안녕하세요: Oido, Gyeonggi

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Continuing my blogging streak with a trip to Oido 오이도!



Oido is an island on the West Coast of the Gyeonggi Province famous for its clam digging experience during periods of low tide as well as its wide range of seafood restaurants that serves you nothing but the freshest! I first heard of Oido through Running Man but I completely forgotten about me telling myself while watching the episode that I must visit the place when I have the chance. Well, the chance came with this 3-month stint, and thankfully I was conveniently reminded of this unique destination by my classmates when they presented Oido for their group project (remember me visiting Chuncheon and Gapyeong and staying overnight in a Jjimjilbang for the same presentation here?).

The initial plan was to visit this place with some of my classmates after mid-years but it got delayed till after the semester ends, then it got postponed till when everyone is back in Korea since a few decided to return to their country over the 2-weeks (or was it 1-week?) holidays. Then everyone, except me since I only signed up for one semester, became busy with schoolwork until I am left with just a weekend before I head off to Suncheon and there will not be anytime for this when I return to Seoul from Osaka. That was when, I decided to go Oido on my own.



Fortunate for me, Lisa happened to free that day so we only met up in the morning for this super impromptu excursion! Not so lucky though, it happened to be super misty that day. You literally can't really see anything beyond a few meters or so, which explains the hazy pictures. It was worse than our Singapore haze save the smell.



Getting to Oido is not exactly the most convenient (my idea of convenience is reachable via train without the no need to transfer to bus at all) but easy enough for one to not lose one's way lol. Simply take Subway Line 4 to Oido Station which is the terminal station. Do note that some trains will terminate at Ansan, a few stations ahead as it used to be the terminal station before the line was extended to Oido -- just alight and take the other train on the opposite side. When you reach Oido Station, take Exit 1 or 2 and walk out to the main road where you take Bus 30-2 at the bus stop then alight at Oido Market 오이도종합어시장. Cutting through the shops will bring you directly to this famous Oido Red Lighthouse 오이도 빨간등대.

Now is pictures time!


I was so scared I will fall to my death when I can't see a thing like that


They just kept flying round and round in circles


The mist cleared up slightly late afternoon..


Or not? Maybe it is because we are away from the beach so less mist


The same restaurant recommended by our friends!


Check out the range of side dishes


This too!


Left: Me finally picking up the courage to try Beondegi 번데기 (silkworm pupae)
Right: Me demonstrating the importance of good lighting

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Candid video of me trying to bite without having it touch my lips lol

To be honest, it does not taste as bad as I thought it will be. No slime, no nothing. In fact I didn't think there was any taste to it except for a slight crunchiness. But I WILL NEVER eat it again because it still reminds me of cockroaches, including the crunchiness which I imagine will be the same as a cockroach being crushed, and that sight is scary. I don't regret trying it though, but once shall be enough.


All the shells in the world~


This is heaven..



For ₩40,000 (medium for 2-3 pax), this is A LOT of food and they are all so fresh that you can taste the juiciness with a slight hint of seawater. The staff just kept adding more shells from the bucket to the grill, cooking it for us and then our plates will magically be refilled with more while we stuff ourselves silly. We had so much seafood and were so full despite not having any rice, that we had to repeatedly ask the staff, "how much more left?", thinking we may need to ask her to stop because we cannot eat anymore. And both of us can eat a lot, you know? When we were finally done, this perfect seafood pancake came, along with another plate of fresh fruits. For about SGD$25 per person, this meal is super worth it, not just in terms of quantity but quality as well.



And that was my day at Oido!

So hungry now,
Yvette

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