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[VisitSeoul] Generation BTS: Touring Bangtan Boys’ Favorite Restaurants in Seoul

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Having debuted back in 2013, the seven-member boy band Bangtan Boys (BTS) is Korea’s hottest international sensation as of now. They received the Best New Artist prize in 2014 and had the record of over 1.5 million albums sold in 2016. Just this year came their biggest break, one that pleasantly shocked the world: BTS became the first K-pop group to win a prestigious Billboard award. Voted by fans, they won the Top Social Artist award. Now that they have gained international recognition, fans from all over the world are visiting Seoul to follow their footsteps. Let’s take a look at BTS’s favorite spots in Seoul!

Course Yoojung Sikdang – The Min’s – Giani’s Napoli Garosu-gil Branch – Hamkyeongdo Chapssalsundae
Course 1. The Source of BTS’s Energy, Yoojung Sikdang

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Yoojung Sikdang is the restaurant that cared for the members of BTS during their days as a K-pop rookie. The restaurant is located near the dance studio at which they had their practice sessions. The BTS members usually order the grilled black pork belly with gojuchang (chili paste) sauce and dolsot (hot stone pot) bibimbap. Also on the menu are various Korean traditional dishes including cheonggukjang (fermented soybean paste soup), budae-jjigae (kimchi and sausage stew), cold bean-soup noodles and cold buckwheat noodles made with young summer radish kimchi. Yoojung Sikdang is perfect for those looking for an affordable meal, as all its menu items cost no more than 8,000 won. Visitors that come alone are recommended to get the dolsot (hot stone pot) bibimbap made with pan-seared black pork, while those who come in pairs should get the ssambap (rice wrap) course which comes with leafy vegetables, jeyuk bokkeum (sweet and spicy pork stir-fry), rice and doenjang-jjigae (soybean paste soup).

Yoojung Sikdang

Address : 14 Dosan-daero 28-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

Hours :Monday-Friday 08:30-21:30, Saturday-Sunday 08:30-19:00

Phone : +82-2-511-4592

Course 2. BTS’s Go-To Café, The Min’s

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Run by Lee Chang-min, a member of the K-pop group 2AM and Homme, The Min’s located in Apgujeong-dong is known for frequent visits by the members of Bangtan Boys. Inside the café, visitors will be able to see a wide array of pictures and autographs of BTS, as well as hand-written letters written by the members. Some of the pictures depict Bangtan Boys drinking fresh-squeezed lemonade and cherryade, the most popular drink items on the menu. The cute and homey café is perfect place to escape the blistering summer sun and to get refreshed by some cold, fizzy fruit ade.

 

The Min’s

Address : 1F 330 Apgujeong-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

Phone : +82-2-512-1452

Hours: 10:00-22:00

Course 3. Jin’s Off-Day Hangout Spot, Giani’s Napoli Garosu-gil Branch
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Giani’s Napoli located in Garosu-gil is known to be the restaurant where the BTS member Jin frequents with his friends. The eatery is famed for its traditional Italian fare and authentic wood-fired pizza made with high quality ingredients. The menu features about a dozen types of pizza including Quattro Formaggio topped with four types of Italian cheese. One bite of its delightful pizza and visitors might suspect that Jin is an undercover food critic. As the restaurant offers spacious seating, visitors can sit back and enjoy their pizza—and even spot Jin walking in on one of these evenings when he is free from his rigorous schedule.

Giani’s Napoli Garosu-gil branch

Address : 2F 15 Dosan-daero 100-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

Phone : +82-2-3416-0316

Hours : Monday-Sunday 11:30-22:30 (Closed on national holidays)

Course 4. BTS’s Healthy Choice, Hamkyeongdo Chapssalsundae

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The BTS members Jin and Jungkook are frequent diners at Garak-dong’s Hamkyeongdo Chapssalsundae, a restaurant specialized in sundaeguk (Korean blood sausage soup). What exactly is it about the dish that keeps bringing BTS members back to the restaurant? The secret is in the method and ingredients. The sundaeguk (Korean blood sausage soup) served at Hamkyeongdo Chapssalsundae is slow-cooked in a huge Korean traditional cauldron. After it is cooked, chili sauce is added to the broth, creating a perfect balance of the savory and spicy. The bowl comes filled with chapssal sundae (Korean blood sausages made with glutinous rice) which are made in-house, daily. Another menu item favored by Jin and Jungkook is the suyuk (steamed pork) which comes with tangy shrimp fish sauce. Thinly-sliced, the pieces of steamed pork are extremely soft and juicy.

Hamkyeongdo Chapssalsundae

Address : 32 Songpa-daero 28-gil, Songpa-gu, Seoul

Phone : +82-2-403-8822

Hours : 12:00-24:00

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The formatting's dodgy, oh well <_>

Saw this being posted over at Reddit, so I decided to put it up here as well.  The article's under Tours on the website, which seems to be dedicated to providing information to tourists. I checked the languages and the articles also seems to have been translated into Korean, Japanese and Chinese; probably more than that too because they have more languages but I didn't check them all out.

The first location just reminds me of that restaurant lady who said she was sure BTS was going to become big. It's amazing how things have come full circle. 

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now i'm hungry, all this places look so good. :emo:

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18 minutes ago, Cypher• said:

now i'm hungry, all this places look so good. :emo:

Same. I want all the foods. 

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I want to visit all these places...and I'm hungry too ^^

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Guess I'm the odd one out cos I'm not hungry :P Though that pizza definitely looks like a tasty place to go...

I actually would want to go to The Min's tho, I spy BTS' anan photoshoots on their racks and I'd love to be able to flip through it once.

And if the first restaurant is the same restaurant they went to back during Rookie King days, isn't it cute that they have a BTS shrine set up? :DD

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Saved and noted! Will be sure to drop in to all these places and see if it's as good as BTS makes all their food look :wow:

 

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