Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Travelogue: Korea 2014 - Day 11 @ Bupyeong and Cheonggyecheong | Incheon & Seoul, South Korea

We intended to spend the day out at Namiseom 남이섬 (Nami Island) and Gangchon Rail Park 강촌레일파크 but a miscalculation of our traveling time made us miss the morning train that will be able to bring us there! And the next trip out of Seoul will only depart in another seven or eight hours later! It just doesn't make sense for us to arrive at both locations when they are about to close for day so we had to make secondary plans, pronto.


[Korea September/ October 2014]
6th October 2014 - Day 11 @ Bupyeong and Cheonggyecheon
If you had been following my travelogue series ever since, you would probably notice that we had been checking out quite a number of underground shopping malls located at the metro train stations in both Busan and Seoul. The one most prominent reason why we do so is because these places were said to have the widest range and the most affordable deals for the latest Korean fashion trends!

And since we had missed the train heading out of Seoul and we were quick far off from everything, we decided to throw ourselves further off course and take an hour's worth of metro train ride to Incheon and check out Bupyeong-gu 부평구!


Bupyeong-gu 부평구

6 October 2015: Bupyeong Station Underground Shopping | Incheon, South Korea
Bupyeong Station Underground Shopping Mall

To be honest, the only reason why we ever thought of Bupyeong was because we remembered Lyn's message telling us about her findings about Bupyeong Station's underground shopping mall after she left us behind in Seoul and headed back first.

It was said that the underground shopping mall located at Bupyeong Station is way bigger (probably the largest?) and better than the other similar shopping malls, minus the crowd. And true enough, this must be the massive-most underground shopping mall in my memory from this trip to Korea!

This underground mall basically links up most of the buildings and others malls around the vicinity of that station so the entire shopping arena consists of about 30 exits, countless of lanes and turns to take you to the exits, and needless to say, so many shops offering the latest Korean fashion trends, beauty and cosmetic products and even food!

If you are really planning to head there, I think the best way to enjoy this shopping arena is simply not worrying about getting lost inside there!


6 October 2014: Bupyeong Market 부평시장 | Incheon, South Korea
The sleepy streets of Bupyeong-gu...

When we were done wondering how beavers survive scurrying through underground tunnels, we headed up onto street level and I kinda fell in love with how the town appears to be a little laid back as compared to most areas within Seoul!


6 October 2014: Bupyeong Market 부평시장 | Incheon, South Korea
Bupyeong Market 부평시강

While walking around Bupyeong-gu aimlessly, we half followed Google Maps and half followed the locals until we stumbled our way into the Bupyeong Market!

And trust me, visiting the local wet market is actually one of my favorite-most thing to do when I travel! I feel that it is always the best way to understand the culture of that particular land I was visiting. The markets we visited prior to this, namely Jagalchi Market (Busan) and Gwangjang Market (Seoul), were both too touristy in my opinion and I was really glad that Bupyeong Market turned out to be an eye-opener! It was not like I was going to buy anything to whip up a feast but it was pretty fun to mingle among the locals and check out the common and familiar ingredients in the Korean cuisine!

Anyway, in between checking out both the underground shopping mall and local market, we managed to grab food and snacks that I didn't have pictures of, unfortunately. And just like that, we kinda spent the entire morning and the afternoon out in Bupyeong-gu and it was already evening time when we got back to Seoul!


Evening walk at Cheonggyecheon 청계천
Then Xin wanted to just chill out back in our apartment but I felt like taking an evening walk alone. I guess I was sulking that we didn't manage to check out Gangchon Rail Park and Namiseom and also the fact that we were almost coming to the end of our grand break in Korea.

And it wasn't difficult to decide where I will take that evening walk since I always had Cheonggyecheon at the back of my mind. So I made an estimation to how long I did like to walk around for and decided I will commence my evening walk right in the heart of Dongdaemun!


6 October 2014: Dongdaemun Design Plaza 동대문디자인플라자 | Seoul, South Korea
Dongdaemun Design Plaza 동대문디자인플라자 (DDP)

First up, Dongdaemun Design Plaza!
I did a brief walkabout around the arts and cultural hub located in the heart of Dongdaemun and I just realised I don't remember any of the exhibitions that I looked through. And of course, I couldn't even recall which male Korean star was having an autography session there on the same day with all his fans screaming at their top of their lungs while waiting for him to appear!

But I surely do remember that it was really nice and serene walking through the vicinity of DDP (both indoors and outdoors), not forgetting the fact that its facade looks really impressive in my opinion.


6 October 2014: Dongdaemun Design Plaza 동대문디자인플라자 | Seoul, South Korea

6 October 2014: Dongdaemun Design Plaza 동대문디자인플라자 | Seoul, South Korea

The innovative design, that utilizes mainly concrete and curved perforated metal sheets to illustrate the overall concept, integrates the park and plaza seamlessly as one, blurring the boundary between architecture and in a continuous, fluid landscape.

And during construction, the world's largest and highly three-dimensional building set many new standards for design and construction across the world you can possibly imagine. Or to cut the long story short, DDP is truly a masterpiece on its own!


6 October 2014: Dongdaemun Design Plaza 동대문디자인플라자 | Seoul, South Korea6 October 2014: Dongdaemun Design Plaza 동대문디자인플라자 | Seoul, South Korea

6 October 2014: Dongdaemun Design Plaza 동대문디자인플라자 | Seoul, South Korea

6 October 2014: Dongdaemun Design Plaza 동대문디자인플라자 | Seoul, South Korea

6 October 2014: Dongdaemun Design Plaza 동대문디자인플라자 | Seoul, South Korea

6 October 2014: Dongdaemun Design Plaza 동대문디자인플라자 | Seoul, South Korea

While walking around aimlessly outside and inside DDP, I found the Design Market that is basically a retail space where you can find products from one-of-a-kind home deco to perky products for everyday use or even unique fashion accessories!

And I also happen to chance upon quiet nooks as well as a quaint cafe hiding at the corner on the upper levels of the design plaza. I supposed if I live out in Seoul, the plaza will potentially be one of my favorite haunts when I need some peace! 


6 October 2014: Dongdaemun 동대문 | Seoul, South Korea

Heading towards the stream and crossing the busy main street cutting through the highly raved Dongdaemun Shopping Haven... Which only reminded of the failed shopping spree attempt a few nights ago! Haha!


Anyways, finally presenting to you... Cheonggyecheon 청계천!

6 October 2014: Cheonggyecheon 청계천 | Seoul, South Korea

6 October 2014: Cheonggyecheon 청계천 | Seoul, South Korea

Cheonggyecheon has a colorful history of its own among all the beautiful historical buildings and sites in Seoul. It was first paved in 1958 when more and more people moved to Seoul after the Korean War and further developed with an elevated highway in 1976 to ease traffic in downtown Seoul.

And finally in 2003, a project was initiated to restore the stream to re-introduce nature back to the city. Today, the stream serves not only as a venue for countless of major events in Seoul, it is a somewhere you can walk down and ease you mind with the therapeutic sounds of flowing water on any given hectic day you're having. It's a nature retreat even to me. And for the fact that it is such a successful landscaped space today, it is a popular case study with its history and photos documented in numerous books.


6 October 2014: Cheonggyecheon 청계천 | Seoul, South Korea

When I finally got to the stream, the sun was already beginning to set and it was gradually becoming dark. It was all silhouettes and shadows and the setting sun casted a chrome hue over any reflective surface including the water flowing through the stream. Quite mesmerising, I have to say!


6 October 2014: Cheonggyecheon 청계천 | Seoul, South Korea



6 October 2014: Cheonggyecheon 청계천 | Seoul, South Korea

6 October 2014: Cheonggyecheon 청계천 | Seoul, South Korea

I know that the landscaped area around Cheonggyecheon is a very popular venue for major events in Seoul but I really wasn't expecting to be able to witness something happening along the stream when I went for my evening walk.

Even if it was just a quiet stand-alone exhibition about books and publications, it was really interesting to see that there were people heading there or even slowing down while passing just to check out the exhibition. And that really makes me wonder if it will be equally successful if we have got a similar exhibition happening along Singapore River or something.


6 October 2014: Cheonggyecheon 청계천 | Seoul, South Korea6 October 2014: Cheonggyecheon 청계천 | Seoul, South Korea

6 October 2014: Cheonggyecheon 청계천 | Seoul, South Korea

Throughout the entire walk, I had my phone and everything else tucked away in my bag and it was pretty much just me and myself (and my camera, occassionally...). And thanks to that, I managed to notice so much tiny little details along the stream from the kind of people who uses the landscape space to the plants and creepy crawlies! Really interesting!


6 October 2014: Cheonggyecheon 청계천 | Seoul, South Korea

Did I remember to mention that the weather was simply perfect for the evening walk and getting a short retreat close to nature after so many days going around Korea was really all that I needed that I was prepared to walk all the way back to our apartment in Chungjeongno!

But before you freak out about how insanely far that is, I did like to say that I actually aborted the idea immediately when I got distracted with the thought of egg muffins 계란빵! So when I was somewhere near Myeongdong, I broke away from the intended path in search of those egg muffins! Hehe!


6 October 2014: Cheonggyecheon 청계천 | Seoul, South Korea6 October 2014: Cheonggyecheon 청계천 | Seoul, South Korea

And with that, that pretty sums up my evening walk at Cheonggyecheon!

It was an amazing evening walk and absolutely a great nature retreat in the heart of the city other than the fact that I felt a little claustrophobic at areas where it got narrower between the side walls and the stream. And somehow, I really cannot help but to recall Singapore River and how similar both of them are! It was because of these river and stream that brought life and an elaborate history to the land around it!




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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Travelogue: Korea 2014 - Day 10 @ Hangang Park 한강공원 | Seoul, South Korea

I am not sure how you define holidays in a foreign land, but for me, I love to explore and see/do things that I will never ever get to see/do here in Singapore. And there were times when I just like to take the chance to lie back and do something that I hadn't done in a while. i.e. Cycling in Yilan, Taiwan when I was there in year 2012 or most recently, picnicking by Han River in Seoul!

Read on to find out more! :)


[Korea September/ October 2014]
5th October 2014 - Day 10 @ Hangang Park 한강공원
Han River 한강 is one of the major rivers in South Korea and one that played a big part in Korean history where the river was used as a trade route to China. Today, the river is no longer used for navigations and the lower stretches are lined with public parks and restaurants, especially in Seoul.

And owing to the fact that the troupe for my Taiwan 2012 trip had such a great time when we were cycling along Dongshan River in Yilan, I thought I should experience it again in Seoul this time but never found a more appropriate day or time to fit the activity in the itinerary.


So we were out having a shopping frenzy in Hongdae but I guess shopping all day just isn't my kind of thing so I attempted to convince the girlfriend that we needed a break and we should take a short metro train ride from Hongdae to Hangang Park 한강공원 for a hiatus. And thankfully she agreed to my suggestion and we embarked on the route to the park while seizing a bunch of street food to accompany us as we sidetrack on this little adventure.


4 October 2014 at Hangang Park near Yeouido 여의도...
Directions:
1. Alight at Dangsan Metro Station (Line 2/ Line 9) and take Exit 4.
2. Use link bridge from metro station to cross over to Hangang Park.
3. Facing Han River, talk a 10 minute walk down to your right.


4 Oct 2014: Yeouido Hangang Park | Seoul, South Korea
Panoramic view of Han River!

It was almost dusk when we arrived at Hangang Park, the sun was starting to set while casting a beautiful warm shade of gold over the river and it was actually quite windy! It was absolutely the perfect weather for an evening stroll along the river! Here's a couple of shots of the lovely sight!


4 Oct 2014: Yeouido Hangang Park | Seoul, South Korea

4 Oct 2014: Yeouido Hangang Park | Seoul, South Korea

4 Oct 2014: Yeouido Hangang Park | Seoul, South Korea

4 Oct 2014: Yeouido Hangang Park | Seoul, South Korea

4 Oct 2014: Yeouido Hangang Park | Seoul, South Korea

4 Oct 2014: Yeouido Hangang Park | Seoul, South Korea
Selfie time among the wild lalang! 


4 Oct 2014: Yeouido Hangang Park | Seoul, South Korea

Anyway, we noticed the park started to get really crowded to a point that there is a family or a group of friends picnicking along every inch of the walkway when we were preparing to leave after the sun had set. And we only realised that there was supposed to be their fireworks festival after we got back to the metro station and the spot, where we sat down to devour the food we grabbed along the way to Hangang Park, was actually the best area to watch the fireworks display!

What a close shave with experiencing Seoul's fireworks festival! But it doesn't matter if we missed the fireworks festival by just that little bit! This short escape to Hangang Park in between our shopping spree at Hongdae made us fall in love with the park so much that I declared we are going to cancel all plans on the following day and head back to Hangang Park for a picnic! YES!


5 October 2015 Hangang Park at Sinsa-dong...
Directions:
1. Alight at Sinsa Metro Station (Line 3) and take exit 8.
2. Walk down Dosan-daero 도산대로 and take a left turn on Dosan-daero 13-gil 도산대로13길 (Garosu-gil).
3. Walk till the end of Garosu-gil, continue walking straight down through Apgujeong-ro 11-gil 압구정로11길 and take underpass at the end of the street.
4. Arrive at Hangang Park and the rugby pitch.

5 Oct 2014: Hangang Park | Seoul, South Korea

5 Oct 2014: Hangang Park | Seoul, South Korea

From the entrance to Hangang Park from Sinsa-dong Garosu-gil, we found ourselves at a rugby pitch with lots of open spaces around the pitch to settle down for the day! Of course, we picked a shady spot just beside a big tree! Woohoo!


5 Oct 2014: Hangang Park | Seoul, South Korea
Tuna & cheese toasted sandwich!

We managed to squeeze in a trip to the supermarket the night before to grab a couple of ingredients to make our own sandwich for the picnic! I know we are simply too amazing! Hehe...  


5 Oct 2014: Hangang Park | Seoul, South Korea
Pamphlets after pamphlets started to stack up in front of us as the day crawl by.

And we were quite intrigued by how the locals turned up at the park for a picnic without preparing any thing but just a mat to sit on. That really made us look like we were too well-prepared for our picnic! Then it all came to light to us when the first of the food delivery pamphlets was dropped in front of us while we were getting carried away with our own readings. 

So if there is anything you fancy from those pamphlets, you can simply stop the fella who dropped it off in front of you and make your orders with him. He will then see to the ordering and deliver it to you after his colleague arrives with the food at the park. That's probably the picnicking culture there in Seoul I supposed. That said, you really don't have to worry about getting hungry (or thirsty) while you are out there! Awesome right? 


5 Oct 2014: Hangang Park | Seoul, South Korea5 Oct 2014: Hangang Park | Seoul, South Korea
Do more of what makes you happy! ❤

And that's definitely a day out at the park, rolling around with a blanket and a good read especially when it is sunny yet a cool Autumn day! Call me insane but you have to believe how totally awesome that feels to me!


5 Oct 2014: Hangang Park | Seoul, South Korea
Sunset over Hangang Park

Well, you might freak out at the fact we have wasted our chance to be somewhere else than Singapore and spent an entire day spent just picnicking but I guess this is really what I meant by lying back and doing something I actually love and haven't had the chance to do for a long while!

And if you are wondering... Yes, being in Singapore has kinda become all work for me with rare occasions that I actually get to sit back and enjoy life. Play and chillax only happens when I am on a holiday! ;)


Itaewon 이태원
After the Korean war, American soldiers that stayed behind started to settle down in Yongsan that resulted in the growth of numerous businesses and housing complex there. And to cope with the growth of visitors prior to international meetings, Olympic Games and so on, the government strengthened the infrastructure and revitalized commerce to attract tourists to visit Itaewon 이태원.

5 Oct 2014: Itaewon | Seoul, South Korea
International Restaurant Street

So as long as Itaewon is concerned, we will be talking about meeting people from a wide range of nationalities and cultures. And fair enough, you can find a good diversity shopping and entertainment experiences, and very much needless to say, cuisines from around the world too!

And even if almost all the shops had shut for the day when we arrived after our picnic at Hangang Park, we took a walk along the streets to try out luck and had a look around around Itaewon!

Guess what! We stumbled upon the International Restaurant Street unintentionally and Itaewon doesn't seem much like a ghost town anymore and we became spoilt for choices instantly! And if my frozen brains and vague memory of our evening at Itaewon didn't fail me, the actual street name is Itaewon-ro 27-ga-gil 이태원로 27가길.


5 Oct 2014: Dinner @ Itaewon | Seoul, South Korea

5 Oct 2014: Dinner @ Itaewon | Seoul, South Korea
Egg drop soup and Spicy (very spicy) Beef stew

There seems to be more than enough establishments and we actually walked along the entire length of the street, only to find ourselves in a bistro and bar serving Korean soups, stews and beer even though we were supposed to be spoilt for choices and there is really no need to eat Korean soups and stews day in and out!

But for all I know, nothing beats seeing those bubbling hot soups served onto our table after an entire day out in the park! Especially when the egg drop soup tasted pretty similar to what my mom will prepare for us at home! Comfort food! Woohoo! And in case you are looking out for the name of this bistro and bar, I regret to inform you that I seriously cannot remember or I cannot find any information online! But you probably can look out for the most local looking place along that street with wooden patio on their frontage!


And that pretty much sums up our really fun and enjoyable day spent out at Hangang Park! If I have the chance to visit Seoul again, I am so going back to Hangang Park for a picnic!




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Friday, April 10, 2015

Foto Friday: Foodilicious week on my Instagram! 3

I just realised it's been some nine months since I did a collation of what I had been eating and posting on my Instagram! So here's a quick list the really notable items that I had been eating thus far!


Sio Bak & Sio Ark @ Siang Yuen Traditional Roasts
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Chicken Chop Hor Fun @ Wing Kee Ipoh Hor Fun
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Filipino-style Spaghetti @ Kabayan Filipino Restaurant
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Potato Salad Inari @ Ichiban Sushi
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Sweet & Sour Chicken 깐풍기 @ Tae Woo Korean Restaurant
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Sembawang White Beehoon @ White Restaurant
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Bara Chirashi Don @ Tanuki Raw
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Salmon Sashimi @ Ikoi Japanese Restaurant
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And of course, not forgetting the favourite eats I had while I am out in other parts of the world since my last collation! Very interesting how I got out and about in three different countries within nine months actually!

Homemade toasts @ Mali Beach Resort | Koh Lipe, Thailand
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Spicy Chicken Stew 닭볶음탕 @ 찌개마을 | Seoul, South Korea
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Portuguese Egg Tarts @ Lord Stow's Garden Cafe | Macau, China
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So just like before, please go ahead and click on to find out more details of the food featured in each photo if you like! And I truly hope that I am not going to forget about this collation for another nine months after this! Follow me on @lobsterpaints if I do, okay? Hehe!

Otherwise, till the next time! :)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Travelogue: Korea 2014 - Day 9 @ Hongdae (Hongik University Street) | Seoul, South Korea

If you had been following closely to this travelogue that I am doing on my trip to Korea last year, we already managed to check out quite a lot of the so-called shopping havens in Korea with a high percentage of them actually being quite disappointing. But even so, it was already our ninth day in Korea and sixth day in Seoul itself and it was really about time we check out yet another highly raved shopping district within Seoul and find out all about it ourselves! Read on to find out where!


[Korea September/ October 2014]
4th October 2014 - Day 9 @ Hongdae (Hongik University Street)
As always, I am that unusual early riser when I am overseas or supposed to be on a break or holiday. So I managed to have a large pocket of time to check out the neighborhood around our apartment while waiting the girlfriend to rise and prepare for the day.


Chungjeongno/ Seodaemun Station

Chungjeongno/ Seodaemun Station | Seoul, South Korea
A rather quiet Chungjeong-ro 충정로 on a Saturday morning!


Chungjeongno/ Seodaemun Station | Seoul, South Korea

Didn't realise that the railway trains would run by just behind our apartment just like the apartment we took up during the earlier part of our trip in Busan! Feels like a deja vu!


Standing Coffee (Seodaemun Station) | Seoul, South KoreaStanding Coffee (Seodaemun Station) | Seoul, South Korea

And during the morning walk, I managed to chance upon Standing Coffee, one of the hottest cafe you can ever find in Seoul! I believe the tall tables and chairs were recent additions but this cafe started off with the concept that it comes with absolutely no seating area so you can either grab a coffee and go or choose to stand around to slurp up the contents of your cup. And by 'hottest cafe', I was referring to macho male baristas in neat white button downs who will serve you from behind their counters.

Anyway. it was really quite disappointing that almost everything on the menu was unavailable during my visit, even their signature Blue Lemonade that everyone is harping about, and I had to settle for a simple Earl Grey tea since it was really quite chilly that Autumn morning and I needed something to warm myself up.

In other news, I am not too sure if they are still in operation since their official website is down and I cannot find any other recent updates and details about the cafe. Any Koreans here to help verify this? :)


Hongdae 홍대 (Hongik University Street) & Hongdae Free Market 홍대 프리마켓

Hongdae (Hongik University Street) | Seoul, South Korea

The area in front of Hongik University is a fascinating neighborhood known for its youthful ambience and a place where there is freedom for self-expression. And within Hongdae 홍대, there are unique cafes, galleries, fashion shops, live cafe and clubs, art markets or gourmet eateries and you can expect cultural events, street performances and numerous festivals held there. No wonder the place is a popular hang-out for locals!

And upon arriving at Hongdae on a beautiful Saturday late morning, we stopped by KongBul 콩불 for a quick brunch before commencing our afternoon exploring the neighborhood!


Kongbul 콩불 @ Hongdae (Hongik University Street) | Seoul, South Korea
KongBul (Hongdae branch)

According to a few other articles that I just managed to find on Kongbul, it seems that Kongbul is a franchised eatery with a fair bit of outlets across Seoul and possibly across Korea too.


Kongbul 콩불 @ Hongdae (Hongik University Street) | Seoul, South Korea

I am not sure if they offer other food choices but from the only menu that I had seen while we were out at the eatery, the place offers bulgogi 불고기 over a very simple menu. And thankfully they had their menu in English completed with cute illustrations of exactly what they are serving and we managed to settle on our choice and had our brunch served promptly.


Kongbul 콩불 @ Hongdae (Hongik University Street) | Seoul, South Korea

Kongbul 콩불 @ Hongdae (Hongik University Street) | Seoul, South Korea
Kongbul Set A

This set for two comes with bulgogi and generous helpings of bean sprouts, complete with noodles, cheese, fried rice and a carton pack of Coolpis 쿨피스 to make up to a full meal. I have to say that it was really quite yummy and hearty for brunch and the best part is that all that only costed us ₩15,000. Cheers to affordable food! :D


Anyway you can find almost everything for everyone since the shopping streets at Hongdae are quite endless. So instead of elaborating on that, I rather point and direct you to one particular area just beside the kids' playground in Hongdae!

Hongdae Free Market @ Hongdae Playground | Seoul, South Korea

Hongdae Playground | Seoul, South Korea
Hongdae Playground 홍대 놀이터/ Hongik Children's Park 홍익 놀이터 공원

Every Saturday, since year 2002, the park transforms into grounds for Hongdae Free Market 홍대 프리마켓 where folks from all walks of life gathers to display everything artsy fartsy from handmade crafts to performances.


Hongdae Free Market @ Hongdae Playground | Seoul, South KoreaHongdae Free Market @ Hongdae Playground | Seoul, South Korea
A quick view of Hongdae Free Market...

Although the flea market was so packed with people and the sight of the crowd might deter you from hopping right in to check it out, I have to say that it is really going to be worth checking out since whatever you are going to pick up from the stalls is definitely going to be one of a kind! Got myself a bunch of earrings from a very talented girl at Janginsoin and a pair of hand-painted mugs for the brother and sister in law!


Hongdae Free Market @ Hongdae Playground | Seoul, South Korea

A corner of the park separated for live performances. And that afternoon, there were various indie bands going up to sing a song or two for the crowd that had gathered! Beautiful voices to hype up the flea market! 

Anyway, I think the Hongdae Free Market is really worth a trip to check it out. Imagine I am saying that even though it was so goddamned crowded and I am someone who hates crowd! Haha! Anyway, I really feel that you cannot simply get that youthful feel and ambience as well as those beautiful arts and crafts anywhere else! More info on Hongdae Free Market at http://www.freemarket.or.kr/.

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Shaved Ice with Cheese 치즈빙수

And aside from shopping our afternoon away, we wasted no chance to stop by random cafes, eateries or even this shaved ice cafe, Hongdae Dalsuda 홍대 달수다!


Style Nanda @ Hongdae (Hongik University Street) | Seoul, South Korea
A side note to all you fashionista girls, Hongdae is home to the flagship store of Style Nanda!


Hongdae (Hongik University Street) | Seoul, South Korea
Buskers that made the spectators laughed and filled the streets with lots of joy!
Too bad we don't understand a thing they are saying or singing!


Actually there is so much more to Hongdae on top of what I mentioned in my post here! There is just too much food, shopping and fun you can find in this lovely district that I have to say that Hongdae is currently my favorite district in Seoul until someone can find me another awesome town that can convince me to replace Hongdae in my heart!

And by the way, we actually sneaked off to Hangang Park for a bit in between all the shopping and eating at Hongdae and that actually made us fall in love with the park so much that we actually called off the plans the next day and planned a picnic instead even though it was cold and chilly in Autumn! I will elaborate both our experience with Hangang Park in the next post! Stay tuned!




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