Why I Love My Neighborhood: Daerim

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    The rainbow of umbrellas and food at Daerim Jungang Market. Photo by Meagan Mastriani for Seoulist

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The crab-shaped bungeoppang vendor. This stand is just outside exit 4 of Daerim Station. The ajumma who owns it can be somewhat temperamental—when I visit, she usually smiles and gives me extra goodies like fruit, though she once refused to sell my friend anything but a double order of crusty, old waffle. It pays to be on her good side!

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The roadside roses. These beauties grow all along the road I walk home from the subway.

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The above-ground line 2 subway trains. It’s nice to get a glimpse of the neighborhood while riding, and it’s also nice to hear them chugging by from the street below.

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The stream below the train tracks. Flanked by nice, wide walking and bike paths.

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Birdwatching. Along with the ubiquitous flocks of pigeons, Daerim is home to herons, a few species of ducks, magpies, and more.

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Scads of cyclists. Even with the generous bike parking, there’s still some overflow. Two wheels are better than four here.

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There’s always a new gym opening. Daerim residents are devoted to fitness, it seems.

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The authentic Chinese restaurants. Daerim is best-known for its charming Chinese enclave, home to thousands of immigrants and a superb culinary scene. Big Sister Lu’s Beef Noodle Soup (to the left) is one of the most popular joints, serving hearty and inexpensive Sichuan delicacies 24 hours a day.

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The Chinese street food treats. A stroll down Beodeunamu-gil provides lots of options. I like to munch on steamed buns or grab a slice of those gigantic omelets, pizza-style.

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The rainbow of umbrellas and food at Daerim Jungang Market. This stretch of outdoor stalls is a great place to find some uncommon items, like cilantro or baijiu. (But I’m always prepared to put on my blinders, knowing I’ll see a few dog carcasses for sale, too.)

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The peaceful, ironically un-digital canopied alleys off Digital-ro.

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Meagan Mastriani

About Meagan Mastriani

Meagan is equal parts Texan and Georgian, though she currently resides in Korea. She spends her afternoons wandering through Seoul, exploring backstreets to find hidden treasures. Read about her culinary discoveries at her Honest Cooking column and follow her other adventures at her blog and @meaganmastriani.

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