The Good

Happy Martina

Right off the get go, let me say that this is the most gorgeous place we’ve ever been to in Korea. Holy crap. All of the other pensions feel like mud and sticks compared to this place. It’s clean and modern as hell. I feel bad for the other villas around it, which I’m sure we’d freaking love if it weren’t in the context of G Dragon’s Villa, which totally just blow them out of the water. Whoa.

The price wasn’t insane, either. Our room was $150 a night. We paid around that for our last pension we went to. We did get a cheap room, though. Some of the rooms go for $700 a night. SCREW THAT! We like you guise, but we can’t afford to drop that kinda dough to show you what this place was like. Cheap room is good enough room, thx!

The Great

The Villa is gorgeous, but the scenery is really some of the most gorgeous I’ve ever seen. Layers of mountains as you look into the valley, that little body of calm water. It’s gorgeous. So crushingly beautiful. I could sleep in a tent out there and be happy. It’s really, really nice. Here: we took some photos for you:


Happy Simon

Ok, this doesn’t have much to do with G-Dragon’s villa itself, but it was a lovely story. We had neighbours beside us, who also took a cheapy room. Our lawns connected. This is important to know.

Martina made some Jeon to go with our dinner for the night, but she made too much, so she decided to pack some up and offer it to our neighbours. They were really shocked, not only because we offered them food, but because I don’t think white people make jeon and give it to Korean people. Just saying…

That’s not the best part of the story. A few minutes later, they come over to our area to offer us something of theirs: A WHOLE RACK OF PORK RIBS! Hot damn! It was huge! And totally a not fair trade. We gave them stuff we made out of a package with some of our own extra ingredients. Cost a buck at most. Theirs? A lot more than a buck. Great deal! And, really, such a lovely experience that makes me fall in love with this country a little bit more. Thank you, kind Korean neighbours, for being so awesome.

The Bad

Our room was kinda lacking in some areas. The bed was hard as hell and the pillows were, too. It could just be our cushy-stushy asses that need overly soft bedding, but it was really tough for us to fall asleep. Also, the bathroom door was deadly. You didn’t see this on camera, but one time I tried to get out of the bathroom and the door fell right off and almost landed on Martina. It…needs some upkeep.

Also, as much as I think GD is cool, I don’t really want to listen to his music blasting all the time at breakfast. Sure, for the fan experience, eating breakfast in the G Dragon cafe, watching GD videos everywhere, seeing GD’s piano, big pictures of GD, would be great if you’re a fangirl or fanboy. We’re just like, yeah, that’s enough already. I’d like to just eat my eggs in a bit of quiet, please.

The Really Bad

Angry Spudgy

There’s one thing we want to talk about that really upset us when we were at G Dragon’s Villa: his poor dog, Gaho. We were really excited to see Gaho, because we’re dog people and love playing with dogs, but we were really sad around Gaho. The poor dog is on a chain all day. He has a dog house built for him, but the space that he’s in isn’t big enough for a dog his size. In the morning we see him sleeping beside piles of poop and puddles of urine. In the afternoon he’s put on a short leash and just lays around all day. We didn’t see him walked once.

What’s worse: he reeks of urine and sweat. He wasn’t washed in lord knows how long. You can smell it a meter away from him. The only thing we could think of around Gaho was how sad we were that this lovely, gorgeous dog is here in the countryside, with lots of land to run around in, and a big body of water to be washed in, and he’s chained up to mope all day.

We’re not blaming GD for this. He’s not there to take care of his dog. We’re assuming his schedule became too busy so he gave his dog to the people managing the Villa, and probably assumes that they’re going to take good care of the dog. GD: if you’re reading this, hire someone to play with your dog. Get someone to bathe him. He’s so sad there.

Sad Meemers

Also, we saw a sad cat on a leash tied up to the garbage. He sat in a small box. Every time you walked up to him he’d hop out purring and meowing and begging for attention. I leaned over to pet him and he grabbed onto my finger and licked my hands non-stop. As soon as I tried to walk away he grabbed onto my legs and didn’t let me go, and meowed as I backed away. The cat was covered in mange, with hair falling off his ears and patches of it falling off his body as well.

Why chain up a cat? I don’t get it. It’s the countryside. Let them run free. They’ll go out and get rid of any rats or bugs, and come back to you at night for dinner time and snuggles. Keeping a sad mangy cat tied up to the dumpster is heartbreaking.

We spoke with our friends, Nic and Hugh from MyKoreanHusband about this, and they’ve noticed similar mistreating of animals in the countryside. Animals are just tied up all day and neglected. That just seems to be the lay of the land. Fine. I’m not trying to impose my Western Colonialist ways on Korea or anything that Tumblr would SocialJusticeWarrior about, but I don’t think it’s unfair of me to ask GD to get someone to take better care of his animals, no?

Let us know what you think. Altogether, we still had a lovely time at G-Dragon’s Villa, and it’s one of the nicest places we’ve ever been to in Korea. From now on, if we ever want a weekend getaway, instead of going to a hotel or something, we’re heading out to Dolce Vita. But, that doesn’t change that our first time there we were often quite sad about the animals.

On a less sad note, we’ve got some extra scenes and bloopers from the day. Check em out!


We’ve got a few more videos that we made out of the road trip. Martina’s recipe for Doenjjang Jjigae was really surprisingly delicious, and that should be coming up next week, and the week after that we’ll show you what a Korean Rest Stop/Pit Stop is like. We were far more excited about it than we should have been. Make sure you don’t miss out on any of these videos by clicking on this pretty link right here:

  1. You don’t blame GD for the condition his dog is in? I do. Absolutely. It’s HIS dog. He shouldn’t have gotten a dog if his schedule is so busy, or he should find someone responsible to take care of him.
    And the cat, on a leash stuck to garbage? Absolutely ridiculous.

    I’m a huge fan of GD, but I care more about animals than someone’s music.

  2. This was awesome, but the animal part made me feel so bad, I love animals, this is so sad, I hope they took care of it already :(

  3. Hello there~!
    I plan on visiting this villa in February (as well as the You Are Here Cafe-can’t wait) for my 21st birthday trip. I was wondering if there was any way you guys could post some helpful information on actually booking the room and getting there from downtown Seoul.
    I’ll probably be staying in Gangnam, and since I don’t fluently speak Korean, I’d really appreciate the help-as I will most likely be making this trek out by myself. D;

  4. O_O You have your own special car? Love it! <3

  5. My dog and cat are like my children. That particular breed of dog needs a bath more frequently than other breeds of dogs due to his wrinkles. My sister had one and she had to bathe him at least every 3 weeks. As for his being chained up, I wouldn’t have a problem with It if they brought him into the house for the hottest part of the day at least. Cleaning up after your pet is a responsible thing to do esp if its a housing area. Then again thats just my opinion. I know they do their pets different over there. At least they feed him.

  6. In Lithuania’s vilage you can often see dogs on the chais, special in old people houses :( but cat’s never, they always live free. Very sad that GD’s dog and cat is in that situation, better if they found new home if people can’t to take care

  7. Took me waaaayyy too long to reply to this… but I cannot believe you guise play the ‘guess the k-pop song’ on car trips too. Our version though is that you have to meow the song — try it with Fantastic Baby. We seriously thought we were onto a winner here in terms of cool new games for long car trips, and then we saw this… mew mew meeeewwww.

  8. Omo! I want a sweatshirt like the one Martina was wearing! So cute!

  9. Poor animals! As a child in a lower-lower middle class urban neighborhood in the Philippines, I grew up thinking it was normal to have a dog chained, or in a small cage, since it was like that for every family. Also, animals were fed only leftovers, or spoiled food. It was not common to actually buy or prepare food for your pets. I remember in school we were taught that a dog is there to guard the house and a cat is there to catch the mice, nothing about companionship, or love, or animals being a part of the family. I suppose this is also the prevailing attitude in rural areas in Korea.

    When I was eight my family moved to a rural area and that was where I started seeing kids playing with dogs and people petting cats! Now I have a dog and two cats, and they are mostly indoor pets but we make sure to walk the dog daily. A portion of our household budget goes to their food, supplies, and vet care. Those in the older generation would think it’s such a waste, so I don’t let them know.

  10. I’m visiting my Korean relatives for the second time in my life this summer. I totally agree about the treatment of animals here. Pretty much everyone has a dog or two in the country side and they do not take care of them at all and it breaks my heart :/ I wish Korea would do some more about it…

  11. I hope Gaho isn’t left out there during the summer as well. Even though shelter is provided, I can’t imagine the dog surviving the summer days without getting a heat stroke. I was actually very surprised to hear that the cat was tied to the garbage. Do you think it had an owner or was it abandoned there? :c

  12. Haha, this was a really good video! I was worried that the pension would be super disappointing, but I still want to go now! Buuut, it will be for next time I go to Korea, I am going back home to Norway in about three weeks. How could three months go so quickly?! T^T About dogs: My school is really in the countryside, and there are so so many dogs here. All of them go totally bananas when they see you, barking so intense. I’m not really scared of dogs, but whoa, those dogs creep me out. But yes, they are chained the whole day. I have never seen anyone walking or playing with them. Now it’s getting so hot here, I feel really bad for them. And who wouldn’t want to pamper sweet Gaho everyday? A big minus for a great pension :/

  13. Seeing the animals chained up made me sad, too. That’s really horrible and disgusting to see. Everything else looked nice but once you showed the puppy, I couldn’t really enjoy the video. Obviously not your fault!!!! Just saying, though. That’s very abusive to the poor boy.

    I want to say I’d totally visit there, and I would, but if only to take the dog and cat home with me. :( That’s just absolutely unacceptable.

    p.s. lol @ tumblrsocialjusticewarriors. Tell me about it. :/

  14. For foods, do you need to bring all your ingredients and all that? Or do they offer/sell them in the villa?
    And for $150 if it for both of you?


  15. Honestly, at this point I don’t see why it matters on who did what. The point that we all get is that the animals are being mistreated in some sort of way, and it needs to be changed. Obviously we need to bring this matter up with GD himself instead of fighting about it in these comments; which won’t help the poor animals at all. Hearing about the cat breaks my heart, as I have one of my own. And GD was lucky I was not there because if I had seen the cat like that I would have let it go. Either that or try to convince my parents to let me keep it { dear lord, if my blessed parents let me keep all the animals I found I’d be quite the animal hoarder! c; } ANYWAYS, I think if we all took to twitter, he would see that most of his tweets are about his dog and eventually find that something is up. GD obviously loves his animals, and wouldn’t just sit back while a bunch of people are telling him that his pets are being mistreated. It doesn’t matter how busy his schedule is, he is a nice kind of person.
    So please, for the animals sake, can we just forget whose fault it is and worry about their safety? We need to inform GD of this matter so it can be taken care of right away /:

  16. I nearly teared up when reading about the animals. Let them roam freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee :'(

  17. Did I hear ‘soju taste test’?? Omg that will be one hell of a video :D

  18. Instead of me being all happy and fangirling about GD’s pension…I’m just really sad about the mistreatment of animals :( I would’ve volunteered to wash him! or like at least get a bucket and fill it up with water from the lake and splash it on him! UGH it makes me really sad and agitated hearing animals being treated like that T.T It’s because I have a dog and I can’t imagine someone doing that to him!

  19. I think beds in Asia are generally hard. I went to China in high school & the beds in the hotel felt like sleeping on wood. Pretty hard. Glad you had an overall good time at the pension though! :)

  20. GD’s my most favorite idol ever (after TOP of course XD) but it saddens me after hearing about the animals. He should get some new caretakers. I would happily volunteer ^.^… Except I don’t live in Korea… Thanks for the honest tour! It was really fun to watch XD

  21. As an animal rights activist, I completely agree with you guys. Those animals should be taken care of better, and I totally understand that GD is super busy, but it’s his responsibility to make sure his companions are taken care of. I love GD so this was really upsetting for me to find out, and those of you trying to justify the mistreatment of these animals, SHAME ON YOU! If celebrities that are busier than GD can take care of their companions, then GD can do it as well. I know if I was GD I’d be very angry to know that my companions were treated like that. Poor Gaho, Jolie, and kitty :(

  22. can you post more info of how you booked, how you checked in??? Also is the cafe-thing open to the public or just guests???
    thank you!!!

  23. hmm I’m confused, I posted a comment here yesterday and now it seems to have disappeared…
    I was just saying that this is one sexy looking blog post and that I love the poppy-uppy photo captions, are they new? or maybe it’s because I’m using chrome instead of firefox now

  24. Any time I travel abroad and see animals neglected or mistreated, it ruins at least the rest of the day, if not the rest of the vacation for me. In Mexico, I saw a baby jaguar who had probably been stolen from his mother, purposefully kept hungry so that tourists would come and bottlefeed it while they got their pictures taken (for a price). It grabbed the bottle and gobbled down as much as it could every time. And once these cubs get too big, they’re killed. In Taipei’s night markets, there’s a pet section where I saw these sad cats kept on like 2-ft leashes. Every time someone came by they ran towards them, begging for attention, only to be stopped short because the leash was pulled taut, like a cruel joke. With each incident I pretty much burst into tears. Had I seen the tied up cat I would have been tempted to take it with me and bring it to the vet/allow it to roam/feed it a good diet, etc. I’m not sure it would have been missed.

    I know S&M already talked about pet culture and how it just hasn’t reached the same level as it has in NA, but think of your own pet (if you have one). There isn’t an excuse no matter who you are and how busy you are, especially if you have the resources, to make sure your animals are well-cared for even if you have to leave them.

    • I can understand you, since I had a similar experience.

      Once I went to Punta Cana and I was excited to swim with dolphins. But I, naively, thought we would go to the sea to swim near them, seeing them swimming around. But they were in a cage in the sea, and I could see some wounds in their skin, probably inflicted by the grids of the cage. It was a very sad experience…

  25. This was absolutely great!

    However, I totally feel for those animals. :(

  26. We need to kidnap these creatures and make them ours!!!!! GD!! I expected better from you!!

  27. Wow those photos look beautiful, so awesome to be able to see parts of Korea outside the city.

    About the animals, to everyone who is defending GD, I can’t say I agree that he is faultless in this. In my eyes, an owner who does not commit to the responsibility of owning pets, and leaves them with someone else is just as bad as people who openly neglect and mistreat animals in the more traditional sense. There is no excuse for taking on a dog or a cat, only to decide later down the track that you’ll just hand them over when it becomes less convenient for you. GD has always been busy, and if he wasn’t prepared to go the distance, then he should not have become a pet owner in the first place. Animals deserve to be loved and respected, and him being a talented celebrity does not mean his actions are suddenly OK. Hopefully, he will step up and rectify this situation soon.

  28. Wow the area you guys were in is stunning. I want to go to there! I couldn’t stay in GDs pension though after hearing about the poor puppy and kitty. I love animals almost more than people and that kind of stuff makes me so angry and sad. I teared up reading it. I’m so sick of how people treat animals around the world. It grinds my gears! Seeing that puppy and kitty I would be like NOPE I’m sad now and will me staying sad harumph! But at least it was beautiful place and you had nice neighbors and foodings.

  29. Took my little British Shorthair mind a moment or two to work this out… you mean not all kitties like me have it so good? My Mummy was sad when she read this blog post and when I went to comfort her by rubbing my tail in her face she got even sadder. She said that when she was in Korea a month ago she thought about going to GD’s pension but she is glad she didn’t go now because if she did it would make her too sad… or that I would have a new brother or sister cat that she would rescue and bring home to be treated like a princess like me.

    I’m really happy she didn’t go actually. I have enough trouble with the Abyssinian cat they brought home last time when my parents went out for a new ‘brother or sister’.

    But if it was Dr Meemers they brought home, well. Ahem. Tee hee hee. That would be a different question. He is so hot!! **Nobody ouch my Meemers Oppa ever — I will scratch your eyes out.**

    I mean, meow?

  30. How heart breaking. I would travel there just to take care of the animals.

  31. this is a thing?!? omg!! i’d love to go!!! I guess it must be hard for tourists to get to though since you guys had to drive to get there… oh well. fun WANK!

    sad about the animals though… i hope someone tells GD about it! his dog is so cute! T_T

  32. For a second I thought you were actually going to GD’s house and I was so surprised you got permission for that XD -twiddles thumbs- Anywhoo, this video was SUPER entertaining to watch :’) And I feel so bad about the dog (like the situations bad enough but considering he’s in the country, it makes it 100x worse!)

  33. I know this has nothing to do with anything but I was going around back to got get the trash can and I saw this cat when i came back around front sitting under a little bush.The cat looked just like Dr. Memers I thought did Dr. Memers worth go on some secret journey to the states lol. I wish I had a pic but it was just so peaceful I didn’t want to bother it by taking one.

  34. When I was watching your video, I was hoping you would write something about the animals in your post because I was absolutely shocked at how these poor things were living. I really shouldn’t be shocked considering how far-behind on animal protection and treatment Korea is compared to North America. Honestly, I live in the US, and I know that some places would deem this animal mistreatment and the ASPCA would get involved.

    Animals need to be loved and cared for. At the very least, they should at least be allowed more freedom than they are currently receiving. It breaks my heart to see something like this happening, especially when the pension is dedicated to a very influential person who is now setting a poor example for how people should treat animals.

    I’m not sure how much good it will do, but I tweeted G-Dragon about how I felt as though the animals at his pension should be better cared for. Maybe if enough people talk about it, something will get done about it? Ahhhh. I don’t know.

    I’m just really bummed out now. :'(
    Poor puppies and kitties. I’m going to go give my kittens a big hug now.

  35. Martina and Simon!
    Can’t wait for more WANK videos!

    But can you include a map… like on the side to show where you started and where you went? It really helps since I have no clue as to where you are headed besides a name.

    You can even make it cute… you know a little cartoon car moving along a map of South Korea with a big “X” marks the spot to your destination.

  36. Oh, please don’t get too much on those. It’s just a business. No one appreciate or blame for going that place. They just got extra money, so they found a way to rip off his fans.

  37. I look forward to seeing you guys visit more places. Can you guys do a Wank on where to go if you visit Korea and places you recommend. I finally graduated and I am planning to travel after the summer. I had France and Germany on my mind but I’m really warming up to the idea of touring East or South Asia. Can you also do the Wank from multiple perspectives. Unlike a lot of people, I am not one interested in looking at museums and art works and pretending I understand a lick of art. I mean really, I’m tired of giving fake wows at the mona lisa. No offence to Davinci but to me it’s just a nun looking type of lady in a frame… (But it’s like all anyone ever recommends. I’ve had enough thank you. I really prefer architecture and more cultural aspects of countries. I’m a nature, sunsets and mountains gal. I’d like to know places you can hike, famous pubs, palaces, country sides, etc.

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