Tuesday, April 19
Shopping in Korea
I explain all this, because a few weeks ago Leigh and I both decided that we were severely unhappy with our wardrobes (I was surprised that guys get frustrated with their clothing selections, too!) so we decided that we'd plan a trip to Seoul to snazz up our wardrobes, and to celebrate our 6 month anniversary! We saved up so that we'd have some extra shopping money, plus it's about $90 to travel to/from Seoul by the KTX train, and then accomodations for the evening, we wanted to make our trip worthwhile. So on a gloomy Saturday morning, we ventured to the Pohang Bus station to take a 30 minute bus ride to Gyeongju and then catch the KTX to get to Seoul (which can take 4-6 hours on a bus) in 2 hours! We arrived in Seoul right around lunchtime. We grabbed lunch and then hit the shops.
Namdaemun Market has just under 10,200 stores. 50,000 people work at the market, and the number of daily visitors ranges from 300,000 to 400,000 people a day. As you can imagine, Leigh and I weren't the only ones that decided to go shopping that day! :) The last time I was in Seoul, it was Chuseok <Korea's Thanksgiving> so the streets were deserted! This time, they were not. I didn't take a single picture, mostly because I was in awe at how many people were there, and if I'd stopped to take a picture I would have been run over! :) We found the Western stores I wanted to visit, but honestly I didn't have very much luck. The Forever 21 was 4 - yes, 4!! stories tall and the line to try anything on was about 15-20 people long. H&M was the same way. There, I slipped on the tank tops over my clothes and found a few cute things. Most of the Korean stores don't let you try things on, I found a few t-shirts for 3,000 won, and had great luck at the stands in the middle of the streets, I found 2 great pairs of shoes I've been living in, and a really cute, 12,000 won ($11) purse! Leigh, being a guy, had amazing luck, didn't have to try on a thing, and made out like a bandit for less than $150 dollars! All in all, we both really enjoyed our time and have been enjoying our new purchases! :) That night we headed to Itaewon, which is the Western part of Seoul with lots of bars, and tons of Western food, including a Taco Bell, a Subway, and a Coldstone Creamery! I had Taco Bell for dinner that night and for lunch the next day :) I miss Mexican food like crazy!
I realized I hadn't taken any pictures and started snapping some at the Train Station right before we left! :) I snagged some off the internet to give you a better idea of the shopping centers! :)
Thanks for reading! Love Always, Em! :)