Korea 2014: Wandering Around Dongdaemun

What to do…
What to do.

Seeing as I came in a little late, the day I landed in Korea, I ended up wandering about. I wasn’t super jet-lagged because I tried to stay up during the flight. But I was EAGER to get my eat on!
Korea 2014: Wandering Around Dongdaemun

Since I was staying near Dongdaemun History & Culture Park, Exit 4, it meant there was a bunch to do.

One of them was to walk around the Dongdaemun Design Plaza/동대문디자인플라자.
Korea 2014: Wandering Around Dongdaemun
Korea 2014: Wandering Around Dongdaemun
Korea 2014: Wandering Around Dongdaemun
I’m amused at myself. I bought buns and ate them inside. There was a guy who asked me to take his picture. He has gone to the US to study, and had recently come back for a mini vacation. He wanted me to take action shots of him, so I took a bunch of pictures. But I forgot to take my pictures of the inner area! Well, there are signs, and little areas that have statues, trains??? Basically a mini little play park for kids. Lots of seating area.

Korea 2014: Wandering Around Dongdaemun
Then there is Hello APM
Miligiore/밀리오레 동대문점
Good Morning City/굿모닝시티

Tall buildings, with lots of little shops inside. I actually went in because I needed to buy nail clippers, since I broke a nail on the way to DDM Inn. But customer service was a little crappy, and I didn’t want to spend money on clippers, lol.

Korea 2014: Wandering Around Dongdaemun
Korea 2014: Wandering Around Dongdaemun
Korea 2014: Wandering Around Dongdaemun

Korea 2014: Wandering Around Dongdaemun
Twisty Ice Cream Cones. Interesting to watch, as the maker has to manipulate it in order to fill it completely. It wasn’t awesome to eat, but fun odd thing to do.

Dukbokki/Teokbokki
Korea 2014: Wandering Around Dongdaemun
It was a little sweet, which isn’t something I like, but it was still quite yummy

One of the nights, I wandered along the Cheonggyecheon stream (Visit Korea/Wiki)
Korea 2014: Wandering Around Dongdaemun
Korea 2014: Wandering Around Dongdaemun
Some areas were REALLY sketchy. So do be very careful of your surroundings. There is usually a lot of couples that are paired off, sitting off the ledge. Some have their feet in the water. Others are hiding and smoking. Stairs to get to the main street level is very spread out. You also have to keep an eye out, as they are a tad hidden at times. BUT, very VERY relaxing.

I walked along it during the day, while coming back from something else another day…
Korea 2014: Wandering Around Dongdaemun
Korea 2014: Wandering Around Dongdaemun
There was live music, and everyone was standing on the bridge, listening to the soothing sounds.

Korea 2014: Wandering Around Dongdaemun
Korea 2014: Wandering Around Dongdaemun
Korea 2014: Wandering Around Dongdaemun
Korea 2014: Wandering Around Dongdaemun
The fun thing about this area, was that it is basically the wholesale district. This means that there is a TON of people who have their own businesses, buying things from midnight to 6am.

This was interesting to me, as this wasn’t something I had experienced before. I mean, there were TONS of people walking the streets, haggling with street vendors, or buying merchandise for their shops. I think I spent about 1.5hours just wandering one of the building floors. I mean, a lot of the stuff is repeated, but it was just interesting to see the transactions happening between the seller and buyer. My friend was saying how her aunt would take a huge bag, and look like she was buying for her store, just so she could get the best discounts. Mainly cause a lot of these places only sell to buyers who have stores to sell in. If you buy multiples, of colours or whatever, you can get better deals. So that was fun. Some of the people had such heavy bags, they just dragged it along the floor. I tripped a few times…If you want to see a great map, check out this blog
. I went to the area that was just north of the Design Plaza. Basically the NamPyeunghwa area.

The streets were also filled with these big bags, which were either deliveries for the stores inside, or to be shipped out to other parts of Korea.

Oh, another thing was that it was 1am, on a Thursday night, and there were kids out! Not teens…kids. Kids who were like 10 years old. It was so odd.

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