Saturday, January 28, 2012

Jan 23; Seollal and Shopping in Myeongdong Part II

Day 15
We went to the traditional Hanok Village today to celebrate New Years. The celebrations and stuff were outside and it was soooo fricken cold that day too.
I see Jay Park
Itinerary for the day
Steps to make your own fortune:
Step 1) Choose your fortune
 Step 2) Take the block of wood with the print and stamp it on your paper as demonstrated by Tanjin
3) Voila! (I choose the extremely good luck.)

After making our own fortune, we made new years wishes!
mine is the one in the centre =)
So when we met up with the others, I made another wish with them... This one I think I can share with you all.
There was a time capsule in the village. How exciting! Unfortunately, we won't be able to see what's inside...
Games, mascots, and other randoms around the village.
Korean tops/beyblade looking things.
You have to whip the wooden block and it spins.
Yes, I got it in again! I'm starting to get good at this!
Korean mascots
People ice skating 
Down in the cold dirty well....
As we were walking around, we saw this couple getting ready for a photoshoot. It's like it's straight out of a drama!
The shows finally began. Due to the weather, we kind of left in the middle of it all. Plus, most of us have already the farmer's dance before. Ya, there was a lot of people.

One of the best parts of the day was meeting up with Reem (our International House/TESL buddy from Toronto!) and her two friends who are also currently living in Korea to teach English. We scrambled in the closest cafe to get some warmth and food. Thank you for the hot choco and bagel Reem!
L-R: Trish, Reem, Tiffany, Cat, and Kris
On the subway to Myeongdong, we saw these hipster-esque advertisements. After discussing the meaning of this advertisement, we came to a conclusion:
Happiness lasts for 8 seconds
More Korean Boy Bands:
Hey, it's F.T. Island!
Big Bang advertising North Face. These guys are everywhere!
Coming home after our shopping trip with bags of awesomeness!!!!!!
Best purchase of the day: Vans for 19000 won. best day ever.
I didn't have to bargain for these babies!
We ended up doing some ghetto karaoke to end off the night.
hello roommates!
새해 복 많이 받으세요!
 (se he bok ma nee ba deu se yo)


  1. Hi Angel,
    i was thinking of travelling to korea during the seollal period. are there many shops in myeong dong open? :)

    1. Myeongdong is very much open during that time. The stores may close early/open later on the eve and actual new year day.
      Thanks for reading and happy travelling!

  2. Hi, do you know if the shops in Dongdaemun, Garusugil and Samcheongdong are also open during the Seollal period?

    1. Sorry, I'm not sure about those places! If they are closed, it will most likely be on the day of Seollal. Stores tend to close early on the eve as well. Most things are open during the Seollal period.