Oh my God. This year’s trip to Korea has been nothing short of awesome! Should I write a blog post that’s more like a guide to fellow travellers, a diary of sorts for friends who read my blog, or something that’s more for beauty mavens who just want a dose of Korean beauty? Yet thinking about it, writing this blog post in only one of those formats doesn’t really do Korea justice. So here it is, my blog post that’s all of the above!
Here are my 11 top things to do in Seoul, in no particular order except for their appearance in the video above.
1. Shop at Edae (a.k.a. Ewha Women’s University Shopping Street)
Edae is where shopping comes cheap. Almost all clothing stores sell their items in free size, which is sadly too big for me. I didn’t do much clothes shopping but skincare is another thing all together. I finally went and found the Tomaru store after walking around for ages and realised I couldn’t find it because the store front had changed its design from the last time I visited. This is what it looks like now.
To get to the Edae Tomaru store, just head straight down the main shopping street once you exit the metro station. When you get to the end of the street (it ends just before reaching the university), turn left. The Tomaru store will be on your left, maybe about 100m after you turn, and it is opposite a Banila Co store. I hope you find it, because it seems that the Tomaru store is the only place you can find Dear Packer masks, and that’s pretty much the only thing I bought this time there too! I featured these masks in my haul video last year, and you can check it out here.
Just a note that this is not the only Tomaru store in Korea. I’m not sure where the others are, but I’ve seen them around now and then during our trip. It’s just that this seems to be the most straightforward branch to find.
2. Shop or sightsee at Myeongdong in the day and night
Myeongdong is one of the most active areas in Seoul. It’s got all the skincare and fashion shops you can find, and is ever so lively at night. I skipped all the deep-fried food, but the strawberry mochis that are being sold at any street side food stall are a must-try.
3. Try Dakgalbi at restaurant chain Yoogane
We visited the newer of the two Yoogane branches in Myeongdong. It’s quite an interesting experience if you’re looking for authentic Korean food but aren’t quite ready to try live squid yet. The dish is cooked in several stages in the hot pot right in front of you, complete with a timer for 3-minute intervals and a member of the staff who would do everything for you each time the timer rings. Watch my video above and you’ll see what I mean!
Each order is for two servings, so go with at least one other person. We added one serving of ramen and lots of cheese in ours. That’s why it looks so good. You can also check out The Seoul Guide’s review on the main restaurant here.