Poppy Kural is a Sydney-based artist, weaver, and travel junkie. On a recent trip to Seoul, South Korea, she discovered the wonders of contemporary Korean art, pastel blue tofu, and why sometimes the best culinary experiences can be found in underground food halls.
“I stayed at 126 Mansion, a cute little bed and breakfast in Jongno-gu, a great district in Seoul that has many hidden gems. It's near Insadong, which is where art galleries and boutique shops are, and its home to the Bukchon area, the old part of town.”
“Onmaeul is the cutest little restaurant (a hole in the wall which is quite hard to find) that specialises in handmade Tofu. You have to order the plain 'dofu' as a side, it's made on the spot and the colour of it is a pretty pastel blue.”
“I had an identity crisis when I saw all the elegant Korean girls looking so cool in their navies and whites and wearing a pair of reef sandals, so ... I bought myself a pair. I wore them everyday while I was there, and although they were the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn, I have never put them on since.”
“If you find yourself in the Sinsa/Gangnam district, go to Gourmet 494 underground food-hall. Ignore everything inside and walk directly to Sobok, a pop-up dessert stand. They serve the most insane brown rice ice cream. I still dream about it.”