I took a cab to Dongdaemun, and arrived at my destination after a short, fifteen-minute ride. I asked the cab driver to let me off at Doota, which I have seen in passing when I went to Myeongdong.
But I didn't enter the mall right away. Instead, I headed for the nearby clothing market where most of the tourists seem to be going.
|Pyounghwa Clothing Market.|
|Pyounghwa Fashion Town.|
Inside the clothing market was a sea of stalls with every fashion item imaginable - fabric, clothes, accessories, purses, linen, wedding goods. They even have toys and stationery to boot! The prices are pretty affordable, and you can haggle with the sellers, too. It's like the 168 and 999 Mall in Divisoria, but with a more 'touristy' feel.
Dazed by the multitude of merchandise, I spent about an hour or so just looking at the clothes and purses until I came across this souvenir shop at the far end of the market. Bought a few items here which I gave as 'pasalubong' to my niece and my siblings.
I got hungry from all that walking and window-shopping, so I stopped by this food stall for a snack. I bought one of those Gamja Hotdogs (hotdogs coated with french fries) for 2500 won. The serving was pretty huge, and more than enough to satiate my hunger.
After that quick tummy-fill, I made my way back to Doota for another round of shopping.
|Clothes, clothes, and more clothes!|
|Street food, Korean style.|
|The display outside make great backdrop for photo ops!|
|Still feels like Christmas at Doota!|
Once again, I was overwhelmed at how vast this mall is. It consists of 10 floors, and is home to a variety of designer brands, womens and menswear brands, and even local and international sportswear brands. In other words, the goods here don't come cheap.
|But somehow I always end up where the Tiger is.|
|Line Friends Pop-up Store.|
|Dongdaemun Design Plaza, right across Doota.|
|A stroll at the DDP History and Culture Park.|
|The DDP Camera.|
|A quirky-looking faucet.|
|The Rose Garden in broad daylight.|
|And how it looks like at night.|