initially, I planned to visit Dongdaemun. but I ended up in Namdaemun because Mr.Mun told me Dongdaemun’s boring. took his advice and here I was in Namdaemun. I thought that it would be like Petaling Street but it’s much more than that. instead of a whole load of imitation bags, it was almost like a wholesale market of everything. of course, since it’s a tourist spot as well they do not do everything wholesale.
got off the bus and saw these really adorable 잉어빵 (ing-eo-bbang) which are red bean stuffed cake (?) shaped like a fish. normally they are pretty big but these are really tiny haha. I don’t really like them but if you like red bean you should give it a try since it’s a famous street snack.
there were a whole load of vendors outside. but don’t be fooled. this is not Namdaemun yet.
korean spectacle frames are a huge thing here still. I would say 50% of the youngsters wears glasses. not because they have poor eye sight, but for fashion as well.
there was this long line outside this 호떡 ho-ddeok stall and I was told that it’s really famous. but I was too lazy to queue up haha.
now, THIS is Namdaemun. it’s just a small part of it.
their variety of spices and side dishes are aplenty. all red or green usually, very tasty looking.
why I have always said that Korea is Socks Land! you’d find a store selling cheap (and cute) socks almost everywhere. they are so cheap, you shouldn’t bring any socks from your country when you visit Korea =D. just buy them here!
another famous thing would be pet clothing. most dog owners here dress their pups in these cute outfits but I’ve never really found it too cute. unless it’s this.
I forgot where I saw this and I saved it down because it’s so cute pfft. but some of my friends said it looks silly and would never let their dog wear anything like this pffttttt.
this is what I’d like you to imagine how the roads of Namdaemun market are.
with clothes everywhere hahaha. ain’t exactly cheap you can get stuff that looks better (but maybeeee of worst quality. but latest fashion at least) for the same price in Edae =S.
legging and lingerie paradise.
this 10 floor building is filled with cheap clothes. or like how they call it,
that ice cream is awesome. trust me. just a little sweet but so pearingly awesome.
when ajumma clothes are on sale…
more food! restaurants on both sides! they serve a lot of pigs feet/hand here! certainly not cheap =/. but they looked good at least haha.
the place isn’t as complicated as it looks! really!
she serves green hot dogs D=.
see, told you it isn’t that complicating. haha. this is more like what it really was like.
picture starring… me.
those money piggy bank are real cute hahaha.
shop filled with imported food. mostly from Japan though.
also, if you’re all very princessy, maybe you should not come here haha. you’d find people delivering stuff here and there and you gotta give way by squeezing at the side =D. okay just kidding.
super expensive lemonade. I mean, it’s so easy to make pfft and it’s take away!
making the barter for the sausages below.
so many types. but it looks absolutely unhealthy =S.
HUGE GINSENGS IN JARS! now I wonder how much would those cost.
they sell vegetables too.
every floor sells different type of stuff. like bowls, hanbok, food… etc.
guess what are these!
silk worms. Korean people love eating these. but they smell so bad T_T. I never want to try that.
shop selling pottery and steel products!
the varieties of spices and beans are like the variety of indian spices pfft.
and here you can find Gim (seaweed) in many flavours!
the center for imported food! bought my tigerbalm and cheese here. they have everything from glister and colgate to imported protein powder to hams and everything else imported! absolutely love this place after living here for so long and all you get is just the few type of choices in food here.
a pharmacy selling only imported goods haha.
that whole building sells only bowls. D=.
always very taken away with the beauty of Korean silk mattresses!
they display what they serve here. such effort!
at every single store. D=.
see? I’d like to believe that they are fake but they look so real! they probably did this for the foreigners to order food easily. I tried haggling with the people here but they would only drop 2,000won from a 14,000won product =(. but most stuffs here are inexpensive compared to anywhere else so it should be alright =D.
okay that’s all for now!