Besides Myeongdong, Edae & Hongdae are the next hottest shopping districts for youngsters in Seoul.
Situated near universities, the prices are reportedly cheaper, but I’ll still advise you to look around before you make a purchase ‘cos I got a jacket in Edae for 39000 krw (S$48) but the same design, different colored jacket at Myeongdong for 29000 krw (S$36).
It really shows how much attention Koreans pay to their outer appearances.
There’s these yellow ribbons hanging overhead where we sat down to eat near the stall and my guess was they are blessings? Our trip coincided with the Sewol ferry tragedy and a yellow ribbons project was launched wishing for the safe return of those missing. A poignant moment for us.
This was the BEST street snack I had during my stay in Korea since I’ve got a sweet tooth and it’s basically just crispy pancake with brown sugar?maple? filling inside. Piping hot & OH SO DELICIOUS. Very cheap as well!
Finally, enough of the diversions and we got to the end of the street where the university was, where we could turn left and do some serious shopping.
We finally did some legit shopping (like my wallet was practically still full after 2 days in Korea) and I was going to get some lifestyle accessories from Kosney. But I realized it was already closed and apparently not as popular anymore?
Anyhoos, we only managed to cover two streets before my stomach took reign over my brains and we had to get to Sinchon to refuel.
Chuncheonjib Dakgalbi is famous for their spicy bbq chicken and reasonably priced at 6500-7000 krw (SG$8). Understandably so, we had to queue 15 mins outside the restaurant before being granted seats.
We also had a hint of how popular this place is to foreigners by the way their local Korean staff familiarly lined us up, took our orders (in simple Mandarin too) and even managed to crack some jokes with the Mainland Chinese young girls in front of us while indicating them to put their bags into a huge sack (so they won’t be scattered and taking up unnecessary space in the restaurant).
Touristy as it was, I couldn’t deny the food was good. Just look at this:
I mean, I’ve eaten rice cakes before but barbecued rice cakes are just on another level altogether. It’s like there’s marshmallows, and there’s melted marshmallows over bbq fire? Get the difference?
Very filling and satisfying meal. Easy on the pockets as well. Brilliant.
After lunch, we loitered around and there’s this event going on but I don’t know what. Launch of a new product I guess?
This pair was too far away for me to hear them.
This group was right in front of us but we still couldn’t hear them well ‘cos they weren’t using mics. (Learn your voice projection, guys.)
Sorry, occupational hazard kicking in.
Anyway… We took the train to Hongik and after engaging the help of the tourist police standing conspicuously in the middle of the intersection, we found our way to Hongik University Playground Park 15 mins later.
This. Is. So. Glorious.
Those who know me personally would tell you I’m pretty much into arts and crafts so the Hongdae free market was like a haven for me.
Most of these items were handmade!
His creations were so cute though! I got the white rabbit earrings you see in the middle. He’s also got a website but it’s all in Hangul. 🙂 Was also thankful ‘cos he praised my Korean! ^^
I also bought from this stall:
Really cute ceramic accessories.
Hongdae is known for their night life, but even if you don’t club like me, it’s still a great place to be in the evening! More to come in my next post! ^^
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