Korea Travel Series Part 8: Day 5 – Fabric Shopping @ Dongdaemun, Jinokhwa Halmae Wonjo Dakhanmari, Ihwa Mural Village, Hakrim Cafe (You Who Came from the Stars), Original Chicago Pizza & Pub

Continuation of Mummy Audrey’s trip to Seoul, Korea with 3 kids and Ahjussi from 1st to 15th Sep 2016.

Links to the entire series HERE.

Day 5 – 5th September 2016 
Fabric shopping day! My fave!

We’ve been to Dongdaemun many times and the products there don’t catch my eyes at all. Either too pricey or they are cheap Taobao stuff sold at crazy tourist prices. It is a really large area with dedicated sections/buildings for different items.

We’ve previously been to the Toy Street (I’ll blog about that after this series) and the boys loved the toys we got from there. Pricing is not very cheap, but you can find a large variety of toys there. If you are looking for the local cartoon characters like Pororo, Dibo, and Lava, there are loads of products here. Nearest train station is Dongmyo Station.

As we knew exactly what we wanted from Dongdaemun this trip, we were very focused and only went straight for the fabrics.

By the time we all woke up, it was time for early lunch. So we just had yogurt for breakfast and headed out.

First stop: Jinokhwa Halmae Wonjo Dakhanmari


Dongdaemun Station Exit 9. Walk straight then turn left at IBK Bank. There are a lot of small food street stalls along this street. Turn right and you will see this street ith a lot of eateries. Walk straight until you see this signage. Be careful. There are many ‘imitations’ that designed their signage to look 95% similar! We almost walked into the wrong one.


The map is clearer. 🙂



Make sure it is the right Ah Ma hor!

Jinokhwa Halmae Wonjo Dakhanmari

(Jin Ok-hwa Original Chicken Restaurant/ 陳玉華奶奶一只雞)
18, Jong-ro 40ga-gil , Jongno-gu

They only serve 1 dish here: Chicken soup!


You can order add-ons to your chicken soup. We added noodles and it was superb!


So, meet Chicken. Apparently, it is a young tender chicken. Usually, they will recommend 1 chicken for every 2 diners. For us, we were worried if we took 2 chickens, we can’t finish because the boys don’t eat much. So we took 1 only and highly regretted our choice. LOL!

Kimchi & water is self-service. The staff here can speak Chinese without any problems.


Tender chicken, very yummy soup. All gone. This is a dish I want to try to recreate at home. The boys simply loved it too much.


On our way in, when I almost walked into the wrong restaurant, this nice Ahjumma yelled out to us and pointed the right one to us! Super nice Ahjumma! Her stall is just outside the restaurant above so if you are in the mood for grilled fish, find her!


On our way out, Big Boy spotted these and wanted to try them. Ooooh! They were good! There was small doughnut balls which Baby Oppa enjoyed a lot too.


Next: Fabric Shopping!
The whole entire building with 4 blocks is dedicated to fabrics, notions and crafts! My type of heaven!


How to get there? This was the building immediately on the left once you take exit #9 of Dongdaemun Station. The same building as the IBK Bank shown above on the way to the chicken place.


How to shop here? There are 2 types of stalls. Most of them have fabric swatches only. You will need to place your order and come back another day. Most of them require minimum 2 yards per design. Pricing is very reasonable and quality is great. Variety is mindboggling! Some stalls do have ready stock available like this one pictured here. Again, minimum 2 yards per design, but the prices are so cheap you’ll probably end up like me. We bought more than 20kg of fabrics. LOL! Ahjussi helped to drag them back (we took a taxi, 5,000 won). Then for the rest which I ordered, he came back the next day to collect them for me. Do take note that the place is only open Mon to Fri around 10am to 5pm. No luck on weekends at all, I tried it on the previous trip and almost didn’t manage to collect my fabrics. Show them on your phone calendar the date and time you intend to pick up. If they say OK, then good. If no, they will strongly protest and shake their hands (and wave their hands). Body language works here, don’t worry!



This trip’s fabrics… Super cuddly double-sided minky! Double & triple gauze & cottons!




So we took a taxi back to Myeongdong to dump the fabrics before we continue heading out. This is the cafe at Myeongdong Station Exit #1. I stayed here with the boys and Meimei while Ahjussi did the drop-off. Was thirsty so I went in to get a drink and surprisingly, their Kiwi Ade (5,000 won) was super delicious! Sweet yet tangy mashed kiwi mixed with soda. OMG! Super nice and I recreated it once I got back to Singapore. Loving it still!


Afternoon stroll: Ihwa Mural Village (이화 벽화마을)
Ihwa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울 종로구 이화동


The first time I came here in Oct 2014, we took a cab over so I wasn’t very sure how to get here by public transport. This round, we used Google Map to navigate our way as I saw that it was near Hyehwa Station (just 4 stops away from Myeongdong). I will still suggest for you to take a cab over as it is really quite a crazy walk from the station.


The walk towards Ihwa Mural Village was quite fun. We found weird stuff like this. LOL!

Finally, we got to the start of the village and this is what we had to do first.


Climb like SIAO! No strollers here, please! That Meimei had it the easy way out while I carried her all the way!


Spread your wings & fly away!


I had to squat to get the angle right because he is too short for the wings! LOL!

Many many nice photos we took!


And we got the cutest photo here! Taken with their fave cartoon, Lava!


Beautiful view after all that crazy climbing!


Sun was setting!




And this Baby Oppa played with the selfie stick with my phone on it. Look at his cheeky face!


After all that walking for hours, we desperately needed to rest our legs!

Pit Stop: Hakrim Cafe (Filming location of My Love from the Stars/You who Came from the Stars)
119 Daehak-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

This isn’t our first time at this cafe but we still love it.



Hyehwa Station Exit 3, u-turn and go up these small stairs. The cafe is on the 2nd level.


Super got feel!

We were lucky the exact same spot that Do Manager sat in was not taken and here we are! Scenes from the drama just flood my mind every time we come here. Where’s my Do Manager? *dreams*



The cheesecake here with jam is highly recommended!



Dinner destination



While walking around the neighbourhood after our cafe rest time, we found a street with loads of food options. The word PIZZA caught Big Boy’s eyes and we couldn’t escape.



Sorry, we don’t have an exact address for this because SOMEONE threw the receipt away. Oh wow. What’s new? Anyway, this was another awesome pizza that got Big Boy’s attention totally. Layers and layers of cheese! Look at how happy he is trying to bite the strings of cheese off the pizza! There are real deep fried chicken fillets on top of the pizza. I also ordered pasta for Baby Oppa, weird combo of tomato & cream seafood pasta, but I was sold when I tried it. I ended up only having a slice of the pizza and I finished the pasta with Baby Oppa. Their grapefruit-ade was nice too! A Large chunk of grapefruit floating in there! Price wise I recall it was a little on the higher end side. But worth it to see Big Boy enjoying his meal!

We walked around for some shopping and found some soft toys for the kids. Meimei loves Iron Man and we got her a mini one which she hugs to sleep every night now. She calls it ‘friend friend’.

We took the train back to Myeongdong, showered and crashed. All that walking was really crazy!


Next up: Day 5 – Hongdae, Thanks Nature Cafe (Sheep Cafe), Raccoon Cafe, Eel Restaurant (풍천장어구이), Paris Baguette, Myeongdong Street Food & Shopping

Keep a lookout!


Mummy Audrey
Mummy to Big Boy, Baby Oppa & Meimei

Note: Mummy Audrey runs her own online store, www.TLO.com.sg, while looking after her 3 kids ages 9yo, 5yo, and 1yo. Her business focuses on Korean baby products, thus she travels to Korea frequently to source for new and unique products to bring into Singapore. 

Mummy Audrey and her children are available for product/service reviews as long as the products/services are not conflicting with her own products. Do contact her directly at audrey@TLO.com.sg if you are interested for her to review your product. 

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