Visiting Songtan 송탄 (American Army Base) in Pyeongtaek 평택, South Korea
On the weekend we visited Songtan 송탄 for International cuisine, an area known for an American Military Base (Osan Air Base), in Pyeongtaek 평택, South Korea. Situated strategically between my Korean apartment in Pyeongtaek and Audrey's Korean apartment in Yongin, Songtan is a convenient meeting point for us on the weekends. Although this area isn't nearly as charming as foreign friendly districts in Seoul, such as Itaewon or Insadong, the food here - especially the International dining options - is superb.
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As we wandered around in search of pleasing our palettes, we couldn't help but notice the plethora of dodgy looking bars and night clubs. With loud thumping music, raucous yelling and ladies wearing short skirts, this little strip is a bit like Sin City.
If one is willing to look beyond the seedy aspect, a number of fantastic restaurants exist. With a plethora of different International restaurants we spotted some serving Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Turkish, Greek, Peruvian, Indian, Italian and Brazilian to name just a few.
We finally settled on a combination of eating a kebab at a Turkish fast food joint followed up by a sit down meal at a wonderful Mexican restaurant featuring a cook native to Mexico.
Another reason we came to Songtan was to find a large jar of peanut butter and deodorant. Deodorant in Korea is much different than western styles and we certainly prefer the type from back home. We ended up only buying deodorant (even though it was overpriced) out of necessity but skipped out on the peanut butter that was outrageously overpriced.
Overall, our impression of Songtan is mixed. Indeed, we love the International dining options, especially considering both Yongin and Pyeongtaek are limited in this area; however, the seedy nature of this district also makes us feel a bit unsafe and not somewhere we'd want to linger for hours on end.
Thus, we came, we ate, we conquered and we just as quickly returned back home.
주말에 우리는 송탄 국제 요리, 평택 평택, 한국에서 미국의 군사 기지 (오산 공군 기지), 알려진 영역 송탄를 방문했다.
평택 내 한국어 아파트와 용인에있는 오드리의 한국 아파트 사이에 전략적으로 위치한 송탄는 주말에 우리에게 편리한 만남의 장소입니다.
이 지역은 같은 이태원이나 인사동 등 서울의 외국인 친화적 인 지구만큼이나 매력적인 것은 아니지만, 여기에 음식 - 특히 국제 레스토랑은 - 절경입니다.
우리는 우리의 팔레트를 기쁘게의 검색에 주변에 방황, 우리는 도움이되지만 맛없어 찾고 바, 호프 및 나이트 클럽의 과다를 알 수 없습니다. 큰 거대하게 음악과 함께, 소란스러운 소리와 숙녀 짧은 스커트를 입고,이 작은 지구 신 시티 같은 비트입니다.
하나는 초라한 측면을 넘어 볼 의향이 있다면, 환상적인 레스토랑의 숫자가 존재한다. 다른 국제적인 레스토랑의 과다로 우리는 약간의 서빙 그냥 몇 가지 이름을, 인도, 이탈리아 페루, 그리스, 터키, 멕시코, 일본, 중국 및 브라질을 발견했다.
& : This is a Nomadic Samuel (Samuel Jeffery and That Backpacker (Audrey Bergner) video production.
Hey buddy! Come here.
We are exploring Songtan today. It is an area known for lots of foreigners. There is an American military base over here. They have lots of foreign restaurants.
We are checking out this area and if you want to hook up you came to the right spot. Should we go to the hook up club later on baby? Perhaps.
Songtan is full of restaurants that cater to foreigners so we are going to show you some of those.
Indian and Pakistani.
We just found some very colorful wigs over here. I am debating going for a blue bob cut. What do you think? Would that look good? You should get it. Yeah. I'll buy it for you.
Yeah, so I am on a quest for deodorant. How are you smelling right now? I'm okay but I could use some soon.
And look at what we found - some deodorant. Some we're not going to stink up the whole country now huh?
We were a little ripped off I think. We paid eight dollars for each of these. Yeah, we were definitely ripped off. It just seems like a bit much. It's the price to pay to smell good in Korea. I guess.
What do you got there? Bracelet made in India. Let's see it.
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