Spectacular Buddhist Temple Cuisine (사찰음식) at Sanchon (산촌)

Ever since I first came to Korea, I’ve wanted to try the Buddhist temple food on offer in a few select restaurants in the city. Considerably pricier than a regular meal (usually starting at a minimum of ₩30,000 for lunch, more for dinner), however, I wanted to make sure that I went for a special occasion; when a friend suggested that we go for my birthday, it seemed the perfect opportunity. After a little research, I chose Sanchon (산촌), which seemed to be the most renowned and well-established restaurant – it’s been going since 1980. I assumed we wouldn’t need a reservation, […]

All You Can Eat (Vegetarian) Shabu Shabu @ Let Us/Lettuce Shabu Shabu, Hongdae

My friends in Korea are always on the lookout for somewhere I can eat easily with them as a vegetarian, which is lovely of them. Dining out is such a big part of the culture here, and it sucks if I have to miss out or always drag whoever I’m with to the same few places. Last week, my friend Alessandra suggested that shabu shabu might be something I could have, provided I had my own hotpot to cook my food in. She did some research and found 레타스 (Let Us/Lettuce) Shabu Shabu (website Kor. only) in Hongdae, which has individual hotpots […]

Busan in a Day

I arrived back in Korea about a week and a half ago, and since then it’s been pretty much non-stop. I went straight back into working at my friends’ hostel, and after a couple of days of work, some friends invited me to go to Busan with them for a quick trip. Having never been, I jumped at the chance, and although I didn’t get into Busan until about 5pm on Sunday evening, we packed a great deal in on our one full day, Monday, before I returned to Seoul on Tuesday.

Korean education vs. British education

As part of the extra curricular portfolio I was required to put together for one of my Korean classes, I decided I wanted to interview my Korean friend Eunju, who is currently studying at my university in London. I chose this project because it would entail so many things – writing questions, conducting the interview, listening back to the recording and transcribing Eunju’s answers, and then finally translating her answers from Korean to English. This initially seemed like a great idea, but I considerably underestimated what a difficult and time-consuming process it would be.

18 hours in Jeonju – bibimbap and boats

After our day at Naejangsan, we caught a bus from Jeongeup to 전주 (Jeonju), about an hour away. A fellow traveller who was staying in the city informed us that Jeonju’s bus terminal is a little out of the way, and suggested we get off in the central district. I was under the impression that the guesthouse we were hoping to stay at was near the terminal, so we stayed on the bus until the end. Mistake number one.

Hiking at Naejangsan

During the time I spent living in Seoul, I unfortunately didn’t venture out of the city. As a result, I hadn’t even considered that I might see more of Korea during my short, ten day trip at the beginning of November than I did living there for three months. I love Seoul, don’t get me wrong – but I was ready to see the Korea beyond the capital. I’m now officially a Korean student, too, and you can kind of get by in Seoul without speaking too much of the language; Jesse suggested that getting away from the metropolis would throw me […]

Getting by as a vegetarian in Seoul

CNN recently published an article naming Seoul as one of their 10 best vegetarian destinations in the world. I’ve been a vegetarian for 13 years, and have also been fortunate enough to travel fairly extensively in that time. As a result, I’m no stranger to the struggles of finding a meat-free meal – in Cuba, I ate nothing but omelettes for two weeks straight – and I can confirm that Seoul is in fact one of the worst places I’ve been as a vegetarian. I don’t mean to put anyone off the city by saying this; I managed 3 months, […]