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SEOUL TRAVEL ITINERARY | 2018

Fun fact: I had travelled to Seoul for 3 consecutive years.

2016 - First time travelling to Seoul with my mom and Joanne. 
2017 - Second time with my brother to my boyfriend in Seoul
2018 April - Impromptu trip with my girlfriend, Joanne again woohoo 

Am I not bored with Seoul? Nope, I guess not yet! 🙈

I love travelling to Seoul because of the shopping, to be honest. Shopping in Seoul is really exciting and relatively cheap as compared to shopping in Tokyo. There are really a lot of things that you can buy (if you are a makeup and fashion junkie, like me).



So in this post, I will be sharing with you:

- How to go to our Airbnb from Incheon Airport
- Our Airbnb in Seoul 
- How to stay connected in Seoul with UNLIMITED internet data 
- Where to shop in Seoul 
- Pink cafes in Seoul 
- My fav cherry blossom spot in Seoul 
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HOW TO GO TO OUR AIRBNB FROM INCHEON AIRPORT:
With our heavy luggage, we opted for a private airport pick-up service from KLOOK. The driver will meet you at the airport and drive you straight to your Airbnb / hotel. For us, it was really convenient and safe. We can just sit back and relax, and even take a small nap in the car after a long flight.

We also booked the airport drop-off service from KLOOK as well and the driver picked us up from our Airbnb directly and drove us to the airport. What a hassle-free way to wrap up our trip, phew!

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OUR AIRBNB IN SEOUL:


We booked this little, clean studio-concept airbnb which is located in Gangnam area. 2 years ago when we were in Seoul, we booked from the exact same owner (her name is Lucy) as well, but it was a different unit with 2 beds. This time around, we booked a smaller unit which consists of 1 double-bed only, but it was enough for Joanne and I. 

Reasons why I chose Lucy's airbnb:
- The room is super clean (which is the main reason why I love staying with Lucy's place) 
- There are a lot of Korean BBQ restaurants nearby this airbnb (Kyochon Chicken is just 5 mins walk away)
- There is also a supermarket, literally 1 min away from the airbnb 
- Location is in Gangnam, which means Gangnam Underground Shopping Street is reachable at walking distance 
- There's free WiFi in Lucy's airbnb! 
If you would like to book Lucy's airbnb, 
(Remember to sign up using my link to get RM120 in travel credit)

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HOW TO STAY CONNECTED IN SEOUL:

Highly-recommend you guys to get this SIM card that gives you UNLIMITED 4G LTE data (with no reduced speed) from KLOOK. This unlimited data sim card really helps us A LOT during our trip! 

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So here's a list of places that we went for shopping and cafe-hopping (If you are travelling to Seoul for the first time, I suggest you to read my Seoul Travel Itinerary for first-timers):

WHERE TO SHOP IN SEOUL:

○ Gangnam Underground Shopping Street
This is one of my favourite shopping places! Besides makeup, you can definitely find a lot cheap clothes and accessories here. 

How to go: 
[Subway] Gangnam Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, Sinbundang Line), Exit 1 or 12.



○ Express Bus Terminal Underground Shopping Street
Something similar to Gangnam Underground Shopping Street, but it is apparently the LARGEST underground shopping street in Seoul consisting of about 600 shops. Personally, I prefer to shop at Gangnam Underground Shopping Street because EBT is too big and a lot of shops are actually selling repetitive items. And EBT also carries more fashion items for elder women (if you wanna shop for your grandma, you should come here!!)

How to go: 
Subway: Express Bus Terminal Station (Seoul Subway Line 3, 7, 9), Exit 8

○ Myeongdong




How can you NOT visit Myeondong when you are in Seoul? If you are looking for K-beauty stuffs, this is the place to go. Myeongdong houses a lot of Korean beauty brands and some people even come here with their "luggage" lol. If you are planning to shop for skin care products (which might be a lil heavy), I suggest you to come with a small luggage as well to carry your purchases hahah!

How to go:
Subway: Myeongdong Station


○ Hongdae


 Of course, Hongdae is a must-visit when you are in Korea (not only for shopping, but pretty much for the vibe). There are street performances where people perform singing and dancing as well as a lot of cafes, restaurants and pubs around this area. Shopping wise - pricing may be a bit pricey in this area but you can definitely find a lot of unique fashion boutiques here! Oh, by the way, the famous STYLENANDA shop is also located in this area!
How to go:
Subway: Hongik University Station (Seoul Subway Line 2)

○ Ewha Women's University Shopping Street



Only 1 station away from Hongdae, Ewha Women University Shopping Street is also my favourite shopping street! You can find really affordable K-fashion items here: cute T-shirts, dresses, blouses, shoes, etc. When you are here, don't forget to check out Ewha Women's University as it's really beautiful and magnificent!!

How to go:
Subway: Ewha Women's University Station (Seoul Subway Line 2)

○ Garosugil

Me @ Gentle Monster trying out their quirky designs



In contrast to the affordable shopping streets that I recommended earlier, Garosugil focuses more on  designer boutiques (such as Gentle Monster) and rather expensive cafes! There are also a lot of BBQ restaurants in this area, and one of our favourite BBQ restaurants is also located in this area!!
How to go:
Subway: Sinsa Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 8

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PINK CAFES IN SEOUL:
I always find myself discovering and visiting new cafes whenever I travel to Seoul! This time around, we visited 3 PINK-themed cafes and would like to share our list with you:

○ Stylenanda Pink Pool Cafe
Located in the highest floor of the Stylenanda flagship store in Hongdae (not the one in Myeongdong ok!), the Stylenanda Pink Pool Cafe is a must-visit if you love pink cafes. Every corner is literally a photo spot! It's also a pretty nice place to lounge after a long day of shopping.





How to go:
Subway: Hongik Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 2 or Airport Line), Exit 8.


Dore Dore
The pink craze is not over yet guys. Dore Dore is a dessert cafe located in Garosugil, Sinsa-dong. Honestly, the pricing is slightly higher and the cakes are too sweet for our liking. But we came here for the photos anyway lol.




How to go:
Subway: Sinsa Station (Line 3), Exit 8 -
544-4 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea

○ Zapangi


The cafe that features a famous "vending-machine" entrance door, which became everyone's instaworthy's spot. Super brilliant idea right?! 

This is not Zapangi, but it's also another pink-themed cafe nearby Zapangi lolol (only a few steps away). 
 How to go: 
Subway: Mangwon Station exit 2 (it's located in a quiet neighbourhood street lol, so I would suggest you to use Google Maps to navigate around)

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CHERRY BLOSSOM SPOT IN SEOUL 

We chose to visit Seoul in April because of the cherry blossom season! Here are some photos that we took at Seokchon Lake, which is my favourite place to watch cherry blossoms in Seoul!





I hope you guys enjoyed my sharing this time! Don't forget to check out my Korea vlogs!















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