I am not sure if I should say that I am lazy to split the post into a few parts or I am too hardworking that I’ll blog one whole long post. but I consider myself lazy so here goes. I went to Cheongju to see my best friend, Peter, who came out from the army for holidays. his family lives in Cheongju and hence I had to take a bus down to Cheongju. it takes around 90minutes to arrive and costs 8,000won from Dong-Seoul station. I went to Cheongju twice in a week actually. but I will blog about my first part as I did not take too many pictures the 2nd time.

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putting my size 5.5 (235) feet beside my size 13 friend’s shoe. MADNESS. I felt like a kid.

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and we went to his cousin’s wedding! my first time going to a wedding. it’s pretty different from Malaysia as it is done in the afternoon. and the ceremony lasts less than 1 hour. then off you go to the huge buffet hall!

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Peter with his older brother! both in the army. you can imagine how sad their mom is =S.

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the stage was quite pretty but really, lasted too short! I think I prefer Malaysian weddings more but the ones here look nicer.

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they’d have a wedding picture taken professionally after the ceremony. the photographers here are awesome. they’d make sure everyone looks fine and could be seen in the frame.

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this is how the huge buffet hall look like! of course, it wasn’t the guests of just 1 couple. but several. there were many wedding halls. and seems like it was a good date so they were pushing on time. =S.

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food they serve was not bad but I think I had too much of a mix that my stomach was pretty upset haha.

they knew I loved the Kim Tak Goo drama so they brought me there! and to my surprise, the filming set of Man of Honour 영광의 재인 is right NEXT to the filming set of The Baker King, Kim Tak Goo!

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such a beautiful place. it was so.. surreal pfft. because I liked this drama too and it was totally unexpected so the happier I was!! but everything they sell inside were so expensive. since Cheongju’s not Seoul or Busan, they are supposed to be much cheaper but its price was something like a shop in Gangnam.

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life sized printouts of the main characters of Man of Honour!!! is it me, or do I always prefer the 2nd character compared to the main lead of the drama?

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dear readers who watches this drama too, DO YOU REMEMBER THIS PLACE!!! IT’S THEIR HOME!

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the cafe which Joo Won (the 2nd lead of Kim Tak Goo!!!) went to on 2 days 1 night 1박2일! if I am not mistaken. hehe.

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the view from the set!

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and more! quite a pretty view I must say. although it is no city. but this place has a strong “korean feel” which I like teehee.

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apparently another drama was filmed here. but don’t know so didn’t bother. teehee. so if you remember, please tell me? hehe. seems like many drama’s are shot here. =D. great view since it was above the hill. but it was SO BLOODY COLD. and, we had only 10 minutes so we shot everything in just 10 minutes!

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the OTHER side of the Man of Honour’s building.

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they even have a painting of them!

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fan girl me.

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me and my handsome Seo In Woo!!!!! <3 <3 *super fangirl*.

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can you see the wind! pfft. it was like -15 with the wind BLOWING LIKE HELL.

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there were so much more to see opposite it. the walls were all creatively painted and all but I had too little time so here, just 1 picture. =S.

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and just down the street, IT’S PALBONG’S BAKERY SHOP!!! I know, I know, the drama has been out for 3 years but I am still very in love with this drama. still the best drama I’ve ever watched.

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happy fangirl.

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unlike the other set, this set’s food are muchhhhhhh cheaper hehe. though it’s not like super cheap pfft.

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that road they used to walk along!!!! *fangirl fangirl!*

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lets go in? shall we?

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my favourite favourite favourite actor other than Daniel Henney! =3. Joo Won. <3. he’s the bad guy but not that bad afterall pfft. I loved how he debuted with such awesome acting skillsand the best is, HE’S HANDSOME AND TALL! =3.

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but Peter’s brother is taller. pfft. maybe it wasn’t printed to live size teehee. =D. but his brother is really tall.


and the interior of the shop. very small but warm enough!

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and they sell red bean breads here too! only at 1000won!  or was it even cheaper? hmm. but it was cheap! =D.

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since 1947!!! not sure how true it is. hahaha. or just because of the drama.

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the whole wall filled with pictures from the drama! awesomeness.

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they had to make Majun taller! HA!

there are no directions better than to tell the taxi driver there to get you to Kim Tak Goo’s film set because it’s far up high at the hill. I have no idea on how can anybody get there by bus but…… oh well. just take a taxi hehehe. tell them to go to Sudong of Sangdang-gu. but telling them Kim Tak Goo should be good. if not, the road of the place is 수암로 54번길. =).

we later headed for ANOTHER hill. to drink makgeolli!!! I told Peter’s dad that I like makgeolli and he insisted on treating me makgeolli at a nice place. and yes, it was superb!

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and it’s so pretty all around!

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I seriously had no idea where I was. but it was the hill behind Cheongju University.

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the lake on the right was frozen and filled with snow!

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that restaurant/makgeolli place served these soybean starter for free. it was really my first time eating something like that. reminded me so much of Taufoofar. it was so good. and in a weird way, it tasted really good with the sauce they provided which was salty and a little spicy @@!

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cheongju’s cider tasted like rose syrup. no joke.

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this is muk. or acorn jelly. love it with salad. mmmm.

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my soldier friend!

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they serve home made makgeolli (ricewine, if you’re wondering what that is.) by a kettle! and that bowl is so huge I think it fits almost a whole bottle of makgeolli in Seoul pfft.

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it was THIS HUGE! I could only drink 2 bowls. D=. super a lot okay?

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coming here was sooooo awesome. not only was the price in Cheongju much more reasonable, the food here tasted awesome. their Makgeolli’s not as strong and much easier to drink. not like the ones in Seoul ( my favourite Jangsu, made by Roy Kim’s family! ) tasted bad, but they are just, stronger. I like both. period.

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look at the kettles!!!

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11 years ago

Hi! Just randomly came across your blog and I’ve actually been backreading it hehe. So you go to Yonsei KLI eh? I’ve always wanted to study there too. I want to ask, did you go there with a student or tourist visa?

11 years ago

But I’ve read in the KLI website that you can come with a tourist visa only if you’re only going to study for one term. Then if you decide to study for another term, you’ll have to get a student visa. Anyways, was it easy to get a student visa? You need a korean sponsor right? Getting the student visa is what I’m most worried about… :/

11 years ago

Like how much money? Where I’m from, I need a korean sponsor so I can apply for a D4 visa. And I’m gonna be supporting myself so I need to know how much money I need to attend KLI (I want finish at least 6 terms) and I seriously don’t have any idea how much lol… Btw, can you get a job whilst on student visa?

11 years ago

I didn’t actually watch Kim Tak Goo but I know the actors. I am now watching Flower Boy Next Door where Yoon Shi Yoon is one of the main actor and I was actually surprised at how ahem…small he was. I really didn’t expect it since he looked tall in Baker King. I guess that’s what man heels can do.