Zapangi, Hongdae, and Gyeongbokgung + VR Cultural Excursion

This post should really be titled “Catch Up”.

The other day, my friends and I decided to visit the trendy Zapangi cafe, which as I later found out is mostly popular for its aesthetic picture opportunities. The entrance to the cafe was a vending machine (the meaning of the word 자판기/Zapangi).

I ordered a coffee tin cake, which was a bit too sweet for me to finish, and some peculiar strawberry milk. The presentation at this cafe was 10/10, but I don’t recommend going out of your way to search for it.

After we left Zapangi, we departed to Hongdae, a popular shopping district and tourist spot. I don’t have much to say about Hongdae, but there’s a bunch of street performers and stores to satisfy your shopping needs. Shopping is cool and all, but sometimes I’d rather go somewhere and do something.

Our plan was to visit Insadong next, so we took a train to the Gyeongbokgung Station. On the way there, there were several carrying water guns, probably on their way back from the water gun festival going on that weekend. We also saw several people clad in hanbok, traditional Korean clothing. A lot of them were headed to the Gyeongbokgung palace.

As soon as you exit the Gyeongbokgung Station, which is one of the prettiest I’ve seen so far, you’ll find yourself in front of the National Palace Museum of Korea and the entrance to the Gyeongbokgung palace. We decided that we’d visit Insadong after looking around both.

The first stop was the museum, where admission is completely free. The exhibits we stopped at were all about the Joseon period. We were awed by all the traditional clothing and artifacts.

We ended up never going to Insadong because we spent so much time at the palace and museum, but I think it worked out in the end because I’ll be going back to that area with my supporter group.

As we were leaving the palace, we witnessed a patriotic and loud protest led by mostly older people featuring anti-Moon Jae-In propaganda. I was confused when I spotted a few American flags mixed into the crowd of Korean flags. Still not clear about what exactly was going on.

It was an overall pretty awesome day, and I ended up wanting to learn a lot more about Korean history.

Also, I walked a ridiculous amount.

VR Cultural Excursion

After school one day, half of us went to a VR place for a program-scheduled cultural excursion meant to demonstrate the technology of modern-day Korea.

It was pretty cool!

But the first game I tried kind of freaked me out. It was a sort of Van Gogh simulation in which you walk through his artwork. Walking through the house in the game made me feel disoriented and slightly dizzy. It felt weird having my sense of hearing and sight controlled by the game, and when one of the depressed-looking people people painted in Van Gogh’s style started moving past me, I was creeped out and took off the helmet.

The second game was pretty cute and just involved shooting arrows at ginger bread-esque intruders to protect my castle.

Save the short bout of nausea, it was a cool experience. Definitely recommend it!

As always, thank you so much for checking my blog!

3 thoughts on “Zapangi, Hongdae, and Gyeongbokgung + VR Cultural Excursion

  1. Shreya, you impress me! You are 15 years old navigating yourself around a country on the far side of the earth and having a great time doing it. I am happy to see you gaining so much confidence and really enjoying yourself. The pictures are great. They will make a great Snap Fish book about summer 2018. Isn’t that the right name? I have seen several of them at Teresa’s house. Love and God bless you. Beverly.

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  2. Shreya, I know you are staying very busy and just want you to know that I am checking up on you. We are doing well. Storm knocked our power out Friday and we got it back today at 1pm. Needless to say we will sleep good tonight. Our forefathers would think we were woosies. They would be right. Have a good time, take care of yourself and don’t get sick. Take enough rest! And, be safe… Not naive. I will send additional grandmotherly advice as I think necessary. Love you lots. Do have fun, seriously. Beverly.

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    • Thank you so much, Beverly! I’m glad the power’s back, so you can get through this heat 😄 I’m having a great time and recover my sleep on the weekends. Thank you once again for checking up on me and worrying about how I’m doing 😊


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