Some of it’s pretty obvious — like Dongdaemun Market — and some is a little off the beaten path — like Gangnam’s “Snowboard Street.” Hopefully the following list will save you some time and money.
1. Jewelry District
If you have someone to love and money to burn, head to Seoul’s Jewelry District on Boseok-gil (street). It’s in Jong-no (Jongno sam-ga Station, Line 3) so make a day of it and go to nearly Insadong for dinner.
Big Rock Brewery hardly needs an introduction. For the past five years it has been one of the best places to get a beer in Seoul. It was a trail blazer for craft breweries in Korea, being one of the first to offer premium craft brews.
Big Rock Brewery has always been known as a pub with really, really good beer.
For Andy Lee, owner and CEO, that’s a problem.
The food had always been standard fare, consisting of burgers, wings, etc. Pretty unspectacular stuff for a place with some of the best beer in the country.
Nguyen Hai Hang, from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, didn’t come to Korea to visit its ancient temples, nor is she here for the country’s popular upscale shopping centers.
Nguyen paid a visit to Gangnam, Seoul last year to get a new nose. More specifically, to get hers redone.
Some 320 kilometres south of Seoul, people from around the world are pouring into this picturesque port city in South Jeolla Province for one of the biggest international events of the year.
In the mood for an omelet? You got it. Sushi? Yep. Cream pasta? Burrito? Shepherd’s pie? No prob. T.G Brunch, in Gyeongnidan, has just about everything, it seems.
Ken Choi, the owner, was born and raised in Seoul, but lived in the States for eight years. He was a sushi chef in Hawaii for six, and lived in California for two. While abroad, he learned the intricacies of the Western pallet. He returned to Korea and continued to cook for an foreign audience before finally opening his own restaurant.
The sooner you get your New Year plans set in stone the better. Wait too long and you risk spending another New Year’s Eve sipping soju in front of Family Mart. Not that that’s ever happened to me.
Following are some venues with the foresight to have their New Year’s Eve plans established in November, so we could give them free advertising in Groove Korea’s December issue. Details have been provided by hosts and are subject to change. Call ahead.
The Wolfhound Pub