As some of you might know, I live in South Korea. I’m originally from New Zealand but have been living and teaching English in Korea for about four years now with no plans to return home in the near future.
I live in a city that is part of the ‘Greater Seoul’ area but is not actually Seoul. It is right next door however and is connected by the subway and buses. The name of the city is called Goyang-si which is Goyang City and can be translated as Cat City because 고양이(Goyang-i) means cat in Korean. This is cute because I love cats so living in ‘Cat City’ tickles my fancy.
So I thought I would show you what one of the main areas in my neighbourhood looks like in regards to beauty shops. These are a few of the shops that are about 10 minutes walk from my apartment and they are all in one street next to each other. There is also Olive Young and Watsons a bit further up but I did not go that far when I was out taking these photos.
One thing about Korea is it’s abundance of chain stores, if you walk past these ones and you think ‘Oh No! I forgot to get something’ don’t bother going back. There is a good chance you will see all the same stores again in the next block.
I also have an Etude House, Tony Moly, Aritaum and Innisfree over near my school and most of them have small branches in a big mall that is not too far from my house. I am definitely a bit spoiled living here, but it is harder to get western brands sometimes.