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#JCSINSEOUL: DAY 2 (SMTOWN, GENTLE MONSTER, EXPRESS BUS TERMINAL SHOPPING)

Hi folks!! I'm here to share with y'all my 2nd day itinerary in Seoul! There are a few interesting places that I want to write about, such as Gentle Monster @ Sinsa-dong, SM TOWN @ Coex Mall, etc!! 

Impromptu shoot with mummy outside our airbnb studio! :P
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Also, shoutout to Joanne for doing my hair every day!! She is so talented in braiding!
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The moment when you see a nice bench along a nice-looking street...*shoot*
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FYI, the nearest station to our airbnb studio is the Yangjae station, which is only a 3-min walk away from our airbnb studio!

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Had breakfast at a random shop located in the subway station.
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Free-flow Kimchi yo.

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On our way to Coex Mall! Coex Mall is something like Pavilion in KL, it houses several international brands like Burberry, MCM, Dr. Martens, Furla, Zara, Adidas, Nike, etc. Honestly, there's nothing special to see in Coex Mall because the brands are really atas and expensive lolol.
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Since there's nothing much to shop for in Coex Mall, we moved to SM TOWN, which is just beside Coex Mall!! SM TOWN is practically a heaven-on-earth for all fans of SM Entertainment's celebrities. The entire building, consisting of 6 floors, is purely dedicated to SM Entertainment's celebrities, can you believe it?!

I'm personally not a big fan of any celebrities under SM Entertainment, but when at the entrance, I was so tempted to go in and check out what goes down in such a unique place!

Address : 513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea
Directions:
By Subway
Enter the millennium square through the path connected to exit 5 and 6 of Samseong Station Line No.2 


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As you enter the 2nd floor of the building, you will see this huge backdrop hung with black and white photos of your favourite SM idols. I think it is pretty cool!
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Then, there's this store selling all the fancy merchandises of the celebrities and the "it" items that the artists have personally picked!


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Girls' Generation stationeries are damn pretty!!!
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On the 3rd floor of the building sits SMTOWN STUDIO, where you get to experience of becoming an artist (but have to pay la, of course) under the management of SMTOWN itself! Dancing and vocal training lessons are available, and you will even get to produce your own MV and PHOTO BOOK here with your makeup and hair set by the professionals. THIS PLACE WILL REALISE YOUR DREAMS OF BEING A CELEBRITY WTF. LEGIT. 
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And there's SUM MARKET, which sells products with SM logos / names / contents.
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On the same floor as SUM MARKET, there's also a cafe where you can potentially meet some SM fans lolol.
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I really love the way they display the records!
We left SMTOWN with empty hands but a mind full of memories. It was such an eye-opening experience!

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From Samseong station, we took the subway to SINSA-DONG!

Sinsa-dong is very popular among the locals as well as tourists. This place feels like a fascinating fusion of the old and new. Magically, you will feel the nonchalance of the modern city life and warmth of the days gone by - both at the same time. The array of quaint cafés, cosmetic and fashion shops all blend together for a cityscape resonating with a contemporary ambiance.

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SONG JOONG-KI EVERYWHERE (AIN'T COMPLAINING)!!! 
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Annyeong Oppa!!
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Yes, there's a 3CE in Sinsa-dong!
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Somewhere along the street pops a quaint-looking cafe like this. Fell in love with this place already!

It started drizzling after a short while, so we decided to stop by a random BBQ restaurant to have lunch (and to wait for the rain to recede lolol).
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I must say, having Korean BBQ on a rainy day is such a blessing.
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The rain did not stop even after our meal, hence we desperately walked into a convenient store to get ourselves umbrellas so that we can carry on with our journey. After rounds and rounds of walking and searching high and low, we finally made our way to GENTLE MONSTER.

Address: 533-6, SINSA-DONG, GANGNAM-GU, SEOUL, KOREA
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Every Gentle Monster flagship store has different concepts and designs, which is super creative and mind-blowing. For example, the flagship store in Sinsa-dong was designed with the "Home and Recovery" concept.
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Art.
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The price range of their sunglasses is from RM700 to RM1500. 
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Seriously, I wish I could pay a visit to EVERY LAST ONE Gentle Monster flagship stores one day!!!
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Wearing Big Bully sunglasses.

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I was so happy because I got to take so many nice photos in Gentle Monster HAHAHA. 


Then, we left Sinsa-dong and took the subway to Express Bus Terminal station for shopping, again!! 

For your information, Express Bus Terminal station is also an underground shopping mall, like the Gangnam underground shopping mall (which I have blogged about in my previous post). You can find a huge array of clothing items, shoes, bags, accessories - even the housewares are reasonably price! There are also a few restaurants for you to grab a quick bite / dinner at after some intense shopping!






Our simple dinner @ Express Bus Terminal Underground Shopping Mall.
So that's all for Day 2!!
Stay tuned for more :p

7 comments

  1. I really love your style for this day! & Gentle Monster looks so gorgeous - I really have to visit there myself one day :D Btw, can I ask what camera and lens did you use for the coex photos? Thank you :)

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    1. Thanks! Yes, Gentle Monster is really worth a visit!!

      I'm using Panasonic LUMIX GF7 with a 42.5mm f1.7 lens! :)

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  2. hi jessica, may i know what model are your sneakers? they look really pretty!!! i was going to buy the black and white superstar originals but i feel that it's too common and then i stumbled upon ur photos and they look amazing!

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    1. Hi dear! My sneakers are from the Topshop x Adidas Originals collection! x

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  3. Hi Jessica! I love youre post! I was wondering how you got to Gentle Monster? Can you pls share your directions? I'll be coming from Myeongdong... :) Thanks!

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  4. I love your pictures,so bright and clear!what adjustments did you make to your camera? :)

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