Shopping: XBT Style

Written by on January 18, 2011 in Lifestyle

There are many places in Seoul to go shopping. Myeongdong, Insadong, Namdaemun, and Dongdaemun instantly come to mind. However, there’s one location that’s earned a particular place in my heart as THE place for me to shop: The XBT (eXpress Bus Terminal).

Express Bus Terminal (고속터미날)

Express Bus Terminal (고속터미날)

The reason why I love the XBT is two-fold. First, it’s serviceable by three different subway lines (Line, 3, 7, and 9). Second, it has just about everything you’d ever want, and some things you never knew you needed! Shopping can be done above ground in the Shinsegae Mall or in the underground labyrinth.

Shinsegae main entrance.

Shinsegae main entrance.

Multiple floors of shopping heaven!

Multiple floors of shopping heaven!

A pink warrior!

A pink warrior!

Row after row of sale items

Row after row of sale items

What every girl needs! Shoes! Lots of them and on the cheap!

What every girl needs! Shoes! Lots of them and on the cheap!

Probably what I like most about shopping in the underground area, is that you find some of the most interesting and bizarre things you can imagine – plus you can haggle for price!

A devilish looking snowman.

A devilish looking snowman.

I have no words for this. Well, that’s not true: AWESOME comes to mind!

I have no words for this. Well, that’s not true: AWESOME comes to mind!

My new winter hat: Mikey the Monkey!

My new winter hat: Mikey the Monkey!

There’s also some great public art.

Life-sized public art sculptures.

Life-sized public art sculptures.

This past Christmas, my wife and I ventured out to the XBT to do a little shopping, check out the adventure below:

If you’re looking for a less crowded shopping alternative, give XBT a try!

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