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Hansot Dosirak is the largest bento box manufacturer in South Korea, founded in 1993, and operates a chain of stores. In 2011, it was awarded the grand prize in the Bento Specialty Store category at Korea’s Most Loved Brands Awards. Currently, it holds the number one position in the bento box industry in the country, with virtually no competitors. “Hansot ...

McDonald’s is a leading multinational fast food franchise that originated in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Known as the epitome of fast food hamburgers, it has become a trademark symbolizing American capitalism and globalization, alongside Coca-Cola and Apple. With its global presence, McDonald’s has a significant impact on the world economy, to the extent of creating the “Big Mac Index,” a concept ...

In Yeonhui-dong, Seoul, you won’t find fast food chains like McDonald’s or Lotteria, which are typically common. The nearest McDonald’s can be found on Myeongmul Street between Yonsei University and Sinchon Station, and Lotteria is entirely absent from the area. Instead, you can find Mom’s Touch and Burger King in Yeonhui-dong. Mom’s Touch is located near Yeonhui Samgeori (Yeonhui Intersection), ...

Guan Yu, a character from the “Three Kingdoms,” is revered as a prominent figure representing the era, renowned for his martial prowess. Even today, he enjoys immense popularity and fame among both historical monarchs and the general public. His fame is widely known through the novel “Romance of the Three Kingdoms.” Renowned for his unparalleled martial arts skills, loyalty, and ...

In Incheon, you can find the largest Chinatown in South Korea. Located near Incheon Station, Chinatown is like a small China in Korea, offering an experience of Chinese food and culture without actually going to China. Chinatown was established following the opening of Incheon in 1883 under the Kanghwa Treaty, following similar openings in Busan in 1876 and Wonsan in ...

“Gangnam Style” is the title track of Psy’s 6th studio album, “Psy 6 (Six Rules), Part 1,” released on July 15, 2012. The song garnered immense popularity worldwide through YouTube, becoming a massive hit globally. The music video for “Gangnam Style” accumulated over 5 billion views on YouTube, once holding the record for the most-viewed video globally and even earning ...

If you venture into the alleyways west of Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul, extending behind the morning apartment complex of Gyeonghuigung Palace, you’ll discover a secluded neighborhood atmosphere quite distinct from the bustling cityscape of the surrounding buildings. In this area, you can find various restaurants and cafes that exude a feeling akin to that of renovated homes. “Aino Garden: A ...

The Gwanghwamun area in Seoul is a. representative office-dense district where many office workers are employed. Various dining options for these office workers are located throughout, primarily in the underground shopping areas of large buildings. Even in the underground dining area of the Royal Building, located west of Gwanghwamun Square, you can find a concentration of diverse restaurants, including “Oh ...

In the Gwanghwamun area of Seoul, you can find a variety of cafes, large and small. From franchise cafes like Starbucks to independently operated small cafes, there are also several cafes focused solely on takeout. Located west of Gwanghwamun Square, on the 1st floor of Morning 3-danji Office-tel in Gyeonghuigung, you’ll find small takeout specialty cafes, including “Gray Coffee.” “Small ...

Since opening its first store near Ewha Womans University on July 27, 1999, Starbucks has landed in Korea and steadily expanded its presence, establishing itself as a successful brand found in key areas across the country. Particularly within a 1km radius of Gwanghwamun Square, it boasts the highest density of Starbucks locations, surpassing even New York in the number of ...

In the residential area between Seoul’s Dangsan Station and Yeongdeungpo-gu Office, you can find a nostalgic-looking snack bar reminiscent of the past. Known as “Ondal Tteokbokki,” this restaurant specializes in various snack menu items like tteokbokki. Situated in a quiet residential area, it’s not particularly conspicuous and primarily focuses on delivery rather than dine-in, resulting in fewer visitors at the ...

Mega Coffee is one of the recently growing budget coffee brands. Utilizing world-renowned soccer star Son Heung-min as a model, the brand continues aggressive marketing campaigns and can be found all over Seoul. With its aggressive marketing strategies, it appears to be expanding its reach rapidly and has now become a cafe as easily recognizable as Starbucks. “The epitome of ...