Saturday, February 2, 2013

Korea free and easy: Seoul nandaemun and Dongdaemun

 Nandaemun at night

NAndaemum in the morning.

I think Nandaemum is different day and night. 
Try exploring the different buildings, some sell clothes, some sell food, some sell household stuffs. 
If you are looking for clothes that are bigger in size or for older woman, this is the place.
I saw lots of people carting back korean pots and pans.
Just watch out for tourist traps as some things tend to overpriced, and if you are interested in buying seaweed, just go to the supermarket. It is much much cheaper.

Dongdaemum. The party starts at night. The shops here open till I find some of the price around the same as ehwa university shopping area. Maybe is more for wholesale.
However, there are shops selling clothes and accessories for both guys and girls. Skinfood and Missha and other shops can be found here.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Korea free and easy: seoul Myeongdong

Myeongdong.. Like Singapore orchard.
Just take to myeongdong station.
Is better to visit it in the evening as stalls selling snacks and accessories will only be out in the evening.
Shops close around 10pm.

Look out for shop selling cheap accesories at 100-200 won.

Migliore Myeongdong.
Lot of small little shops. connected to myeongdon train station

Love the food at myeongdong.. 
Lots of coffee and donuts.
roadside snacks.

Love the cuttlefish, bbq chicken, Andong Jjim-dalk

Tteokbokki and other korean snacks

Lotteria for breakfast.

Catching kpop stars? 
you can find a lot at myeongdong.

Korea free and easy: Seoul Insadong

I find Insadong interesting and different from Mydeongdong.
Insadong is near to a one of the palace. I just walked over.
Insadong is famous for tea houses and traditional snacks and little shops selling souvenirs and quirky things

Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6.

Go 100m straight, then turn left.
Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 3.
Go straight 300m, and turn left at the 4-way Intersection.
Go straight 100m, and take the left road towards Insadong-gil Road.

A cute little shop selling handmade soaps

Nice shop fronts


Starbucks in Korean. My sister say is the one in the world that spell starbhucks in a foreign language. btw, korean coffee houses has free wifi.
Cute hp case? bargaining allowed at times.

Look out for this people in red. walking tourist information counter. Always ready to provide information in various languages.

we had a little break at this little tea house.
Tea with persimmon icecream and some traditonal snacks. :D

Korea free and easy : Seoul Accomodation

Myeongdong Skypark Hotel.
Small room.
However, is clean and new.
Some rooms come with bathtubs.
When I was there, they had a tie up with etude house so there was a small segment for diy manicure and a free mask
Location wise is good as it is at myeongdong. Just walk out of the hotel and you are at myeongdong shopping area.
Ten minutes walk to namdaemun and 15 mins cab ride to dongdaemun. 3 minutes walk to the subway.