The non-shopper’s guide to shopping in Seoul.

As an active participant of the South Korea thread topics at Pinoy Exchange, I always encounter questions regarding shopping in Seoul. The usual Pinoy tourist would point at the default shopping places, ie., Myeongdong, Dongdaemun and Namdaemun (and some won’t even get over Myeongdong, as in they would stay, shop, eat, tour, etc only in Myeongdong – Why? :shrug: ).

I’m not a shopaholic, therefore shopping is not on the top of my list of things to do while traveling. However, I always travel with shopaholics, so I can say that I am heavily acquainted with the places to burn money at in Seoul. My constant Googling of everything related to Korea also gave me some not-so-useless information regarding what to- and where to- buy in Seoul.

Here’s my Quick Guide to Shopping in Seoul, from a non-shopper’s point of view.
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Merry Christmas!

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From my family to yours, a Very Merry Christmas to one and all!

I know I have been amiss with my blogging duties. I will try to lessen my backlogs this long holiday before the annual madness at work begins. :smile:

Chaos at Cheonggyecheon.

Also known as: our misadventures at the 2014 Seoul Lantern Festival.

If there is one advise I could give to future visitors of the annual Seoul Lantern Festival at Cheonggyecheon Stream, it’s this: never go on a shopping spree, and then visit the festival. Unless you have a place to leave your things, that is.
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Agent P vs. octopus.

Returning to Seoul from Chuncheon, Sookyoung 이모 brought us to Noryangjin Fisheries Market to have seafood for dinner. We have always wanted to try abalone after hearing some friends raving about it, and Noryangjin is the best place to get some. Visiting this place is an adventure in itself. My country is an archipelago and I’m no stranger to fish and other aquatic animals, but I’ve never seen so many unfamiliar sea creatures in my life. :whoa: It’s like visiting COEX Aquarium but instead of just looking, I get to eat the animals on display afterwards.

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The Garden Tour.

For a supposedly experienced traveler, I am geographically-challenged. I am really bad at directions. I tend to go left when I should be going right, and I wouldn’t find out until I’ve already gone too far in the wrong direction.

That is why I was extra-careful when I was planning my trip to Chuncheon to visit the two gardens, namely Jade Garden and Garden of Morning Calm. I went to Korea with Charity and Mommy Chie, but they both begged off to go with me to the Gardens as they have already visited Jade Garden last year and didn’t want to go there again. But since these two have been in my bucket list of places to visit at in Korea during autumn, I felt that I absolutely MUST go there. Heck, if the whole trip turns out to be a misadventure, at least I have something to blog about. :hihihi: We just decided that I’ll meet up with them wherever they will be by the time I return to Seoul.

Armed with a sizable load on my T-Money card, prepaid mobile WiFi (more on this later) in case I needed to contact my friends later on, and what I thought was ample research on transport options and their respective time tables, I went on a tour of the gardens of Chuncheon. Alone.

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