Day 1 – Arrival to Seoul. I took a plane from Bali to Seoul. It was another red-eyed flight and I was actually quite sick (still am!). I planned to stay at my friend’s place in Seoul but she wasn’t available until 4 PM so I left my luggage at the Incheon Airport and proceeded outside.
I took a plane from Bali to Seoul. It was another red-eyed flight and I was actually quite sick (still am!). I planned to stay at my friend’s place in Seoul but she wasn’t available until 4 PM so I left my luggage at the Incheon Airport and proceeded outside.
FYI: the left luggage is located on the third floor behind counter M and it is called Hanjin Express. The payments are by items and the amount of time you leave in there. I paid for 4 hours for 2 items and that was 8000 won …
I read that Incheon has a famous Chinatown (the only one in South Korea) and an underground shopping area similar to the one in Gangnam in Bupyeong station. With only 1100 won + the $20 Canadian I exchange at the airport, I was on my way. The first stop was getting to the train station, which is located in another building.
I had a cash bee card from before but it turns out there wasn’t much money inside. I added some money and took the ‘all stop train’ out to Incheon. I had to change twice, the first time was on the airport link, which took me to Gyeseong station and then had to transfer to the Incheon line towards International Business District.
I got off at Bupyeong Market station, thinking that was the underground shopping complex but it turns out to be Bupyeong Station, the next one. I didn’t know it at the time so I continued my way out and looking for clothes. Looking at the map on exit 2, I realize there was a traditional market, so I took a copy of the map on my cell phone and proceeded towards there.
The first thing I thought was, WOW it is so cold and I totally have the wrong type of clothes on!
The market was a traditional market indeed, and what you find is what you would in any Asian supermarkets, except it is outdoors and with streets and streets of stalls. Most of the people shopping and selling there were about 40 and over … so me being there definitely seen as a foreigner (or perhaps I got lost).
A little further is also an underground shopping district but mind you, it is completely not the one I was looking for. Again, the target age might have been slightly older too.
Feeling disappointed and still not knowing I went to the wrong place, I returned to the airport to get my baggage and to meet my friend at Gyeyang Station. The ride took two transfers and an hour. She lived on the other side of town, at the last stop but she had a really nice place. I don’t think she expected so much luggage …
We took a taxi to Konkuk University, shortened as Kundae. It is a university area where there are many shopping and eating, all opened quite late. There is also a Lotte Shopping mall as well as a Children’s Park nearby.
My friend recommended a really good Chinese restaurant. Chinese-Korean food is a little different than Chinese food and it is categorized differently too – a fusion. It is usually the case, since the food is changed to tailor to the taste of the locals.
… and that concludes the misadventure of day 1 in Korea… .