Seoul: Myeong-Dong Art Market & Bar Da

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We chanced upon the Myeong-Dong Art Market while strolling down the streets of Hongdae my first day in Seoul. Hongdae reminded me a lot of Japan and the smaller streets of the shopping districts of Tokyo. It got pretty nostalgic.

The market is a collection of artists, music, and crafts. Some of the tables were so interesting, with some pretty, pretty things. It was super crowded though, so I didn’t take too many photos…

IMG_7642… although I did get this awesome badge! I love his beer opener characters. They live at the artist’s website.

IMG_7637Art in progress.

There were also stalls selling an assortment of stuff that were probably not handmade, situated just outside the market, and I vaguely recall seeing a sign warning visitors to the market about those very stalls.

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IMG_7662H&M abstract zipper dress + F21 mint leaf necklace + Dr. Martens white boots
Bourgeois pig and lazy pig.

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IMG_7674Best hair salon name, ever.

IMG_7665Ottie, Mark, and Beth marveling at the incongruous and innovative parking lot in the vicinity.

Here, have some inevitable food pictures:

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IMG_7606Ottie’s face after realising that in Korea, ‘lemonade’ means a whole squeezed lemon plus a three-quarter cupful of Sprite.

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IMG_7684We had really good galbi at a restaurant we don’t remember the name of, somewhere in Hongdae.

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IMG_7717Not to mention Beth’s favourite street stall food, served in a paper cup split down the sides.

IMG_7688Didn’t eat here, but I still am curious as to whether this establishment really does serve fried horse meat, like its name boasts.

Bar Da is this hole-in-a-wall gem tucked inconspicuously in Hongdae’s busy streets. It’s located at the second storey, as what I’ve come to notice seems to be the norm in Korea- I’d often see shop signs surrounding suspicious-looking narrow stairwells, indicating restaurants and other places of interest located above or below ground. As a bonus, Bar Da has free wifi, not to mention the kind of awesome I’d want to be if I were an inanimate space.

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IMG_7708Anchovies and roasted nuts complimentary for the table. No one else liked anchovies, so I gladly guzzled them up. :D

IMG_7715The company.

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