(Photo : Aisyah Roslan)This beyond November, the KpopStarz Malaysia team traveled to South Korea's island province of Jeju to wait KCON 2015 Jeju with the assistance of the Korea Tourism Organization. Situated off the southwestern coast of the Korean peninsula, Jeju, with its temperate weather and lush herbal attractions, is a well-liked destination for honeymooners, movie crews, and Korean culture enthusiasts from round the world. They spent a couple of days soaking in the points of interest about the island and hit up the primary manifestation of the Hallyu culture conference to be held inside South Korea's borders. KCON 2015 Jeju came about Nov. 6-7 following the event's expansion from Los Angeles to Japan and Big appleTownprevious in the year.
See what type ofamusing the KpopStarz Malaysia team had on their consult with to Jeju Island and get some shuttleideas of your own with this travelogue.
Haven for K-drama and K-pop Lovers
While we were out exploring the coastlines, lets see the developing cafe culture on Jeju Island where cute, little coffee retail outletswerestoning up here and there, inviting folks to come interior and enjoy what they've to offer. Being anyone who loves to cafe-hop, I wish I can have spent more time exploring each and every of the cafes, yet alas, we simplest accept fourth dimension to stopover at two cafes, either one ofthat haveanything to do with K-drama and K-pop.
The first cafe we visited was once Bomnal Cafe(봄날), which changed into the shooting location for the 2015 MBC drama Warm and Cozy, starring Kang So Ra and Yoo Yeon Seok. True to its name, Bomnal Cafe exudes that fresh, spring-like charm, appearing off its own logo of coziness to attractsite visitors in. I felt glad simply being there having a look at the burst of coloursat the walls and the decorations. It would notsubjectonce you were partial to the drama or had just just chanced upon the cafe, it can own charmed you anyway.
(Photo : Rasyidah Roslan)Just more than onemins of walking from Bomnal Cafe, stood every other must-visit spot called Monsant Cafe.Owned by capacity of none rather thenGiant Bang's G-Dragon, this can also be a contrast to Bomnal's cozy charm. This cafe is massive and modern, with glass windows all of the way around, giving friendsa lovely view of the coast. With considerable seating to be hadeitheroutside and inside of the cafe, visitors be able to expertise both the architecture and the organic views.
(Photo : Aisyah Roslan)We also controlled to visit Play K-Pop, a gigantic K-pop museum that had just opened its doors on June 25, 2015. Located in the Jungmun Resort, Play K-pop isn't just a museum showcasing Korean trackduring the years, but also provides visitors quite so much of interactive activities involving their favourite stars. Take photographs alongside idols, get virtual makeovers to appear to be 2NE1, dance with Enormous Bang, listing songs with well knownmanufacturers - you'll be ready to make all that and more at Play K-pop, where you're (virtually) the star.
The hologram concert was most likelythe maximum efficienta phase of the experience, giving fans a virtual journeythis isthe followingvery best thing to a reside performance. In case you area large fan of YG artists, be certain you give this museum a visit! (Note: Frontprice to Play K-Pop is 15,000 KRW for adults 18 and above, 13,000 KRW for the oneselderly between thirteen - 18 and 12,000 KRW for children. The hologram concert pass will doubtless bebought for further 10,000 won)
(Photo : Aisyah Roslan) (Photo : Aisyah Roslan)
(Photo : Aisyah Roslan) Korean Food, A Treat to Our Flavor Buds
When in Korea, do like the Koreans do and devour like the Koreans eat! We were fortunate that most of our foods in Jeju Island had that yummy Korean touch, instead of being overly Westernized as one unearths in other popular tourist locations. And boy, we were completely spoiled for choices! It gave the glance of all we did was eat and each one meal was deliciously memorable.
One of the food that we in realityenjoyed in specific was at a cafe called Rodem Garden(로뎀가든) along the sea coast in Seobin Baeksa in Udo Island. We were first served squid cooked with red pepper paste (gochujang) and a few vegetables and the meal began getting appealing when the chef himself got here to our table to cook a distinct fried rice. The dish, called Hallasan Fried Rice, incorporated the retelling of news from Jeju and its individuals and also tourists, like us. With the combination of gochujang, kimchi, eggs and cheese, he created a meal that was plain yet delectable and we wanted nosotros had larger stomaches because we just could not becomesufficient of it.
(Photo : Aisyah Roslan)We also went to Jeju Madang(제주 마당) and were served two original dishes featuring a meter long hairtail fish. The 1st dish was grilled fish and the alternative was a fish stew - with a metallic container on my own took up all the table. Ramen noodles were later added to the broth in it turns out thatthe simplest way to end up, as the ramen soaked up the leftover soup!
(Photo : Aisyah Roslan) (Photo : Aisyah Roslan) Aside from that, we also were given to bask in abalone porridge and grilled mackerel in Jinju Sikdang(진주 식당) It was so just right that we achievedthe total thingregardless of precisely having eaten breakfast a few hours prior.
(Photo : Aisyah Roslan)Attending KCON Jeju and the Jeju Mandarin Foreign Marathon
Part of the itinerary for our vacationconcerned attending two events, KCON 2015 Jeju and also the yearly Mandarin International Marathon.
KCON, a Korean pop music and culture convention held every year in Los Angeles, expanded occasions in 2015 to incorporate smaller conventions in Japan, New York Urban and, of course, Jeju. We got to attend KCON Jeju on the 2d one day, Nov. 7, for the major concert event.
Prior to the performance, however, we wandered around the stadium grounds with the other fans finding out the other exhibits, contests, and samples from an array of Korean brands and Hallyu companies. The concert itself was amazing and that you couldtake a glance at our review of it HERE.
(Photo : Aisyah Roslan)Before leaving Jeju Island the subsequent day,we made a pitstop at the Jeju World Stadium to witness the beginning of the 2015 Jeju Mandarin International Marathon. Held annually, this was the 13thtime the marathon had been held in Jeju. The race, which celebrates the island's noted oranges, was divided into 3 categories - complete marathon (25km), part marathon (10km) and also a 5k race. The tournament attracted participants of each age and from all walks of existence with all and sundry from kids to the elderly and serious runners to informal walkers joining in on the fun.
For more sights from around Jeju, investigate cross-check Part 2 of the travelogue that takes you around the natural attractions the island has to offer.
Articles and Pictures by Aisyah Roslan | Contributor: Rasyidah Roslan
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