On our last day in Jeju, my friends decided they wanted to visit a cafe somewhere in the outskirts of Han Dam Dong. The coffee shop belonged to a member of Big Bang.
We arrived a quarter past seven at Han Dam Dong with no concrete instructions on where to go. The cold wind soaking my clothes while we followed the small dot in the GPS that was pinned in water. After a lot of looking, asking and wondering if we had to walk on water, we found the place.
Unfortunately, the café was already closed, but seeing that we came a long way, they offered that we could look inside. My feet rejoiced at the thought of warm floors and a 화장실(restroom).
Check out our restroom-entrance photos;
|Kring outside the restroom entrance|
|Me and AM doing the same thing because of peer pressure. LOL|
After looking around, the owner said we could take photos and offered us some coffee. My heart fluttered at the thought of coffee. They introduced her. She was GDragon's mom.
Now I have the slightest idea who GD is (sorry >__<) but if someone offers you hot coffee on a chilly night where the beach breeze stings your already numb hands while wandering in a poorly lit neighborhood, you'd love her.
So, I promise to look GD up--which I'm sure my friends will be very happy to help. Your mom is a warm cup of coffee for someone experiencing her first autumn. And for her, I'm very thankful.
I'm not sure how bad my palette is shot at this weather, and I'm not too confident about my coffee tasting skills. But isn't food about the people you share it with and the memories you create? And this one definitely tops my first visit in Korea. 감사합니다, 지용의 엄마.
Café Monsant Aewol is currently on soft opening. There is no definite official opening as of the time of writing. It is located at 2546 Aewol-ri, Aewol-up, Jeju-do, South Korea
Whether you're a fan of kpop or not, this place is a definite must-visit. The view by the beach and the huge glass windows promise a breathtaking afternoon with the sunset and an americano in your hands.
How to get there:
Take the 702 bus from the Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal.
Get off at Han Dam Dong bus stop.
Walk towardsAewol-ro gil, it's the nearest right turn from the bus stop(you're not crossing the road from this route)
When you see the beach, don't panic, you're almost there.
When you reach a fork in the road
and you see this house, turn right
Keep treading that path and take a left, and another left and voila! (It's fairly easy to find the place at this point, I promise)
If all else fails, ask :)
I'm envious of the daytime photos, but the evening view is just as awesome.
Special thanks to Cams Amparo, Regh Dayao, Kring Punzalan, and AM Carreon for the photos and the great company ;) We need to go back here!