Year Two, Week Thirty-one – Bethany


Before moving to Korea, I was told that this country would be the perfect place to buy luxury goods. “Purses are so cheap!” So, where did I find these brightly colored, name-brand bags? In Purse Heaven, also known as a hot, over-crowded basement. The NPH building in Dongdaemun has several floors of vendors selling nothing but purses. The stalls don’t open until midnight, and some are only available to wholesale buyers. You can find any type of bag here- tote, satchel, backpack, fanny pack, clutch, crossbody. It turns out that the statement is true; purses are cheap. They’re just complete knock-offs.