Mokpo's Pet Cafe
As we travel around Asia we run into some things that just stand out more than others. These are the experiences you talk about over drinks at the next few staff parties. I can now add one of our outings in Mokpo, Korea, to this list of WTF kind of places. Maybe others have seen these kinds of places; for me, it was more than a little bizarre! I’m not sure what the locals call it in Korean but the people we were visiting have named it the Cat Café.
Cover a bunch of dogs and cats with make-up, add a little dye here and there to their coats, and dress them up for a party. Then let them run loose in a small café where they can be petted and either admired or laughed at, depending on your mood. Tea and coffee is served but you won’t find any food at this establishment. In hindsight, I have a pretty good idea why this is the case, what with all these animals having free reign to all the tables and chairs.
Maybe I just don’t get out much but I have yet to see anything like this in North America. Maybe it would be a good idea in some cities. A place to have a coffee and talk to others that don’t care who you are or what you say. Not to mention, the whole “I need a hug” thing would be free for the asking without having to bother friends or organize and pay for expensive cuddle parties, which are still the rage in some circles.
This little café does offer a variety of pet supplies and pet food, along with grooming services. There seemed to be all types of gizmos available for all types of pets. Meanwhile, as the business went about its daily operation, the animals roamed free throughout. Mostly it is just a place to relax and have a coffee but every once in awhile there is a little excitement as the dogs decide to chase the cats around the room. Not for the faint hearted and definitely not for anybody allergic to cats or dogs. There is hair everywhere and accidents do happen, although they are quickly cleaned up before many even notice.
So if you are reading this and happen to be in or near Mokpo, this is your chance to have the same crazy experience we did. You can find the telephone number in one of the photos if you need to figure out the address. I wouldn’t recommend it as a “must see” tourist site in the city but it is well worth a visit if you are in the neighborhood.