I’ve heard a lot about Itaewon, some good things and some eh not so good things. My first impression of Itaewon is that it was filthy. There were a lot of foreigner’s but I feel like I got the same amount of stares as I do in other parts of the city. Which really surprised me because every 5 minutes I saw a black person. To follow that; I think the stares came from me being a black woman walking around with a Korean guy. Korean girls with foreign men isn’t uncommon but I think the other way around can be considered strange. I’m not dating my friend I was walking around with; we know that, but other people don’t.
I’ve been wearing my hair in its transitional curly state lately. However, within 2 minutes of exiting the metro in Itaewon I was offered micros and a relaxer. Does my hair look that bad lady…that is all I wanted to say. But I politely took her business card and walked away. Sure Itaewon is a small section in Seoul but community that lives there is probably smaller so I don’t want start off on a bad foot.
Overall, I don’t have any urge to visit Itaewon again unless I have a craving for Cold Stone or “Foreign” food. It was very small to me and I have a feeling shopping would be over priced as well. I know shoe shopping might be successful there but I want to try my luck with Big Shoe Store and Myeong dong first. It was a good day: I came, I saw, I ate ice cream.