The first day of our Korean trip all focus on the Subway 4th line (sky blue)
Myeongdong to change currency – Dongdaemun Jin Ok Hwa Original Chicken Restaurant – Ihwa Mural Village – Shopping at Dongdaemun, Myeongdong Kang Ho Dong Baek Jeong – Shopping at Myeongdong
來韓國玩換韓元真的是一門學問, 根據這次韓國行, 我總結了下面幾個重點:
- 在台灣先換一些韓元. 至於換多少呢? 我覺得夠從機場到飯店, 飯店到當地換錢的金額即可. 具體數字真的要看大家住哪裡, 和要換錢的地方在哪裡. 像我這次住明洞, 準備換錢的地方也在明洞, 我只需要花費從機場到明洞的錢 (交通卡費4000韓元+機場到首爾站4150韓元+首爾站到明洞1250韓元=9400韓元)
- 先在台灣換美金(越大張越好, 能全部換100美金最好!)
- 再到當地換韓元, 這樣換下來的匯率最好
To exchange for Won is no easy task, from our trip, here is some tips
- Exchange for some won at Taiwan first. I would get enough for you to go from the airport to hotel and from the hotel to somewhere local to exchange money. It really will depend on where you live and where you decide to exchange for more won. I live at Myeongdong and exchange for more won at Myeongdong so I only need money from the airport to Myeongdong. (transportation card: 4000 won + airport to Seoul station 4150 won + Seoul to Myeongdong station 1250 won for a total of 9400 won.
- Exchange for US dollars (bigger the better, I would get all 100$ if possible)
- Exchange for won using the US dollars locally at Korea for the best rate.
Early in the morning, we came to a money exchange at Myeongdong.
明洞 大使館換錢所 명동 관광스팟의환전소 Myeongdong Money Exchange
地址 (address)：首爾特別市中區明洞2街105號 서울시중구명동2가105
105 Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul
▲拿100美金換的匯率是1145, 拿50美金換的匯率是1135 (換的匯率越大越好, 因為可以換到比較多)
The exchange rate for 100$ bill is 1145 while the 50$ bill’s rate is 1135. (The rate is better for the $100)
吃飽喝足后, 我們繼續搭地鐵四號線前往惠化站(420)的梨花洞壁畫村. 至於為什麼沒有先在東大門逛街, 而是先去梨花洞壁畫村, 是因為我們不想逛完街提著大包小包的去壁畫村拍照. 所以我們決定先去壁畫村美美的拍照, 之後再去東大門採購!
This is why I suggested everyone to bring 100$ bills if possible
After exchanging for won, we went to Dongdaemun for the Jin Ok Hwa Original Chicken Restaurant.
After finished eating, we continue to take subway 4th line toward 420 Hyehwa-yeok station for the Ihwa Mural Village. The reason we visited here first before shopping at Dongdaemun is that we don’t want to shop first and take pictures at Ihwa Mural Village with our shopping prizes. So we decided to take beautiful pictures at Ihwa Mural Village first than go shopping at Dongdaemun.
▲上面這張圖是實際我從惠化站2號出口出來, 用Google Map查找路線後, Google Map 顯示給我的路線. 我看到的時候整個傻眼, 兩點一線的指路是怎麼回事?. 後來才從Moose先生那裡得知, 韓國政府對Google Map的限制很多, 所以才會使得Google Map在韓國這麼難用.
Here is the image of my Google Map when I look for direction at the 2nd exit of the subway station. I was shocked when I saw the direction I was given. What is with the straight line for direction?. Later I found that Korea’s government set many restrictions on Google Map which makes Google Map hard to use in Korea.
▲一邊罵Google Map, 一邊直走, 我們就看到這個指示牌, 左轉繼續直走
While we were cursing at Google Map, we saw this sign so we took a left and continue on.
▲直走後, 看到這隻貓咪, 就等於找到梨花洞壁畫村的指示牌, 之後跟著指示路線走就好嘍
After walking straight, we saw this cat which meant we found the signs for the Ihwa Mural Village. Just follow the signs and you will get there.
▼下面是我在梨花洞壁畫村拍的照片! 這裡真的好文青, 怎麼拍都美.
Here you can find the pictures I have taken at Ihwa Mural Village. It’s so beautiful here, no matter which angle I took, the image is pretty.
I also bought many good-looking post cards near the village.
結束梨花洞壁畫村之旅, 我們就前往東大門開始Shopping之旅. 因為壁畫村逛一逛 我們就離東大門越來越近, 所以我們決定從壁畫村走到東大門
After finishing our time at Ihwa Mural Village, we continue on toward Dongdaemun for our shopping time. Since we were already walking toward Dongdaemun while exploring Ihwa Mural Village, we decided to walk to Dongdaemun from the Ihwa Mural Village.
Cute snowman sign we saw while walking toward Dongdaemun?.
Heunginjimun, or Dongdaemun, is a gate located at Seoul.
▲東大門那邊有好幾棟百貨, 其中有一間叫Doota, 外觀看起來相對華麗, 衣服真的款式也比較好看, 不過價格也貴很多. Doota裡面不可以講價哦!
Dongdaemon has many department stores. One of the department stores is called Doota. It has a magnificent appearance, and the cloth here has good design. However, the price is also quite steep. Note that there is no haggling in Doota.
我們當天還去了Migliore, APM這兩棟. 這兩棟完全就是批發市場的感覺, 需要自己慢慢淘貨, 不過這裡就可以講價了!
We also went to Migliore and APM. These 2 department stores are like a wholesale market. You will need to take some effort to look for what you want, but you can haggle here.
▼在地鐵站看到可愛的手繪地圖.從地圖上可以看出我們今天就是從最上面的東大門直直往下逛: 4 Doota, 3 Migliore, 2 hello apm. 最後走到東大門歷史文化公園站搭捷運四號線回到明洞.
Here is a cute hand-drawn map at the subway station. You can see that we went from Dongdaemun near the top and walk our way doward: 4 Doota, 3 Migliore, 2 hello apm. Finally we arrived at Dongdaemun history and culture park station to take subway 4th lane back to Myeongdong.
東大門逛完已經是六點多了~ 我們先回到明洞的飯店放東西, 之後去姜虎東吃烤肉.
After finishing shopping at Dongdaemun is already after 6pm. We first went to our hotel to drop off our belongings, then we headed to Kang Ho Dong Baek Jeong for Korean BBQ. After BBQ, we explored Myeongdong to digest our food.
▼明洞很多化妝品和服飾店. 同一牌子的化妝品店在明洞可能就有2家以上的分店. 明洞給我的感覺就是放大版的西門町?
Myeongdong has many cosmetic and cloth stores. Each cosmetic brand more than likely has 2 or more branches in Myeongdong alone. Myeongdong to me is like an enlarged version of Ximenting.
Myeongdong also has many food stands for you to try 🙂
The spicy rice cake at the food stand is very spicy, if you have a high tolerance for spiciness, you should give it a try.
※ 這是我第一次寫具體的遊記, 資訊會比較多, 如果有錯誤或遺漏的地方歡迎留言告訴我喔!!!! 我會盡快修改更新
This is my first time writing out my trip in detail, there will be lots of info, if there are errors or something I miss, feel free to let me know through comments. I will do my best to edit and update.