Ampang: From Citibank to Koreatown

So, today I went to Ampang Park to make a Citibank account.

A few days before, I e-mailed them and made sure that I can make an account with a letter from my school.

citibankThe e-mail from Citibank!

So after that, I decided to explore Ampang too. Like, hey! I came all the way here!

As everyone knows, as a student in Nottingham Malaysia, going to Kuala Lumpur is very very very very far. The journey starts from the bus stop in Nottingham.

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The bus in Nottingham is free, takes students until KTM Kajang, the nearest KTM station from Nottingham.

IMG_0646Across Kajang KTM station

IMG_0606The inefficient paper ticket used by KTMB. Touch and Go is also available, but I can’t even find them anywhere -__-. Long queue, long queue every time.

IMG_0607Ladies coach, hahaha. Only in Malaysia!

A gentle advice for you guys travelling Kuala Lumpur by public transport, KTM < LRT and Monorail. Take only KTM if it is the only way to travel (like me). Another thing is, they rarely check for the ticket. Today, randomly, they checked the ticket. The first time since I’ve stayed here. Also be careful of pickpockets, especially KTM which is infested in pickpockets! My friends lost a lot of phones. Luckily, I haven’t lose anything now.

IMG_0645In Bandar Tasik Selatan

Here is a map for you guys travelling with public transport.

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There are two options from Kajang to Ampang Park. I can take the KTM all the way to KL Sentral, and take the Kelana Jaya Line to Ampang. The other one is to take KTM until Tasik Selatan, and take the Ampang Line to Masjid Jamek, then change to Kelana Jaya Line to Ampang.

I took the other route.

And if you’re wondering, why did I go to “Ampang Park” instead of “Ampang”, it’s because I have to go to Citibank, which is located just beside Ampang Park LRT Station. If you’re going to Koreatown, I suggest going from Ampang LRT station as it is nearer.

IMG_0609The token for taking LRT. This is by far more efficient than KTM’s paper ticket, and it looks unique too!

Took the train to Masjid Jamek, and I must say LRT stations are way way way way way better than KTM stations! Especially those undergrounds one.

Oh yeah, from Masjid Jamek, you need to go down to the Kelana Jaya Line.

IMG_0611Selca time in front of the train doors, LOL

LRT train is way faster than KTM. Arrived in Ampang Park and I was so amazed by the design. It almost looks like Changi’s MRT Station.

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To get to the citibank, just turn left from the exit and cross the road. You should see a big blue-colored banner.

IMG_0612This big screen in front is so cool!

They rejected my application.

F**k.

Anyway, to my next stop since I am very very hungry. I took a taxi from Ampang Park LRT to Ampang Point. It’s not really far, only RM9.60.

Before coming here, I made a little “research” and found this blog.

Arriving in Ampang Point, I decided to check what’s inside first. So. very. disappointed. I then checked the map in the blog. The map was not really clear enough and I walked around Ampang Point to find out that it is across Ampang Point. From the main entrance, take the overhead bridge, and walk straight till you see a junction. Walk straight till you see a Korean school.

ampangMy route for this trip. Red indicates my trip to the first restaurant, yellow is the second

IMG_0616The Korean school

Just adjacent to the Korean school is Jalan Ampang Utama, where the Koreatown is located. My destination is a Korean restaurant called Goong.

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I walked the wrong way and ended up in a restaurant called Chung Goong.

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The food there was not bad, it’s just there is no Korean BBQ. I ate Mapo Tofu Rice. A word of warning: It’s extremely spicy.

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While eating, I found some very funny stuffs 😛

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Why is that girl wearing a hanbok in the middle of the rain 😛

The food I ate costs RM20, and Koreans are very nice to give free drinking water in a bottle.

When I paid, they gave me a RM2.00 voucher, which I can’t think of any use of that. Not only it expires soon, but hey it’s only RM2.00!

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I then continued walking through the streets of Ampang, to find the restaurant I was looking for.

IMG_0626Anyway, I have a plan to take TOPIK. Maybe I can take TOPIK lessons here someday. My aim is to pass TOPIK 3 or 4, but my Korean now is very basic that I can’t converse well with a Korean >__________<

Going down from the restaurant and going back straight to the entrance, I saw this Korean mini market, called PhilMart (almost thought it was a Philippines mini market, lol). I remember seeing the picture of the place somewhere, and decided to take a look. I was looking for a soju glass anyway.

I ended up buying chum churum (RM11), two sets of disposable soju glass (RM1.50 each. Can’t find the glass), and two Korean onion rings (RM.450 each, my favorite! I’ve been missing those!). The market is the true Korean heaven, although I didn’t find Cass (wanted to try Cass, never found them in Malaysia).

IMG_0628 IMG_0627 IMG_0629Only in Korea: Soju packed in milk boxes

Turn right from the mini market, only to find that there are more Korean restaurants, and also more Korean mini markets. I regretted that I didn’t check the whole place first before deciding to eat and buy stuffs from the mini market! I just realized now though, I could find the soju glass in the other mini markets.

Walk straight and you’ll see Goong, the restaurant mentioned in the blog. It’s hidden in the second floor of something that looks like a mini coffee shop.

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I went upstairs, and at first, I was disappointed. It does not look like what I had expected. There are no Koreans, only some local looking guys.

IMG_0631 IMG_0632Don’t know why, but they also gave me free bottled water
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The disappointment quickly ended, though, because they really serve cheap food. It’s only RM22 for the gochujang samgyeopsal (spicy grilled pork belly). At first I was skepticalabout it though, because traditionally samgyeopsal is served without any marinade.

IMG_0640Dark looking meats are the samgyeopsal, and the rounded ones are pork ribs

Goong does not hesitate to give you side dishes. I didn’t even finish them! So sorry! It’s not that I don’t want to finish them but I am too full 😦 I usually eat all the side dishes, but this time it was really too much for me to digest >__<

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Do come here if you’re going to Ampang! Both places are nice, and have their own pros and cons (I’ll just list them bellow so you can choose where to eat).

Cheong Goong:

  • Nice environment, window seats are the best. You can see random stuffs like a lady wearing a hanbok in the middle of the rain 😛
  • Food is nice if you’re looking for something non-BBQ.
  • Very few side dishes
  • No samgyeopsal! (Considered a con for me because I like samgyeopsal)

Goong:

  • BBQ is the main attraction here, especially the gochujang samgyeopsal.
  • Lots and lots of side dishes!
  • Price is quite high
  • Very low-classy kind of feeling, yet high-classy in the price

Here are the addresses if you’re looking for it:

Goong:

Lot B2-2, Jalan Ampang Utama 2/2

Taman Ampang Utama

Ampang, 68000 Selangor, Malaysia

Cheong Goong:

C6-1M, C7-1M, Jalan Ampang Utama 1/1

One Ampang Avenue

Ampang, 68000 Selangor, Malaysia

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