Jongno

Registration for March 26th Meeting Open!!

Spring is springing, and we are changing things up a little this month!  We have long been advocates for makgeolli’s rather under-praised cousin, cheongju (also referred to as yakju).   Cheongju is the golden yellow liquid that separates from the sediment during fermentation of makgeolli, and can be just as tasty as it’s milky counterpart.


Registration for November 21st Meeting Open!!!

Grub's Up at Gwangjang

Grub's Up at Gwangjang

Dinnertime at Gwangjang Market, Seoul.

Lost Seoul

Lost Seoul

Police with riot shields fill Gwanghawmun square in preparation for planned protest against the Park administration in the aftermath of the Sewol disaster.

GQ Come Back Club Party

On Saturday, October 18th, GQ Bar is having a comeback party. Until twelve o'clock, they will provide unlimited tequila shots. Shudder....


Entrance (10000 won) includes one free drink. (Do you really need a drink with all of that tequila?) 

Another Queer Weekend Gravity Bar Opening in Jongno and the Switch Meet Market



This weekend a new bar is opening in the Jongno Bar. Although the official opening isn't until October 2nd, there is a pre-opening this weekend with free anju! There tag-line is 'Don't blame gravity for falling in love' which is a bit adorable.


Parade Celebrating 20 Years of Chingusai (Between Friends)

If you missed gay pride this June or are in need of a second parade, come out to Jongno tomorrow to celebrate 20 years of Chingusai (one of Korea's gay rights groups).


Jogyesa Temple – 조계사 (Jongno, Seoul)

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A View of the Main Hall at Jogyesa Temple in Jongno, Seoul.

Hello Again Everyone!!

Jogyesa Temple, in the heart of Seoul, was first established in 1938. When the temple was first established, a building from Gakhwangsa Temple in neighbouring Susong Park was transferred to the present Jogyesa Temple grounds. This building, which no longer exists, was funded nationally for Korea’s first Korean Buddhist mission. At this time it was renamed Taegosa Temple. The temple changed its name, after the Buddhist Purification Movement in 1954, to its current name of Jogyesa Temple.


Dae-oh Book Store 33 Cafe: A Place of History, Culture and Family

When I first moved to Korea, I spent every minute of my free time getting lost in the neighborhoods of Seoul. Wandering the unknown became a hobby and through it, I was able to learn a lot about my new home and discover many a hidden gem, whether it be a cafe, an interesting sculpture or a peaceful green space to sit and rest for a while.

As time went on and I grew accustomed to my new city, the neighborhoods lost a bit of their magic and I became slightly jaded. Over the past few weeks, however, I began to miss those afternoons spent in solitude and discovery and decided to get back to exploring the streets of the city. The historic district of Seochon-dong was first on my list. I had no expectations, which is probably why I was so delighted to have stumbled upon Dae-oh Book Store 33 Cafe.

Club Opening: Jongno's Club 50

A new club opened up this weekend in Jongno. Pub and lounge on the first floor and a dance club in the basement. I'm pretty sure it is a gay club as they were advertising it on Ivan City and it is right near the gay junction outside of Jongno 3 Gu exit 6.


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