Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Shop Til You Drop!

This is the anthem of many during the holiday shopping season, though less likely this year with the weakened economy. But Koreans take this to a whole new level.

I went shopping for a light coat this week. It took me a few days to explore the multiple mall towers of Dongdaenum and a variety of department stores, including Shinsegae, Lotte, Hyundai and Galleria, where I finally made the purchase. I swear, these malls are designed like Las Vegas casinos. There are no clocks, no maps, no store directory, and their labyrinthine design make them nearly impossible to escape without a compass and an uncanny sense of direction.

I took some pictures inside the mall, but the pit boss took my camera and erased the pictures. Oh, sorry, that was Vegas.

I took this picture of the store hours at one of the mall towers in Dongdaemun. That's no joke. Those aren't the Christmas shopping hours. Migliore is open later than the 7-Eleven in my Berkeley neighborhood (Telegraph & Parker).


basile with an e said...

Ya, but I saw a guy trying to make it through a bullet wound in front of that 7-11, haha. I would close earlier than a Korean mall too.

Hm, so I don't have a few days to explore that whole thing... can you point me to the peacoats when i get there? I'm hoping to find one in my size... should be easier in an Asian nation. American's are too big for me, man.

Anonymous said...

That's crazy.