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!
(NO STROLLER DAY)
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!
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.
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.
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!
Many many nice photos we took!
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.
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*
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.
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!
Keep a lookout!
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.