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The Back Alleys
For lunch, Dan Xia and I decided to wonder off and explore Itaewon a little.... we took a turn and end up in a back alley.
Though it is a back alley, it was clean and we had a pleasant walk. There are many smaller restaurants that has their entrance from the back alley.
Also, all along Itaewon, we saw quite a few American soldiers. Apparently, according to the locals, Itaewon is the tourist/ foreigner spot. This is a good place to do some shopping too, mainly clothes, shoes, and souvenirs.
Itaewon is considered to be the foreigners area, since it is the host of the main American base in Seoul.
The street is very lively, full of all sorts of shops during the day, and a very busy night life after sunset.
The picture should speak better than any words.
Itaewon Shopping Street
Itaewon is a "must-see" place that is popular with travelers from around the world. Here you can encounter a wide variety of products as well as people. Besides the joy of shopping, Itaewon offers diverse kinds of food, from simple takeouts to serious dining. With dusk it turns into a center of entertainment.
Getting to Itaewon by subway is somewhat complicated. Take Subway Line 4 (Blue Line), get off at Samgakji Station, take exit 1, walk for about 50 meters, then turn right and continue to walk for another 50 meters up to the front gate of the Ministry of National Defense. Take Bus Nos. 23 or 81 and get off after two bus stops. For two or more travelers, catching a cab might be better.
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Walk along Itaewon Road
Itaewon road is not too long to walk. There are a lot of copied brandname products for sale along the way.
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