The weather has cooled off! That means we can go out during the middle of the day again. Unfortunately, it also means more mosquitos. But it just means we have to prepare well before being out too long.
Hubby has finally come home from his field exercise also, so we declared last Saturday to be eating out and park day.
Genroku Udon noodles in Kundae
Raven and I have been re-watching one of our favorite k-dramas Playful Kiss and we noticed that now that we are in Korea, we recognize a lot more of the cultural references, and even the food!
In the show, Oh Ha Ni’s father runs a noodle shop. Seeing all the yummy noodle dishes made me want to try some noodles!
At first, we were going to visit a famous noodle shop (Pyongyang Myeonok 평양면옥) that serves North Korean style cold noodles. The kids weren’t sure if they were up to trying cold broth.
While looking for a park and for a hobby shop that Jay had found online, I discovered that we could go to both, plus eat noodles, all in one fell swoop. Location: Kundae
I found an interesting looking restaurant chain called genrokuudon.com that had several locations in Seoul. We realize that these are Japanese noodle shops and not Korean, but we figured we would give it a try. Hey – you gotta experience a little of everything right?
So – we headed to Kunkuk University station to find some noodles, play at the park, and find Jay’s shop.
We actually had to work to find the place, even though I had the address in my Google maps. It was down a walking alley and on the backside of the main street buildings.
This was at the end of the walking alley before we turned left and found the shop. I thought the little truck was cute.
The shop was small – only about 4 tables and a window counter (behind the girls). I was glad that we got there early because as we were leaving it started to get pretty cramped!
Never order individual servings in Korea!
One of the things we have learned in Korea is that they eat communally. When we first got here, we would sit down and order a dish for each person, just like you would in the States. But here, the meals can be huge and/or expensive.
We’ve learned – only order one or two dishes to start with – and share it with everyone. If you are still hungry, you can always order more.
But you can’t ever take away the looks of the servants as they bring out 5 giant meals and watch you try to eat them all!
So – we ordered an udon soup (키즈네우돈) for Raven and I to share, some buckwheat noodles for Jay (zora soba or 자루소바 in Korean) , and Denna wanted to try the plain udon noodles (자루우돈).
We didn’t realize it, but the buckwheat and udon noodles on the wooden tray both came with a cold broth. You added wasabi and chopped onion to the broth and dipped your noodles in before you took a bite. One of the waiters was kind enough to demonstrate the method.
The noodles filled our bellies up, and we ended up trying cold noodles anyhow. It fed all five of us for under 20,000 won (less than $18.50). As we were walking around the neighborhood, we noticed a lot of other cheap eateries.
Children’s Grand Park in Gwangjin
After lunch, we walked straight down the main road to the entrance of the Children’s Grand Park.
This park is huge, with walking paths, a children’s museum, musical fountain, multiple playgrounds, a zoo, botanical garden, and amusement park!
The first fun thing that we saw going into the park was this musical fountain. Raven got some video of it here:
All the kids wanted to jump in and play in the water! We did get a light spray from the wind shifting, which led to a lot of squeals of delight from the children around us.
I also took a little video while resting my feet and watching the kids play on the 3rd playground we came across (we had to stop at each one).
After walking up the path some more, we came across this building, which looked to be like a visitors center of some kind but was long abandoned.
Down the other side of the path was the zoo, amusement park, and botanical gardens. We didn’t go into those parts because the kids were pretty tired out by then. We did go through the small little petting zoo.
Even further, back towards the main entrance, there were lots of picnic areas and fun sculptures made from trash.
We left the park and got a drink and snack for the kids, then headed on our way to find Jay’s card shop. It wasn’t hard to find, just back to the subway station we had come out of.
It was getting late in the afternoon, and our feet were tired! We grabbed a taxi to take us back to Itaewon and went home to relax for the rest of the weekend.
More UHS Adventures:
- Cat Cafe
- Peaceful Park
- Science Museum
- Convenience Snacks
- See our Adventures in Seoul Google map