Korea Travelogue: Day 14 – The Min’s, Miss Gong Tteokbokki and NIT Coffee

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Day 14 Itinerary (Part 1)

Hello! I’m back with Day 14 of my Korea trip. I hope the information I’ve posted so far is useful in your trip planning ^^

First stop was actually the post office because all four of us wanted to mail our excess baggage back to Singapore. In the past I’ve always gotten several emails on how to EMS your stuff back via EMS if you’ve bought way over your baggage limit in Korea so hopefully this will answer your questions about the procedure.

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First up, if you do not have your own carton box, you can select the size of your choice and head to the counter to purchase it.

This time around I’ve realised that Korea Post is also providing cardboard boxes lined with bubble wrap so you can choose either the plain one or those lined with bubble wrap. Note that the boxes with bubble wrap only has one layer of bubble wrap, weighs heavier than the normal boxes and costs more so please factor this in when choosing the type of box. My tip would be to go with the normal boxes if you’re just shipping back cosmetics/clothes/food – line you mask packs on the bottom as protection or wrap your fragile items with clothing that is being shipped back as well.

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Head to the packing counter where tape and scissors are provided free of charge for you if you buy their boxes. Don’t buay pai seh and use it when you bring your own box ya lol. Super tak glam.

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Lastly, seal the box and fill in the EMS form that is available at the counter. For the sender address, you can choose to put in the address of your guesthouse/Airbnb place because that’s what I always do. Bring the box to the counter for International Postal Services and let the staff weigh it. You’ll then pay the charges and then it’s done! The post office staff will then take your parcel away and you can expect it in Singapore within the next 2-3 days.

I am not too sure how the charges go but the rule of thumb is the more heavy your package is, the cheaper it becomes per kilogram. I shipped back 24kg this time round and paid below SGD100 for the postal service. Please do not ship back any liquids like vinegar drinks or alcohol are a big no-no because liquids/aerosols cannot be shipped internationally. You will have to declare what is inside the box and they may check it at the customs so my advice is to just don’t ship any of those items. Just drink all you want while in Korea HAHAHAH!

FYI I was at the large post office in Myeongdong, directly opposite Shinsaegae Departmental Store. This is one of the few post offices that operate for half a day on Saturdays.

Address for reference: 서울특별시 중구 소공로 70 (충무로1가, 포스트타워)

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Ok now that we’ve all gotten the EMS shipping done, time to move on with our last full day in Seoul’s activites which is – cafe-hopping!

Headed back to The Min’s once again because Stella wanted to buy more merchandise so off we went to Apgujeong once more. You can read about our experience the previous day here.

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Korea Travelogue: Day 13 – The Min’s Cafe

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Moving on to our last stop for the day – The Min’s 더 민스 located in Apgujeong. You can find the first half of Day 13 here.

This cafe is owned by 2AM member Changmin and I have to admit that I didn’t know he owned a cafe until the girls said they wanted to go here cos BTS went there before *insert cricket sounds* You go to a 2AM member’s cafe to see what the Bangtan boys had. Right…… so anyway we went la because fangirls are like that lol. We walked over from our dinner venue because it was quite near, about 15 minutes away.

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Directions

Take the metro to Apgujeong Rodeo station and exit at Exit No. 6. Walk straight ahead and turn left at the 3rd road. Head down and turn right at the 1st right turn. Walk ahead and you will reach the cafe on your right.

Address for reference: 서울특별시 강남구 압구정로 330

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The cafe is quite small in terms of its seating capacity but you can choose to seat either indoors or outdoors. We took the largest table outdoor as there wasn’t a table large enough for our group of 6 and it was alright because the area is sealed off and we had the heating system right beside us. Changmin’s mum even brought out blankets for all of us and personally put them on our laps to fend off the cold weather.

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