Day 8 of South Korea Trip 2016

In the morning, we had a delicious buffet breakfast at the hotel and went to Kukkiwon in the afternoon to buy some more taekwondo gear and merchandise at one of the nearby shops. One of the popular brands for taekwondo stuff is Mooto so we went to the Mooto shop to buy some equipment and t-shirts. The quality is comparable to Adidas and sometimes the design is nice.

After that, we went to Majang Meat Market for some more amazing beef barbecue.

Our day wasn’t yet over. It was time to go to shopping in Dongdaemun. It’s another great shopping area, featuring a street market as well as several department stores – all within walking distance of each other. My wife was happy to find some nice clothes and other things for herself and also her friends and family back home. It was quite a productive shopping excursion but at the end of it all, we had our appetites back so we went to Chicken Kyochon. There is a branch in Dongdaemun on 50-3 Cheongnyangri-dong. South Korea has developed a reputation for having some of the best fried chicken in the world. That’s no joke. Anyway, the chicken there was very crispy and full of flavour and the craft beer was pretty good too! We ended the night with full stomachs! 🙂

Beertopia 2016

Yesterday I went to Beertopia, an annual craft beer festival that is held in Hong Kong. This is the 5th time it’s been held and it seems to grow and attract more people with each successive year. It’s really great to see as Hong Kong hadn’t had a great craft beer scene until just recently.

The event is held at a very accessible, convenient location, just a short walk from the Central Ferry Piers and IFC Mall. There is a wide range of travel options to get to the waterfront area by public transit. I took the MTR to Central Station and then walked underground to Hong Kong Station. From there, I went up to IFC Mall and the waterfront was a short 5 minute walk outside. Just go to the Hong Kong Observation Wheel and keep walking a bit more from there.

The grounds were pretty spacious and there was a wide selection of craft beer vendors. To purchase a beer, you had to use a ticket. For example, a half pint might cost 2 or 3 tickets. It depended on the vendor. Depending on the price you paid to enter the grounds, you could be given tickets along with your wrist band (I started with 10 tickets), or you’d have to purchase tickets at the ticket booth. The beer vendors didn’t accept cash but the food vendors did.

I walked around, enjoying the atmosphere, sampled a few different beers and tried some french fries and chicken. It was overall a pretty enjoyable time. Later on I went back to IFC Mall to catch a movie before heading home. Hong Kong has something for everyone!