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Welcome everyone to our second episode of Wonderful Adventure Now Korea, aka WANK, where we travel around different parts of Seoul and Korea and do our own Variety Show kind of thing, minus the big budget, mega stars, and lots of cameramen. In other words, it’s just a freaking vlog, but in Korea!

Today we go to Samchungdong, which is a place we always find ourselves going to, because it’s awesome, but it’s not that popular. Most people go to Insadong, which is, like, THE tourist spot to check out. We’ve been there a couple of times, but – really – after a while it gets boring. Don’t get us wrong! It’s a really nice place if you want to pick up souvenirs and other things before you head back to your home country, but if you’ve been living here for a while, like we have, Insadong doesn’t really have many things to offer (or are we wrong here? Maybe there are some parts that we’re just unaware of?).

If you cross the street from Insadong, though, you can get to one of our favourite parts of Korea: Samchungdong. It’s a really cool little artsy, romantic place. It’s got some cool coffee shops (which we’ve done videos for), really nice dessert places, cool art galleries, and is just overall oh so pretty. Honestly, most of the times that we go out on a date night, we end up going to Samchungdong.

That being said, it’s not all too tourist friendly, compared to Insadong. Finding Engrish was very difficult, because finding ENGLISH was difficult, as was finding a Korean idol advertisement to take a picture with. Samchungdong is a very indie kind of area, still not overrun with big franchise shops everywhere, and maintains a charm to it as a result.

Anyhow, we can’t recommend it highly enough, and it’s constantly one of the places we tell people to visit when they come to Korea. Make sure you take the time to check it out if you haven’t already!

And on that note, this video turned out to be pretty darned loooong. We had to cut out a lot of it, or else it would have been a bagillion-minute movie. Those extra scenes we’ve put in the bloopers. Check em out!

 

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  1. Hey Martina! I’m not sure if you are aware but GD has the same pink scarf as yours! :)
    He was always wearing it early this year so it became infamous for us VIPs..^^

  2. Aaaaw all my FAVE places ;~; I WANNA GO BACK >___<
    And Ho clearly won this round for Martina! :D

  3. Simon’s Engrish was great and Martina was clearly the idol picture winner. 

  4. samcheong-dong is probably one of my favorite places in all of Seoul. such a cool place! great job Simon and Martina! you guys are showcasing Korea in a new way :) (insert Price is Right music)

  5. Martina for the picture and Simon for the engrish

  6. Martina for the win all the way ! Engrish AND Picture ^.^  

  7. Nice video! I have a couple questions for you guys; what was the name of that macaroon shop you went to? and what was that guy making in the last video on the playlist? It looked really unique and yummy. Also I’m totally jealous of anyone who can flip between several foreign languages like that guy

  8. Simon for the ENGRISH and Martina for the PICTURE :)

  9. Hi Martina sorry if this is off topic but can you do a video about your hair styles! Even with a billion pins your hair is always really cute! +++Martina won all the waay in this video!

  10. Hands down, Martina wins this video, sorry Simon!!!!

  11. lolol plastercine vs. plasticine ~~ Blow Your Mind!!! beaver tail =)

  12. Could you do shinchon or daehakro next? Please. 

  13. Engrish is uh? hard to tell which to vote since both of them are not that great but I’d vote for Martina. Idols Minho vs Gus Hiddink? Hmmmm…. I’d say Gus Hiddink which was picked by Simon. 

    • Dont tease me with pie comments. Pie is not popular in Korea, and if IF a shop has apple pie, the crust is dry and not buttery and the spice is off. *sigh*

      • there’s actually a REALLLY good pie shop…. it’s in ITAEWON called Ruby Edward’s Tartine Bakery. FYI: they use A LOT of butter cuz I think the owner is a professional patisier from paris or something like that ;). Enjoi~ **except I heard it’s a bit pricey… but hey, when you crave something, it’s worth it**… p.s. you guys should do a vlog on this place!

  14. Martina!!! You rock Martina, just btw!!

  15. I feel bad for Simon but I choose Martina as the winner for the Engrish and photo challenge.

  16. full win for Martina!!! I’m sorry stinky fart sucker the 3rd but I’m Minho biased all the way :D

  17. Sorry Martina, but I liked Simon’s engrish better T-T
    But I liked Martina’s picture >.>
    and I also liked her anteater XD

  18. Martina’s engrish is totally better! xD

  19. srry stinky fart sucker the 3rd i vote for martina…..

  20. first of all coffee prince for life simon, second martina won the kpop thing and simon won the engrish

  21. Sorry bro, but Martina won every challenge hehe

    I’m curious about the place were korean otaku(don’t know if they are called otaku in Korea) hang out. I remember the video you guys did about the sounds effects found in manhwa so i’m curious about the manhwa and anime stores now ^^

  22. Martina def. Sorry bud but minho all the way!!!

  23. Martina hands down. Minho and Onew. You did best Martina. I would take the stand up of Minho if I was there.

  24. Ahahahaha, stir-fry in a cookie. Sounds… so… delicious… O_o That white guy looked like a really, really bad photo of Mel Gibson. So… my vote’s going to go for that, because I know Minho is going to win anyways :|

  25. Hey Simon and Martina!  We love your new segment!  My wife is Korean and we live in Germany now~ Booo lol  But we have some interesting information for you about this episode.  The restaurant name you ate at has an interesting meaning and I’m going to break it down for you now. Ready, go:

    먹쉬돈나 – is actually an abbreviation for:

    먹 – Eat
    쉬 – Rest
    돈 – Pay (money)
    나(가)  – Get out

    Its pretty funny when you think about it because there is usually a long line, so they don’t want you to rest.  Some people say the 쉬 (rest) is short for 쉬지말고 (don’t rest) because if your done eating the ajuma will come and clean your table to make you leave haha.

    Anyways hope this wasn’t TL;DR.  Cant wait for the next vid!

    새해 복 많이받으새요~! (Happy New Years!)

  26. MINHO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (and little Onew in the back) Martina wins that hand down!!!!!!!!!! and then up!!! lets party!!!

    i so want a macaroon!! they look like pretty patties!!!
    and i love your skull brooch Martina!!
    catching the SHINee idol challenge!! you should so do that!! try and catch a Shinee member!! like literally!!! lure them away with chicken and sweets!!!…and banana milk!!!
    the engrish challenge i think is also a win for Martina 

    sorry Stinky Fart Sucker III

  27. wanking suggestion for next time: hongdae?

  28. minho wins!! <3
    simon's engrish wins!! :D

  29. Today (Dec. 28) is my BIRTHDAY! WANKing on my birthday… Alright.. I can deal with that. XD

    Random white guy.. Simon wins the “Idol” challenge! Sorry Martina.
    But I think Martina wins the Engrish challenge.

  30. I’m so thankful for today’s episode! Last year my Korean friend took me to Samchungdong but I missed asking her for the name of that area. But watching your video, I remembered some places(like the Coffee Prince street :D). So, thank you!

    Oh, and is that Japanese I see on the menu? I fail at reading Korean but luckily I’m fluent in Japanese so I’ll definitely check out that restaurant you went to (next time I get to Korea). :D

  31. Namsan~ You should go to Namsan~~ ♥
    As for the challenges, even though Martina is the one who took the pic with an idol, it’s harder to find white people on signs in Korea, so I think Simon wins for the more challenging picture. The Engrish. . . Both are pretty good, but I think I’m gonna give this to Simon too because I feel Martina’s was supposed to be separate thoughts seeing as how there were line breaks.
    Also. . . Martina~ you’re hair is always so cute! You should make a video on how to style hair, or at least post a blog or something about it! I have shorter hair and I always have trouble finding new things to do with it, but you have a different style in every video! How do you come up with so many styles???

  32. anteaters! zot zot zot~
    I have to go with martina for the pic, but the engrish challenge goes to simon. 

  33. Martina totally beat Simon in the idol challenge … I mean … Really , Simon , really ? 
    But , I gotta go for Simon in the Engrish challenge .

  34. Korea is so beautifulllllllllllllllllllll……………GUYS PLEASE TAKE ME HERE XDDD Are you going to go to Handel&Gretel someday maybe? :D

  35. Simon definitely won the Engrish challenge this week!

  36. Martina wins I love SHINee and sorry but k pop idols are way better than random white guys. I think Simon’s engrish made to much since and Martina’s won.

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