A Day at the Museum and My Favorite Cafe in Seoul

As previously mentioned in one of my entries, I used to have a list of places to visit which was grouped by district (OC alert!). One of the those was The Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art in Itaewon. I only got to visit it almost 4 years after making that list. The main reason was the entrance fee which was more or less 10,000 won (about 10 dollars). When I was still a graduate student here, I lived with just the right amount of allowance. Paying for that amount was kind of a luxury, knowing that there are museums with free entrance. Of course, I’d rather use that for food. At last, I was able to visit it last autumn. The artworks were beautiful, as expected. Unfortunately, photos were not allowed inside. But I hope the photos below will encourage you to check out the museum as well!

Fans of the Korean drama Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo will surely recognize the backdrop!

After visiting the museum and eating in the area, we went to my favorite cafe near Samgakji station. The name of the cafe is Meraki, a word used “to describe what happens when you leave a piece of yourself in your work”. It’s such a beautiful word, right?

The reason why I love this cafe is not just because of its coffee (and its friendly owner) but also because it has something to do with what was going in my life back then. I lived near Meraki for almost half a year. That was the time when I decided to come back to Korea with almost nothing. I spent hours at the neighborhood cafe to finish my thesis. And on days when I was not there, I was doing different types of jobs to survive. This cafe witnessed how I left a piece of myself in my work. I guess that’s why it still remains to be my favorite.

Wow, I didn’t think I’d feel sentimental writing this entry. As I reminisce about those days when I couldn’t dare to spend 10 dollars for an entrance fee and how I had multiple part-time jobs, I can’t help but be grateful. So many things have changed. I am just thankful to God for bringing the right people and opportunity and for giving me strength all this time.

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