Korea October 2014 Part 9 – Garosu-gil, Gangnam

My last Korea post is all about my first time in Gangnam. I don’t remember it being as popular way back when I first visited Seoul, but nowadays, it is considered as one of the fastest-rising, most upscale places in the city.

I heard the chances of celebrity/model/idol sightings here are also much higher because of the number of entertainment companies scattered all over Gangnam. If I’m not mistaken, SM, JYP, CUBE, and FNC are within walking distance from one another. Unfortunately, luck wasn’t on my side since I didn’t get to see anyone I recognized, but at least I got to visit some familiar places that I’ve seen on Korean TV shows!

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First stop was COEX Mall, one of Gangnam’s newest shopping malls. My mom and I stopped by here for a quick lunch before heading out to do some more sightseeing.

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Suddenly, Audrey Hepburn.

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A lot of the stores were still under construction last October, but it was a great move for them to put up these small art exhibits to drive traffic and interaction.

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Plaid for fall and winter will always be classic.

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If you’re looking for third wave coffee in Korea, do visit Coffee Sedona in COEX! They serve 49th parallel, Intelligentsia and Stumptown beans.

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The interiors are really cool too! Very hip and cozy.

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Still dreaming about Coffee Sedona until now.

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Don’t be shocked by the amount of plastic surgery ads all over Gangnam. There are over 500 clinics just in this area! No wonder Korea is slowly becoming the plastic surgery capital of the world. They say that 1 out of 5 Koreans have had some sort of plastic surgery done on themselves. That’s… a lot!

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Flashback to 2009 – Boys Over Flowers and SuJu.

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Thanks to The Return of Superman, the Robocar Poli song is stuck in my head (in Minguk’s voice). Here’s Amber and Heli!

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Fantastic baby.

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Outside COEX Mall. Gangnam looks so fancy (but you already know, thanks to PSY). Around this time, my mom and I decided to take the subway to Sinsa Station for Garosu-gil.

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First thought upon arriving in Sinsa-dong: I think I belong here…

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Checked out Basic House’s collaboration with designer Chae Kyu In. If we only had winter in the Philippines, I would’ve splurged on all the pretty items!

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School girl chic. Always relevant.

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Finally, Garosu-gil! A lot of people say that it’s like Seoul’s version of NYC’s SoHo. If Aoyama and Harajuku (in Japan) had a baby, it would be Garosu-gil. Just the right marriage of chic and quirky!

Anyhow, Garosu-gil means “tree-lined streets”, and wow, it was my first time to see a whole line of ginkgo trees! Absolutely gorgeous.

(But don’t mind the giant foot… haha)

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Speaking of giant feet…

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If that’s true, then… how? What a dream!

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Good shoe take you good place!

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Look like a K-pop idol with these fashionable specs.

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Toys for the kids at heart.

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I found the place where Kris found the overpriced French(?) Spongebob underwear.

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The Hats On in EXO Showtime! This was the exact same store where they bought Chanyeol’s hats.

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Where Kris and Tao took photos of/with the giant stuffed bear. Also, wow @ this store front

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Definitely the hippest place in Seoul. Considering staying in this area the next time I visit! There are so many cafes and restaurants I want to try!

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Great place to ogle at Korean street style too!

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Everyone here looks like a K-pop idol with their perfect hair, make-up, and fashion.

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Sneakers are a must in Korean style! I swear they can wear the most basic stuff and still look super stylish.

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They’re the only ones who can pull this look off.

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#TrisseyTravels in Korea 2015 – let’s make it happen, Crissey!

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Wide-brimmed hats are all the rage right now, but you can only find this design in Garosu-gil.

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Stuff that you normally see in music videos and photoshoots.

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Halloween mood.

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Spotted some street style photographers who were taking a break. Not sure if models or photographers, because their outfits were also worthy for a photo.

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Hello typo!

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I think it should follow that the caption for this should be “pet allowed but no baking”.

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This little nook is life.

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This one too <3

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Youk Shim Won is a popular Korean artist whose work we can appreciate in the form of everyday items such as bags and clothes. The brand is also slowly getting more popular in other countries such as Singapore, China, Italy, and the US.

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MCM-branded van in front of the huge MCM store in Garosu-gil.

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Lightbulb moment.

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Even their wrapping paper is hip.

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Another quaint nook that I need to try the next time I go to Korea.

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A Korea post is not complete without my favorite Korean style icons, the Jung sisters!

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JAJU flagship store! I love this place so much, huu. They have an “urban nourishment” concept that totally fits the kind of lifestyle that I want.

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For us coffee lovers.

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The outfits on the left = my future mom-daughter fashion goals. Lol, I feel so old mentioning this.

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More fashionable specs! Giant ones will always make your face look smaller, and you know how Koreans are obsessed with making their faces look as small as possible.

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How fitting it is to see PSY Over Flowers. ~*almost paradise~* in Gangnam!

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Thanks for following my adventures in Korea! I will be spamming everyone with Japan entries from now on. Get ready!