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Babalouie
13-12-06, 05:42 PM
Ok, I guess I promised to do it :)

This is the view from my office....check out the pollution! This is the Yoido district, which is like the Korean Wall St, it's where the stock exchange and all the big financial companies are.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids004.jpg

Across the rd is the parliament house, and this huge area is often packed with noisy students/demonstrators, and the police riot bus is a common sight parked around this area
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids005sml.jpg

Yes! Korea has vending machines too, but not anywhere near as many as Japan, and well...it's not the *same* somehow :D
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids006sml.jpg

This is like many JDM style vitamin drinks like say, Aspara. Apparently Korean/Japanese don't get much vitamin c in their normal diet so they supplement it with these tonic drinks...tastes kinda like Passiona.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids007-1.jpg

More to come....I should prolly take pics of cars but I warn you...it'll hurt your eyes :D

doofus
13-12-06, 05:48 PM
hahaha, it cant be that bad! show us some cars!

nice pics btw, very interesting

Sp33dY
13-12-06, 05:52 PM
Bring on the ugly KDM!!!

Babalouie
13-12-06, 05:54 PM
Bring on the ugly KDM!!!

I dunno....I don't think you can handle that much ugly :D

MFN-MAN
13-12-06, 05:57 PM
wow...i thought philippines polution was bad!

shonen
13-12-06, 06:08 PM
hahaha babs how long you there for ?

Although I do miss friends and family in Korea I wanna go to Japan before I go back to Korea again...

hahaha babs try this tonic called Bacchuss - F......it will wake you right up !!!

lovesil
13-12-06, 06:23 PM
You sure that's the pollution?? Its winter time over there now, hence it should be the winter fog or something ya?

Here is some of the city pics i took last year......not exactly shooting at any particular thing......

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/lovesil/Korea%20Trip/City%20Views%20of%20Seoul/SeoulCity-4.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/lovesil/Korea%20Trip/City%20Views%20of%20Seoul/SeoulCity-2.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/lovesil/Korea%20Trip/City%20Views%20of%20Seoul/SeoulCity-3.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/lovesil/Korea%20Trip/City%20Views%20of%20Seoul/SeoulCity-1.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/lovesil/Korea%20Trip/City%20Views%20of%20Seoul/SeoulCity-6.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/lovesil/Korea%20Trip/City%20Views%20of%20Seoul/SeoulCity-8.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/lovesil/Korea%20Trip/City%20Views%20of%20Seoul/SeoulCity-9.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/lovesil/Korea%20Trip/City%20Views%20of%20Seoul/SeoulCity-7.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/lovesil/Korea%20Trip/RiverStream-in-City.jpg

Babalouie
13-12-06, 06:35 PM
Righto...just ducked downstairs for a coffee and snapped a few.


hahaha babs how long you there for ?

hahaha babs try this tonic called Bacchuss - F......it will wake you right up !!!
I'm here until xmas eve. Ok, I'll keep an eye out for it although I'm not having much luck with the KDM drinks....the last one was "a very famous local drink" which turned out to be banana flavoured skim milk :rolleyes:


Bring on the ugly KDM!!!

Okay....you asked for it :D
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids017.jpg

That was a Kia Opirus by the way, which is Kia's luxury sedan. Here's more Opirus
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids014.jpg

Nissan Maxima, huh? Wrong. Samsung S520. Samsung Cars went kaput in the Asian financial crash of the late 90's and the Gumbyment tried to make Hyundai buy them out. Hyundai were close to the wall themselves, so Samsung Cars was bought out by Renault. So you see lots of Pulsars and Maximas on the road here, badged as Samsung.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids009.jpg

Here's more KDM Ugly :) Hyundai Dynasty. As in NASTY :D :D I'm not 100% sure where this sits in the range, since it's supposedly a luxo car but is actually a bit smaller than the current model Grandeur. Anyway, they're mostly bought as cabs. Black cabs are more expensive than silver cabs, but black cabs have leather inside :D
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids012.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids013.jpg

One of the less sucky KDM cars which I actually like. Equus GS, which is RWD and is powered by either the Grandeur V6 or a Mitsu-supplied 280ps 4.5 V8 with a 5spd auto. Goes very well and the hotel drivers frequently hammer up to 160 on the freeway to the airport, although the ride is quite floaty. The interior is really nice, with reclining rear seats, etc. It's almost exclusively bought by hotels and corporations as a limo, and seems to only come in black :D It's badged Equus but is Hyundai. I get the feeling that it's actually a Mitsubishi Proudia and it might be largely made in Japan.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids015.jpg

Korean hawkers are almost always in a little tent. It's winter here and soon it'll be minus 20 degrees.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids010.jpg

This one was serving a sort of fried gyoza (our of a packet!), some squid simmering in chili gravy (kinda tastes like the sort you get in HK street stalls) and sushi.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids011.jpg

Stretch Ssangyong Chairman....based on the late 80's E-Class Merc, but blown up to S-class proportions :D
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids016.jpg

Babalouie
13-12-06, 06:39 PM
Cool pics Sil, you Korean yourself?

Edit: For the record, I asked the ppl in the office and they said that that grey shit in the cityscape pics is fog, not pollution. Phew...and I forgot to bring my ventolin too :D

lovesil
13-12-06, 06:46 PM
Cool pics Sil, you Korean yourself?

oh no! i'm not korean. Me's a hybrid of Msia/Singapore/Taiwan. The pics are taken from my trip to korea last Oct. Frankly, i loved it. Its a exact replicate of Taiwan, except all words are in korean. At the same time, it felt abit Japan too.

Sp33dY
13-12-06, 06:46 PM
INTERESTING! Lots of chrome grills :P

Babalouie
13-12-06, 06:50 PM
oh no! i'm not korean. Me's a hybrid of Msia/Singapore/Taiwan. The pics are taken from my trip to korea last Oct. Frankly, i loved it. Its a exact replicate of Taiwan, except all words are in korean. At the same time, it felt abit Japan too.

OIC :D

Yeah I agree that Korea is very Japan, but more laidback, and a lot less cramped and crowded. But then again, there is no cars, toys, video games or manga here and that is 95% of the reason (for me anyway) to go to Japan :D

lovesil
13-12-06, 06:56 PM
OIC :D

Yeah I agree that Korea is very Japan, but more laidback, and a lot less cramped and crowded. But then again, there is no cars, toys, video games or manga here and that is 95% of the reason (for me anyway) to go to Japan :D

You sure? i think its really because you haven't been around much. I'm sure there's bound to be some korea manga and video games. And I even went to a local track, which so happen to be next to one of the biggest theme park in Seoul and saw some KDM racing or tracking.

I'm sure shonen will explain abit more korea to us as he's a local if i'm not wrong.

Babalouie
13-12-06, 08:01 PM
You sure? i think its really because you haven't been around much. I'm sure there's bound to be some korea manga and video games. And I even went to a local track, which so happen to be next to one of the biggest theme park in Seoul and saw some KDM racing or tracking.

I'm sure shonen will explain abit more korea to us as he's a local if i'm not wrong.

True....I guess I'm always working when I'm here so I don't usually make much of an effort. Koreans are HUGE on LAN games tho.....LAN cafes everywhere.

If there's any suggestions on what I should do while I'm here, please post 'em. I have a whole weekend to kill...I was thinking maybe the Dongdaemun/doreamon/whatever market, and the Namdaemun Market, then maybe walk around Myeongdong in the evening?

Oh, here's a funny story....all over the "young" shopping areas are these places with big "DVD" signs. Thinking that they sell DVDs (I have to get the soapies for my missus) I walk in, and it looks just like a karaoke place, with lots of private rooms, except that the lobby has a rack of DVDs. It turns out that you pick a DVD and then go to your room and watch it on their plasma for $20.

So I think...what? Can't you just *buy* a DVD for $20? Then I'm taken aside and told: most Korean young ppl live with their parents. So if you want to make out, you go to these DVD places, rent out Lord of the Rings or whatever (the movies are usually quite old) and then sit on the sofa, which then folds out, and then....

No wonder they were all staring at me when I walked in there by myself :D

denka
13-12-06, 10:36 PM
hahaha, you didn't walk in there with brokeback mountain did ya

oh that jake gylenhall is so hot right now

namster
13-12-06, 11:06 PM
... called "video-bang" (korean-engrish; video room)
what a pun.

did you know soju (korean alcohol) is also cheaper than water?

you need to eat the yangyum chicken (deep fried chilli chicken)kind of like sweet and sour chicken.. but chilli... soo yum.

visit apgujong and kangnam for clubs and bars, also hongdae (lots of younger uni students tho)

itaewon has alot of US army personel, avoid the persistent street sellers, and the backstreets have "for your eyes only" entertainment.

van
13-12-06, 11:11 PM
Manga in Korea is called Manhwa

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

Babalouie
14-12-06, 12:44 AM
did you know soju (korean alcohol) is also cheaper than water?

YES! A huge bottle of the stuff is only about $3....and geez can Korean blokes put it away! But I presume it can't taste that great, since it seems like you have to mix it with water, lemon, passionfruit, chilsung cider, and all kinds of stuff to drown out the taste :)


itaewon has alot of US army personel, avoid the persistent street sellers, and the backstreets have "for your eyes only" entertainment.

Ya, I'll prolly visit Itaewon at some point, lots of places to eat there. It's also the home of my favourite women's clothers shop: "Make yourself...fucking lovely" (really, that's what the sign in front says)

BLISTC
14-12-06, 12:49 AM
pictures of hot korean girls please :)

A'PEXi
14-12-06, 02:12 AM
land of hyundai lol :D

lovesil
14-12-06, 08:12 AM
Then I'm taken aside and told: most Korean young ppl live with their parents. So if you want to make out, you go to these DVD places, rent out Lord of the Rings or whatever (the movies are usually quite old) and then sit on the sofa, which then folds out, and then....


Was told the price of a house/apartment in Seoul is virtually unaffordable by most majority of the populations over there. Was told that the bond for renting a place over there is almost as much as buying one or something..... Hence it is said, the rich will get richer and the poor will just stays the same or poorer.

Babalouie
14-12-06, 11:36 AM
Was told the price of a house/apartment in Seoul is virtually unaffordable by most majority of the populations over there. Was told that the bond for renting a place over there is almost as much as buying one or something..... Hence it is said, the rich will get richer and the poor will just stays the same or poorer.

Yup, it's one of the few places in the world which makes Sydney property prices seem cheap. A small 100sqm apartment in a convenient suburb is about A$550k. But prices really went crazy about 5yrs ago, prices have apparently tripled since the late 90's, so if you were Korean your parents would be sitting on huge assets but you wouldn't be :D

I was reading a survey the other day about cities to live in as an expat and IIRC Seoul was the second most expensive behind Moscow. It's a surprisingly expensive place to live/visit, even more exxy than Tokyo.

Babalouie
14-12-06, 01:50 PM
Was told the price of a house/apartment in Seoul is virtually unaffordable by most majority of the populations over there. Was told that the bond for renting a place over there is almost as much as buying one or something..... Hence it is said, the rich will get richer and the poor will just stays the same or poorer.

Ok I asked around and this is the lowdown on rent.

Rent is about twice the price in Sydney, say a 1bedrm apartment for a single person would be about $500~750/wk.

The bond thing for renting is called "key money". For a $400k apartment, you can pay $200k to the landlord in return for a 2yr lease. At the end of the 2yrs you get your $200k back, the idea is that the landlord gets to invest it in that time. Given that property prices are screaming up at 10-20% per yr, this is popular cos the landlords get to invest in another property with your money. You can just pay straight rent, but it's expensive, and a lot of landlords won't let you have a lease unless you front up a certain amount of keymoney.

So yeah, this place is expensive :( I just took a few girls from the office to the Coffee Bean, 2 coffees and 1 hot choc = $22 :shock:

[ekkY]
14-12-06, 01:59 PM
man, that is so expensive to live there

wtf? 2 coffees and 1 hot choc = $22

man what type of coffee they use

lovesil
14-12-06, 02:02 PM
Yup! That's it. Basically, the rich with property will use that "key" money to get the next property and when that property's rented, he will buy the 3rd property....etc etc which keep rolling on. Hence the rich get richer and the poor will get poorer.

ohh.....korean chicks?? ain't you married with 2 kids?

Babalouie
14-12-06, 02:13 PM
ohh.....korean chicks?? ain't you married with 2 kids?

It was a work meeting :D BTW it's 3 kids :D


;21267']man, that is so expensive to live there

wtf? 2 coffees and 1 hot choc = $22

man what type of coffee they use

It's the same, Starbucks, Java Coffee, Coffee Bean, there are tons and tons of US-style coffee shops here, often 3 or 4 per block, and the prices are all the same. Also last night I bought a corn on the cob from a street vendor and it was $3 :)

Another thing that's expensive is Korean BBQ...in Australia, Korean BBQ is usually pretty cheap, lilke $25 all you can eat, right? Over here, beef can get REALLY expensive. The last place I went to was $115 PER PERSON....it was very nice tho :)

Babalouie
14-12-06, 02:25 PM
My camera ran out of battery last night so I just managed to squeeze off a few pics just outside the office.

Every night, these tents set up outside the office buildings:
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids020.jpg

They mostly serve the same dishes, which are bbq'd chicken skewers (basted in a slightly sourish and sticky bbq/chili sauce), squid simmering in chili gravy and the stuff steaming in the pot on the far right are fried tofu on a stick, simmering in soup of some kind.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids019.jpg

It's about $2 per stick, and is quite yummy...actually on second thoughts the stuff in the chili gravy is fish paste I think
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids018.jpg

lovesil
14-12-06, 02:50 PM
So, you can speak korean now??? I mean i can sometimes find someone that speak mandarin over there (quite abit of China people move over to Korea), but english.......its as rare as in Jap.

Babalouie
14-12-06, 03:32 PM
So, you can speak korean now??? I mean i can sometimes find someone that speak mandarin over there (quite abit of China people move over to Korea), but english.......its as rare as in Jap.

Nope....can't speak a word of Korean.

Babalouie
14-12-06, 04:13 PM
BTW, just went here for lunch:

http://www.koreansoup.co.kr/

Had a huge bowl of congee for $20, and in Korean it has the very familiar name of "Juk" :) Tastes just the same as chinese congee, (which is pronounced "chook") except they put shredded nori (so it all goes green when you mix it up), sesame seed and raw egg into it.

http://www.koreansoup.co.kr/html/images/menu/001pic_01.jpg

import_bible
14-12-06, 06:06 PM
i ove korean food, see any hot ladies?

Babalouie
14-12-06, 08:06 PM
i ove korean food, see any hot ladies?

HEAPS

lovesil
14-12-06, 09:23 PM
Can i ask what job are you doing?? Would love to do a job that requires me to go overseas for a few months. Not only earning money, but also learning a new place.

Babalouie
14-12-06, 09:43 PM
Can i ask what job are you doing?? Would love to do a job that requires me to go overseas for a few months. Not only earning money, but also learning a new place.

I look after the taxes for my company, which has offices asia-wide. So I tend to travel a lot to do tax returns, handle audits, that kinda bean-countery stuff. Professionally I'm a tax lawyer/chartered accountant.

I don't travel for long periods, usually just say a week to 10 days, and I do maybe 6 trips a yr....it's pretty cool if you like travelling. I have a family so I try to avoid travelling but if I was single I could be on the road every mth to somewhere new...

shonen
15-12-06, 12:50 AM
come on babs.......show us some pics of da chicks bro ! :P hahaha

Project1JZ
15-12-06, 02:50 PM
Cool pics. I'm supposed to be going there next year with the missus but damn... I think I'll have to live without coffee for the trip :lol:

Babalouie
15-12-06, 04:02 PM
More pics from my dinner excursion last night to the Myeongdong area. It's quite a happening area, lots of shops, cinemas, cafes and restaurants and still packed at 10pm.

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids047.jpg

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids025.jpg

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids030.jpg

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids031.jpg

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids034.jpg

10pm at night!
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids035.jpg

Also lots of street vendors selling clothes and food
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids049.jpg

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids052.jpg

If you drink too much beer at this place, you will eventually get a...
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids037.jpg

Lots of street food stalls
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids024.jpg

Not sure what this was...some sort of dried cuttlefish? Little green balls close to camera are roasted ginko nuts, which are chewy and taste like a giant green pea.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids027.jpg

Fried food stall...there are deep fried sausages (wrapped in bacon), fishpaste wrapped in nori, and the thing closest to the camera are chicken skewers battered and deep fried, all covered in chili/bbq/tomato sauce. That weird fried ball with the french fries hanging out of it is a mystery (no idea what it is inside) but it's popular! Even though it looks like a heart attack waiting to happen. As is typical of Asia, there are no garbage bins anywhere to be found, so you stand there, eat your stick food, then hand your stick back to the nice lady (for recycling?) :).
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids032.jpg

Vietnam reprezent! After looking at all that fried food I wanted something healthy...it was maybe 3/10 compared to my mother in law's recipe but was ok.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids028.jpg

This looked better than it tasted...
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids039.jpg

Some lit-up buildings from the area..
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids042.jpg

I think this is the museum...
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids045.jpg

Babalouie
18-12-06, 04:28 PM
I only took a few pics over the weekend, but here they are:

The cool thing on the weekend was the first snow of the Seoul winter!
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids088.jpg

This was about half an hr after it started to snow, it looks like rain in the pic but actually there are huge flakes of snow drifting slowly down from the heavens:
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids087.jpg


At first it's fun, then after a while all the snow on the ground melts and goes wet and slushy, and then your shoes get wet and then your feet get cold and then you're like ummm ok, I'm over it now :D
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids089.jpg

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids092.jpg

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids091.jpg
The view the next morning:
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids093.jpg

Also you see quite a few of these things going around, and I'm undecided if they are cool or not: Ssangyong Actyon. The nose treatment is a little odd but overall you have got to applaud them for doing something different with the urban 4x4 genre:
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids057.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids058.jpg

That was the ute version, but the hatchback version is a lot more popular....the sloping rear hatch must reduce cargo room a lot but I think that overall it's a pretty nifty coupe shape, click for the e-catalog:
http://www.smotor.com/kr/images/showroom/ecatalog/actyon/red/actyon_01.htm

Sp33dY
18-12-06, 04:43 PM
Also you see quite a few of these things going around, and I'm undecided if they are cool or not: Ssangyong Actyon. The nose treatment is a little odd but overall you have got to applaud them for doing something different with the urban 4x4 genre:

They looks 20x better than the recycled 1995 styled Ssangyongs we get here at dealers! That kinds looks, futuristic, and first reminded me of the new Mitsu Triton Utes!


Sweet pics man!!! What kind of job allows you to goto all these asian destinations!

Babalouie
18-12-06, 06:26 PM
Sweet pics man!!! What kind of job allows you to goto all these asian destinations!

I travel the world taking part in high stakes poker games :D

felixR
18-12-06, 07:50 PM
nice one kev.. thanx for sharing :)

lovesil
18-12-06, 09:31 PM
OMG..........korea's a paradise comparing to australia. I seriously missed the time when one can still go out to shop and eat at 10pm.....

shonen
18-12-06, 11:15 PM
You sure? i think its really because you haven't been around much. I'm sure there's bound to be some korea manga and video games. And I even went to a local track, which so happen to be next to one of the biggest theme park in Seoul and saw some KDM racing or tracking.

I'm sure shonen will explain abit more korea to us as he's a local if i'm not wrong.

hahaha....im korean...but im no means local !!

I was born in Newcastle and lived here most of my life !

shonen
18-12-06, 11:18 PM
OMG..........korea's a paradise comparing to australia. I seriously missed the time when one can still go out to shop and eat at 10pm.....



yeah thats what most of my fob korean friends say....they think sydney is boring in that respect cause everything closes sooo early even on weekends.

Over there almost everything is open at all hours of the night.......

Babalouie
20-12-06, 02:04 PM
yeah thats what most of my fob korean friends say....they think sydney is boring in that respect cause everything closes sooo early even on weekends.

Over there almost everything is open at all hours of the night.......

Speaking of that...there's this place here called dong-daemon market. It's basically a shopping area with shopping centres full of clothes shops, like this one: www.doota.com

The best way I can explain it is like it's a vertical sunday market, with lots of little stalls selling clothes, except there is 10 floors of it.

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids095.jpg

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids094.jpg

...and it's open until 4AM!
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Korea/Kids096.jpg

So, say it's 3am, you're lying in bed and wondering how come you haven't got a pair of those enormously-popular baggy KDM camo pants in your wardrobe....if you get changed quickly and jump in a cab you still have 1hr before the shops close!

lovesil
20-12-06, 03:25 PM
oh! i was there at dong-daemon market last time. Things in there ain't exactly cheap (in aust standard), but its considered cheap in korea. Also, the good thing about that place, is its full of hot chicks. Last time i was there (near winter), you can still see full street of chicks with mini skirts........("Oh ya......BABY":Austin Power style)

Babalouie
20-12-06, 04:06 PM
oh! i was there at dong-daemon market last time. Things in there ain't exactly cheap (in aust standard), but its considered cheap in korea. Also, the good thing about that place, is its full of hot chicks. Last time i was there (near winter), you can still see full street of chicks with mini skirts........("Oh ya......BABY":Austin Power style)

I would agree with that...I bought a few Thomas the Tank Engine things for my kids and I reckon it would be cheaper in Oz.

But normal Dept-store prices are stratospheric here. I looked at some name-branded trousers (ie it's well know in Korea but nowhere else) in the Lotte Dept store and fell over at the $300 price. So the $50 I paid for made-in-china pants I bought at Dong-daemon is really cheap by local stds.

...roger also on the hot chix comment :D There's snow on the ground and they're still getting around in high boots and miniskirts :)

blue_leaf
28-12-06, 07:19 PM
Thanks for sharing your experiences with us :) Really interesting.


Yup, it's one of the few places in the world which makes Sydney property prices seem cheap. A small 100sqm apartment in a convenient suburb is about A$550k. But prices really went crazy about 5yrs ago, prices have apparently tripled since the late 90's, so if you were Korean your parents would be sitting on huge assets but you wouldn't be :D

I was reading a survey the other day about cities to live in as an expat and IIRC Seoul was the second most expensive behind Moscow. It's a surprisingly expensive place to live/visit, even more exxy than Tokyo.

Hhahaha so true about Moscow - I am from St. Petersburg myself(2nd largest city in Russia) and prices there are skyrocketing since the early 90s and dont seem to be stopping any time soon, I am surprised St. Petersburg isnt 2nd on the list :???:

Babalouie
28-12-06, 07:36 PM
Hhahaha so true about Moscow - I am from St. Petersburg myself(2nd largest city in Russia) and prices there are skyrocketing since the early 90s and dont seem to be stopping any time soon, I am surprised St. Petersburg isnt 2nd on the list :???:

I've always been curious about visiting Russia :) So are every-day touristy things expensive? Like say will just the usual walking around, eating and transport cost heaps compared to here? I can imagine that property in nice areas would cost a bomb tho.