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1 Aug 2014

Seoul Adventures Part 1 - Shopping

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Greetings from Seoul!
Ok, technically I've been back from Seoul for a week now, but I just wanted to share some of my Seoul adventures with you.

If you want to know about the travel aspect of the trip: who we flew with and where we stayed etc. you're in luck. You can read all about it on my travel blog where I've done a whole post on - Where I Stayed  - Seoul.

If you want to read about shopping and food in Seoul, then get comfy. First up - SHOPPING...

I had heard from a few people that Seoul was a great place to shop with the all-night malls of Dongdaemun, the busy streets of Myeongdong, the souvenirs of Insadong, and the markets of Namdaemun. As this was my first trip to Seoul, I actually didn't do much shopping as I spent most of my time being a tourist and going to all the palaces.

However, I did manage to buy a few things:

1) Socks

A very random purchase considering I can get socks pretty much anywhere and everywhere on planet Earth. However, I felt that Seoul's selection of socks was particularly impressive. Have I ever mentioned that when I moved to Hong Kong I only bought 3 pairs of socks with me? Crazy. I just bought these 3 pairs of stripy socks from a market stall. Not particularly exciting stuff but I like them. There were some watermelon, burger, and other fun printed socks, but I managed to restrain myself.

2) Face Masks

Korea is land of skincare. I don't have any pictures to show you what I bought as I used it whilst I was in Seoul. If you're looking to stock up on your favourite Korean brands, then Myeongdong seemed like the place to be. Streets and streets of women standing outside the stores waving packets of facemasks at you to try and entice you into the shop. I bought some hydrogel facemasks from Innis Free that you'll be pleased to know worked great at clearing up my dry skin. Nice.

3) Pens

I can't resist stationery in general, but am a total sucker for pens in pretty colours. I'd heard there was a 'stationery street' in Dongdaemun but I didn't make it there. I did however make it to an Art Box which I had read about on the blog - Cute in Korea. I went to the branch near EWHA University and picked up some brush tip and calligraphy pens by Kuretake. Oh, and some regular Stabilo pens that were bought purely for the fact that I liked the colours.

4) Jelly Shoes

For the first few days in Seoul it rained. It rained a lot. I had brought some boots with me to wear and they got soaked through on the first day. I wasn't able to wear for the rest of my time there as they didn't dry until the day before we left.

The other two pairs of shoes I had brought with me were also inappropriate for the wet weather and so I bought a pair of JuJu 'Babe' jellies from Aland, and I also ended up buying a pair of flip-flops to walk about in.

Aland had so much nice stuff that I wanted to buy, in fact there were a lot of nice things to buy in Seoul but I only travelled with hand luggage and didn't feel like buying a suitcase. Oh well, I suppose it just means I'll have to take a trip back to Seoul.

So, that's what I bought. Not a huge or thrilling haul but definitely a small taster to what's available and incentive to go back.

Want more Seoul Adventures? Read Seoul Adventures Part 2 - Food

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