{Seoul, Part 7: Namsam Tower, Cat Cafe & Tax Refunds}

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Seoul is notoriously rainy in July, so we were worried that it would rain on the day we decided to visit Namsan/N-Seoul Tower, but thankfully, the clouds were on our side and kept it cloudy but not rainy for the whole day! We also went to Namdaemun and a cat cafe in Myeongdong on the same day; read on to be bombarded by more pictures of fluffy cats, you’ve been warned.

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I’ll also be covering the process of getting a tax refund at the airport at the bottom of this post, so click on to find out more!

Read On: Namsan Tower, Cat Cafes & Tax Refunds @ Incheon Airport

{Seoul, Part 6: JYP, SM, YG Ent.}

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7

This post is for all my fellow K-pop fans out there and contains directions to navigate your way to the various K-pop entertainment companies (JYP, FNC, YG), INFINITE’s Hapjeong dorm, and I’ll also feature a wonderful shopping paradise – COEX Mall, plus loads of pictures of SM Town Land/SMTOWN@coexartium.

I visited JYP Ent, SMTOWN@coexartium and Coex Mall in one day, and went to YG Ent the following day. These places are a mecca of sorts for us K-pop fans, so if your itinerary has a blank spot, why not make a ‘pilgrimage’  to the very buildings the idols work and train in?

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You’ve been warned: this post is basically a flood of pictures and my fangirling.

Read On: Visiting JYP, YG & SM Ent

{Seoul, Part 5: Gyeongbokgung Palace & Insadong}

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Wow, we’re at Part 5 already, looks like this Seoul series is going to take forever to blog about. Anyway, in this post, I’ll be showing you the many sights of Gyeongbokgung Palace as well as the shopping in the traditional Insadong district. Oh, and I also watched a musical, “All Shook Up” on that day as well, more on that later!

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Read On: Exploring Gyeongbokgung Palace & Insadong

{Seoul, Part 4: Hongdae, Edae, SBS, KBS & MBC }

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In today’s post, I’ll be showing you around the various Korean broadcasting stations (MBC, SBS, KBS), Korea’s very own walk of fame, as well as the shopping highlights of university districts Hongdae and Edae! This is one of the parts I’ve been excited to write about, because the Korean entertainment industry is the main reason why I fell in love with Korea and its culture, and the ever trendy Hongdae (and its many backpacker hostels) is the ultimate hangout for youths and travellers alike.

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The heart of the Korean entertainment industry

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Hongdae: Shopaholic’s paradise

This is just a teaser for the rest of this post, click below to find out more!

Read On: Exploring Digital Media City, Hongdae & Edae

{Seoul, Part 3: Dongdaemun, IFC Mall & Times Square}

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6Part 7

In this post, I’ll be reviewing the most commonly visited shopping areas in Seoul and recommending the best route to visit all these places in 1 day if you’re an insane shopaholic (like myself). We’ll be covering Dongdaemun, Itaewon, IFC Mall and Times Square in this part. 🙂

Day 3

We covered the wholesale markets in Dongdaemun, went to the more modern malls in the vicinity of Doota and also went to Itaewon. It was a terribly damp day with a near-constant drizzle which became a downpour by evening, but that’s what you get for going in July, their rainy season. We made a second trip to Dongdaemun on Day 9 for more shopping under better weather conditions, which I’ll cover in the later half of this post.

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Getting there: Myeongdong Station –> Dongdaemun Station  (Line 4, Exit 8)

Read On: Seoul’s Best Shopping Malls

{Seoul, Part 2: Everland, Myeongdong Food & K-Beauty Review}

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Day 2

The day prior to our Everland visit, we reserved 3 tickets with Daesung tours (click for more details) over the phone, which included the entry to Everland plus a free 2-way shuttle bus from Myeongdong that very morning. We woke up bright and early, because the shuttle bus was due to pick us up from Myeongdong at 9.30AM. We paid for our tickets in cash before boarding the bus, then off we were to Yongin Everland!!

Picture spam ahead, you’ve been warned.

Read On: Everland + Food + K-beauty Review

{Seoul, Part 1: Our Itinerary + Myeongdong shopping}

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I’ve always wanted to document my many travel adventures but never did get around to doing it, so I’ve finally decided to make the effort to write about my itinerary in Seoul, how to get around on the subway and share some of the pictures I took there (wow, so much effort!!). Hopefully the information I’m sharing here will help at least 1 other soul on the internet to plan their dream vacation to Korea! 🙂

I’m a massive K-pop/K-drama fan and I’ve also taught myself Korean, so the destination I chose for my last vacation before starting med school was naturally Korea, the country that I had grown to love through a screen. This was my second time in Korea, the first being a ski trip when I was younger, but this time, I wanted to experience Seoul in the summer and be able to buy clothes I could wear in the forever-tropical Singapore.

Warning: I’m a major shopaholic, so most of the itinerary involves shopping, as opposed to visiting historical sites or scenic places. And I wasn’t kidding when I said I’m a massive K-pop fan; I visited JYP, YG and SM-COEX during my trip, stayed at Kyuhyun’s (SuJu, though I’m not an ELF) family guesthouse, as well as watched Sunggyu’s (INFINITE) musical. We also visited the broadcasting stations (SBS, KBS, MBC) and some malls that y’all might recognise from Running Man.

Our Itinerary

Day  0 // Tues Night flight to Incheon Airport via Korean Air (SIN to ICN)
Day 1 // Wed Express Bus Terminal shopping

Myeongdong shopping

Day 2 // Thurs Everland

Myeongdong food + K-beauty store review

Day 3 // Fri Dongdaemun shopping

DOTS exhibition @Doota

Itaewon shopping

Day 4 // Sat Digital Media City (MBC, SBS Broadcasting Stations)

Hongdae Shopping (Hongik University)

Edae Shopping (Ewha University)

Day 5 // Sun Gyeongbokgung Palace sightseeing

Insadong shopping

‘All Shook Up’ (Musical)

Day 6 // Mon JYP Ent

K-Star Road @Apgujeong

COEX Mall shopping

SM TOWN @coexartium

Day 7 // Tues

 

YG Ent

Hapjeong shopping

Day 8 // Wed Namsan Tower

Namdaemun shopping

Cat Café @Myeongdong

Day 9 // Thu Dongdaemun shopping

IFC Mall

Times Square

Day 10 // Fri How to do tax refunds at the airport

Flight back home (ICN to SIN)

This itinerary isn’t for the faint of heart; my family clocked over 12km of walking per day just covering these few places, but our shopping haul was totally worth the subsequent foot pain. And the itinerary was planned by location, so that we would minimise travelling time and maximise our exploration of a certain area each day (and by exploration, I really just mean eating and shopping).

Read On: Our Itinerary and Day 1