In Korea 2019 ZoelieWho

Korea 2019| Gwangjang Market


Gwangjang Market is one place that everyone would recommend you to go but here's my advice: Go there but not with a lot of expectations because:

1. Majority of them sell the same food but a different way of cooking style
2. You are not going to try everything because they give you big portions
3. It's not a lot to look at, especially if you're in a rush

I did enjoy it a little bit but I wish I wasn't in a rush because I actually wanted to venture deeper but we were on a time constraint. We started from one side of the street with more fruit juice stalls so I'm going to start with that and slowly going to other food areas.



Start: Fruit Juice Stalls



There are so many fruit juice stores here and their prices are practically the same. You might see a few items with different pricing but it's really just a thing or two that has a difference. I've got you some price list too! Just enlarge them to have a look so you can have an idea of how much money to prepare before coming here.


I randomly picked a store and had gotten a strawberry juice (if I'm not mistaken because I really don't remember it). It was fairly okay with a tad bit of water and sugar added into it. Of course, I would totally prefer just pure juice but profit wise, it can be tough.


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Korea 2019| Paris Baguette


Paris Baguette

[They don't have a proper website but...]
[They are literally everywhere in Seoul]



Paris Baguette is probably the Secret Recipe in Malaysia but better in many ways. They keep their French Aesthetics along with pretty looking bakery goods. Their cakes seem to be decently priced although you can get better-looking cakes somewhere else, this is also a good bet.


They even sell a variety of beverages and ice cream as well as frozen pizza and/or pasta! You really can't find this sort of bakery store everywhere here in Malaysia. They also sell bakeries in boxes which are great for gifting. 


There are also plenty full of bread along with bottled jam.
I think they sell yoghurt too!

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Korea 2019| Gong Cha 공차


공차
Gongcha




Now, I genuinely don't remember which particular branch I visited first but I do remember the second time (below). We walked into a Cafe branch (they have different types, some are just takeaway branches). Also, they allow you to drink indoors with their cups and I think it's a law in Korea that you are strictly not allowed to consume beverages in plastic cups indoor. So, after you drank, you must return back the cup to a proper place.


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Korea 2019| Shake Shack 쉐이크쉑


 쉐이크쉑
Shake Shack

Doota Mall 1F #001, Jangchungdanro 275, Jung-Gu, Seoul
Mon–Sun, 10:30am – 11:00pm | +82 02-3398-4003




Shake Shack has a total of 8 locations in South Korea as of today. For a full and official list, you can refer to this page from their official website.

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Korea 2019| KAKAO Friends Gangnam Flagship Shop 카카오프렌즈 강남플래그십스토어


카카오프렌즈 강남플래그십스토어
KAKAO Friends Gangnam Flagship Store

1-3rd Fl., Yuchang Bldg., 1305-7, Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul
Daily 10.30am - 10pm | +82 2-6494-1100 | Website



KAKAO Friends is similar to LINE Friends but the KAKAO app is mainly used by Koreans whereas foreigners prefer the LINE app over KAKAO. Even the characters have some similarities here and there. You have the shy but heartwarming main male character (aka the boyfriends), then you have a wild and energetic main female character (aka the girlfriends). Both sides also have a timid duck, a stylish and/or narcissistic character (James/Choco from LINE, Frodo/Neo from KAKAO). They also have a tiny character (Edward from LINE, Con from KAKAO), a random round-object character (Moon from LINE and Muzi from KAKAO), and a random ajjushi character (Boss from LINE and Jay-G from KAKAO). 


In my previous post, I mentioned that I enjoyed the lighting of the LINE Cafe in Itaewon but not so much of their products. In KAKAO, it's the opposite. I really love everything here but I hate the fact that I looked weird in the photos that I took here due to the lighting.


One huge thing that I really, really regret is to not visiting the third floor...! My dumbass thought it would be like LINE friends where I didn't have any interest in. But now that I looked at the photos from Google Map, I really regret not going. I forgot what I was thinking...!!! Anyway...



Level 1


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Korea 2019| LINE Friends Cafe & Store 라인프렌즈 카페


서울 플래그십 스토어 이태원점
LINE Friends Cafe & Store

200 Itaewon, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
02-790-0901 | 11:00 ~ 23:00 | Website



Before going to LINE friends, I wasn't expecting a lot of things because I never really have a lot of interactions with the app and their social media platforms. I genuinely was just going there as a tourist just to see what's around so this is going to be a little brief.


My first impression of this place was: god damn too many people are too obsessed with these things. The crowd was no kidding, I would say that it's a little larger than KAKAO friends. However, once I've finished touring this place, I came to like their lighting and colour combinations. You'll see why in the rest of the photos below.



First Floor


Let's start with big and shy shy Brown the brown Bear.


Brown is the first thing you'll see when you enter the shop. Click into the photos and see how amazing taking picture with this particular Brown can be! It's so cute with the little blushes and its legs are just nice for me to sit between. He'd make a great combination of decoration and a seating chair.




Anyway, once you walked passed Brown, you will immediately feel overwhelmed by a lot of different products and designs in the shop.

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