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"What should I do between classes?"  Many university students wonder how to spend their time between classes.  DGU students are no exception, but most of them do not bother to do something different although they are tired of on-campus activities such as going to the library or talking with friends.  The Post recommends little-known spots where you can enjoy and extend your interests.  They are within twenty minutes of DGU.  If you don't want to spend all your free time on campus, here are some suggestions.

Gwangjang Market in Jongno
Do you want to visit the jewels of Seoul?  The Post recommends Gwangjang market as your first choice.   Gwangjang is unique as a vintage market and has Toxic Kimbab.  The vintage market offers old vintage clothes and accessories for wholesale prices.  From less well known brand to Levi's, the vintage market has various and rare items.
After shopping, you can enjoy Toxic Kimbab.  The reason why people called it 'Toxic Kimbab' is because of its unique taste.  If you taste it once, you will never forget its flavor.
Useful Tip
You can negotiate for lower price, even though the price is already cheap enough.  Don't forget to pay in cash.
When open and close
The vintage market opens at 8 AM and closes at 5 PM. It closes on Sundays. 
Toxic Kimbab opens at 9 PM and closes at 4 PM. It closes at 9 PM on Saturdays and 4 PM on Sundays.

Itaewon Foreign Book Store
The Itaewon Foreign Bookstore was established in 1973 keeping more than 30,000 books in store.  The business began when Choi Ki-woong, the owner, decided to share his interest in reading English books with the general public.  Most of the books are fiction, but various kinds of books are available like books about Orient, Mythology, Philosophy, Psychology, etc.  Books are commonly discounted thirty percents or as much as fifty percents off the regular price.  Rare books are often imported by foreigners living in Itaewon.  "I am proud to offer books which are difficult to obtain in Korea," says Choi.
Useful Tip
At bookstore, just go down the street for about 5 minutes.  Then, you can enjoy reading a book with tasty food at Taco ChiliChili (Tel. 797-7219).  They serve tacoes and other Mexican foods at a cheap price.  The main customers are foreigners, so you might feel a little exotic.
When is it open
from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. everyday

Book Cafe, Wisdom of the Rabbit
On Hongik Univ. street, a rabbit has lost his liver and is running.  He leads us to a cozy place.  This is the mascot of the Book Cafe, Wisdom of the Rabbit.  This cafe has a collection of 2,000 new books classified into four genres: style&trend, success&vision, culture&art, and relaxation. 
 "The main theme of Wisdom of the Rabbit is 'memory' to remind us of the past," says Choi Won-seok, the owner.  Old magazines published 30 years ago are displayed in front of the Cafe.  This lets you retrace your memories.  A second store was opened five months ago, which is within three minutes by walking.  'My Sweet Seoul', a popular drama was shot in this place.  During 'Humanities Week' event people were encouraged to visit this place.  The Wisdom of Rabbit is used not only as a book cafe but also as a cultural spot. 
Useful Tips
Digital cameras are available for scanning papers.  The coffee&bagel set is served at a reasonable price, 6,500 won.  Takeout is provided at half price.     
When is it opened
They open from 12 pm to 11 pm everyday.

Zero-one Design Center
Daehak-Ro is a good place for university students to enjoy modern culture.  There is an art complex hidden among the crowds.  Zero-one Design Center was established by Kookmin Graduate School of Design, and its aim is to stimulate the public interest so that the public may experience design and be educated through their diverse programs.  There is a design theater, gallery, library and studio. Special lectures and workshops are often offered in the design theater and studio.  This center also displays current exhibitions four times a year in the gallery.  "Most of the past exhibitions were by foreign artists, but our center tries to discover new local artists also," Seo Eun-sun, Assistant curator, said.  The design library, on the first floor, is worthy seeing.  It holds 317 kinds of periodicals  published in Korea, Japan, Europe and the U.S.  You can copy those images with a scanner if you want to.  Fur computes and two scanners are available on site. 
Useful Tip
You must pay a fee (5,000 won) to get a membership at  the center.  As a member, you will receive 1,000 won discount on all exhibitions at Zero-one, get priority status for events and have access to library services.
When is it open
Weekdays 10 a.m-10 p.m. Weekends 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Current Exhibition
Exhibition of 10 years Werkplaats Typografie "Starting from Zero" (2008.10.30 to 11.30)

 DGU is located in the center of Seoul and its location allows DGU students to easily enjoy off-campus places.  Unfortunately, many students are not interested in these fabulous places around DGU.  How about you?  Now, pack your bag, get off campus and visit these lovely places!

Jun Ji-min reporter  onlyonejm@dongguk.edu

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