Jogyesa, a temple in heart of Seoul city

jongro jogyesa
seoul jongro jogyesa

Did you know that there is a temple in the center of Seoul?

In Jongro district, you can find a Buddhist temple near Insadong.

seoul buddhist temple

Since the Buddha’s birthday is also a big event in South Korea, Jogyesa was so pretty with a lot of lights.

I went there in the late evening, but I was able to see many people coming to pray and look around.

Insadong seemed empty than the usual since the covid-19 hit, there aren’t many foreigners in Seoul.

buddhist temple lights

If you haven’t been to Insadong or Gyeongbokgung palace, I hope you can visit soon as they are close to each other and the number 1 palace in Korea also opens until late evening during Summer time.

Apollo Guesthouse seems very empty without you!

buddha's birthday in seoul

Red and Spicy Fish Soup near Yeongdeungpo and Hapjeong

fish soup seafood restaurant

As the corona virus is getting worse, people in South Korea extremely care about their health and throats by wearing masks or eating hot tea.

It is known that drinking warm water often helps to protect your throat from dryness and also save you from getting cold and sickness.

Today, I felt like some spicy soup and went to this fish soup restaurant located near Apollo Guesthouse, Yeongdeungpo-gu office station.

spicy fish soup restaurant near yeongdeungpo and hapjeong
Spicy Fish Soup

The restaurant is within 3 minute walk from exit 6 subway station.

For those of you who are not familiar with the Yeongdeungpo area, it is only 2 stops away from Hapjeong and Hongdae on Seoul’s main subway line 2.

Seafood restaurant menu near apollo guesthouse
Restaurant Menu

The price is only 6,000 won per person, and yes, you can order alone and eat by yourself.

They also serve big plates for groups which has more side menus along with the main soup.

The kind of fish they offer is “Cod”.

Korean meal with fish, cod
Korean meal with fish

As you can see on the picture, they give you a portable stove so that you can keep the soup delicious and warm while eating.

Korean seafood menu
Korean Fish, Cod

If you are not a fan of meats, why don’t you try this fish soup with many vegetables such as tofu and mushrooms.

Seafood restaurant in Yeongdeungpo and Hongdae area
Korean Seafood Restaurant

The most popular Korean food, Kimchi!

korean kimchi meal
popular kimchi soup restaurant next to apollo guesthouse in yeongdeungpo
korean restaurant next to apollo guesthouse

Right next to our guesthouse, there is a Korean restaurant that serves kimchi jjigae and unlimited free noodles!

Jjigae is a Korean word for soup and kimchi soup is one of the most common home food in Korea.

enjoy unlimited noodles in korean restaurant
free noodles

In that restaurant, they add pork in the soup and it gives more rich taste.

Sometimes, there can be tuna or other fish, instead of pork.

pork kimchi soup restaurant next to apollo guesthouse
kimchi soup
kimchi soup with free noodles
kimchi soup with noodles

Since their main dish is the jjigae, the table has a stove in the center for you to boil the soup and eat it warm.

Also you can find a tongue and a pair of scissors on the table and those are to cut the pork into pieces.

popular korean meal with pork kimch soup
korean meal with pork kimchi soup

Like every other Korean restaurant, they also give you other Korean side dishes with the meal.

If you can not handle the spicy food, they also have other menu such as mackerel or Korean pork BBQ.

kimchi restaurant menu
restaurant menu

It is located right next to the Apollo Guesthouse and if you are too shy to order is Korean, simple tell us and we can go with you! 🙂

Korean Eel Soup Restaurant

korean restautrant near apollo guesthouse
korean restautrant

Empty stomach?

Wanna fill your hunger with warm Korean soup?

Let me introduce you an authentic Korean restaurant, located nearby Apollo Guesthouse.

Korean eel soup restaurant menu
Restaurant menu
Seoul eel restaurant menu
Restaurant menu

The restaurant serves various Korean menu such as tofu soup, pork bone soup, dumpling and etc.

However, their signature menu is the Korea eel soup.

Is it delicious? Sounds scary?

Let me ask you again after you finish having the meal.

Seoul eel soup restaurant inside
Inside the restaurant

Well, if this is really not your type, don’t worry!

They also serve pork cutlet, Korean style donkatsu, filled with sweet potato and golden cheese inside!

You won’t say no to this, I know. 😉

Korean eel soup
Korean eel soup
eel soup and donkatsu
Eel soup and pork cutlet

As you can see their price on the menu above, it’s normal price for Korean restaurants in Seoul.

Yeongdeungpo-gu has many local restaurants and shops and the price is cheaper than other known areas to tourists such as Hongdae, Itaewon or Gangnam.

korean style donkatsu, pork cutlet
Korean style donkatsu