All posts tagged: charming

Ihwa | mural village

Ihwa Village is a controversial excursion to write a blog post about. There is currently a cold war playing out between selfie hungry visitors and those who call the area home. Obviously, as a human being, you want to side with the inhabitants. But, as someone who loves to look at street art and loves to put money into Korean crafts and stores, you can also see well meaning visitors’ sides. The issue arises again and again in Korea and makes me wonder: Can’t we tourists just stop being assh*les all the time?  So What’s the Controversy? Imagine living in a sleepy little village for most of your life. It’s underdeveloped and poor, but it’s home. One day a group of well meaning individuals decide to paint some colorful street art on the walls surrounding your neighborhood. It’s cute, sure, you might even like the whimsy at first. It’s supposed to bring tourism and money to your neck of the woods. Everything sounds great. And then, bam! Your village in overrun with loud mouth camera hogs desperate to get …

Moonbird | Cafe

This place has got some personality, I’ll give ya that.  It’s name itself, Moonbird Does Think of Only the Moon, is such a mouthful but, sweetly poetic, even in Korean, as I’m told. It is charming and (slightly) secretive in an alley off one of the busiest streets in Seoul, Insadong. On a chilling winter night it is the perfect spot to grab a cup of traditional tea surrounded by more stuff than you could imagine. My friend Phil ordered a jujube tea that tasted just like Christmas. It was warm, thick and flavored with cinnamon. I ordered a nice Jasmine tea, kind of boring, I know, but it was hot and in an adorable teapot. This is the perfect tea cafe if you are in Insadong and want a quiet place off the main drag that is unpretentious, laid back and…warm.  So warm on that cold night. Holy crap that was a cold night.