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What do you do and why do you do it?
I am a senior and in two platforms as a charge of management. One is <Marche@> which is the market of local farmers. I participate in there as a role of setting up the market and event plan. The other is <Startup people, have you eaten?> Which is startup networking platform matching between guests and hosts. I pick the right place where is trendy and delicious around Seoul. The reason why I do these activities is that I love startup spirit and meeting people to understand diversity.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
When I’m broken-hearted, I tend to more break my heart deeply as listening to music having sad melodies like David Bowie’s Space Oddity and Billie Marten’s It’s a Fine Day.
What are the best TV shows of all time?
I am a big fan of Netflix TV drama series. Currently, I am binge-watching Suits. If you like to glance at the real relationships inside lawyers’ life in one of the busiest city NewYork, you should watch that. You’ll like it.
Name some spots in Seoul that are good for a Tinder date.
I have no experience a Tinder date but I could pick some spots for Tinder daters. As a casual meet up, Itaewon is a perfect choice. It is famous for both locals and foreigners. The menu varies according to the type of your taste. Don’t worry. It is always crowded but sometimes sort of noisy is needed with strangers.
Who’s your hero and where in Seoul would you take them out for a serious hang?
I don't have my hero yet but I will take them to Vanga where there are both delicious course menu made by Michelin chefs and live Jazz music. That's because I want to share great music as well as fabulous dishes. In reality, I book there the week after next.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
I go to premier department shopping mall near Seoul. It takes some time to get there but it's worth. There are luxury brands with reasonable prices. I got IRO which is my favorite fashion brand at there. You might be satisfied with good quality and promotions if you find high-brand. If you want other brands instead of high-brand, I could tell you go to normal department stores in Seoul. There are main three big department stores from low price to high price.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
The spot I never go is around Chengnyangni. I cannot be sure but I feel unsafety there.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Leisure sports and jogging in Han river.
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Seoul and where did you get it?
I like Sundae soup and rice but also the most decadent dish I’ve experienced is that. I got that dish near Jonggak Station with my father. It wasn’t even that cheap and dirty. I can’t forget it. If you want that, please be careful to choose the right restaurant.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Seoul that you particularly like?
I tell you one speakeasy bar, Mortar. It’s in Hannam-dong and a little hard to find it. It’s good to focus on meaningful conversation with your friends and spend your own time without any bother.
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?
Last month I stayed at Grand Hyatt Hotel located at the top of Gyeonglidangil-street. At there, I took a massage also. At the lobby, there is a café and bar which musicians play the piano and sang a song at night. In addition, I highly recommend you to eat dessert of the bakery. I had a chocolate tart and couldn’t forget that bittersweet flavor. It costs about $365 one night. I think Banyatree Hotel is the most expensive.
What restaurant in Seoul looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
I love strolling through the streets. When I find the spot which looks like it contains its own story, I don’t hesitate to go inside. A restaurant I found that way is Bapcho. It sells Sushi. I don’t have to say that it’s delicious because all of their ingredients are fresh enough, of course!
Where can you get the best cocktail in Seoul? Which one do you like?
Actually, I don’t like a cocktail. I prefer just one shot whiskey. When I have to choose a cocktail, I pick Martini. That’s not that mixed and sweet. One of the reasons I take that is olive in it. I had that in Le Bain located in Sinchon.
Where would you take your partner in Seoul if you wanted to really pamper them?
I cannot tell one spot only. I would take my partner to Yeouido, Seochon, and Hannam-dong. The common things of these three spots are the large place and have healthy fresh meals.
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
Injeolmi-flavor ice flake. Injeolmi is Korean traditional rice cake made from the rice and bean flour. Its ice cream is consist of ice flake, Injeolmi, bean powder and villa icecream on it. We could eat either mixed or separated. There are various kinds of versions.
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Seoul?
Gangnam Station. There are tons of shops, restaurants, and people. It looks convenient and it is but I think I cannot spend my time creative there. I’ve been pushed with time and people there.
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Seoul?
Gunja-dong is not famous but there are many places to go around recently. There are delicious bakery, cafes and restaurants.
What are the Seoul spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Namsan Tower. The road to go up there and the view at the top are all great day and night.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Seoul. How do you spend it?
In the morning, I'll go eat around Hyehwa-dong. After eating, I walk up to Naksan Park. I could feel nature and seek for many cute shops there. There is Korean traditional Palace, Changdeokgung. It's beautiful as Gyeongbok Palace and not busy.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Budapest in Hungary. I didn’t expect at all before going there. As soon as I arrived, I couldn't tell any word to say out loud.