Seoul is an urbanised, metropolitan city that attracts lots of tourists annually. With the impact of Hallyu or the Korean Wave, the awareness of Korean cultural products has increased immensely, and so has the amount of tourism.
However, with a large amount of interest garnered towards modernised Korean culture, the Korean traditions and heritage may have taken a backseat.
But let’s not forget the 5 grand palaces in Seoul, all of which create the most interesting contrast and backdrop against the skyscrapers of the urban city. You shouldn’t visit just because they look great for Instagram; they are so full of history and cultural heritage.
Don the traditional Korean dress—known as Hanbok—and you’ll gain free admission into the palaces. Admission is also free for all on Culture Day, which falls on the last Wednesday of every month. These Five Grand Palaces of Seoul are a must-see when you’re in the capital.
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After a solid two decades on our little red dot, Ministry of Culture Pte Ltd has announced that Dome Cafe will be closing the doors to its last outlet at Parkway Parade on the third week of June 2019.
Sitting on Havelock Road is Irodori Japanese Restaurant, a restaurant that offers diners an extensive range of à la carte buffet menu dishes with the freshest ingredients sourced from Australia, New Zealand, Norway and Europe.
Fans of Japanese cuisine will be overjoyed by the endless flow of sashimi, sushi, tempura and assorted hand rolls—all at one All-You-Can-Eat price.
While cherry blossom season in Japan is a popular period for tourists to visit, another season that is highly anticipated among visitors to Japan is the autumn season. With a medley of warm colours that is sure to stun, experiencing the fall foliage in Japan is another breathtaking sight to behold and one you must experience.
If you’ve missed out on booking your tickets this season for spring, consider marking your calendars for autumn. A sight like this is something you definitely do not want to miss out on!
We share with you a forecast of the best dates to visit, as well as the recommended cities and their various viewing spots.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the city is Oasis Steak & Grill, aptly named due to its location at Oasis Terraces. Situated on the first floor of Oasis Terraces, it was away from most of the crowd and stores in the mall.
Oasis Steak & Grill is known for their wallet-friendly prices of grilled meats, along with their fusion of local flavours and Western-style dishes. They also offer a selection of beers and wines at affordable prices, as well as an al fresco dining area and a small bar for you to unwind.
Tucked away at Kallang Wave Mall is Omoomodon, serving Halal Korean fusion rice and noodle bowls with a unique twist. Omoomodon is pronounced as ‘Omo-Omo-Don’. ‘Omo-omo’ is derived from the popular Korean slang “Oh My!”, while ‘don’ is translated to bowl in Japanese. The Korean expression in the name is used to depict pleasant surprise when their diners tuck into tasty customisable fusion bowls.
The wallet-friendly prices mean you will not have to break the bank. With the option to customise your meal exactly how you want—from your own rice bowl to a warm bowl of ramen or a delicious plate of steak—there are endless possibilities to what you can choose at Omoomodon.
A hidden gem situated in the residential area of MacPherson is Wishes Cafe, selling creamy gelatos and fluffy waffles. The charming little cafe looked unsuspecting from the outside, standing next to a convenience store and a kopitiam while the elderly milled about with their groceries and caught up over their morning kopi.
We were welcomed by the comfy-looking chairs and beautiful sakura decorations that hung from the ceiling. A very Instagram-worthy cafe indeed, the food and beverages here did not disappoint either, whether in taste or presentation.
Wishes Cafe offers several unique gelato flavours including Avocado, Thai Milk Tea, Mint Tea, Peary Ginger, and Kumquat Sorbet.
Starbucks Reserve always gets our attention.
It is needless to say that at every airport, there has to be a coffee shop. With the opening of Jewel Changi Airport, Starbucks Singapore has also unveiled the newest Reserve flagship store there and here’s what to expect. READ ON