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Christmastime in Seoul

Christmas shopping in Seoul, in my opinion, is a bit of a challenge. Yes, there are a lot of cute things! (I heart Artbox.) Scarves, stationery, printed socks, handbags, etc. But if you’re looking for nice clothes, shoes, or designer accessories like sunglasses or watches, I feel like you’re going to get ripped off. This is based on my very limited time here, but still. From what I’ve seen, things are overpriced. Way overpriced! It’s better to shop online, on Amazon or something, you’ll likely find the item for much less. The challenge for us, of course, is getting it shipped here in time.

The crowds have been insane. There are always crowds, and old ladies shoving you out of the way, but we only have a few days left until Christmas, and people are even more desperate to sift through the “sale” piles and racks and find what they want.

Regardless, I’m enjoying the season here. We’ve had days of snow and plain ol’ bitter cold. FREE-ZING. We’ve both finally bought proper, long winter coats, which has helped battle the single-digit temperatures and wind. I especially love the Christmas decorations in what seems like every plaza and shopping mall. Christmas trees everywhere, lights everywhere. Here are a few:

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Shopping and Worshipping, Gangnam Style

The other day, we headed south across the Hangang River into — gasp — Gangnam.

Gangnam Style!
Gangnam Style!

We visited the Coex Mall in Samseong-dong, apparently the largest underground shopping mall in Asia. Woah. It’s located at the World Trade Center Seoul complex and just days ago had a big re-opening after some remodeling, so many of the stores are new and offering all kinds of promotions and free goodies (mainly free balloons for the kiddos). In addition to tons of stores, many of them high-end, restaurants and a fancy food court, at Coex you’ll find the Coex Megabox Cineplex (16 screens) and the Coex Aquarium. You can also visit the Hyundai Department Store which is adjacent, and the Buddhist temple of Bongeunsa, just across the Word Trade Center complex.

It’s a beautiful mall. Unfortunately, some work came up while we were there, so we only got to walk around part of the mall, but we did make it to the movie theater to see “Exodus” (snoozer), checked out the Hyundai Department Store and enjoyed some familiar, live, Christmas tunes: Continue reading Shopping and Worshipping, Gangnam Style