Namdaemun Experience - Korea Day # 3

Monday, June 13, 2011

The blogosphere has been raving about how cheap the clothes are in Namdaemun Market area. So I made it a point to go there on my 2nd day. My itinerary changed again - I had to move Lotte World to Day 3 but that's okay. I knew I had a lot of time on my hands in Korea. I am in KOREA!!! Woohoo!

I got really, REALLY disappointed when I went to Myeongdong where all sizes are only until Large (which in the Philippines is really a Medium). If you really want a certain piece, you have to have it custom made and it will take 7 days for them to do it. No thank you. Fortunately, Namdaemun is very different. There's more variety - from expensive to bargain prices, fashionable to so-so, food, clothes to whatever stuff you can think of.



I went to this mall which kind of reminds me of 168 in Divisoria. It's a collection of different stalls which sell all sorts of things. Each floor caters to a certain market - women's clothes, men's clothes, accessories, food, etc. The third floor is full of men clothes and guess what, they have my size! There's a wide variety of choices. I decided to fit in and buy myself a cheap jacket (because almost everyone on the street is wearing one). I found this stall with a nice man who gave me some Korean fashion tips. With everything that they put on them, I thought there's a whole styling-thought process but all he said was - Relaxed just relaxed. Haha! So I guess that's their secret. Open your closet, put something together and just be freaking confident about what your wearing. It's their attitude that makes them unique and sassy and chic.

I finally decided to have some Korean street food because they say your Korean trip will not be complete without trying them. I ate these veggie-meat like food that was okay at first but later gave me a stomachache. There was a hideous (can't think of a stronger term) aftertaste too. 

Oh Korea, what else do you have for me?

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