It was a 20-min taxi ride. I’ve always been told by the locals that the subway in Korea is very confusing, especially for tourists who can’t read a word of Korean. Taxis are incredibly cheap in Seoul, so much cheaper than S'pore. Regular cabs start at 2,400KRW & a 10-min ride costs just 5,000KRW, which is only about S$5.50!! It’s one of the cheapest in the world! For people like me with bird brain for directions, it’s obviously cabs for me.
However, do note that there’re 2 types of cabs in Seoul. A higher class taxi, known as Deluxe Cab, starts at 4,500KRW. Difference is, most drivers for the premier cabs speak the English or Japanese language.
If you’re a sucker for luxury goods, Seoul’s factory outlets are a must-visit with brand items at 30-70% off regular retail prices. The Rodeo Street contains over 200 outlet stores. Here, you’ll find yourself surrounded by Polo, Anne Klein, Benetton, Levi’s, Quicksilver, Nike, Adidas etc. Visitors are also spoilt for choice with numerous Golf outlets in the area.
The Polo Store offers items at 20-80% discounted prices, but many are past seasons products. Nike also offers various off-season items at 40% off, including clothing, sports shoes & hats.
For luxury brand names, go straight to the first floor of the new building & you’ll find all your favorites like Prada, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, Missoni, Burberry, Max Mara, Marks & Spencer, Armani etc.
The number of shops here astonishes, leaving anyone in awe regardless of whether you're a shopperholic. No shopping trip is complete without a trip to Seoul's factory outlets.
It was more shopping after this, but not without returning to Hyatt to put down all the shopping bags. For more shopping, hop over to Shop Till You Drop at Dongdaemun!
Address: Seoul-si Songpa-gu Mungjeong-dong
Directions: Munjeong Station (Subway Line 8), Exit 1
Address: Seoul-si Seocho-gu Jamwon-dong 70-2
Directions: Exit 8-2 of the Express Bus Terminal Station, (Subway Line 3, 7)
Hours: 10:30-22:00 (Closed on Seollal and Chuseok)
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