3 Reasons why A Petisqueira is the To-Go Portuguese Restaurant

1. ACCESSIBILITY Conveniently located near the famous “food street”, Rua do Cunha 官也街 in Taipa Village 氹仔舊城区, one can easily find A Petisqueira 葡國美食天地 by walking down the small alley beside Seng Cheong Restaurant 城昌饭店 (famous for its crab porridge) at Rua do Cunha 官也街. 2. AMBIENCE A cosy restaurant with a homely feel, A Petisqueira…

5 Reasons why I Love Samcheongdong

1. BUKCHON HANOK VILLAGE 북촌한옥마을 One of the two famous hanok villages 한옥마을 in Seoul (along with Namsangol Hanok Village 남산골한옥마을), the popular Bukchon Hanok Village 북촌한옥마을 (Bukchon 북촌 literally translates to ‘Northern village‘) got its name as the village lies north of two significant landmarks, Cheonggyecheon Stream 청계천 and Jongno 종로. Home to hundreds of hanoks 한옥 (or traditional…

A Futuristic Night at Dongdaemun Design Plaza

“The origin of this concept is the perceived need of architecture to allow people to imagine what they could not before. The DDP will realize the public character and design objectives by pursuing spatial flexibility of a building and park that are associated with the flow of liquid. At the same time, the DDP will…

Deoksugung Palace: Uniquely East and West

TIPS 1. Join a guided tour to better appreciate its history and architecture. 2. Catch “The Royal Guards Changing Ceremony”! 3. Visit the palace for free on last Wednesday of the month!!! 4. Be mesmerised by the amazing “Deoksugung Palace Seokjojeon Hall Media Facade” (and the palace at night)! 5. Best to visit the palace in autumn…

Gwangjang Market: Bindaetteok and Street Food Paradise

Famous for bindaetteok 빈대떡 (mung bean pancake), Gwangjang Market 광장시장 (established in 1905) is a must-visit for authentic Korean street food 길거리 음식 lovers! Inside the market, visitors are greeted by endless rows of colourful mini flags and high ceilings topped with domed glass which cleverly channels streams of natural light. One of the oldest traditional markets in South…

Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art – Past. Present. Future

TIPS 1. Join a guided tour to better appreciate the Korean and international art pieces. 2. Purchase the Daypass which grants one access to all galleries! 3. Enjoy 50% discount on admission on last Wednesday of the month!!! 4. Items larger than A4 such as bags cannot be brought into the galleries, deposit them in the lockers. Comprising…

If You have Time for Only One Museum in Seoul…

TIPS 1. Join a guided tour to better appreciate the precious relics and artefacts. 2. Download its free audio guide mobile app. 3. Enjoy extended opening hours till 9pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays! If you have time for only one museum in Seoul, visit the National Museum of Korea 국립중앙박물관, flagship museum of Korean history and art. Established in 1945,…

Ihwa Mural Village: Respect those Living here

Perched at the very top of Naksan Mountain 낙산, Ihwa Mural Village 이화벽화마을 in Seoul is one of the four famous mural villages in South Korea (along with Dongpirang Village 동피랑마을 in Tongyeong, Gamcheon Culture Village 감천문화마을 in Busan and Jaman Mural Village 자만벽화마을 in Jeonju). Famed for its flower mosaic-tiled staircase mural and impressive 3D koi…

Spa Land: The Ultimate Jjimjilbang Experience

TIPS 1. Enjoy early bird special rates (before 9am) and/or night time special rates (after 8pm)!!! 2. Detox in the Yellow Ocher Room and de-stress in the Body Sound Room… 3. Make your own Yangmeori 양머리 (sheep head) and ‘jjimjilbang’ like a local! 4. Eat the Maekbanseok Gyeran 맥반석계란 (stone-plate cooked egg) with Sikhye 식혜 (sweet rice drink)!…

Inside Jagalchi, Biggest Seafood Market in South Korea

TIPS 1. Know some basic Korean as most vendors do not speak English! 2. Try the fresh catch of the day (do check the price before ordering)… 3. Best to visit during the Jagalchi Festival in October (be prepared for the large crowd!!!) An array of sights, sounds and smells greets its visitors, Jagalchi Market 자갈치시장 (Jagal 자갈 –…

Be Charmed by Colourful Gamcheon Culture Village

TIPS 1. Wear comfortable walking shoes (you are going to need them for the steep slopes and stairs!!!) 2. Follow the painted fishes (they are your best bet to avoid getting lost in the village especially if you do not have the guide map!) 3. Buy the guide map and have fun collecting stamps around the village……

Becky Art Space – Guesthouse. Gallery. Cafe

A brilliant 3-in-1 concept, Becky Art Space 백희 is a cafe, gallery and guesthouse. Stepping into its front yard, one is greeted by beautiful art pieces, resembling a mini open air art gallery. A modern, gorgeous building in Jeonju Hanok Village 전주한옥마을 (good location for exploring Jeonju), its interior is elegantly designed with a quaint gallery (showcasing artworks by talented artists) and cafe…