But it's a welcome break from the frenziedness of Seoul. COEX is:
(a) not crowded to the maximum,
(b) has (relatively) wide walkways,
(c) is indoors and air-conditioned,
(d) has a mall DIRECTORY -- e.g. no searching fruitlessly for a particular store or restaurant, (e) once, someone actually said "excuse me" to me after bumping into me,
(f) has cute clothes! that are pretty good quality but not as strangely expensive as in department stores, [it's weird to me that you can buy a winter coat off the street for 10,000 won ($10) but a similar looking coat for 250,000 won ($250) at Hyundai Department store]
(g) **it has an exhibition hall upstairs that has cool events**
On Thursday COEX exhibition hall had a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Market
that I haaaad to go to because I am constantly craving fruit here. I miss my hometown Produce Junction (South Jersey phenomenon?) with its big $1 bags of peaches, plums, grapes, melons, etc that come straight off the farm. Unfortunately for me, Korea is the land of the $15 cantaloupe :(
Anyway, the exhibition turned out to have a lot more than just fruit and vegetables; it more like a farmer's market. There was a 3,000 won ($3) entrance fee, and the exhibition hall was upstairs from the mall:
Inside were rows and rows of stalls...
Same as at any farmer's market, a giant pumpkin was on display:
A cow farm had a stall where you could try different flavored milks and yogurts. I'm in love with Korean dairy product! Whenever I stay in Seoul I end up drinking milk or yogurt at least every day, more than I ever do in America, just because it's so so good here. Here they had walnut, blueberry, and strawberry flavors:
Kaila and Presca investigating the handmade soap bars..