Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Hongdae Free Market (홍대 프리마켓)

Hongdae (홍대) in general is one of my favourite neighborhoods in South Korea as I mentioned in my previous post. Besides street performances that usually take place at the Hongdae Walking Street, another reason that I love Hongdae so much is because of Hongdae Free Market (홍대 프리마켓). Hongdae Free Market is an arts market cum festival which takes place every Saturday from 1:00 PM until 6:00 PM. However, it is only held from March to November. Cause let's be real, nobody got time to sit outside during the cold winter, right?

Hongdae Free Market (홍대 프리마켓)
Wanted to buy the passport cover but I just bought a new passport cover few months before T___T

I like going to Hongdae Free Market because I want to treat my eyes with those beautiful arts and creations. I am in no way an artsy person (well, I can't even draw proper stick figures) but I do love seeing cute and beautiful stuff. So, my heart always feel full and light whenever I'm at the Hongdae Free Market. However, one may have different opinions from me. I read few reviews saying the arts and creations at Hongdae Free Market are just ordinary and there are nothing special about them. I guess, each to their own, right :)

Hongdae Free Market (홍대 프리마켓)

It was pretty busy and crowded when I went to the Hongdae Free Market. I expected it to be less busier as I went there quite late, around 4 PM but oh boy, was I wrong. It seemed like everyone and their mothers (just kidding!) decided to go there around 4 PM too. I actually felt too overwhelmed that I was frozen for almost five minutes just to process all things that were happening around me.

Tip: Go to Hongdae Free Market later at evening if you do not mind being in the crowded place, as you may get a number of discounts from the sellers.

Hongdae Free Market (홍대 프리마켓)
One of the two performers that I managed to watch. I believe they are called 2story.

I walked around the market for few times just to fully satisfy my inner desires and to mark few things that I really want to buy. After walking around for the umpteenth times, I decided to sit and watch the Afternoon Stage. There were few performers performing at that time. I managed to watch two performers only which was not too bad. I did not really like their music as much as I like WeAreYoung's music but again, each to their own :)

Hongdae Free Market (홍대 프리마켓) - Renci Candy
Renci Candy

My highlight for this visit to Hongdae Free Market was to meet this lovely lady and to purchase her postcards. I liked almost all her products, be it fan, stickers, fridge magnets, wall decorations, or postcards. They were so cute and totally my style. I wanted to buy them all but couldn't to do so due to my limited budget T___T

Tip: Be friendly to the art creators and buy numbers of things for that you will get a friendly service and some free stuff.

Hongdae Free Market (홍대 프리마켓)

Is Hongdae Free Market worth visiting and would I go to Hongdae Free Market again?
Yes, Hongdae Free Market is worth visiting if you like arts and cute stuff. If you are not into these, it is best for you to skip Hongdae Free Market.

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As much as I love Hongdae Free Market, I'm not sure if I want to go to again. Yes, the arts, creations, and performances will be different each time so they might offer different experience but I think I have grabbed the essence of it so it does not really excite me anymore.

Side note: I actually went to the Hongdae Free Market again during my recent layover but I guess that will be another story for another blog post :)

8 comments:

  1. Farah dan Korea berpisah tiada =D
    Eh comel-comel betul passport cover tu. Passport aku cover dia very the basic one. Beli kat pejabat imegresen, yg kaler merah tu. Lol

    Nice tips ! Boleh lah guna nanti bila ke Korea (Entah bila)

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    1. Sorry not sorry that I am lil bit obsessed with South Korea. Hahahahaha :D

      Sangat comel, Zharif. Tahan je diri daripada beli sebab baru beli passport cover baru. I used the one like the one that you're using right now for about 3 years kot. Lepas tu baru tukar sebab dah koyak.

      Alaaaa, sat sat lagi sampai la tu ke Korea. Kot kalau nak pergi, sila habaq. Aku pun nak ikut, okay? :p

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  2. It's so cool that you can visit to Korea during layover! Japan couldn't never lol because the distance is only 6 hours to Malaysia.

    Hongdae sounds cool but I love Myeongdong more. #bias #mustbethefood #orisitthecosmeticshops

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    1. lol! But then, Japan is so close to South Korea so you technically can visit South Korea whenever you want.

      I have love and hate relationship with Myeongdong. I blamed it all on the cosmetic shops over there.

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  3. Seronoknya dapat jalan-jalan di hongdae free market sebab banyak kraftangan cecomel.

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    1. Kraftangan dia memang comel sangat-sangat! :D

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  4. Jap tgh cuba recall balik. Aah betul Hongdae nie yang byk street performance tue.

    Pernah singgah Hongdae but tak tahu punnn ada free market nie. Ok boleh bookmark for next year trip Insyaallah . =)

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    1. Yes, Hongdae is more famous for the street performances :)

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