This post took me a crazilyyyy long time but I blame it ALL on Perth and studying. Hehe.
I remember being very excited whenever we visited Hongdae on my last trip to Seoul – there’s just so much to do/see/eat there and the place is big enough to keep us entertained for a good number of days. Because I stayed there this time, I had the opportunity to explore even more of the place.
There are a number of outlets for Abiko (あびこ) outlets in Seoul, but since there was one in Hongdae and that was where we were staying, we decided to head there on a Saturday before checking out the weekly Hongdae Flea Market.
Um, doing what girls do best. Photos!
Weirdly, I kind of miss wearing layers and layers and battling the wind! Plus, it was always kinda refreshing. Still fairly cold here in Perth though.
Although we didn’t all plan to go to Korea together initially (Jac roped Stef and I in after hearing that we were keen on going again), I’m really glad we did because it was such a great experience going with a bunch of girls who share the same interests, and I felt we really bonded during the trip. :’)
Slippery, ice-covered ground every single day.
Just one of the many Korean coffee joints in addition to the popular global ones like Starbucks.
Jac trying to get a whiff of the food.
Outside Abiko! But this happened to be too full so we walked to another outlet a couple of streets away, which explains the slightly different orientation outside the Abiko shops. Why couldn’t they have combined it all into one big outlet, I wonder?
At outlet no.2!
The place is sooooo beautiful! Keeping in theme with being Japanese, the entire restaurant has faux cherry blossom trees. Hehe.
Cider!! I love it. This reminds me of what my Korean teacher said about cider in Perth being known as alcohol while it’s Korea’s version of Sprite.
Cheryl being kawaii!
I never knew how awesomely warm Uniqlo windbreakers are until CA’s mum loaned me hers. This was so good! And I really like my floral beanie from Bangkok. ^^ Anyway, aren’t my friends super pretty in the pictures above!!!
This was a set lunch – and it was HUUUGE. My entire curry pork katsu + cider set cost me about ₩13,000?? Really cheap. Plus the curry had meat in it too. Craziness.
Off to the flea!
Passing by Hongik University.
Because it was in the middle of winter, stalls at the playground weren’t open because the floor was too icy! 😦 It was definitely a lot more bustling the last time we visited. Didn’t manage to buy anything this time but Jac bought the cracker thingys above. The owner of the stall was this nice elderly man who kept offering samples for us to eat! Haha.
After leaving the flea, we walked a bit further up to the lomography store in Hongdae. I heard that it has since closed down – which is really sad!! Considering we just went two months ago.
We were greeted by two fat cats outside the store who refused to get up from the piece of Styrofoam mat they were sharing no matter how much we coaxed them to. Wonder if they feel the cold under all the fur?
Pictures of the pretty store for keepsake!
Really love the orientation of the store and how everything is displayed – from their cameras to film and all.
Brenda would have seriously loved it here! We got her a Diana+ keychain as a souvenir.
Blogging about my travels seriously never fail to make me crazily nostalgic, but I also count them as what actually keeps them alive so…more to come! It’s also the start of my one week study break and I’m hoping to squeeze in as much knowledge as I can before a couple of tests when school reopens..fingers crossed!
Abiko Curry (Hongdae)
356-1 Seogyo-dong Mapo-gu Seoul South Korea
Hongdae Flea Market
Directions from here