Smartphone Food Delivery App in Korea – “배달의민족”

It’s fairly well known that Korea has incredible delivery services – you can order just about anything you can think of, to just about anywhere you want.

You can be in a crowded area by the Han River at night, and call one of the many fried chicken shops nearby and have some chicken & beer delivered to you, fast! somehow they will always find you, wherever you are in the crowd – and If you order something that comes on a plate or in a bowl, the delivery person will even come back once you’ve finished your meal, and pick up the used dishes so you don’t have to worry! Amazing!

Often while studying in Seoul, some friends and I would order some delivered lunch so we could eat on the grass on campus and enjoy the nice weather rather than sit in a restaurant. It was really convenient, and quite unique.

When I was with friends, It wasn’t a problem for them to call a restaurant to place an order for me– but after school, living alone in an apartment, my foreign accent and korean speaking ability would often confuse the restaurant worker on the phone and a few times I couldn’t order exactly what I wanted. This could get a bit frustrating for me as well as the person taking the order, but I recently found a fantastic solution!

배달의민족 is a fairly new app (free on both Iphone & android) which not only lets you search for nearby restaurants to order delivery foods from, but you can also order online using the app, and pay instantly by credit card! Perfect!

Here’s how it works:

-Download the app from the Itunes store or Google Play store, depending on your device.

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-Type in your location and select the closest address

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-Choose the kind of food you feel like eating by clicking on the icon, or search for a specific food in the search bar.

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-Browse the restaurants nearby with the food you want, and click on the one you wish to order from.

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-Search their menu for the specific dish you want to order

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-Depending on the dish, select the size and quantity.

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-Log in using your ID & Password, or you can use your Facebook account.

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-Add your address & details.

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-Claim your rewards points or coupons.

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-Pay by credit card, then wait for your food to be delivered!

This app is a life-saver for helping you to find restaurants in your area to get delivery from, and also for 바보 외국인 like me who are hard for restaurant workers to understand on the phone! Check it out and enjoy your delivery!

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YongPyong Ski Resort Korea (용평 리조트 스키장)

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Just two hours drive East of Seoul, in the centre of the Baekdudaegan mountains, is the YongPyong Ski Resort in Pyeongchang, Gangwondo.
YongPyong is one of Korea’s best ski & snowboard parks, with 31 ski slopes, 15 chair lifts and a 3.7km long cable car gondola ride.
I recently spent a day on the slopes of YongPyong – I’ve snowboarded a few times previously at other parks in Korea, so thought this time I’d try Skiing.
At YongPyong is Dragon Plaza – Asia’s largest ski house, and in here (as well as restaurants serving many types of tasty Korean foods and an awesome view of the ski fields) you can find a few ski-rental stores where you can rent all the necessary equipment for a day on the slopes – everything from clothing, to goggles, skis and boots. (a full day ski hire costs around 23,000W)

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The park offers ski lessons with an instructor in English starting from about 34,000W for a beginner half-day session. As it was my first time skiing, I found it really helpful to get me started, and definitely worth doing. By the end of the lesson I had a lot more confidence and learned how to stop, so I got a lift pass and was able to enjoy the rest of the time skiing freely!
For the really adventurous, YongPyong has a really high quality terrain park, featuring a half pipe, quarter pipes and rails!
Yongpyong will also be the host of the slalom and giant slalom events during the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics!

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A great thing about YongPyong resort, is that even though its primarily a ski resort, it’s open with lots of activities year-round. As well as the ski slopes, the resort features a full golf course, swimming pool & saunas, fitness centres, bowling alley and other facilities to provide the perfect place to relax at any time of the year.

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Close by to the resort is Woljeongsa Temple, which I visited last year and will post about another time!

Korean Tangerine Tea (귤차) & Honey Citron Tea (꿀유자차)

Now that the winter really has arrived in Korea, and Tangerine’s are in season during these  winter months, Tangerine (귤) Tea (차) is the perfect drink to accompany the freezing cold weather and keep you healthy and prevent a cold!

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I was first introduced to 귤차 in winter last year when my friend invited me to a café in Seoul and recommended Tangerine Tea, as it had freshly been made and I had never tried it before.

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As a gift, my friend bought me a jar of the fresh tea so I could make it myself at home, and introduce it to my friends and family. Around this time of year, many people will make their own 귤차 in their home using tasty Jeju Island tangerines. A benefit of this is that you can control how much sugar and other ingredients are added to the tea, so you can make it to your own specific taste (and how healthy you feel) – if you’d rather buy it, lots of café’s and markets sell jar’s of their home-made tangerine tea which is very delicious and quite cheap.

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Another similar style tea that I enjoy in Korea is Honey(꿀) Citron(유자) Tea (차), as with the Tangerine Tea, honey citron tea can be made at home, bought from café’s in jars, or an instant version can also be found in sachets in the supermarket, which makes it quick and easy to make at home. I prefer to have it fresh, but sometimes it’s not possible, so these options are a good solution.

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Its really easy to make – just pour the contents of the sachet into a coffee cup, add hot water, and stir! Yum!

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Both귤차 &꿀유자차 are sweet and refreshing and high in vitamin c which is great for colds, headaches, fever and help with sore throats!

Samwon Garden (삼원가든) in Seoul

Recently I visited Samwon Garden in the Gangnam district of Seoul, Korea. It is a large, first-class restaurant, serving fresh and tasty traditional Korean food in a beautiful garden atmosphere.
The restaurant is tastefully designed and decorated, with charming and elegant wooden furniture and interior, in a traditional Korean style.

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The Samwon Garden restaurant specializes in delicious traditional Korean meals – especially famous for it’s Bulgogi and Galbi. The menu boasts a great range of beef dishes as well as many enjoyable Korean & Japanese beverages. In true Korean style, the dishes are accompanied by a number of enticing side dishes and wonderful service.

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Check out the menu and information at their website: http://www.samwongarden.com

Address:
623-5 Sinsa-Dong Gangnam-Gu, Seoul, Korea.

buzzKorea Awards

The Buzz Korea awards are an annual event held by buzzKorea & the Korea Tourism Organization.

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The 2013 event was held at Fradia, an event hall located floating on the Han River in Gangnam, Seoul, with incredible views of the river and city.
The event was held to thank participants of the buzzKorea community for spreading their knowledge and experiences of Korea through blogging, SNS and other online communities.

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Ricky Kim MC’d the 2013 event, with special performances by two of Korea’s current hottest idol groups, Dal Shabet and ZE:A.

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The 2012 event was held at Beyond Museum in Gangnam. It was also MC’d by Ricky Kim, and featured awards presented to participants by kpop idol groups Miss A & 2PM as well as performances by both the idol grouops as well as Hwang Min Woo (the mini-PSY dancing kid from the Gangnam Style MV).

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Spicy pork dish (돼지고기 고추장 볶음) @ Bokjeong Restaurant (복정식당) in Samcheongdong (삼청동)

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A very delicious Korean dish! In the Samcheondong area of Seoul in Korea, I was really impressed with this restaurant복정식당 (Bokjeong Restaurant). 

The meal I tried was a spicy pork dish called돼지고기 고추장 볶음, which consists of some spicy pork, rice and side dishes, and when all are combined together on a perilla leaf ( 깻잎) is one of the best foods I have ever tried.

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In the cold weather, Persimmons are in season, so for dessert I enjoyed some tasty frozen persimmon to finish off this meal.

The Bokjeong Restaurant sells many delicious Korean meals, for reasonable prices in a cozy restaurant in one of the trendy and artsy neighbourhoods of seoul.

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The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul – 국립현대미술관 서울관

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In Korea, The National Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art recently opened its third branch  in central Seoul, right by Gyeongbukgung Palace and Samcheongdong.

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Along with the newly unveiled museum in Seoul, there are two other existing branches of the museum located in Gwacheon and Deoksugung Palace. The new Seoul branch features 8 exhibition halls, displaying modern art from Korean artists which helps to promote the rich Korean culture to the world.

Photos are not allowed in most of the exhibition halls, however in one of them it was allowed – this exhibition is really unique, it’s called the Epiphyte Chamber as part of the Aleph Project which visualises the human’s nerve system and uses hundreds of tiny sensors which make the art react to human interaction. It’s made from oil and took 15 workers, working 8 hours a day, for 6 months to complete.

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One of the most interesting exhibitions that I enjoyed on my visit, was Korean artist Lee Mengwei’s “The Moving Garden” which invites guests of the museum to select a fresh flower from a table in the middle of the museum, and as they are leaving the museum they are asked to make a detour on their way to their next destination and give the flower to a stranger as a gift, and then to share their experience on facebook and twitter.

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I selected a flower, and made a detour on my way to have lunch in Samcheongdong and gave the flower to a beautiful girl as a gift. She was very surprised and thankful of the flower.

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(this photo – http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/)

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The museum is a very high quality, and had extremely helpful and knowledgeable staff, especially for such a new museum, who were able to answer all my questions about the exhibitions and artists. For more information about current exhibits, you can check out the museums website http://www.mmca.go.kr/

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