Sunday, April 24, 2011

Shopping in Seoul


Ewha may take a little getting used to. You'll need to familiarize yourself as there are many backstreets and narrow alleyways lined with outdoor stalls and racks of clothing. But it’s worth the effort. With all the students, prices are kept relatively low as shopkeepers realize many are on shoestring budgets. Aesthetically, the area got a face lift in 2005. Streets were newly paved and trees were planted to give it a more European feel. Favored items include shoes, vintage wear and, above all, accessories.

Getting there: Subway Line 2 straight to Ewha Station. Walk out exit 1.

Hongdae Street

The highest concentration of clothing stalls and vintage shops can be found along the main passageway, Eo Ulmadang-gil, minutes away from the subway station. There’s also a weekly market called Art Free Market  that runs from March through November between 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Many surrounding shops cater strongly to females, but men can find a good assortment of vintage designs here too, including t-shirts, man bags and a variety of hats.

Musicians perform for shoppers and passersby. When the evening kicks in, the nightlife steps up. Give CafĂ© aA a try before heading over to Club Mansion.

Getting there: Subway Line 2 to Hongik Station. Take exit 5.

(By Gregory Curley,

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