Con­ver­sa­tion with a Lo­cal

HANA SUH Tour Guide

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Hana Suh ditched IT en­gi­neer­ing three years ago to be­come a tour guide in South Korea. A keen trav­eller, she rec­om­mends vis­it­ing Bu­san and Jeju Is­land as well as Seoul.

Favourite spots to eat in Seoul?

I like Itae­won, it of­fers a lot of va­ri­ety when it comes to food. Vatos Ur­ban Ta­cos is a bar that serves ta­cos – I like the fries with kim­chi top­ping, frozen mar­garita and Corona beer.

Where to chill?

There’s an area called Hap­jeong, one stop from Hongik Uni­ver­sity, which has a lot of cafes, small restau­rants and clubs and pubs. If you want to have cof­fee at a cosy cafe, I re­ally rec­om­mended the area.

Best shop­ping dis­tricts?

There is an out­let in Seoul called the Gasan Dig­i­tal Com­plex, which has sev­eral out­let malls. If you get there at the right time of the year, you’ll get great dis­counts on clothes.

Best place for fried chicken and beer?

I like BHC, made fa­mous by the pop­u­lar Korean drama My Love from the Stars. The orig­i­nal chicken with spicy sauce is the best. Or­der takeaway to eat at Han­gang Park – the de­liv­ery­man will find you and give you chicken and beer.

What’s the most scenic place in Seoul?

Noeul Park, near Seoul World Cup Sta­dium. Noeul means sun­set.

It’s fa­mous for its golf course and on top of the hill there’s a camp­site where you can have a bar­be­cue with amaz­ing views of the Han River.

What do you love most about liv­ing in Seoul?

Con­ve­nience. It is easy to find places to eat and easy to get around. A lot of events are held here, like marathons, hikes and any kind of meet-ups.

Where can you get tem­ple cui­sine?

Near the Kim­chi Mu­seum, there’s a tem­ple called Jo­gyesa. Across from the tem­ple there is a Bud­dhist veg­e­tar­ian restau­rant named Bal­woo Gongyang. It may not be the best tem­ple cui­sine out there, but it’s easy to find for trav­ellers.

If we only have one day in Seoul, what should we do?

I like hik­ing and would rec­om­mend the two moun­tains be­hind Gyeong­bok­gung Palace, [called] Bu­gak­san and In­wangsan.

If you climb the moun­tains, you’ll get a nice view of Seoul, in­clud­ing the pres­i­dent’s house, Gyeong­bok­gung Palace and the main square. It only takes two to three hours, and gives a great over­view of the city. Then def­i­nitely go for a cof­fee in Hap­jeong, and a jjimjil­bang, where you can re­lax in sev­eral rooms at dif­fer­ent tem­per­a­tures. Kore­ans be­lieve you sweat out all the tox­ins so it’s good for your health. Food is served in the com­mon area. [It’s the] per­fect to end the day, es­pe­cially in win­ter.

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