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Going Back to Seoul

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A September 2004 trip to Seoul by E. B.

Sungshinje Pizza Photo, Seoul, South Korea More Photos
Quote: I haven't been back to my birthplace in eighteen years. I went to visit my very ill grandmother for possibly the last time. It was also an opportunity to catch up with relatives that I hardly ever see and to practice my poor Korean. "Uh, does anyone here speak English?"

Going Back to Seoul

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Overview

Pine Cones or Fish? Photo, Seoul, South Korea
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There are many things to do in Seoul. Where do I begin? In the short time that I was here, I was only able to do a few things since the main purpose was to visit family. You can visit museums in Korea for such a low price. Back in Los Angeles, museums cost a pretty penny, usually or more, unless you go on the free days. Here the museums hardly go over . The typical admission price was about 750 won. The COEX Aquarium was also very fun. Be sure to check that out. Definitely try to sample the foods that you can’t find in the U.S. There is a big difference between the Korean food you find in the United States and the stuff in Korea. It even tastes different. I noticed that my family eats foo...Read More

McDonald's

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Restaurant | "McDonald's at the COEX Mall"

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We went to the McDonald’s at the COEX Mall after breaking three straps on my right sandal. Strappy sandals were definitely not a good idea here. I have never walked so much in my life. Seoul is definitely where you must walk everywhere. Think New York with subways, buses, and cabs to take you everywhere. When you’re not on a subway train, bus, or riding in a cab, you’re walking. So my uncle, aunt, and I stopped for my much-needed rest.I ordered a Big Mac Value Meal. Yes, I like the number 1 meal with a Coke. The Big Mac was huge. I wonder if the American Big Mac has been slowly shrinking because I can’t imagine that the Korean Big Mac would just be so huge, given that Koreans don...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 27, 2004

McDonald's
Coex Mall
Gangnam-gu, Seoul

Burger King

Restaurant

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My cousin and I decided to walk to the nearest Burger King to satisfy our burger craving. Unfortunately, a short walk means something different to Korean natives. His "short walk" turned into several blocks. I guess that’s why Americans are constantly trying to lose weight. We need to walk around more like the Koreans do. I decided to order a Whopper Junior meal. So did my cousin. I noticed our meals were much smaller than what I’m used to getting in the U.S.—small fries and a small coke instead of the medium fries and the medium Coke. I noticed some unique items on the menu: Bulgogi Whopper Junior, Steak Burger (d...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 5, 2004

Burger King
135-010 Kangnam-gu, Nohn-hyeon-dong 267-2
Seoul, South Korea
02-512-5750

Sungshinje Pizza

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Restaurant | "Sung Shin Je Pizza"

Sungshinje Pizza Photo, Seoul, South Korea
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My sister loves pizza. I just like eating stuff that I’ve never tried before. So when my aunt and uncle suggested that we order pizza, we both wanted to try the stuff we can’t get in the U.S.—kimchee pizza, bulgogi pizza, and the like. I had already tried the previous two, so we ordered sweet potato pizza and pumpkin-walnut pizza from Sung Shin Je Pizza and also the Mexican spaghetti. The pumpkin and walnut pizza was very interesting. It had pine nuts, pumpkin, walnuts, and bell peppers. It was quite tasty but too bland for my cousins. They prefer their pizza spicier. The sweet potato pizza had pineapple bits, broccoli, and sweet potato on...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 19, 2005

Sungshinje Pizza
59-21 Myoungdong 1-ga
Seoul, South Korea 100-021
+82 (0)2 776 0141

Domino's Pizza

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Ah, bulgogi pizza. I like both bulgogi pizza and kimchee pizza. I had ordered these pizzas before, but this was my first time ordering from Domino’s Pizza. Domino’s prices were cheaper than the other pizza place we ordered from, but there were less toppings. This time my sister and cousins ordered Bulgogi Pizza (topped with bulgogi, bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms) and the Hot & Spicy Pizza (topped with pepperoni, pieces of pork, bacon, mustard, bell peppers, onions, and jalapeños). The pizza came with the requisite sweet pickles, hot sauce, and garlic butter sauce for the crust. My cousin slat...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 19, 2005

Domino's Pizza
1580-11, Seocho-dong
Seochogu Seoul, Korea
02-581-7788

Pho Bay

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Restaurant

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I wanted to try some Vietnamese food in Korea, so my family took me to Pho Bay in a shopping plaza not too far from my family’s place. This place wasn’t authentic, but very few places in Korea are. The restaurant had a very nice atmosphere to it. We received a table by the window panels, but our view was of the shopping plaza.We ordered an appetizer platter with fried egg rolls, fresh spring rolls, fried chicken drumsticks, and something called wedding shomai. It was pretty tasty, but it didn’t taste like the Vietnamese food I was used to in the Bay Area where there is a huge population of Vietnamese, especially in San Jose. My aunt and I ordered...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 2, 2006

Pho Bay
Seocho-dong 1685-8
Seoul, South Korea
+82 (02) 595-3528

Coex Aquarium

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Attraction

Coex Aquarium Photo, Seoul, South Korea
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The COEX Aquarium, within the COEX Mall, is not a big aquarium like the Monterey Aquarium in Monterey California, but a smaller regional aquarium like the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. Access is very easy. We took the Line 2 subway and exited the Samsung Trade Center station. Take either the #5 or the #6 exit, then follow the signs to the COEX Aquarium. Admission price is free for any child under 4. High school students are 12,000 won, and children over 4 are 9,500. The aquarium is fairly similar to any regional aquarium...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 6, 2006

Coex Aquarium
159 Samgsung-dong
Seoul, South Korea 135-091
82 (2) 6002 6200