A weekend of contrast (part 2)

A dry and sunny Sunday…

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Waking up Sunday to blue skies and sunshine after a horrendously wet Saturday, you could not imagine such a contrasting day. So ‘Seoul Secrets’ decided after yesterdays trip to Time Square Mall and high-end shopping, we would offer you a view of shopping in Seoul on a shoe string budget. No better place than Dongmyo Flea Market to find a bargain, check out the highlights below:

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Take exit 3 of Dongmyo Subway station, and immediately be engulfed by people and their goods for sale! The flea market takes place every Sunday and sprawls through alleyways and down side streets for a few blocks (red areas on the map above). Be prepared for the trademark hustle and bustle of a crowded market place, entwined with food stalls and restaurants.

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Here you will find everything you can imagine from used clothes, toys and even eyeglasses! Everywhere you turn you will see something that will catch your eye. Whilst being carried along with the crowd you will come across a diamond in the rough, as the crowds clear a shrine will appear.

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A colourful and serene haven greets you on arrival, sit, rest and prepare to face the crowds once more. Dongmyo Station takes its name from this shrine, built to honour the Chinese general and deity Guan Yu (162-219).

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If you exit the flea market (as marked above) you will see another shrine up in the distance. Cross at the intersection and begin walking up the hill, following the path the left.

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Keep following the path and pass by some traditional housing, eventually you will stumble across the wooden staircase. Ascend and take the path that leads to the left.

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At the top of the path you will be greeted by this shrine, its a great vantage point of the surrounding area. Take time to enjoy the view and even look down on the market from above, gather your thoughts before you enter the fray once more…

 

 

 

A weekend of contrast (part 1)

A wet and windy Saturday…

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Spring arrived in Seoul this weekend bringing a day of constant downpour with it. This led ‘Seoul Secrets’ to search for a day of indoor activities..look no further than some highly sophisticated shopping at Time Square Mall, located at Yeongdeungpo subway station. Follow the directions below:

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Opening in 2009, Time Square Mall is one of Seouls largest shopping malls. It features everything your heart desires and will quench your shopping needs, from high-end luxury brands to CGV Starium, which houses 12 movie theatres, including the world’s largest screen. The mall is easy to navigate using the array of information touch screens throughout.  Check out some of our highlights below:

SAC FOOD

Seoga & Cook is a big plate restaurant chain, that offers large dishes to share with a loved one, family or friends. With a great range to chose from this places get busy quick, so be prepared to queue and wait at least 15-20 minutes.

KYOBO

After you’ve had your fill of food and shopping stop by Kyobo Book store, this store offers a wide range of books including a substantial selection of foreign books. What’s unique about this store is they encourage you to stay and read the books, sitting in designated reading areas and leaving you in peace to submerge yourself in a good book.

BMD ICE CREAM

Now that your food has settled, time to check out Baekmidang milk ice cream store located on the same level as Emart near to the subway entrance. Reasonable priced soft serve ice cream made using organic milk or soy milk. Rich, smooth and creamy ice cream a prefect way to finish off a great day of shopping.

Yeonhui Crafts Market

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The first ‘Seoul Secret’ will take you to Yeonhui Crafts Market, great for a quiet weekend. Take a stroll through the neighbourhood browsing bakeries, coffee shops and great sandwich shops along the way using the simple directions above.

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After taking exit 3 of Hongik University station follow the red line, the first place you will come across is Tomi’s Bakery. A great bakery with a range of freshly baked breads and pastries worth checking out!

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Continue meandering through the neighbourhood and you will stumble across this Vietnamese sandwich shop just outside Yeonhui Crafts Market, they sell great Bánh mì sandwiches that will fill the stomach of anyone who has been craving them since leaving South East Asia.

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You will arrive at the market which is hidden down some dark alleyways, but you will be greeted by ambient lights and an array of handmade crafts from handmade silver jewellery to flavoured almonds. You can find these markets will fluctuate in size throughout the year, with ever changing themes. After browsing the stalls you’ll be in need of some great coffee..

The two market stalls featured are:

Handmade Silver jewellery by Hyun Joo Kim, find more on http://joohchu1202.blog.me

Handmade flavoured almonds by 컨근우, find more on http://giantpie.blog.me

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And look no further than Sai Coffee right next to the market. They offer a great range of coffee blends from all over the world, all brewed up using a Moka coffee pot. The result being outstanding tasting coffee, not to be missed!

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