Seoul, South Korea
Tim, 32
10 year expat in Seoul
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a startup founder and cryptocurrency investor living in Seoul

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

Paulo Nutini - Last Request, anything Sam Smith

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Star Trek Voyager, Top Gear, House, Band of Brothers, Travelers, The Room

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

An Itaewon adventure: start with cocktails at 3 Alley Pub where you can play some games together, get some dessert at Sugar Daddy, then Chon for some great pajeon and Makgeolli

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Mostly the mall in Yeouido, Zara, Pull&Bear, H&M

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

Onsu

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

Watch the snow fall down over Seoul from Namsan tower

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

I tried Boshintang (dog soup) the first year I lived here. I didn't like it, will never have it again and I don't recommend anyone else try it either. The newer generations here completely reject the concept and I agree with them.

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

There is a great grouping of restaurants down the hill towards Noksapeong when walking from the Hyatt hotel. They have a great bar and quite a few international food restaurants packed into a warehouse style building. Great fried food and beer, something for everyone in your group.

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?

Butchers Cut in Gangnam has some amazing cuts of steak, but I usually go for a better quality/price ratio. Outback in Itaewon has some of the best steak I've had in my life, and the quality is the same every time. Seriously, the Itaewon Outback is different than all others I've been to. They have a magical grill.

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

Nari shiktang next to the Audi building in Itaewon, incredible pork belly and always a huge line after 6pm.

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

Hyatt Hotel Lounge

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

The Shilla Hotel for a day of food and spa treatments

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

Everything is available for delivery here, so that is one big difference from other countries. As far as a singular snack goes, I really like the old-time sausage (옛날 소시지) which is super cheap and great as a side to any homemade meal in Seoul. The chips here are great too as they aren't as overly salty as western equivalents.

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

Gangnam

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

Samcheong-dong

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

Samcheong-dong, Itaewon, Garosu-gil

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

Eat as much Korean food as possible. Once you leave Korea, the quality of Korean food drastically goes down while the price only increases. Enjoy some kalbi and chigae while you can!

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

Phuket Thailand. Incredible food and a slow ride on the motorbike next to the beach is hard to beat.

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Jiseok Lim