Thank glob for Sanrio Gift Gates, those heavenly pink portals into an alternate universe, where money seems to float from your pockets as your arms grow heavier and heavier with the weight of totally unnecessary, unbearably adorable things. Rejoice, people of Seoul, for deep inside the shopping haven that is COEX lays a Sanrio Gift Gate of our own! (It is, as far as I know, the only one in Seoul…possibly the only one in Korea?!)
UPDATE: The Hongik Hello Kitty Cafe has moved! Click here for a post about the new cafe!
I guess most people are meant to grow out of their childhood obsessions as they age into adulthood. Before coming to Korea, I tried to make myself more ‘grown up’: got my dip-dye locks cut into a boring bob, bought professional black and white clothes: long, shapeless skirts and baggy cardigans, and gave away most of my brightly-colored clothes and make-up *sob*. Thankfully, I quickly realized that it’s generally acceptable for fully grown women to wear bright and bold outfits and accessories plastered with cartoon characters here. And even though Hello Kitty is Japanese, she’s just as popular here as she is in Japan. Sooo, lucky for me, there are two cafes in Seoul completely dedicated to all things pretty, pink, and Kitty!