Sunday, January 25, 2015

Travelogue: Winter in Seoul Part 2 (Namdaemun, Myeongdong, Dongdaemun)


My mom and I spent our first day in Seoul shopping. We decided to just get on with the shopping so we don't have to think about it anymore in the coming days and just enjoy our tours. My mom and I are the type of travelers who travel for shopping. Other people I know travel for food or for the culture, but for us our priority is always shopping. I spent so much money on this trip that I can't go shopping anymore in the coming months. I even went beyond my monthly salary which has never happened to me before. I guess you can say that now I am broke. I have to replenish my hungry wallet for my trips this year. Goodbye end of season sales!
Dongdaemun - the area is known for many people as a bargain shoppers haven. It is said that clothes and other items here are really cheap. I can't verify that though because we only stayed here for a few minutes. And, my mom really loves shopping in Namdaemun so much that she disregarded the idea of looking at the malls here. 

I really wanted to go to Dongdaemun only for Cheongyecheon stream. But my mom insisted we remove it from our itinerary because she is not really interested. Fortunately for me, we ended up alighting at the wrong subway station and we decided to look around anyway. In the end, she was happy we went there anyway because the stream was really a nice place to take pictures. Of course it looks dead because it's winter and the grass are really dead but the deadness and loneliness of the area is mesmerizing, don't you think?







Namdaemun - this is where my mom really loves to shop. We both love to look around for items we can put in our rooms and you will find a lot of that at a really affordable price here. I was able to purchase a silver tray and jewelry box for only 20,000KRW which is about 800.00PHP. I find that affordable as the material and quality of the items are just within my standards. They are not low quality that will easily break and tarnish though I can't say they are super high quality. Nonetheless, the set was so pretty and I am so happy I bough them! There is also this one corner in one of the malls there that sells so many kyeopta items for your home. If only they won't collect dust overtime; if only they match the theme of our house; and, if only I have a lot of baggage allowance on our flight home, I would've bought a lot.





Myeongdong - this is probably the most famous shopping district in Seoul. Korea is known to many as a cosmetics land. Koreans are known to have milky, white, poreless, and porcelain-like skin. This is why most of their skincare/cosmetics brands have gained popularity all over the world in recent years. In Myeongdong, you will find every Korean cosmetics/skincare brand you can possibly have known. And the odd part is, each brand has more than one branch here and they are just a few steps apart. I don't know why that is but if you wander around, you will see each branch packed with people inside. Most sales person here knows how to communicate in English so you need not worry. They may not be as good as you would hope they are but at least you both understand what each is saying. In my experience, Koreans speak better Chinese and Japanese than English so in case you know any of those, it will be easy for you to communicate with them.

Side note: I was mistaken to be Japanese by one of the sales person here. I don't think I look Japanese so it still confuses me why she thought I was. What do you think?







More pictures to come in my next posts! :)

20 comments :

  1. Oh Korea! When will I ever see you? Haha. Beautiful photos!

    Janine | Lime & Life

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    1. Thank you! So many promo fares these days! Go book a flight na!

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  2. Lovely travelling pictures !


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    Emily from PTT

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  3. Wow!!! Love the place so much Jenn! so many pretty finds! and the place is so damn clean! love it!!! You're so lucky to visit Korea! hope to be there someday too <3

    love lots,
    Tin

    mypoeticisolation.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! I am very lucky, indeed. Hoping for a promo fare this spring so i can see cherry blossoms!

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  4. Beautiful pictures as always! I'm happy to see this part of the world! Thanks for sharing!
    xx
    cvetybaby.com

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  5. The shot of all the flowers is my favorite. So pretty. I love that you & your mom are shoppers when you travel. I love to pick up a nice ring or some sort of usable souvenir.

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    1. Thank you! Oh yes, I think it's in our genes.

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  6. Awesome pictures, it looks so clean. Beautiful.
    xox
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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  7. korean has some really beautiful sights :)

    http://only4feet9.blogspot.com

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  8. Stunning photos ! I discover this city with you :)

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