Travel Thursday – Gangnam Seoul

Thanks to Korean singer Psy we can all imagine something when we hear the word ‘Gangnam’. A crazy dancing Korean, a weird smiling horse or a chubby rich Korean that calls himself ‘Oppa’ (Korean for big brother). But do you have any idea what Gangnam really is and looks like? No? Well let me show you!

So this is the ‘Gangnam’ by Psy that we all know- by the way the horse in the picture is saying ‘Oppa Gangnam Style’. I guess the Korean language course I did when I was studying in Seoul came in handy after all! – now let me show you the real Gangnam…

Ladies and gentlemen: Gangnam district. Here you see one of Gangnam’s main streets. You can find several fancy stores here. The overall appearance however doesn’t different much with the rest of Seoul.

Especially when you turn into one of Gangnam district’s many alleys you’ll se nothing more ‘extravagant’ then what you would get walking into a random alley anywhere in the centre of Seoul. The only thing ‘fancy’ about the little streets of Gangnam are the prices. A regular Korean BBQ meal in Gangnam is much more expensive then in for example university area Wangsimni.

But if I had to name one reason on why you should visit Gangnam when in Seoul, I would say to take vain pictures with Gangnam sign! Just joking haha, but I guess it’s just one of those must-take pictures that everyone takes when in Seoul. At least every single international student I knew had one. On the floor below the sign moving foot steps show you how to do the dance.

And now the real reason why you should visit Gangnam: a super fashionable and cheap underground shopping mall. That’s right: while Gangnam in general is known for being expensive, the mall underneath the Metro station is super cheap. A lot of Korean girls at my university recommended to go here for the latest Korean fashion. As you can see I was so blown away by all the goodies in the mall that I forgot to take a picture.

Another thing you could do in Gangnam is take a picture with the Gangnam metro sign while dancing to ‘Gangnam Style’.

I caption this: “Seriously Dutchie (my nickname..), you want me to dance ‘Gangnam Style’ in front of all these Koreans?!

I sure do! Op Op Op Oppa Gangnam style! Eejj Ejjj Ejjj!

I guess none of the Koreans really cared about us silly foreigners. When on the subway most Koreans either sit on their phone or sleep. I really like how nobody is paying attention to me snapping a picture, I think it gives a ‘strange’ vibe to the shot.

And this is what a tall Dutch girl (1.80 m/5’11 ft) looks like in a metro full of Koreans. During the four months I spent in Korea I was always as tall as the tallest men on the subway. Koreans are one of the tallest Asians, but since a lot of the girls wear sneakers I still towered over them all the time. Japanese are a lot shorter, but since the girls wear crazy high heels there I didn’t feel as tall as I did in Korea.

Please note that some of the above is meant as a joke and is by no means intended as an insult to Korean culture. 대한민국   사랑 해요 !

With Love,

Elise Mooijman


  1. Mohit
    11/01/2017 / 01:44

    Hey Elise,
    Hope you’re doing well!
    I’m from India and 182 CMs tall.
    You have a great height. Girls here in India are not too tall. Tallest I’ve seen here is 178 CMs.
    How is it there in your country?

  2. 05/10/2013 / 21:19

    Love the kitty tee… it’s really great teamed with the leather skirt!

    • 06/10/2013 / 01:22

      Thanks, but I have to admit that ‘the leather’ skirt you’re talking about is just my jacket that I tied around my waist haha! I wish I owned a leather skirt 😀

  3. 04/10/2013 / 21:55

    Je torent er helemaal bovenuit =] Je katten t-shirt is echt leuk en jah die mensen daar denken ook vast: weer van die gekke toeristen.

    • 04/10/2013 / 22:39

      Dankje! Gekocht voor iets van drie euro in Korea, het is daar zo goedkoop maar de kwaliteit is echt goed!

  4. 04/10/2013 / 21:31

    That last photo is just priceless! I bet I will be like that too when I go to Japan next year… 🙂

    • 04/10/2013 / 22:39

      You going to Japan! Jelly, I want to go back there so badly! Which places do you plan on visiting?

      • 05/10/2013 / 09:20

        Nagoya, Hiroshima, Kyoto and Tokyo, plus some smaller stops along the way 🙂

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