„Made in Korea“ souvenirs – what to buy?

During my first trip to South-Korea I was totally overwhelmed by the beautiful and cool things I saw. On one hand, I would love to take them all with me as souvenirs or gift for family and friends. But on the other hand, there were too many choices, that I felt a little bit overburdened.

Based on all my experiences, I’ve written this post with a list of authentic “Made in Korea” items that I would recommend to you as souvenirs. It includes not only cool and very useful things, but also with reasonable price. Don’t forget to check it before you go 😉.

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Results from one of my shopping tours before leaving Korea 😆
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Gwangjang Market – street food paradise in Seoul

Gwangjang market 광장시장 is one of the oldest and largest traditional markets in South-Korea. Since my very first visit it has become my favorite place, where I love to take my friends and visitors to. And every time going there, I always discover new things that I’ve never seen here before. Very impressive!

Food paradise in Seoul
An open market with a lot of food

There are more than 5000 stores on this 42.000 m2 large market with a huge variation of products. But the best thing you can do in Gwangjang market is to taste and try many delicious traditional Korean food.

Many foreign tourists know about Gwangjang Market through the series „Street food” of Netflix. But believe me, the market in real is even much more interesting than that. It’s a real paradise for all food lovers in the heart of Seoul!

1. How to reach Gwangjang Market?

Address: 88, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Naver Map: Link

Closest metro station: Jongno 5-ga, Exit 7, 8

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Climbing Park – a boulder gym in of Gangnam [Seoul]

It’s been a long time since my last post about bouldering gyms in Seoul. One reason for that is, during the good-weather time I prefer to spend much more time for sport climbing. The other reason is, there are too many small gyms around Seoul now. It’s impossible to write about all and for me, not all of them worth mentioning. But lately I’ve visited the Climbing Park in Gangnam.

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Climbing Park

I think I’ve found my new favorite gym!

How to find the Climbing Park?

Address: Climbing Park, 468 Gangnam-daero Gangnam-gu Seoul, B3

Naver Map: Link

Closest subway station: Sinnonhyeon Station (Metro Line9), Exit 5
The gym is located in the Chungnim building, on B3 floor.

Operation hours: Mon.-Fri. 7:00~23:00; Sat.-Sun.: 10:00~20:00 – if you want to climb before going to work, this gym would be perfect for you 😉.

Entrance fee: Day pass: 20.000₩; monthly pass:100.000₩; 10-time-pass: 160.000₩ (valid for 6 months)

More information: Home page of Climbing Park (only in Korean)

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The entrance to Climbing Park is right next to Exit 5

How is the facility?

Der Climbing Park was newly opened in May 2019. All rooms are very clean, tidy, and you can still smell the painting color when enter.

Bouldering Seoul, Rock climbing seoul, Climbing park, reception desk

Mr. Kim, the owner of Climbing Park is very friendly and can speak English. He also gives additional classes, if you need any.

Here you will find everything you need: changing and shower room with lockers, a relaxing stretching room, hanging board and other power training equipment. You can also rent or buy shoes as well as chalk.

changing room, shower
Changing room
Btw girls, if you forgot to bring your hair tie, don’t worry, there are a bunch for you here…
Relaxing stretch room – you can take a nap as well
More training possibilities…

How is the route setting?

The gym features three bouldering walls, each 4.5~5m high. Route setting is very interesting with various difficulties and styles. The starting point of a route as well as its difficulties is marked by the tape colors.

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Main bouldering wall with great settings
Bouldering Seoul, Rock climbing seoul, Climbing park
The tape color will tell you about the difficulty of a problem

Moreover, there are tow traverse walls for class and endurance training.

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Traverse wall

Due to Mr. Kim, the route settings here will be changed biweekly on Friday. So you’ll never get bored.

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Route settings: every two Fridays

I also notice that there are many dyno-bouldering problems in this gym. If you enjoy dyno-climbing, it’s a must to go here.

My review

Location: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – in the center of Seoul, easy to reach with metro.
Price: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – day pass 20.000₩, comparable with other gyms.
Staff: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Everyone at Climbing Park is very kind and supportive. Mr. Kim can speak English well. Other staff can speak less English, but you can still get what you need.
Facility: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – tidy and clean.
Route settings: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – super fun boulder problems, which change every 2 weeks. Many dyno routes.

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Explore Seoul with the subway – good things to know

After spending a lot of time got stuck in traffic jam in Seoul, I felt it really not funny, sometimes even frustrating, to drive in Seoul 😤. For me, the best way to travel in the city is to take the subway (지하철 metro) and walk. There are a lot of information online for tourists how to use the subway, e.g. from the Seoul Metro site. But here are my additional 5 tipps for you after using the subway multiple times.

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Seoul Station – always busy

1. How to plan your route?

You can easily get a subway map everywhere: from your guide book, from a tourist map, google maps, etc. However, the subway network in Seoul is incredibly huge, that’s why you may need a magnifier to read all station names on those maps.

What you would need is “Naver map” – an smartphone app that is available in itunes and google play. Comparing it to other navigation apps such as Google or Apple maps, there are a lot of advantages:

  • Route calculation possible for driving with car, taking subway or busses, riding bicycle or walk
  • You can enter destinations in English or set it via map
  • You can easily share a Naver map link to the destination with your family and friends
  • Routes can be calculated in most case. That sounds strange, but with Google or Apple maps, you may face the problem that the route cannot be calculated
  • Alternative routes are available for you to pick the best
  • While traveling with subway, this map will show you also which entrance and exit should be taken to reach the destination fastest.
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