What would a vacation be without a stop at the local shopping area? Welcome to Myeongdong! Myeongdong (명동) is one of Seoul’s main shopping and tourism districts! It’s name literally means “bright tunnel”, and once you’ve walked along the streets of Myeongdong, you’ll realize why it’s named so.

It didn’t seem like it was night time at all with the lights from the food vendors, boutiques, shops, and signs illuminating the area.

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You can get a ton of different food from the numerous vendors that line the street. Try out the Chicken Meat with Tteokbokki, it’s one of my favorites!

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There are also a few cafe mascots walking around, handing out flyers and directing customers to their lair. But this one was really heart-breaking (but cute) to look at! It was someone in a cat costume (for a nearby cat cafe) but instead of attracting customers, s/he was just sitting on the side, head down, and poking the ground with an umbrella. It looked like s/he was really, really, really down.

I felt sorry for him/her. .___.

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After we got tired of walking around and seeing the same beauty products store around every corner and every street, we moved on to the streets of Hongdae.

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Hongdae, named after Hongik University, is well known for its urban art and indie music culture. You can also find clubs and tons of entertainment here, such as groups or individuals who are busking (to play music or perform entertainment in a public place, usually while soliciting money), or these five girls rocking golden helmets who started playing loud music and dancing. The crowd eventually joined in. So did I!

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It was getting late and we felt a bit tired and stressed from all the shopping and walking we did so what better way to relax than to lie down in bed with a face mask on. Hooray for cheap, quality Korean cosmetic stuff!

We looking good!

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On the last day, Julie took me to a street in Seoul that represents the focal point of Korean traditional culture and crafts! Insa-dong Street stretches over 700 meters and is lined with stores selling goods that can only be purchased in Korea, such as hanbok (Korean traditional clothing), hanji (traditional paper), pottery, and other folk crafts.

What Julie and I bought, though, were signature stamps. The ones that’s engraved onto a piece of marble (or something…).

I loved this street so much and was sad I only got to go around for a little while. I could stay a whole day here and just buy random arts and crafts!

Look how happy I am!!!

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After Insa-dong, we had to go back to Myeongdong ‘coz that was where I was going to be picked up by the tour bus that’s shuttling us to the airport. For our last meal, Julie and I had Korean Barbecue.

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We even ordered this fried rice thing because we saw another girl order it and the owner was cooking it and shaping it like a heart. I was jealous. LOL

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Anyways, thank you SOOO much, Julie, for spending time with me in Korea! I would not have gone to Simon and Martina’s You Are Here Cafe, gotten lost in the streets of Korea, met gold helmet wearing girls (who I thought was Crayon Pop in disguise), played hopscotch at Insa-dong, and eating (very) spicy, heart-shaped Korean fried rice, if it weren’t for you!

I hope to visit you there again soon, if you haven’t left yet. Haha!!

So that’s it for my Korean trip! Coming up next are the video edits of the trip! Check out the links below for Part 1 and Part 2 of my trip!!

My Korea Trip:

Part 1 – Petit France, Nami Island, Everland, Hanbok Wearing
Part 2 – Namsan Tower, Lotte World, Gyeongbokgung Palace

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