Seoul, South Korea
Hyeon-ju, 31
English Teacher
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I've just graduated from Master's course and am preparing for English teacher in public school. Since I've taught some students English as a private English teacher in several years, I realized i love teaching and inspiring to others!

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

"Don't worry, you" a song by Korean singer Lee Jeok. It is a song with Korean lyrics and actually the original version was not song by him, but the melody and his voice makes me relieved.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

I rarely watch TV but the Homeland series on Showtime was awesome!

Name some spots in Seoul that are good for a Tinder date.

I want to recommend to visit Changdeok Palace. The palace is very calm and has beautiful architects and scenery. Actually, other palaces in Seoul would be good for a unique date for you.

Who’s your hero and where in Seoul would you take them out for a serious hang?

Bertrand Russell is one of my heroes. You know, he was a genius! I would like to take a walk with him in Yeonnamdong street with a bottle of beer. The street is quiet at night on weekdays, so it would be good to talk with him.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Usually, at local brand stores. Sadly, I have no time to go to shops in these days, so I bought several clothes via online shops.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

I don't think such areas exist in this town! Because all spots in this town are so nice and interesting.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Drinking beer with friends around Han river in summer night! I couldn't do that because i didn't have enough time last and this summer.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Seoul and where did you get it?

A spicy pork cutlet and at Samonim(it is a word 'Madame' in Korean) cutlet house. It was hot spicy i've ever tried to eat. However if you like spicy food, it would be good choice. Because whenever i go to there, my friends were satisfied.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Seoul that you particularly like?

A restaurant "Daily round" at Hongdae street which sells organic burgers but there are also many kinds of beers and wine!

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Seoul? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

I've never been to spa or hotel in Seoul but a restaurant which sold Italian food was the most expensive I've visited in Seoul. I cannot remember its name because it had an Italian name... Maybe its price was approximately 80 or 90 dollars for two.

What restaurant in Seoul looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

I've not seen a restaurant as i call "crap". You know, here, a lot of stores have fairly new and fancy interior. Well... A noodle diner located around a public library seemed to crap a little. But there were always a lot of people who were in line. I tried to go there last week, the Udon was very yammy and fried dish was also awesome!

Where can you get the best cocktail in Seoul? Which one do you like?

I love beer or other kinds of alcohol but i didn't get cocktail in this town. However, i have a plan to visit a cocktail bar located around my home(i found it by chance!).

Where would you take your partner in Seoul if you wanted to really pamper them?

I want to take my partner to N-tower. If you go to the tower at night which is located at the top of Namsan mountain, you can see a beautiful night view of Seoul. There is also a place to fasten a lock swearing love.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Ttokbokki! I like so much! It is a stir-fried rice cake and little spicy. It is sold at every snack bars. You should not miss this!!

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Seoul?

Meongdong? maybe. I think it is the place shoppers used to go in the past time.

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Seoul?

The palaces located in the center of this city. They are very quiet, still and beautiful. (Recently, there are some people who wear Korean traditional clothes, Hanbok. If you borrow and wear the clothes near the palace, you can enter for free!)

What are the Seoul spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Absolutely, Hongdae at Friday night! I am not saying this place is a great spot because i live here. On Friday night or night on weekends, there are some people who show street performing and enjoy their night by drinking with friends.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Seoul. How do you spend it?

I will take a walk with my boyfriend around Kyeongui train line and have a lunch. And then I will visit my favorite cafe and spend time for chatting with him. After that, i will ride a bike(you can borrow a public bicycle owned by Seoul 1 dollar for an hour, if you download App) alongside Han river. At night, i want to go N-tower and to see beautiful night view of this city.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Newyork, Paris, Bangkok, Tokyo... Should i pick just only one? Well, Narrowing down in terms of vacation, Bangkok was favorite vacation city! I visited there twice; first was with my best friend and second was with my mother. Can i quote my mother's words? "Bangkok is Heaven!". With delicious mango, spa with massage.. I want to go soon!

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