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The Best Cafe for Foreigners in Korea

2nd June 2007

Everyone wants to have a memorable experience when they visit another country, and there is no better way than visiting good places while traveling. If you have a plan to visit Korea in order to make a special memory, you should go and taste in the unique cafe “서울서 둘째로 잘하는 집(Seoulseo duljero jalhaneun jib).” “서울서 둘째로 잘하는 집” is one of the best cafes for foreigners with its calm and relaxed atmosphere, traditional tea smells, and delicate cuisine.

First, it has a tranquil ambiance to be relaxed. The cozy sofa, natural decoration, tone-downed yellow light, and whispers of traditional Korean music in this cafe offer a comfortable mind to you, tired foreigners, because of the fatigue from a journey. Deep and soft sofas differ from other cafes. Then look around the cafe, and you can find simple decoration with old telephone, books, and paintings. Those are not sophisticated but indeed attractive. How about misty yellow light? It makes your eyes pleasant to appreciate all these atmospheres. The murmuring music sounds also reach your ear while you’re sitting on warm sofa. The traditional Korean music that is a long and distant sound with Korean string instrument makes you laid-back. Restful couch, simple and modest ornaments, soft and dim light, and breathe of pleasant music are enough elements to love this cafe.

Second, there are always traditional tea smells. “서울서 둘째로 잘하는 집” has six different kinds of Korean traditional teas and these aromas soothe your physical, mental exhaustion. For example, one of Korean teas ‘쌍화탕(Tsanghwa tang)’ which is served in the café is famous for therapy method as a folk medicine with a special fragrance like Chinese herb medicine smell, but never tough to savor. Furthermore, all Korean herb teas are not too strong although it has bitter taste; instead, they are usually sweet-smelling. Thus anyone can try to smell and enjoy them at will. These various traditional soothing smells are not only one of the extraordinary point of the cafe, but also another attraction point for foreigners who hesitate to visit where in Korea.

Lastly, the essential reason that you should visit the cafe is the cuisine. No doubt, 90% of visitors come in to the cafe to taste ‘단팥죽(Danpatjuk)’, the most popular item on the menu. It is a Korean style soup made of red bean, and Korean used to eat since long time ago. Although people make it artificial way now, ‘Danpatjuk’ of “서울서 둘째로 잘하는 집” is all made through hand-made process. It means that you can just taste its flavor as well as artisan’s soul. ‘Danpatjuk’s mystic flavor, excessive sweetness which has long aftertaste and unique color ‘deep purple’ tempt the appetite. It also seizes your sensitive palate with its special texture which is thicker than liquid like fluids or baby formula. In addition, the ingredients of 단팥죽 are full of nutrients; chestnuts, pine nuts, walnuts, jujubes, and the core ‘새알(Se-al)’, which is a chewy, sweet white wheat ball. Once you taste it, you’ll never forget it and miss it a lot. The extraordinary flavor of craftswoman, splendid color, and the finest ingredients of ‘Danpatjuk’ are the fundamental reason that you should absolutely go and enjoy this cafe.

As you have seen, the attractions of “서울서 둘째로 잘하는 집” show you why you shouldn’t miss to visit here when you travel to Korea. It has everything for foreigners; agreeable mood, several special fragrance of traditional teas, and unique menu ‘Danpatjuk’. It is open from 10 am to 10 pm every day. Traditional teas range from 4,000 to 5,000 won, and a light meal of ‘Danpatjuk’ costs 5,000 won. To get there, take subway line number 5 and get off at the station ‘광화문(Kwanghwamun).’ Then go out through the exit number 3, and you can find a bus stop straight ahead of you. Take a green local line bus number 11 and take off at ‘금융연수원(Korea Banking Institute).’ The restaurant is located right next to ‘KBI’.

Park Ji Yeon

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