안녕하세요: Blind Alley Raccoon Cafe

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Yup, so right after the War Memorial of Korea, I strolled my way up to Sookmyung Women's University, which is just a station away from Samgakji (where the war memorial is) to pay a visit to the two famous raccoon in Blind Alley Cafe ❤❤



If you are planning to go via Sookmyung Women's University Station, u-turn after coming out from Exit #10, turn right without crossing the road at the junction and then keep walking straight. After coming out from a tunnel and crossing a large intersection, continue to walk straight along the stretch of small shops that will lead you to the entrance of the university. The cafe is located on the right side of the two-lane road, just before you reach the university.



I kind of missed the cafe since the entrance was quite small and not the most conspicuous of all. I ended up in front of Sookmyung Women's University, so I just conveniently went in for a short tour before making a u-turn back to look for the cafe.



The cafe, although only able to sit about 20 comfortably, was no doubt cosy and very nicely decorated. There was even a charging corner that comes with all the different cables in the world (okay, that was exaggerated) for diners to charge their handphones.

Even though there wasn't many diners in sight when I entered, one would be able to tell it was a full-house at that time based on the winter coats and bags on empty seats, unguarded -- that pretty much indicates how safe Seoul is. People can just leave their handphones at the charging station and their belongings lying around without any fear of them being taken. Anyway, if you are wondering where they went, most diners were squeezing in the enclosed patio at the back of the cafe for the some reason as anyone visiting the cafe. Not wanting to add another number to the crowd, I took a seat at the counter, ordered a drink and started planning my itinerary for the next few days while waiting patiently for my chance to interact with the raccoon.


Almost too soon, people started to come out all at once, and I went in without realising that the reason behind the mass dispersal was that the raccoon have went to sleep T.T


That was one hiding on top so it can rest without being disturbed



And this guy who came in with me, decided to lure it with food, and the raccoon merely took the food and stayed where he was. By the way, I have to mention and emphasize that the guy came in together with me and his friend because it was super rare for me to have courage to talk to strangers. I am a coward though not as much now since I met a great number of strangers who have given me much help throughout this journey because I finally decided to open my golden mouth and ask. I even chatted with a policeman when I passed by the Blue House, Cheongwadae 청와대 another day, and hitched a hike when I got a bit lost in Gyeongju. This solo adventure had certainly given me many opportunities to do things I never thought I would have done or would have had the chance to.


Finally woke up and started strolling down coolly to meet his fans after about an hour..


The white one started hanging with us too ^.^



It was a hard time trying to take just a photo that doesn't turn out blur because they move unexpectedly fast and can climb amazingly well! And so, the two of them just kept continuing to scramble around their home busily, minding their own business without much care for anyone of us unless one has food for them in his hands. But out of the sudden, they looked back while climbing up the "stairs", and froze.


Perfect photo-moments for the two happened to be standing there, all thanks to...


Their owner who had just returned!

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You can be sure how much the raccoon adore their owner from the way they follow her around. And she was really nice to start distributing food, and for giving and making sure everyone had his turn to shake hands with the superstar. All the wait have been worthwhile. I am absolutely contented.

Blind Alley Cafe
63-20 Cheongpa-dong2ga
Yongsan-gu, Seoul
서울시 용산구 청파동2가 63-20
Opening hours: 9 am to 10:30 pm

It was about 8 when I left the cafe, and for some reason, water got into my head and I decided to walk home from where I was, without even knowing whether it is possible or not. I went in the direction of the university, and just strolled leisurely along the main road and enjoying the cool breeze on a winter night. Purely by chance, I wounded up at Hyochang Park Station, which was just a station away from Gongdeok so I just continued walking, and eventually decided to drop by Gongdeok Market to grab dinner first!



Gongeok Market 공덕시장 is extremely famous for their Jokbal 족발 (pig's trotters), and since I cannot possibly get a Jokbal on my own, I went for the second most well-known item in the neighbourhood, Twikim 튀김 (tempura) *salivates*. Not only were they delicious, there was a huge variety of Twikim to choose from and they were priced slightly cheaper than elsewhere too. If you are interested in paying this market a visit too, simply get out of Gongdeok Station via Exit #5 and head straight. You would never miss these two mega Twikim stalls right opposite each other along the main road. This is making me hungry at 12 am..

And so, that was all I did on the first day of my solo adventure in the Land of Morning Calm -- first of all, the National Museum of Korea, next the War Memorial of Korea, and then ending off the special day with Blind Alley Cafe and Gongdeok Market ^.^

Yeouido Island coming up next,
Yvette

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