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First Edition: Seoul

Five things I've found that you might like

1. For those who love bibimbap and also love eating for hours at a time, head to Hongdae for all you can eat bibimbap at Bibiri for 5000 won. Head to Hongik University Station, out Exit 9 and when you face MCM, make a right and head down for around 3 minutes. They have one rule: if you have leftovers, you pay a 2000 won fine. Go hungry.

2. If you really need to get some work done, but find regular cafes too loud, head to a study cafe. There are a number of these within a 15 minute walk from UP. They’re basically aesthetically pleasing, very quiet cafes, with a ton of outlets and a lot of people who stay for many hours at a time. Here’s three to get you started: Good Brothers, May Island, Rabbit Study Cafe.


3. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the tall buildings and masses of people in Gangnam, take a train ride to Bukchon Hanok Village. Full of traditional Korean houses, small cobblestone alleys, and quiet, it’s a lovely escape from the city and a great insight into what Korea used to look like.


4. For those who are finding vegetables a little pricey, try to find the Korean vegetables (often the greens) as these are a lot cheaper than the rest. You can get trays of mushrooms, kale, spinach, and bok choy all for 1000 won or less. Try SM mart across the road from UP as a start.


5. For second hand clothes on the cheap, head to Vin Prime. There’s one just by Exit 5 of Gangnam Station, and another, much bigger one a five minute walk from Exit 11 of Gangnam Station. Especially if you need to stock up on a coat or jacket before winter hits, Vin Prime is a good bet.

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