South Korea Travelogue 8: Dongdaemun Design Plaza

Our last day in Korea was a short one which we spent mainly shopping at Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP). DDP was built by world famous architect Zaha Hadid and was the most tagged Instagram location in South Korea in 2015.

There are five halls: Art Hall, Museum, Design Lab, Design Market, and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park. It was at the Design Market where all the design shops are that we shopped till we dropped!

But first… breakfast!

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To warm up my tummy, I devoured the box of macarons that my dad surprised me with at Hyundai City Outlet. He knows me and my sweet tooth well!

Then, we headed to a local restaurant near Vons Chicken from the day before.

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Instead of taking the train (two MRT stops), we chose to walk along Cheonggyecheon Stream. It was previously very polluted, so the government cleaned it up and made it into a nature walkway.

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Dad and mum found this wholesale hat store and came out with… interesting hats. Sis was embarrassed to be photographed with them! Haha.

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South Korea Travelogue 7: Garosu-gil, Itaewon and Jongno-3ga

Many people have raved about the cafes and shopping available at Garosu-gil, an area in Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu. The street got its name Garosu-gil, which means tree-lined streets, as the area is lined with with ginkgo trees.

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We had breakfast at A Twosome Place, a coffeehouse chain in South Korea and also one of the few places opened early in the morning. The prices were typical of a cafe. There were plenty of cakes and sandwiches, but I chose the Ham & Cheese Quesadilla (4,500Won) which was pretty yummy.

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Olive Young is a must visit for health and beauty products! From 19 stores in 2004, they quickly expanded to 152 in 2011 and opened their first overseas store in Shanghai in 2013.

My favourite find in Garosu-gil has to be Jaju! If you follow me on Instagram, you would know I love to collect pretty plates and tableware, and Jaju has plenty of those at rather affordable prices.

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In addition to that, they also sell pretty bouquets from only 5,000Won! So economical! I was lamenting how expensive flowers are in Singapore.

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South Korea Travelogue 6: Insadong, Hongdae and Myeongdong

We had a full day of eating and shopping in store for us on our second day in Seoul. We started with Australia’s “best scrambled eggs” and pancakes at Bills’ second outlet in Seoul, which was located at D-Tower (Jongno-gu), near our hostel.

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Since it was a weekday, we practically had the place to ourselves.

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The breakfast was pleasant but nothing mind-blowing. We enjoyed the Ricotta Hotcakes (19,800Won), which came with honeycomb butter, as well as the chunky carrot cake. I found the prices on the high side and I am not sure if I will pay such prices again. The Fresh Aussie and Full Aussie cost 22,000Won and 21,000Won respectively, which is around SGD$26.

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South Korea Travelogue 5: First Day in Seoul

Our domestic flight from Jeju to Seoul left around 1pm, so we had the rest of the morning to explore. Hence, we checked out early and headed north to Dong-Mun Market Place. The market is located a couple of kilometres away from Jeju International Airport, so we did not have to worry about travelling later.

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Since it was still early in the morning, most of the shops were closed, except for those in the wet market section.

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We noticed the crowd at this topokki shop and we got ourselves a bowl at 3,000Won. It came with a whole egg and huge slabs of fishcakes! The rice cakes were also bigger than usual, but because of that, they did not soak up the sauce well. However, it was pretty good and really worth the money.

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South Korea Travelogue 1: Our First Day at Jeju

We took a night flight on board Cathay Pacific and after a short stopover at Hong Kong, we flew to Incheon International Airport, Seoul. From there, we had to take the subway for about five stops to Gimpo International Airport where we would take a domestic flight via Korean Air to Jeju.

However, we had a lot of time to kill before our domestic flight, so we used the time to run some errands and of course, eat.

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The first thing we did after clearing the customs was to collect our Samsung Galaxy Note 5s from SK Telecom, located between Exits 10 and 11 at Incheon International Airport. We participated in the 10th event of Enjoy Mobile Korea Programme by the Korean Tourism Organisation, Samsung Electronics and SK Telecom, where 250 winners are selected each week for a free rental of the latest smartphone. This means FREE VOICE AND DATA services for five whole days! This weekly programme will continue till the end of the year!

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Following that, we grabbed some breakfast from Bonjuk & Bibimbab Cafe, which specialises in congee/ porridge and bibimbab. I ordered the Beef Vegetable Porridge (8,500Won = SGD$10.20) and while I found the porridge healthy, it was lacking in taste.

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Made by Lauren Jasmine

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It was a pleasure to come home and receive a surprise gift bag from Made by Lauren Jasmine, a cosy shophouse on Amoy Street and it is a one stop shop where you can purchase items from their label as well as eat and drink.

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The huge paper bag contained a mystery white box with a note on top, a pretty box of solid perfume and a bottle of brewed Ethiopia blend coffee.

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Cupcakes and stuff

On the topic of food I saw some delicious looking candles at Francfranc that day. Based on the name of the shop I thought products sold would be from Switzerland but the shop is based in Japan. The concept is similar to Iwannagohome, selling cute and quirky furniture and knick knacks for your house.

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Looks tasty don’t they? I felt like buying one home for the sake of it but my sis warned me to save money for my trip in June.

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We baked muffins the other day in school for a healthy lifestyle day. Not sure how many calories there are in a muffin but it’s not that difficult to make. We took about ten minutes to mix the ingredients and 20 minutes to bake it.

And I left the best for last! My friend’s second attempt at making cupcakes turned out fine. She definitely has a flair for it.

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This was the box of cupcakes she did for the birthday of one of my other colleagues. Pretty aren’t they?