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Asia Shopping Haul: South Korea and Taiwan

Asia Shopping Haul: South Korea and Taiwan

We talked about eating in Asia. Now let’s talk about Asia shopping! I only love to shop when I’m away from home ironically. Asia is a shopper’s paradise. There are traditional markets and highrise department stores. But my favorite place has to be the subway stations! South Korea Skincare is a staple in South Korea. You may have heard of the Korean 10 Step Skincare Routine. I recommend the Myeongdong area of Seoul for all your skincare needs. It’s Skin…

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Strolling Through Dongdaemun in Seoul

Strolling Through Dongdaemun in Seoul

Dongdaemun. Have you heard of it? Dongdaemun Gate, also known as Heunginjimun Gate, holds lots of history in South Korea. It translates literally to the “Great Eastern Gate” of the city. The area of Dongdaemun surrounds the gate and was a great place to explore. Follow me there. The gate itself was such a contrast to the modern buildings around it. Time stood still. I was transported back to the Joseon Era of Korea. The gate was originally an entrance…

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Oido Lighthouse and Fish Market in South Korea

Oido Lighthouse and Fish Market in South Korea

Oido in Siheung was such a calming area. It was near the seaside and included a lighthouse and many seafood restaurants. There was even a fish market. I’d always heard about fish markets in Asia and was just curious to see what one looked like in real life. The Oido Seaside Below is a map of the surrounding area. It included the Oido Prehistoric Remains Park and the sea. The plaque below explained the purpose of the lighthouse. They built…

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The Ultimate South Korean Food Diary

The Ultimate South Korean Food Diary

“Why do you like to visit South Korea so much?” I’ve been asked this question so many times. Among visiting friends, shopping and sightseeing, Korean food is awesome! School Food was a cute restaurant in Myeongdong that sold lots of “school-inspired” dishes that were simple and easy to eat. I ended up eating Udon noodles, which are actually Japanese. The Korean food below is from a restaurant in Incheon. I have developed a love for squid and the squid I…

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Stylenanda Pink Hotel Myeongdong Tour

Stylenanda Pink Hotel Myeongdong Tour

Was I walking into a hotel or a store? It was almost hard to tell as I walked into the “Lobby.” I had walked into the 3CE Stylenanda Pink Hotel store in Myeongdong Seoul, South Korea. I had seen lots of videos online and wanted to checkout it out for myself. It was such a creative concept for a store. 1F: The Lobby A large information booth greated me upon arrival. It gave me that vintage Los Angeles hotel vibe….

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Airbnb: My First Experience in South Korea

Airbnb: My First Experience in South Korea

Airbnb. I’d heard so many things about them. Honestly, I was scared. I was worried that something bad would happen. And that there would be no hotel desk to run too. For years I stayed away from Airbnb. I’ve even stayed in hostels, but was afraid of Airbnb. Then my last trip to South Korea came along. Seoul Location My first stop was in Seoul. I stayed in the Wolgok/Korea University area. There were a lot of apartments on Airbnb.com…

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Cute Cafe: Billy Angel Cake Co. in Itaewon

Cute Cafe: Billy Angel Cake Co. in Itaewon

Visit a cute cafe in Seoul: check! There are lots of cute instagrammable cafes/bakeries in Seoul. Itaewon was somewhere I’d never been before. Let’s check out a cute cafe in Itaewon together. The Billy Angel Cake Co. in Itaewon will make all your sweet dreams come true. They pride themselves on using natural ingredients and have received the HACCP award for food safety from the Korea Food and Drug Administration. What other cute cafe in Seoul can say that? There…

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Non-tourist Things to Do in Seoul

Non-tourist Things to Do in Seoul

Are you a non-tourist traveler? Maybe you’ve visited Seoul, South Korea before. Maybe you haven’t. But you want to go to the places tourists don’t go. You want to experience Seoul, South Korea like a local. Then head with me over to Wolgok and the Korea University area. Let’s live like locals. I chose this area because I wanted to visit a place in Seoul I had never seen. How do regular people spend their day? What would a non-tourist…

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Hanbok Rental Experience in Seoul

Hanbok Rental Experience in Seoul

Renting a hanbok is a must when visiting South Korea. Visiting one of the palaces or the Bukchon Hanok Village? Then, definitely rent a hanbok. Come with me and I’ll show you how. Hanbok Rental Shop How-to I knew I wanted to choose a rental shop near both the Gyeongbokgung Palace and the Bukchon hanok Village. There were a lot of options online. There are an insane amount of Hanbok shops to choose from. Do not choose a shop based…

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Bukchon Hanok Village Architecture Tour

Bukchon Hanok Village Architecture Tour

Walking down the winding streets of South Korea never gets old. It took me a while but I finally visited the Bukchon Hanok Village. The hanoks (traditional Korean homes) were just as beautiful in real life as the pictures. I’ve stayed overnight in a Hanok before. I talk about it in this post. But this time I went to the famed Bukchon Hanok Village. It’s where all the noble families lived during the the Joseon Dynasty era of Korea. Now…

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