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Pojangmacha at Yongsan Station

yongsan station

Ah, Yongsan Station.  In my first month in Korea, this place was why I was (falsely) convinced that the Seoul subway system was insanely complicated. (It’s not!) Seoul Line 1 could NOT get me past Yongsan Station, for some reason. Later, it turns out that I was on the rapid/express train. The all-stop train does all the stops. The rapid train only stops at a few stations, OBVIOUSLY.

 

yongsan pojangmacha

These red-and-white striped tents are right outside Yongsan Station.  These tents are called pojangmacha – they typically serve street food and soju/beer, but Yongsan Station also has a pojangmacha bar!

 

pojangmacha sign

Ah, nice signage.

 

yongsan pojangmacha decor

Here’s the pojangmacha I ended up eating at. The green box at the top contains a pen and blank pieces of paper, for you to write your message!

 

yongsan grill

Set A, for 15,000 won.  And with three beers, that brought the total to 27,000 won.

From left to right

1. The hollowed-out thing is garlic. Fully roasted and mild.

2. Large white thing is mushroom.

3. Small mushrooms wrapped in bacon

4. Little yellow things are ginkgo seeds, I think?

5. Squarish white = rice cakes

6. Grilled chicken

7. Grilled chicken and green peppers (cheong gochu?)

Studio Ghibli in Yongsan

I love Studio Ghibli. You have no idea. Or maybe you do. I have yet to make it over to the museum in Japan, but I’ll get there eventually.

In the meantime, Studio Ghibli has an exhibition at I’Park Mall in Yongsan, Seoul (2014ghibliexhibition.com [dead link]). It’s 15,000 won for an adult ticket, and it is totally, totally worth it. It’s a thing of beauty.

Only a limited amount of people are allowed inside the exhibit at one time. It’s awesome, not crowded at all. I went on a Sunday, and it seemed like a slow day anyway. No line, no wait.

 

 

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train

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Spirited Away is one of my favorites.

 

 

And some other photos from that day.