Daehakro Adventure and Random Pictures

This post is old, so what you see here may not reflect my current opinion and mindset, certain information may be outdated, and links may be broken.

I met up with Tina, a high school classmate and friend, fellow substitute teacher in the past, and one of my “neighbours” who lives a few buildings over. I suggested that we head over to Daehakro (대학로) pronounced Dae-hak-NO. The name literally means “College Street”. I hung out in that area several times when I was in high school, and I’ve been here a couple of times within the last few months . . . all because of this gigantic Gandalf statue smack in the middle of that place.

*ahem* Now that I have access to a digital camera, let’s have pictures do the explaining — along with my commentary. Click on the thumbnails to view the larger images.

Palm Trees Galore

This can be seen when you come out of exit 4 at Hyehwa station. Sort of. You have to go off to the right and then you can see it. It was just . . . very random. X_X;; Sort of like a WTF thing. Artificial palm trees on the roof of the building. Yay for quirkiness!

Gandalf Statue

This is the “infamous” Gandalf Statue in the middle of Daehakro. As soon as you come out of exit 4, go down the street to your left. It’s next to a cinema halfway down the block, so I guess it makes sense to put it there, but Gandalf? Not that he’s uncool or anything, but still . . . I discovered it back in February with Mi Son, so let’s just say when we first saw it, it was a big WTF moment. I would love to have this as my lawn ornament. That’d be awesome.

Major Issue
Past the Gandalf statue is a store, called Issue, I remember going to in my teenage years. Actually. That store is the reason why my friends and I’d come to this area to begin with. Anyway, it’s one of those stores that sells random stuff from candies to candle to clocks to stationeries, and random stuff galore. In the store I ended up seeing a picture-worthy item, and I ended buying a couple things there.

The clipboard was very pretty. I have no clue what I’ll do with it, but I’ll make it useful. The “Eat Shit” thing is like some bandaid box. I just thought the whole thing was hilarious. I just had to get it. The “Sweet Stalker” thing is some kind of a weird notebook. I didn’t buy it, but it was just soooo picture worthy.

On a side note, this store has the cheapest plastic bag ever. Tina and I both were carrying our stuff in the bag, and we discovered the yellow ink seeping onto our fingers and hands. Like, whoah! So cheap. I guess it’s a good thing they didn’t charge us for the bags. Otherwise, I think I’d be a bit peeved at that.

Omuto Tomato — Omelet Rice Paradise
For dinner, Tina and I decided to both try some place now. We chose to eat at Omuto Tomato. They had all sorts of omelet there. Tina and I both decided to try two different dishes.

Tina ended up getting the Assorted Mushroom Omelet Rice. I chose to get the Fried Shrimp Chili Omelet Rice. I also got an orange-aid. The food turned out to be surprisingly filling and delicious. For the three items we ordered, it cost us 23,700 won, about $24 for the two of us. Would I ever go back there? I definitely will go back.

Leftovers: Random Pictures
I finally decided to put up pictures of my computer area. You can see the images and its descriptions here.

In my neighbourhood, there’s a supermarket that has the funniest typoed name in the world. Here’s a picture of it. I’ve been wanting to post it for a long time . . . here it is!

Isn’t that awesome? The thing is, most people probably think that the store owners did that carrot on purpose, but that’s not the case at all. In fact, I saw the store when it first opened. The carroted E did not exist. It wasn’t until about a week after they opened did the E appeared. I think somebody finally told the store owners that they made a mistake, so they added the E. This is such a typical Korean typo! But then again, I personally think they have a big problem spelling “well-being”. In fact, I’ve seen restaurants and other places spell it “well-ving,” “well-veing,” and etcetera. X___x;; It’s really funny whenever I see it. It’s just simply priceless.

Last but not least, here is the most recent photo of me. One in colour, and one in black and white. I’ve touched it up in PSP — to cover up my shininess. I hate my shiny face!

I hope my picture do not break your monitor. XD XD XD Anyway that’s enough pictures for now. I should really format my Tokyo pictures. *sighs* Just one more thing on my to-do list.


  1. I love Gandulf and LOTR! I should go there some day. =P

  2. Haha…that’s so funny. I can’t believe there’s a huge Gandulf statue, just standing there…

  3. haha, that Gandalf statue is cool! It does seem kind of random though, even if it’s near a cinema XD;;

    If I saw that Eat Shit box, I’d totally get it too. At least it’s a box, so it might be easier to find uses for it. The graphic on the notebook is cute, but “Sweet STALKER”? haha, that’s uh… not as cute and would make me not want it.

    That’s funny that they had to edit their sign to insert an E! At least they knew that it was wrong? XD;; I’d probably try to get a new sign made instead!

    You look cute by the way :3

  4. Rebecca on

    hahaha at the gandalf statueee!!!

  5. Jowah on

    Gonna start stalking you from now on~

    And omg! That stalker book is soooooo cute! *steals* :D

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