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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. Jeri Watkins

    Vampire Martine just made me laugh SO. HARD. XD

  2. I have a question for Martina! ^_^
    So I know you guys have interviewed a lot of KPOP idols, but Have you ever interviewed Bigbang or more specifically your favorite rapper, TOP?
    I figured that if you did the video would have been up LOOOONG ago. XP

  3. Paul Kwon

    ap-chima is literally “front dress”

  4. Camilla Paine

    I know it doesn’t count anymore, but I don’t care.

    Martina you win everything forever for posing next to Minho.
    I love himmmmm.

  5. Martina gets double points! She posed next to Minho and Onew. XD

  6. I thought my head would pop out since I said hi to the camera!! :( Anyways, it was awesome to have met you~~ 

  7. absolutely lovely place 삼청동 

  8. Kathy MInchin

    No, no! Not macaroon it’s macaron!

  9. Matina congratulation!!! Finally you had you’re revenge from the hands game punishment video, although the punishment you suffered was far more embarrassing then Simon’s nick name.
    But then if we sum it with last week’s dance we can say that now you’re even! Hurray for Martina!

  10. Anonymous

    I checked out that place with my girlfriend and it was really good. Thanks for the recommendation. Also, 먹쉬돈나 stands for 먹다 eat 쉬다 rest 돈내다 pay 나가다 leave.

  11. Anonymous

    Sorry Simon, you lost pretty badly. Better luck next time! :)
    I really love this new segment- it’s almost better than Music Mondays. 

  12. Black sesame macaroons! You can get them in Japan as well… as well as black sesame ice cream :)

  13. I Love ur hair~ <3

    oh no!!
    R.I.P Anteater.. :(
    bad Simon.. bad…. D:

  14. Love this segment! And love your hair Martina! :D
    I love macaroons, but wth??? Wasabi? 

  15. I really like how artsy Samchungdong is. Also I vote for Minho and Martina’s engrish! ^_^ By the way Martina love your hair do in this one..it looks really cute.

  16. I was drinking coke and then a wild minho appears! and me almost dying!

  17. MINHO!! :D and Martina’s Engrish :)

  18. Anonymous

    Minho <3 and Simon's enrgish XD

    MINHO ALL THE WAY XD  Simon you could have picked Onew who was slightly behind Minho lol   battle amongst the SHINee members XD

  19. Anonymous

     Simon’s random white guy & Martina’s english XD 

  20. I vote martina all the way. I love her engrish! and MINHO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Voting for random white guy ’cause he totally looks like Guus Hiddink :P and Martina’s Engrish lol I think they just ran the phrase through a translator. You guys couldn’t have picked the worst time of the year to start the W.A.N.K. because last couple days were HARSH! I walked around with half of my face covered with muffler and with a hoody on, all you can see of me were my eyes lol. I suggest the next obvious place to W.A.N.K.: 홍대~! party all night yo~

  22. random white guy! because he’s worth it :DD but voting for Martina’s engrish ^^

  23. Wait…did I miss last week’s WANK Engrish and Idol winners being announced? D: Any way, I totally vote for Martina. Dedicate Shawol (sorry Simon…) and her Engrish made no sense, whereas Simon’s still made sense. 

  24. Cecilia G

    i vote for random white guy..

  25. roy roh

    the random white guy is ‘Guus Hiddink’ the 2002 worldcup Korean team coach.

  26. muggledore

    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..^^

  27. I’m voting for Martina. :) Sorry Simon, It was just her night. I’m sure you’ll do better next year!

  28. do you guys know what 먹.쉬.돈.나 stands for? lol it’s acronym for a one complete sentence :p

  29. Kayley Suk

    I vote for the random white guy!

  30. Minho~ yaaayyyyyyyyy~
    and I think Martina’s engrish is better~
    and and and yeahhhhh…

    yaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy~

  31. Nimmy~ is a Shawol!

    I miss WTF TT

  32. Brendon Spencer

    That was really funny, guys!  Echoing everyone else.  That’s one of, if not, the best places in Seoul.  Better luck next time, Simon :)

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

  34. ok guys… i have kinda weird question to you now. have you by any chance been in tv recently…??

    now i’ll explain why am i askin this xDD well me & my family are planning to have a satelite tv, so we ask people around for their opinions. for me personally – i’d love to have some korean chanel XDD and today when ma mum was at work, she asked her boss what satelite tv they have at work and if there’s any korean chanel. so the boss started to shuffle through the chanels and it seems there was some korean tv after all, coz ma mum recognized ya xD she told to her boss that i’m watching ur vids xD when she got back from work, i showed her one of ur vids to make sure that she seen you, not someone else. and she said – there’s no doubt. it was you XDD

    so… well… XD

  35. This is so interesting! I really like this new segment guise :D

  36. Haha, good call with not trying to compete with Minho, Simon. :D

  37. well stinky fartsucker the 3rd… martina beats you completely in this ep… XDD

    i really like the new segment (: it’s interesting to see more of an actual korea than just ur place, even if ur home is totally osom :D

    i’ve been thinkin abt it for a while… u can go to kona beans that suju’s mothers owns xD maybe u’ll be lucky enough to meet one of the members :D this place is probably still very crowded, but whatever XD

  38. im sorry stinky fartsucker the third….. XDDDD
    MINHO BEATS ALLL <3
    unless its donghae ^^^^^^^^^
    BUT YEAH WOOOT WOOT MINHO FTW IN THIS CASE <3

  39. SHINee SHINee absolutely SHINee MINHO MINHO MINHO MINHO MINHO MINHO
    NO MORE QUESTIONS ITS DONE OUT OF 1000 PEOPLE IN THE WORLD WHO WOULD VOTE 999 WOULD VOTE BE SHINee MINHO AND THE 1 WOULD BE STINKYMCFARTSUCKER THE 3RD ( OR SIMON ) I AM VOTING BEHALF OF ALL THE PEOPLE WHO CANT VOTE RIGHT NOW WHICH WOULD BE 10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK PEOPLE SO ADD IN THAT 10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK VOTES CHEERS FROM AUSTALIA BUT IM ASIAN OH :) :) : ) :>

  40. Martina wins!!
    I was looking back at things I bought from Canada and I found a notebook with ENGRISH ON THE FRONT!! I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN DAISO WAS CAPABLE OF THIS. “Let simple and old-fashioned myself stay with you, while ordinary things have been disappearing in the world.” WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?!

  41. I vote Martina for Engrish and idol <3

  42. simon won for engrish, martina obviously won the idol picture :)

  43. ninirobinson

    Simon won the engrish. that stew looked delicious, im really craving it now….

  44. cloiebuggeater

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

  45. Samantha Hascall

    Simon totally won at the Engrish challenge…but Martina definitely won at the Idol contest and the anteater contest :P I mean…a top-hat? How can you beat a top-hat?

  46. Simon’s Engrish wins.  XD And OMG. That cookie maker guy really impressed me with his cookie making skills as well as his ability to speak Japanese and English rather fluently. Man, he’s good. xD

  47. It would be awesome if you guys could go to 건국 대학교, I’ll be studying abroad there in the summer. Hopefully, I spelled that right. =P

  48. Literati Tempo

    Sorry Stinky Mcfartsucker the 3rd Martina has whipped you again Photo and Engrish challenge
    (plus your anteater had a weird weird tail)

  49. @Simon and Martina could u W.A.N.K. at YG Family 15th Anniversary Exhibition “KISS WITH YG FAMILY” which is held at Gangnam Station, Sin Bundang Line B2, G-Arche? [Exhibition Period: 2011.11.26 (SAT) ~ 2011.01.05 (THU)/ 07:30am~12:00am] *_*

  50. you look so pretty here Martina! your make-up is lovely.

  51. i love it when you guys do somethng with food!!! it’s like watching a korean cook show where the guests all eat the food they make; they always make the food look delicious and make me so freakin hungry!! 

  52. hey that random guy is guus hiddink, the dutch guy who coached for korean national soccer team! super famous! not just a random dude! lol

  53. Kayley Suk

    You should really go to daehakro or city hall! Or maybe Coex Mall!

  54. I vote Simon’s engrish!  Actually I’m pretty sure it’s pronounced “gooey” duck rather than “gee-oh” duck.  

  55. ahhhh minho~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and in the extras OMG the bobby pin. that’s taboo!!! my brother touched my hair once and i flipped and he couldn’t understand. my mom tried to explain you never touch a girls hairdo but he didn’t get it. i didn’t care but my hair was precariously put up and one touch could bring it all back into my face and i just wanted it off me lol /end rant

  56. what is the music clip of scary suspense music playing from 3:54-3:58 and 6:00-6:06?????!! I love it but I dont know what it is called =’(

  57. I enjoyed simon’s Engrish because it was ironic! ^^ I wonder if the rest of the menu was written in that way!? 

  58. Sorry, Simon, but your anteater looked like a beetle :/ (Plus Martina’s had a top hat!)
    But! Simon’s Engrish totally wins…
    Martina got two idols! Minho AND Onew from SHINee! 8D *ShaWols crowd around and vote* Perfect find, Martina…. Perfect find…

  59. I say Simon’s engrish phrase wins this time.

  60. Anonymous

    Martina wins Engrish and idol poster this week. Loving this series!! Can’t wait for K-Pop 2011 dances!!

  61. Yay! You did the showdown in my favorite coffee shop in Samcheongdong.

  62. I liked Martina’s Engrish and poster (and anteater) more.

  63. simon for engrish
    martina for idol picture :)

  64. Anonymous

    Martina definitely wins the idol picture; I’ll give Simon the vote for best Engrish though. And I can’t thank you guys enough for changing Wednesdays up. I enjoyed the WTFs, but with the new videos we get to see more of the country. Thanks so much!

  65. Anonymous

    Simon for the Engrish and Martina for the idol picture! Minho and Onew… nothing Simon could do could top that.

  66. Anonymous

    now I know where clouds come from o.O

  67. Is the guy Simon found Mike Ditka?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Ditka 

    So my choices as a kpop fan are between Minho or Mike Ditka?

    :S

  68. BTW, that multi-lingual guy is DAEBAK!!! He flips to 2 different languages like no ones business~ sooo cool!!!

  69. martina definetely won the pic contest, but i cant decide between the engrish one XD
    im totally envious of you guys,  that seams like a place id looove to be! those coffe shops were cute and cosy!
    martina, i loooved you with that curly hair *-*

  70. Martina is the cutest thing ever!!! hihi~^^

  71. 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)

  72. Martina for the picture and Simon for the engrish

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

  74. 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

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

  76. 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!

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

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

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

  80. 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*

      • elisha hwangbo

        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!

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

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

  83. Katelyn Young

    hmmmm… I think Martina wins both the picture challenge and the Engrish challenge. Way to go!! Simon I know you’ll win next time!!! I believe in you!!

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

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

  86. Martina’s engrish is totally better! xD

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

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

  89. Martina wins. Simon, plasterscene (with the R) is totally ok to say!

  90. 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 ^^

    • Doreen Park

      otakus in Korea are mainly focused in Japanese stuff (anime, dramas etc) and not KOREAN manhwas/webtoons. People who are into Korean manhwas or webtoons aren’t really classified per say. Otakus are also called Oduck, or Ducku in Korea and are often seen as negative. they pretty much keep to themselves or hang out in anime conventions or in online cafes/forums

  91. Ann Lee

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

  92. victoriee

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

  93. I CHOOSE MARTINA BOTH FOR PICTURE AND ENGRISH!!
    GO SHINEE!!

  94. Sascha Wong
    Sascha Wong

    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 :|

  95. 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!)

  96. punkyprincess92
    punkyprincess92

    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

  97. wanking suggestion for next time: hongdae?

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

  99. 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.

  100. 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

  101. hehehe lol stinky fart sucker III XD

    sorry simon my vote goes for martina for the engrish challenge :D

  102. 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???

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

  104. I thought Martina’s anteater looked like a dinosaur, Simon’s was good except for the tail which did look like a beaver’s lol….as for the engrish, I vote for Simon and of course for Martina and Minho XD

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

  106. Anonymous

    Stinky fart sucker The third the utter humiliation of simon. I kinda feel bad for Simon even if he was such a sore loser. I mean anteaters with top hats and monocles are awesome. Well simon I wish you tried harder to beat martina’s Idol pic of Minho you could have tried snsd dbsk suju or even big bang idols. So matina has my photo vote and simon has my awesome engrish vote…

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

  108. Simon definitely won the Engrish challenge this week!

  109. I laughed, I cried, then I laughed some more! 
    And since Martina’s been winning challenges, I’m going to say Simon, I mean Stinky Fartsucker III, had the better Engrish.
    Also, go to Hongdae!

  110. 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.

  111. For the next WANK you guys should go to COEX xD I hear its pretty cool :O

  112. Stinky McFart Sucker the 3rd, that would be an epic name :)))))))))))) can’t stop laughing, must stop laughing, must go to sleep. :))))))))))))

  113. lol Martina so won this! Sorry Stinky McFart Sucker the 3rd. XD

  114. Martina has the better engrish sign….I’m sorry my english is very bad :D
    But I love eat your kimchi <3

  115. Anonymous

    Simon, you got pwned… sorry, dude. 

    Martina, your anteater was adorable, and Simon was very mean to crush it flat like that…. : (

    Martina won the KPop Idol challenge, certainly, though I think Simon found the better example of Engrish. 

    You guys should totally go to Itaewon, and Gangnam! :D

  116. Go through Itaewon! You can sing Itaewon Freedom the entire time and isn’t supposed to be a foreigner’s paradise in Seoul :?

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