Monthly Archives: November 2008

Cruising the Han River

Cruising the Han River

Last weekend I surprised my wife with a night cruise on the Han River in Seoul. It was a lot of fun, and I thought pretty romantic (something hard to find here in Korea).

The cruises run from either Yeouido island or Jamsil dock. We took one from Yeouido. The boats run about every hour, and since it’s pretty cold already we didn’t have to deal with much in the way of crowds.

Cruising the Han River II

It was a very nice outing, and definitely recommended to get a different view on the city. The trip we did (Yeouido-Yangwha-Yeouido) took about an hour. The cruise boat dock has places to get some coffee or beer, as well as a couple of restaurants (including a KFC). We arrived a little early for the next ferry, but had a good time enjoying our coffee while waiting for the boat to dock.

There is also a little bar/coffee shop on the boat itself, so you can grab something to drink or snack on while cruising.

Yeouido Ferry dock

Cost: 11,000 won per person (Yeouido-Yanghwa-Yeouido)

Getting there: To catch the Yeouido Ferry, take Subway line 5 and get off at Yeouinaru Station. Walk out exit 3, and walk straight ahead. First chance you get walk down to the park area along the river bank. It’s easier to see the dock and restaurants on the river from there. The dock should be a five-minute walk from the subway exit.

More information can be found at the links below:

http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/FU/FU_EN_15.jsp?cid=290269

http://www.lifeinkorea.com/travel2/seoul/53

And some more info from other blogs:

http://thedailykimchi.blogspot.com/2006/10/boat-cruise-at-night-on-han-river.html

http://kissmykimchi.blogspot.com/2007/06/han-river-cruise.html

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Got Biltong?

Biltong

Last week I got my first delivery of biltong from The Biltong Guy. I held onto it until the weekend so I could really sit down and enjoy the flavour. And it was worth it! The texture, wetness and flavour were just the way I like it. And, man, did I enjoy the aroma. It put an instant smile on my face.

The Biltong Guy took really good care in making sure that my biltong would get to me in good condition. It was well-sealed in a ziplock bag, with a sachet of dessicant to keep the moisture at bay. The ziplock bag was packed in bubblewrap, inside a small box. And best of all, the package got to me within a day of being dispatched. I was impressed by the effort taken to make sure nothing would happen to my biltong. I like a man who takes biltong seriously.

If you’re missing some taste of home, contact The Biltong Guy. I’ll be sending in another order VERY soon.

You can get hold of him here: thebiltongguy@gmail.com

Biltong and Boerewors in Korea!

boerewors-rolls

I’ve been having cravings for some decent boerewors, braai meat and a bite of biltong. I’ve really been struggling to find good sausages and cuts of meat in Korea, and it’s starting to take it’s toll. In my town all I’ve been able to find is pork and chicken, and the chicken portions are chopped up in bizarre ways. When I do find a cut of beef somewhere, it’s so fatty my arteries harden on-site.

The worst part is that I can find all the hardware (braai, coal, beer), but no decent meat! It’s pure torture.

Luckily, I have come across a biltong and boerewors supplier right here in South Korea. The Biltong Guy has beenĀ  braaiing wors and supplying biltong at rugby events in Korea for almost two years now, and supplied the recent Sakornet braai mentioned here.

If you want to find out more about what cravings The Biltong Guy can satisfy, send an email to thebiltongguy@gmail.com.

Happy braaiing!

Links to Photos of Korea

I’ve managed to upload some photos of Korea to this blog. If you look to the right of this post you’ll see a Flickr photostream. Click on that to view some pictures of my school and town, as well as some typical Korean settings. Enjoy!