Thursday, December 12, 2013

KOrea Seoul free and easy : Dongdaemun and accomodation city days inn

Stayed at city days inn for the last visit.
This hotel is just beside the train station dongdaemun exit 5. After you exit from the station, you can see city days inn.
We had a bad encounter with the taxi driver. As the hotel is relatively unknown. We took a taxi down as it was peak hours and we did not want to try to squeeze ourselves into the train.
We came from Busan by KTS so we are cabbing from Seoul station. we expect the taxi fare to be quite reasonable. However, the stupid taxi driver decide he do not where the hotel is, he just drop at some unknown hotel at some quiet and dark lane where there are only a handful of people who are surprised to see tourist dragging their luggage around.
We have to ask for directions to the train station and look for the hotel ourselves. We spent around 30 minutes looking for the hotel. He did dropped us at somewhere quite a distance from our hotel ( need around 15-20mins walk)
We choose this hotel firstly because it is not easy to find triple sharing hotel (Skypark is another hotel with triple sharing) and I wanted to shop at dongdaemun,
The hotel room is not big but is ample for us because we are seldom back home.
Bed is comfortable.
It is clean, new and bright. (brightness is important, as dark rooms seems eerie.
The staff do know English but is not very fluent.
You have to walk around 5-10 mins to Doota and the other shopping malls.
There are no lifts so we had to carry our luggages and shopping up the stairs.

There is always so much talk about dongdaemun being the wholesale market for clothes.
I did have a lot of expectations.
Why I still prefer Ewha women's university and Hongdae.
1. The price is stated clearly. HAve to ask for the price for every item. No special price for tourist, some of the shop owners take a good look at me below quoting the price. Some reduced the price when I walk away by as much as few thousand won, wondering how much they charge me if I did not walk away. I am not really a pro at bargaining.
At EWha and hongdae, the price is stated clearly. 
2. I like the environment at ewha and hongdae as it is small little shops. There are cafes and snacks shops around for good food and well deserved rest. The place is more vibrant and happening.
If you are looking for more mature clothings for mums and dads and clothes with bigger size like uk12. It is better to shop at nandaemun. 

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