Korea Travel Series Part 9: Day 6 – Hongdae, Thanks Nature Cafe (Sheep Cafe), Raccoon Cafe, Eel Restaurant (풍천장어구이), Paris Baguette, Myeongdong Street Food & Shopping

Continuation of Mummy Audrey’s trip to Seoul, Korea with 3 kids and Ahjussi from 1st to 15th Sep 2016.

Links to the entire series HERE.

Day 6 – 6th September 2016 
This day started off according to our itinerary but changed drastically when Big Boy made a lunch request…
Warning, this post is full of awfully cute photos and videos that will make you squeal and make you really really HUNGRY! 🙂

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Easier for you to take a look at the map to get a feel of where we walked. We ended up taking a cab from Hongdae street to the Eel Restaurant as we were not very sure how close it was. Taxi fare was just the minimum base fare of 3,000 won.

First Stop: Thanks Nature Cafe (Sheep Cafe) 

Warning: Apparently the sheep are not here all year round. They do have their ‘off days’. Do check on their FB page to confirm if they will be around. During our pre-trip planning, it was stated on their FB page that the sheep are on vacation and will only be back mid-Sep. We just tried our luck since we were already in Hongdae area for the day and VIOLA!!!

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Look out for this banner outside the building!

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This is what you will see when you peer down!

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Their drinks are nice! We had Lemonade and Strawberry Ade (5,000 to 7,000 won each). 🙂 Look at how happy Baby Oppa is!

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Trying to pose with the sheep that are running around freely.

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Only managed to capture the sheep’s butt. Oops!

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Really way too cute!!! Cafe customers are allowed into the pen for close up interaction with the sheep.

I wanted to stroke the sheep but Meimei was really scary and looked liked she wanted to grab some wool so I had to stay further away for the safety of the sheep.

It was a really good experience. The boys loved it and the sheep were really cheeky, running amok digging into the containers with their food. Meimei enjoyed watching them run around and she was squealing.

Second Stop: Raccoon Cafe (Found by chance!)

Just as we crossed the road from Thanks Nature Cafe towards Hongdae Street, we saw an interesting poster stand and headed up for a quick look. I did research on this place online before our trip but reviews said that they didn’t allow kids until 12 years old, so I left it out when planning for our trip. We really just wanted to try our luck to see how the place looks like. We prepped the boys that we MAY NOT be allowed to enter, don’t be disappointed.

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This is the banner. You won’t miss it. It is beside ABC Mart.

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The cafe’s entrance. We didn’t see any signs stating that kids were not allowed. So they eagerly peered in.

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I checked with the staff and they said no problems with having Big Boy and Baby Oppa in! But not for Meimei as they were worried she will chase the raccoons and frighten them (THEY ARE SO RIGHT ABOUT THIS). So I carried her and waited at the waiting area (where the lockers and shoes are, but we could still look inside.  There’s an entrance fee of 6,000 won per person. Drinks were cheap, though. The staffs were very fun and friendly too.

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The one who enjoyed this cafe the most. Want to go near but scared. Want to play with them but scared. But he really enjoyed watching them play and running around.

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You can go really up close! They are really cute!

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See how curious Big Boy is?

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The staff were really nice and brought a raccoon nearer to Meimei for a photo though we didn’t pay entrance fees.

Do note that they have 2 dogs in there. Baby Oppa was afraid of the bulldog and cried when the bulldog licked his leg. Ahjussi had to carry him around to see the raccoons.

So we got hungry after walking around and only had some snacks along the way plus drinks from the 2 cafes. We decided to walk along Hongdae and see what food options we can find.

Stroll & Look for Lunch: Hongdae Street

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The clothes here are cheaper and more trendy, catering to the uni students. Nice place to shop for trendy young stuff. Loads of makeup stores further down too.

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Along Hongdae Street, keep a look out into the smaller alleys. You will find this! Hello Kitty Cafe! This photo was taken in Oct 2014. We didn’t head there on this trip as I thought that the boys wouldn’t enjoy the pinkish environment.

Anyway, after a short walk here with the boys rejecting all the food options. I finally asked Big Boy what he would like to eat. And he said, “Eel.”

So we asked Google for an eel place near Hongdae…

Ended up here for lunch: 풍천장어 – Pungcheon Eel

Warning: This place is a little on the pricey side amongst all our meals. We ordered 3 eels to share among the 4 of us as Baby Oppa said he wasn’t very hungry. The total was 87,000 won. But the eels were alive and prepped upon order. And NO BONES. Ahjussi watched them prep the eels and he saw them removing the bones. Awesome. After trying cheaper eels at another place (Myeongdong), I think this place is WORTH EVERY CENT!!!!

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Looks old and run down, but Google said this place has excellent reviews.

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The boys were fascinated by the live eels in the tanks.

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Many many of them!

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The eels were seasoned right in front of us with some salt.

Look at the eel still moving!

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Slowly, the eel cooked over charcoal.

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And it became crispy on the outside…

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It was super super good. Even Baby Oppa who said that he wasn’t hungry finished up half an eel on his own! Big Boy finished an entire eel on his own! Though on the pricey side, it was really a good splurge! I can still remember the taste and the crispy texture of the skin. Nothing like the eels we have in Singapore!

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Address in Korean: 홍대 · 서울시 마포구 연남동 568-25
Address in English: 568-25 Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

 

After the full meal, the boys got tired & sleepy so we headed back to our apartment at Myeongdong for a nap, then started to walk around Myeongdong to hunt for dinner. We filled our tummies with awesome street food.

Baby Oppa whined about having some chocolate cake before we headed back for a nap, so we dropped by Paris Baguette for chocolate cake.

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PB in Korea is really different from SG. The bread, pastries, and cakes taste and look so different. You must try them when you are in Korea! Outlets are everywhere, so it is easy to find.

 

Final Stop: Myeongdong Street Food

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The Line Store @ Myeongdong! There’s a queue for photo taking, so do join the queue.

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The boys love octopus as much as I do! They kept asking for MORE MORE MORE! 4,000 won per stick.

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Another of their fave. Grilled fresh scallop! 8,000 won each.

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They loved it so much I had to recreate this at home. Thankfully it was really easy and I did it with our oven!

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Then we saw this and couldn’t resist. Grilled shrimps and grilled abalone. Can’t remember the pricing, though. Abalone was 10,000 won per stick (3pc), I think.

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We chose chocolate!

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Fried Ice Cream!

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This is near Lotte Duty-Free (Myeongdong). Just across the road. And just near this will be a stall that sells grilled chicken. MUST TRY!

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This is our fave stall for grilled chicken. They have many different sauces for you to choose from and description are stated in English. 🙂

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Hand made dumplings. Different fillings available and different condiments available!

Really too many pictures to go into them one by one so there’s the whole collection. There’s loads to try and loads to see! Settling dinner based on street food is definitely very filling. But can get quite expensive at Myeongdong as you will spend quite a bit at each stall.

That’s the end of Day 6! We went shopping at Uniqlo & Forever 21 too. And of course, contact lense shopping for my sister.

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There are many different shops and I do not wear contact lenses so I was clueless. Just randomly walked into one with good reviews online (Lense Story). I had to ask them to recommend. They have many different types and pricing varies accordingly. They have daily use type, 6-month type, and 1-year type. Do note that their lenses do not cover those with astig. Either you can’t get any or you can be like my sister, vain until can ignore the astig.

How to get to Myeongdong Street? Train to Myeongdong Station and follow the signs! Exit 3 & 4 are our usual routes.

 

Next up: Day 7 – Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕), Dragon Hill Spa (AGAIN), E-Mart @ Yongsan Station, Sinpo Woori Mandu (신보우리만두)

Keep a lookout!

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Mummy Audrey
Mummy to Big Boy, Baby Oppa & Meimei

Note: Mummy Audrey runs her own online store, www.TLO.com.sg, while looking after her 3 kids ages 9yo, 5yo, and 1yo. Her business focuses on Korean baby products, thus she travels to Korea frequently to source for new and unique products to bring into Singapore. 

Mummy Audrey and her children are available for product/service reviews as long as the products/services are not conflicting with her own products. Do contact her directly at audrey@TLO.com.sg if you are interested for her to review your product. 

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