3 Seoul: SA

Monday, January 14, 2013

Seoul is a big city with so many places to go and things to do and see and eat! Since my Seoul experiences are not wholly representative of all that is on offer here, I've asked a few friends about their Seoul. Here are three random things Seoul means to them, be it everyday or on special outings. Let's check them out!

I've known SA since the first day at the university dormitory halls. I remember going up the Sky Tower on the first night of my life in Auckland with her and E. Along with my cousin N, I've spent the most off-work times with SA while here in Seoul. We share similar tastes in many things, especially films, and dates with her are always a joy.

SA loves Samchung-dong / Insa-dongthe best. One of the reasons is that her Mum works in the area, so she got to spend a good deal of her childhood in the area. Also Samchung-dong, off exit one of Anguk station, is pretty much the midpoint meeting place for her and her friends, who live on the extreme ends of each other.

From exit one, walk forward and turn slightly to the left onto the diagonal street where all the traditional souvenir shops are. Follow the crowd to turn right into a courtyard surrounded by a building with winding path. This is Ssamji-gil, a very popular tourist place, but also frequented by Koreans as well. The boutiques here are unique and a mix of the traditional and modern. SA's glasses store is here, where they have one-of-a-kind designs that are fun and choice.

If you come out, and back towards Anguk station, you will see Amandier across the street, which has decent macarons. It's a cafe, bakery and patissery, and also a chocolate and ice cream place. So, everything, I guess. The baker here, Andre, is French, and pretty well known, I hear. SA likes the Amandier macarons, but also the breads, especially the berry pistachio pastries. Yum.

Amandier: Cafe-Boulangerie-Patisserie
175-3, Ankuk-dong, Jongro-gu, Seoul 110-734, Korea
ph. 02-736-9651

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