Here is the first of many South Korea posts. I spent 3 weeks in Seoul and South Korea with Kathy, from On the Prowl, who also happens to have an apartment in the heart of Seoul, in the neighborhood of Yeongdeungpo. It’s the financial center of Seoul, and home to the headquarters of many large Korean companies, such as LG and Lotte. After 20+ hours of traveling, with my entire life in two bags, it was so nice to be on the ground and with a familiar face.
My welcoming party!
The late night street food here is on POINT. Look at that selection… kebabs, fishfakes, corn dogs, soup, you name it, it’s here.
My welcoming meal: kimchi (a staple), tteokbokki (rice cakes in a sweet chili sauce), sweet pizza bread, jolly pong (a caramel puffed rice snack), and prawn chips.
Kathy’s apartment also happened to be next to the Times Square Mall (how fitting), that has the largest 35mm screen in the WORLD, where of course we saw a film (Kingsman, really exciting movie) and ate a ton of caramel popcorn (a Korean favorite).
Korea takes its malls prettyyyy seriously. Malls are as ubiquitous here as Starbucks are in NYC. You can find a mall every few miles, each one seemingly always packed. There are even malls that open only at night, for the hardcore shoppers (but that’s for another post.)
The makings of a delicious Korean breakfast sandwich from the food court in Times Square.
Look at this BEAUTY: egg, cheese, spring onions, bacon, on a fish cake bun, with sweet teriyaki sauce, kewpie mayo, and topped with bonito flakes. Yuuuuuuup.
Another type of mall, really known only to asia, is the underground shopping center. These elaborate mazes of stalls and shops can be found at nearly every major metro stop. They specialize in cheap/fast fashion, beauty products, cell phones, bakeries, pets, whatever you want, they have it.
The Yeongdeungpo metro station.
Yeah the Korean underground system is confusing as anything, but compared to the NYC subway system, it was a cakewalk.
Kathy in a sea of men.
Another mall, the Coex.
Yeongdeungpo central, and one of the many entrances to the Yeongdeungpo Market.
As opposed to the busy wide major roads of Seoul, the small side streets are packed with businesses toppled on top of each other.
Inside the Yeongdeungpo Market.
Fresh baked Korean treats and goodies, all for under $1!
Next up… Hongdae!