Korean Shopping Haul

I had some trouble with my computer, so, I couldn’t blog for a while. I had a lot of plans but now I have to postpone it for a bit because of unexpected events currently happening in my life. Today, I will share a simple post about my shoppings in South Korea and when I have more time I will elaborate more on the items I have bought and of course the many shopping areas. However, I went shopping all around Seoul. It’s a shopping mecca! I went shopping in Hongdae, Edae, Myeondong, Garosugil and Jonggak underground. Underground shopping is amazing, you can find anything but for a cheaper price! I have bought several fashion items that are currently trending when it comes to Korean fashion, several skincare products and miscellaneous items. I regret not buying more skincare products but thankfully Korean cosmetics are easily accessible online. I made several photos of my daily shoppings in my apartment.

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South Korea: Ihwa Mural Village

A village covered entirely in art is a sight out of a dream. Ihwa Mural Village was my favourite place to visit in Seoul. It was truly remarkable to be surrounded by so much creativity. The local Art Committee carried out this art project to improve the environment of the village. Which in my opinion was a success! Everyone is welcome to visit the village and enjoy the beautiful murals, artwork and sculptures.  It was really fun capturing and viewing the several murals. At everyone corner there was something new and interesting to look at. I really enjoyed my stay.

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South Korea: Changdeokgung outfit coordination

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T-shirt: Forever21
Skirt: Hongdae
Hair accessory: Forever21

South Korea: Edae outfit coordination

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Shirt: Garosu-gil
Jeans: Hongdae
Cap: Garosu-gil
Bag: Myeongdong

South Korea: Garosu-gil outfit coordination

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Dress: H&M (New York)
Flower crown: DIY
Sandals: Dune London

South Korea: Sinsa-dong Garosu-gil

I was very excited to visit Sinsa-dong Garosu-gil in Gangnam. Garosu-gil is known for its trendy boutiques and trendy people. I couldn’t wait to be left in awe and be inspired.  Shopping in Garosugil is quite expensive compared to its counterparts, Hongdae and Myeongdong. But the quality is made out of better quality and feels more durable. You can also find the 3 concept eyes store. I recommend you shopping for 3ce  makeup here because it’s more peaceful compared to the other stores. You can just look around at ease. The place is filled with well-dressed stylish people. I was told that photographers often take street snaps of these trendy adolescents and scout them for modelling. I didn’t see many photographers but one funny incident happened. When I left the 3 concept eyes makeup store I saw a photographer snapping away. But in front of her was this really old ahjusshi smoking. I was really confused. But when I looked to the corner I saw this really stylish guy posing. Long story short, she wasn’t taking photos of the old man at all. I just laughed.

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The area also has many trendy cafés and restaurants. I have visited LINE FRIENDS Store & Café, where they sell these cute LINE FRIENDS macarons. I also planned to visit the Dore Dore Café, to eat some delicious rainbow cake but that plan unfortunately fell through. I did go to Mango Six. I saw this café many times in Korean drama, so, I definitely wanted to try their desserts and drinks. I ordered a blue mint lemonade drink and a waffle with berries and frozen yoghurt on top. They also sell the famous honey bread with whipped cream.

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South Korea: Edae (Ewha Women’s University)

If you want to shop for reasonably priced shoes in Korea you have to visit Edae (Ewha Women’s University). Although I’m not really a shoe person, I was in dire need for a new pair. Also, in every street there are cute little shops to fulfill your shopping cravings. Like its counterparts, shopping in Edae is relatively cheap and very satisfying. The clothing and accessories for sale are leaning more to the girly side. Very sweet and feminine. They also sell styles you can find through all Seoul, cosmetics as well. I even got a discount because the shop owners liked my the country I’ve originated from. So, shopping in Edae was very fun.

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When night falls, many street food vendors emerge from the darkness and come to live. Trying Korean street food is a must. They sell a lot of delicious food, so, it makes it hard to choose. I have eaten Tteokbokki, Tornado potato (but forgot to take a photo), Sausages on a stick (소세지 꼬치), Chicken skewers (닭꼬치) and Cup chicken (컵치킨).

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South Korea: Bukchon Hanok Village

After visiting the beautiful Changdeokgung Palace, I visited the historical Bukchon Hanok Village which is nearby. Bukchon village consist of traditional houses, called Hanok. You can explore the village with a guided tour but I decided to explore the village on my own. There’s such an overflowing serenity through the village, it felt for a moment I was really in the Joseon time period. Time stood still. It really kept me wondering how people lived their daily lives back in those days. I’ve got the impression that they must have lived very humble lives back then. It warms my heart and I’m glad I got to see it with my own eyes. As of today, most of these buildings operate as tea houses, guesthouses and cultural centers. Walking through the village is an unique experience I will never forget.

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When I finished exploring the stunning village, I went to relax at a restaurant. I ordered Bibimbap, a famous Korean dish. You have many variations but I went for the vegetarian option. It’s basically served with a bowl of warm rice, vegetables, egg and Gochujang. You only have to mix those ingredients together and your dish is ready to eat.

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Changdeokgung Palace & The Secret Garden Huwon

Changdeokgung Palace is my favourite palace I visited in South Korea. Although it looks similar to other palaces, it has a beautiful palace garden.  You can enter the palace grounds without a tour guide and wander aimlessly around. The palace grounds consist of a public area and a royal family residence building which is the most reserved of the other five royal buildings. The grounds are massive and there’s much to see.

Huwon garden can only be entered with a guide. It’s known as a resting place for the king and royal family members. The garden is provided with lots of pavillions, greens and has even a tree that’s over 300 years old. Although, you have to stick mostly with the group it’s still a wonderful place to visit.

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South Korea: Namsan park & N Seoul Tower

If you’re in Seoul, it’s impossible to escape N Seoul Tower. Almost everywhere you can spot the tower. But, if you want to enjoy a beautiful view of Seoul city it’s a must to visit the 236.7 meter high tower. N Seoul tower is located on top of Namsan mountain (243 meter). I visited Namsan park and intended to take the cable car from there. But while searching I ended up walking the whole 243 meter high mountain instead. What the hell am I!? I was crazy tired, I can tell you that. Thankfully, I was greeted by a splendid view at the top of the mountain.

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I reached the tower in time. The sun was already setting, so I had a beautiful sunset covering Seoul with a radiant orange yellow blanket and when night was falling, a beautiful illuminated cityscape. The admission fee was 10,000, which in my opinion is reasonable, especially compared to other cities. On the way back I pretended to be a normal person and took the cable car. If I remember correctly the admission fee was about 6,000 (one-way). All around a very splendid day.

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