Dong Dae Mun Market

Who doesn’t love shopping? I certainly do.

Dong Dae Mun market is a place that attracts many shoppers especially fashion fanatics. Dong Dae Mun market, which is located in Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea, is not just a small building, but an estate.  Dong Dae Mun market is the largest wholesale and retail shopping district and showcases a variety of things for us to shop.

I remembered my friend who went crazy over a Korean shop where he bought a lot of caps, approximately 15 if I’m not mistaken, each of different colors and designs. He spent only about SGD 50 on snapbacks as it is cheaper if you buy them in bulk.  They are basically wholesalers. However, not all of the shops there are wholesale, mostly are located in Section 2(on the map).

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Oh! I forget to mention that the shopping malls there opened from 10am to 5am the next morning, awesome right ? I know it totally is. There are also many events going on around the malls everyday at around 7-8pm KST(Korean Standard Time). There are also many money exchangers around thus not needing to bring extra won with you.

Basically the whole Dong Dae Mun market is a must visit and must buy area.

Dong Dae Mun market can be reached very easily just take the subway! Look for Dong Dae Mun station and take that line. If I didn’t remember wrongly I took line 4.

Do leave your comment below on what are the stuffs you’ll definitely buy when you’re there ?
I’ve bought a handful of items, 2 caps, 5 t-shirts, 4 rings, 1 necklace, 2 pants and 3 pair of shoes. Although they’re not branded but they’re of nice quality and it’s comfortable to wear.
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– Keith

 
References:
http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SH/SH_EN_7_2_5_1.jsp

http://www.thekoreaguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/dongdaemun4.jpg

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The Amazing Bean

If you have never seen Cloud Gate before, which has been nicknamed “The Bean” because of its bean-like structure, it may look like a big drop of water right in the middle of the square, which is exactly what I thought it was! But unfortunately, it wasn’t. Ever since I’ve watched the movie “Transformers: Age of Extinction” that was released on June 26 2014, I’m been tempted to visit “The Bean” and hope that I am able to in the near future.

Cloud Gate is built and designed by British artist Anish Kapoor’s and it was his first public outdoor work in the United States, which is made up of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates inspired by liquid mercury. The name “Cloud Gate” came about because its surface reflects the sky and city skyline. Cloud Gate sits upon the AT&T Plaza, which is located in Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States, measuring 66-feet long by 33-feet high.

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It is definitely a tourist trap as it provides an eye-catching view of the entire city located in the area. You get to see a reflection of the whole city from a variety of perspectives which enthralls you to have different points of views of the skyline and clouds, providing an endless reflection from where you stand.

I am constantly amazed by the countless selfie opportunities it allows one to have because it enables you to look thin or plump due to the angles where the reflections are stretched, expanded and displayed on the bean. There is even a concave area where visitors can stand underneath the bean!

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(The concave area that captures your attention)

 

Who would have thought that an enormous gorgeous metallic bean-shaped sculpture could become one of Chicago’s top tourists attractions? It is simply fascinating and is one of those landmarks that makes it worth your time and journey.

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There is almost always a crowd so it’s best to come early to avoid them. No trip is complete without a trip to The Bean. Kids, children and even adults are drawn to it. The best part is that it’s always 100% free! This is the perfect place to visit for a family vacation, and the view especially at night is simply fascinating 😉 Definitely a place you should not miss out!

– Kerri

 

 

References:

http://sensefunction.blogspot.sg/2012/04/why-cloud-gate-chicago.html

http://www.travelchannel.com/daily-escape/millennium-park

 

 

Fun In Seoul

When I asked my parents for their permission to go overseas to Seoul, South Korea, with my friends, they agreed without asking more questions. At that moment, all I could think of was what I should do, where I should go and what I should buy in Seoul.

Remembering how much fun we had while in Seoul years ago, this place definitely defines a whole new level of fun! Imagine an outdoor and indoor theme park that held the guinness world record for being the largest indoor theme park. Incredible, right? This is Lotte World (롯데월드) located in 40-1 Jamsil-dong, Songpa Gu, Seoul, South Korea, a South Korean version of Disneyland

It is a theme park filled with thrilling rides, different types of parades and much more.

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One of the many reasons why visitors are attracted to Lotte World is because of its amusements rides, especially the Gyro Drop! Even though I have never sat on it, it not only looks thrilling but scary as well because of its steep drop of about 70 metres. Lotte World is in fact one of the greatest theme park In Asia. It was opened in 12 July 1989 with over 8 million visitors every year.

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(The Gyro Drop! Yeap those are people up there. Scary but tempting at the same time.)
There are uncountable rides in Lotte World, many of which I have never rode on or even seen it before. However, despite the many other rides that I enjoyed, there are 2 rides which were definitely unforgettable.

 

1. The Aeronaut Balloon

The ride goes at a slow speed because it is more focused towards kids who are 6 years old and below. However, there is no age limit and even couples are allowed to take the ride. This ride takes you around the circumference of the indoor section of the park. Due to its slow speed, visitors are able to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the entire indoor theme park and have an overview of the rides that was shown on the theme park map.

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2. The Giant Loop

This ride surely makes you go woahhhhhh~! The Roller Coaster goes through a 360 degrees loop and stops at the peak of the loop hanging everyone upside down. The experience was simply awesome because the thrill it gives is too extreme and nothing like what a normal roller coaster ride offers. Imagine doing a handstand for 30 seconds, but at a higher height and being unable to touch the ground for a long period of time.

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It may look small from here, but it is no doubt a huge loop!

– Keith

 

 

References:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lotte_World,_Seoul.jpg

http://madamechewy.com/2014/05/06/korea-travelogue-lotte-world-diy-skincare-course-and-ice-gallery/

http://minyungee.wordpress.com/2010/08/13/july-11-lotte-world-the-last-supper/

http://aburntham.wordpress.com/

http://www.lotteworld.com/gate.asp

The Meiji Shrine

The Meiji Shrine (明治神宮 Meiji Jingū) is located in the heart of modern Tokyo, Shibuya. It is a Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. The shrine, sheltered by a 700,000 square-meter forest of 120,000 evergreen trees, donated from all parts of Japan when it was established, was completed and dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and the Empress Shoken in 1920, eight years after the passing of the emperor and six years after the passing of the empress. The shrine was destroyed during the Second World War but was rebuilt shortly thereafter.

 

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The shrine consists of two large areas: the Inner Garden, with the main shrine buildings; and the Outer Garden, with sports arenas and the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery. The shrine grounds are entered through two of Japan’s largest torii (shrine gates), made of beautiful cypress wood more than 1,700 years old.

It was great to see all the different people who go there for tourism, leisure and ceremonies. Head for the central shrine of Meiji Jingu as this is where people gather. On Sundays you would be able to see many couples getting married. We were there for about 20 Minutes and witnessed 3 weddings in that time alone. The best thing is that admission is free! However, you have to pay 500 yen to be admitted into the Inner Garden. Check out the admission price and timings here: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3002.html

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Meiji Shine is the most famous shine in Japan and is relatively related to the Japanese’s normal life as there are many wedding graduations and mitzvahs there. Last but not least, the shine is also a place that people can pin their aspirations on the walls there.

meiji Priests making their way to the Meiji Shrine

It is great for walking with plenty of shady areas. BUT, be warned, there are no drinks available in the park, so go prepared and bring enough drinks during the time you are there.

– Liu Mu

 

 

 

Reference:

http://www.meijijingu.or.jp/english/ceremonies/1.html

The Secrets Of Nature

Guangxi which locates in the south of China is one of the most beautiful nature sights in China. Guangxi is famous as the nature sights and a simple folkway. It attracts so many visitors to spend their vocation. It is really a wonder place to spend your holiday. It is serene and offers an amazingly beautiful view. Moreover, the people are very friendly and full of enthusiasm. Here are some pictures and videos to introduce Guangxi sights for you.

 

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Guangxi has so many beautiful places.

 

First one is Lijiang

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Second is Xiang Ba Shan (the elephant nose)

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Guangxi Lijiang is one of the most famous sights in the world. It has been the world intangible cultural heritage because his special natural sights and people habits. So go to visit Lijiang. You will find the amazing about nature.

– Frank

 

 

References:

http://www.guilincits.com/jingdian/71.html

The Beauty Of Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Hong Kong has 293 buildings taller than 500 feet which is sixty more as compared to New York City which came in second. What’s so good about Hong Kong? The food and scenery and what’s more is that it is the best city to live in! If you love scenic environments, you have to visit the Tian Tan Buddha. You will have to get there via Ngong Ping cable car. While on the way up there, you will see an amazing view of several mountains.

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(A photo of me with the Buddha)

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The Peak is Hong Kong’s highest point on the island. The view it offers makes The Peak one of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong. Looking down at the city from this famous vantage point provides the best view of the city. Do take note: Do not choose a day with hazy or unpredictable weather as you would not be able to see a single thing!

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Tsim Sha Tsui is another one of the popular attractions in Hong Kong because of its Avenue of Stars as well as the vantage point to catch the Symphony of Lights show. Avenue of Stars have its popular commemorative plaques, celebrity handprints, descriptive milestones and a life-size statue of kung fu action hero Bruce Lee.

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A Symphony of Lights is staged every night at 8pm. If you would like to know more details of the show, do visit this website http://www.tourism.gov.hk/symphony/english/details/details.html. Here is a video clip of the Symphony of Lights.

 

– Gavin

 

References:

http://planetden.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/hong_kong___victoria_peak_by_shiroang-d5q0qxf.jpg

http://mltours.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Victoria-Peak.jpg

Animals’ Wondrous Habitats

Today’s post wouldbe about my past trip to the Singapore Zoo! As a student studying in Singapore, a visit to the Singapore Zoo is not to be missed. Let’s get on to the post, shall we?

 

The Singapore Zoo (新加坡动物园), which is formerly known as the Singapore Zoological Gardens, is known locally as the Mandai Zoo. It is located on the boundary of Upper Seletar Reservoir within Singapore’s forested central catchment area. The zoo was built at a cost of S$9m granted by the Government of Singapore and opened on 27 June 1973. It is operated by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, who also manages the neighbouring Night Safari and the Jurong Bird Park. (These are my other 2 favourites!)

The zoo consists of about 315 species of animals in the zoo, some of which are considered threatened species around the world. It also attracts about 1.6 million visitors each year.

 

The Singapore Zoo animal shows are popular with families where you can see trained zoo animals perform their special talents. There are also activities planned out for families with young children. Elephant rides and tours are available where one can get an elongated view of the world on the back of the gentle giant. Dining together with Orang Utans, one of the award-winning breakfast programme, Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife, has been appropriately set at their timber lodge-inspired Ah Meng Restaurant. While enjoying local favourites and tropical fruit juices, the Orang Utan family may just make a spectacular entrance. It’s an amazing sight to behold!

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There are even timings for visitors to feed the animals such as chimpanzees, giraffes, otters, arowanas, hippos and more! However, be reminded to come early if you want to feed the animals as there is a limit to the amount of food they consume to prevent overfeeding. Check out their feeding times here: http://www.zoo.com.sg/shows-feedings/token-feeding-times.html.

 

Have you ever had breakfast with an Orang Utan? Or seen a Hamadryas baboon before? If you haven’t, don’t forget to visit them as well as the walkthrough exhibits and underwater galleries! They are open every day of the year from 8am – 6.30pm.

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And here’s a picture of my friend – Frank. I only managed to take this picture before my camera ran out of battery. You may know him from his posts on this blog. 🙂

– Liu Mu

 

 

References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore_Zoo