It was a cold Saturday but the girls decided to head off to Jukdo market non-the less. It is a market located in the Buk-gu area of Pohang (accessible by bus 102, 105, 107). To my knowledge the market is happening everyday of the week but closed every second Sunday What we found when we arrived: rows and rows of stalls. Bedding, clothing, socks, street food (which was pretty good), a fresh fish market, fruit and vegetables, dried nuts and food, herbs, even random shop stalls selling kitchen pots and tea sets. The prices are not as cheap as I had anticipated, as the ajumma’s do not let you barter with them. However we did realize that the further into the market you wonder the cheaper the same product becomes, such as strawberries that start at 10 000 won and end at 3 000 for the exact same amount.
We spent about an 1.5 hours wondering and then roamed the surrounding area. We came across a pricey designer street, filled with upmarket stores such as Nike, New Balance, Guess etc. Most of the stores were also on sale so their prices were not bad compared to SA.
What I love about Korea is that they group their shopping streets into themes, such as ‘camping and hiking street’, ‘wedding street’, ‘designer street’. This makes shopping much easier because you can find everything you are looking for located in one street!
After the window shopping we went to the smaller homeplus near Jukdo market to do some grocery shopping, which largely considered of the staples like oil, butter, eggs and pasta to give our empty kitchens’ a backbone. The shopping here is also quite reasonable with the better priced deals being found at bigger chain stores such as Emart, Homeplus. What is awesome about the bigger stores is that you will find a bus stop within a few meters walking distance, so chances are you will never have to walk too far to get home.
Myself and fellow area neighbour finished our day off with dinner at a lovely Italian themed restaurant. It was well prices, roughly 5000 – 7000 won for a full portion pasta meal. This restaurant is awesome because they give you soda (Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Merinda) and coffee for free! Its unlimited quantity and you simply help yourself. What a sweet deal. The atmosphere is also super cozy, and their service is speedy. The best thing about eating in Korea is you do not tip them, you simply pay whatever is on the bill and can leave. No more having to awkwardly work out the service tip. I think I might come to this restaurant for my birthday next week. If you are keen to visit this restaurant, its in the Ocheon Mundeok area, along the main road past Top Mart. Its called “Raracost”.