Unyang Gimpo is up north near Seoul, South Korea. It borders Incheon and the Han River and is also part of Gyeonggi province. Anjung, Pyeongtaek is also part of the same province.
Across the Han River to the north is North Korea. However, Unyang Gimpo is more southeast so it is fairly close to Seoul. Such a convenient location.
I met Jules through Xplore Asia when I was in Thailand.
When I went to visit her in Unyang Gimpo, she took me on a mini-tour of her convenient little town.
Top: 참치마요 김밥 (tuna & mayo gimbap)
Bottom: 새우김밥 (shrimp gimbap)
I noticed both Thailand and South Korea have a few different ways to spell words in English. I read up on it. So sometimes gimbap is spelled kimbap or gimpap, and so on. Either way, however it’s spelled, the food is delicious.
Unyang Gimpo is in a great area and it has so much to offer.
There were hair salons, bars, restaurants, an emart, and a Starbucks all within about a ten-minute walk. It was way different compared to Anjung, Pyeongtaek.
There was a Starbucks close by to Jules’ apartment. They had shrimp with pasta so I had to test it out. It was not too bad for reheated food.
There was also this pizza place called Pizza School. Jules and I got a pizza the first Sunday that I was there and watched some Netflix. Underneath the cheese was some corn. Interesting. I’d never had corn on pizza before. I’m not a huge fan of corn anyway but it was bearable. It’s always a fun time when you don’t know what you order LOL.
Salady is a chain in Korea. I never saw one near where I lived but had heard great things about it. I had to try it since it was so close. I actually ended up going there twice. I have to say, it lived up to the hype. The lox sandwich was good and the fake meat one was interesting.
The Tuesday night that I was in Unyang Gimpo, after Bukchon Hanok Village, I got some 김밥 (kimbap/gimbap). 김밥 is similar to sushi but I think it is a little bit sweeter.
I got 참치마요 김밥 (tuna) and 새우 김밥 (shrimp) gimbap.
On my Wednesday night there, Jules and I walked to Gimpo Han River Wild Bird Ecology Park. The park was huge. There was a building where you could walk up and there were binoculars so you could see across the river to Seoul. It was pretty cool.
They also had a map for tourists. If I stayed for a longer time, I probably would’ve been able to see some of the attractions that Gimpo has to offer.
The night after Jules and I went to the park we went to a restaurant after our stroll through the park and got 부대찌개 (Budae jjigae). YUM. I could see why Jules and her coworkers raved about the place. The jjigae was flavorful and hot.
On that Sunday, Valentine’s Day, we went to Starbucks and before I left, we went to that same restaurant and got 김치 찌개 (Kimchi jjigae). Jjigae is such a popular dish in South Korea. Once you get it, you will understand why.
김치 찌개 (Kimchi jjigae) was exactly the way that I wanted to end my little vacay in Unyang Gimpo. It’s delicious and satisfying.
I swear there’s more to the town than food……