up being a more personal storytelling book for them. In the back, there will be a glossary of family members and their photos and what they should be called, ie my cousin Chelsie would be called Aunt Chelsie by my kids. Since we live in Korea and my sister lives in Australia right now, I think it’s so important to get our children, even at a young age, to at least see and start to recognize their family members faces. Our family is uber close, even across the numerous time zones between us at the moment, but we won’t always be this far away.94 Old Family Photos

Here are some of my favorite stories so far and some of the adorable old photos I’ve collected. I can’t wait to get everything in a book and printed up.

Ice Cream Cures Toothaches

One day while mom was at work, she received a telephone call from Brittany who was at school. Brittany explained that she had a toothache and before she could continue, mom immediately started into telling her she needed to say these things before she left for school and not once she had gotten there. The school staff wouldn’t be able to give Brittany any Tylenol and if she was in pain, mom would have to leave work in order to get some medicine for Brittany. At that point in the conversation, Brittany interrupted mom to say that she was sure ice cream would do the trick and that Tylenol wasn’t really necessary. It wasn’t even lunch time yet and Brittany was ready for an ice cream cone.

“So, you’re telling me that ice cream will make you feel better?”

“Yes.”

“Where can you get ice cream at this time of day?”

“The cafeteria.”

“If you go to the cafeteria right now they will give you ice cream?”

“Yes.”

“You only have enough money for lunch. You do not have extra money for ice cream.”

“Yes, I do.

“So, you can go to the cafeteria and get ice cream and your tooth will feel better?”

“Yes.”

“Okay, fine.”

“Thanks, Mom.”

After that the issue of the toothache never came up again.1992 Fripp Island Old Family PhotosOld Family Photos

Late to Work No More

Mom had gotten so tired of being late to work day after day. In an effort to get everyone moving a bit faster in the morning she sat Hallie, Brittany and Heather down and told them if they were late again they would owe her a quarter each time she got into the car before she did. After a short pause, Brittany stood up and took off for her bedroom with Heather right behind her. Hallie stayed put and calmly added that she thought the plan was a great idea because she was tired of waiting for Brittany and Heather as well. Just as Hallie was finished adding her two cents, Brittany returned from her bedroom carrying her piggy bank. She handed it over to mom and said, “Here you go. You are going to get all of this anyway.” Just as she was finished and sat down, Heather came up the hallway carrying a large arm load of clothes and shoes saying, “I’ll just put this in the car. I’ll get dressed there from now on.”

Everyone has their own unique way of problem solving.89 Sarasota Old Family Photos89 Easter Old Family Photos89 Christmas Old Family Photos

Pickles

Once in a while Grandma and Grandpa would take a trip out of town and whenever they did someone had to go over to their house to bring in the mail and the newspaper. Hallie, Britt and Heather would stop over daily during these times. Their mom would drive them over to Grandma’s house, they’d jump out and run inside after keying in the numbers into the garage door pad. They were quick enough that their mom never noticed that they could possibly be doing anything else in the house. After one trip though, Grandma called Carol and asked if someone in our family liked pickles. It seemed that she had come home to find an empty jar of pickles in her fridge along with all of the mail and newspapers sitting neatly on the counter. After that, she always left a new jar of pickles in her fridge. Additionally, the girls fessed up years later that they had also been taking crackers from the basket of individually wrapped crackers that Grandma had absconded from different restaurants on her nights out.

If you’re going to ask someone to come and take in your mail and newspapers while you’re away, be sure to know what their favorite food is and have it stocked up so that they can have a snack when visiting.

Family Story Time I’m in the process of compiling a book of family stories with old photos for the next generation of babies to come in our family.

Saying Goodbye to Summer with Blooming Cosmos

Saying Goodbye to Summer with Blooming Cosmos

Seoul, Korea: Cosmos @ Mangwon Hangang Park

The winds have shifted and the cooler breezes have been blowing in to say autumn is here and winter is on its way. With autumn comes some amazingly colorful mountain views but also to delight, the cosmos bloom. It’s a flower that holds on until the end and seems to wave goodbye to summer and welcomes us in to autumn. It’s one of the last flowers to enjoy before the plants begin to wilt and turn…

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Seoul, Korea: Gongdeok Jeon TownGongdeok Jeon Town (공덕전타운) is not a town as the name would suggest and is really not much more than two shops that sit side by side selling the same sort of fried food fare, but if you’re someone that enjoys the fried food on the street carts around the city and want to see everything that could possibly be offered to you, this is the place to go. Just a couple blocks from Gongdeok Station exit 5 just after Jokbal Alley, or Pig’s Feet Alley, is Jeon Town. Display counters showcase everything from fried peppers, zucchini and fish to shrimp, oysters and sesame leaves. Seoul, Korea: Gongdeok Jeon TownSeoul, Korea: Gongdeok Jeon TownSeoul, Korea: Gongdeok Jeon Town

Visitors are directed to grab a basket from the beginning of the counter and then to fill up on whatever they’d like to try along the way. Once the basket is filled with all of the fried veggies, fish or meat you could want, it is handed over to one of the helpful older women behind the counter who will throw the lot into a fryer for one last go to heat everything up and make the food edible. While she is doing that, patrons are directed to take a seat inside where and are given side dishes and sauces to go with the food and if the feeling so overcomes you, you can even order some makkoli, or rice wine, a drink often served with this kind of meal.Seoul, Korea: Gongdeok Jeon TownSeoul, Korea: Gongdeok Jeon TownSeoul, Korea: Gongdeok Jeon Town

With everything from fried peppers, mushrooms, zucchini and sesame leaves for those veggie lovers to fried shrimp, abalone and crab along with mini kimchi pancakes, veggie pancakes and seafood pancakes, there is something for everyone. As the colder weather is fast approaching, this is a great place to head this winter when the temperatures are a bit too chilly to be standing outside at your local food carts. Sit inside, drink up with friends and enjoy a meal you won’t soon forget.

Directions: Gongdeok Station, exit 5. Walk straight out of the exit, pass Jokbal Alley, or pig’s feet alley, just a block up and the next block is Gongdeok Jeon Town. Keep eyes and noses peeled to the left and you’ll be sure to spot it.

Cost: 3-4 people can easily eat for W15,000 – 20,000 + the cost of drink.

If you just can’t get enough of deliciously fried Korean food, head to Gongdeok to try it all at once! Fry Everything, Please Gongdeok Jeon Town (공덕전타운) is not a town as the name would suggest and is really not much more than two shops that sit side by side selling the same sort of fried food fare, but if you’re someone that enjoys the fried food on the street carts around the city and want to see everything that could possibly be offered to you, this is the place to go.

Seoul, Korea: Sky Park, Haneul Park (하늘공원)Sky Park, or Haneul Park (하늘공원), is ready once again with tall grass blowing in the wind for people to come and enjoy the views in the cooler autumn breezes. Throughout most of the summer, the eulalia stalks are just starting to grow and they don’t offer much in terms of a view but if you’re going to visit Sky Park, this is the time to do it. Until November, the tall grass will be swaying in the breezes and changing from the green stalks that you can see now to browner autumn hues until finally they are cut down for the winter and then again there won’t be much to see for awhile except for the surrounding views of the city from that position up on the hill. Seoul, Korea: Sky Park, Haneul Park (하늘공원)Seoul, Korea: Sky Park, Haneul Park (하늘공원)Seoul, Korea: Sky Park, Haneul Park (하늘공원)

We went a little earlier this year than I normally like to head to the park, but I heard there was also a rather large plot of sunflowers up there to see at this time of year. We caught the end of the sunflowers, which unfortunately are definitely gone by now, but there’s always next year. The sunflowers and the tall green grass can be enjoyed throughout the month of August and then from September to November, the paths criss cross through the tan eulalia stalks. Every so often you’ll run into an artistic installation like the bird houses, the metal dome or the saucer to climb up into. It’s easy to get lost in the paths, though you couldn’t get lost for too long as it’s not that big but it’s easy enough to lose the other people visiting the park and meander by yourself for a bit and just enjoy nature.Seoul, Korea: Sky Park, Haneul Park (하늘공원)Seoul, Korea: Sky Park, Haneul Park (하늘공원)Seoul, Korea: Sky Park, Haneul Park (하늘공원)Seoul, Korea: Sky Park, Haneul Park (하늘공원)

Eighteen years ago this mound was a landfill that had hit capacity with over 92 million tons of garbage. Dirt was piled on top and the only reminders of that time today are vents and tubes scattered on the mountain to maintain safety and recycle the methane gas produced from the mountain into fuel for World Cup Stadium and the nearby neighborhoods. The area has been completely transformed through the Landfill Recovery Project started in 1996 with the grasses that have been planted and the release of 30 thousand butterflies to establish a natural ecosystem once again. From this park views of the city, Mt. Namsan, Mt. Bukhansan and Mt. Gwanaksan can be enjoyed.Seoul, Korea: Sky Park, Haneul Park (하늘공원)

Seoul, Korea: Sky Park, Haneul Park (하늘공원)

For some later fall views of the park, check out my post from November in 2012 to see what’s in store later in the season. The park isn’t far from Hongdae and would make a great trip before you head into that bustling area for a night out. Enjoy the beautiful autumn hues while you can.

Address:

마포구 상암동 482

482 Sangam-dong Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea

Phone: 02-300-5500

Directions:

Bus: 271, 6715, 7011, 7013A, 7013B, 7019, 7715

Subway: Closest subway station is Worldcup Stadium Station. Take exit 1 and look at a local map in the station.

Hours: Change depending on the season so be sure to check. Currently they’re open until 6:00PM, but it can be 5PM, 6PM or 7PM depending on the month.

It’s that time of year when the greens are fading into tans and browns outside and the views are beautiful. Tall Grass Blows In The Wind Sky Park, or Haneul Park (하늘공원), is ready once again with tall grass blowing in the wind for people to come and enjoy the views in the cooler autumn breezes.

5 Things To Do in Seoul This Chuseok Weekend

5 Things To Do in Seoul This Chuseok Weekend

Chuseok Charye Altar

Chuseok, a holiday devoted to being thankful for a good harvest, is one of the biggest holidays in Korea. Families come together, eat large amounts of food and play games. Falling on the 15th day of the eighth month on the lunar calendar, this year Chuseok is on September 8th. As the holiday falls across the weekend, families will get one more day added on to the usual three day holiday. Four…

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Busan, Korea: Haedong Yonggung TempleBuddhist temples are not terribly difficult to stumble upon while in Korea. There are temples in the middle of Seoul daring those that enter to just try and find quiet solitude and there are temples dotting the mountains across the country so any hike becomes that much more interesting with the addition of a tour of one. Rarely, though, do you find a seaside temple in Korea. Haedong Yonggung Temple (해동용궁사), which means Korean Dragon Palace Temple, is probably the most popular and widely known seaside temple in the country and truly does live up to the hype that brings so many visitors to its gates.Busan, Korea: Haedong Yonggung TempleBusan, Korea: Haedong Yonggung TempleBusan, Korea: Haedong Yonggung TempleBusan, Korea: Haedong Yonggung Temple

First founded in 1376 by venerable monk Naong, an advisor to King Gongmin, during the Goryeo Dynasty, it was destroyed like so many others during the Japanese invasions and the one currently standing wasn’t rebuilt until the 1930s with additions added on in the 70s and 2000s. The temple was originally named Bomun Temple (보문사), but upon reconstruction headed by the venerable monk Ungang, it was renamed Haedong Yonggung Temple.

Busan, Korea: Haedong Yonggung TempleBusan, Korea: Haedong Yonggung Temple

Busan, Korea: Haedong Yonggung Temple

Twelve statues representing the twelve signs of the zodiac first welcome visitors toward the temple followed by a nine story pagoda ushering people through a golden dragon gate leading to steps that lead to the coast. Down the lantern lined 108 steps that represent the 108 agonies of earthly desire of Buddhism, visitors come to a bridge that leads to the main temple complex. Numerous statues and shrines including a large golden dharma smiling broadly, a granite statue of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Gwanseeum-bosal, and the Yacksayeorae Healing Buddha sit around the complex and beckon those that have traveled to this spot to take in a few moments of silence in between the crowds of tourists as well as get in some photos. Every angle of this temple is beautiful and provides some great scenic views.Busan, Korea: Haedong Yonggung TempleBusan, Korea: Haedong Yonggung TempleBusan, Korea: Haedong Yonggung Temple

If you’re visiting Busan and happen to be at the far eastern end of the city, this is a must see.

Address:

부산광역시 기장군 기장읍 시랑리 416-3

416-3 Silang-ri Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun, Busan, Korea

Phone: 051-722-7744

Directions:

Subway: Take the subway to the last stop on the green line, Jangsan Station and from there either catch bus 181 or grab a taxi to the temple.

Bus: 181, walk up a road about 500 meters that leads to the temple. It’s the only road around so it can’t be missed.

Amenities: restrooms, food, souvenir shops, parking lot

Website: http://www.yongkungsa.or.kr/

Visited Busan over the weekend and finally got to the see Haedong Yonggung Temple & The Seaside View, famous for its coastal location. Buddhist temples are not terribly difficult to stumble upon while in Korea. There are temples in the middle of Seoul daring those that enter to just try and find quiet solitude and there are temples dotting the mountains across the country so any hike becomes that much more interesting with the addition of a tour of one.

August On The Go: Goodbye JejuSummer is coming to an end and I’m looking back thinking I didn’t get nearly enough beach time in. Then again, I was pretty busy with other things. So it goes, as Kurt Vonnegut would say. After finishing up the camp down in Jeju through the first week in August, I got back up to Seoul in time to finish up the last preparations for another Crazy Multiply Art Show. After showing my own artwork in one of the shows a few months back and then being asked to start curating with the group and shadowing them for a show, this was the first show that I actually curated along with Amy Smith. From finding artists to bands to planning the layout and emailing artists and bands almost weekly to answer questions or to ensure everything and everyone was prepped and ready, there was a lot of work to do. The show went pretty well, but as two of the ladies that had previously ran it had moved back to Canada and it was just me and Amy running it, of course there were some growing pains and quite the learning curve for how we work best together. The next show should be even better than this one, but this was a great show to curate as my first with Amy.August On the Go: Crazy Multiply Dwell ShowTrying to finish up work in an effort to take it easy for my last month of pregnancy coming up in October, I spent this month getting in the odd jobs as a speaking contest judge and English interviewer and anything else I can do that still allows me to have a good nap when I need to. I don’t tell the employers I’m pregnant because in Korea, people tend to think pregnant woman, either one month in or seven months along, just can’t work. That’s bunk of course so, I show up and as this is the first month that I’m actually looking pregnant and not just like I love beer with a passion, the reactions have been across the board. People, or I should say women, because men either couldn’t care less about how exhausting and uncomfortable it is to make a child or just can’t tell, have started getting up for me on the bus. I’m jazzed about that as I’ve been waiting to actually look pregnant and not just feel like it.

Though my husband wants me to slow down, and I have, I really have, I can’t just sit around on my butt every day. I still have to get outside and enjoy the weather, the energy and the people of the city. My bed time is about 9:30 these days though and talking with me after that is just no use because I’ll be trying to my darndest to listen, but trust me, I won’t remember a thing said. We made two trips down to Busan this month, one for the Busan Rock Festival where my husband with Every Single Day was playing for a gigantic crowd. The second trip was for Every Single Day to play at the smaller, but no less fun, Busan Sunset Live Festival over near Songjeong Beach. Loud music may be something I have to miss out on for just a bit quite soon so I’ve gotta get my fill now.

The rest of the month was filled with an impromptu hike, just a short one, to see Seoul’s Seokguram Grotto, eating stuffed squid at Gwangjang Market, laughing at the funny positions my cats sleep in when they’re hot and watching the spider outside our house devour gigantic bugs.

August On The Go! Summer is coming to an end and I’m looking back thinking I didn’t get nearly enough beach time in.

Seokguram Hermitage (경주 석굴암) is one of those places that makes it onto every list of top 10 temples, Buddhist sites or wondrous views while in Korea. If you haven’t heard about it yet, head over to my friend Dale’s website and read more about it there. As I’ve read the name and heard it again and again, though haven’t yet been the site myself, I recognized it when I came across the name in Korean as I sat on the side of Mt. Inwang in Seoul. Seokguram… Seokguram (인왕산 석굴암), when I realized why I recognized the name it made me all the more confused as to why there was a sign for it on Mt. Inwang when the famous one was nestled quietly down south in Gyeongju. Of course I had to go see what this was all about, even though I’m seven months pregnant, and up we hiked. Luckily, from where we started in Suseong-dong Valley (인왕산수성동계곡), the walk was only about 25 minutes up. If you’re not pregnant, I’m sure it’ll be much faster, though when I say up, I mean up. The entire walk is at a steep incline up stone steps.Seoul, Korea: Mt. Inwang, Seokguram GrottoSeoul, Korea: Mt. Inwang, Seokguram GrottoThe steps lead to a clearing and  what looks like a giant rock that would be easy enough to walk right on by without noticing except that there is a door on the side beckoning those passing to enter for just a moment. The rock has been carved out inside and though it’s small and no where near as large as the Gyeongju Seokguram, it is no less remarkable that the inside of a rock was carved out to house a Buddhist altar. Lotus lanterns cover every inch of the ceiling and dangle down from above. The carvings in the wall are intricate and beg those stopping by to take more than one look.

Seoul, Korea: Mt. Inwang, Seokguram GrottoIt doesn’t take long to stop by and is worth a gander on any hike around the mountain. Don’t think that you can cross off Seokguram from your list of must sees in Korea after you’ve seen this one though. You’ll still have to head down south to see the more immense and popular one of the same name down in Gyeongju.

Address: (no specific address available)

서울특별시 종로구 옥인동

Ogin-dong Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea

Directions:

Subway/ Bus: Gyeongbukgung Station, exit 3. Out of the exit, walk straight to the maeul (local bus stop) stop and catch bus 09. Take the bus to the last stop on the route which ends at the foot of the Suseong-dong Valley. The maeul bus takes less than 10 minutes from the subway station. From there, follow the path up. There will be signs directing you.

Inwang Mountain Map

Seokguram Grotto: Seoul’s Version Seokguram Hermitage (경주 석굴암) is one of those places that makes it onto every list of top 10 temples, Buddhist sites or wondrous views while in Korea.

Seoul, Korea: Tongin MarketTraditional markets dot the map of Seoul with some becoming more popular than others either due to a central location, the size or a delicacy or item you just won’t get anywhere else. Tong-in Market (통인시장) probably became famous due to it’s location in the high traffic area just west of Gyeongbukgung Palace, but over the years it has become popular with tourists for another reason. Tourists from all over come to Korea and though many want to be adventurous and try the spicy and delicious Korean cuisine, going all in and getting a whole meal without knowing what’s in store can be a risk many do not wish to undertake. At Tong-in Market, visitors can opt to pay W5,000 and try just a helping of numerous Korean fare at a great price at the “Dosirak” Cafe, or Lunchbox Cafe, inside. Go there to be cheap or go there to try something new, either way, it’s a good decision for a lunch while out in the city.Seoul, Korea: Tongin MarketSeoul, Korea: Tongin Market

Tong-in Market was established in 1941 as a public market for the Japanese residents in the area at the time, but after the war ended, street vendors and store owners swooped in to grab a spot. Now, 75 shops and stores, mainly focused on delicious Korean food sit side by side ready to share their goods. At the Customer Service Center located in the center of the market, visitors can pay W5,000 and receive a tray much like those used by children in elementary school and a string of coins to pay the vendors. The coins are each worth W500 in the market and most dishes range in price from W500 (1 coin) to W1000 (2 coins) with just a few being as much as W1500 (3 coins).Seoul, Korea: Tongin Market

Spicy side dishes, fried fish and veggies, noodle soups and kimbob (rice rolled in seaweed with other vegetables inside) are ready and waiting to be eaten. The vendors that are open to accepting the coinage have a sign that sits at their stall and they can be seen slicing, dicing, flipping and frying away in anticipation of hungry customers on the way. Koreans and tourists alike line up to get their share of fried fish, broiled meat, spicy vegetables and more. One of the more popular dishes at the market is the tteokbokki, rice cakes in a spicy sauce, but this isn’t just any tteokbokki. The dish here is different from others you’ll find on street carts around the country because it is stir-fried in oil. At Tong-in this specialty comes with two flavors, the first being just fried in oil or the second fried in oil with a spicy sauce. Don’t miss your chance to try some!

The aromas waft along the corridor and vendors invite you to their stall ready to spoon big helpings into your tray. A helpful hint: walk along the entirety of the one corridor that makes up the market to get a feel for what there is to eat before you dive in at the firs stall. There is something for everyone. After the trays have been filled, head back to the Customer Service Center and walk up the steps to find a two story cafe/ cafeteria to sit down and indulge. There are drinks, rice and utensils provided once upstairs to complete the meal. The cafeteria is only open giving out the trays and coins from 11 to 4, so get there early to get in on the goods.Seoul, Korea: Tongin Market

Address:

서울특별시 종로구 통인동 10-3

10-3 Tongin-dong Jongno-gu Seoul, Korea

Phone: 02-722-0911

Directions:

Bus: 1020, 1711, 7016, 7018, 7022, 7212, local bus 09

Subway: Gyeongbukgung Station, exit 2. Walk straight an entrance to the market will appear on your left less than 10 minutes up the road.

Hours: 

Market:

Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 6:00pm

Saturday: 9:00am – 1:00pm

Closed Sundays

Dosirak Cafe:

Monday – Friday: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Amenities: restrooms, lunch cafe

Website: http://tonginmarket.co.kr/

Headed to Gyeongbukgung Palace? Stop at Tong-in Market nearby for a delicious and cheap meal. Tong-in Market: Eating on a Budget Traditional markets dot the map of Seoul with some becoming more popular than others either due to a central location, the size or a delicacy or item you just won’t get anywhere else.