5 Other Recommended Places to Visit in Seoul

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In this blog, we have been to Hongdae, Myeong-dong, Dongdaemun, Gyeongbokgung and Insa-dong. They are all available here but before moving on to Jeju, I will like end all my posts on Seoul on a proper note and ensure that I have covered as much information for those who might need them as possible, with 5 other attractions that I personally think are worth visiting.

First and foremost, the shopping haven at APGUJEONG-DONG and CHEONGDAM-DONG.



Apgujeong-dong and Cheongdam-dong are said to be frequently visited by Korean celebrities as the streets are packed with global luxury stores, studios, showrooms and flagship stores of leading designers, making it a necessary stop for all trendsetters. To get there, take Subway Bundang Line to Apgujeong Rodeo Station. Exits #5, #6 and #7 from the station leads to Apgujeong Rodeo Street, whilst Cheongdam-dong Fashion Street is accessible via Exits #3 and #4.



So this is where fashion lovers usually come to find new and stylish fashion items. There is also a Burt's Bee branch here (though I think I am the only one interested) on top of the many hair and make-up stores and salons. Do visit Ce Soir, Jamie & Bell and The Love Comes (see map above) for some pretty one-of-a-kind accessories imported from Europe! Many tourists also like to drop by Cofioca, a small cafe that is covered in autographs, posters and photos of various Hallyu idols. You can get to find out and try for yourself these celebrities' favourite drinks at the cafe!

Also in the area of Gangnam, relatively near to Apgujeong, is SINSADONG GAROSU-GIL.



Garosu-gil in Sinsa-dong is a street full of design studios and galleries, and where one can find unique apparel and accessories by Korea's very own young and promising designers. Mega brands like Forever21, H&M, Mango and Zara also have a large outlet here. I personally thought the selections are younger and more casual hence my shopping trip here was extremely fulfilling especially since it was a holiday season and every other store is having huge sale. To get there, take Subway Line 3 to Sinsa Station, walk straight from Exit #8 and turn left onto the main street at IBK.


(Former) bf wanted to know if McD in Seoul is better lol



FYI, "no" was his answer for the burger. As for me, I am a fan of our curry sauce when it comes to fries so I would say "no" too as much as I like the fact that they use proper cups to serve coke to reduce wastage. No wonder McD is a rare sight in Seoul as compared to in Singapore.



Two shops I really liked are Bell & Nouveau that specialises in vintage accessories, and Epoca where you can find really nice pens and notebooks. There are also many tourist police roaming around so we need not worry about getting lost or whatsoever.

If shopping aren't your cup of tea and you would prefer to sit down and have an awesome meal, don't miss the opportunity to try Ganjang Gejang (soy sauce marinated female blue crab), a traditional dish that survived since the 1600s, at Sinsa-dong's very own Ganjang Gejang Alley. The blue crabs, drenched in ganjang and bursting with meat will make you drool! Turn right from Exit #4 of Sinsa Station and walk straight for about 80m to find these 24-hour specialty restaurants. All of them are good, but I heard the best if Pro Ganjang Gejang 프로간장게장, located at the far end of the alley.

Third on the list, GARIBONG RODEO STREET!




Right upon coming out from Exit #4 of Gasan Digital Complex Station (Subway Line 1 and 7), you will see all these racks and racks of apparels going at up to 80% off their usual prices, and that's how you know you are at Garibong Rodeo, one of Seoul's largest fashion towns that is super concentrated with many mega outlet stores. The town also offers various facilities for shoppers’ convenience, including plentiful parking, supermarkets, a large bookstore and restaurants.



These three are the main mega malls you will see on each side of the cross junction at Garibong Rodeo. Of which, the Mario Outlet has three towers under its wing and is particularly popular with women in their twenties and thirties for housing various well-known Korean and foreign brand stores from Polo Ralph Lauren to Nautica, Tommy Hilfiger and Burberry. Do take note that the merchanises at Mario are restocked on Thursdays and Fridays and there are special time service sale of additional 10 to 20% on weekends so that might be when it is best to visit.

Enough shopping, we are moving on to FOOD!



What do you mean you're not having Tteokbokki when you're in Korea?! It is considered one of Korea's most popular food, an absolute must-have that can be find at all corners of Seoul. But the place you should go if you are looking for some mind-blowing Tteokbokki is definitely where it originated from, SINDANG TTEOKBOKKI TOWN! To get there, walk straight from Exit #8 of Sindang Station (Subway Line 2 and 6) and you will see the entrance about 100m away, past Jungbu Fire Station.



Morning Glory, where Yong-hwa and Seohyun (Yong-Seo) bought their couple rings on We Got Married Season 2, is located on the right of the entrance to Sindang Tteokbokki Town ^.^



Mabongnim Tteokbokki 마복림 떡볶이, which had been serving hot, delicious Tteokbokki since 1953 is considered to be the first tteokbokki restaurant in this alley. But since I was following Yong-Seo's trail and was there on a date, of course I was compelled to visit Mangnae Adeulne 막내아들네 (Ma Bok-Rim Grandma's Last Son), the first and last place Yong-hwa and Seohyun visited in the series instead lol.


Menu at Mangnae Adeulne. KRW 11,000 for 2 pax.


Before. This is A LOT of food for just 2 persons!


As we started heating the pot up..

This was for sure one of our favourite meals in Seoul. Not only it was cheap and fuss-free (since everything is just dumped in anyhow), the end result was super delicious even though it looked like a mess. The owner was also extremely friendly and readily available whenever we needed help! Both of us weren't fans of Tteokbokki when we stepped in, but we swore to ourselves by the time we were leaving that we will revisit Sindang even if it is just for the Tteokbokki. Why hadn't anyone mentioned this Tteokbokki heaven to me before?

Last but not least on this list is.. GWANGJANG MARKET!

I am sure many of us have heard of Gwangjang Market 광장시장, where a myriad of inexpensive Korean dishes can be found. Many bloggers cover Gwangjang Market in detail, including pictures of all the mouth-watering food they tried here so do google them if you are interested to visit this traditional market. The market, opens from 9am to 11pm daily, is directly linked to Jongno 5(o)-ga Station of Subway Line 1 and is accessible via Exits #7 to #11, although the food zone is nearest to Exit #9. Remember to try the Mayak Kimbap and Yukhoe (beef tartare) Gwangjang Market is best known for!


I would recommend all kimchi lovers to try the kimchi dumplings too *two thumbs up*



Don't say I bad okay, I walked by this stall as surreptitiously as possible a number of times because I thought the owner looked extremely familiar. I eventually stopped here for a quick bite so I can look at her directly (I also like the food lah), but I just cannot figure out why only until now, while I am writing this post. She looked like Shannon Beiste, the football coach in GLEE =x I was too afraid to take a picture openly but her back view looks like Coach Beiste right?! Wait till you see her..

With that, I have completed all my blog posts on Seoul and Gyeonggi-do, and I sincerely hope that they will be useful to anyone who intending to visit Korea. If you are looking for information on Jeju, I have got two more blog posts coming right up so stay tuned ^.^

Find out more about my Korea itinerary here,
Yvette

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