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All the Coffee in Korea (An Evolving List)

Koreabridge - Tue, 2015-06-30 11:00
All the Coffee in Korea (An Evolving List)

Would you like a little T’aegukki with your coffee?

How much is “All the Coffee in Korea” anyway? That answer, to anyone who has walked this country’s occasionally wide, but often narrow streets, is about as obvious as a large, hairy, broad-shouldered waygookin is in a sea of small, curious hangookin children.

A lot (just in case the comment above didn’t make a lot of sense).

Below you will find the evolving (but, by no means conclusive, exhausting or complete… yet) list of places that sell coffee in South Korea. What businesses does that include, exactly? There’s coffee at GS25 and 7-Eleven. Will they be on the list? Probably not, unless they start employing honest-to-goodness baristas. Which I’m not counting out.

Here are some (arbitrary) rules for how a business makes the cut. Don’t see a shop on the list that you think absolutely should be there? Let me know in the comments!

And finally… why the hell am I doing this? I’ll answer that how many of my students might… kunyang (directly translated as “just,” but more like “just because.”). Plus, I really like coffee.

1. Coffee Walk Vol. 2 (Gimhae)
2. Bergamo (Gimhae)
3. Audrey Hepburn Cafe (Gimhae) (Random Weekly Review)
4. Gentle Coffee (Gimhae)
5. Starbucks Coffee (Gimhae)
6. Black Keys (Gimhae)
7. Cafe Do (Gimhae)
8. Cafe Friends (Gimhae)
9. Imperial Coffee (Gimhae)
10. Coffee Tree (Gimhae)
11. Let it be (Gimhae)
12. Angel-in-us (Gimhae)
13. Tom N Toms (Gimhae)
14. Ediya (Gimhae)
15. Dunkin’ Donuts (Gimhae)
16. Caffe Bene (Busan)
17. Caffe Yam (Busan)
18. Cafe Aslan (Busan)
19. Nudge 5 (Busan)
20. Cafe Sweet Coax (Gimhae)
21. Cafe Tirol (Gimhae)
22. The Caffe (Gimhae)
23. Yellow Coffee (Gimhae)
24. L’Revelry (Gimhae) (Random Weekly Review)
25. Caffe Pascucci (Busan)
26. Hands Coffee (Busan)
27. Coffeesmith (Busan)
28. Cafe Nada (Busan)
29. Babeans (Busan)
30. NY Hotdog & Coffee (Gimhae)
31. Waffle & Caffe (Gimhae)
32. Cupcake & Coffee (Busan)
33. Cafe Dou (Busan)
34. Ruban Coffeebible (Busan)
35. Green Bean (Gimhae)
36. Cafe Byul (Gimhae)
37. Nidor Coffee (Gimhae)
38. Coffee # (Gimhae)
39. Na-neun Coffee (Busan)
40. Cafe Corea (Busan)
41. Best Beans (Busan)
42. Cafe Cantata (Busan)
43. BC800 (Gimhae)
44. Caffe D’Ate (Gimhae)
45. Monorail Coffee (Gimhae)
46. Dahlia Dolci (Gimhae)
47. Makimaki Roasters (Gimhae)
48. Grangba (Gimhae)
49. Chung Choon Cafe (Gimhae)
50. Blue Windmill Cafe & Bakery (Gimhae)
51. Irang (Busan)
52. The Venti (Busan)
53. Caffe E Cibo (Busan)
54. Crema (Busan)
55. Cafe Ever (Gimhae) (Random Weekly Review)
56. Cafe Beato (Gimhae)
57. Mins Coffee (Gimhae)
58. Capia (Gimhae)
59. Jajeongo Poong Gyong (Gimhae)
60. Paris Baguette (Gimhae)
61. Tous les Jours (Gimhae)
62. T-World Cafe (Gimhae)
63. Davich Cafe & Caffe (Gimhae)
64. Isaac Toast & Coffee (Gimhae)
65. Dongnae Coffee Shop (Gimhae)
66. Manna Dream (Gimhae)
67. Funny Salon (Gimhae)
68. Happy Coffee (Gimhae)


JPDdoesROK is a former news editor/writer in New Jersey, USA, who served a one-year tour of duty in Dadaepo/Jangnim, Saha-gu, Busan from February 2013 to February 2014. He is now a teacher in Gimhae.

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Naked and Afraid: Korea Edition

Koreabridge - Tue, 2015-06-30 01:30
Naked and Afraid: Korea Edition
Get ready: today's post has 50 + pictures.  No, not nudie pics as the title might suggest - we'll get to that later, though.
I had planned on heading out to the beach yesterday.  Blanket, towel, water, and sunscreen in tow, we headed out to Haeundae early Sunday afternoon to pick up a cell phone a friend had left behind at the marina.  That's right - honesty level: Korean, she lost her phone at the marina and someone had picked it up and held it for her to be retrieved the very next day.  

Lucky for us, the marina is near Donbaek station which is coincidentally right near Sushi Berry!  Head out exit 4 and walk straight until you see an underpass on your right hand side with paintings.  Up the street you'll find Sushi Berry on your left hand side.




We were able to get a table within minutes seeing as we arrived around 1:30 PM (they break from 3 PM - 5 PM).  




We shared an order of tempura which was a GREAT choice and was enough for the 4 of us.  



We were also served cabbage salad and miso soup with our meal.

The Shrimp Tempura roll was my favourite with avocado and tons of roe.  It was fresh-tasting, easy to eat, and will be my choice next time we visit Sushi Berry.  The sushi here is North American-style so expect some non-traditional ingredients.

The St. Louis roll was much more decadent and just too much seafood for me.  A deep-fried roll with salmon, crab, avocado, and cream cheese it would be a seafood-lover's paradise but was just a little too much for me.  It's also COVERED in raw onion so if that's not your bag you might want to ask them to leave it off (our server's English was pretty good!).



The group had tried to dine at Sushi Berry the night before but they ran out of rice.  The chef remembered my friend and treated us to an order of Philadelphia cream cheese deep fried cheesecake bites (say that 5x fast!).  





As you may remember, I had planned on getting some rays at the beach.  With a giant sale at H&M Centum City and a proposed trip to either the movies or Spaland (a jimjilbang...we're getting closer to naked times), I tagged along to Centum City (a $4 cab ride from the marina).  We spotted an ice-cream truck and some tents and decided to participate in some social-media promotion for "belief" skincare line in the hopes that we would win a prize.  We got some samples so that was cool, but the real prize was the ridiculous picture we got on the promotional bike (above).




























On the top floor of the Lotte Department Store at Centum City there's a magical viewing deck with an "African Village" a "Black Ghost" Pirate Ship, and a Dinosaur Land.  This was the perfect spot to take B & O who were heading to see Jurassic World in 4D later in the afternoon.  The weather was amazing and the views were stunning.  If you're in Busan this is a great spot to take in the sights - free of charge!





My friend G has been encouraging me to check out a Jimjilbang for just over a month now.  These are places where men and women go to get naked and soak in a variety of baths set at different temperatures with sea salt or baking soda or chlorine.  I was incredibly nervous to get into my birthday suit not in front of the Koreans, but in front of my friends.  Isn't it weird to be enjoying pool/ sauna/ steam room times completely in the buff with your gal pals?  Turns out - not so much.  My two Spaland companions showed me the ropes (pay $18 admission, get your wristband so you can put your shoes away, get a locker, and pay for your spa treatments, snacks, and other amenities as you go) before stripping down completely and heading into the shower area.  



Photos c/o Spaland and Onsen Soaker 
After rinsing off, we waltzed into the ladies only bath area where (not surprisingly) nobody cared about anyone else's nudiepants bodies.  There were freezing cold baths, warm baths with jets, hot baths, and a couple of ponds outside (yes - I was naked in the light of day yesterday!).


After soaking/ hitting the saunas for about an hour we headed back to the locker room to get changed.  The lady handing out the pajama-style clothes had given me ladies Medium clothes so my insecurity was already pretty high that the Korean clothes wouldn't fit.  That didn't really matter because right after I dropped my wet, tea towel-sized towel in the hamper we found that my electronic key wouldn't work.  I was naked, cold, and afraid in a Korean locker room.  I stood in front of my locker desperately trying to open the door.  The key clicked, a delightful little jingle played, but the door just would not open.  Panic set in briefly as we tried to find an attendant while entirely in the buff.  Thankfully, we found someone to clean out the water from my lock, the PJs fit, and we headed into the co-ed area with a variety of cold, warm, and hot saunas with a variety of pleasant decor and tons of spaces to stretch out and relax.



In the Relaxation Room you can lay back and watch TV on your own individual screen.  They even have DVD rooms with giant leather recliners and massive screens.  Food and Drink (they even serve Cass and Max, but we didn't imbibe) are allowed in these areas.     

We took some time in the massage chairs ($2 for 15 minutes) before heading into the restaurant for dinner.

We sat on the floor by the window (there are no chairs at the restaurant, but there are many at the cafe).

Beef and Cabbage Soup.

Bibimbap (unless you love fish sauce be careful which of the varieties of kimchi you toss into the mix)

Donkatsu with an awesome soup, wicked cabbage salad, rice, garlic, and raddish.  I think this was the best choice, but I'm a little bibimbap-ed out.

The beautiful cafe (note: you can only get individual ice creams at the downstairs snack bar).

My classy Spaland ensemble ;)

This outdoor co-ed foot bath has soft pebbles to massage your feet.




The cold sauna was...not that cold.


This sauna changed colour and had a few areas where you could lay down and enjoy the show.  I'd like to spend more time in these saunas next time!

This sauna was one of my favourites.  With low lighting and soft music, the marble floor was actually really comfortable and relaxing.

This sauna was really hot - so hot that there was a warning saying not to bring in your cellphone because it might explode.  We walked in to find 4 Koreans playing games with full sound on their cell phones.  Not exactly the relaxing experience for which we were hoping, so we headed out to quieter areas.

After 4 hours (the limit before they start charging overtime) we changed, paid (I had an additional $18 to pay for 30 minutes in a massage chair, my tiny Haagen-Dazs, and a wonderful dinner), and headed out on the subway back to Hwamyeong.  If you're in Korea and missing your North American bath then this is the closest you're going to get to full water immersion (you know - other than the pee-filled kiddie pool or the ocean!).  Here I am fresh-faced and with sauna-dried hair smiling and giving you the thumbs up!  I would definitely recommend SpaLand for your first jimjilbang experience.  It's classier than the experience Conan had in LA (google the video to be scarred for life), and really comfortable.  I'm naked and afraid no longer!



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#63 Jun15. Autoconsumo eléctrico, T-rex, Marte, 67P, Ojo de sapo

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En la intro hablamos de autonconsumo energético y las baterias Tesla.(29'17")Historias increíbles. Longitud parte III.(39'11")Paleontología con Fernanda Castaño. T-Rex y Jurassic World.(44'17")Petrología y geoquímica con Pedro Castiñeiras. Ollo de Sapo.(51')Exploración espacial con Nahum. Marte, 67P y plutón.(55'30") Poniendo en su lugar a Sheldon Cooper.(58'23")Momento Magufo. La Atlantis en Doñana.(1h5')Cierre 

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Halmoni

Koreabridge - Mon, 2015-06-29 17:01
Halmoni  There is a halmoni (old woman/grandmother) I always see on my way to work. She is too frail and too old to fend for herself, but she sits in front of a cellphone shop everyday, selling vegetables to passersby. I bought vegetables from her a few times and left her a little tip. I couldn’t just give her money. I know that she would not accept money from me, because that’s how they are in Korea. Even when the person is in need or too weak and too old to work, he will not beg for money. He will work hard for it. One day, I invited halmoni to eat with me, but perhaps she couldn’t understand my not-so-fluent Korean or she couldn’t trust a stranger, so she refused. I would usually greet her and she’d smile back at me. If there is one thing that matters to a Korean elder the most, that would be respect from a younger person in the form of a slight bow or a jovial greeting of “Anyeonghaseyo!”  Last week, when she saw me, she called me out and told me to sit in front of her. She said that she was going to give me some vegetables for free. I said I still have some in the house, the ones that I bought from her, but she insisted and kept asking me to sit down and wait. As she was getting the vegetables ready, I sat there, looking at her, hoping that she is not really alone in this world, that she has children or grandchildren who care for her or visit her sometimes. I remember my mother-in-law telling me: “Those old people you see in Korea who sell vegetables on the street or collect empty boxes and scraps are not poor. They are probably richer than us. Working is a hobby for them. Don’t feel sorry for them.” How I hope that my mother-in-law is right… that the halmoni I always see doesn’t have to work that hard to make a living… that to her, sitting there for hours, rain or shine, to sell vegetables is just a pastime… that even if she doesn’t work at that age, she will have food to eat and enough money to get by. When halmoni gave me the vegetables which she carefully wrapped in a plastic, she held my hands and said thank you before I could thank her first. She put a bracelet on my arm and smiled at me with such warmth and kindness. I said thank you and told her what a beautiful bracelet she gave me. I bid her goodbye and headed home. As I was walking, halmoni‘s voice kept reverberating in my head: “Are you the one who gave me money?” “I bought vegetables from you before, Halmoni.”“No, no… you gave me money. It was you.”“Come here, come here. Sit, sit here. I will give you vegetables. Do you like vegetables?” I thought that I was helping halmoni, but no, I wasn’t… she was the one helping me to realize that a nobody like me can be a somebody to someone.

 

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The Scar of Jeju Island: The Jeju April 3 Incident

Koreabridge - Mon, 2015-06-29 06:05
The Scar of Jeju Island: The Jeju April 3 Incident

This is a travel diary of a Trazer Hyoseung Allyson W from Jeju Island. 

The April 3 Incident The April 3 Incident is an unfamiliar yet important part of the Korean history.

To me, Jeju used to be a beautiful island where everybody wanted to visit for their either romantic or exciting vacation. Of course, Jeju Island is still unquestionably beautiful, but when I heard that most of the famous tourist attraction sites were once the graveyards of many souls, I was shocked by the forgotten history, the Jeju April 3 Incident.

 “The Jeju April 3 Incident is a series of events in which thousands of islanders were killed as a result of clashes between armed civilian groups and government forces. It took place over the period from March 1, 1947, when the National Police opened fire on the protesters in Jeju Island, and April 3, 1948, when members from the Jeju branch of the South Korean Labor Party began an uprising to protest against the South Korean government, to September 21, 1954, when people who had escaped from military attacks went back to their homes finally.” – Jeju April 3rd Peace Park

The sculpture was made based on the story of a young mother on the run got frozen with her dead baby.

The official reports say that 14,373 victims were killed but people say that about 30,000 who were suspected as communists were sacrificed by the armed forces, which was one tenth of the Jeju population at that time. I was told that people in Jeju usually assumed that at least one person from each family had been executed during the Jeju April 3 Incident and that most of families in Jeju had ancestral rites on April 3 due to the massacre. 95 % of the villages located in the middle of the Halla Mountain were burned down or completed destroyed and most of the villagers were vanished into the air.

Jeju April 3 Peace Park The park is quite big and it took about 30 mins to look around the whole area.

To understand the Jeju April 3 Incident in depth, I headed to the Jeju April 3 Peace Park established by the Jeju government to remember the tragic incident that should not be forgotten. The Jeju April 3 Peace Park is composed of a museum, a memorial, and a cemetery related with the incident. Especially, the museum is a perfect place to learn the whole story of the Jeju April 3 Incident. In fact, looking at the pictures of the survivors and their scars, I became speechless at the cruelty of the soldiers done to the innocent civilians.

The entrance of the museum is shaped like a cave that people escaped to during the incident. The museum reproduced the destruction of civilian villages. People persecuted during the incident were buried in the peace park The sculptures symbolize the wish that the dead could finally be at rest in peace with the carved shrouds. Keunneolgwe Cave About 60 people were at the cave for escape.

Keunneolgwe Cave in Jeju was the place where I could feel the urgency of fugitives at the incident. During the escape from the soldiers dispatched from the Korean main land, numerous villagers living in the middle of the Halla Mountain or above stayed in the caves to protect themselves from freezing cold. From just-born babies to the elderly, they had to leave most of their households behind them. Most of the caves were exposed to the soldiers and the people were brutally slaughtered without mercy. Even pregnant women were shot and infants were smitten to death. In the excavation of caves that had were occupied during the Jeju April 3 Incident, bones from various ages were discovered along with small household goods, showing that people lived there for a quite a long time but could not go to back their homes.

The entrances of most of the caves from the Jeju April 3 Incident were locked Since visitors cannot go into the cave, explanations on the board help visitors to visualize what it was like during that time. Movie ‘Jiseul’

If you want to know about the Jeju April 3 Incident before visiting Jeju Island, here is a movie I recommend.

The movie ‘Jiseul’ was filmed in black and white to show the tension of the period.

The movie ‘Jiseul’ openly describes the brutality of this tragic April 3 Incident. Released in 2012, the movie tells the story of villagers from one village in the middle of the Halla Mountain who escaped to a cave during winter in order to avoid the military attack. The title “Jiseul” means potato in Jeju dialect, conveying the meaning of survival and hope of commoners who were struggling to maintain their lives. The movie was directed by a Jeju native O Muel and won many international film awards for its realistic depiction of that time.

Reference http://www.jejuweekly.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=657 http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Jeju_Uprising


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