Sunday, September 2, 2018

[Seoul] Happy Days at Hapjeong 합정

One of the things that I like about travelling, is the opportunity to try the one of the many accommodations that are available in each of the places that one visits. Of course, there are some duds and some gems. Am much appreciative of the reviews that many before us had posted, and often, after each visit, we contributed back with our updated reviews.

During the last visit to Seoul, after researching for a long while, had to pick an accommodation for 3 nights in Seoul and my choice was a place called ROinhome (로인홈). It is a 2-star guest house (at least according to Agoda) and costs about $94 per night for a double-room. Yes, I need my privacy.

The reason for choosing this guest house was because it is close to the subway; about 10 minutes walk to Hapjeong. The guest house utilizes Line app to comms with their guests, so I just needed to message them when I exited from Hapjeong and they responded super fast with the right directions to ROinhome.

ROinhome from across the street

It was a pleasant surprise when I was at the zebra crossing across the road. The guest relation officer was already waiting outside of the guest house. Wow. Such customer service! She isn't native Korean (maybe Taiwanese) and she kindly helped to carry my 23 inch luggage to the second floor (my room is at Level 2). So nice.

Check-in was a breeze and there's a nice area to sit at the lobby.

view from guest house lobby

The main gate and door to the second level guest house will be locked after 1am. And guests were supplied with the passwords. Simple breakfast was provided daily and delivered to your room door. It'd be hanging at the door handle around 8am.

The room was lovely and if you need extra amenities such as toilet roll, or toothbrush, those are located at the common area.

double bed
room delivery
breakfast (usually sweet stuffs)

There are many coffee house around this area too. Plenty of restaurants but I was too shy to enter to any of those except for the dumpling shop. There's two shops just across each other and I'd passed by these every day of my stay there.

dumpling shop
am guessing that many K-Stars have eaten here before

The place was a no-frills place and simply decorated. Observed that the diners would just get into the shop, take a seat and call out their order in Korean or order before taking a seat. For me, there was a sudden awareness that am really a dummy in Korean language. But still managed to get the staff recommendation for their bestseller mandu. The lady manning the counter recommended the La Galbi Mandu.

Was pleasantly surprised to get a steamer tray of 10-pieces of beef dumpling, a bowl of seaweed soup and a side dish of pickled yellow radish. Wow. Only ₩3000 for all of these. Good value. Better than street food, in fact.

dumplings lunch

I must say that I enjoyed the dumpling lunch a lot. So tasty!

Visited two of the nearby coffee places; Beliefcoffee Roaster and Double Harmony plus a tea-shop.

Beliefcoffee Roasters
peek-a-boo from outside
what would be your order?

It was tough balancing the coffee cups and trying to climb down the stairs to the seating area. Spillage was rather unavoidable.

piccolo and latte
There was another coffee roaster but it was closed most of the days during Chuseok. Did pass by once when it opened.
Red Planet Coffee Roasters

Double-Harmony was the nearest to ROinhome guest house. The interior was eclectic chic.

take-out menu

I was there rather late and could only get the single-origin coffee as the specials required a certain barista to handle and that person had already left the shop when I visited.

mostly Indonesian beans
single-origin coffee

ROinhome (로인홈)

Address: 478-7 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Contact: +82 2-3144-3946

Mapo Mandu 마포만두

Address: 393-1 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Contact: +82 2-333-9842
Business Hours:
Daily 24 hours

Beliefcoffee Roasters 빌리프커피 로스터스

Address:384-3, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Contact:+82 2-322-3100
Business Hours: 
09:30 - 23:30

Double Harmony 더블하모니

Address: 29 Donggyo-ro 12an-gil, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Contact: +82 2-763-0123


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