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In the hub of transportation in the northwest of Seoul, you can find “Mesena Polis” near Hapjeong Station. Mesena Polis is a complex apartment located in Hapjeong, combining residential and commercial spaces to create a unique atmosphere. Completed in 2012, Mesena Polis stands out with a design reminiscent of a canyon, providing a distinctive experience different from other shopping malls ...

Paris Baguette is South Korea’s largest bakery franchise, operated under the SPC Group. It started as Paris Croissant in 1986 and expanded under the name Paris Baguette in 1988. It has become a easily recognizable bakery throughout South Korea, often being the first brand that comes to mind when thinking of bakeries in the country. “Paris Baguette’s Guinness World Record” ...

On July 27, 1999, Starbucks landed in South Korea by opening its first store in front of Ewha Womans University. Initially, there were controversies due to coffee being more expensive than a meal, but now Starbucks has firmly established its presence in South Korea. Becoming a global company following McDonald’s, Starbucks created a new global index, the Starbucks Index, following ...

The Gwanghwamun area in Seoul is known for being a densely populated office district, attracting numerous office workers. It’s a place where you can find various restaurants and cafes to meet the demands of these workers. Amidst large franchise cafes like Starbucks and budget-friendly cafe brands like “Paikdabang,” there are also independently owned and uniquely charming cafes. “Small Cafe in ...

“Wood & Brick,” a bakery that doubles as a brunch cafe in the Gwanghwamun area of Seoul, has its own long-standing history. Established in 1987, it has been operating with the motto of an authentic European-style healthy bakery. There are two “Wood & Brick” locations in the Gwanghwamun area – one to the west, based on Gwanghwamun Square, and the ...

While leaving after a meeting in the business district of Gangnam Gaepo-dong, sudden rain started pouring. Considering whether to continue in the rain, the unexpectedly heavy downpour led me to seek refuge in a nearby cafe, and that’s how I stumbled upon ‘In the Mood Ilwon.’ “Secluded Cafe in Seoul Gangnam, Gaepo-dong: In the Mood Ilwon” In the neighborhood of ...

While Jeonju is renowned for its hanok villages, you can also explore various hanok villages in Seoul. Notable examples include the iconic Bukchon Hanok Village, and there’s also the charming Namsangol Hanok Village. Additionally, you can discover other places like Seochon Hanok Village and Ikseondong Hanok Village. Each is referred to as a hanok village, yet each exudes a different ...

“Mangwon Market” in Seoul, located near Hongdae, is a well-known market in western Seoul famous for its diverse food offerings. Its proximity to Hongdae and easy access via public transportation make it a popular destination, especially among the younger generation. Notably, this market is renowned for its various street foods and snacks, and there’s a cafe within the market named ...

Lotte World Mall in Jamsil, Seoul offers a variety of shops, including distinctive cafes. Among these diverse establishments, a relatively recent addition is the unique cafe, Matte Black. “2D Optical Illusion Cafe – Matte Black” Matte Black is located on the 4th floor of Lotte World Mall. Previously occupied by ‘Susugarden,’ this space has been transformed, and now Matte Black ...

As you walk west from Gyeongbokgung Station in Seoul, you’ll come across Sajikdan. Sajikdan is still under restoration, making it somewhat less visited since the restoration isn’t complete yet. Consequently, even though it’s in the heart of Seoul, it exudes a relatively quiet atmosphere. Generally, when you think of Seochon Village, you envision an area west of Gyeongbokgung and north ...

The easiest way to get to Incheon Chinatown is to disembark at “Incheon Station.” Incheon Station serves as the terminus for both Subway Line 1 and Suin Bundang Line. Once you exit Incheon Station, you can easily find the entrance to Chinatown right across the street. “Cafe near Incheon Station, Compose Coffee” Arriving in Chinatown and before delving into its ...

Starbucks is not only a personally inspiring space but also a place that garners significant attention. Originating from a small coffee shop in Seattle, the brand transformed its narrative by conceptualizing cafes as a “third space.” In South Korea, the Starbucks phenomenon began on July 27, 1999, with the opening of its first store in front of Ewha Womans University ...