Entry 50: Garden Five in Songpa District and Emart.

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Decided to venture to Garden Five in Songpa District since I’ve never been there and the place I wanted to hit was Emart.

Address:

 가든파이브이마트

서울특별시 송파구 충민로 10
Garden five Emart Branch
10 Chungmin-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea

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Across the street there is a gallery and lots of modern looking buildings.

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These buildings were across the street from where I was but I’m sure those are office space/office-tel buildings.

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I noticed a large metal modern sculpture first.

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This might be one of the nicest Emart’s I’ve ever visited thus far and I’m amazed how similar the size is comparable to Yangjae Emart.

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House hold goods section.

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Outdoor gear, plants, camping section.

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Seeds~

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Lots of indoor plants.

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Oddly candles are sold next to plants.

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Snacks from around the world.

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Coffees from around the world and then instant Korean coffee lol.

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Fanciest food court ever~

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Wine, Vin, Vino, go happy~

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Sweet, sweet cheese~ But alas my budget is low…

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Milk and Honey Bakery. Selling artisan breads, rolls, pastries, and cakes.

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Spices and oils.

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Western sauces.


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Cocktail section~ Party!


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Lots of Japanese ingredients~ 

I came and saw the verdict is I don’t have to go all the way to Yangae anymore yay~ If in Korea do check out the closest Emart to you and take in the experience.

Entry 42: Spring brings the flowers and Starbucks seasonal cherry blossom drinks~

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Decided to check out Yangjae Flower market really brief and to my delight going inside the greenhouses was like being in spring already.

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I love plum blossom trees!

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Azealea’s remind me of my childhood.

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What amazes me are how large the orchids are here!

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I treated myself at Starbucks next to the Yangjae Samsung store and got a seasonal edition drink. My first time having a cherry blossom cream frapiccino and it tastes like the lightest cherry ice-cream imaginable.

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I love the shaved pink chocolate on top that reminds me of cherry blossom petals.

Entry 33: Dunkin Donuts in Korea~

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Dunkin Donuts in Korea is much different then when it comes to coffee experience then Dunkin Donuts in the states. For starters Koreans prefer americanos, lattes, machiattos versus all in one milk and sugar or just plain black coffee in the states. Also you don’t see soft drinks served inside a Korean dunkin donuts.

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The only thing I miss most when it comes to donuts is sprinkled frosting donuts and sugar raised donuts.

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This is a neat promotional event set featuring characters from the popular texting/calling app Kakaotalk.

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This a promotional event set for the new year featuring a sheep shaped donut!

Since this year is the year of the sheep! So cute!!

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I ordered a latte and paid 3,400 won for it.

Looks wise: 5 1/2, Lots of foam looks sort of rushed.

Taste wise: 7 and 1/2, The coffee doesn’t taste like McDonald’s coffee at least although it has a lot more hot milk then coffee…

Price value wise: 7 1/2, For 3,400 won I got a standard coffee.

Entry 30: Mapo-Gu, Mont Dore Organic bread and coffee. (몽도르 베이커리)

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Got my hair done next door and decided I needed coffee and bread~ This is Mont Dore Organic Cafe and Bakery located near Seogang University in Mapo-gu. I really enjoyed eating organic foods when I lived in the states and I have’t needed to eat as much in Korea since the produce is super fresh/tasty.

I like Mont Dore for it’s coffee and vanilla bean custard bread. The specialty for the season is anything chestnut so I was happy to see chestnut lattes, cakes, and breads.

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This is my favorite! Vanilla bean custard bread!

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I ordered a latte and paid 3,500 won for it.

Looks wise: 7 and 1/2, Milk foam and small latte design.

Taste wise: 8 and 1/2, The coffee itself is a darker roast and gosh those this coffee have great notes! There is no chemical aftertaste thank goodness!

Price value wise: 9, For 3,500 won I got solid coffee for a non-bogus price.

Entry 27: Kyobo bookstore and Hottrack~

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Got the chance to go to Kyobo Bookstore and I just browsed for new books/Christmas gift ideas. Kyobo bookstore has one of the largest selection of books in English but the only downside is how expensive the books are. (about 30 to 40% more expensive).

Books in other languages other then English, Japanese, or Chinese are rare to find or expensive. I highly recommend buying books like cookbooks, Spanish/French/German language books, and children’s books in your current country before living in Korea.

Hottrack is a kind of stationary/electronics/art supplies open store that is found in Kyobo bookstore buildings. If you buy a certain number of books from Kyobo you could also receive a coupon to spend in Hottrack.

Koreans are in fact education obsessed and it’s a way of life I never experienced to such an extent in the states. To see a bookstore striving alone is something beautiful and an absolute joy to see.

 

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Entry 26: Going to a wedding next week got new clothes and shoes from Lotte World Mall

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I bought a mustard yellow knit dress, a striped navy dress with a cross back, and a pair of black Mary Jane heels. Spent a whopping 4 hours shopping and found the dresses in H&m and the shoes from a shoe store in Jamsil station underground mall.

The wedding is on Christmas Day so I needed to get ready all I need next is a small handbag and a statement necklace.

Entry 22: Hyundai and Kia Headquarters, Yangjae Emart and Yangjae Costco~

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The current main Seoul headquarter buidlings of Hyundai and Kia. Located in Yangjae-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul. The main Hyundai headquarters is to move after the former KEPCO building site is demolished and new buildings are to be erected from this coveted land near the heart of Gangnam District.

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Across the Hyundai and Kia buildings is Yangjae Flower Market.

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Yangjae Emart food court! Serving Korean food, Japanese food, Curry, Noodles, Burgers, and more.

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Gachapon Machines! (가샤폰). For 2,000 won you can try your luck for a cute gachapon toy/keychain.

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Disney’s Frozen is extremely popular in Korea and all little girls want to dress up like Elsa.

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Attack on Titan gachapon! (I own one Levi and Armin keychain)

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Pokemon gachapon! Very popular for young boys~

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All time favorite Hello Kitty!

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Tis the season in Emart I haven’t seen this much christmas goods displayed in Korea!

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Yay! Christmas shoes~

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Located across Hi-Brand and Yangjae Emart is COSTCO!!!!! Probably the largest costco in Korea!

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Koreans in Korea and Koreans in America are Costco-holics! Koreans in America love Costco for prices and buying things in bulk for the heck of it.Yet Koreans in Korea love Costco because so many of these products aren’t found elsewhere for lesser and the overall quality of Costco goods!

Thankfully gaining a membership at Costco for a year is cheap! Only 30,000 won for a business member or 35,000 won for 2 members of a family! Versus 55 dollars in the states.

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Browsing through the wine but alas wine is expensive in Korea it’s unlikely to find cheap wine less then 9,000 wine anywhere. Only el’ cheapo table sweet wine is less then 9,000 won.

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Browsed through chocolates, yum~

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This is organic wild rice and for 7,490 won it’s very reasonable from other grocery stores.

Things that Costco also sell is frozen American turkeys during thanksgiving holiday, pumpkin and apple pies, frosted platter cakes, roast chicken, deli foods, cheeses, preserved meats, frozen foods, spices, whole bean coffee, kirkland brand products, fresh meats, seafood, produce, and so much more.

 I go to costco once bi-monthly for items like fresh fruit (oranges, pineapple, bananas, etc) cheese, pasta sauce, grains, clothing, oral hygiene goods, whole coffee beans, frozen shrimp, rice bread, sauces, spices, spring water, and much more.

Every time I do manage to go I eat food from the food court to go (seats are packed! it’s crazy!) People would just dine on their deli bought foods, sushi, or a whole pan of pizza right on the spot.

Koreans always eat meals with either kimchi or a kind of banchan so they would grind minced onions meant for hotdogs put a pile on their plates then mix in wads of ketchup and mustard that we refer as ‘Costco Kimchi’ lol~

So in other words Koreans have carried on strange habits of freeloading banchan and never leaving until they are satisfied with their meals into Costco food courts but evidently it’s all a part of culture habits. As a Korean American I have never seen this sort of phenomenon in America let alone knew that Koreans actually do this in Korea.

Entry 19: Was really psyched about having an Ikea in Korea until I saw how much the furniture was compared to the states…

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Bed frame with 4 storage boxes, brown, Lönset
From $339.00
Lowered to $289.00

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Bed frame with 4 storage boxes, white, Luröy
₩ 399,000
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Cover for loveseat with chaise, left, Tenö brown
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NOCKEBY
Two-seat sofa w chaise longue left, Tenö brown, wood
₩ 1,199,000
It’s been in the news as well about how the pricing seems steep when compared to different countries… I’m not sure what to make of it since local furniture shops in Korea sell decent, inexpensive furniture. I can see that style wise Ikea has a good following already in Korea just wished things aren’t so marked up.
I’m still interested in visiting the new Ikea in Korea once it opens on December 18th for Christmas gift ideas or nice glassware.

Entry 14: Went to Studio Ghibli Merchandise store in Lotte World Mall in Songpa-gu<3

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Huge Totoro doll display!

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Howl’s Moving Castle: Calsifer Pancake frying pan!!

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Jigsaw puzzles of all our favorite characters of Studio Ghibli!

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Totoro Coocoo clock!!!!!!

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Gosh overall this is like my favorite shop in all of Korea right now! I grew up watching Studio Ghibli films and I wish they could continue all their brilliant work in the future! Koreans really like Studio Ghibli movies and for that I’m glad~ I wish I could buy everything but the merchandise I really want are kinda high.