Upon returning to Korea in late December of 2013 I realised what I'd done and pretty much went immediately.
It was everything I thought it'd be and more. There are different stencils that they use to dust everything with cocoa powder, cinnamon, and powdered sugar images of Hello Kitty.
I just wish I could eat the mediocre waffles and stuff.
A Japanese girl I'd met once in college in the States also happened to be in Seoul and in need of entertainment for an afternoon last summer, so I took her there and to a couple of other kitschy Hongdae main drag places, too. It was actually really fun, and oddly well-timed for the outfit I happened to be wearing that afternoon, having gotten sick of boring work clothes.