Visiting 윤씨밀방 and Gentle Monster in 홍대


Last Saturday I met up with my language exchange friend for the first time.
I was really nervous because I'd never met anyone online in person before.
Especially in a foreign country!

Her name is Jenny and you'll be seeing her a lot on this blog.
Unless she runs away...
(Jenny, 지금 읽고 있는 거 알아. 도망 치면 내가 찾아 줄게~)

Now that I think of it, it was more excitement than nerves. We'd been talking since January and back then neither of us knew that I would be living in Korea so soon. So you can imagine our excitement when we found out we'd be meeting in person more often!

One place she'd always mentions to me was 홍대 (Hongdae) which is her favourite place to hangout. I'd say it's the equivalent to Shoreditch or Brick Lane in London.

We met at 상수역 (Sangsu station) and she took me to her favourite restaurant named "윤씨 밀방"
Now, when I put this into my dictionary it translates to to "Yoon's Honey House" but this doesn't make any sense because this restaurant doesn't serve honey of any form? So I think the actual translation would be "Yoon's Meal Room."

Correct me if I'm wrong!

We waited and a server came to us asking what we wanted to order. By us I mean Jenny because the whole menu was in Korean and I was waaaaay too hungry to try and translate anything. It took about 30 minutes to seat us because it was busy but it was so worth it! Our food quickly arrived and we dug in.
We opted for the 함박스테이크정식 Hamburger steak which came with rice, bread, salad and egg. (May sound like a weird combination but all of the flavours worked well together!) and also the mushroom pasta. This was served with pickles (I LOVE PICKLES) and 떡볶이 (Tteokbokki) a stir fried rice cake. Both of these totaled to 18,000원 (approx. £12).

As we were eating I noticed a weird thing beside me. I thought it was a plastic bag dispenser...

Until Jenny pulled a tissue out of it.
 ...And presenting the beautiful Jenny!

^ Being extra as usual but what's new eh?

After we filled our tummies Jenny gave me the anticipated tour! First she took me to a clothing called named Åland. They had nice clothes but I especially liked the bags there! (which I didn't photograph but I'll be buying some soon anyway)

I noticed they had an area for skincare and earlier I was wondering whether we'd be able to pop into a store that sold Cosrx. One of my favorite Korean youtuber's Joan (click her name for her vlog channel!) always raves about the One step pimple clear pads. We have the same skin type (desert dry) so I really wanted to give them a try. (So far so good!)

After we visited Åland we walked a few more minutes and I noticed the Gentle Monster flagship store! Gentle Monster is the leading designer sunglasses brand in Korea, famous for their over the top store concepts. Their new concept The SCENTS is a lab project that researches... you guessed it... different smells.

Looks more like a museum than a glasses store right? Another reason to keep coming here.

3rd Theme: Beginning Experience. 

The scent researches and displays the different emotions of nostalgia and inspiration derived by smell.


 My hair clearly isn't surviving in this humidity

After visiting the store, we roamed around with my other friend Stephanie and ended the day.

More adventures soon!


  1. The food looks amazing, I wouldn't mind trying some! Your exchange friend seemed really nice, hope it turns out to be a enjoyable and fruitful trip :)

  2. Sounds and looks like you guys had an amazing time. I've done a couple of these language exchanges before and I absolutely love them. I love learning from another culture while trying to learn their language, so much fun!

  3. Looks like you had an amazing time - what a lovely experience to have! Enjoy your trip x

  4. I love gentle monster and was just in Seoul. Loved it there!

  5. Such good luck to find a friend living in the city you were moving to. It sounds as though she is a great tour guide too.

  6. Looks like you and Jenny had a fantastic first encounter! Those glasses all look amazing on both of you - and the food, what a bargain! X

  7. Wow what an amazing experience! I've never been to another Country as part of an exchange. But I grew up with having French, German, Spanish students stay at our house for a couple of weeks at a time!

  8. How amazing to meet your exchange friend. I love those giant yellow glasses she wore

  9. Sounds like you both had a great time! looks like a very nice place and the food looks good

  10. Noting beats seeing a new place through the eyes and guided tour of a local. I really enjoyed all the places you went to. Since I wear glasses, I was impressed by the cool and stylish shades you shared.

  11. Looks like the two of you had an amazing time together x

  12. Wow, how brave are you setting off on this adventure to meet your friend. Proof that the internet can be great! Fantastic photos and the food looked incredible. Every restaurant should have a tissue dispenser!