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INT’L COUNSELING & COACHING SERVICES
Yonsei University Center for Counseling & Coaching Services trains specialists in various fields of counseling and coaching and is extending
its outreach commitment to local communities, including resident expats. The institution’s welltrained counselors and coaches are ready to serve multicultural members of Korean society, including international students and expats. The service is offered free of charge to Yonsei students. The counseling deals with issues related to psychological matters, relationship management, stress control, communication skills, and sexual and cultural identity.
FYI> T. 070-4040-3081, www.yiccs.or.kr
GO> Mapo-gu Offi ce Station 마포구청역 (Line 6), Exit 3. Make a right at the fi rst alley and look for Shinhan
At Urban Garden, patrons can enjoy homestyle Italian food, salad, soup, pasta, risotto, and set menus, along with wine and beer. The restaurant is divided into two sections–a formal main dining hall and a casual greenhouse area. Their rooftop garden is charming and features various herbs and fragrant flowers. The two themes highlighted in the rooftop garden are the “healing garden,” which claims to take your blues away with its natural fresh scent, and the “kitchen garden” which grows lettuce and chicory. The chef is often spotted stepping out to
pick some herbs for the kitchen. The restaurant also offers advice on party planning and fl ower styling.
FYI> T. 02-777-2254, www.urbangarden.co.kr
The nonverbal musical production Nanta is about three chefs preparing a wedding banquet. The chefs are required to fi nish preparing the meals within a strict amount of time, while the manager installs his incompetent nephew among the kitchen staff. The cooking process suddenly turns into a percussion music performance, using all sorts of kitchenware such as chopping knives, cutting boards, pots, and
pans. The show involves acrobatics, magic tricks, comedy, pantomime, and audience participation. It is performed in three theaters in Seoul as well as one theater on Jejudo. Outside Korea, it is known as Cookin’.
If you are after a pretty café in Hongdae to have a chat and enjoy great sweets, you can’t go wrong with étonné. With a seating capacity of 40, this dessert café serves a refi ned variety of cakes, gelato, bingsu (shaved ice dessert), waffl es, and more. Its gourmet gelato selection skillfully matches French desserts like macaroons and sorbet. Perched on an elevated ground fl oor of a small house, the dessert café is slightly hidden away from all the noise. Its cozy interior of bright natural colors and soft lighting generates a pleasant, calming vibe, while patrons can overlook the vibrant street traffi c through a wide glass pane.
FYI> T. 070-7583-6432