Myeongdong is one of the shopping Meccas of Asia. During the Korean summer its streets are filled with Chinese, Japanese and Taiwanese tourists who bustle into Korea in numbers, stocking up on clothing and brand names. In recent years, Korea has been a growing fashion trendsetter due to the rise of K-pop and the growth of local designers.
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Living in Incheon, South Korea has a lot of perks; I’m fairly close to the airport, near the coast, I can go and enjoy and enjoy the beautiful Songdo whenever I want, etc. But shortly after I arrived, I found out that one of the greatest things about living in Incheon was my proximity to Bupyeong Station (Incheon Line 1). Bupyeong station houses one of the most amazing underground shopping malls, where you can find pretty much everything and anything you could want. It’s cheap, convenient, and home to some of my greatest purchases while teaching English in Korea thus far. Here are my top reasons for being in love with Bupyeong:
I won't lie, it is hard to be away from home for the holidays while teaching English in Korea. But, I also realize just like the Thanksgiving I spent on a beach in Kenya during my semester abroad in college, this Christmas in Korea will be one I will soon not forget. It's already been epic and it's only the middle of December. Last weekend I paraded around Seoul with a couple hundred singing Santas (I promise to blog about Santacon soon) and this week I spent the last few minutes of each class teaching my students the lyrics to their favorite Christmas songs. I really got into the spirit this weekend when I went shopping for gifts for my family and friends back home. Although I will not be there to see them open their gifts, it is almost more satisfying to imagine their reactions. Who didn't have a pair of Psy socks on their list for Santa this year? Rather than send home extravagant and expensive gifts, I am mailing packages full of small gifts that remind me of the people I love.
I am currently obsessed with the Korean style, so much that I have been spending a lot of money shopping here while teaching English in Korea. There is definitely no harm in shopping, especially to add a new touch to a girl's closet. With this said, I have been obsessed with Mootta, a website that was recently launched in Korea, bringing South Korean fashion to the rest of the world. It is a fresh and innovative website that brings the world South Korea's trend setting fashion designers. Collections consist of a mix and match between designers to fill your closet with goodies from the head down.
One thing to keep in mind when shopping in Korea is that almost all clothing is Free Size. I have recently touched about it here. Not all women have the same curves in the same area so it can be a bit frustrating when shopping. I am grateful that Mootta offers a handful of stylish pieces that are not free size which makes shopping in Korea easier.
This easy to work website is in English (great for English teachers here in Korea!), providing you with photos for all their looks, a collaboration of all designers to complete your everyday wardrobe. The best part about Mootta is their extremely quick and easy international shipping which reaches the United States within 3 days and the rest of the world up to 7 days. Shopping internationally has never been so easy and limited to one region. I love that they are trendy and it is exactly what the Korean celebrities are wearing as well!