O'Sulloc Teahouse in Nampodong Market

In case you haven't noticed O'Sulloc Teahouse / Teashop has opened in Nampodong market.

Its right along the famous Gwangbok Street (the narrow winding one way street for cars with alot of walking room on the sides).

Prices are quite good and their green teas are excellent!

Here's a great and more detailed post about O'Sulloc's Nampodong Location from Sereni Tea Time

What Happened to Nampodong?


When I first arrived I was in the company of some extremely talented photographers. They gave me a start into a world that would drain my wallet and fill my heart with joy, almost simultaneously. One of the best areas in Busan that a photographer could go to drain his wallet and walk away with some nice gear was Nampodong. It’s streets were lined with camera shops and underground was full of retro gear. It was a place where you’d give a friendly nod when you saw a camera bag or tripod.


Book Street, Nampodong

By Emma O’Flynn

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Nestled in the narrow little streets just beyond Gukje Markets, is the cute and quaint, and adeptly named Book Street.  This place is all about the books.  Tiny little stores are stacked from floor to ceiling with books and magazines of every shape and size. Though the selection of English books available is pretty limited, it’s more about the ambience, then any serious book shopping!   The odd coffee shop and vintage store are also thrown in the mix.

Back to Busan!

Loving Hut’s Nampodong Location


By: Emma O’Flynn

Calling all vegetarians!  Life in Korea can be challenging as a vegetarian, even more so as a vegan.  So when friend introduced me to Loving Hut in Seomyeon, I was thrilled!  And then I was equally devastated by it’s recent closure.  The following week I was summoned to a teacher’s lunch, and as we all piled into a couple of cars I was informed that we were going to a vegetarian restaurant.  Now, when a group of Koreans announce such a thing to me, I take it with a pinch of salt!  Perhaps they mean no beef or pork, or perhaps only small pieces of meat mixed through the dish, but not PROPER vegetarian!!!  So imagine my utter surprise, and delight, when we pulled up at a Loving Hut!

So long, farewell.

This weekend was my last weekend in Korea and the last time I saw most of the foreign friends that I've made here.  Believe it or not, no tears were shed by this girl!  I'm just really blessed to have met great people and to have formed deep and meaningful relationships with them, so while we may never be in the same physical place again, we'll be in touch.

Extra Long Weekend- Yippppppeeeeeeee

As it is Lunar New Year our school was closed and we got not one but TWO extra days off. So it was a four day weekend whoop whoop! Myself, David, Amanda and Brandon decided to spend it exploring Busan. We are all trying to be healthy at the moment so we decided to go for a hike and try and be healthy the entire weekend.

We left our village, Gyeseong on Friday evening and took the bus from Changnyeong to Busan. We headed straight to Nampodong as we were staying in a hostel here. We decided to stay in Apple Guest House for two nights as it was in a good location and was great value for money.

Apple Guest House

Nampodong's Christmas Extravaganza!

Last night, Jeff, Aaron, Ashley, Adam, Grace and I all met up in Nampodong for dinner at our favorite cheese bi bim bap restaurant, a quick stop at Starbucks, and a nice stroll down Gwangbok-ro to see the Christmas lights!

I always love Christmas time in Nampodong!  It seems like the only place in Busan that comes close to mimicking the outlandish Christmas decorating that happens in America!  It definitely has it's own little Korean flare, but I love it none the less!

Weekend in Busan

Last weekend David , Julie, Amanda, Brandon and myself decided to spend the weekend in Busan. Amanda and Brandon had not been to Busan yet and it was Julie’s final weekend in Korea. We thought it would be the perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. We did a lot of shopping, eating and drinking. It was a really funny weekend!

Movie and Eel for dinner!

Today was our school's "Culture Day" for 5th grade, 6th grade, and English teachers!  This basically means that we're allowed to leave work 2 hours early to go do something "culturally Korean!"  Good news is, we never actually HAVE to do something Koreanish, we just have to say and write that we are!  YAY!  So, all of us left school at 2:30pm and headed to Nampodong to see a movie!  Most of the teachers saw a Korean movie, but Loola, Hyun Jung and I went to see TAKEN 2.  There was A LOT of violence, so poor Loola had her hand over her face almost the whole movie!  

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