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Seoul Day 11: Bangsan Market, Namdaemun Market & Myeongdong Shopping

Nothing much going on on day 11. We spent the morning and afternoon at two markets and shopping at the famous district Myeondong later that day.

First thing first, we visited Bangsan Market which is just across the street from Gwangjang Market. If you’re a baker, then this market is for you. Do check out my full post and what I bought at Bangsan Market here.

Next we went to Namdaemun Market, the largest traditional market in Korea. Don’t expect young and hip fashion find here. You won’t find it. You gotta go Dongdaemun Market for that. We had an early lunch at a special alley called kalguksu alley (read my review here) in the market.

Then it’s just aimlessly walking all throughout the market + shops.

Spotted a hotteok stall which has very long queue. We joined in the queue. Bought two kinds of hotteok, one with honey and another one with yachae (vegetables+glass noodles). They were just okay. Other hotteoks I’ve tasted were much better than this. So I don’t know why there are so many people queuing for this hotteok.

This is Namdaemun Gate 남대문 or also known as Sungnyemun Gate and is situated beside Namdaemun Market.

We went to Myeongdong at 3pm. It’s a very famous shopping destination.

Personally I find most of Myeongdong fashion shops are just a little bit upscale compared to the one in Hongdae, Idae and Express Terminal Underground Shopping. Ohh btw in Myeongdong subway there is also Myeongdong Underground Shopping.

It’s true you can receive many free samples from the cosmetics shops here in Myeongdong when you purchase from the shop or just go into the shop. I only went into the Innisfree shop and bought stuff from them. Sure I received many free gifts. I feel like I’m cheating if I don’t want to buy anything and just go in to get the free gifts so I didn’t do it. One of the reason is because I pity those ladies standing outside the shop, drawing customer in. If I’m not a sincere buyer and just go in the shop to get free gifts… it feels like cheating. So yes, in the end the only free gifts I received are from Innisfree.

At 5.30pm we had dinner at this fried chicken shop called Two Two Chicken. It’s a famous franchise fried chicken shop. We’ve seen many Korean shows showing how good Korean fried chicken are so we wanted to try some. This is 6 pieces garlic chicken @ 16,000 won (RM48.00). Quite expensive. The taste so-so only. I’ve a feeling it has to do with the cook or shop itself than with the brand name.

We also ordered seafood pancake (haemul pajeon) @ 17,000 won (RM51.00). Worst haemul pajeon ever! Hahaha

Not satisfied with our dinner, we went to the food area of Myeongdong for some snack. This shop is selling deep fried potato @ 2,000 won (RM6.00) per stick.

I’ve seen many people eating this. Glad I bought it because it was so good! Thin and crispy. Yummeh.

As the sun goes down, more and more people jam-packed the street of Myeongdong.

We shopped until 7pm before heading back to hostel. Of course with some loot in our hands. 😉

That’s it for day 11. Stay tuned for day 12. Told ya there was nothing much going on. 😛

My South Korea journey so far…
Incheon + Jeju-do Self Drive Day 1: MAS, Car Rental & Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival
Jeju-do Self Drive Day 2: Yeongsil Trail at Hallasan National Park (Part 1)
Jeju-do Self Drive Day 2: Jusangjeolli Cliff, Yongmeori Coast & Cheonjiyeon Falls (Part 2)
Jeju-do Self Drive Day 3: Yilin Pension & Seongsan Ilchulbong (Part 1)
Jeju-do Self Drive Day 3: Seopjikoji & Seongeup Folk Village (Part 2)
Jeju-do + Busan Day 4: Bye Jeju, Dynamic Guesthouse, Cherry Blossom at Dalmaji Road, Haeundae Beach & Gwangalli Beach
Busan + Jinhae Day 5: Cherry Blossom at Yeojwa Stream & Gyeonghwa Station (Part 1)
Busan Day 5: Jagalchi Market, Gukje Market & Dinner at Lotteria (Part 2)
Busan + Jeonju Day 6: Bukyungdang Hanok Guesthouse, Jeonju Hanok Village Scenic Walk & Omokdae
Jeonju Day 7: Jeondong Catholic Cathedral, Pungnamun & Nambu Market
Jeonju + Seoul Day 8: Stay In GAM, Hongdae & Ewha Womans University
Seoul Day 9: Noryangjin Fish Market, Yeouido Cherry Blossom, KBS & Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain
Seoul Day 10: Gwangjang Market, Gwanghwamun Square, Cheonggyecheon & Insadong

Photos from Nikon D80 and Panasonic TZ-7.

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  • Reply foongpc August 24, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Wow! That deep fried potato so long! How to eat?? I saw it once before in Manila. A shop selling it in a shopping mall.

    • Reply Che-Cheh August 24, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      Hi Foongpc, I use my hand lo. 🙂

  • Reply foongpc August 24, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Never mind about the cheating lah. You are a tourist can cheat a bit lah hahaha.

    • Reply Che-Cheh August 24, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      Don’t feel like it. Hehe

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