(Note from Author: I will update this post by posting a clear photo of the Myeongdong Map I got from the hotel when I have the time, kindly wait)
There's so many reasons why I learn to say "Myeongdong" first before "Hello" in Korean! Wherever you may be in Seoul, Myengdong would definitely come up on top of your head or your travel mate's head! It's the best place to shop especially if you're ...
1. A girl
2. A girl who loves makeup
3. A girl who loves to eat
4. A boy who loves to eat
5. A boy who has a girl who is nos. 1, 2 and 3!
**Photo is Lotte Young Mall right across Hotel Ibis Ambassador Myeongdong
I did not plan to purchase much Korean cosmetics because I'm not the type who hoard and not being able to use it! Most of my cosmetics go straight to my train case so I am very picky when it comes to buying one! That, enough said does not mean I won't be buying anything at all! When you walk along the streets of Myeongdong, here are several Korean cosmetic brands you may or may be not familiar with! Whatever the case, you will be enticed to check them out because of the gorgeous displays and ladies trying to give you something just to "window shop"!
Let's start with brand that are huge back home...
The Face Shop
Sandara Park as their current model!
A lot of brands known to beauty enthusiasts because of blogs but it's nice to see and touch their products in person!
This one is located inside the department store
and usually have their own counters.
As you can see, I am obviously happy with the nail polishes!
Though we're always complaining that we rarely use masks because we don't find them working, one thing I've observed about Korea, they have masks sold everywhere, usually by the bulk! Judging by their gorgeous skin and the supply of masks, maybe, this is one of their many beauty secret? :)
Most hotels provide Myeongdong Map, imagine a map of Disneyland, you have landmarks and shop names written all over the map so you won't get lost! I find the map quite useful as there are so many turns and alleys and you can easily ask for directions on your whereabout with a map on hand!
Another ninja shot of cute socks! They even have the faces of Korean actors and actresses on it! Who likes stepping on your favorite Korean stars? (Not me for sure!)
Gorgeous displays of Korean Silver accessories! I am literally drooling but some are quite huge for my tiny ears!
When we talk about random stuff, how can I give food a miss? I'm with Mr. AMW remember? Believe it or not, I never lasted more than 5 minutes in one store because there's just so much to see! One tip is to write down what you need so you don't get diverted into looking through other stuff you don't need. I find the sales ladies quite helpful and some of them can speak Chinese! So that's a huge plus for me. If you don't, it''s okay, most of them can speak a bit of English and Japanese as well!
Let's get back to food, so many street food available for you to munch on while you checkout shops after shops!
These are the different sausages on a stick and you can put on mustard and ketchup to taste! I put both!
Had Bibimbahp inside a restaurant! Tastes really good! I found that some Korean restaurants in the Philippines do serve similar tasting Bibimbahp!
More Street Food!
The price of most streetfood ranges 2,000-3,000 Won per order or per piece! That costs approximately Php80.00-120.00! Don't be wary in trying out what your senses tells you to! Most of the street food I had tastes really good! Will do a special post about them soon!
Before I end this post, here's to share some cute mascots I've met at Myeongdong...
And let's not forget Mr. AMW with his favorite "food" shot! It's a moving noodle bowl!!! Aaawww, doesn't he look super happy?
A lot of my readers asked about my haul! Sorry, I won't be able to show them as some of them are gifts and some were purchased for friends! I will definitely show you what I got for myself when I get back home!
A lot of you also asked about the price of Korean Cosmetics. They are definitely cheaper than back home! Some are approximately 10-20% cheaper while other stories can go upto 50% cheaper than in Manila!
It's nice to know the price back home before you travel so you can compare!
I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing! Next stop...N Seoul Tower!