Sunday, 28 July 2013

Seoul Far, Seoul Good

Jen and I are in Seoul, South Korea, to find printers for our fabric designs.

On Friday we headed to the Handmade Korea show at the Korea World Trade Centre.

Everything you could imagine and even those things you couldn't that can be handmade was on display.

Design here tends to be quite simple and naïve but most charming.

I wanted to bring a few of these ferocious fellows back home to stand guard over our wine stores but I think they'd even deter me from pouring another glass! Not a desirable outcome.

These lights using recycled parts have tons of character.

The on/off switches vary from taps and bicycle chain keys to chain pulls.

We have found Seoul to be on the expensive side but these lights were surprisingly reasonable unless I unwittingly made an error in calculation and left off a zero or two due to jet lag!

Indeed, Seoul is not the Asian city to shop in if you are looking for a bargain.

Even the food is pricey. We ate lunch at the Intercontinental's restaurant on the 30th floor.

The view is great - but it comes at a cost!

This little plate of pasta, albeit delicious, set us back R360! ($36)

Also on display at the Handmade show...these buttons handmade in South Africa!

We met our lovely Korean agent for the first time.

The trade centre has the largest underground shopping mall in Asia, COEX Mall, located below it. Leaving our buttons in the best possible hands, we went for a stroll through COEX.

Unfortunately the mall is currently under construction and a large part of what we saw was closed off, but head to the Hyundai Department Store and feast your eyes on the glorious sights in the food hall...

If you have a craving, you'll be able to satisfy it here.

Aisles of candy and sweets sit adjacent to the heavenly smells from the bakeries and chocolatiers...and oddly, the fishmonger!

Dried fish anyone?! Not today? Me neither.

I'm more of a candy girl myself. The candy apples looked irresistible.  

Dentists everywhere are rubbing their hands in glee at these pics!

The cupcakes have given me a little inspiration for Luke's animal themed birthday party coming up next month.

I love the clever use of glasses for the light chandelier in the wine shop.

After browsing around and taking embarrassing amounts a few photos, we headed back to the hotel for a quick refresh before I headed out for dinner with a dear friend I met when I studied in France.

Our destination - a small Japanese restaurant located in a part of Seoul that I would never be able to locate again...and as for the menu - no English version accompanied by pictures here! Thanks to Yoon we soon had a couple of cold crisp beers in front of us and a plate of sashimi that I will dream about for years to come.


And if that wasn't enough, these amazing zucchini fritters with a soft melting chicken middle arrived soon after. Absolutely delicious.

Wonderful food and even better company. 

Company and food that's good for the Seoul!


  1. I like the wine-men too. But I am not sure they will prevent me from drinking the wine......

  2. What a wonderful adventure you are having! Gastronomically and culturally! So happy for you!

  3. Glad you are having a great time! Thanks for all the wonderful pictures.

  4. fascinating-but the prices yikes!


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