Anyone who has intended to go to Korea for the first time may find this info helpful. What I did was gathering all of the info from this forum's members, put it in one piece, and found it very helpful for me. Special thanks to: Hannah, Bluberry, Ocean11, DMN, Shermaine,ect.
1. toiletries (such as cotton bud for cleaning) u can buy just right across the road beside FedEx and Burger King.
2. kept drinking green tea, organic honey and gallions of water - it helps cos my scars are really not visible today (8th day)!
3.There is a 24-hour convenience store called "Buy The Way" at the bottom of the hill from Twin Haus. If you walk across the street, there is an open market if you want to do some cooking. If you keep going down that same street (for about 10 minutes), there is a full-service grocery store called "FamilyMart" where you can get anything you want. Also, if you make a right on the street down the hill from Twin Haus, there are other convenience stores, a bakery, and a Subway sandwich store.
4.The subway only costs about $1 USD (900 won) to get to Dr. Jung's clinic in Gangnam. His clinic is right at the opening of Gangnam station exit #3, so it's very convenient.
Questions to ask Dr:
YOU have a duty to TELL him what EXACTLY you like, and more importantly, NOT like! a higher, narrower, sharper nose that looks natural. trim the cartilage on my nose n implant the ear cartilage at the tip.
What kind of anesthesia is used? What should I expect post-operatively in terms of soreness, what to watch for, medication, bathing, and level of activity? Who will be assisting during the surgery? What are their qualifications? (Does the plastic surgeon perform the entire surgery?)
Before Surgery, buy:
1. Food: Kimchi, eggs and instant noodles with fresh tomatoes. take more fruits, no seafood, no spicy food for faster recovery.
2.bring a cap and some dental surgeon mask to cover yourself
3.TV , search channel 19 called OCN.
Dont take taxis from the Airport or Seoul train station labeled 'AAFES' They charge much higher prices as they cater to unwary American GI's.
Negotiate the lowest price and then say 'Bee si yo' or Thats too expensive.
Dongdaemun shopping is not bad, a bit ex, but at least you will be interested to see those things, And the best part is, it opens from 10.30am to next day 5am! Since their subway off from around 11.30pm…strange, once you miss it, to save the expensive cab fare, you may as well just shop till the next day when Subway is back in 5.30am. My favourite in Dongdaemun is Doota --> go to the shop named REDDE, tel. 3398-7359, very nice, fine, and CHEAP office clothing + the sellers are REALLY nice.
Migliore (next to Doota): go to #3 or #30 (No.456523, I dunno what does this mean?) --> nice, cheap, modern shirts for guys.
Another place worth seeing is the street market, there are a few recommended in KNTO's web-site. They only open on Sat, and I chose to go this one whereby the art student produce their own art piece, music, pottery etc and the govt.
The MRT is called Hongik Univ. no. 239, exit no. 6, then ask some art student looking pple for help cos they most likely are studying there. Exit no. 2 got a huge teddy bear store, if you like teddy bear, should visit too. For Trendy Clothes, a little off beat, especially for women, Shop in Idae (Ewha Women's University rea). For men's clothes Try Tongdaemun and also some of the smaller stores in the Suburbs like Boss which have good quality clothes that don't have the inner city pricetag. Also Itaewon is good.
What is cheap in Seoul are Designer fakes from Itaewon or Tongdaemun. They are GREAT quality and are one of Koreas best 'unofficial' exports. Chocka with Korean fake Gucci, Chanel and Armani Items.
Insadong has the best shopping in Seoul.
MYEONGDONG is pedestrian- friendly area in the heart of the city is loaded with departement stores, shopping malls and mid market apparel shops.
NAMDAEMUN: Just a few minutes from Seoul’s ancient Namdaemun gate. Namdaemun market is permanently crowded and is open round the clock. It is a ‘must’ for bargain hunter. DONGDAEMUN has recently become the largest apparel shopping area for young Koreans.
4.Don’t buy drinking water, you only need a water container and fill it up.
5.Bargaining power: If there’s a price tag on, just point and ask “how much”