Pet Alley

 Dongdaemun Pet Alley

Dongdaemun, is there any place like it in the world? Set in the middle of this concrete city is a district of Seoul that sprawls out housing every kind of store one could ever image. From huge mega malls and midnight wholesale markets to it’s tiny huts, stands and street markets, the thousands of streets winding around in a shopping maze will easily have you occupied for hours. It’s nearly impossible for tourists to navigate along the roads without a specific agenda.   Luckily common items are housed in the same districts, making it easy for shoppers to browse once they have found the appropriate section.

Snails and Fish at Pet Alley, Seoul

Dongdaemun’s Pet Alley sells every pet imaginable, specializing in the exotic. Even if you aren’t in the market for a new furry friend, the line of pet shops is a spectacle to see. Thousands of cages fill the stores housing exotic animals. If small rodents are your idea of a great pet then you will be overjoyed to see the hamsters, guinea pigs, ferrets and mice. Along with the common household pets are chipmunks, squirrels and hedgehogs. A pretty wild concept for my western brain to get behind the idea of living among a squirrel, but to each their own

 

 

Hedgehogs at Pet Alley

There are hundreds of varieties of reptiles. My personal favorites were neon frogs. I’ve never seen anything like it. I also loved the many varieties of mini turtles! If a bird is what your after, there are hundreds of varieties. It’s easy to understand why the bird storeowner is hard of hearing, when you step inside and see (or hear) the endless cages of cawing birds.  Fish are also in no short supply, as well as all of the equipment to make a spectacular aquarium.

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Seoul has the capability to keep foreigners for an extended stay. Many come for a a year and stay for many! If you’ve come to the decisions to make Seoul your home, and want to share your pad with a pet, get yourself to Dongdaemun pet alley!

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Directions- Dongdaemun Station: Exit 7 Walk left before the Cheonggye Stream walking eastward. You will find Pet Alley about 300m down.

 

ELSEwHERE

A visual artist by profession and a sightseer at heart, I spent a year as a commercial photographer before letting my urge to Travel ELSEwHERE take over. After receiving a job offer that lead me to a sleepy town high in the Tuscan mountains, my travel adventure began. Since that time my travels have lead me to visit over 60 countries, marry a fellow globetrotter, move intercontinentally seven times and to create temporary homes in four continents! Through my travels, I’ve held many suitcases packed for adventures as a journalist, blogger, philanthropist, teacher, army-wife, magazine director, photographer, barmaid, but mainly just an adventurer. With each new experience, elsewhere, I endeavor to live sensibly while exploring a new culture, living sustainably, and giving back whenever possible. I aspire to make this travel blog help those starting a new life elsewhere or just passing through…