Korea Diary | Cuties At Bauhaus (Day 35, Part 2)
Of the things I wanted to try in Korea, visiting a dog cafe was high up on my list. I actually grew up not being particularly fond of dogs. The ones in my neighborhood always tended to bark at me every time I walked past the gates they "guarded". Nevertheless, I always admired the fluff balls whenever they appeared on TV and movies. How could I not? Those cute doggies! (Especially Buddy the golden retriever from Air Bud.)
In Seoul there were many types of animal cafes; ranging from the more common cat and dog cafes to even sheep cafes. It would have been a wasted opportunity to be around so many doggies.
After lunch at the Totoro restaurant, our big group split into two. One group visited the Trick Eye Museum in Hongdae and the other Bauhaus Dog Cafe 바우하우스 애견 카페 in Hapjeong.
This dog cafe was located in the basement of a tall building near the subway station. Once inside we immediately saw all the dogs yapping away or chilling in their own cozy spots. For most of these animal cafes, I've heard that there wasn't an admission fee. Instead visitors just have to order a drink each. Drinks tended to be more expensive here since it was the de facto admission ticket. There was supposedly a time limit at the cafe but it wasn't strictly enforced when we were there. We probably spent a good 3+ hours at the dog cafe that day.
We were first led to the big playing area with the bigger sized dogs. It was pretty overwhelming at first, so many big doggies walking around us. But we quickly discovered that these dogs were smart. Visitors who had snacks for them were their main
Small dogs are cute and all but they also tend to be the ones (from my own observation) that bark the most. I was initially more excited to be with the bigger dogs, but that changed quickly. The little dogs at Bauhaus gave everyone attention no matter the presence or absence of doggie treats. We were able to approach them more easily and pet them. A few even let us sit them on our laps!
By the end of our visit, I was especially fond of the two corgis at the cafe. They were so cute, chubs, and stubbly! Ahh~ Makes me want to have a pet dog. But the responsibilities...