This was my second trip to Korea, and I did most of my "traditional" souvenir shopping on my prior trip. If you follow my other blog, you know how frustrated I got on this vacation trying to go to places I missed before, and in the end I only ended up at one or two new tourist destinations. But here are the souvenirs I picked up this time.
At some point, probably in a couple months after I finish my Golden Week trip posts from last year, I'll describe the flea markets in Japan on my other blog. But I will be sharing a couple finds from flea markets and I bought a few more things that really helped make this trip worthwhile after a very poor start.
This is a pop-up postcard. One thing about Korean tourist destinations is a lack of branded goods. US amusement parks have shirts, cups, magnets, and all kinds of other goods. It's tough to find location-branded goods in Korea for amusement parks, zoos, museums, and other tourist destinations. The gift shops are packed with generic goods - lots of stuffed toys or other toys for kids, jewelry, and some omiyage (food souvenirs). There has been one or two branded goods to choose from at any given location; Lotte had two or three postcards to choose from, or a day pass lanyard badge.
In Japanese (katakana) my name is "ライアン" (Laian). In Korean, I used the same characters (la-i-a-n) to make something similar to "라ㅣㅏᆫ" seen above (lai-an). It turns out my name should be "라이언", which is Laieon (la-ie-on).
What do you buy when you travel?