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Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Maria and Chris enjoy Korean culture & food in Seoul – On the go with EF #91

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Hi guys! Im still in beautiful Seoul, Korea.

Chris is with me. Hi, guys.

Today were going to explore more of the amazing Gangnam district.

And this is the tribute to the famous Gangnam song, just like in the other episode.

Gangnam Style, yes. Im just dancing. Ive got to do this weird spaghetti leg thing.

Maria, this is a place thats really representative of Seoul.

This is the Han River.

Its a river that goes all the way through the centre of the city.

It divides it into the north of the city and the south of the city.

So, Gangnam literally meanssouth of the riverand its referring to Han River.

The view is so beautiful. Its very different I have to say,

compared to the other part of the Gangnam district thats just full of skyscrapers.

Here, it feels airy.

You know how New York City has Central Park? Yes.

Well, here in Seoul, we have these little parks next to the Han River.

It stretches all the way down there. Okay, so its a recreational, relax-area.

I remember you told me there are also some cultural parks, like with temples.

Yeah, exactly. In Seoul we have a few temples that are very old.

Theyre very beautiful.

You can take cool pictures and it comes out really pretty.

Id love to see one. Can we go? Yes, of course.

Maria, look where we are. We are at Bongeunsa.

Its a Buddhist temple and we have just walked a few steps from a COEX shopping mall,

a big shopping mall here in Gangnam. Its beautiful, isnt it?

Its gorgeous. Look at the colors of the ceiling.

I know, its gorgeous. I love the contrast. You have a skyscraper right here,

then all of a sudden theres this little piece of heaven.

Exactly. Its very spread out.

You have one main building and a lot of different small ones.

I think this one is where everyone goes and bows and does their religious practices.

Wow. Look at this beautiful painting. I know!

The colors, right?

The light decorations. Imagine how charming it is in the evening time.

I think the wood that was used here was old.

It must be hand-painted as well. It is. Im pretty sure.

Can you imagine all the time it took to do every piece?

This is one of the bells I guess that they ring when its prayer time.

I just love the atmosphere here. Its such a change. Its so serene.

So these are ..What do you call these? The things you put on top of the roof?

Roof tiles.

You can pay for one of these and put whatever you want on it

and youre basically donating to the temple so it can maintain itself.

I guess you can also put the names of your loved ones.

Its in a temple, so its like theyre being cared for and prayed for.

Thats exactly right. I love the incense smell.

You can smell it, right? Yeah. Its very nice.

Look at the lamps. The lamps are gorgeouswith the flowers.

Arent they? I know.

And the images. Every place is different. We have mountains, we have animals.

As if its like different seasons with images of wind, snow, and fire and all of nature.

Oh look, theres a small family of monks sitting there.

Oh, wow.

This is insane. Look. Look how tall it is!

I know. Look. Hes tall and he has middle-sized guys around him

and then there are small rows of little ones.

Do you think theyre in the process of filling the spaces up?

Yes.

Chris, it was beautiful. Thank you for taking me here.

Its my pleasure. It was a very relaxing day, I think.

Look where Ive brought you, Maria. This is just five or six blocks of just restaurants.

I can see. This looks amazing! Were right behind Gangnam station,

you know the place where we went shopping in the last episode?

I know. Its right over there. Yeah.

Im starving. Im going to take you to a good place.

I think youll like it a lot. What is it?

Its a secret. Youll see. Ooooh. A secret!

So, this is the place.

Yes. Its a very Korean place, I would say. Go ahead.

Thank you!

These look like metal mushrooms. Theyre so cute.

Everything is wood. I know. Its so charming.

In Korea, they bring out a lot of things before to go with the meal.

Okay. Perfect. Thank you. Scissors.

Oh my gosh, there are a lot of things. I have a lot of questions for you.

Chris, I see fire. What is this?

This is for us to cook our own meat. Raw meat is going to come out

and were going to cook it on top. Its a whole experience.

Oh wow. Thats exciting. So, Im like a chef. Exactly. Were going to prepare our own food.

I see something coming. Yes.

Wow! This is beef.

Oh my gosh. Thats a big portion. Yeah, Im very excited.

We can also put the mushrooms here so they can cook.

We have also ordered kimchi soup. Oh, okay, now I see what this is for.

They also bring you scissors because we have to cut it up.

Were going to cut it? Okay. Yeah, to the size that we want.

Can I try cutting it? Yeah.

Guys, Im really looking forward to trying this. It looks amazing and smells amazing.

It looks really good, doesnt it?

I know - and Chris is doing a good job preparing the food and cutting it.

Yes. I should change jobs. I should just be a meat cooker.

Let me know when you open your own restaurant and I will come there for barbecue.

I will.

Thats boiling! Oh my gosh. That happened quickly.

We make little lettuce tacos, you could say. Would you like to grab one?

Of course.

So, we have to think like this is a tortilla - a green, healthy tortilla.

Do you know how to use chopsticks? Yes, that I know how to do.

Im putting a piece of meat on top of it. Take whichever one you want.

You put it on top of the lettuce and you can put on a little bit of sauce.

This is soybean paste sauce. You can dip your meat in there

and put it on your lettuce.

This is a bit salty, so it gives you a bit of extra flavor.

I am going to put a little bit of this Korean spicy salad.

Then, Im going to put a little piece of garlic. A little? Thats a whole garlic.

Yes. A lot of Koreans like to put it on. I usually dont, but today Im going to be brave.

You dont cook it. You just put it on raw.

Yeah. Im going to make a little taco, per se, or a little dumpling made of lettuce

and then eat everything at once because, if not, when you chew the lettuce, its going to

pull apart and its going to be a disaster. Exactly.

So, we just eat it like this. Its calledssam.” Ssam. Im trying a ssam, guys.

Mmmm. Now I got the garlic. There it was.

So, Maria, this is called kimchi soup.

Kimchi is basically some vegetables in spicy sauce and its fermented.

Because its fermented, its actually very good for you.

It has good bacteria in it. They make a soup out of it.

In this case, they put some meat, some tofu and a little bit of water and they boil it.

Oh my gosh. Thats spicy! It is spicy, isnt it?

Thats spicy spicy. Its not that spicy.

For me, this is a very sweet kimchi soup. You think this is sweet?

Yeah, it is very sweet. I think this is spicy!

My stomach is very happy right now and so am I.

Guys, we had such an amazing day today in the Gangnam district.

I really enjoyed every part of it. My pleasure. I had a great time as well.

The strolling by the water …. The Buddhist temple.

Yes, dancing Gangnam style, and the amazing barbecue we had.

Wow. Thank you so much! It was a good day. Youre welcome. I loved it.

Guys, I have a question for you. Whats your favorite thing to grill?

Comment below and the winner is going to get this awesome guy.

Look what he can do!

Make sure to come back for the next episode and watch Angelina discover Toronto.

Its going to be great. Bye guys!

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