OUTFITS,  TRAVELOGUE

Seoul: Dongdaemun Market

Ottie and I attempted to cover the famed Dongdaemun Market one day. I’ve vague recollections about the last time I came here more than a decade ago, but those memories were mostly centered around the inside of a stationary shop in which I bought my first ever 0.38mm gel pen in olive green (my favourite colour then). Being an avid patron of stationary shops as a kid, the thinner diameter was extremely fascinating; Singapore stocked 0.38mm pens only much later.

That aside, our trip to Dongdaemun this time consisted of aimless walks down interesting streets and generally getting lost. These were some of the sights we encountered:

Korea Grand Sale booth for tourists in Seoul, Korea.We were pretty lucky to have been in the country for the Korea Grand Sale. The pink booth behind Ottie gave out freebies which included a coupon book, discount brochure to Everland, a small cloth bag, and even a small Korean phrase card for tourists. Here’s a disgruntled Ottie gamely posing in front of all its pink glory. Unfortunately, we didn’t take advantage of the sale, as we wound up not having enough luggage space after accounting for Ottie’s accumulated possessions during his two years here. I’m preparing for an imminent move of my own as well, and will need to pare my belongings down to something more manageable, so shopping was not a priority for the both of us at that moment.

Painted drawing plastered at a bus stop.This was a card pasted on an ad space at a bus stop. I just really liked the lines and colours of it.

Historic architecture at Namdaemun, Seoul, South Korea.Historic architecture in the middle of a busy street intersection, which I believe may be Namdaemun…?

Ottie sitting outside Dongdaemun subway station entrance at Dongdaemun, Seoul, South Korea.I forget how much more walking I’m capable of than Ottie, and it’s only during times when I’d go out of the way to take a photo does it show. Here he was resting his sore feet while I backtracked to take the picture above.

On the streets of Dongdaemun Market, Seoul, South Korea.

Cute painted water kettles on display at Dongdaemun market, Seoul, South Korea.Cute painted kettles!

Toys and plushies on display in Dongdaemun market, Seoul, South Korea.This ugly yellow larvae is everywhere I swear.

Fish store on the streets of Dongdaemun, Seoul, South Korea.

Quote outside a cafe about coffee in Seoul, South Korea.Konglish quote at a cafe.

We chanced upon Cheonggyecheon! It’s a really cool 10.9km walking path along a stream that cuts through Seoul. This pretty stretch was where we took my outfit photos. :)

Cheonggyecheon, Seoul, South Korea.

Autographed bricks lining the floor above Cheonggyecheon.

Ottie & Ren at Cheonggyecheon, Seoul South Korea.

Ottie taking photos for my outfit at Cheonggyecheon, Seoul South Korea.Ottie has always been supportive of my need to take outfit photos, so I try to make things easier for him when he’s tired.

Ren out of focus.Still, the photos that he takes sometimes turn out like this. ^^;

Outfit for Korea winter 15: pink lambskin leather jacket from Viparo #viparowomen #viparoteam #viparo, tan long cardigan from Zara, white shorts from Lowrys Farm, sheer white chiffon shirt from M)phosis, white pashmina shawl from India, grey heattech tights from Uniqlo, red high top sneakers from McQ x Puma.My pink and white outfit! I recently got contacted by Viparo for a collaboration, and naturally chose this cute Pink Leather Destination Jacket from the Australian brand’s summer collection. The lightweight jacket is made out of lambskin, and actually did its job keeping me warm indoors. Winter in February is harsh in Korea though, what with the precipitation and strong winds, so extreme layering was key to keeping warm outdoors.

Actual outfit of the day with layers in Korean winter: Dollhouse grey jacket, Uniqlo grey heattech tights, McQ x Puma high top red sneakers. Fortunately, my vanity knows no such thing as cold. This was my actual outfit… I spent the entire trip braving the elements of winter just to show off my awesome leather jacket for photos. This is certainly not something new. :P

Outfit for Korea winter 15: pink lambskin leather jacket from Viparo #viparowomen #viparoteam #viparo, tan long cardigan from Zara, white shorts from Lowrys Farm, sheer white chiffon shirt from M)phosis, white pashmina shawl from India.I wore my jacket open in this outfit. My favourite part of this piece was the versatility in the way the jacket could be worn by switching up the gold zippers.

Outfit for Korea winter 15: pink lambskin leather jacket from Viparo #viparowomen #viparoteam #viparo, tan long cardigan from Zara, white shorts from Lowrys Farm, sheer white chiffon shirt from M)phosis, white pashmina shawl from India, grey heattech tights from Uniqlo, red high top sneakers from McQ x Puma.We found a wall lining Cheonggyecheon to set off this pink addition to my wardrobe.

Outfit for Korea winter 15: pink lambskin leather jacket from Viparo #viparowomen #viparoteam #viparo, tan long cardigan from Zara, white shorts from Lowrys Farm, sheer white chiffon shirt from M)phosis, white pashmina shawl from India, grey heattech tights from Uniqlo, red high top sneakers from McQ x Puma.

Makeup of the day.

Outfit for Korea winter 15: pink lambskin leather jacket from Viparo #viparowomen #viparoteam #viparo, tan long cardigan from Zara, white shorts from Lowrys Farm, sheer white chiffon shirt from M)phosis, white pashmina shawl from India.

OUTFIT
Lambskin leather jacket c/o Viparo
Sheer shirt from M)phosis
Cardigan from Zara
Jacket from Dollhouse
Shorts from Lowrys Farm
Heattech tights from Uniqlo

Outfit photos by Ottie.

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