After we got packed and ready, we were off to Seoul Station to get to Myeongdong. Our dorm host was nice enough to allow us to leave our bags before check-in time so we didn’t have to lug them around. We first went to Namsan Tower’s cable car station to purchase tickets for that night. The line was long and the weather was HOT!
Then, we hit the streets of Myeongdong for shopping!
I started off at Etude House, where I bought over 60,000W of makeup (roughly 60USD)…We continued walking aimlessly and popping in and out of shops. I tried on some tennis skirts and tops and ended up buying a few clothing items.
For lunch, we ditched the sprinkling rain to eat at a Japanese restaurant called Don Don; we ordered croquettes, takoyaki, and noodles. This was my first time trying takoyaki and it was so bomb! The flaked fish kind of threw me off at first, but the dish as a whole was delicious.
As if that wasn’t enough food to fill us, we also shared taiyaki ice cream from a street vendor and a massive nutella shake from O’Shake. And yes, they were just as delicious as they look!
We continued shopping until it was time to clean up at the dorm and go on a date at Namsan Tower. We took the elevator up to the cable car station, where we got in line to board the car. The line was incredibly long! Also, the cable cars were not like Ferris-wheel sized carts that fit 6 people max…they were massive and fit maybe 35 people uncomfortably. Anyways, that’s how we reached the top of the tower!
When we arrived to the top, the sun was just about to set. We utilized this time to take pictures of the scenery. We bought a pink and white lock to write our initials and life-long promises on; it will forever stay locked at the top of the tower along with the thousands of other locks.
We threw away the key to our lock and prepared to descend down the mountain. Yes, MOUNTAIN. To my dismay, Namsan Tower is atop Namsan MOUNTAIN — meaning SNEAKERS ARE NECESSARY unless you take the cable car and bus round trip. Me and my new flats and dress were not ready to make the hike down the mountain. Luckily, we caught a bus and got back to our dorm to change.
We trekked the streets once again and grabbed dinner at street vendors. After getting full on hot dogs, ddeokbokki, and yakisoba. In our foodie travels, we stopped by the Line Friends Flagship store!
Coming next week: Hongdae for Gentle Monster, street shops, and the Trick Eye Museum!