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:
Lotte Department Store in Myeong-dong.
Lotte Department Store.
Just a Christmas display I liked inside the store.
Christmas tree in Myeong-dong.
Christmas tree in Seoul Plaza, by City Hall, on a rainy night.
Gingerbread house at a party we went to. Hehe.
We dress up alright.
Decorations inside the hotel where the Christmas party took place.
Shinsegae Department Store. Sorry the lights weren’t lit 😦
More unlit lights in a Myeong-dong plaza.
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