Lotte Mart and Lotte Outlet at Seoul Station
4th June 2013. Diary format.
Today was a working, washing, sweeping, shopping day.
It started of with a perpetual traveler’s hygiene routine at new homes – get it comfy and clean.
To which purpose I buy rubber gloves.
These were excellent because ‘natural rubber gloves desiring a flower blooming in the kitchen’. Yes, I want!
We are also in professional cleaning gear when scrubbing, vacuuming and purifying.
To keep the fridge happy, we took a walking trip to a bigger supermarket. Lotte Mart at Seoul’s Station makes quite a tourist attraction.
Location: 426, Cheongpa-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
Lotte Mart is enormous and guarantees great work out until you have found what you were looking for, walking through its excessive food variety.
This was just one row solely dedicated to spicy chilly paste.
One row just for seaweed. The Japanese call it nori, the Korean’s have heir word for edible seaweed, gim. Tomek was the luckiest man alive. We ‘only’ bought a pack of 9 gim packages after realizing that 20 would fill up our shopping bag completely.
I like it how you have to carry your own bag or pay for plastic bags. We can finally use our cotton bag from Cologne again. The supermarket provides a cool packing station with paper cartons you are free to take and wrap up your shopping.
Cash, carton and carry.
Lotte serves hungry souls right away. A counter with various noodle soup dishes right in the middle of the market.
The salad was just growing on site as well.
The future of greens. Pick the freshest salad right off the artificial supermarket garden.
Obviously, there were even flying trucks.
As such, Korean rapper Psy jumping up to the ceiling – was an utterly familiar sight.
And inspiring! Op op op op… I cannot get that song out of my head since we arrived in Seoul.
The bill. I must say that Lotte is very much on the expensive side. We paid about 67, 000 won for our two bags of groceries.
This is what we got.
Right outside Lotte Mart, with our backs to the Station we saw this impressive building with changing pictures of historical sites.
Watch the fascinating façade of lights on Seoul Square building!
The Station also features Lotte Outlets.
The Seoul Station Branch (Yongsan-gu Seoul-si) of Lotte Outlets has just opened in January 2013 in the building attached to the station, offering many foreign and domestic brands with price reductions of 30-70% over three floors.
Seoul Station. To the left, the modern one and to the right, the old building.
The back side of the Station isn’t so nice. With old and big crossings running under huge and noisy motorways.
Many homeless line the side streets of Seoul. Missionary work always works best with ones in need.
Our home. To get there we have to take a bypass route due to six huge traffic lanes running right in front of the building. We live on floor 14 with the apartment going to the back. The flat photos on Airbnb pictured a serene view onto the mountain cliffs and trees of the French Embassy, as seen from the apartment windows. Which is all there and true. Only the car noises from the opposite side of the story are still coming through.
Have a good and tight sleep without background noise, dear readers!