Seoul Shopping

This was our second trip to Seoul, primarily for the purpose of winter clothes shopping. We ended up getting lost – a lot.

We stayed in the Myeong-dong area, a nice section of Seoul always bustling with people. (Well, are there any areas of Seoul that aren’t?) The Hotel Irene was a pretty nice stay, minus the smoky after smell. It was a convenient location with access to the Cheonggyecheon Stream, Myeong-dong shopping area, and cathedral.

We spent a great deal of the weekend looking for shopping areas on the stream, particularly the Dongdaemun Market. We finally reached it on Sunday, and got to experience the outrageous outdoor shopping district with great enthusiasm. 2000₩ shirts/dresses, 5000₩ for a pack of socks, and rows and rows of cheap shoes! There were many detours along the way, which helped us familiarize ourselves with the area. Another trip is in the works for November, when we hope to stock up on warm coats, scarves, hats, and thermals.

Other highlights of the trip include:

  • Inadvertently walking into the Performance Arts Festival at Cheonggye Plaza, and seeing costumed people walking on stilts and  old people dancing.
  • Dinner at the Copacabana Grill – top sirloin is so delicious! Cold cinnamoned pineapples are also tasty.
  • Walking the streets of Itaewon and feeling like we were in America for a night.
  • Discovering that Naver Maps works better than Google Maps in Seoul, except we can’t read Korean.
  • Tasting the best garlic bread we’ve ever had at Rimini Pasta & Pizza.
  • Waffles and Häagen-Dazs ice cream at Cafe Palazzo, near the hotel.

I love this city!

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