November 19, 2015
OH MY GOD I’M SO HAPPY WE COULD DO THIS VIDEO! Let us show you around Hongdae a bit for this week’s program :D
I have been super excited to do this video for a long time but Simon was always like, “I don’t know, three locations in one video..it might be too long…it might be boring…” and I was like “NO! It’s gonna be great!” I essentially have a huge list that’s got ideas and locations for things I want to film and it’s all safely located in my mind palace. The biggest problem we were facing for filming at shops like Chickalicious and Magpies was that we were worried they would be mega short videos, like, “HERE IS A CUPCAKE SHOP SIMON ATE IT ALL. FAPFAP OVER.” But by putting three locations together in one video, I feel like it was more like a longer adventure video!
So for those of you that don’t know, we’re incredibly biased towards Hongdae. Gangnam Style sucks. Hongdae is where it’s at. Hongdae is a neighbourhood in Korea which we consider to be the actual artsy area. Random breakdancing, rapping, and indie bands fill the local park and the streets on the weekend, and during the day on Saturday there is an art market where local art students sell their handmade stuff. And there are very many little shops all over the neighbourhood that we’ve wanted to talk about. Also, I’d like to mention that none of these locations were sponsored or picked for us to film at; we 100% love these locations but they just happen to overlap with us meeting Diana, the Airbnb2Seoul winner!
But we felt like people are too intimidated to explore Hongdae fully, because it is, after all, really unintuitive. Streets sprout out of other streets without rhyme or reason or any comprehensible pattern. You can’t know Hongdae from a map. You can only know it by walking around Hongdae. But because it’s getting so popular now, the main streets are starting to be ruined (yes RUINED) by big companies that are taking over. The main streets used to have lots of little cute shops, but now bigger franchises are buying out entire buildings and dedicating them to just one big store. The main streets are starting to just look like a shopping mall, really. So, you’ve got to go out to the side streets, the streets within streets within streets. Get disoriented, and you’ll find your way to someplace awesome, which is what we’ve tried to get across in this video.
So I hope this helps all of you guise out with planning a future trip to Korea…and I really hope these locations don’t close down. Hahahahah! I’ve included locations and maps which will help you to find these locations.
There are actually three locations for Magpie. The original one is in Itaewon and the second location is in Hongdae and they recently opened up a location on Jeju Island! Since they’re always changing up their beers, I can recommend our favourites and hopefully they’re on tap when you arrive. I’m a fan of the Porter, The Sinner, The Saint, Hot Tropic IPA, and Raspberry Lemon Wheat. As for their pizzas, they are all fantastic, but we’re big fans of the Chicken Curry (which has cilantro on it) The Hawaiian, and The Vegetarian. For the location in Hongdae, head over to 362-15 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea, or 마포구 서교동 362-15 if you’d prefer a Korean address. Or, if you’re better with maps, we drew one for you.
Okay, so it’s really called “The Veggie Eating Bear,” but this is a must visit place in Korea if you’re living or visiting. Having done more research on it I learned that they only use local ingredients from farmers that they have a relationship with. You can definitely notice it in their food. You can find Bibimbap in lots of places, but it’s got a much richer taste here than many others, I’d say. And the aesthetics of this place are also really pleasing. The house is gorgeous, the decorations are cute, and it’s a must go place in Hongdae. It’s called 나물 먹는 곰 (Namul Meongneun Gom) The Veggie Eating Bear and you can find it at 367-31 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea or 마포구 서교동 367-31. Or, here’s a map.
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is where our cupcake supply comes from. You’ve seen it in our Jenga video, Panty Tug of War video, and Basketball Head video. Well, now you know where we get them from! Don’t get cupcakes anywhere else in Korea. You’d be doing yourself a disservice. This place does it right. It’s actually a branch from a famous place in New York, which we went to while we were on tour, and that place is legit as well. If you’re in Korea, you can find it over at 313-3 Sangsu-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea or 서울시 마포구 상수동 313-3. We also drew you a map of how to get there.
So there you go! If you’re coming to Korea, and want to have the kind of experience Diana had, here, in fact, is where she stayed. All of these places we went to are close by, so Diana had a really local experience, for sure. You can even see Diana’s comment in the feedback there. Yay! Yes, we’re totally gung-ho for Airbnbs, as we use them just about every time we travel, so we were super excited that they wanted to do this contest with us so we could show some of you around Korea. No, we can’t do this for everyone (that’d be crazy!), but we’ve got three more people coming to Korea soon! Woohoo!
For those of you who haven’t won the Airbnb2Seoul contest, here’s a $25 coupon off your first trip with Airbnb. Use it here! Come, spend the day exploring Hongdae. You won’t regret it.
Also, special thanks to Diana for being a good sport and for filming with us for the day. Not everyone is comfortable on camera, but she was great. Thanks Diana. I hope we didn’t bore you :D
Lastly, we’ve got some extra scenes just in case you want more. And remember : Subscribe to our channel because you never know when you could win a paid vacation! It’s that simple! ;)