Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Insa-dong, Seoul (인사동)

It is located in the heart of the Seoul city, an important place where old but precious and traditional goods are on display. There is one main road in Insa-dong with alleys on each side. Within these alleys are galleries and traditional restaurants, teahouses, and cafes. 

This is the place where I bought keychains and other traditional items in much cheaper price. Many tourists visit Insa-dong as you can experience and see traditional Korean culture firsthand, and also purchase pieces of fine art. On the street you can eat Korean taffy and traditional pajeon (green onion pancake), and lose yourself in all the joyous festivities of the street, I think during weekends. But I went there Monday so the street was a bit quiet. 

There is a direct subway line from Euljiro 3-ga going to Insadong. Ride Line 3 and go to Anguk Station Exit 6.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Myeong-dong (명동) shopping street

(this photo is copied from Korean tourism organization)

Myeong-dong is one of the leading shopping districts in Seoul. The two main streets meet in the center of the block with one beginning from Myeong-dong Subway Station (Seoul Subway Line No. 4) and the other from Lotte Department Store at Euljiro. Many brand name shops and department stores line the streets and alleys. Unlike Namdaemun or Dongdaemun, many designer brands are sold in Myeong-dong. 

You can also find the famous cathedral here.

Since Myeong-dong is just walking distance from Holiday Inn Express that I stayed at, I usually went here to buy food and cosmetics. It is a street full of Korean cosmetics stores. 

This place is heaven for me as everyone know that I am a number fan/user of makeups and skincares. Despite the limited time I had in Seoul, I was able to visit Myeongdong 3 times in different days. Oppa first took me there for dinner. I said I want to eat tteokboki (떡볶이), kimbap (김밥) and fish cake with soup (어묵국). So he brought me to a small restaurant in Myeong-dong that sells those food. 

Here are some tips when you go to Myeong-dong:

1. Don't trust the saleslady for free face masks, they will actually force you to go inside their store. If you do not buy anything, they will get mad coz you have accepted the face mask. hahaha. 

2. There are expensive and cheap products in Myeong-dong. Each stores with the same brand offers different prices. Some stores offer promotion and some are not. You just have to look for the best store to buy. 

3. Do not over spend in one go. It happened to me. :( As I was too excited to buy, I found out that there are other stores that offer lower prices after shopping. 

4. Prepare a shopping list. As there are many stores in Myeong-dong streets, you will be overwhelmed and tempt to buy and buy anything. 

5. Look for the stores that offer promotions. Some store has a buy one take one offer. I bought fruit flavor hand cream and facial masks in A'pieu as  they offer cheaper price and they are all good. I like the banana hand cream as it smells as real banana. hahaha.

6. Food is slightly expensive here. I remember the kimbap of halmoni (할모니 - grandma) that I bought for 6,000 won. Imagine how pricey it is. Oppa got mad as he thought that halmoni took advantage because I am a foreigner. What Oppa did is he went there again to confirm the price.. and he was also shocked. He said that it was his first time to encounter a kimbap that costs 6,000 won. The grand child of halmoni gave us free kimbap for Oppa's complain. :) 

I hope this Myeong-dong tips will be useful to you. One thing I forgot is to take photo of the items that I bought. But those are really worth the buy!! 

Monday, 13 March 2017

Petite France (쁘띠프랑스)

Continuing my trip after Nami Som, I went to Petite France (쁘띠프랑스) riding the Gapyeong Tourism Attraction Circulation Bus again. I have waited almost an hour to ride the bus as there were alot of tourists. Imagine that many Filipinos went there at the same time. 

Petite France is a small French Village in the mountain. It was also featured on many dramas and variety shows, such as Secret Garden, Running Man and most recently, My Love from the Star. 

Ticket prices are 8,000 won for adults, 6,000 won for teenagers and 5,000 won for children. 

I only stayed for 15 minutes there  just to take photos as I need to go back in Seoul immediately. The place is too small and twice the cold coz it is in the mountain. 

Here are my pics: