For those of us who live in tropical countries, winter is a wonderland that we can only dream of. More so for us Korea fans who dream of a white kind of winter in Korea. You know, snow, boots, and a matching peacoat while walking along Seoul’s stylish streets.
Being a Korean Studies student NOT in Seoul BUT in an unlikely place like Bangkok further intensifies this longing for a white winter. But thanks to the newly built Korean Cultural Center (KCC) in Thailand, tropical girls like us can experience the look and feel of a Korean winter. Well, sort of.
Just visit KCC, register your name and other details at the lobby, and head straight to the upper floor where a “special time for you” awaits.
Look for the booth with the snowy backdrop, the waving Frosty the Snowman, and the table of winter accessories (fuzzy cap, ear muffs, gloves—the works!); wear the accessories you want; and strike your best snowy Seoul pose for that fun, one-of-a-kind “winter” photo.
Check out what my friend did.
If you’re the type who loves printing photos, you can head to the lobby and have your photo printed for free. Just make sure to download the printer app on your smartphone or tablet first!
But wait, don’t go yet! There are more fun things to do in KCC!
Other fun things to do in KCC Thailand
Libraries are not just for bookworms, especially in KCC. Korea fans can get their fill of history books, yes. But our well-loved Hallyu also has ample space here, from films like “My Sassy Girl”, as well as concert videos and CDs of our favorite girl and boy groups. There are also internet terminals for some quick web surfing. So all the information you need about Korea are here.
Outside of the library is a space with a table lined with tablets. These tablets are a treasure trove of apps, games, and information about Korea, ranging from travel tips to history to Hallyu to food.
Speaking of food, KCC also has a kitchen for cooking demos and classes. KCC also holds film screenings with Thai subtitles for free.
And then there’s Korean Town
Just across KCC, on the other side of the road, is Korean Town. Also known as Sukhumvit Plaza, Korean Town is your one-stop-place for Korean food, be it the restaurant kind or the mini-mart kind.
Personally, I tasted one of the best patbingsu in the lone bread shop here. The red beans are really sweet and fresh, the shaved ice was soft as snow, the tteok was tender, and the milky sweetness was just right to the taste buds. It feels just like eating this delicious summer treat in Seoul!
The mini-mart here is also where I get my fill of my favorite Korean snacks and makgeolli.
This area is thus “my Seoul away from Seoul”, so to speak. So if ever you’re in Bangkok and you find yourself craving something Korean, be it in terms of culture, traditions, or taste buds, just head to KCC and Korean Town and you’re sure to ease your Seoul longings a bit.
How to go to KCC and Korean Town
The easiest way to get there is to take the BTS (skytrain). Take the Sukhumvit Line and get off at Asok Station. Take Exit number 4. Walk straight until you get past a big hotel and Robinson’s. Look to your right and you’ll see KCC in no time. It’s pretty easy to spot since KCC has that distinctly Korean feel to it.
To get to Korean Town, just take the footbridge across the other side of the street. Walk a bit towards the sign that says Korean Town. Look to your left and you’ll find yourself there soon in less than 5 minutes.