Shopping and Eating Around DongDaeMun in Korea

by xin on April 13, 2010

Hello goood Tuesday! (yawn)

I am still missing shopping in Korea 🙁 have not shopped enough…!

After the photoshoot in the day,  we did not check in to hotel immediately. To save time, we adjourned to shopping in DongDaeMun and dinner.

dong dae mun


I was excited!!! From what I heard, there are about 7-8 huge shopping malls in this area. It is one of the main hearts of Seoul too.

hello a-pm

It was only about 6pm and it was turning dark already.

etude house

Etude House, Skinfood, The Face Shop can almost be seen every 200m in the busy area.

etude house makeup counter

They have a larger selection there..and..a makeup area!!!

Awww it is so pretty!

Price of the Korean brand products is about 30% -40% cheaper than what we can get it Malaysia.

busy night market street

There is a night shopping street near the area too.

street food stall

Stalls like these are very common in Korea, they basically sell the fishcake, spicy rice cake, sausages and fishballs.


Ahhhh!!! Check out the MEAT balls and pork sausage! They were fantastic! Both priced at 3000KW each…both of them cost about RM20!!!

the face shop mask

And..guess what? The competition among the skincare brands is so intensive that all the shops were giving out something as you passed by (of course provided that you visit the store) , I got a free pearl mask! Then I bought


There is also a fun-fair area right in front of the mall.

This round thing will spin and bounce! Most of the people who played were school girls. It was funny to see them screaming and bouncing. 😛

skin 79 counter

The shopping mall right in front of the playground is a weird mall. It has all the dodgy fakes! And I wonder how they sustain their business, if you are ever there, I advise you NOT TO buy anything there at all!

However, this is the only Skin79 counter I saw in my entire trip.

korean bbq

After an hour tour in Dongdaemun, we headed to BBQ korean buffet dinner. Unlimited pork and side dishes 😀

Hello real korean BBQ!

When we reached the hotel, it was already about 10.30pm, we were dead tired..but what greeted us was..


A huge bed!

bathroom blue pearl hotel

Huge bathroom! I love toilet bowls with warmer.



No price for guessing who enjoyed it the most. 😉

Next post I will show some of the beautiful scenery photos in Nami Island.

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Nikki April 13, 2010 at 10:27 am

Me and the Hubby are planning a trip to Seoul this year! So your post is perfect and you made me want to go even more!!! Unlimited PORK and side dishes??? MAN!!! I can just gain 20lbs when I visit there!!! Love your post, thanks sister!


Connie April 13, 2010 at 11:25 am

haha you had a fun time in the jacuzzi? 😉

the sausage and balls look so obscene :p but very yummy!


prettybeautiful April 13, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Nikki: OMG i envy you now!!! make sure u have tonnes of space in your luggage ok! 😀 i still have more posts coming, and i hope they will help u! p/s: im sure i gained some weight there already..

Connie: LOL jacuzzi was fun! all the sausages in korea oh so yummy! (i never thought of the obscene part. LOL)


Joey April 13, 2010 at 4:17 pm

huge sausage!!! the bathroom – A.W.E.S.O.M.E


Merra April 14, 2010 at 12:04 am

Hi Pretty Beautiful!

Thank you for sharing these Korea pics! Oh I’ve always wanted to visit Korea before this, but it seems like things are expensive there eh? (well except for those local cosmetic/skincare shops) So more advisable going there as sightseeing trip?, rather than shopping?


prettybeautiful April 14, 2010 at 10:01 am

Joey: I wish i had a bathroom like that at home!!!

Merra: things are generally more expensive than in malaysia, especially the food. but the skincare/cosmetics are cheaper. i would suggest go for both sight seeing and some shopping if you have extra budget. you can always return there for shopping next time 🙂 i did a lot of sight seeing and just some shopping.


Jyoan April 14, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Huge meatballs and sausage. Looks more yummy than food in Singapore!


gio April 14, 2010 at 7:50 pm

The food looks yummy and the hotel nice. The bathroom’s huge! Thanks for sharing the pix.


beetrice April 15, 2010 at 12:47 pm

walao…haha…guess that more than made up for the drama beforehand hor? 😉 more pics more pics (must live vicariously thru you since i have no idea when i’ll ever get to korea…)


Indah October 31, 2012 at 3:24 pm


want to ask, where’s the restaurant buffet (BBQ korean buffet dinner) ??

i’m going to korea on december…^^



laura December 15, 2012 at 2:58 pm

hi there do you mind sharing which hotel is that? love the space!! thank u 🙂


xin December 17, 2012 at 12:21 pm

hi laura, sorry i can’t recall the name of the hotel already 🙁 nor have a pic of it
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